Neko Case At The Newport Folk Festival

Courtesy of NPR (and found via Faith In Honest Doubt) comes the lovely and spectacular indie country siren singer/songwriter/newpornographer, Neko Case.  One of my very favorite singers, if you love her enjoy this concert and if you don’t know her get on with the falling in love: Neko Case Newport Folk Festival [Read more...]

Heath Ledger’s Modest Mouse Video—”King Rat”

teh awesome: Love the brilliant song, love the brilliant video, love the combination of two awesome names with warm fuzzy connotations never before associated together.  Just makes my night—no, my summer—-NO, my LIFE.  Heath Ledger + Modest Mouse.  It’s like someone reached into my “favorites” section of my brain and just started plucking out random [Read More...]

David Byrne On U2′s Excesses

Via Pitchfork comes David Byrne musing on the uneasy symbiotic relationship between commercialistic pop art and pop art with artistic pretensions through which the big sell out acts make possible investment in the smaller ones which retain some credibility.  A parallel situation can be found in the film industry where low budget indies are made [Read More...]

Aaron Jentzen, “Great Inventors” and “Magnetic West”

I wholeheartedly recommend you go to Aaron Jentzen’s reverbnation page by clicking here if you love “elegaic baritone” (as his webpage puts it).  He reminds me of everything I love about Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, and Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National).  And similar as his voice is in general style to these guys’ [Read More...]

Lykke Li Lo-fi

Her debut album is amazing, one of my very favorites of the last several hundred I’ve bought.  Her phrasing and her charisma are superb.  Here’s a taste of her style performed with that authentic lo-fi bathroom sound… [Read more...]

Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl

In honor of Metric’s appearance promoting their new album “Fantasies” on David Letterman just now, here is the song in which Metric’s lead singer Emily Haines first completely mesmerized me (and many others).  Her voice and performances are so completely alluring that I keep going back and listening to her even though her song writing [Read More...]

Lisa Hannigan’s Lille

The embed has been disabled but I highly recommend you click this link to the irrepressibly charming Lisa Hannigan’s beautiful, arts and craftsy video to her elegant, breathy, perfectly phrased folk song “Lille”. Her whole album Sea Sew beats out dozens and dozens of competitors on my ipod to be one of the few I [Read More...]

Average Girl On The Radio

No, not the Barlow Girl song, but rather Fordham’s own catchy-indie-alt-country-wilcoesque-modestmousish-rock band Average Girl (which, don’t worry, is decidedly also not a Barlow Girl tribute band) will be on WNYU at 3pm, Monday July 6 (streaming from the website simultaneously for those who click to “Listen Live.”)  The band’s super-talented Cary Kehayan (vocals, guitar, keys [Read More...]

Don’t Forget Me

Neko Case’s stirring cover of Harry Nilsson never ceases to move me. It was recorded in her barn in Vermont on 6 pianos she got free off of Craigslist. This video about the album features footage of the song’s recording. [Read more...]

The Alluring Annie Clark

The former member of Polyphonic Spree and back up singer to Sufjan Stevens, Annie Clark goes by “St. Vincent” for her own albums and is pretty unconventionally awesome.  Here she is live—both St. Vincent – “Now Now” from scheduletwo on Vimeo. and then St. Vincent “The Strangers” from Lake Fever Sessions on Vimeo. St. Vincent [Read More...]