Monday, May 3, 2010

Whathaveyou

  • E-music carrier LaLa is shutting down. LaLa was notable for allowing its users to stream songs fully without purchase, and was the embedding agent of choice for The AV Club and Pitchfork, among others. The writing was on the wall, however, when the company was purchased by Apple a few months back.
  • A track from the new Sun Kil Moon record is out there, thanks to Stereogum. It's called "Australian Winter", a classical guitar ballad that's a bare hybrid of "Heron Blue" and "Blue Orchid" from April. From what I can tell, it's just Mark Kozelek and his guitar, expertly plucked.
  • May concert schedule is thin (aside from my own on May 20th), but June and July bring the Avett Brothers and Modest Mouse respectively. The Avetts play Savannah's Johnny Mercer Theater, and I have second row tickets! Meanwhile, Isaac Brock and crew will do a set at Charleston's own Music Farm.
  • Colin Meloy (and his wife) will write three kids books for Harper Collins. Let's hope he brings Decemberist creations Leslie Ann Levine, The Shankill Butchers, and a Chimbley Sweep in as characters.
  • Spin released its list of 125 greatest albums of the past 25 years (their lifespan thus far). The top 5? OK Computer (nice), Nevermind (sure), The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead (ugh), Prince's Sign O' the Times (fine), and...eyeroll please!...U2's Achtung Baby (this). Ladies and gentleman, Spin Magazine.
  • A couple milestones: We're up to 20 followers, and this is our 60th post of the year, only four full months in! Thanks for your support everyone.
  • I revisited the Silver Jews brilliant American Water last week. I think it's an essential album for the midyear warmth. There's something summery about those shimmery strums and the juxtaposition of David Berman low grumbles with Stephen Malkmus' boyish strains. Here's the albums closing track and my personal favorite, "The Wild Kindess":

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