Feist’s Brandy Alexander

Feist’s singing is best summed up as a whisper put to music.  When we whisper, every word that we get out is infused with an effort that can be heard in its breathy character.  A whisper’s strain and incomplete vocalization tantalize us, as we feel for the whisperer’s struggle to get the words out loud [Read More...]

The Music Of Speech: Autotune Punditry And Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project

Fitting for punditry itself, this video is both awful and hypnotic at the same time.  The one fascinating artistic “merit” here is the way they highlight the musicality of human speech to its musicality (even though they do it in an ear-splitting way): Some day, I want to give a proper review to Charles Spearin’s [Read More...]

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...]


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