With the term "Augtober" trending on Twitter because of the unseasonably fall-like weather, my music listening has been a lot less "summer" and a whole lot more melancholy and autumnal. (How's that for a hipster opening sentence?)
Compiled here is a list of what I've been listening to this week.
What have you been listening to?
Washed Out, "Paracosm"
A long tradition of make-out albums like Roxy Music’s "Avalon" and Portishead’s "Dummy" (that’s right, I said that) have paved the way for the music of Washed Out. The latest release from Ernest Greene is smooth and sexy with the occasional moment of brilliance. "Paracosm" is his second release from Sub Pop. Greene is originally from Perry, Ga., and attended the University of Georgia. Listen to the single "It All Feels Right" below.
Neko Case, "Night Still Comes"
Neko Case is such a tease. Her new album is set to be released on Sept. 3, and slowly, we’ve been offered a few tracks. The latest track from the album is an incredible song called "Night Still Comes," which features the classic Case reverb and odd chord structures. The album, "The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You," promises to be one of her best in a catalog of "bests." This will mark Case’s first release since 2009’s critically acclaimed "Middle Cyclone."
Iggy Pop/Yoko Ono, "Waiting For the D Train"
In advance of her new album release on Sept. 16, Yoko Ono has teamed up with rocker Iggy Pop to release a digital and vinyl single to benefit a Miami animal shelter. The release is a flip-side recording featuring a performance of "Waiting for the D Train" on one side and Iggy covering Ono’s "I’m Going Away Smiling" on the other. The vinyl recording is limited to 1,000 copies.
"Goodbye Space Ladies" mix
My favorite music blog, Everybody Taste, released occasional themed mixes for free download. Now, I shed a tear as the blog officially shuts down. I could always count on a good tune or something weird from the blog. Everybody Taste will be missed. Thematically, some of my favorite mixes have been "Last Days of Summer" and "Everybody Summer." The latest mix is a grand goodbye to everyone who has followed the blog. It includes tracks from Alex Chilton, Damien Jurado and The Who. I highly recommend snagging it.
Julia Holter, "Loud City Song"
It took me several listens to grasp the complex beauty behind Julia Holter’s 2012 release "Extasis." Her forthcoming release, "Loud City Song," will be available Tuesday. The album has received an 8.6 from Pitchfork, which called the album "a timeless people-watching soundtrack: an acutely felt ode to the mysteries of a million passersby, all the stars of their own silent musicals." Holter said the album is a "loose interpretation" of "Gigi," a novel and musical by French author Colette.
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