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Episode 249: Hang - Foxygen

Episode 249: Hang - Foxygen

The largest peaceful protest in American history took place this weekend, not just here in DC but all over the world. We're gonna talk about it. Yes...this is what we mean by the "and nothing but" part of our tagline.

Foxygen isn't just a band, it's a state of mind. On their fifth album Hang, the duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France are letting their freak flags fly high - REAL HIGH - and the result is a powerful dose of psychedelic bombast, that's equal parts past and future, and 100% alright, alright, alllllright.


BEST OF 2013: Thor's Picks

BEST OF 2013: Thor's Picks

10. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Seeing the Arctic Monkeys live is the closest thing in 2013 to seeing one of the monolithic classic rock bands of yesteryear in their prime. The Arctic Monkeys have consistently found a way to make great rock albums, fill big venues, and all the while be one of the closest things to a proper mega-star rock band we can get. Their latest album AM takes a bit of the laidback melodies they dived headfirst into on Suck It And See and throws a gorgeous R&B twist onto them. They still know how to crush skulls, though; just listen to the Zeppelin groove of album highlight “R U Mine?” 


Best Of 2013 (So Far): Justin's Picks

2013 will officially go down as they year I felt old. Not out of touch, per se; I kept up with new music and listened to just as much as I always have. But as every major release came and went, I found myself asking what it was I was missing. People raved about Daft Punk and all I heard was glorified disco. People freaked out about Vampire Weekend and all I heard was grating, cutesy pop that for whatever reason reminded me of those four douchebags singing “Constance Fry” in Trading Places. Worst of all, people flipped their lids about the National – a band that I truly loved at one point – and all I heard was exceedingly dull music that was only appropriate for a therapist’s waiting room. “It grows on you,” people said. So does fungus and flesh-eating bacteria.

All that said, while I seem to have developed a Chunky Kevin-esque “get off my lawn” streak, man there’s been some good music this year. Granted, it’s a bit on the lighter side than my favorite album of last year (and the last five years), Celebration Rock, and two of my ten selections were released just this month, but these are ten of albums I’ll have a hard time bumping from my year-end list.

10.  Savages – Silence Yourself

Yeah, I’m on board. A brilliant amalgamation of blistering punk and 80’s goth sensibilities (a little Mission UK mixed with singer Jehnny Beth’s Siouxsie-sounding caterwaul) make for a furiously wonderful romp.

  

9.  Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Perhaps you’ve shied away from this album because of an inherent hate of any country music made after 1990. I get it. But there’s something about these 12 extremely confident, well written tunes that make Musgraves sound much older than her 25 years. This is less Taylor Swift and more John Prine or Lucinda Williams.

 

8.  Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

As much as Savages are a throwback to the 80s, Northampton, Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz is a throwback to the 90s. Sadie Dupuis’ vocals channel Liz Phair, or to make a more 90’s reference, Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon. Combined with nift sounds-sloppy-but-is-actually-brilliant rock reminiscent of Pavement or Built to Spill, Major Arcana marks the arrival of a fantastic new band.


Best of 2013 (So Far): Thor's Picks

10. The Front Bottoms  - Talon Of The Hawk

This is something I was shocked I liked, usually the ingredients of rambled lyrics, pop punk guitars (especially acoustic ones) and horns in an indie context and a fan base with an extreme amount of 13 year olds would make me cringe, but something about the likability of this New Jersey rock and roll band has me coming back for more. Their live shows will soon be infamous for their energy, and their lyrics speak to the 13 year old in us we didn’t know still existed.

 

9. Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return

Toro Y Moi has slowly but surely been finding his niche in the music world. As one of the forerunners of the genre known as “chillwave” he has gracefully moved on from the buzzed genre to becoming a solid electronic pop artist that understands the importance and smoothness of ‘80s artists like Hall and Oates  and comes out the end with a more and more refined sound.

 

8. The Men - New Moon

The Men have been shifting and morphing ever since they started on 2011’s Leaving Home. Starting out as a noise ridden punk band the Brooklyn rock band has evolved to something much more mature and on their latest they retain the energy of their live shows but crash land in Neil Young/Crazy Horse mode. They didn’t sell out and go soft, they just went somewhere else, and I can’t wait to see how this bands discography looks in five years from now.

 


Episode 20: El Partido Salchicha


It's an all dude festival of intellect that would do Bob Evans proud this week as the gang discusses new music from Buke & Gase, Foxygen and MY BLOODY VALENTINE, who,for better or for worse just released their first album in TWENTY TWO YEARS!

EPISODE 20: El Partido Salchicha






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    Episode 20: El Partido Salchicha


    TRACKING: Foxygen - "Shuggie"

    SOUNDS LIKE: Richard Swift, Ariel Pink, Mac DeMarco
    WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: This bi-coastal duo is making outsider pop that could bring them mainstream

    Sultry. Sexy. Mood swing-y.  Catchy as all hell.  These are just a few words to describe the sound of Foxygen, the latest Jagjaguwar signing whose members reside in Olympia, WA and New York City.  In their early 20s, you might be surprised by their sound and what might be their influence, taking nods from both 1970s AM Gold-esque bands and modern indie contemporaries.  Sure it's probably been done before, but not with as great an execution as these foxy boys. 

    "Shuggie" is the first single from their upcoming full length We Are Are The 21st Century Embassadors Of Peace & Magic, and it sure sounds like they craft magic in the studio.  They holed up for a week with the influencial Richard Swift, crafting soothing mellow jams that you and your parents can enjoy together in front of the ol' hi-fi. "Shuggie" goes back and forth between first and third gear, skipping right over second cause who needs that in a great song like this.  They'll be on the road with Of Montreal with fall, a rather fitting combination of rock and roll sure to melt minds over and over again.