September, 2014 Archives


Listen to Ryan Hemsworth’s “Snow in Newark”

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We’ve been hearing snippets of Canadian DJ-producer-remixologist Ryan Hemsworth for a while now, but until last week hadn’t heard a track that stopped us in our tracks.  Last week Hemsworth released the superbly wistful Snow in Newark, the first single from his impending new album (let’s call it Secret Songs for now) coming out on Last Gang Records.  With the graphic above and below (mail with postage, get it?), and the track’s obvious sound-allusions, Hemsworth makes obvious the influence of The Postal Service.  And yet, he delivers something all his own on the track.

Snow In Newark features Chicago’s Dawn Golden.  Listen to the track below, and to hear more of Hemsworth’s worthy work, go HERE and let fly.



On Sunday: Listen to Hurray For The Riff Raff’s “Everybody Knows (for Trayvon Martin)”

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We have quickly become huge fans of Hurray for the Riff Raff.  This has been a notable week of vignettes by and for HFTRR, including yet another winning set at KEXP (check out the second video below of the band recently performing Little Black Star) and the band’s performance of Hank Williams’ Lovesick Blues at the Albino Skunk Music Festival (see at bottom).

Of particular note, though, was HFTRR’s release of Everybody Knows (For Trayvon Martin).  Though written quite a while ago, the band never released the song until now.  Following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, however, leader Alynda Lee Segarra decided to release the the track.  This is not the first time Segarra and band have tackled social issues head-on.  On their album, Small Town Heroes, the band released The Body Electric, a song rightfully and artfully decrying violence against women. Segarra has gone on to establish The Body Electric Fund.  The group has recently begun an IndieGogo campaign to fund a video for The Body Electric and to help raise funds for both The Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Third Wave Fund.

About Everybody Knows (For Trayvon Martin), Segarra had this to say:

“I wrote this song last year, on February 26th, one year after Trayvon Martin was shot to death in a Florida suburb. A young black man barely 17 years old brought to his end for no reason other than suspicion. It also happened to be my birthday.  As I celebrated another year on Earth, I was haunted by the fact that his life ended so soon. After a visit to the Civil Rights museum in Memphis, I wrote this song. This song is a reminder that we must not forget him. We must not forget about the work that lies ahead of us.”

Check ’em all out below, and we’ll see you at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival next weekend where HFTRR will next play on Friday, October 3rd..


Watch Bonobo Perform “Kiara”–From New “The North Borders Tour” DVD

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A reliable little bird brought us Bonobo initially in the form of their astonishingly great cut Cirrus. And now we are bona fide Bonobo fans.  While taking the world by storm, the group (led by Simon Green) pulled together and will soon release a concert DVD entitled The North Borders (the name of their superb 2013 album).  To get a sample, check out the tease of the band (with full orchestra and horn section) performing Kiara in Croatia below.  After, check out the DVD trailer.

As you can see HERE, Bonobo is on tour will make its way to California in late October. Be there.




Amen! Thom Yorke Releases New Album “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” via BitTorrent

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After dropping some indecipherable, hieroglyphic hints recently, Thom Yorke (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace) has just released a brand new solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.  You can buy it via BitTorrent for $6 for the digital album or £30 (that’s like 10,000,000 drachma) for the deluxe vinyl + digital version.  Below is the announcement:

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is a new eight-track record from Thom Yorke.

A record born of silver darkness, pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves.

These are printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green; the whole is enclosed in a bespoke anti-static shield bag – a metallised laminated material usually used by the electronics industry for protecting components from electrostatic interference. The bag is printed with neon green on both sides, and has a resealable grip closure.

Here’s Yorke’s and frequent collaborator/producer Nigel Godrich’s BitTorrent explanation:

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ’album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ’cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Amen to all that!  You can purchase now at  In the meantime, stream brilliant new track A Brain In A Bottle and watch its video below.


Watch Hilarious New Tweedy Video for “Low Key” Directed by Nick Offerman

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It’s been a great week in Tweedy land.  Critics and fans are going bananas for the new Tweedy album Sukierae (Jeff Tweedy album-title mischievousness if there ever was–let’s see you close your eyes and spell it).

