Sunday, October 30, 2005

Before I disappear

I usually don't have time to post during the week. Work keeps me busy, so I thought I would end this weekend with a bang.

The Motion Sick: Satellite. I obviously have a soft spot in my heart for love songs, and I'm definitely adding this one to my shelf of favorites. The Motion Sick are a Boston-based band that is releasing their LP Her Brilliant Fifteen in early 2006. "Satellite" is a sing-a-long song, catchy and sweet. Plus the boys will send you a free postcard if you pay them an internet visit.

Odds and ends...
Over the Rhine. Ohio natives Over the Rhine are on tour in support of their latest album Drunkard's Prayer. I didn't discover Over the Rhine until I picked up their 2003 release Ohio, and I've been hooked ever since. Unfortunately, they aren't coming to New York City, but all of my Midwestern brethren will have the chance to see them live. Click here for tour dates.

From Drunkard's Prayer: Drunkard's Prayer (Saxophone Mix)
From Amateur Shortwave Radio: Moth
From Good Dog Bad Dog: All I Need Is Everything

Wednesday, November 2nd...

  • Beat Radio @ Scenic
  • Valley Lodge @ Sin-e
  • Gothamist's Movable Hype 5.0 @ Knitting Factory
  • dios (malos) @ Maxwell's
Beat Radio: Elegy
Valley Lodge: All Of My Lovin'
Cloud Room: Hey Now Now
dios (malos): I Want It All

Sweater Weather

Good morning...
Good morning from the most uncomfortable chair at the Tea Lounge. I'm not sure who decided that wicker lounge chairs make for good study chairs, but I can barely reach the keyboard on my lap top. Besides how awkward I feel trying to type, I'm also starting to take issue with the music selection here. It's the same thing every day: The Mamas and The Papas, Jamiroquoi, and some Fleetwood Mac thrown in for good measure. Now, don't get me wrong; I adore the Tea Lounge. We're just in different points in our lives right now. So here's some of what I'm going to listen to instead:

The Earlies: Morning Wonder
The Oranges Band: Sweater Weather
Annie Hayden: Weather
Jason Lowenstein: Circles

Odds and ends...
WOXY now has podcasts of their Lounge Acts series available through iTunes.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Look little girl...

Bosque Brown: Still Afraid. Mara Miller is Bosque Brown. "Still Afraid" is stripped down and truthful.Discovered by fellow folk singer Damien Jurardo, Bosque Brown's country-tinged voice needs only the support of an acoustic guitar to deliver a powerful song. Bosque Brown sings about her fears, joys, and sorrows with such candid honesty that leaves even the listener feeling vulnerable.

Read more about Bosque Brown here at Indie Interviews.

Odds and ends...
The Earlies: Bring It Back Again. Doesn't this song remind you of Christmas? I mean, if you really listen to the bells at the end?


Page France: Junkyard: Singer-songwriter-music magician Michael Nau has a gift for words and melodies that is beyond magical. When I listen to this song, I imagine children with makeshift crowns and pirate hats, scrambling over debris as they conjur up hidden kingdoms and slay unseen dragons. There couldn't be a more perfect song.

And to all you New Yorkers: Page France is playing at Sin-e on November 29th.

Odds and ends...
Dirty on Purpose: Live from Boston. You can download live tracks from Dirty on Purpose's show at the Lizard Lounge in Boston. The set list is good, but the sound is not super great. You will have to turn it up if you want the vocals to come through.

From the school house...
Who knew second graders had boyfriends and girlfriends? Who knew they would want to hold hands while learning how to count by 3's? Who knew trading shoestrings was a sign of affection, commitment, and ownership? Where are the cootie shots when you need them?

The Harvey Girls: Practicing.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Whip me, but don't beat me.

Rogue Wave: Publish My Love. Will this song replace my current Rogue Wave favorite "Every Moment?" It's coming close. Punchy and fun.
Rogue Wave's latest LP Descended Like Vultures hits stores on Tuesday, October 25th.

On the radio...
Monday, October 24th: NPR will webcast a live Death Cab for Cutie show from Washington, DC's Black Cat at 9:45 pm ET. Visit NPR's website for more information. More information, please.

