Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

San Fran's Thao Nguyen and her band The Get Down Stay Down are finally back with a new album, We The Common, which drops next week (2/5/13). Been such a fan of this group for so long, songs like Know Better Learn Faster, Bag of Hammers, and Swimming Pools where staples of my old radio show.  Pre order from iTunes or Ribbon Mart. You can also stream the whole thing over at NPRs first listen.  



Junip - Line of Fire

An all-time MySundaySweater favorite José González will release new material this coming April with his band Junip.  On their 2010 debut Fields the band brought additional levels of texture to González's minimal modern folk.  WIth their newest single "Line Of Fire" the band builds their sound into something sweeping, cinematic, and triumphant.  


Kodak To Graph - Sasquatch Eve / AD/VEN/TURE

I'm always interested in the area's where electronics and nature intersect, particularly the ways in which the former can be used to represent the later in audio form.  So when I read on PastaPrimavera that the new single from Kodak to Graph was written and recorded on top of a mountain, a couldn't help but be captivated.  The Gainesville producer keeps it light and airy, the perfect soundtrack for 360 valley views and pink puffy clouds.  


The track comes to us courtesy of LYFSTYL Music's new mixtape AD/VEN/TURE which is free and awesome.  10 exclusive tracks that are a lot warmer than the shitty January weather in NYC right now.  

Gospels - Animal Feelings

Really beautiful single from rising NYC band Gospels.  Thanks to @JasonRezvan for the tip.  The above photo has nothing to do with the band, but when I google-imaged the name and song title, it's what came up, and Noah's looking so badass I just had to use it.  


Damien Jurado - Museum Of Flight

Maybe one of these days I'll put together a post of my all-time favorite songs by Damien Jurado.  In the meantime, here's a gem from 2012's fantastic Maraqopa.  

new Apparat on the way

In 2011 Apparat released what was, in my opinion, one of the year's most under appreciated records. The Devils Walk is full of moody atmospheric electronics, with vocals teaming with loss. Each track builds in sound and texture, often reaching peaks reminiscent of another 2011 record that pulled in much more attention, M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.  While that record deserved much of the accolades that were thrown at it, The Devil's Walk seemed to fly under the radar, perhaps bc Apparat is more known for his club productions and DJ sets than for creating intricate emotional electronic pop.  But Apparat's record, for me, held levels of depth and headphone bliss that Hurry Up, We're Dreaming felt capable of, only to be traded in for more neon pop flare.  To put it simply, if you're one of the people who helped drive M83 to the top of the charts, take some time with Apparat, its kind of a no brainer.  

So why talk about a 2011 sleeper when 2013 just hit? Well, Apparat's follow up, titled Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) will drop Feb 15th on Mute, and how's this for a concept record: its based on Sebastian Hartmann’s theatre production of Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Thats kind of over my head, but the first single "A Violent Sky" seems to pick up where The Devils Walk left off, delivering a slice of electronic pop beauty and subtle build.