We are just about a week away from the official start of spring so it seems like the right time for another "Favorites" posting to close out the winter. For those of you who are new to our Music Monday world, every few weeks I like to share intriguing tidbits that I have collected - and for the most part, they don't have anything to do with music. I find interest in just about everything and I fully agree with Brooklyn designer Frank Chimero: "I think we should strive to make our natural state one of wonder and attempt to discover joy in the world around us."
So here's a bit of wonder and joy from me to you:
No need to step outside to check the weather anymore.
Bye, bye winter weight.
Social media, explained.
Every phone should have this installed.
Things to do with your Gun Bun wine crate.
This seems too good to be true.
Can't wait for this to return to television too.
This new NYT blog is really neat.
Listen to the Gun Bun Music Monday 2012 Playlist on Spotify or Everyone's Mixtape.
Watch videos of the track here.
Feel free to drop songs you find into our collaborative Spotify playlist.
Listen to the bands from the Huichica 2012 line-up here or on Spotify.
Listen to the 2011 Music Monday Playlist here.
"Elephant King" - Yellow Ostrich
This band came onto my radar screen via a weekly email from Noise Trade. After joining Ra Ra Riot and the Antlers on the road last year, Yellow Ostrich is now headlining their own tour in support of their new album, Strange Land.
"No Concern of Yours" - Punch Brothers
According to their Amazon webpage, "The Punch Brothers are nothing less than a youthful band comprising the most prodigious and sought-after musicians from the cutting edge of bluegrass and folk music." That's quite an endorsement. They also got a nice shout-out this week in The Talk of The Town in the New Yorker.
"All The Rowboats" - Regina Spektor
I have always been a big fan of Spektor's music but after reading her Wikipedia page, I have an entirely new appreciation. It's always interesting to see how family background and early musical experiences can shape an artist. This song is from her upcoming album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, due out May 12.
"Trip" - Vacationer
Since I can't attend SXSW 2012, I had a virtual listening party this past week previewing many of the artists who are slated to appear there. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox turned me onto this Philadelphia band. If you'll be in Austin this week, you can catch them live here.
"Manchester" - Kishi Bashi
There's something about this song that had me coming back to listen to it over and over again this past week. K Ishibashi,(aka Kishi Bashi) reminds me of Peter Gabriel both in his voice and the swelling instrumentation of his music. He will pull double duty on an upcoming tour as both the opening act and violinist for Of Montreal. HIs first full-length album is scheduled to be released in April.
Bonus Huichica 2012 artist preview: "Do What You Will" - Papercuts