Tuesday, October 25th: WOXY is webcasting Mommy and Daddy for their Lounge Act series at 3:00 pm ET. Stream some of Mommy and Daddy's songs at their Myspace page.

Odds and ends...
Cat Power: The Greatest. "The Greatest" is just that. I caught myself lazing on my couch, curled up in a blanket, and drinking tea with the lights off while this song played in the background. I felt like I'm back in college listening to Cat Power on repeat and trying to cut my bangs to look like Chan Marshall. I think I'll go hide my scissors right now.

WNYC: October Pledge Drive. WNYC is hosting their membership drive this week. If you listen, please support the station. Saturday mornings wouldn't be the same without This American Life.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

You didn't think there was payment due

Never underrated.
There are rumors of a show in New York on November 18th that will totally change our lives forever. Don't believe me? Click here.

The Feverfew: By Now. Brooklyn songstress The Feverfew is on tour with some winter show dates with This Charming Man. I would definitely recommend seeing Bethany Spiers perform live. To see tour dates, click here.

Odds and ends...

Most likely inspired by last week's rainy weather, I was listening to "Cloud Prayer" from A.C. Newman's solo album Slow Wonder. I don't know if you have given this track a real focused listen, but it's amazing. Although I have had this album for a long time, I felt like I had just really heard "Cloud Prayer" for the first time. The first 10 seconds are pure genius with the drums that mimic rain clouds and the tambourine introducing the sound of falling rain. It takes my breath away.

Anyway... A.C. Newman is my hero.

A.C. Newman: Drink to Me Babe Then
A.C. Newman: Miracle Drug
The New Pornographers: The Laws Have Changed

From the school house...
Today the second graders learned that when you count by 2's, 110 comes directly after 108. This is a huge discovery considering they were adamant that 200 followed 108. Now if they could only figure out what came after 208, they would be golden.

Architecture in Helsinki: It's 5!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Saving pennies...

There are some good shows coming up soon in New York.

Movable Hype 5.0. I love the Movable Hype shows sponsored by Gothamist. It's always a great night of music and a chance to discover bands that will quickly become your new favorites. The show is on November 2nd at the Knitting Factory. The line up looks good so far: The Capital Years, Bravo Silva, and Snowden. Tune in next week when The Gothamist announces the "suprise, secret guest." Buy your tickets for Movable Hype 5.0 here.

The Capital Years: Let Them Drink
Bravo Silva: I Can't Say Goodbye
Snowden: Good News

CMJ Presents: Doveman, Jose Gonzalez, Mike Wexler, and Emm Gryner. The show is on October 18th at the Living Room. Doveman gets a thumbs up from me. I saw him at Movable Hype 4.0 (hint, hint), and the buzz on the blogosphere is that Jose Gonzalez is amazing live and Mike Wexler is an indie rock god. I read on Brooklyn Vegan that the show is $7 with a one drink minimum per set. Per set? Hmmm... Buy tickets here.

Doveman: Honey
Mike Wexler: I'd Like to Solve the Puzzle
Jose Gonzalez: Stay in the Shade
Emm Gryner: Breathless

More hype...
Ghostland Observatory. I saw Ghostland Observatory at Movable Hype 3.0 and it was love at first sight. The band is comprised of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner and they blend together an interesting mix of punk, rock, electronica, and dare I say, hip-hop into one eclectic sound. Aaron Behrens was too much to handle with his tight pink pants, Heidi-inspired braids, and sexy dance moves. I wanted to miniturize him, put him in my pocket, and take him home.

Stream three tracks from their LP Delete, Delete, I Eat Meat here.

Odds and ends...

smallthings. This has nothing to do with music, just the jewelry store that I'm loving at the moment. smallthings is jewelry designer Teresa Robinson. Based in Portland, Oregon, Teresa hand cuts and solders each of her pieces individually. Her work is beautiful and and handful of her necklaces make up an ample part of my jewelry collection. Check her out.

Friday, October 14, 2005

40 days and 40 nights...

The rain is bringing out the crazies in people.

1) The lines at my neighborhood grocery store were so long that the guy behind me opened up his bread and lunch meat and made himself a sandwich. He added some zing to it by dipping it into a container of hummus.

