Back from Hiatus!

Whattup readers.  I decided to put TAS on hold when the last three weeks of school got really crazy, and now I’ve waited another two weeks to get it going again, out of pure laziness.  So I thought I’d throw together a quick playlist of the songs I’ve been listening to the most over the past month or so to get things rolling again.

First of all, one of the best things I’ve heard in the last month, from AV Club’s “Undercover” series: Wye Oak covers The Kinks. Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater joins them on this fantastic rendition of The Kinks’ “Strangers”. It’s a video that won’t embed here, so you’ll have to link to it. I think their take on it might be even better than the original, which is a classic, but I posted that below so you can decide for yourself.

The Kinks – “Strangers”

Next up, the advance single from Delta Spirit’s upcoming second album, History From Below.  A solid rocker that really gets stuck in your head.

Delta Spirit – “Bushwick Blues”

Here’s an epic two-part song that kicks off The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night,  the album released by The Besnard Lakes earlier this year.

The Besnard Lakes – “Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 1 – The Ocean”

“Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent, Pt. 2 – The Innocent”

Just today I stumbled across this song from Mines, the upcoming album from Menomena.  It rocks.  I’m excited for this album.

Menomena – “TAOS”

On the older side, here’s one of the first singles that DJ Shadow released, back in the Mo’ Wax days.  It makes excellent use of the awesome drum track from “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (and just skip through the minute and a half of annoying record scratching at the beginning).

DJ Shadow – “Lost and Found”

A perfect little piece of synth-pop from the Worcester, MA weirdos that call themselves Dom.

Dom – “Burn Bridges”

Just when I thought The Black Keys might’ve run out of ways to spin their two-piece garage blues-rock, they release the surprisingly fresh Brothers.  This song is the first on the album and it’s probz my fave.

The Black Keys – “Everlasting Light”

All of Latin, the new album by Holy Fuck, is really enjoyable.  Here’s one of the standouts.

Holy Fuck – “Silva & Grimes”

This posse cut from Revolutions Per Minute, the new album by Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli / Hi-Tek), finds Talib, J. Cole, Mos Def, and Jay Electronica all in top form.  And that is a feat to be witnessed.

Reflection Eternal (feat. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def) – “Just Begun”

One of my favorites off of Clinging to a Scheme, the newest album by indie vets The Radio Dept.

The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire”

If you’ve heard Why?, you’ve heard this song from their 2008 album Alopecia.  But it’s so good that it merits reposting for all of you that haven’t heard it.

Why? – “Good Friday”

Maybe you’ve heard about Gayngs, the somewhat random, Midwestern indie “supergroup” that ended up making Relayted, an album mostly swiping sounds from 80’s soft-rock.  This is not a genre from which indie groups are currently, or ever, swiping a lot of sounds.  But it’s weirdly satisfying for its cheesiness.  Especially this song (originally by Godley & Creme), which also has a hypnotizing music video to accompany it, which you should check out at

Gayngs – “Cry”


~ by toren on May 29, 2010.

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