Friday, September 25, 2009

Episode 2

Another week has quickly gone by...and another weekend to fill with the Waterloo Sunset Podcast. Here's Episode 2, featuring lots of great music, including a new song from those cool cats above, Monsters of Folk. Right-click (or Control-click for Mac users) to download, or you can just stream it right here on the page.

Daniel Rossen--"Waterfall"
Fool's Gold--"Nadine"
The Impressions--"We're A Winner"
Monsters of Folk--"Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)"
Link Wray--"Johnny Bom Bonny"
Joe Shores--"Mississippi Sounding Calls"
Fats Domino--"Going to the River"
Heartless Bastards--"Out At Sea"
Devendra Banhart--"Baby"
Neil Young--"Human Highway"

Episode 2:
Podcast #2

Total running time: 36:29

Friday, September 18, 2009

Radio, Radio

It's the inaugural edition of the Waterloo Sunset podcast. Each week, I'll be bringing a half-hour of great tunes, a mini mix tape for your weekends. Here's this week's list of songs:

The Smiths--"Panic"
Califone--"Funeral Singers"
Sam Cooke--"Nothing Can Change This Love"
Britt Daniel--"Bring It On Home To Me"
The Dovers--"What Am I Going To Do?"
Atlas Sound, ft. Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)--"Walkabout"
Timber Timbre--"Trouble Comes Knocking
The Sir Douglas Quintet--"Lawd, I'm Just A Country Boy In This Great Big Freaky City"
Yim Yames--"Long, Long, Long"
The Kinks--"Waterloo Sunset"

Total running time: 36:34

Podcast #1

Sunday, September 13, 2009

To Make It All Worthwhile

My favorite track from one of my favorite releases of the year gets an excellent visual rendering: "While You Wait For The Others" by Grizzly Bear, directed by Sean Pecknold (brother of lead Fleet Fox Robin Pecknold).

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Dutchess and the Duke

Guy-girl duo The Dutchess and the Duke have a new song called "Hands" from their forthcoming album Sunset/Sunrise (which, as the above album cover can attest, looks absolutely exquisite). On this first single, they've traded in the Rolling Stones-inspired campfire jams found on their debut (She's The Dutchess, He's the Duke) and added a decidedly Spanish cinematic flair that compliments their throwback harmonies quite well. Sunset/Sunrise is out October 6 via Hardly Art.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Funeral Singers

Chicago's Califone have been very quiet since their stellar 2006 release Roots and Crowns. Then again, Califone aren't the type of band to go trumpeting from every hilltop in vivid technicolor; rather, they remain understated, choosing an auditory palette of muted hues. Their music is dense, complex, and challenging, often involving deconstructed folk and blues motifs to create a very off-kilter amalgamation of new and old sounds.

"Funeral Singers" is from their upcoming October 6 release All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. It's an example of frontman Tim Rutili's humble intelligence as a songwriter and arranger: using only four chords, the band builds and builds on top of rich acoustic guitar work, the constant forward motion carrying them to the song's pseudo-campfire sing-along end. It's more upbeat than much of Califone's past work; in fact, it pays homage to Rutili's work in his previous band, Red Red Meat (whose stellar album Bunny Gets Paid was re-released this year).

The album was written as a companion to Rutili's film of the same name. When the band tours this fall, they plan to play the film as well, thus recreating the soundtrack live every night of the tour. You can pre-order the album at Califone's website (and through their label, Dead Oceans).