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New Music Tuesday 5.21.13


The National: Trouble Will Find Me | 8.4 Pitchfork "Best New Music" 

Delusions of Adequacy: "The National are such a powerfully gifted band, they need no theatrics to deliver an absolutely stone-cold beast of an album. With the music that is on here there is yet another thirteen songs to savor and salivate over until the next batch of songs comes about."


Daft Punk: Random Access Memories | 8.8 Pitchfork "Best New Music" 

The Telegraph: "Their return should be heralded from on high, because it is the boldest, smartest, most colourful and purely pleasurable dance album of this decade."

The Field: Looping State of Mind

The Field: Looping State of Mind came out today. When it started streaming free online recently I got my first listen and loved it. I just picked it up today and I'm listening as I do some work. It breathes wonderful, danceable, non-concentration breaking, atmospheric soundscapes. It fills up the room. I think you will like it a lot. Don't believe me? Ask Pitchfork, Drowned in Sound, CokeMachineGlow, and others.

I surprised many by choosing Four Tet's There Is Love In You as my album of year last year over Arcade Fire: The Suburbs and The National: High Violet. This year The Field is already making a strong argument for my best album of 2011. 


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The National | "Conversation 16"

I can't express how much love I have for The National. I found them by reading good reviews on three previous albums: Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003) | Alligator (2005) | Boxer (2007). Their 2010 release which was my #2 album of 2010 is High Violet. A stunner. I listened to it again on Saturday and it's oh, so good. It's also only $3.99 (as I write his post). That sale will end any moment, so please rush to grab this amazing album, full of passion and art. And enjoy "Conversation 16" starring, from Mad Men, John Slattery...

The National

Music Monday 11.29.10

Pay what you want for Dunham Van Durham's Christmas album, Christmas From the Heartland. That's my photo on the cover. And seriously, we really enjoy the album each Christmas in our home. You need to check it out, stream it, download it.

Bradford Cox of Deerhunter/Atlas Sound offers four albums of demos for FREE: Atlas Sound Bedroom Database. I've heard about a dozen songs and I'm loving it. Atlas Sound: Logos is one of my favorite albums to listen to while working ($8.99).

I shouldn't have to say how fantastic The Suburbs by Arcade Fire is. It's outstanding. Did you know you can get it today for $1.99? Yeah. Also Neon Bible is $5.99 & Funeral is $5. Here's the Spike Jonze directed video for "The Suburbs," which visualizes a very near, dark future for the burbs.

I just love the Bing Crosby/David Bowie TV duet of "Little Drummer Boy." Get Bing Crosby: I Wish You A Merry Christmas today only for $1.99. White Christmas is only $3.99. Awesome.