Three Records I Am Into Right Now

Sorry for the lack of music posts here at AVC. I am going to make it up to you with three for the price of one.

Nada SurfLucky – These guys, Matt, Ira, and Daniel, are fantastic individuals who make great music.

Their past three records, including the current one, have been family favorites. After they played a fundraiser gig in our old backyard, Josh listened to The Weight Is A Gift non-stop for months.

The new record is not as edgy as the prior two, with more acoustic guitar and melodies. But they write great songs and this is so listenable.

Whose Authority – Nada Surf – Lucky (thanks Butter Team for the mp3)

Oracular SpectacularMGMTFred Graver turned me on to this band with his year end mix which featured the awesome track called Kids.

I’ve been listening to them on hype machine since then and finally succumbed and bought the record. To be honest, it’s not consistently great, but there are five or six killer songs on it.

Their music is described as "electronic indie dance rock". I guess that’s a good description. I call it fun.

Time To Pretend – MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (thanks to Instrumental Analysis for the mp3)

Made In The DarkHot Chip – While we are on the subject of electronic music, I have been into the remixes that Hot Chip does for the past year. They are often featured on the Hype Machine. My all time favorite is this remix of the Stone’s I’m Free.

I got the new studio album and like the MGMT record, I feel that it’s mixed but brilliant in parts. The diversity of style and sound is simply amazing.

I can’t find an mp3 on the web right now, so click thru to my tumblog and listen to Touch Too Much, a ween-sounding track that is my current obsession.

#My Music

Comments (Archived):

  1. Erik Peterson

    Lately I’ve been digging The Evening Descends from the Evangelicals. I think it is right up your alley.I’ve also been listening to the new Atlas Sound album. If you liked Deerhunter last year, you’ll probably like this as well. I’m also really enjoying the new Xiu Xiu album, but I’d hesitate to recommend it.

    1. fredwilson

      Thanks. Good stuff to check outFred

  2. RacerRick

    Very fancy formatting of this post. Impressed!

  3. Tyler

    I’m really starting to like this Nada Surf stuff, though I’m not so fond of the others. I’ve been listening to a lot of Ryan Adams lately. Really great stuff, and I got to see him live in Santa Cruz, CA last month where he first played electric. Keep the music recommendations coming. Oh, and you just solved a big problem for me. I’ve been working on a website for Michael Mazochi and couldn’t figure out how to post mp3s inside a page without resorting to flash or an outside client like iTunes. Just signed up for a account.

  4. DC Tech

    Have you checked out Rock Kills Kids yet, good stuff.

  5. Trey Phillips

    Wow– we like the same cd’s on the same week all the time. Right on man.

    1. fredwilson

      We are “taste neighbors’ in musicFred

  6. DanInCambridge

    You mean often featured on the Hot Chip/Justice Machine.

    1. fredwilson

      That is sort of trueThey have to figure out how to change thatI’d say hot chip/justice/vampire weekend machine right now 🙂

  7. Zach

    Wow. I honestly hadn’t thought about Nada Surf since I avoided their single like the plague 10-or-so years ago. Definitely digging Lucky though – must check out their past few offerings. Thanks Fred

    1. fredwilson

      Yeah. That single “popular” has caused them quite a few avoidersIt was a head fake. They make great musicFred

  8. Jeff Judge

    If you like Hot Chip then I think you’ll also like Fujiya & Miyagi

  9. Matt

    WAZ – The Sweet Bye and Bye, just saw him in LA – good stuff

  10. Luke H

    In the realm of MGMT, you should also check out Oppenheimer (…. Going to see them in Austin opening for TMBG this week.

  11. claudio

    Add ‘LP’ from Holy Fuck to your list!! A revelation.