First off, it's a CD—not an LP. I'm bending the rules a little bit for this one because it's well...great.
Lawrence Arabia, who opens for Crowded House tonight at Wolf Trap, has been on my radar since last Winter, when I wrote:
"Methinks if John Lennon were still kicking around, we'd have this bit of canny song craft perfection on the regular—if he were in top form, that is.
A former member of bands like The Ruby Suns (Sub Pop), The Brunettes and The Reduction Agents as well as a touring member of Okkervil River, Lawrence Arabia—the savant-like songwriting alter ego of James Milne—is shedding his sideman status and stepping alone into the bright light of the U.S. music scene with Chant Darling.
The album is his first full-length on Bella Union, the UK-based label credited with discovering hallmark influencers Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Beach House and Explosions in the Sky among others.
Already receiving four-star reviews from UK tastemakers like Mojo and Uncut, Chant Darling melds irreverent lyrics with West Coast melodies and lush harmonies, playing like a modern take on the work of classic popsmiths like Jonathan Richman, John Lennon and Brian Wilson.
The first single from Chant Darling ‘Apple Pie Bed,’ received New Zealand’s highest songwriting honor the Silver Scroll award this past September."
I think this one's worth bending our 'vinyl only' rule but we'll let you decide. Pipe up in the comments to this post to enter to win an autographed copy of "Chant Darling" and the most stellar comment will be sent the (egad) CD. We'll give you until this Friday (7/30) and remember to leave us a contact email address!
Lawrence Arabia - Apple Pie Bed (Mp3)
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Posted by Jon at 2:17 PM
Tonight, two pioneers of the dancefloor, CHROMEO and HOLY GHOST! will be dropping by 9:30 club for what is sure to be a stellar performance. If you happened to miss Holy Ghost!’s recent performance at U-Street Music Hall than it is an absolute must that you catch them this time.
Holy Ghost! are Brooklyn natives Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel, who have been on the DFA label since 2008 and the notorious indie-electronic giants Chromeo are Dave 1 and P-Thugg, whose first studio album “She’s in Control” dropped in 2004.
Take a listen to the tracks below and get your tix at ticketfly.com now before they’re gone! I’ll see you at the show!!!
...after watching this video is there anyway you can really NOT go to this show??
Posted by Nicole at 1:31 PM
If revolutions are lit brick by brick, pamphlet by pamphlet, musket by musket, DC's Windian Records has been igniting its own in this town — seven-inch by seven-inch.
With releases from The Points, The Shirks, and The Cheniers among others, they've responsible for a string of 45's from some of the best bands in this area within just twelve months.
Windian Records turns one this week, and in advance of the two back-to-back Anniversary Parties at Velvet Lounge this Friday and Saturday night, we'll be spotlighting the eight 7"s the label's released over the course of the year all this week on the blog.
Check in with us tomorrow for your chance to win tickets for both Anniversary Parties along with Windian tees and posters.
First up however, before we begin counting down the Windian releases, a few words from BEERONIMO:
Photo: Sam Vasfi
WINDIAN RECORDS WOULD LIKE TO THANK VINNIE & JOURDAN BETETTE, JOE KORZEN, EVA THORNTON, DAVID MALITZ, ASHLEY FULWILER, MATT & JENN, PATRICK WHITE, ZABBY BIG ACTION, KODI FRENCH, SONNY VINCENT, DARRYL READ, THE POINTS, TWO TEARS, PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS, THE CHENIERS, CRUSHED BUTLER, THE SHIRKS, TESTORS, SWEET SIXTEENS, DISCHORD RECORDS, REVOLVER USA, GONER RECORDS, INDIE IMPRINT, THE VELVET LOUNGE, AND EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT A RECORD FROM US THIS PAST YEAR, ALLOWING US TO CONTINUE CATCHING DREAMS, AND KEEPING OUR EARS TO THE GROUND. POW'N 'N WOW'N.
The Points - Shout (Mp3)
Two Tears - I'm So Outta It, I Can't Get In To It (Mp3)
PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS
Personal & The Pizzas - Never Find Me (Mp3)
The Cheniers - 45 Days (Mp3)
Posted by Jon at 10:07 AM
It's our weekly recap of the tracks the folks in the press offices want you to be hearing, right here, each Monday morning.
Soars - Throw Yourself Apart (Mp3)
Hooray For Earth - Form (Oh No Ono Remix) (Mp3)
Oberhofer - I Could Go (Mp3)
Mahjongg - Whoop (Mp3)
Women - Eyesore (Mp3)
Authorized for download!
Posted by Jon at 9:01 AM