Since it’s the Monday of TV premier week and things have been a little slow here at TUiW, we thought you might like a little music to kick off your week! Without further ado:
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
What honestly prompted this music binge is that NPR is streaming Deerhunter’s phenomenal new record Halcyon Digest a week before it comes out. The band reached new heights with their last record, Microcastle, and on first listen, Halcyon Digest moves the sticks pretty far forward for the band. A more in depth review will come after more listens, but my first impressions are that this record will make a substantial amount of year end lists, probably in the Top 5. Stream it here.
The Thermals – “Never Listen to Me”
The Thermals have a formula that works extraordinarily well: cut the bullshit and just play music. You’ll rarely catch them going outside of their punk roots, but they nail it every time. The second single from their new record Personal Life (out Oct. 19), “Never Listen to Me” is a solid track that, as with most Thermals songs, will get lodged in your head and not escape.
The Thermals – “Never Listen to Me” [MP3]
Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much”
This may have hit the web a little bit ago, but this glitchy track from The Age of Adz is about as far from Sufjan’s old sound as you can get, but with the all the same power of the pretty songs about Illinois. Sharply contrasted from his newest EP, All Delighted People, the album looks to open a new, fantastic chapter of Steven’s post-50 States career. Download it here.
Kanye West – The GOOD Fridays Series
Also making buzz on the web for the last few weeks has been the apparent onslaught of free music from everyone’s favorite crazy rapper, Kanye West, through his GOOD Fridays series. This week’s track “Lord, Lord, Lord,” featuring Mos Def, Swizbeats, and Raekwon is a solid winner, but if you haven’t heard “Monster,” the collaboration with Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver, download that one first get blown away by the insane verse dropped by Minaj at the end. Check out the songs here.