Welcome to December. I live in Moscow and it's almost 9 am soooo...yeah it should be getting dark any minute now. But here are some top-notch links to help us forget that we probably won't see daylight this month unless there's a fire:
- Over the next few weeks, Rolling Stone will have fifty artists make 10-track playlists. So far, Dave Grohl does 80's hardcore, ?uestlove goes in for Prince, Keith Richards picks roots and reggae, and Win Butler is entirely Springsteen. Wait, what?
- Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good brings your catchy tune of the day, Living is So Easy by British Sea Power. Spoiler: At the end the listener hits the replay button.
- I know you're thinking "Like I need another French surf rock band on my iPod." But guerolitomusic still has LaFemme to make room for.
- Modern Mystery Blog reviews one of my current picks, No Joy's Ghost Blonde. The grunge comeback has started in earnest, guys.
- newdust is a sucker for electronic artists like sampling vintage blues like Billie Holiday. Me too.
- Obscure Sound looks at the "lo-fi phenomenon" and argues its place using Ariel Pink and Blank Realm as cases in point.
- I remember Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness seeming epic when it came out. Granted, it doesn't take a lot to impress a tween, but it seemed like a goddam musical force that year. Consequence of Sound dusts it off to see how it looks in hindsight.
- Stereogum already has its 50 most anticipated albums of 2011. There's a lot to get excited about. Except U2. They can stop any time now, thanks.