Today was a huge day what with Obama's inauguration AND the release of three massively anticipated records. The A-list day included new albums from Andrew Bird, Antony and the Johnsons and Animal Collective. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective has got to be the most built up album in a goodly long time and so far it well exceeds the hype.
Video :: Brother Sport (live) by Animal Collective
Video :: Epilepsy is Dancing by Antony and the Johnsons
The Decemberists recently released a new single, The Rake Song, free to anyone with a pulse. The new tune is definitely meatier and is said to channel Black Sabbath. Realistically, it is more 54-40 than Sabbath. Good thing.
The Rake Song by The Decemberists
Add Dirty Projectors to the long line of David Byrne collaborators… this peppy tune from 4AD's soon to be released AIDS benefit disk, "Dark was the Night":
Song :: Knotty Pine by Dirty Projectors w/ David Byrne
Loney Dear is back with a new album. Still twinkly and Swedish but now with added propulsion…
Song :: Airport Surroundings by Loney Dear
Beirut has a couple of EP’s coming out soon. One of them is a collaboration with some Mexicans (and Greyfriars Bobby apparently!?!):
Video :: La Llorona by Beirut
And... just because these guys are my current fav band (and any band you suffer through Saturday Night Live for - you know is damn good!)... "He doesn't know why" by Fleet Foxes. Love the harmonies, love the hair, love the beards, love the goats...
Video :: He doesn't know why by Fleet Fozes
Song :: Mykonos by Fleet Foxes