Jim at Hyperbole gave me the Christmas gift of turning me onto Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and O.K. Go. Based on about five listens to each, I give each of them my highest recommendation. Well, CYHSY probably a little more so than O.K. Go because of the uniqueness of their sound, but I think both are very good.
My previous practice when writing about music was to link to a Pitchfork review. But, too many times I find myself irritated by their snotty, from-on-high reviews, so now I send people to Pandora’s Backstage feature. It’s a far better resource for a quick synopsis of a band’s career, related bands and influences, etc.
Of course, I still check Pitchfork if I’m really interested in what people are saying about an album, so they’re doing something right. Part of what they do right are interviews, like this one with Chavez, a Pipeline favorite.
I’m guessing I’ll be getting some new music for the holidays. I have plans to buy the TV On the Radio record, and I’m thinking about buying Joanna Newsome. I’d love to hear what people are hearing of late that they like.