2) Two women on the subway got into a heated argument about umbrella etiquette. Although I agree with the woman who was arguing that umbrellas with pointed ends should not be held under one's arm because you could poke out someone's eye, I don't think her argument was supported by pointing out the size of her opponent's butt.

I know you guys are probably tired of hearing New Yorkers complain about the rain, so just listen to some music:

Dirty on Purpose: Light Pollution. Another one from DoP. Sounds good with the rain drops hitting the window.

If we all listen to the following tracks and dance in unison, the rain will stop. I promise.

Fighterpilot: Answer me
Acid House Kings: This and That
Laura Cantrell: Hammer and Nails
Pedro the Lion: Discretion
Finest Dearest: Sleep Until the Weekend
Sleater-Kinney: Jumpers
Guided By Voices: Gonna Never Have to Die

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Rain, rain, go away...

Despite the cold and rain, my weekend starts today. Here's my agenda:

Thursday, October 13th:
1. Milk and Cookies Bakery. Have you been here yet? Fresh baked cookies delievered to your table. What could be better? I'm heading over this afternoon with some friends so we can indulge in some yummy goodness.

2. Beat Radio: A Million Miles. If the rain doesn't beat me down, I will head over to Sin-e for Beat Radio's free show at 7:00 pm.

Friday, October 14th:
3. Fiery Furnaces: Chris Michaels. My friends say I should like them. I try. I really do try. More often than not a live show solidifies how I feel. So, we shall see...

Saturday, October 15th:
4. John Vanderslice: Trance Manual. I think if I hear "Trance Manual" live I will die a happy woman. The Saturday show at Southpaw is my best bet. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from my apartment.

Sunday, October 16th:
5. Jose Gonzalez: Slow Moves. Thanks to Swedesplease I now have something to add to my calendar. Jose Gonzalez is playing an instore performance at Sound Fix in Brooklyn. I agree with Craig that Veener is one of the loveliest albums from 2005 and a must listen. Thanks to Swedesplease for the link to "Slow Moves."

Proud to Swim Home.

As a former resident of New Orleans, I always have my eyes out for ways to help in the rebuilding efforts for that wonderful city. Dan Haugh, of godheadSilo, has created Proud to Swim Home, a web site that is selling stickers and T-Shirts that promote the rebuilding of New Orleans. All profits from the sells will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society of the United States.

From the Proud to Swim Home web site: Don't listen to those negative jerks who say that New Orleans can't, won't or shouldn't come back. New Orleans is our home, and the greatest city on earth, and neither of those things is going to change because some no-good hurricane gave us a little grief.

Proud to Swim Home is supported by Sub Pop Records and Backporch Revolution, so let's show them a little love.

Backporch Revolution:
Potpie: Secret Acts Within Four Walls (mp3)
Chef Menteur: Charlie Don't Surf (mp3)

Sub Pop Records:
Kinski: Echo Train (mp3)
Chad VanGaalen: Silent Life (mp3)

Monday, October 10, 2005

cake on cake on u.s. cake walk.

cake on cake: lonely song. Posts one and two introduced you to the musical genious of cake on cake. This post is to let you know two important bits of information:
  1. Desolation Records will release her debut album i see no stars on November 8th.
  2. cake on cake will be on tour in the US this fall.

Check her out:
  • 11/17, Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
  • 11/18 Philadelphia, PA - Swathmore College
  • 11/19 Red Hook, NY - Bard College
  • 11/ 20, Providence, RI - AS220
  • 11/22, Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase College
  • 11/23, Boston, MA - Zeitgeist Gallary
  • 11/25, New York, NY - Sin-e
  • 11/26, Washington, DC - Warehouse Next Door
  • 12/2, Richmond, IN - Earlham College
  • 12/3, Bloomington, IN - The Church
  • 12/4, Indianapolis, IN - Secret Location
  • 12/14, Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
  • 12/15 , St. Louis, MO - Radio Cherokee
  • 12/16, Memphis, TN- Murphy's Pub
  • 12/18, Chapel Hill, NC - Night Light
  • 12/21, Louisville, KY - Rudyard Kipling

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Do you like pop music?

Trick and the Heartstrings: Joga/Do You Like Pop Music?. Yes. Yes, I do like pop music, especially when the pop song begins with a cover of Bjork's "Joga." The track opens with a funky bass line that sounds like it was inspired by one of my dad's 70's funk records. Trick and the Heartstrings totally make this song their own seguewaying from "Joga" to "Do You Like Pop Music" with hand claps and a repeated shout out to the sugary sweet genre that would make the Isley Brothers proud.

