All Swedish people are gifted with the ability to write gloriously catchy, frighteningly on-point songs about having your heart broken, which is slightly disconcerting.
New music from Angel Haze, Brody Dalle, Cibo Matto, Warpaint, CHVRCHES and Kelis.
Generally speaking, I only compile new music for you every month or so, but this week I unexpectedly became aware of an unusually large amount of excellent new songs that washed ashore with messages and/or tiny ships cleverly jammed inside.
Sometimes, I like to give you a theme to describe all the glorious new artists I’ve assembled for you; this month, the best I can tell you is that they’re all songs you might want to dance around like a lunatic to. Let’s get to it.
In which I tell tall tales of the various indie rock, electronic and pop siren songs I heard echoed across the ocean by a chorus of whales as I navigated the briny deep with a parrot on my shoulder and a dream in my heart.
As summer’s come to a close and the air’s gotten a bit cooler, I’ve found myself in downtempo synthpop land.
This month’s edition is all about chick bands – badass women who play their own guitars, program their own beats and hit their own things with their very own sticks.
Just some awesome new songs Stef thought you’d like, because she knows you like a cartographer knows a sextant, like a whale knows the sea.
Three bands I can’t get out of my head! You’ll probably love them, too.
Stef would’ve seen a bunch of shows on sunday, but then she had a mental breakdown instead: the cartoon recap.
Stef became a press sensation last year for @CLTranslated, the twitter account she invented to translate Courtney Love’s incoherent tweets. Needless to say, with Hole on the schedule for Friday it was bound to be an epic day — AND THEN SHE SAW SMOKEY ROBINSON TOO. Also; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings & Darker My Love.
On Day Two of South by Southwest; Stef sees Kid Sister, MEN, the Oh Sees, The Scanners, The Generationals, the Vivian Girls and finds a gay bar, a cute drummer, an illegal party on a pedestrian bridge, Nigel Harrison from Blondie, the Ukulele Festival, a DJ she met ages ago at a Lady Gaga gig. Also she falls in love with Duchess Says.
Music blogger and SxSW warrior Stef has descended on the music capital of the world to bring us full reports on the happenings and hype acts of this year’s South by Southwest music festival. Highlights from Day 1 include Roky Erickson, the Muffs, the Depreciation Guild, Zoë Keating, and Audiostraddle favorite Hesta Prynn.
Rachael Ray, Magic Tomato (it’s a food, not a band name), Girls Gone Wild, PJ Harvey, Rye Rye, Solange, BFF Little Boots, Perez Hilton dropping the C-word, the Kanye West Surprise, Yelle, and the drunken end of SXSW. There were alcoholic sno-cones!
Discussed: SXSW can be really Random, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, I wanna take you to a GAYYYYY bar, War Tapes, White T-Shirts for Black T-Shirt People, useful swag, the School of Seven Bells, the kinds of bands you need to see when it’s dark out, our new favorite bar the Rusty Spur, the AKAs, pasty palors, Echo and the Bunnymen, Priceless Abortion, Girl in A Coma, Graham Coxon’s New Stuff, Tricky, DEVO. Also, TAYLOR F*CKING HANSON.
Stef’s suitcase finally arrived! She saw Devo and Amanda Palmer and Margaret F*cking Cho! Amanda asks if maybe internet silence is going to be the new punk for musical artists, and later barks like a dog at Margaret Cho.
In between being delayed in airports forever and drinking, Stef manages to rock SXSW with Little Boots, Todd P, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Box Elders, Telepathe, Those Darlins, An Horse, Hesta Prynn, and A HALF POUND HOT DOG. (That is not a band but the actual food product.)