Over the weekend Sufjan Stevens shared with the world that he is very nostalgic. Stevens came across a few old demo tapes of his from college and decided to share one of them with the world. The title? ‘Sofia’s Song’, which is literally a song about Sofia Coppola. This borders on flattering and weird, but you can already tell that he was brewing something special. Equipped with banjo he came up with the song claiming that Sofia was his ‘imaginary confident’ when writing songs in his early days. I guess everyone needs to be inspired by something. The tale of his name and early music career was posted along with the song on his label, Asthamatic Kitty, along about the journey of his songwriting process. This is a great listen and read for any Sufjan fan, obsessive or otherwise.
Download ‘Sofia’s Song’
In the past 24 hours, I have become completely obsessed with the Chicago five piece called The Bound Stems. A band that I have discovered on an itunes Podcast of all things. Its really easy to become increasingly interested in this band, which I hate to say, broke up last year after their second release ‘The Family Afloat.’ Sad to say the least, but the band played Lollapalooza, Daytrotter, and South by Southwest amongst other things. Disbanded or not, this is a band worth listening to. It reminds me a bit of Conor Oberst if he started writing really happy songs all the time.
Download the Bound Stems ‘Happens to Us All Otherwise’
Check out Bound Stems on their MYSPACE
As much as I adore Of Montreal’s new songs in their original form, there is something about the feeling of Kevin Barnes and BP Helium performing the songs acoustically. We’ve been seeing this for a while from the band, as they are no strangers to these kind of performances. Every song they strip down just seems so beautiful and raw. Barnes and Helium have stopped by 89.7 WTMD and 90.7 WFUV (New York shoutout, what?) on the current tour to provide us with great versions of ‘Beware Our Nubile Miscreants’, a new song ‘Coquet Coquet’ and a cover of The Beatles ‘I’m So Tired.’ Of Montreal, is there no end to your greatness?
On a side note, I seem somewhat distracted by BP’s new moustache. Who isn’t?
‘Beware Our Nubile Miscreants’
‘I’m So Tired’- Beatles Cover
Sometimes late night music videos capture my attention. Case in point, Cage the Elephant, a band that has been surrounded by a ‘great big buzz’ lately. The Kentucky five piece who started gaining attention in the UK before they even broke out here, have been making waves with their first single ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’. The tune sounds like the love child between The White Stripes and The Black Keys, both flattering comparisions. Blending a bit of soul and blues into their rock and roll vibe, Cage the Elephant is already on their way to being the next ‘big thing’.
Check out Cage the Elephant’s video for ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’
Tourdates and More Music over on their MYSPACE
Thanks to Tunesontv.com, it makes it so easy to find out what song is playing in a commercial….something that used to take ages to find. Last night I saw a car commercial (for Honda Insight) for the catchiest song I’ve heard in a while. To my surprise when I looked it up, it was actually a band I knew! I thought it sounded familar, but hey I was tired. The Great Lake Swimmers had landed the gig with ‘See You on the Moon!’ and I was really surprised to find this out. Another Canadian secret but hopefully not for long. This is definatly a song worth checking out.
The Great Lake Swimmers are currently on an international tour. Check out the dates on their MYSPACE
UPDATE: This afternoon, NYC Popfest announced that Suburban Kids with Biblical Names will be the closing performers on Sunday night. Just to give you a heads up, they’ll be performing Sunday, May 17th at 11pm. Where? The Cake Shop of course. This thing just keeps getting better and better.
Check out SKWBN on their Myspace
Read the full details of the show down below from our earlier post today.