Archive for the ‘Sounds’ category

TGW spins: Sunbathing Animal

So I feel like I’d just come to terms with how much I relish Parquet Courts’ breakthrough LP, Light Up Gold, when — BAM — they’ve dropped another record. Their third album, Sunbathing Animal will still remind you of Pavement at times, maybe Beat Happening, or other bands on the thru-line that runs from those […]

TGW spins: Todd Terje

Hi, friends. This has been thoroughly pimped on Pitchfork for a couple weeks, including a Best New Album nod and review by Mike Powell, but it’s deliriously enjoyable and I wouldn’t mind knowing we were all giving it a spin. Count this as virtual record club, then. I hope you have something to say. Here’s […]

21 from 2013

21 from 2013 from _waterman on 8tracks Radio. Some songs that were published in 2013. Mood: laid back, late night. Most of these come from albums that were also favorites, so you may as well count this as a top 21 list too, though these tracks were picked for the mix, not necessarily because I […]

Winter Songs 2014

Winter's songs 2014 from seroquel on 8tracks Radio. Hello loved ones! It’s time again. Here are the songs that really got under my skin these last few months. Some are immediately adorable. You will play them over and over. Others are messier. But you’ll learn to love them too. Give this mix a little time. […]

#np Frisk Frugt

A little sweetness to start your week … via Bandcamp: Frisk Frugt is the work of a Danish explorer called Anders Lauge Meldgaard: a man who loads up his optimist’s dinghy full of brass, self-made mechanical instruments and other inspired sound gadgets, and sets sail on music’s diverse waves of opportunity. “Dansktoppen…” (apparently translated as […]

Tom Lehrer: for The Electric Company and otherwise

Those of you who grew up in the USA in the 70s and had a television more than likely know some of these songs: A decent number of these are permanently burned into my mental harddrive and have been recovered, over the last few years, as Charlie and I have made our way through DVD […]

The end of the year is upon us

It’s that time of the year when I frantically try to figure out if I’ve listened to enough new music this year to put together a list of favorites, which is to say I’m worried as usual that I’m finally getting old. It’s also to say that I have three more weeks to sort through […]

Weekend recs

Some tunes for your holiday weekend: The soundtrack to the 1975 film adaptation of The Day of the Locust. (I haven’t actually seen this. Have you?) Also recommended: losing several hours in’s fantastic, eclectic collection of 78rpm records. — BW

Weekend recs

Hopkinson Smith Early music people tend to be musical polyglots, and such is Hopkinson Smith. A founding member of Hespèrion XX, Smith plays lute, vihuela (see below), theorbo, and for all I know, electric guitar. I’m recommending him not as a specialized interest, I hope, but as a delight for anyone who enjoys soulful instrumentalism […]

Weekend recs

A Night with Lou Reed (live at the Bottom Line, 1983) Here’s a full hour of Lou Reed in great form, not long after The Blue Mask was released, and featuring (as the album did) Robert Quine. There’s so much good stuff here, but it’s best just to think about this as 40-year-old Lou, back […]