Daily Listen - Best of Year (so far) Edition: Wye Oak - Holy Holy

Since we've seen fit to unleash our top 10 albums of the year (so far) upon the masses it seems only fitting that we start looking at the best SONGS of the year. A full list is going to come next week, but we'll tell you right now, that this one is at the top. When you think Wye Oak, the last thing you think is a pop breakdown, especially after a mess of discordant distorted guitar, but that's exactly what you get with this track off of Civilian.

Wasner and Stack's song writing skills have never been in question, but here, with this song, it's time to start questioning whether the pair in fact are not musical geniuses. The payoff in this song is so good, and so unexpected, that the only thing left to do after hearing it is pick your jaw up off of the floor, hit rewind, and do it all over again. It's a mother of a song from a mother of an album, from a mother of a band, and all we really can say about this year in Wye Oak is that we gladly bow before our new sonic overlords.


Wye Oak - Holy Holy


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New Releases 2.8.11 - Charlie Pride?


So this week brings us couple of good (hopefully) releases, a couple of your typical weekly entries into the pop-o-sphere and one giant turd a new release from one of rocks most revered bands, R.E.M. (read the review here). I've heard a lot of good things about Kurt Vile's new album, Smoke Ring For My Halo, so excpect a review of that to show up shortly. Also be on the lookout for review of Wye Oak's latest effort, Civillians, which I am listening to RIGHT NOW! While I'm finding it a bit more refined than the bands previous efforts, I gotta say that I'm really digging it and I'm very much looking forward to seeing them Friday night at The Black Cat playing with fellow Baltimore natives, Lower Dens. So that's about it....except for a brand spanking new Charlie Pride record. Yep. That exists.

Until next week, get out there and put this stuff in your earholes.


Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata - The Hills Are Alive (Canal, March 8, 2011)

Buffalo Tom - Skins [MP3 Download] (Scrawny/The Orchard, March 8, 2011)

Exene Cervenka - The Excitement of Maybe (Bloodshot, March 8, 2011)

Bruce Cockburn - Small Source of Comfort (True North, March 8, 2011)

Dinosaur Bones - My Divider (Dine Alone, March 8, 2011)

Early Winters  - Early Winters [MP3 Download] (Early Winters, March 8, 2011)

Riley Etheridge Jr. - Powder Keg (Rock Ridge Music, March 8, 2011)

Sara Evans - Stronger (RCA Nashville, March 8, 2011)

Aaron Gillespie  - Anthem Song (Tooth & Nail/BEC Recordings, March 8, 2011)

Jag Panzer - The Scourge of the Light (SPV/Steamhammer, March 8, 2011)

Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby (RCA, March 8, 2011)

Matt Lowell - Swan Lake [MP3 Download] (Matt Lowell, March 8, 2011)

Lupe Fiasco - LASERS (1st & 15th/Atlantic, March 8, 2011)

Ian Moore and The Lossy Coils - El Sonido Nuevo (Spark & Shine/Burnside Distribution, March 8, 2011)

Morning Teleportation - Expanding Anyway (Glacial Pace Recordings, March 8, 2011)

Alex Murdoch - Towards the Sun (Zero Summer, March 8, 2011)

Charley Pride - Choices (Music City, March 8, 2011)

Raekwon - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang (Ice H20, March 8, 2011)

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now (Warner, March 8, 2011)

Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip [MP3 Download] (Sonic Unyon, March 8, 2011)

Rival Schools - Pedals (Photo Finish/Atlantic, March 8, 2011)

Lee Rocker - The Cover Sessions (, March 8, 2011)

Starfucker  - Reptilians (Polyvinyl, March 8, 2011)

TRUSTcompany - Dreaming in Black and White (E1 Music, March 8, 2011)

Various artists - Glee: The Music, Season Two, Volume 5 (Columbia, March 8, 2011)

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador, March 8, 2011)

Wye Oak  - Civilian (Merge, March 8, 2011)