Friday, January 21, 2011

Soundtrack: Iron & Wine / The Decemberists / PS. R.E.M.

Iron & Wine’s new album (that comes out next week) is streaming at Conan O’Brien’s website:

Iron & Wine are also giving away the strongest track, “Tree By the River” on their website:

In other brand new music news, The Decemberists performed their new album, The King Is Dead, in its entirety in Portland for NPR. Video and audio versions can be found here:

PS. I’ve heard four tracks now from the upcoming R.E.M. album, Collapse Into Now. Of the four, I like three (“Oh My Heart,” “It Happened Today” and “Discoverer”) and fine one rather horrible (“Mine Smell Like Honey”). Just saying.

PPS. I almost forgot to mention two albums that I'm looking forward to that are coming out soon:

Noah and the Whale - Last Night on Earth

Destroyer - Kaputt (If you thought last year was 80s retro, well, think again.)


At 1/22/2011 12:42 PM, Anonymous david j. miller said...

gonna be honest. the iron & wine isn't very good.

the destroyer, however, is really really great. best of the year so far.

At 1/22/2011 12:52 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Funny! I'm listening to the stream of the Destroyer right now:!/search/destroyer/1/

I think it's probably the best Destroyer album. It'll be a keeper.

The Iron & Wine. I want to like it. SB's a very clever lyricist, but after listening to it a couple times on NPR, I'll only end up buying it if it turns up as a daily MP3 deal on Amazon or something.

I'm happier with The Decemberists and East Coast Pipe (it's streaming on the Merge Records website).

At 1/22/2011 1:40 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

A link to the East River Pipe stream:

Apologies for the wrap.

At 1/23/2011 12:50 PM, Anonymous david j. miller said...

so glad to see something new by ERP. thanks! man, seeing that takes me back...

At 1/24/2011 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a cut from the Destroyer at Pitchfork, it sounded like Al Stewart/Alan Parsons--Year of the Cat. Man... I played the hell out of that album when I was 10. Pitchfork didn't seem to like Destroyer and he didn't seem to like them--but they were cordial.


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