- Ira Glass (demo) by Adam WarRock [Self-Released] Beat used: “That’s What I Am Talking About” by Pete Rock
- Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem from LCD Soundsystem [DFA]
- Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise by Black Moth Super Rainbow from Eating Us [Graveface]
- Poison Lips by Vitalic from Flashmob [PIAS]
- Written In Reverse by Spoon from Written In Reverse Single [Merge], new album Transference out 1/26/2010
- Pure Shores by JJ from JJ No 2 Vinyl [Sincerely Yours]
- California Shakedown by Pearl Harbor from Wish We Were Here [Self-Released]
- Beach Comber by Real Estate from Real Estate [Woodsist]
- Spring by Ducktails from Landscapes [Olde English Spelling Bee]
- In Limbo by Radiohead from Kid A [Capitol]
- In My Little Thatched Hut by The Fiery Furnaces from Bitter Tea [Fat Possum]
- Harry Partch-MM2 Mst by Beck [Self-Released]
- Swim (To Reach The End) by Surfer Blood from Astrocoast [Kanine] album out 01/19/2010
- Mystery by BLK JKS from Mystery EP [Secretly Canadian]
- The High Road by Broken Bells from The High Road Single [Columbia] album out 3/9/2010
- All The Words You Can’t Say Right by Laarks from An Exaltation of Laarks [Absolutely Kosher] from Eau Claire, WI
- In Our Talons by Bowerbirds from Hymns From A Dark Horse [Dead Oceans]
- For You by Sharon Van Etten from Because I Was In Love [Language of Stone]
- The Geeks Were Right by The Faint from Fasciinatiion [blank.wav]
- Contramelt B by Vampire Weekend from Contra-bonus disc [XL]
- I’m Not Going Anywhere by Nika + Rory [Zola Jesus / Rory Kane] from Myspace/Self-Released
- Scissor by Liars from Sisterworld [Mute] album out 3/9/2010
- Morning Light by Girls from Album [Matador/True Panther]
- Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle by Jay Reatard [Self-released]
- Lion Face Boy by Seabear from We Built A Fire [Morr] album out 03/02/2010
- Happy Hippo by Cloud Cult from Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus [Bari]
- Hey Hey, My My (Out of the Blue) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse from Rust Never Sleeps [Warner]
- Adam WarRock is the stage name of Euge Ahn. Euge and Ruckus will be reworking the demo of Ira Glass to include an original beat. Respect to Pete Rock.
- New Spoon Album, Transference, is out Tuesday 01/26/2010 on Merge. It’s streaming right now over at NPR’s All Songs Considered. I’ve enjoyed both “Got Nuffin” and “Written In Reverse” but the rest of the album hasn’t grabbed me yet. I’m hoping it’s a grower.
- Pearl Harbor started as two sisters from California, though they’ve added a boy for live performances. Check out an MP3 from their album Something About the Chaparrals over at Stereogum.
- Radiohead / Fiery Furnaces / Beck internet-feud via Pitchfork. I really should have bought & played the actual Radiohead song Harry Patch.
- Surfer Blood ‘s album Astrocoast comes out tomorrow from Kanine Records. Highly recommended. There’s also a pie chart from the Chicago Tribune breaking it down. I agree, tambourines get extra points.
- You’ve probably already heard of Broken Bells by now, but the project with DJ Dangermouse & James Mercer [of The Shins] is going to get more hype before the actual album gets released. From what I’ve heard, it’s worth it.
- Also, shouts out to Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based Laarks. I’m a sucker for collective nouns, as found in the title to their record An Exaltation of Laarks. The title, and the one track that I’ve heard have peaked my interest. Once I track down the actual album, I’ll report back.
- You can check out mp3s of “I’m Not Going Anywhere” by Nika + Rory and “Scissor” by Liars on their respective websites. Seabear also have a new album coming out in March. They are from Iceland, but are a lot more gentle pop music than the weirdness that is Bjork.
- Likewise, you can download Jay Reatard’s cover of Nirvana’s Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle via his website. I only got to see a few minutes of him opening for The Pixies last year, but he had an intensity that was hard to ignore. RIP Jay.