December 29, 2011

Boy & Bear

After making quite a few waves in their native Australia, Boy & Bear are starting to make their way to the States through the airwaves. The folky group from Sydney are easily comparable to Mumford & Sons, but have a sound that sets them apart and draws additional comparisons to City & Colour, as well as former tourmates Angus & Julia Stone. Their debut full length, Moonfire, was released in August, and I have yet to find anything wrong with it. Led by the powerful and catchy single "Feeding Line," the album has been on repeat in my stereo for weeks, and is one of the strongest debut albums of the year. They recently won the ARIA Album of the Year award in Australia, and I am confident they will find fans all over the globe.

Boy & Bear-"Lordy May"

Boy & Bear-"Feeding Line"

December 26, 2011

New Song From The xx

As we reported a little while ago, British indie-synth band The xx have begun working on a new album, their followup to the acclaimed 2009 debut, xx. The first recording from that new disc has surfaced. The group has released a demo version of "Open Eyes" on their website. Take a listen!

The xx-"Open Eyes (Demo)"

December 24, 2011

Lykke Li - The Lost Sessions Vol. 1

Lykke Li, the Swedish singer-wongwriter behind the great 2011 album, Wounded Rhymes, has just released The Lost Sessions Vol. 1, a collection of three acoustic demos of songs from the album. The cuts are "Youth Knows No Pain," "Jerome," and fan and personal favorite, "I Follow Rivers". Listen below!

December 23, 2011

Jónsi - "Gathering Stories" Music Video

Jónsi, of Sigur Rós, has recently composed the soundtrack for the Cameron Crowe film, We Bought A Zoo. "Gathering Stories," one of the new tracks on the album, now has a beautifully animated music video to accompany it! Take a look! Buy the soundtrack here.

December 20, 2011

Ben's Favorite Albums of 2011

What follows are the ten albums that most deeply affected me this year. 2011 was a brilliant year for music, and narrowing this list to ten was a challenge. The records that made it are ones that moved me, that I listened to on repeat for what felt like months, that really forced me to feel. I'm no professional critic, I can hardly claim that these are the "best of the year." But for me personally, these albums represent everything I love about great music. Here are my favorites, in no particular order.

Dawes - Nothing is Wrong
"Million Dollar Bill"--Dawes

Notable Exceptions:

Yellow Ostrich - The Mistress

The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart

(Both of these albums were released in 2010, then re-released in 2011, to greater commercial success.)

December 19, 2011

The Security Dilemma: 12.19.11

Last night was the last show of the year, so I played tracks from some of my favorite albums of 2011. A good preview for my best of list, which will be dropping in the next couple days. Enjoy!

The Security Dilemma: 12/19/11

December 17, 2011

Dawes--"A Little Bit of Everything"

I just stumbled across this. Taylor Goldsmith and a couple of his cronies from Dawes performing an acoustic version of "A Little Bit of Everything," a cut off their fantastic 2011 album Nothing is Wrong. Absolutely beautiful rendition of a tremendous song, and well worth at least three viewings.