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The Weekly Feed 11/21

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Okay, so one motivational speech for the entire year can't be too cliche, can it?  With Thanksgiving nipping at up, I started thinking about the whole thankful thing and what an amazing year this has been so far.  It seems to me that you only get a few chances here and there where the stars line up and you find the motivation to make a go at it (whatever it may be for you).  I imagine that it's kind of like surfing.  You can wait and wait out there watching all of the passing waves, waiting for the right one, when really, most of them are the right ones.  Or at least, all of them will move you forward one way or the other.  Eventually, you get the motivation to grab one and as long as you stay up, you can ride it all the way in.  You just have to stay up.

Of course, I live in Kentucky, so waves really aren't a part of life around here.  Regardless, somewhere in there is my thankful moment.  Thanks to everyone who has helped this show grow.  We've got some pretty big dreams and we're glad that each and every one of you are a part of them.

Now, with that, lets go listen to some music. Just push play.

Beach House – Normandy

Dream pop from the Baltimore duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand. Even with a chorus, it feels spacial and uncertain. Maybe because of that, it didn’t really register with me on the first listen, but I was nearly hooked by the second. Sometimes, that can be the mark of a really good song; one that you can turn on days, weeks, and years after the first time, and still feel the chill of the November air. Spend some time with this one. The rewards are pretty great.

Los Campasinos! – These Are Listed Buildings

I really enjoyed their first peak into the new disc, Romance Is Boring, with the track “ The Sea Is A Good Place To Think of the Future.” This first official single doesn’t exactly follow suit, but it still very much the sound of the band that we’re familiar with. Playful guitar, always plenty happening in the background, and a pretty solid cheer of eternal youth through the eyes of someone leaving it behind.

Vampire Weekend – Cousins

What can I say? I’m on the bandwagon. I may have ignored them through their first round hype, last album, but I’ve come around after having two pretty great tracks for their newest – Horchata and this official single, Cousins. It’s also got a nice video worth checking out. Contra will be out in January and I’m looking pretty forward to hearing how it plays out over a full length.

Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (Baby Monster Remix)

The original was already made for the dance floor, so as long as one didn’t over think/overdue it, then it was a pretty obvious move for remix. Baby Monster plays it safe, but takes the right road in keeping all the right parts in tact. Its not amazingly different, but its still different enough to be interesting. Well done.

Surfer Blood – Swim (To Reach The End)

Easily one of the weeks buzziest. It plays a double line of lo-fi up against 70’s guitar rock. Its okay, but nothing inspiring enough to write a lot about. Astro Coast is the album. It’ll be out in January.

Eels – Little Bird

Its hard to give too much about this song, because its pretty easy to read into. E wrote a “deeply personal” album – an extremely quick follow-up to this years Hombre Lobo – and chose for the first single a song that follows a possibly depressed man talking to the Little Bird in front of him. Not because he likes talking to birds, it just happen to be the set of ears available.

Lissie – Everywhere I Go

I’ve become really smitten in the few weeks that I’ve been aware of Lissie. I’m not even totally sure what she looks like, but her songwriting and voice is pretty captivating. This one plays even more delicate than “ Little Lovin” until it erupts with her demands at the three minute mark. She has a new EP out now called Why You Runnin’. Its worth your attention.

Capgun Coup – Sitting on the Sidewalk

I caught this one from I Guess I'm Floating right before I started putting the show together. I think I have a thing for this old style of guitar playing at the moment. It’s a fun song and fits nicely up against Spiral Stairs. The Ohama group’s new disc Maudlin is out on Team Love, which gains quite a bit of buzzy-credit in itself.

Arctic Monkeys – Fright Lined Dining Room

A b-side to the new Capstone EP. More insight into the desert sessions with Josh Homme under the producer helmet. I may not be as in love with it as everyone else seems to be, but its quite a bit of interest and fun to watch their transformation. Maybe it’s a good thing that there aren’t any big hooks this time around, and what’s more, this doesn’t feel like a b-side. It could have just as easily been a single itself. I’ve also heard that they're already planning the follow-up, so we might expect more of this sound.

Will Stratton – Who Will

22 years old is a good place to be for a musician. There is a lot of fire, hope, and grit with little restraint. That even proves true when you get a ballad such as this. Even in its hushed, subtle strum-n-sing, I get a feeling of immediacy.

Hot Hot Heat – Future Breeds

I would expect that the fella’s are trying to tout how they’ve grown and changed their sound, but you get Hot Hot Heat just like you remember them. Unfortunately, the last time we heard from them, not a lot of folks were paying attention. This isn’t bad, but it’s nothing to take them back to the forefront.

Solange Knowles – Stillness In The Move

Really, I kind of like it. I mean, its pretty typical r&b-pop, but she’s taken an extremely over-hyped indie track and made an obvious move on it. Even when the Dirty Projectors were doing it first, people were saying it sounded like a Brooklyn version of Mariah Carey. Plus, I think if anything, she’s earned the right to tackle it.  Judging by most of her favorite current artists, she’s done her indie-homework and knows the story as well as anyone.

Hot Chip – Take It In

I’ll admit that I’ve never dove in enough to Hot Chip to know the difference between this new tune and their older stuff, but judging by all of the early reviews, its different enough to have everyone talking. Its not bad anyway, though there is something about the falsetto chorus that I’m not crazy about. Seems like I’ve heard it too many times in various other places.

Tindersticks – Black Smoke

There is something about his voice that is very Nick Cave. Also a little Bill Callahan. I would file this in something I would imagine Quentin Terrintino would like. Its pretty decent and has definitely sounded better with repeats. The new album is called Falling Down A Mountain, and is their 8th, which means I’ve a lot of catching up to do.

Atlas Sound – The Screens

I think Bradford Cox has just released his best A side/B side yet.   I loved his cover of Doctor last week and even this soft little tune is pretty sweet. Its free and you can grab it on his site. You can also hope he continues in his present direction.

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The Weekly Feed is distributed by WFPK and Louisville Public Media. The executive producer is Stacy Owen, with additional help from WFPK’s Laura Shine. Produced and hosted by Kyle Meredith. Make sure to say hi, yeah?

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Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org