Well it’s officially June so I figured I might as well share some of the tracks I loved in May, (and late April) complete with links to watch/stream and download if I remember where I got things from. thanks (and complaints) for hosting go to their respective sites. they’re not all new but are all pretty good.
1. “Two Weeks” Grizzly Bear: you’ve probably already downloaded it so I’ll just link to that creepy video. and I’ll refrain from saying much else because it’s already been blogged to an inch of its amazing little life.
2. “Lisztomania” Phoenix: I can’t for the life of me remember where I got the mp3 from so I’ll just link to that cute Brat Pack video mash-up. It’s better than the official video anyway.
3. “Oklahoma” Bishop Allen: haven’t checked this link (I actually bought this album) but you can probably download it here. I’m not the biggest fan of BA’s latest album but I do like “Oklahoma” a lot. I miss the good old Charm School days, I guess.
4. “Mega Secrets” Family Portrait: this was up for free download as part of an Underwater Peoples compilation for a couple weeks but it looks like you have to buy it now. but you can probably still find it somewhere if you’d like to look for it, and stream it at the band’s myspace.
5. “This Boy Can Wait (A Bit Longer!)” the Wedding Present: download this and some other amazing c86 tracks from Aquarium Drunkard. jangly, frenzied, perfect.
6. “Young Adult Friction” the Pains of Being Pure at Heart: sure, they’re blogosphere darlings. sure, their name is terrible. and sure, their album is repetitive and borders on annoying. but I work in a library during the school year and it’s a good pop song. Aquarium Drunkard has it as well.
7. “Love is a Wave” Crystal Stilts: the video is super creepy but I love those deep vocals and surf-y riffs. download at Gorilla vs. Bear.
8. “Tambourine” Little Girls: “VENOM” is my favorite but I’ve been listening to it for a while so I figured I’d go with the newer (to me at least) “Tambourine.” looks like they have a new EP out this week, catch it and some other tracks at Gorilla vs. Bear again.
9. “Summer Goth” Wavves: this is the best youtube video I could come up with but really, you should just find the album and listen to the static-y lo-fi buzz.
10. “Lucid Dreams” Franz Ferdinand: yeah, I did it. I still really like Franz Ferdinand. I’m also just going to post the link to their video for “Ulysses” because it’s cool and there aren’t any good “Lucid Dreams” videos. but you should get Tonight: Franz Ferdinand if that’s what you’re into and enjoy the synthy goodness that it is.
11. “6669 (I don’t know if you know)” Neon Indian: at Gorilla vs. Bear again. my favorite Neon Indian song so far, I think.
12. “Better Things” Passion Pit: I hate myself a little bit for liking it. it appears that they’re not that great live so here’s one of those lame album cover youtube videos.
so there you have it. maybe tomorrow when it’s not 2 in the morning I’ll make a cool graphic and everything.