Saturday, January 24, 2009

Top Adds for 1/19: Animal Collective, Antony and the Johnsons, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Loney Dear, AC Newman +++

Our top five adds for the week of January 19:

1- ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, Merriweather Post Pavilion: Merriweather is a beautiful album. It has already been deemed the best album of 2009 by some blogs, for good reason. If you haven't heard it yet, you are missing out! The songs are more melodic and there seems to be more emphasis on the lyrics than on the previous eight Animal Collective albums. My favorite tracks are "My Girls", "Summertime Clothes". Also check out "Daily Routine" and "Brother Sport".

2- ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS, The Crying Light: The follow-up to I Am a Bird Now, for all Antony fans who enjoy his soft melodic voice accompanied by the piano. Best track is "Another World."

3- PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: Lo-fi noisy dream pop, recently self-released by this band from NYC. The songwriting and guy/girl vocal harmonies are consistently GREAT! Listen to "Come Saturday" and "Everything With You".

4- LONEY, DEAR, Dear John: Very Swedish from Stockholm and easy to listen to! They're touring with Andrew Bird this year. Check out tracks one and five!

5- A.C. NEWMAN, Get Guilty: A second album from the New Pornographers front-man, featuring appearances from members of Mates of State, Magnetic Fields, & Nicole Atkins. Catchy songwriting. Listen to "The Palace at 4 AM". Don't play track 10 on air (FCC violation).

-Liz Pelly & Jen Brown