Yes, yes, this one’s late, but I was away on a hot, sunny island, having quite a spectacular time. Although as Jason so kindly reminded me, he was able to get his post in on time when he was in Australia. My apologies. (Also, I feel like I’m cheating, because Jay is familiar with at least 3/4 of my picks this week, and the only reason I know them is because of him. At least I’m owning up to this.)
Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
One of the things I love about Barnett is that she can combine sounds that remind me of other artists I love. Watching her at NXNE last night, I was reminded of early Nirvana (always a good thing, IMO), but I also hear elements of REM. Considering I regarded REM as gods while I grew up, that’s definitely a good thing.
Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth
A shiver-inducing song. Rachael Price has a voice that (at least for me) sets the dial to Instant Crush. Because I couldn’t decide whether it’d be better to post a version that was clean and perfect, or one that was full of the ambient aspects that make live recordings special, you can choose from either the album version, or the kickass live version:
Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver
Another act that passed through Toronto during NXNE, and one of the most energetic bands I’ve seen in a while. This band from New Orleans is excellent, really. Max Norton makes drumming look effortless, and I wish I knew the bass player’s name, because he has a super-intense performing face. And a moustache, too. (Seriously, dude, what’s your name?) Your third, hot, summertime track, courtesy of Benjamin Booker.
Yes, it’s Courtney Barnett again. This slow roller of a song has the perfect amount of cool for a laid-back, sunny Sunday.
Courtney Barnett – Don’t Apply Compression Gently