Friday, May 06, 2005

Just added: Built to Spill/Ultimate Alternative Wavers

Rhapsody added a bunch of really great releases from C/Z Records today, including Built to Spill's first album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, and two albums from Doug Martsch's last band, Treepeople. Highly recommended if you're a fan of BTS' arty indie rock. Happy Friday.

Song of the day: Wedding Present/"Always the Quiet One"

I was in New York last week, and while I was there had the chance to see The Wedding Present for the first time. I made my way out in the rain to Maxwell's in Hoboken, and it was great. They band played a mix of old and new stuff, but sadly didn't play the song "Always the Quiet One" off of their new album. It's one of my favorite songs recently -- you should check it out.

Found sounds: Mobius Band

My good friend Donna J turned me on today to the pop-electro (or is it electro-pop?) group Mobius Band, which hails from my home state of Massachusetts. Their EP, City vs. Country, is available through Rhapsody and is well worth some of your time today (or any other day). Check out the EP here -- my favorites are "I Had a Very Good Year" and "City Vs. Country."

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Song of the day: The Raveonettes/"Ode to L.A."

God bless the Raveonettes. The band's third album was added to Rhapsody on Tuesday, and it's a keeper if you're a fan of the band's garage pop sound. Click here to check out the album's highly recommended leadoff song, "Ode to L.A."

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Field Mice: a retrospective

Field Mice were one of the greatest things to emerge from the UK's twee music scene in the late 1980s. I was pleasantly surprised to see that almost all of the music in the band's ouevre was added to Rhapsody in the past week, including the albums For Keeps, Snowball, and Skywriting, all of which were originally released on indie label Sarah Records. I've always wanted to explore more of the band's music, but was nervous about taking the plunge on a CD without hearing it first. Tonight, I had my chance. The result? This playlist. Enjoy the music.

Song of the day: Aqueduct/"Hardcore Days and Softcore Nights"

I'm back after a nearly 3 week hiatus, during which I spent 17 days on the road in preparation for the launch of the new Rhapsody. Needless to say, I'm glad to be home in San Francisco and enjoying the wonderful spring weather.

I'm also glad to be pointing out one of my favorite new bands, Aqueduct, which released its debut album, I Sold Gold, on Barsuk Records this spring. Sadly, the album is only available for purchase through Rhapsody, but you can check out the song "Hardcore Days and Softcore Nights" on the new soundtrack for The O.C. Enjoy the music.