Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

Finally, I get another chance to hear the killer song “Cold Light” from Operators.  Watch the band at the after party of MusicFestNW at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon, as part of Pitchfork’s Nightcap Series.  Last week at Festival Music House in Toronto, Operators closed their set with this track, which I can only assume will be on their upcoming full-length release.

Listen to Sam Amidon’s “Bright Sunny South”

Listen to Sam Amidon’s “Bright Sunny South”

New York-based folker Sam Amidon‘s new long player, “Bright Sunny South”, is now up for advanced listening on Pitchfork Advance.  The perenially-overlooked Amidon’s upcoming release takes some off of the rough edges of his previous work, but this doesn’t come at the expense of his identity; this is still the same off-beat artist we’ve come to know.

There are several unforeseen turns throughout, but Amidon has found a buildup that makes for a deliciously pertinent release.

“Bright Sunny South” is available May 14 on Nonesuch Records.

Head to Pitchfork Advance to hear the album, or take a listen to “My Old Friend” from the record below.

“Eyes Be Closed” / New Washed Out

washedout hug Eyes Be Closed / New Washed Out

Good day for music, I’ve been finding great things in my inbox and on the blogs.  While perusing Pitchfork, I came across Washed Out‘s new track “Eyes Be Closed”, off Ernest Greene’s upcoming Sub Pop release Within And Without.  I totally dig this track, reminds of a perfect soundtrack to tropical Travelogues.  Perhaps it was that fan video for “Feel It All Around” that pigeonholed his sound for me, but these two tracks share a similarity it the high-tom fill-in build to the end chorus.  Download the track in the widget below.

#nowplaying: (Sloan, 13 & God, TV On The Radio, Julianna Barwick)


-Chromewaves reviews Snowblink.

-Exclaim! has a new track from Canadian Music Legends Sloan, celebrating 20 years with new LP and the song “Follow The Leader“.

-Pitchfork has a track from 13 & God, a project between German electro-pop outfitthe Notwist and avant-rap crews Themselves and Subtle. I’m a fan so far in “Old Age“.

-If you’re a fan of Dr Dog, you’re going to probably love The Devil Whale. Check out “Barracudas“.

-Stereogum has a new track from TV On The Radio. Thats right, they’re back. Check out “Will Do”.

-Gorilla vs. Bear has a live video of Julianna Barwick.

Finally, you’ll be seeing a lot of pre-sxsw coverage on this site as I make my picks of who I’d like to see at the festival. You just won’t see any coverage as its happening, as I won’t be going this year. Do512.com (An Austin entertainment site) has put together a page for all the bands that I’ve talked about here that are attending this years festival. With streaming playlists (via Grooveshark widgets) and schedules. I had no idea it existed until I got the e-mail today. Works for me.

If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods

philistines jr

It will make a sound.

The Philistines Jr. are an indie-pop threesome from Connecticut whose members include super producer Peter Katis (Interpol, the National and Frightened Rabbit), his brother Tarquin and Adam Pierce (who runs FatCat USA and plays drums in Mice Parade).  October 19th will see the band release an album called If a Band Plays in the Woods ? along with an album of covers and remixes (If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…?) from their impressive list of friends (the National, Tokyo Police Club, Tapes N’ Tapes and more).  Check out Frightened Rabbits’ version of “My Brother Tom, The Green Beret” below and click here to play the originals .

Frightened Rabbit: “My Brother Tom, the Green Beret (The Philistines Jr. Cover)” (from P4k).  Be sure to also grab the We Were Promised Jetpacks rework of “Hell No! We Won’t Go!”.

Look for both these albums through Tarquin Records.