Music

POOLS

Glass Animals is a band from the UK and Pools is off of their debut album, Zaba. It was recommended by a friend a few weeks ago and I have not been able to stop listening to it since. It…

KAOURI ISHIBASHI

Kishi Bashi. This guy will make you feel like a real underachiever. He is a touring band member for Of Montreal, Regina Spektor and founding member of Jupiter One. He is also an all around bad-ass, Japanese-American who plays synth rock with his…

FROM NOWHERE

I like this song a lot, and I like the video a lotter. I don’t know if its the handsome face of Dan Croll or the fact that all the band members look like super kind bike mechanics, but it…

COFFEE

So, it has been a while. While traveling, access to new music was scarce due to lack of digital connection and time in one location long enough to catch up on everything new to the point of real absorption. Now that…

THE WIRE

As far as sisters go, the oodles of talent coming out of Haim is second to none. It’s as if the Brady sisters were just a little more misbehaved, and transplanted to the age of Buffalo Exchange. I have yet to hear a song of theirs that I didn’t love, and the announcement of their debut album Days Are Gone is very exciting. Singles and EP’s have been trickling out for some time now and, as much as I love all of their work, I am ready to digest a full album.

The Wire is another gem. It opens very AC/DC, quickly leading into an 80’s, mall-style, toe-tapping, tongue-twisting verse, followed by a delectably hummable chorus, sprinkled with Dodo’s-style reverberated hey’s throughout. I get the feeling that they are somehow above it all. Like that friend you have, that is somewhat of a mess, but just feels no need to apologize for any of it. The one that makes you think that your approach to life might be all wrong. You know, like Jessa from Girls…but there are three of them.

HAVE MERCY

I love TVOTR. The range of music and sounds that they have produced in their career as a band, has somehow kept nearly exact cadence with my life stages. Dear Science holds a special place in my heart and has to be one of my favorite albums of all time. I am very eager to see what comes from them next since their departure with Interscope, and if this song is an indication, then I expect to be pleased.

If you have been following along with knochknoch at all, then you know we are quickly approaching the end one chapter of our lives, and desperately trying to control the turning of the remaining pages. Life is simultaneously exciting, frightening, overwhelming and electric. The change of pace at :50 of Mercy captures the push and pull of the day-to-day for us right now. I find myself cranking this song and frantically spinning, kicking and thrashing around the living room in an attempt release some internal tension.

Sometimes you just need to close the blinds, move the furniture and bounce around the room.

I WON’T BE LONG

He’s back y’all and it’s quite nice! It’s not the Beck of yore, but I can really get on board with this velvety version of his voice and the 80’s soundtrack thing he’s got going on in the first half of the song. The crazy turn it takes at about 3 minutes in is just what the song needed to ensure that it will be in any other stream than the main one.

He is back to being my favorite Scientologist…but Elizabeth Moss is still a close second.