Rappers aren’t the only one’s who release albums from the grave. Elliott Smith’s posthumous release, New Moon, is a beautiful two disc release of songs recorded between 1994 and 1997, the time when he was recording Elliott Smith and Either/Or.
New Moon is made up of rare and unreleased material, but still sound just as great as his albums do. Everything was mixed by Larry Crane, the archivist for Elliott Smith’s estate.
If you’re an Elliott Smith fan at all, this is definitely something you’d be interested in.
Pretty Mary K (Other Version) / Elliott Smith
P.S. The artwork was done by Mike King, check out his website for lots of cool posters n shit!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how great of a year this has been for music. I kind of feel like in 20 years
people historians will look back and be amazed at all the greatness. So I decided to write all of my favorites artists who had amazing albums so far in 2007. A list of 21 bands, only halfway through the year, is pretty damn remarkable. If you don’t know what they’ve put out this year, then wiki it, it’s worth the trouble.
Still coming up there’s the new Rilo Kiley, Beirut, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, and I’m sure many more that I can’t think of right now. It’s gonna’ be an exciting year.
P.S. The new Modest Mouse is shit, I didn’t forget it, and you can keep your Icky Thump, I don’t want it.
P.P.S. I forgot the new Shins album, which was amazing, definitely top 10 material.
New Young Pony Club
are a London based band that was just recently signed to Modular Records
(home of awesomeness such as The Avalanches, Chromeo, and Cut Copy). They sound somewhere in-between Blondie and The Blow, with a tinge of Madonna-esque vocals. Lots of great bass lines and hot keyboard action make them really fun to dance to.
Grey – New Young Pony Club
Voxtrot, up to this point, has only released three EPs and a few singles so far. But that all changes with their first full album release on May 22nd.
I’ve been listening to the album for about a week now, and I can already say that it’s one of the best of the year. They not only took all of the amazing parts from their previous releases, but built upon sthem to make them something even more complex sounding. Strings and pianos are common and a lot of songs and make them even more amazing.
And I’m absolutely in love with Ramesh Srivastava’s voice. It’s the most even and warm toned voice I’ve heard in years, reminding me a lot of Ben Folds, actually. Also his lyrics are amazing, they just seem to flow so well when he sings them. My favorite lines of the album are definitely:
“Nine months later I’m the lonely one, with all the fruit of labor, and half of the fun,
Chris and Cosey in the rising sun, he’s got a heart of gold, man, it beats like a drum,
And it shakes…”
The lyrics are from their song, ‘Steven’ which I’ve posted below for everyone to hear (Voxtrot, if you want me to take it down, because I’m so totally sure you’re going to read this, I will, haha).
Steven – Voxtrot
I remember the first time I went to Urban Outfitters, it was the one down the street from Union Square in San Francisco. It was the coolest store I had ever been in. The fact that it was like 4 stories just made it amazing to me. Now near 10 years later, I realize that Urban Outfitters is really over priced and rips off t-shirt designs.
But the one thing I still love, is their graphic and in store design. It’s always consistently well done, they’re current design being done by the EXTREMELY wonderful National Forest. Now they’ve taken the style that they carry so well and translated it into a blog. So far it seems pretty cool showcasing magazines, music videos, bands… although it seems like most entries are somehow tied into the brand of the store. The formatting of it is really interesting as well, with the entires being divided up by place, like Los Angeles or London, instead of category.
+URBAN OUTFITTERS BLOG