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In Celebration of Some Songs that I Like and Some Other Music I’ve Never Heard

February 27, 2010

A happy Saturday to you all, lovers and fighters alike!  This is going to be a quickie friends, Uncle Caleb’s got some crazy stuff happening right now and so we won’t be long for the world today.  Having said that, we do have some great musical intel for you to download in celebration of the new car stereo I purchased this week.  That’s right, my little blue Saturn now has the latest hi-fi (that stands for “high fidelity” in case you didn’t know) equipment built right into the dash which will provide yours truly with miles and miles of sweet sonic bliss.  And what will be filling up the speakers this week?  Some pretty dang good new music, that’s what.

It surprises me that I’ve never used this space to sing the praises of Canada’s The New Pornographers or to ruminate on my love for their principal songwriter A.C. Newman.  I have great affection for both the group and the man, and it does my heart good to know that a new Pornographers album is set to drop in May with a ton of super special guests.  Skip on over to the evil Pitchfork to hear their new song “Your Hands (Together)” and enjoy.

Danger Mouse is back again, this time teaming up with The Shins’ James Mercer under the moniker Broken Bells.  The duo’s self-titled album is due for release on March 9 and here’s a terrific track called “Sailing to Nowhere.”

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds released their third album, Work, this week.  I haven’t had the chance to listen to this disc yet, but I have no reservations about plugging it as I fully anticipate true awesomeness.  Here’s the video to the lead single, “Fall Hard.”

The pride of Wasilla, Alaska has a new album coming out.  Yep that’s right, TBTS fave Portugal. The Man will release American Ghetto on March 2 and I for one can’t wait.  I showed some love for this band back at Christmas and am tickled pink that they’re releasing new music.  Here’s a link to a track called “Dead Dog” over at the always-superb Brooklyn Vegan.

Shearwater.  Shearwater.  Shearwater.  If I say the name enough times, perhaps Jonathan Meiburg will magically appear and will play songs just for me.  Although I hate it that he and Will Sheff no longer collaborate, I must say that if this is the price for getting Shearwater’s last two masterpieces (2006’s Palo Santo and 2008’s Rook), I’ll gladly pay up.  The Golden Archipelago was released this week and once again I haven’t had time to give it a spin just yet.  But I have so much faith in this band that I’m going to pronounce this album amazing before I listen to it.  Boys, don’t let me down.

One of Mali’s finest guitar players, the late Ali Farka Touré and kora legend Toumani Diabaté recorded together right before Ali Farka’s death from bone cancer in 2006.  The results of that collaboration were released this week under the title Ali and Toumani and if you have any love for African music I strongly suggest you pick this one up.  This is the duo’s second collaboration, the first coming in 2005 with In the Heart of the Moon, and the second album is just as beautiful and haunting as the first.  YouTube offers up “Kala Duja”, just click the link, close your eyes, and be swept away.

Finally, Prince released a new song this week.  It breaks my heart to tell you  that it is not good.  Later!

  1. February 27, 2010 5:49 pm

    I absolutely love the New Pornographers, and it makes me very, very happy to know that we’ll get some new stuff from them in May. That made my weekend.

    • Caleb permalink
      February 27, 2010 10:31 pm

      C.M., if you haven’t heard A.C. Newman’s solo records, I highly recommend them. The man can write some amazingly catchy tunes.

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