With a new Sun Kil Moon LP, as well as Retribution Gospel Choir's debut album (which he produced), a book, and a movie score all coming out this year, it's safe to say Mark Kozelek is a prolific artist. He sat down with us here at Studio C in San Francisco for a rare interview (he doesn't do them often) to discuss all his projects and to play us some new solo songs from is new album April.
Comprised of two dudes on instruments and two ice-princess frontwomen, Liverpool-based Ladytron is quite simply one of the most awesome bands to ever rise up out of electronic music's ashes. Garnering the most attention initially by their cold and calculating club hit "PlayGirl" (one of Felix Da Housecat's favorites), the foursome has somehow managed to make their far-away, future-forward sound a warm and inviting experience throughout three albums, and are most intriguing live.
Midlake is not afraid to be both beautiful and ineffable. Archaeologists of the sonic variety, this remarkable outfit has returned from a dig in the '70s and recorded their findings. Gentle and dramatic piano moves gracefully throughout their music providing a dreamy foundation for striking melodies and lyrics. Poetic musings set to harmonized folk instrumentation has never sounded so soothing and inspiring.
By steadily winning the sensitive hearts of music fans the world over, the Shins are the sleeper band that keeps getting bigger. Many obsess along with singer James Mercer's existential unrest, others just bop along to the catchy, bare-boned hooks--or hey, why not do both? Whatever the case, the Shins' appeal is deeply and widely felt.
We just posted the lastest edition of the Indie To Go playlists on Download Music! This iPod-friendly sampler of MP3s features topnotch indie newcomers and chart-toppers such as Tokyo Police Club, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), The Raveonettes, The Explorers Club and more. Stream now (while you work), then visit the artist pages to download the songs to go. And if you want to hear more playlists like this one, check out Indie To Go Volumes 1 through 10.
If you live in the bay area (or plan to be here the weekend of August 22nd), get ready for the first annual Outside Lands music festival! The Bonnaroo-size line-up features some of the biggest names around, such as Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty, Jack Johnson, Wilco, Primus and more (see below). Tickets go on sale this Sunday, March 30th at 10AM on Sfoutsidelands.com
The festivities will take place in Golden Gate Park August 22-24th, and it's being produced by Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions, Starr Hill Presents, and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. It will be … Read more
I was surprised to read on David Kusek's blog (Future of Music) that Indie's share of the music market is galloping toward 30 percent. I'm not sure where Kusek gets that number, though I was able to find some corroboration, but that is a surprising rise for a once obscure slice of the music pie.
It's also perhaps indicative of how music distribution is changing music preferences:
Indie Labels now account for upwards of 30 percent of total music sales, up from the low 20's just a few years ago. This is a profound shift in the powerbase that favors the independent artist and innovator.… Read more