Monsters of Folk “Say Please”


Indie rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, which consists of Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, his co-conspirator/producer Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James aka ‘Yim Yames,’ and the very accomplished M. Ward – most recently of She & Him with Zooey Deschanel, release the teaser single to their upcoming debut album, also titled Monsters of Folk. The song is called “Say Please” and it’s fun, not nearly as good as what this grouping is capable of, but worth checking out nonetheless.

Memory Cassette “Surfin (Sail a Whale)”

coolmint2Best new artist name I’ve heard in awhile and the music lives up to it. These new tracks and seemingly endless stream of mixtapes have an increasingly larger group of music bloggers checking back to the mysterious We’re Tapes blog that the Memory Cassette/Weird Tapes contingency calls home.

This particular track is the most popular of the remixes available on the site. The original track “Surfin” had already gotten some buzz, but this remix by Sail A Whale, another member of their group of loosely associated acts, has gained even more attention.

Memory Cassette – Surfin (Sail A Whale Version)

Kings of Leon “California Waiting”


I read in the news today that Kings of Leon’s latest album, Only By The Night, their fourth, has officially gone platinum. To celebrate, I’m not playing anything from that album, for several reasons, namely the fact that it is by far their worst. And they know it. Not that I don’t like it. I do. But instead I offer one of my favorite songs off Youth and Young Manhood, their first album, that I feel best embodies the rawer, more rock and roll, flavor of their earlier work.

Dirty Projectors “Cannibal Resource”

Never really gotten into their old stuff, but “Cannibal Resource” is one of several songs from this new LP, Bitte Orca, that has been making the rounds on indie rock radio, along with “Stillness is the Move” and “No Intention,” and they are all great. The record itself is pretty great on the whole, and definitely joins Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective as strong contenders for album of the year.

Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource