Future Islands | Ran

The 4AD-signed band Future Islands and their charismatic lead singer, Samuel Herring, are following up the smash hit LP Singles (2014) with a new single entitled “Ran”, the first song streaming from off the upcoming 12-song record The Far Field. The single should have Future Island fans dancing like Herring, above, like his memorable performance of…

The Music I’m Listening To Now

By David D. Robbins Jr. Artist: Tei Shi What: A new single “Keep Running” Info: Continuing a trend from female artists in 2016, Tei Shi is decidely taking this track into a pop direction and it sounds terrific. I love this conceptual twist between running away from a relationship and time. Listen to the song…

David Bowie | No Plan, the Last Video

And the posthumous David Bowie surprises keep coming, this time appropriately on what would have been the artist’s 70th birthday. A plaintive, reflective music video for “No Plan” was posted on the official Bowie YouTube page, directed by Tom Hingston. The song is apparently one of three of the last Bowie compositions (that had not appeared…

Dirty Projectors | Little Bubble (Video)

A new video for the song “Little Bubble” from Dirty Projector’s creator Dave Longstreth, with directorial assistance from Adam Newport-Berra. It’s the second track released by Longstreth since September’s single stream of “Keep Your Name”. The main lyric, “We had out own little bubble for awhile”, seems like a elegiac note at a romance’s end, or I’m…

Happy 70th to Poet Patti Smith

Happy 70th birthday to poetic badass and musical legend Patti Smith. “Birdland” is one of my favorite all-time songs. I could listen to it every day. I always wait for the wonderful, sad escapist verse where Patti belts out “where I am not human …” and the exquisite way she sings “a” in “It’s a…

TBB’s Best 25 Albums of 2016

25. OLGA BELL Album: Tempo About: I love artists who can experiment with their sound on each record but the music always remains true to her voice. 24. CHOCOLATE GENIUS Album: Truth Vs. Beauty About: One of the few artists where it honestly pisses me off more people don’t know his work. Man doesn’t make bad records.…

Cross Record’s Beautiful Extremes

In Dripping Springs, a city in a Texas suburb of Austin with less than 2,000 inhabitants, is the husband-wife duo of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski — making music under the moniker Cross Record. Their latest effort is a striking 9-song LP called “Wabi-Sabi”, featuring Cross’ breathy, smokey Hope Sandoval-type vocals; hard, stark guitar and…

Cass McCombs | Medusa’s Outhouse

As has become usual with singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, he’s streaming another slow-smoked gorgeous track. This one is called “Medusa’s Outhouse”, which will be featured on his August 26th Anti- Records release Mangy Love. This latest song is kind of hazy reverie, with falsetto vocals and soulful backing guitar that feels like Neil Young, especially when he…

Sean Hayes | Love That Woman

We should just declare San Francisco artist Sean Hayes a national treasure — an underappreciated one, that’s for sure. The guy’s been making fantastic music for awhile now, tweaking his sound here and there, blending his folky-soul with everything he’s picked up around the Bay Area, and singing his heart out amid a West Coast…