Dizzy Swallows

New Music from Old Loves

September 20th, 2013

This week, two as-yet-unreleased albums from two of my most favorite artists were made available online.

The first can be found on here, on NPR’s First Listen, as is nothing less than Mazzy Star‘s first album in 17 years. Praise be. Titled Seasons of Your Day, the album will be released September 24. If you aren’t already a fan of Mazzy Star, you can thank the cult classic for influencing the woozy sound of such contemporary bands as Beach House and Dum Dum Girls (both great). Mazzy Star, with singer Hope Sandoval, did darkly psychedelic before it was vogue. Below, you can hear the album’s single, “California”.

Speaking of the dark and stormy, this week also offered the first experience of Trentemøller‘s upcoming album, Lost. As a huge fan of the Danish electronic producer (questionable hairstyles notwithstanding), it has been quite gratifying to stream … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

November 12th, 2012

This grey morning I feel in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Enter The Lumineers, an East Coast by way of Colorado trio, playing “an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.” This track, “Ho Hey” is probably they’re most famous, off their eponymous, self-recorded 2011 EP. I dare you to hold still:

This weekend, Jacob and I hit up our local craft store for the first round of wedding supplies (more on that anon). I am now kicking myself that I didn’t get the supplies to make one of these genius DIY magnets. All you have to do is buy the plastic animal of your choice, saw it in half, spray-paint if desired, and attach a magnet to the back! Next time…


Speaking of weddings, we have the nuptials of a dear friend fast approaching, and I’ve been searching about for an appropriate … Continue reading

New Mumford & Sons Track

July 7th, 2011 2 Comments

Darlings, have I got a treat for you today. A high quality recording of a new Mumford & Sons track has surfaced! Dubbed “Home” by fans, for reasons that become obvious once you hear it, this officially untitled track was recorded for the Colorado radio station KBCO. The song has reportedly been well received when the boys play it on tour, so chances are it may end up on the track list of their new album. Have a listen below and see what you think!

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Via Timber and Steel. Photo via Mumford & Sons.

And here’s one or two Mumford & Sons post you may have missed.… Continue reading

Mumford & Sons Cover The National

June 16th, 2011 2 Comments

It cannot be denied that my dear Mumford & Sons have moved into the mainstream. Long gone are the days of obscurity with over 1 million copies of Sigh No More sold, and numerous awards under their belts, including the ARIA for Most Popular International Artist. Don’t get me wrong, I nearly jumped out of my skin when I first heard “Little Lion Man” on Austin’s KSGR radio back in the Spring of 2010, and I’m not one to turn my back on an artist just because they’ve been adopted by Starbucks (well, most of the time). All of this, it seems, is not lost on the Mumford boys, who have made a concerted effort to retain their indie cred by slipping in covers of contemporary indie bands, like Vampire Weekend’s “Cousins”. Today I give you their cover of the song “England” by one of my absolute favorite groups, … Continue reading

Strand of Oaks

May 20th, 2011 3 Comments

Last week we had the pleasure of seeing Joe Pug play at Ballard’s own Tractor Tavern. Joe has grown notably more confident in his stage presence in the year since we saw him in Austin. His band and sound have both changed, but subtly and for the better. By the end of the night, he had us all eating out of his guitar-picking hand.

While it was an absolute delight to hear Joe Pug again, I was perhaps even more excited to discover his tour-mate, Strand of Oaks. This is the stage moniker of Philly-based Tim Showalter, a bearded, lumberjack type with a slow easy smile. Tim introduced himself as an ex-second grade teacher and bus driver who would educate his students with music by Sigur Rós and Mogwai on the way to school. Respect. He then proceeded to drop several J.R.R. Tolkien references. Needless to say, … Continue reading