Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Wrens Weren't Kidding

The Wrens sure weren't kidding when they said they were back. On the coattails of their first new single since "The Meadowlands," the Wrens have since released not one, but two new demos from their recording sessions. The first, an untitled track, can be found here, thanks to the wonderful folks at Magnet, and the second, a song called "Marked Up," found here, was posted by the good folks at Stereogum. I'm pretty excited about them both and absolutely can't wait for the new record!
EDIT: It appears both songs are the same. Sterogum failed to mention that and I posted before listening. My bad.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Did the Best Song of the Year Come Out in January?

Animal Collective have been really burning up the interweb as of late. It appears that they're either a great band or the greatest band ever. The accolades are not undeserved, as the band has truly put out their masterpiece with their newest album Merriweather Post Pavilion. The second track on the album, "My Girls" is definitely as good as advertised. The swell of the Panda Bear's echoing voice comes over dance hall beats and fills you with the urge to dance. Pitchfork just got the video, which is below. It looks like we have a contender for song of the year, and it's not even February yet.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Even as I write this, I can't quite believe it. After reading an email from the band, I dashed over to their website to download the track via iTunes. The song is called "Pulling Fences," and was recorded live at Abby Road Studios for a recording of the WorldSpace Sessions. Apparently, the band had made a pact to make up a song on the spot should they ever get on a TV show or something, and so they took a demo they'd never played together before and played it. The song is available as a single on their website, right now! Also, it appears they're going to start recording a new album next week, and will be posting demos on their website as they come along. Just the possibility of a new Wrens record this year makes me optimistic for the future!