Krill, ‘Torturer’

Krill's album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Krill’s album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a thing for NPR Music and All Songs Considered about Krill and its eerie and surreal music video for “Torturer” — a fantastic song from the band’s killer 2015 album, A Distant Fist Unclenching.

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Youth Lagoon, ‘The Knower’

Youth Lagoon's Savage Hills Ballroom is out Sept. 25. (Ken Kaban/Courtesy of the artist)
Youth Lagoon’s Savage Hills Ballroom is out Sept. 25.(Ken Kaban/Courtesy of the artist)

I’ve been a fan of Youth Lagoon since his first record, and have written about him several times now. So I was pretty pumped to be able to write about Youth Lagoon’s brand new song “The Knower” from the upcoming album, Savage Hills Ballroom for All Songs Considered‘s blog and NPR Music’s Songs We Love series.

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Photo Gallery: Lost In The Trees @ Black Cat Backstage

I caught one of my favorite new bands of 2010 at South By Southwest on the first night: Lost In The Trees. If you knew about the horrifying childhood that inspired the works, you’d be incredibly surprised how joyful and celebratory the music actually is. And when you catch the band on stage, the humility, and endearing charm of front man Ari Picker is so big and genuine, you cannot help but fall in love with this band.

I decided to catch them again back here in D.C. Monday night at the Black Cat’s Backstage, where a full crowd of people were all captivated. NPR Music was there to webcast the show, so be sure to take a listen. (Also be sure to check out our Tiny Desk Concert with them from last year).

But in the meantime, here are a few shots I managed to take.

Photo Gallery: SXSW 2011, Day One

It’s taken me awhile to get all my photos together from SXSW this year in Austin, Texas. So the I’m gonna knock out the next five posts with a different gallery for each day.

Starting with Tuesday, March 15.

Reblogging: NPR Links Update

Been awhile since I’ve dumped some links. This time I seem to have a whole boatload…So let’s get to it then.

All the Links after the jump…

Reblogging: More NPR Music Links

Another update of links.

In addition to all the videos I produce for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series, I have recently taken over as a producer on NPR Music’s Latin alternative show Alt.Latino. The most recent show from last week was dedicated to the diverse sounds of Chile.

Alt.Latino: All About Chile

You can also listen here:

And for past shows I’ve produced check out:

Alt.Latino: Old-School Disco And Brand-New Styles
Alt.Latino: Rock Innovators To Hear Now
New Music For Fall From Alt.Latino

More NPR Music links after the jump.
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Reblogging: Another NPR Link Update

It’s been awhile since I had my last link dump of articles and videos and projects posted over at NPR Music and So here goes.

Reviews and Blog Posts:

— First Listen: Superchunk, ‘Majesty Shredding’

— First Listen: Blonde Redhead, ‘Penny Sparkle’

— First Listen: Jesca Hoop, ‘Hunting My Dress’

— All Songs Considered blog: How ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Rocks Out On Both Page And Screen

— Song of the Day: Lower Dens: A Blissful Swarm Of Feedback

Video work:

Ana Tijoux: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed and edited)

Brian Courtney Wilson: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed and edited)

Lawrence Arabia: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed)

Peter Wolf Crier: Tiny Desk Concert (edited)

Frazey Ford: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed)

Mavis Staples: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed)

The Holmes Brothers: Tiny Desk Concert (edited)

Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed)

Villagers: Tiny Desk Concert (filmed and edited)

Oh yeah, and be sure to check out the new podcast I’m producing alongside NPR’s arts and entertainment blog Monkey See. It’s called Pop Culture Happy Hour and features Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon discussing all things television, movies, comics, books.

Here’s the most recent one:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, ‘Runway,’ And General Misanthropy

Reblogging: Jazz Labels That Matter And The Dead Weather

I had a few more things I’ve written go up in the last week to shamelessly promote. Here’s a three bulleted rundown:

On Monday, All Songs Considered asked the question ‘Do Labels Matter?‘ While they discussed that in their show and blog, I helped spotlight two jazz labels that DO still matter for A Blog Supreme: Tzadik and Nonesuch.

Then today, we put up a ‘First Listen’ for The Dead Weather’s fiery new album Horehound. You can hear that here and read what I had to say about the record.

Here is the video for their single “Treat Me Like Your Mother:”

The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother

Oh and if you haven’t checked out my John Vanderslice review on Song of the Day, here it is again.