Saw lots of amazing music this month (Treasure Island Festival, Mos Def performing Black on Both Sides), but don’t know that I listened to all that much great new stuff. Basically, I was too blown away by the new Flaming Lips album to listen to much of anything else.
- Flaming Lips – Embryonic: A surprising, stark, but very welcome change for Oklahoma’s finest. I never expected the bad who had been singing about “go tell Brittany, go tell Gwen,” on their last album would produce something so dark and weird.
- Girls – Album: Back in September, my mom told me that her friend’s son was in a band that she thought I might like called Girls. One week later, they’re getting a 9.1 on Pitchfork. Who knew my mom was such a tastemaker?
- Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium: Another fantastic instrumental album from Oh No. But it’s another reminder that he’s yet to drop a proper follow-up to 2004’s The Disrupt. C’mon man.
As always, let me know if there’s anything I missed this month:
2) Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why
Let’s turn the cheese up to 11 with this Eagles cover.
3) Girls – Hellhole Ratrace
7 minutes long. It could be 17 minutes long and I’d still be happy with it.
4) NOMO – Banners on High (live on Daytrotter)
I’m still pissed they decided to come to Chapel Hill the same night De La Soul was playing.
5) Girls – Darling
Seriously, Mom, can these dudes play my wedding?
6) Koushik – Beep 13
There’s a lot going on these 22 seconds.
7) Oh No – Melody Mix
C’mon, Oh No. You’re a good rapper! Kick something over this.
8) De La Soul – La La La
I hope these dudes do it for another 20 years. Because 20 years in, they’re doing the opposite of falling off.
9) Junior Murvin – Guitar
The Curtis Mayfield of Jamaica? I love the falsetto.
11) Otis Redding – My Lover’s Prayer
I’m currently going through the process of trying to find a first dance song. I’m quickly realizing that all the best soul songs (like this one) are about heartbreak. (per Soul Summer)
12) Oh No – The Funk
I’d love to hear the original Ethiopian record he flipped for this.
14) Jay-Z – PSA (Alex Goose Remix)
Imagine if Jay had beats like this on BP3!
17) Koushik – Beep 20
20) Poirier (ft. Face T) – Enemies
This song is either incredibly annoying, or incredibly awesome. I can’t decide.
21) Elucid – Yum Yum
Seriously has me fiendin’ for Sub-Bass Diet.
22) The Flaming Lips – Worm Mountain
I would have loved if they would have played this one at Treasure Island. I’m sure it sounds incredible live…
23) The Flaming Lips – Silver Trembling Hands
…although I’m thankful that I can verify that this one definitely sounds incredible live!