This trio of funky soul men have me dancing, so it would be selfish of me to only have one mp3 for you: Even If (thabomshudrop).

Now that your body is moving and your ears are perked up, buy their limited edition EP here.

Hey, hey, hey...
Robyn: Bum Like You. A few days ago I put out a request asking for tracks from the Swedish pop princess Robyn. I'm happy to say that my new cyber friend Geoff came through and sent me some goodies from the new album Robyn.

As expected, the songs are chock-full of sugary goodness that would make Beyonce or Christina envious. "Bum Like You" is pretty mellow and driven along by pulsating drums and acoustic guitar. Robyn sings to her no-good man that her: "favorite thing to do/is waste time on a bum like you." If only he could get it together and stay out of jail, then Robyn could knit him mittens and bake him pie.

Odds and ends...
Dirty on Purpose: To Forget. "Get better," Erica softly tells us. I wonder what we need to get better at? Get better at enjoying DoP's lovely harmonies and penchant for distorted guitar? This song is beautiful; I don't know if I can get better at appreciating it any more.

DoP has two shows coming up in New York and Philadelphia. Check them out here.

It stopped raining...
Marwood: Monday Over Friday
The Colored Shadows: Life After Love
Dension Witmer: 24 Turned 25
Theo Eastwind: Dawn in the Fall
The Fever Few: Goodbye, Blue Monday

Now, go out and play.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Maybe I should forget that I met you

Valley Lodge: All My Loving. The Beatles promised to give you all their love, and so does Valley Lodge. "All My Loving" is a poppy, multi-layered song that will quickly have you singing the chorus in earnest. I imagine Valley Lodge as a group of fun-loving guys who write upbeat love songs that make their could-be-but-won't-be exes smile. And any song that involves a cowbell is a indie don't dance favorite.

New Yorkers, catch Valley Lodge on November 2 at Sine-e.
Purchase Valley Lodge's CD Valley Lodge here.

Feeling inspired...
With South of Mainstream's post on That Dog and Throwing Muses, I'm feeling nostalgic for high school again. I'm sure I don't need to do any background fillers on Belly and there's no need to explain how wonderful their albums Star and King still sound.

Belly made music that was loaded with beautiful imagery that got stuck in your mind. Tanya Donelly said in 1993 Billboard interview that: "the main thing I want to do with Belly is make powerful guitar-oriented music that could never be considered just"---she can't hold back a big laugh---"creepy pop songs! When music is important, it's because you can make useful connections for people, instead of hiding behind the noise."

"Feed the Tree" was a big radio hit, but here are two of my favorites from each album.

Star: Full Moon, Empty Heart
King: Now They'll Sleep

Odds and ends...
Finest Dearest's EP Pacemaker arrived in my mailbox this morning. Buy your copy here.

Friday, October 07, 2005

I want more of everything

From the school house...
I made a new clean-up soundtrack for my classroom. It's a selection of 3-minute-ish songs that I play while everyone is cleaning up. The goal is to be done cleaning before the song is over, which can be a difficult feat at times. We're getting there and rocking out (quietly) while we do it. Here's the track list:
  1. Arcard Fire: Cold Wind
  2. Jose Gonzales: Crosses
  3. Saturday Looks Good to Me: Lift Me Up
  4. Page France: Junkyard
  5. Brendan Benson: The Pledge (a big second grade hit...)
  6. Acid House Kings: This Heart Is a Stone
  7. Dr. Dog: The World May Never Know
  8. Audible: October Song
  9. matt pond PA: Winterlong
  10. Neutral Milk Hotel: The Aeroplane Over the Sea
Odds and ends...
The Cardigans: "I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer". Watch The Cardigan's new video for "I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer." The video involves Nina wearing a lot of leather and lying on the floor. I'm sure some of you will find that appealing.

matt pond PA: Several Arrows Later. Songs:Illinois has some new mp3's posted from matt pond PA's upcoming LP Several Arrows Later. I recommend "Brooklyn Stars." Maybe it's my borough bias shining through, but it's a lovely song with a catchy melody. Matt Pond has a way with writing heartstopping love songs, and this is definitely one of them.

