Artist: The xx
The xx :: Angels (via Fluxblog)
The general consensus on Coexist feels about right to me: more of a consolidation than a great leap forward. “Angels” is basically perfect, though; one side of the sort of conversation that requires trust and vulnerability. The arrangement - especially the wordless drum break - capture that feeling, and those emotions, without parallel.
Title: Aching Eyes
Artist: Ghost Hands
Ghost Hands :: Aching Eyes
An unexpected, Alaskan gem.
Artist: Purity Ring
Purity Ring :: Obedear
Title: All of Me
Tanlines :: All of Me
Title: Up All Night
Artist: Best Coast
I pre-ordered Best Coast’s The Only Place today, and the tracklist for it, revealed this week, has “Up All Night” as the record’s closing track. “Up All Night” is one of my favorite Best Coast songs, but I can’t imagine this version is what to expect on the new record - the band doesn’t hide behind nearly as much noise anymore. I expect lush Jon Brion strings on the album version, actually.
Regardless, it conveys the heartbreak and loneliness present in Best Coast’s best songs in a devastating way - perfect for a closing track, really, now that I think about it. I’m not about to complain about having two different versions of a great song, anyway.
mp3 - Best Coast :: Up All Night (Jeans Wilder / Best Coast split 7” version) (via Stereogum)
Title: Hey Cool Kid
Artist: Cloud Nothings
Judging by the twitter and tumblr and music blog reaction to the new Cloud Nothings record, Attack on Memory, this is a minority opinion, but I still think the best Cloud Nothings song is the first one I heard.
mp3 - Cloud Nothings :: Hey Cool Kid
Maybe I’m too young (although I’m a year or two older than primary CN guy Dylan Baldi), or too poorly versed in the touch-points on the new record, but I think I really just prefer a song with a catchy pop-punk hook to the direction the band has gone in since. I didn’t care for the first widely available Cloud Nothings full-length much, either.
I should probably add that, somewhat unsurprisingly, the one song I do like quite a bit on the new record is “Stay Useless”, what with its Strokes-y riffs and snide verses.
Title: Let's Groove
Artist: Teen Daze
TEEN DAZE - LET’S GROOVE (FREE DOWNLOAD!)
HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! HAVE THE BEST NIGHT/YEAR OF YOUR LIFE!
Late pass - this is fun!
Title: Open Eyes (Demo)
Artist: The xx
When I was going on about Sleigh Bells’ new record being my most anticipated album of 2012, I must’ve forgotten that there was new stuff from The xx in the pipeline.
mp3 - The xx :: Open Eyes (Demo)
Title: Searching Through the Past
I’m already feeling like there are lots of things I short-changed in 2011! I don’t think I’ve seen this on anyone’s year-end list, but it’s great.
mp3: Bleached :: Searching Through the Past