I’ve been meaning to do a Nilsson post ever since I saw this documentary, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him), on Netflix. I’ve grown up listening to him but never had a full appreciation for him until watching it. If you’re not a fan or are unfamiliar with Nilsson, do yourself a favor and watch the doc. Then go get the album “Nilsson Schmilsson.” You’ll be hooked. His melodies, his voice, his playfulness are infectious. No wonder The F’n Beatles declared him their favorite American artist.
If the track above doesn’t have you interested take a look at this clip. It’s Harry performing for the BBC. The song has multiple harmonies so he recorded it in three takes so that he could be shown as the backup singers. Super creative.
We’ve been fans of Asobi Seksu’s shimmering guitars and fairy-esque vocals since their sophomore masterpiece Citrus. Their newest album, Fluorescence, pulls back the reigns to offer a pop oriented approach. The magic is still in the pudding tho; they just turned down the My Bloody Valentine influence in favor of more Cocteau Twins.
Yuki Chikudate holds down the vocals on all the tracks except the track we posted above, where guitarist James Hanna steps in with a glo-fi swagger. It sounds more Lemonade than Asobi.
Bonus // Check out how much the album cover cops Cocteau Twins:
I made this mix last year and never got around to packaging it into a mix, doing the artwork, etc. A year later I’ve finally gotten around to it. Consider it a really really late xmas (or ______ holiday) present from last year OR an early one for this year. Either way, I hope you …
The EP format has been around longer than the LP format, and it seems to be making a comeback as of late. This year there were tote-loads of quality EPs (partial thanks to Bandcampy for that) and we had a tough time limiting this list to 5.
I’m a huge fan of Hearts. Monopoly Deal is up there. It’s a bit more luck (Hearts is 80% skill and 20% luck; Monopoly Deal is 30% skill and 70% luck), but still very addicting. Played about 10 hours while I was home for Thxgvn.