Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Swimmers - "A Hundred Hearts"

The Swimmers seem to be stuck in the spring, from their promo pics to their lush indie-pop track "A Hundred Hearts," but that's perfectly fine with me. The song is from their upcoming album People Are Soft, due out Nov 3. The band is Steve and Krista Yutzy-Burkey, Scott French, and Rick Sieber, and it hails from Philadelphia.

The track kicks off with the line "What a sharp imagination," and the narrative framework of the song does inspire some wondering: it's a tabula rasa, telling a story entirely of your own making. It'd be interesting to see what they come up with if they make a music video. Lyrically, the song is quite fascinating, and it has a lulling drumbeat, squeaky-clean synth line, ringing guitars, and dreamy vocal harmonies--basically, the audio equivalent of cherry blossoms falling all over you. Did I mention that it's also highly addictive?

You can preview the album at

Upcoming shows:
Nov 6, 2009: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 7, 2009: NYC
Nov 13, 2009: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Nov 14, 2009: Scranton

on Myspace

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Treasure Island Music Festival Playlist

The site has assembled a playlist for the Treasure Island Music Festival 2009 in San Francisco, California. The playlist includes songs by The Decemberists, Vetiver, MGMT, and more, and all the songs can be downloaded for free.

Treasure Island Music Festival Playlist

Monday, October 12, 2009

My First Earthquake: New video, free download

I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking about Halloween early this year: My First Earthquake, the San Francisco-based indie rockers, are also playing dress-up in their new video for "Sweet Frown."

According to the band, "The video, produced by Jesus Beltran, captures MFE's singer, Rebecca Bortman as a hard-to-please Marie Annotiette with her courtesans and the rest of the band trying to sweetly please her. This video is filled with comedic historical anachronisms from the electric guitars to the Sno-Ball cakes." Works for me. I love the line "Stole a song from Ratatat, and now I know what lawsuits feel like!" But if they go to France, will they have to play as Mon Premier Séisme?

They've offered a free download of the track here, and more info about the album, Downstairs, at

The band is currently on tour in Cali:

Thu, Oct 15: Stanford CoHo, Palo Alto
Sat, Oct 17: The Hemlock Tavern, SF
Sun, Oct 18: Bernal Heights Fiesta, SF
Fri, Nov 13: Cafe du Nord, SF with The Generationals

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Civalias - "We've Got Company"

I stumbled upon Civalias on through the track "We've Got Company," and I'm glad I did. Civalias is the project of 23-year-old Adam Stidham, based in Los Angeles. The name sounds like a kicky pharmaceutical drug, but according to an interview with The Examiner, he says it's a combo of the words "civilian" and "alias." Makes sense.

His EP "You.Me.We" is available now, and it's insanely catchy. It has the glamour of pop with a hint of indie rock, and while at first it sounds a little like the Fray (both are piano-backed with breathy vocals), Stidham creates a lush sound all his own. I think a lot of people can relate to "We've Got Company," especially as the music video highlights the meaning of the title:

He's currently working on his first full-length album, and I wish him great luck.

Civalias on Myspace

Friday, October 9, 2009

Stars of Track and Field

Stars of Track and Field just released their fourth album, A Time for Lions, in September. I only heard of them recently so I'm still catching up on their music, but I love their track "Centuries" from their album Centuries Before Love and War.

They are currently on tour across the U.S.

Stars of Track and Field on Myspace

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, was only 22 when her first album, Lungs, was released in July of 2009, but her spectacular voice and command of music make her seem much more mature.

I was hooked last summer on her single "Kiss With a Fist," but it's clear she's not just a one-hit wonder. She's released several singles, and her album debuted at no. 2 on the charts. I particularly like "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)," about her recording process and releasing music:

She also has some dizzyingly cool music videos, especially "Drumming Song," which you can see here.

She is currently on tour in Europe with her band.