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Teen Age Riot

Sonic Youth

Great album opening track or the greatest album opening track?

"Everybody’s talking ‘bout the stormy weather / And what’s a man do to but work out whether it’s true? / Looking for a man with a focus and a temper / Who can open up a map and see between one and two / Time to get it / Before you let it / Get to you / Here he comes now / Stick to your guns / And let him through / Everybody’s coming from the winter vacation / Taking in the sun in a exaltation to you / You come running in on platform shoes / With Marshall stacks / To at least just give us a clue / Ah, here it comes / I know it’s someone I knew / Teenage riot in a public station / Gonna fight and tear it up in a hypernation for you”

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Lindisfarne by James Blake

For the sake of comparison, here is the original version of “Lindisfarne” by James Blake. Moses Sumney cover below.

Kestrels breed / Looking farther than I can see / Without tact to read / She’d take a shine to me / Beacon don’t fly too high / Beacon don’t fly too high / For all your time / Playful crime in rain / Worth it being cold / Roofing for the lanes / A lesson lost again / A lesson lost again / Cute but I’ll take the bus / With fees and favours gone / Cracks in savers pass / And a white that sometimes shone / Wanton borrowed gun / Wanton borrowed gun”

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Lindisfarne (Jame Blake Cover) by Moses Sumney

LA-based R&B singer Moses Sumney covers James Blake’s “Lindisfarne.”

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Tears O Plenty

Parquet Courts

"Tears O Plenty" is one of the many highlights from Parquet Court’s Light Up Gold. Do yourself a favor and listen to this record now if you haven’t already.

"I drank right from your tears of plenty and / I exchanged all the gifts you sent me / Dreary beats over fast-rapped verses / Leaked through windows in hatchback hearses / Snacker’s conference at the buffet table / Double dip in the goose pate mold / Posthumous pranks left in the casket / Plain Jane shining in her spotlight moment / She lived for the same moments we did / Morning coffee refilled and endless / He stumbled into some dinero / Weeping at the wake like a Catholic hero”


Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

Existential slacker rockers Parquet Courts return this June with a follow up to 2013’s brilliant Light Up Gold. This cat video is soundtracked by the title track from their forthcoming album.

"There’s a patch of light that hits the floor I’ll often occupy / Stretch my arms and legs and close my eyes / I now can hear my pulse alone, this manic pace I cannot slow / I do not miss the child you stole / Frying and abiding, I’m in your control / Like a sunbathing animal”

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Sheezus by Lily Allen

I don’t think Kanye West is gonna see the humor in this. New Lily Allen record, also called Sheezus, coming May 5.

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Arcade Fire Second Line with Beck and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Coachella 2014

I just returned from my first (and likely last) Coachella experience. More on that later, but right now I want to share a truly memorable moment that occurred on the last night of the festival. To close out their 90-minute set, Arcade Fire launched into the Dixie Cups’ “Iko Iko" accompanied by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and led a second line into the crowd and around the nearby festival grounds. Beck and Win Butler waded through the audience singing through bullhorns (complete with police siren sound effects). If you look closely in the video you can see the two bullhorns floating above the crowd. It was truly splendid way to close out an amazing performance by one of my all-time favorite bands.

More highlights from Coachella 2014 coming soon. All video by @fragmentofalyric

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Girl by Jamie XX

This is a new song by Jamie XX, 1/2 of the XX - an atmospheric tune with vocals so distorted that it almost sounds ambient.

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Unthought Known

Pearl Jam

One of my favorite post-90s Pearl Jam tracks - which is saying something because Vedder and company’s output after No Code has been spotty at best. This was a Target only release that still isn’t available on streaming services so enjoy it here, kids.

"All the thoughts you never see / You are always thinking / Brain is wide, the brain is deep / Oh, are you sinking? / Feel the path of every day / Which road you taking? / Breathing hard, making hay / Yeah, this is living / Look for love in evidence / That you’re worth keeping / Swallowed whole in negatives / It’s so sad and sickening / Feel the air up above / Oh, pool of blue sky / Fill the air up with love / All black with starlight / Feel the sky blanket you / With gems and rhinestones / See the path cut by the moon / For you to walk on”

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The Suburbs

Arcade Fire

A song Win Butler dedicated to those who are “really in love” last night at Coachella.

"In the suburbs I / I learned to drive / And you told me we’d never survive / Grab your mother’s keys we’re leaving / You always seemed so sure / That one day we’d be fighting / In a suburban war / Your part of town against mine / I saw you standing on the opposite shore / But by the time the first bombs fell / We were already bored / We were already, already bored / Sometimes I can’t believe it / I’m movin’ past the feeling / Sometimes I can’t believe it / I’m movin’ past the feeling again"

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Arcade Fire sure knows how to put on a show. In chronological order, here are the highlights:

  • A Phaft Dunk (what Win Butler called the Daft Punk looking dudes who came on stage at the beginning of the set) cameo
  • Sexy gay man (bears to be exact) dance crew
  • Radiohead-looking disco suit man interpretive dance
  • Regine Chassagne singing on stage set in the crowd while death looms behind her
  • Beck guest vocalist on Prince’s “Controversy”
  • Confetti!
  • A 2nd line through the crowd and the Coachella grounds led by the Preservation Jazz Hall band

All this and they put on a great show - even some the songs from their hit or miss latests record sounded great. Truly an amazing way to end my Coachella 2014. All photos by @whatthekids.