Today when I checked into the Twittersphere, all sorts of good things were happening- here are just a couple of my favorite announcements for today-
•Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie announced today that he’ll be releasing his debut solo album Former Lives out on October 16 in the US. Check out a snippet from Stereogum’s interview with Mr. Gibbard about the upcoming album. Some of Death Cab For Cutie’s best albums have revolved around lyrics containing heartbreak, and it seems as though Ben Gibbard/ Death Cab fans everywhere are assuming this will be Ben’s breakup album from his marriage with Zooey Deschanel, but maybe Ben will take it in a different direction than we think…
•The Antler’s new EP Undersea is due out on July 24, but today they posted the entire EP on their Facebook page so everyone can stream it. Just “Like” their page and you’re in- listen here.
•Thom Yorke’s side project, Atoms For Peace (consisting of Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nigel Godrich, engineer, producer and musician) is releasing a new single digitally and on vinyl. The first side of the vinyl single will be a remix of their song ”Other Side”, and the flipside will be their remix of Other Lives’ song “Tamer Animals”. Other Lives is an excellent band (read my review of one of their shows here), and this remix certainly puts a very different spin on their orchestral folk tunes. Hear the Other Lives single over at Pitchfork.
Here’s my “official” playlist for you all. It’s got a hodgepodge of artists, but it mostly sticks to a mellow/folksy/occasional electronic theme.
If you aren’t familiar with some of these bands, check them out. Good music for a nice Fall day! (or evening)
Here are my favorite albums from the last couple of years that have gotten many a play on my itunes. These aren’t really in any order as they have all had some impact on me and I like them all a lot!
•Riot On An Empty Street (2004) by Kings of Convenience
•Why Should The Fire Die? (2005) by Nickel Creek
•Once Soundtrack (2006) by The Swell Season
•The Pursuit (2009) by Jamie Cullum
•Age of Adz (2010) by Sufjan Stevens
•Plans (2005) by Death Cab for Cutie
•Bon Iver (2011) by Bon Iver
•Trouble (2004) by Ray Lamontagne
•LP (2009) by Discovery
•All Delighted People (2010) by Sufjan Stevens
•Give Up (2003) by The Postal Service
•Dark Was The Night Compilation (2009)
•Veneer (2003) by Jose Gonzalez
•Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008) by Coldplay
•Armchair Apocrypha (2007) by Andrew Bird
•The BQE (2009) by Sufjan Stevens
A few that are really close to being on the list- The Eraser by Thom Yorke, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, High Violet by The National, and Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars. I think the reason I can’t put these albums on the “official” list at this point is because I’ve only been listening to these last few musicians for less than a year. I’ve been listening to all the bands that made it on the list for at least two years, and I don’t want to prematurely name some brand new album or band I don’t know very well onto my list.
That’s all for tonight folks. Sorry I haven’t had a ton of posts recently! I’ve been working a lot.