SONG OF THE DAY: Metric — “Youth Without Youth”

Synthetica is Metric’s fifth studio album and will be released on June 12 on the band’s own label.  Justin Broadband created the precise and disorienting images for the album artwork.


SONG OF THE DAY: Finn Riggins — “Benchwarmers”

Finn Riggins met at the Univ. of Idaho and formed as a three-piece, and then eventually relocated to the biggest city in Idaho (you guessed it!):  Boise.  Benchwarmers was released on Portland’s Tender Loving Empire on April 21.

SONG OF THE DAY: Mountain Man — “Soft Skin”

“Soft Skin” is from their debut album, Made the Harbor, released on Bella Union / Partisan in 2010.

SONG OF THE DAY: The War On Drugs — “Baby Missiles”

“Baby Missiles” is from their glorious album Slave Ambient released on Secretly Canadian last year.  They are based out of Philly and are playing Sasquatch and Bonnaroo this summer, so try to catch their performance if you happen to be going to either of those festivals.



The whole album is really great from start to finish, but be sure to check out the songs “Melanie” and “I Build Machines,” which has some excellent lyrics.  They self-released their first full length, REUNION!, about a year ago and their second album should be coming out soon.

SONG OF THE DAY: Girls — “Honey Bunny”

Girls are a rock pop outfit based out of San Francisco, and Honey Bunny is from their most recent release, Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther, 2011).  They have a wonderfully accessible sound and lyrics that cut straight to the reality of it all, and have been compared (with good reason) to the likes of Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello.  This video was taken in an abandoned church in Brooklyn.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is from Portland, OR and they released their self-titled debut last year.  The album as a whole is a beautiful brief and entrancting foray into noise pop.  Be sure to check out their Daytrotter session.

SONG OF THE DAY: Pearly Gate Music — “Daddy Wrote You Letters”

This video is a live performance at SXSW 2010, and if you like the melody/words be sure to take a listen to the record, which is quite pared down and wonderfully lo-fi (and rather a different feeling than the live performances).  Its difficult to choose a single song on the album because they are all excellent, but “Bad Nostalgia” is a personal favorite and “Oh, What A Time!” is a amusing little anecdote.

SONG OF THE DAY: Menomena — “TAOS”

TAOS is from Menomena’s most recent release, Mines (2010, Barsuk Records).  They hail from Portland, OR and their namesake is a combination of the words men and phenomena (not this, which is awesome and what I thought they were named after for a while).  They are in the final stages of recording their new album and with any luck they’ll be out in Colorado sometime in the not-so-distant future.  If you liked their sound, be sure to check out their Blogotheque take-away show, which has amazing dancing and clapping children who happened to walk by as they were playing.

SONG OF THE DAY: Wye Oak — “Fish”

Wye Oak is based out of Baltimore and is comprised of Jen Wasner and Andy Stack.  Wasner sings and plays guitar, and Stack drums and plays bass simultaneously (?!) using his left hand to play the bass line and his right hand and feet to drum.  This video features the art of Baltimore artists Katherine Fahey (cutouts) and Michael O’Leary (lighting and cinematography).  Civilian was released in March 2011 on Merge Records.


SONG OF THE DAY: St. Vincent — “Cheerleader”


The video was directed by Hiro Murai and Strange Mercy was released on 4AD.  If you like this, be sure to check out St Vincent’s eerie video for the song Cruel, the standout track on the album.