Whew. It's been a while, hasn't it? The last edition of Fiver was back on June 20th, 2011. Not like there hasn't been a gripload of great music to be all clever about. It's just that I've been, you know, busy. Like that last post I wrote about email sex scams. That took me four months to research, write about, post, and get my credit report back in good standing because of. Oy vey!
Anyhoo, here's some music you're all pretty much keen to already, I'm sure. Why don't you humor me? Pretend it's a couple of months ago and these five tunes are brand new to you.
1. The Shins "Simple Song" (mp3)
From the album Port of Morrow (2012, Columbia Records)
Remember when we were all standing around (your local large-sized venue here) when James Mercer and a new crew of fresh-faced musicians took the stage. What the...? Where's Marty Crandall? Why isn't that one guy who looks like Bluto playing drums anymore? It didn't help the confusion that "The Shins" were playing new songs like the one above. What the hell, man?
2. Guided By Voices "Doughnut For Snowman" (Soundcloud Link)
From the album Let's Go Eat The Factory (2012, GBV Inc.)
The original Guided By Voices line up, just like the shirt I saw that one dude wearing at their concert! By the way: don't wear the T-shirt of the band you're going to see to that band's concert, no matter how absolutely fuckin' awesome that band is. Don't be that guy.
3. The Magnetic Fields "Andrew In Drag" (mp3)
From the album Love At the Bottom Of the Sea (2012, Merge)
It just goes to show, you make one stellar record with 69 songs about love and no one--not record collectors, not reviewers, not snarky Internet trolls, not your Mom--will let you get out from said record's shadow. Well, at least you have your chihuahua, cigarettes and epic songwriting abilities to comfort you.
4. Cardinal "Kal" (MP3)
From the album Hymns (2012, Fire Records)
Looks like Eric Mathews and Richard Davies could postpone their disdain of one another long enough to release another stellar set of baroque-pop gems. What? Oh, now I'm the jerk???
Beach House "Myth" (mp3)
From the album Bloom (2012, Sub Pop Records)
When Beach House's last record (Teen Dream) came out, I was so bowled-over by it that I actually gave it a 10-out-of-10 rating in my review. My friend Mark gave me shit about it, saying essentially that the metric I was using to gauge this album was woefully flawed; 10's should be saved for absolutely phenomenal records (he's not a Beach House fan, by the way). Naturally, I capitulated and dropped the rating down a notch to an 9 ...because I have low self esteem. (*Sigh*)