Beat Radio is playing a free show at Sin-e on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 pm. Check them out because they play a great live show.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wait for the feedback...

Biirdie: To Know That You Need Me. Biirdie is two boys and lovely girl, who dream on paper. Set to music, their songs are tiny packages of confessions of love, tiny jealousies, and pledges of affection. I imagine this is what singers Fred Lamm and Kala Savage whisper to one another late at night while watching the stars.

"To Know That You Need Me" reminds me of what love was when we were young: simple, naive, and full of unkept, but well intentioned promises. There was time when just knowing that certain someone was there made us feel safe; a time when need equalled love.

Stream "To Know That You Need Me" at the band's MySpace page. You can also purchase the LP Morning Kills the Dark at the band's web site or download it from iTunes.

Robyn: Show Me Love. Do you remember the Swedish singer Robyn? She had the sugary sweet pop hits "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love" that were ubiquitous during the spring of 1996. I confess dancing like a maniac to these songs, and I'm sure there was some hairbrush microphoning going on. Well, Robyn has a new album out and, according to Pitchfork, it's "as stupidly ebullient as any record released this year." With a rating of 8.2, I am suddenly intrigued. Robyn's official web site frustrated more than helped me, and I haven't been able to find any tracks online. So, if anyone out there in the vast world of the Internet could point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it. And then we can all do some hairbursh microphoning.


Last night I saw The Decemberists at Webster Hall and was reminded why live music matters to me. There is something extremely special about how music can suddenly bond a seemingly unconnected group of people. And honestly, my face hurt from the smile that planted itself on my face. The show was truly amazing. So amazing that I forgive Webster Hall for having a crappy sound system, the overbearing men who spilled beer on me, and the hairy-armed fellow who was trying to elbow me out of my prime location. Everything was perfect once The Decemberists took the stage. Everything from dancing with the person next to me and being swallowed by a whale (it never gets old), to sitting on the sticky Webster Hall floor on Colin Maloy's command, was perfect. I like when my grown-up self feels like a kid again.

Under a rock...

Elbow. Where have I been? Hopefully, you won't need this link, but in case you do... Borrowed Tunes has mp3's and a great write-up on Elbow's latest LP Leaders of the Free World.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Long Winters EP

The Long Winters are releasing their new EP Ulitmatum on Tuesday, October 11th. The Long Winter's web site describes the EP as "gilded with string quartets and analog synths, but at its core are four adventurous songs about disaster. Electric guitar takes a backseat to toy keyboards and trashed drum-loops as shuttles crash, lovers drown, and machines take over the Earth."

Ultimatum (mp3)

I'm sure the EP will satisfy starving ears until their LP is released next year.

Cass McCombs

EDIT: So my friend just called to point out that we are going to see Sons & Daughters open for the The Decemberists. Not Cass McCombs. Dammit! And she wanted me to add that she is not too cool for school.

Sometimes my friends are too cool for school and don't like to get to shows early enough to catch the opening band. However, tonight I am adamant about making it to Webster Hall in time to see Cass McCombs.

Pitchfork gave his latest album PREfection a 7.4 and describes McCombs as an wandering American (song)writer in the tradition of Steinbeck or Hemingway. Many songs conjure up The Cure and Morrissey with their melancholic edge. Plus McCombs's tossled hair and velvety voice are swoon-worthy.

Sacred Heart (mp3)
From A: I Went to the Hospital (mp3)

Monday, October 03, 2005

The biggest campfire sing-a-long ever

Tomorrow I am going to see The Decemberists at Webster Hall, and I am very excited. The last time I saw The Decemberists, my face hurt from the big ol' grin I had plastered on my face. Their shows epitomize everything that I love about live music. For a brief moment of time, people loose their inhibitions, sing along at the top of their lungs, and aren't embarassed to pretend to be swallowed by a whale. And, most importantly, people dance their little brains out. It's similar to what I do every day when I teach, but with adults instead of little ones.

