For all of your Halloween party / waiting for trick-or-treaters / quiet evening at home with zombie movie needs: the latest from NTSIB favorites Blackwater Jukebox. I suggest you download it – it’s free! – and then crank it up. Some of my favorites include Black Rain, from the Restricted Archives of the Smithsonian: … Read more
This video for When the Sun Sets by The Mouth of Ghosts is not a Halloween themed video – sp00ky band name aside – but it is a vehicle for a song that is a shimmery, delicate fusion of trip-hop and rock. It’s beautiful and soothing and delicious, and you should check it out.
Often when you hear a band who sits at the, some would say unlikely, crossroads of country and punk, it seems the punk tag is only given a passing nod, more evident in band members’ tattoos than in the music. Fistful of Beard, who hail from the northern Alabama town of Decatur, attack it … Read more
Gothic Christmas has (probably) been rained out for me this year – I’m writing this as Hurricane Sandy rolls over Manhattan – but I’ve been staying in the holiday spirit by listening to this mixtape from Citóg, a record label/ independent collective from the west of Ireland. Milan Jay, scrappy little band of my heart, … Read more
This show was part pilgrimage, because I had never seen Fiona Apple play live before, and part penance, for largely the same reason. The show started with music from her band, led by Blake Mills, who sang some of his delicately lovely pop songs and put on something of a master class in the fine … Read more
Originally shot for Speakers in Code, our friend Nate Burrell has allowed us to share some of his photos from this year’s Austin City Limits Festival. The shots are so gorgeous, I’m not even going to begrudge him the fact that he didn’t shoot the Afghan Whigs. who played yet another stellar set at … Read more
Not that either the Black Keys or RZA need my help with promotion, but I couldn’t resist sharing the fantastic new video for the song “The Baddest Man Alive” from RZA’s upcoming directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists.
A wonderful lullaby, here’s Glen Hansard singing the traditional Irish song “The Parting Glass”. Hansard has said he might like to record an album of traditional songs someday, and I hope he does. His strong, pure delivery makes me want to dig out my Dubliners album. The Parting Glass (trad) performed by Glen … Read more
There is really nothing that gets my attention like an email encouraging me to watch a video containing puppet fornication. That kind of thing is my Kryptonite. The video is the first of nine which the band intends to make and features puppets and set design by Kori Pop and horses by Amber Edgar. It … Read more
It’s Fifty Shades of Come Make Fun of Us for What We Listen to When No One Is Looking for FBFY this month. I tried to save a little face with my entry. “Embarrassed by some of the music that you love? October is for you! Honestly, I was expecting more bad country music submissions … Read more