I remembered. Therefore, welcome to the second edition of Octopus Windmill’s New Music Monday’s, aimed at getting you some essential new tunes to start off your week. Check out the mp3’s below and/or go here to download all the songs in one fell swoop.
Malachai – Ugly Side of Love (Domino)
Yeah, I’d never heard of these guys either. But give it a chance and you’ll be happy you know them now. Malachai hails from Bristol, England and borrowed their name from the red-haired kid in the horror film Children of the Corn, which is pretty awesome. Musically, it reminds me of some obscure psych record from the 60s that melts while it spins on your record player. If you buy the record and it actually does that, please call me. And maybe call Robert Ripley too. If the phone keeps ringing, it’s because he’s dead.
Album Out now on Domino
Yeasayer – Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian) “O.N.E.”
O.n.e. of today’s better live band’s pumps up the jam on their highly-anticipated second album. I’m still trying to make up my mind about the record as a whole. Like their debut, All Hour Symbols, the standout tracks make the non-standout tracks pale in comparison, even though the non-standout’s are far better than a lot of what’s coming out these days. Anyway, “O.N.E.” is o.n.e. of these standout’s. Amsterdam’ers be dam’d if you miss these dudes in March at Paradiso. Out 2/09/10 (U.S.) on Secretly Canadian
Caribou – Swim (Merge)
Instantly my favorite thing I’ve heard from Caribou. You wanna dance? You can dance to this. You wanna chill out? You can chill out to this. You wanna get a cheeseburger? Seriously, I’m craving a cheeseburger and I’m wondering if you’ll go with me. No? Fine. I’ll go by myself and listen to this on the way. Geez. Out 4/20/10 on Merge
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag City)
GARDEN PARTY! WOO WOO SPRING BREAK 2010!!!! Just kidding. I’m admittedly pretty picky with female vocalists, yet somehow Joanna Newsom, an odd-ball vocalist who plays the harp and is supposedly datingthis guy, steals my heart every time. After her previous album, Ys, it’s nice to hear her so stripped down. I wonder how it’ll mix with the other songs on the not-one, not-two, but three-CD/LP album. I hope her fingers are okay. Out 2/23/10 on Drag City
|Ninjasonik – Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant (?)
“Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant”
Even though I had no idea they were performing, I had the great pleasure of seeing this Brooklyn lo-fi rap/punk trio totally upstage Spank Rock the other night at Paradiso. This doesn’t appear to be out on any official full-length or EP that I can find, but I’m predicting that these self-proclaimed “tight jeans-wearing…” hip hop hipsters will be making a mess of people’s ears in the coming years. Ooh, part of my rap post rhymed. Watch this awesomeness in music video format here.