Today the father-son duo released the Official Video for track Low Key off of the album produced by the zany Nick Offerman.  The video features John Hodgman, “General Zod,” Chance, Mavis Staples, and the “Littlest Tweedy,” “Glenn Wilcodrums,” “‘Chicago Way’ Albini,” “Conan O’Richter” (the last three as dubbed by Hodgman), plus the Tweedy duo.  The video is so acerbic and cute, it’ll drive you bananas.

Not to mention Low Key is a great tune and song.  Enjoy.


Watch Full Tweedy Concert at Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Like many, we are suckers for the songwriting of Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, etc.).  Tweedy’s new father-son ensemble Tweedy released its initial album, the critically-acclaimed (natch) Sukierae, on Tuesday and celebrated with a release show at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music.  The relateds were backed by their touring band (Jim Elkington, Darin Gray, and Liam Cunningham. Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius), along with Wilco guitarist  Nels Cline who came out for the encore.  Père Tweedy also performed solo at times.  The setlist (holy setlist!!–see below) also included Wilco and Uncle Tupelo songs.  The first song, Nobody Dies Anymore, is worth the price of admission alone and a purchase of Sukierae HERE.


Nobody Dies Anymore
Fake Fur Coat
Diamond Light Pt.1
High As Hello
New Moon
Honey Combed
Desert Bell
Summer Noon
Wait For Love
Slow Love
World Away
Low Key
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
New Madrid
You and I
Please Tell My Brother
Born Alone
Hesitating Beauty
Jesus, Etc.
Radio King
Passenger Side
I’m the Man Who Loves You
A Shot in the Arm

Love Like a Wire
Only The Lord Knows
Give Back The Key To My Heart
California Stars


Watch Kwabs Perform Live our Song of the Week–“Walk”

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We first heard trending Londoner Kwabs this summer on Later with Jools Holland in a commanding performance of his encouraging track Wrong Or Right (you can only watch the mesmerizing Official Video for the song at bottom since we can’t share the flipping BBC’s Holland-show vignette–the BBC will allow every citizen on the planet to watch Jools’ videos EXCEPT Americans–what the sailboat??!!).

We love Kwabs’ compassionate lyrics combined with his instantly-catchy melodies.  And the dude can sing!  Today comes another great live performance by Kwabs that was thankfully captured well by La Blogothèque (BBC? Cha! Ya vex I!).  Watch below as Kwabs performs his superb new single Walk (hereby, our Song of the Week) for LumiaLive down in the Deep End of the Chadderton Baths in Manchester.

Afterwards check out the just-released Official Videos for Walk, Pray For Love and Wrong Or Right.

It won’t be long before Kwabs is commonly revered.  And deservedly so.


Watch Volcano Choir’s Inspiring New Video for “Tiderays” Off of “Repave” Album

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Volcano Choir has today released a new official video for great track Tiderays off of 2013′s Repave, our No. 3 Best Album of 2013. The video, created as part of the 551 Project, was directed by Kyle Buckley & Andi Woodward and features dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet.   Simply beautiful.


Watch Elbow’s Entire Concert at Eden Project (Cornwall)

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What a treasure trove. These past few weeks have seen an embarrassment of Elbow riches.  First, the band’s appearance at the iTunes Festival in Camden was made available for viewing (until October 31st, you can go HERE).  And now the band’s entire set at Eden Project in Cornwall is available for viewing courtesy of Eden Sessions.  Check a few particular gems out below and then watch the entire set performed in the magical venue.  Outstanding.


While Radiohead’s Away–Listen/Watch New Songs from Drummer Phil Selway

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The interweb was agog yesterday with the semaphoric, ever-enigmatic news that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood had dispensed pixels depicting something white and round (see at bottom), which may or may not be representative of somebody’s new album or, really, anything musical at all.  Yay!  In the words of the seminal Johnny Rotten from way back:  “Ever feel like you’ve been cheated??”

In the meantime in Comparatively Concrete News, Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway has released two tracks from his impending album Weatherhouse.  While nothing can touch the loft of Radiohead’s output, Selway acquits himself incredibly well on the tracks Coming Up For Air and This Will End In Tears (oh, the uplift).  Check out the videos for both and below them the better-sounding audio tracks after.

Bring on Weatherhouse (before that white, roundish blob does what it has to do)!!