Keith's Latest Songs
I saw Tristen a while back at SXSW at was intrigued. "Eager For Your Love", an engaging and beautiful song off her 2011 album Charlatans At the Garden Gate, quickly worked its way into my heavy rotation and I became a fan. "Glass Jar", her latest, featuring Jenny Lewis, is a song in the same vein. It's engaging, beautiful and perfect for a Sunday morning.
If I've got one criticism of Mutemath is that they can feel a bit too polished. Don't get me wrong, I like the sophistication and quality they put into their work, and that's clear on their latest release "Hit Parade" but I wish they were able to capture the energy of their live shows a bit better in their recordings. Speaking of live shows, I'm excited to catch them at this year's ACL festival.
Manchester Orchestra, out of the ATL, has been putting out interesting and endearing music for around ten years now, exploring a variety of styles along the way. Their new single "The Gold" is excellent and captures all that they do best with thoughtful songwriting and beautiful arrangement. Looks like they're on tour and coming to Austin soon, and that's exciting. I saw them way back, opening for Brand New in Seattle, and the memory of them rocking "Where Have You Been?" is one of my live show favs.
Have I told y'all how much I love Gang of Youths? Oh yeah. I guess I have. Twice. Well, they've been putting out a steady string of really great new music. From the totally rockin' "Atlas Drowned" to today's Most Important "Let Me Down Easy" which has a bit of a lighter sound and feel than most of their other work. Love the message and the lyrics and the bouncy beats. It reminds me of something...but I can't place it. Anyway, I'm excited for their new album, Go Farther In Lightness, to drop. What I don't love is that I've missed them on their latest US tour. They played The Bottom of The Hill in SF too. One of my favorite venues! That makes four times I've just barely missed them. Dang it. They're up to #1 on my list of bands to see and I'd love to do it before they're huge. :D
The new Death From Above track is out and it's pretty much what you'd expect; high speed and high energy rock with grinding and funky edge. This time around it might be a bit cleaner and more accessible in some ways, but that works well. I'm digging it and looking for more. Hope to catch them next time they're around as well, always an entertaining live show.
It's a couple days after my birthday and I'm back to working on a pile of work. It'd be rougher, but I've got some great memories of an awesome weekend (thanks to Kerri) and I've got a pile of fun, jangly music from Mt. Eddy, a band I know very little about. Which is awesome, one of my favorite things in life is discovering new music. Mt. Eddy's new album, Chroma, is sharp, catchy and likely to induce a whole lot of head nodding.
When I first heard Toronto-based Alvvays, it was their dreamy, shoegaze cut "Archie, Marry Me", and I quite liked it. Three years later I still listen to their self-titled debut album fairly often as it fills a slot in my rotation. A jangly, dreamy, happy spot. Cleary I don't get enough of that. Ha. Here's to hoping for some new stuff from them at some point.
Formed in Seattle in 2001 and named after The Smith's song, Pretty Girls Make Graves was one of my local favorites when I lived there and I've missed them quite a bit since they broke up in 2007. The New Romance, the album from which today's Most Important comes, is a timeless classic and "This Is Our Emergency" is a song I come back to and rock often.
Old folks like me will call this kind of song "easy listening" but hipsters may file it under "shoegaze". Regardless "Vertigo Flowers" is a nice, mellow track that somehow manages to fit some pretty rocking riffs right into the middle of it. Like a nice little rock and roll hump for your hump day.
It's been a little while since we had any hip-hop up here, so let's fix that with "Konnichiwa" by London grime-ster Skepta. The song comes from his 2016 album of the same name. It's a fairly angsty album, and a classic capture of early 2000-style grime. Think The Streets, Dizzee Rascal and the like: grungy beats, rapid-fire vocals, quick cuts and the occasional club jam all done with a techno flair. If this wets your whistle, have a dip into his back catalog, there's a lot of hot tracks in there.