The Daily Swarm – Heavy on music industry news. Good starting point before hitting sites like Pitchfork. Gives you a broad overview of the whole spectrum.
Desipio.com – The gold standard for Chicago Cubs analysis. Andy Dolan (a longtime Cubs fan) regularly posts his criticism of the team and usually to hilarious results.
The Hype Machine – An EXCELLENT music aggregator. This website pulls music from several blogs for streaming or downloading pleasure. A great place to hear rare and unreleased tracks.
Stereogum.com – Probably the blog closest to my personal tastes. Pretty broad in terms of music they cover.
Oh No They Didn’t! – I’m so sorry.
Yes, I know… REAL late to the game on this one. Sorry I wasn’t up to the minute on my SXSW coverage…
Saw this on my friend Katie’s Facebook page and thought it was something to take a look at.
The band is called Yeasayer. They’re from Brooklyn, and they’re unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. I mean, the best way to put this (and I’ve seen them compared to this in other reviews) is that they sorta sound like the Talking Heads.. except a bit more grandiose. Check out their Myspace or website and then watch the following videos of the band on a Subway in Paris. Tremendous stuff.
They’re playing Logan Square Auditorium on April 16. I think I’m going. Any interested parties?
Cool interview and performance by Bon Iver. Gives you a little bit of insight into the recording of the album.
Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends – When I first heard of this band, I thought they were some shitty French pop trio. The I saw them on Conan and their very overweight singer started taking his clothes off to a wicked jam. I was wrong on both accounts. They’re American, and a rock and roll band. At that point, I decided I probably should give this record a spin. Good stuff.
Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark – The DBT’s are a band I’d heard a lot about but never got around to. This record is great, a mixture of bittersweet ballads and kickass rockers. “Two Daughters and A Beautiful Wife” is one of my favorite songs of the year so far.
The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree – Just listen to “This Year” and you’ll understand.
Les Savy Fav – The Year Before The Year 2000 (mp3)
Drive By Truckers – Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife (mp3)
The Mountain Goats – This Year (mp3)