April 29, 2017

Juana Molina, "Lentísimo Halo"

Argentinian songwriter Juana Molina has a new record out in May. Instead of releasing a video of the hit single, she worked with the filmmaker Mariano Ramis to make a short film around one of the weirder tracks. The results are pretty outstanding. Ramos says he shot the thing, then animated every frame using "an inkjet printer, laser film paper, and soy sauce." Yum.

April 23, 2017

Zig Zags, "Riddle of Steel"

These guys really get it.

April 21, 2017

Luísa Maita, "Fio da Memória"

For her latest record, Luísa Maita tapped her fellow Brazilian Zé Nigro to add all kinds of electronic beats and slinky bass to her songs. I only know one word in Portuguese, but it works great here: Foda.

April 16, 2017

Cory Hanson, "Melted Rope"

Wand's frontman performing the song that hooked me on Wand. If you like this, seek out the full-band version. This was captured live at Aquarius Records, the now-defunct best little record store in the Mission (rest in peace).

April 14, 2017

Julie Byrne, "Sleepwalker"

Julie Byrne has a uniquely airy singing voice, a purposeful guitar technique, and a monster talent for writing songs. I feel chopped and simmered after spending an hour listening to her songs. They're like little temples of death.

April 8, 2017

Karina Buhr, "Pic Nic"

In her native Brazil, Karina is a counterculture icon. She publishes a feminist zine and puts out music that's an edgy, dancey mix of modern Brazilian stuff and riotous punk. And all this in fishnets!

Ty Segall, "Sleeper"

The song is from a few years ago, but this performance is with Ty's current touring band. I had the great pleasure of seeing these guys in February. Massive destruction. A strong Crazy Horse vibe, you'll tell from the video. Just imagine this at about 130 decibels and that's pretty much it.

March 25, 2017

Nadia Reid, "Preservation"

I'm really loving the new record by this New Zealand songwriter. Raw and personal songs, all delivered with a flawless touch and a shimmering polish. Can't wait until she tours the states.

March 12, 2017

Mistki, "Once More to See You"

My own little jury is still out on the studio stuff from Mitski, but this live session dishes up equal helpings of raw and special.

December 31, 2016

Best of 2016

The albums I enjoyed listening to the most the past 12 months. This was tough to edit down to ten selections, so I'll say that honorable mentions go to Heron Oblivion, Andy Stott, D'Angelo, Dino Jr, and the Floyd "Early Years" reissue.

Ceu, "Tropix"
Cass McCombs, "Mangy Love"
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions "Until the Hunter"
Natural Child, "Okey Dokey"
Jeff Parker, "The New Breed"
Dungen, "Haxan"
Leonard Cohen, "You Want It Darker"
Tim Hecker, "Love Streams"
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, "1,000 Watts"