Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A mess'a songs to cheer on the fall season

The Scotsman recently published a piece questioning whether the Twilight Sad are doomed to be the choice of critics and musicians, never to see any major acclaim from a proper fanbase, but critics and musicians are people with favorites, just as non-critics and non-musicians are, so if this is the case, very well. Still, there are a lot of people missing out on a brilliant act.

Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, their fourth, gets released in one week.

From Year of the Flesh, its second single, by Icelandic Denmark resident Snævar Njall Albertsson. This new Dad Rocks! album is grand and beautiful, all brass and intricate finger-picking and completely, wonderfully predictable for a Scandinavian release.

Boy + Kite is an Austin-based band, rather reminiscent of acts like Death Cab for Cutie and American Analog Set and quite a lot of softer, mildly technical rock acts that were popular in and around 2004. They've got an EP out today called Blueprint.

Benson, Minnesota-based Tiny Moving Parts have got this video in which they release bobble heads into space and track their movement via GPS. The story is quite fantastic:

"On August 13th from our home in Benson, MN, we sent three bobble heads replicas of ourselves into space using a 600 gram weather balloon. The 2 hour flight was captured by a GoPro camera enclosed in a styrofoam cooler alongside a GPS tracker and a stack of heat packs to help brave the -60 degree F (-15 C) temperatures. The spacecraft reached a height of over 80,000 ft (24,384 meters), capturing the Earth's curve and the beauty of a world just beyond our grasp. About 2 hours into its journey, the GPS stopped sending us signals. We drove all over the farmlands of Minnesota with the slim hopes of it turning up somewhere. Eventually, we gave up and lost hope. It wasn't until October 10th, almost 2 months later, that we received a call from a farmer, our new friend Kurt, almost 50 miles away who found the pack while combing through his bean farm."

They're currently touring with Dads (not to be confused with the aforementioned Dad Rocks!) and will be at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on Nov. 11.

Finally, some brand new Vaadat Charigim! It sounds completely different from the stuff of their debut, not as dreamy, but much trippier, lazier, more -- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club? -- and precedes a new record that'll be released on Burger Records in spring 2015.

And, last but not least, a brand new video from L.A.'s own Girlpool, animated by Catleya Sherbow. The Girlpool EP gets released Nov. 18.

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