A Few More Beats – And Maybe, A New Sound: 02

Since Last.fm never wants to work for me, I’ve decided to abandon it and talk about some of the things I’ve been listening to lately instead. So expect to see A Few More Beats more often, as I like the format that I’ve come up with for this.

Alaska In Winter
One day, Brandon Bethancourt ventured off into the chilly depths of Alaska where he holed up in a small cabin with his laptop and started to write an album. Cut to months later where he found himself in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he befriends Zach Condon, better known as Beirut, and Heather Trost of Hawk and a Hacksaw, and thus, Alaska In Winter is born. It’s funny, I actually saw Brandon play before Beirut on his last tour and didn’t like him at all. But I recently heard his record Dance Party in The Balkans, and I ended up enjoying it. He sounds like Beirut’s older stuff, more European and more electronic. Take a listen and see for yourself.

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Balkan Lowrider Anthem by Alaska In Winter

Albert Hammond Jr.
Yeah, Albert Hammond Jr. is that dude from The Strokes. Specifically, he was the guitar player. He released an album back in 2006, which I did hear a few good things about, but never actually listened to it. But those few things I did hear made me curious to see what he would sound like solo. As it turns out, he’s pretty damn amazing. His new record is titled ¿Cómo Te Llama? and comes out on July 8th, and I think this just might put him into mainstream coolness, at least for his efforts alone. The album does sound similar to The Strokes, but more like the first album, you know, the one that was actually good. It also has an amazingly classic and timeless sound to it. I highly suggest checking this album out when it drops.

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Feed Me Jack Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Peter Sellers by Albert Hammond Jr.

Deerhunter
After listening to their first album, I wasn’t a big fan of Deerhunter. I think I remember it being slightly too noisy for my taste, something just didn’t click. I did like Bradford Cox’s solo effort, Atlas Sound, but that was totally minimal and electronic and nothing like his work with Deerhunter. But then I had a chance to listen to their newest album, Microcastle, and was absolutely blown away. The album is much more concise, much easier to listen to, and dare I say, more pop? Maybe it’s because Bradford has been hanging out with the dudes in Animal Collective more? Who knows? But the album is going to surprise a whole lot of people when it comes out, which is still yet to be determined.

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Never Stops by Deerhunter

Lykke Li
I’d been reading about Lykke Li for a while but it wasn’t until a friend suggested I listen to her that I actually took the initiative to do it. Lykke is a 22 year old Swedish singer who also happens to be rather well connected. Her newest album, Youth Novel, was produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, and she’s connected to other Swede musicians like The Concretes, Robyn, and El Perro del Mar. Her music is very well produced, lots of strings, semi-electronic, very Swedish. Her voice is soft slightly raspy and beautiful, with subtle hints of her accent which make her sound even better. So far she hasn’t quite broken out, but I could totally see her showing up on an Apple commercial in the near future.

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Let It Fall by Lykke Li

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

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