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Wye Oak “The Alter”

A great ethereal jam.

Coconut Records Nighttiming
Yeah yeah, it’s that guy from Rushmore and he’s got an album produced by the guy from Incubus and blah blah blah. Well, it’s actually worth a listen. Jason Schwartzman lyrically opens up some personal scenes in a beautiful way, and the music lays a quirky back drop. 
The album fluctuates from head nodding pop to darker mopey jams, and it all seems to work out in the end. "Nighttiming", "Minding My Own Business", and "West Coast" are the better up beat jams and they’re catchy as hell. But where the album really shines are the slower more thoughtful songs like the killer gem of a final song "Ask Her to Dance".

Coconut Records Nighttiming

Yeah yeah, it’s that guy from Rushmore and he’s got an album produced by the guy from Incubus and blah blah blah. Well, it’s actually worth a listen. Jason Schwartzman lyrically opens up some personal scenes in a beautiful way, and the music lays a quirky back drop. 

The album fluctuates from head nodding pop to darker mopey jams, and it all seems to work out in the end. "Nighttiming", "Minding My Own Business", and "West Coast" are the better up beat jams and they’re catchy as hell. But where the album really shines are the slower more thoughtful songs like the killer gem of a final song "Ask Her to Dance".

Tears For Fears “Head Over Heels”

Back from before you hit puberty Tears For Fears was killing it. The weird dance away from the librarian kills me at least, and then she gives the keyboard to the guy!

The Black Keys “Strange Desire”

Maybe my favorite Black Keys tune. The way the symbol sounds on the chorus is fucking unbelievable. The lyrics are also some of Auerbach’s best.

Sparklehorse Distorted Ghost
A subtle release in 2000 from an over looked artist. The EP feels more like a sketch pad for future songs, but manages to evoke some deep emotions. 
It’s definitely worth a listen if you’re into Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, or, maybe, Band of Horses.

Sparklehorse Distorted Ghost

A subtle release in 2000 from an over looked artist. The EP feels more like a sketch pad for future songs, but manages to evoke some deep emotions. 

It’s definitely worth a listen if you’re into Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, or, maybe, Band of Horses.

Silverchair “Straight Lines”

This chorus is worth it.

Matthew E. White Big Inner
This gospel-pop album has been filling my quota for chanty cult music lately. The big band sound and open room recording along with lyrics filled with hope and love blend together for an uplifting listen.
Matthew E. White has opened up a studio in Richmond, VA that boasts a talented house band, and it seems he’s released this album as a proof for what the studio can do. In that process he’s managed to create a beautiful record. 
The album plays it pretty straight to the gospel pop genre with standouts like "Big Love" and "Will You Love Me", until the last song "Brazos" which takes the album off the edge in a beautiful way.

If you’ve got a soft spot for Polyphonic Spree, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros,  and whenever the Stones did gospel than this is certainly worth a spin.

Matthew E. White Big Inner

This gospel-pop album has been filling my quota for chanty cult music lately. The big band sound and open room recording along with lyrics filled with hope and love blend together for an uplifting listen.

Matthew E. White has opened up a studio in Richmond, VA that boasts a talented house band, and it seems he’s released this album as a proof for what the studio can do. In that process he’s managed to create a beautiful record. 

The album plays it pretty straight to the gospel pop genre with standouts like "Big Love" and "Will You Love Me", until the last song "Brazos" which takes the album off the edge in a beautiful way.

If you’ve got a soft spot for Polyphonic Spree, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros,  and whenever the Stones did gospel than this is certainly worth a spin.

Remy Zero Villa Elaine
Here’s a blast from ‘98. Being the massive Radiohead fan I was at the time this one fit right in. Coming back to it now it still holds up in my book. Soaring vocals, big guitars and bigger drums. The album is an overlooked gem.
Of course I think the best way to check this one out is to just press play, but if that’s not your deal then ”Gramarye”, "Prophecy", and "Hollow" are at least worth checking out.
Personal note, the time I saw these guys at the 9:30 club is still one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. 

Remy Zero Villa Elaine

Here’s a blast from ‘98. Being the massive Radiohead fan I was at the time this one fit right in. Coming back to it now it still holds up in my book. Soaring vocals, big guitars and bigger drums. The album is an overlooked gem.

Of course I think the best way to check this one out is to just press play, but if that’s not your deal then ”Gramarye”, "Prophecy", and "Hollow" are at least worth checking out.

Personal note, the time I saw these guys at the 9:30 club is still one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. 

Cayucos Bigfoot
These guys may be taking hipsters’ love of bikes to a whole new level (full disclosure, I talk about biking too much as well): there’s the album cover and half the songs contain at least a reference to the two wheeled wonders. The head nodding tunes and Richard Swift’s impeccable production sets this album apart. Clear acoustic guitars, chanty vocals, and fuzzy bass create a chorus of catchy tunes that will stick with you long after this short album ends. 
"Cayucos" and "A Summer Thing" are certainly the two that will stick out on your first listen, but the album is very strong as a whole. The tones are similar throughout, and on multiple listens they blur into a beautiful wall of indie pop that I can’t get enough of. 
If you have a soft spot in your heart for bands like OK Go, Phoenix, or Animal Collective (their poppier tunes) then these guys are worth a listen. 

Cayucos Bigfoot

These guys may be taking hipsters’ love of bikes to a whole new level (full disclosure, I talk about biking too much as well): there’s the album cover and half the songs contain at least a reference to the two wheeled wonders. The head nodding tunes and Richard Swift’s impeccable production sets this album apart. Clear acoustic guitars, chanty vocals, and fuzzy bass create a chorus of catchy tunes that will stick with you long after this short album ends. 

"Cayucos" and "A Summer Thing" are certainly the two that will stick out on your first listen, but the album is very strong as a whole. The tones are similar throughout, and on multiple listens they blur into a beautiful wall of indie pop that I can’t get enough of. 

If you have a soft spot in your heart for bands like OK Go, Phoenix, or Animal Collective (their poppier tunes) then these guys are worth a listen. 

John Grant “GMF”

I’m not too sure about this album as a whole, but I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head. That and the chorus is pretty damn perfect.