IN THE MOOD | Ceu

LIKE NOON: “He turned his mouth, open, to hers, and raised his hands to the sides of her head till her hair covered them. The cartilages of her ears were hot curves on his palms. Her knees slipped in leaves; that made her blink and laugh again. Her breath was like noon and smelled of…

LIFE ON PLANET SOUNDSCAPE | Toro y Moi

EH, TORO, EH!: Toro y Moi is the solo project of The Heist and the Accomplice’s Chaz Bundick. The current South Carolinian is known for remixing a version of Washed Out’s 2009 track “Feel It All Around”. Now he’s coming out with his own album called, “Causers of This” — due out February 23, 2010.…

LINKED Vol.#4 | The Voices In Her Head

“Linked Volume” is a regular post of a hodge-podge of intriguing links on the Internet. Think of it as a breath of fresh air. A break from all music all-the-time. You’ll find links to good articles, maybe a slick piece of artwork, a cool new blog, mixed in with the tunes. A music blog can’t…

AN ELEGANT COUPLE | Buddy and Julie Miller

BETTER WITH AGE: Buddy and Julie Miller have been making music together for over 20 years of marriage. They generally appear on each others’ albums — which span from countrified folk to rootsy Americana. But this time around, it’s a true collaboration, entitled “Written in Chalk”. They’ve enlisted the help of legends Patty Griffin (on…

TALK ABOUT A BIG LOVE | The xx

ROMANTICS AT HEART: The xx’s debut album has only been out since August, but is already being talked about as one of the best albums of year. This London three-piece is liquid nostalgia, conjuring elements of The Cure and This Mortal Coil — while penning songs compact as diamonds. Their songs are about love, slow-burn…

CROSSOVER COOL | Solange

DIRTY PROJECTORS REVISITED: Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, covers the Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move” from their latest album, “Bitte Orca.” This overly syrupy track has been my least favorite from the DP album — but Knowles made me revisit it. Knowles replaces the vocals of the gorgeous Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian with her…

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN | Thao Nguyen

ALL GROWN UP: I have an interesting relationship to Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. In a strange way, I almost feel like I have a stake in the band. Years ago, I happened to hear one song from Thao Nguyen, courtesy of NPR’s search for new, young, unheard-of talent. Anyway, I liked the…

TO CREATE WITH ABANDON | tUnE-yArDs

LETTING IT ALL GO: tUnE-yArDs is singer Merrill Garbus, and her weapons of choice are voice and ukulele. She attacks her singing the way she attacks her instrument, which is probably why it’s got a little bandage on it. Garbus’ newest album “BiRd-BrAiNs” may not be something you listen to consistently, but it’s a fascinating…

NO SUCH THING AS GHOSTS | Timber Timbre

DARK & SWEET: My friends have heard me touting Timber Timbre’s (a.k.a. Taylor Kirk) album for awhile now. His name comes from the sound of his guitar and the word his father yelled when chopping down trees on the farm he grew up on. This blog simply must have a post about this Canadian master…

POP PRETTY | Andrew Belle

MAKING MOVES: Andrew Belle sings “Static Waves” with Katie Herzig, from his upcoming EP “The Ladder”. It’s a lushly made pop song that opens like an Andrew Bird track with acoustic guitar and pizzicato violin. He opens with the line, “I caught the stairs from where I am, / to where I started / I…

LINKED Vol.#3 | Will You Please Be Quiet Please?

“Linked Volume” is a regular post of a hodge-podge of intriguing links on the Internet. Think of it as a breath of fresh air. A break from all music all-the-time. You’ll find links to good articles, maybe a slick piece of artwork, a cool new blog, mixed in with the tunes. A music blog can’t…

MIXTAPE | Ode to Juliette Binoche

BINOCHE MIX: A great face can express fragility as well as the written word or a piece of music. A glance can signal a desert of despair. A partly open mouth, longing. A lowered eyebrow, trepidation. As far as expression goes, French actress Juliette Binoche’s face is a cosmic geography. It whispers of secret valleys…

A CLOSER LOOK | Band Documentary

Take a look at the band The Wooden Sky in this three part documentary on Vimeo.com. It’s a behind the scenes film following the band on the ‘Bedrooms & Backstreets Tour’ this past summer. Directed by Scott Cudmore. The Wooden Sky are a Canadian band that are a melding of folk, indie rock and alternative…

BATED BREATH | The Essentials Vol. 1

“The Essentials” will be an occasional post about older albums everyone should own. With a constant flow of new music coming in the door, it’s good every once and awhile to pause, and reflect on the great music of the past. — David D. Robbins Jr.A good record to kick off “The Essentials” post is…

ICY GAZE | Snow In Mexico

Snow In Mexico is a band made up of two members, Massimiliano Cruciani  and Andrea Novelli. They make lovely down-tempo shoegaze — and luckily for “their bated breath” readers, you can download their new EP for free at their website.  (Make sure to donate some cash too.) The music caught my ear, and so did…

DYNAMIC DUO | Zero 7

YEAH GHOST: People sometimes forget, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker of Zero 7 really earned their way. Both started out as sound engineers, at a record company that produced the likes of Robert Plant and Pet Shop Boys. They called up an old college friend Nigel Godrich, producer for Radiohead, and asked him to send…

A BEAUTIFUL ODDITY | Jordaan Mason

EQUUS REVISITED: Admittedly, Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum is a strange band. Mason, the lead singer, often sings out of tune. His voice strains and breaks like a teenager or moves into a monotone drone like a buzz saw, wielding topics like murder, the transgendered, gravediggers, insects, sex, violence, panic, and empathy. He can…

DARE YOU NOT TO DANCE | Bibio

Beware, highly addictive: Three albums in one year? Bibio’s musical proliferation can only be matched by Joyce Carol Oates, who seems to write 10 novels a year. “The Apple & the Tooth” is his third album of 2009. Bibio (a.k.a., British music producer and mixer Stephen Wilkinson) offers four new tracks and eight re-mixed tracks…

AN ENIGMA | Basket of Figs

MUSICAL MYSTERY: I’d love to be able to meet the woman who sings under the moniker Basket of Figs. I guess it’s just the curiosity of matching face to voice. She has a dusky voice that sounds like a softer, folk version of Janis Joplin. Is Basket of Figs in her 40s or 20s? Is…

OH MY ANNIE | St. Vincent

CHANNELING ZEP: My good friends have seen this before, and know that I am addicted to this wonderful video version of St. Vincent playing “Oh, My God” for Lake Fever Sessions. This track showcases many of St. Vincent’s (a.k.a., Annie Clark) considerable qualities. Her lyrics: “When the drink goes in, the devil comes out. /…

FAN LOVE | The Inimitable Amy Correia

ON THE BACK OF THE ANGEL: Amy Correia doesn’t need a huge budget to make a record. In fact, she doesn’t even need a record company. How can she do it? Well, it’s her own ingenuity mixed with the love of her adoring fans. Correia has asked fans for donations to make her upcoming record.…