Human Behaviour (mp3)
Dreams of Horses has a great link to the mp3 "Constantinople."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Serene Lakes

Serene Lakes played the CMJ Music Marathon this year and perked up some ears. They have a cool bass-drum ebb and flow going in their music that reminds me of the indie rock of yore. I especially like the track "Telephones." The guitar intro has a nice end of the night feel to it. Imagine people drifting back home arm-in-arm after a long night out, stolen kisses in the back of a friend's car, and watching the stars from the rooftop of an apartment. All that packed into one song.

Telephones (mp3)
Last Call (mp3)

Everybody's out of love...

Last night I saw Beat Radio at Sin-e. Highlights of the show:
  1. The woman who offered me a plate of chicken and a bag of bread.
  2. A solid set of catchy indie rock.
The show was disappointingly empty, which is surprising because Beat Radio is a band more than worth hearing. So, those of you who are in the New York City area, be sure to check them out on October 13th at Sin-e. It's a can't miss free show. Did I mention free? I'm always looking out for cheap beats, ladies and gentlemen.

Elegy (mp3)
Treetops (EP version)

Sunday Morning Musings.

On Friday I gave Isaiah, one of my students, a reading test. He had to read a story and then answer some comprehension questions. Part of the test is also to talk about your "reading life." The question is meant to see whether or not the student sees reading as an integral and necessary part of his or her life.

At the end of the test, I asked Isaiah the reading life question: "Do you prefer to read to yourself or listen to a story out loud?"

Isaiah happily responded, "Oh, I like to read to myself because when you listen to a story, you have to think about what you are hearing. Then people ask you questions and stuff, and they want you to really listen. But when you read to yourself, you don't have to think about it; you can just read the words."

Isaiah's response is saddening on many levels. First, he believes that being read to is a painful experience full of right and wrong answers. This is a sharp contrast to my feelings about listening to books. I love being read to and wish there were more opportunities for adults to sit and read to one another. Maybe music is the rhytmic substitute for reading aloud; however, it's incredibly binding to have someone read to you. Second, Isaiah believes that reading should just be "reading the words." There's no meaning to be discovered, no connections to be made. Just words.

When I meet children who haven't discovered the thrill of reading, I am always floored. As someone who cried in front of her class while reading Bridge to Terabithia, the hardest part of teaching reading is teaching the joy of reading. Sure, I can teach you to read words, understand setting, plot, and character, but can I have you get all excited when you see your favorite author's on the cover of a book? That's difficult.

One way that I try to show why reading is important to me is by reading voraciously. That's not so hard for me since I read anything and everything put into my hands. This morning, I'm going to curl up with Myla Goldberg's recent novel Wickett's Remedy. Although I don't feel as connected to the characters in this book as I did to those in Bee Season, I am still enjoying Goldberg's latest. Publisher's Weekly referred to Wickett's Remedy as "an accomplished but peculiarly tensionless historical novel." This is somewhat true; however, it is still a good read and I'm throughly engrossed in it.

Tomorrow when my class shares what they did over the weekend, I'm going to tell them about the book that I read. My wish is that my love of reading will transfer over to Isaiah and his classmates. One can only hope.

The Decemberists: Myla Goldberg (live)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Liz Janes and Create (!)

Liz Janes joined jazz ensemble Create (!) to produce a beautiful album of old songs. Jane's voice remains hauntingly beautiful on this album, but the collaborative effort is a change from regular Liz Jane fare. From the Asthmatic Kitty web site: The recording relinquishes all the bells and whistles from Liz's previous recordings, augmenting instead the understated elements of Negro spirituals, love ballads, and traditional folk songs we know so well. Pull up the blankets and listen carefully. There is someone singing in your ear.

How beautiful is that?

Lonesome Valley (mp3)

The LP of refashioned songs Liz Janes & Create (!) is available through Asthmatic Kitty.

From Liz Jane's LP Done Gone Fire:

Proposition (mp3) ::this song stops the heart::

Here we go, go...

After learning about this band from 3hive, San Francisco's Finest Dearest had me dreaming of the indie girl band Belly and all things lovely and dark. I'm addicted to the two tracks that Finest Dearest has posted on their web site. The music is classic indie fare and rounded out nicely by warm vocals.

A must listen.

Idaho (mp3)

PS: Pick up the Finest Dearest's EP Pacemaker here. It's only $5.50. Cheap beats.

PPS: Finest Dearest pairs nicely with SoM's Flashback Friday band That Dog.