Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Checking in to a Sad, Neglected Blog With a Couple of Tunes (War on Drugs, The National, Wires in the Walls, and Coldplay, for your listening pleasure)

My apologies, but grad school, out of town visitors, and a general lack of earth shattering albums has led to a lessening of content. Hopefully this won’t be the norm. I don’t plan on it being the norm. It won’t be the norm!!!

I’ve recently highlighted an assortment of good albums from the likes of Foster the People and Bon Iver, and noted the pretty goodness of new My Morning Jacket and Death Cab for Cutie. But there also have been a solid array of individual tracks that have caught my attention, and. if you have a few minutes, I think you’ll like them as well.

The owner of last year’s best album, The National, released a track called “Exile Vilify” for a video game, showing the world that this band writes better off-album tracks for video gamers than most tracks write as lead singles. Check it out at Soft Signal for a free download.

Next up is a track from growing favorite War on Drugs. The song is called “Come to the City”, and comes at you with racing percussion, great guitar work, and a psychedelic touch. Check it out here for a free download at Pitchfork.

The song that’s been carried with me for weeks now really comes from left field, as it’s not listed on youtube or Hype Machine to even give you an easy listen. But it’s called “Soft Shirt” by Wires in the Walls, and it’s amazing. You can find it here, and if you get a free account you can grab the free download as well.

Aaaaaand, since maybe you aren’t feeling in the mood to click on a link, here’s a nice embedded video for you. Did you know that Coldplay released an EP? And that it has three good songs? And that this is the best of them? Sometimes a band needs to look backwards to move forwards.

Until next time oh loyal readership!

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