20:00 | The Mountain Goats have released a new album called Beat the Champ. It is, as any fan of the band will expect, a heartbreaking and heartreviving album about imperfect people described perfectly, with melodies that will stay with you for days. The songs on Beat the Champ are about the simple and beautiful stories of professional wrestling as seen by fans who need something simple in their messy lives. It's a gorgeous album that sees the Mountain Goats expand themselves musically, in startling and exciting ways. Here is a jazz chord progression over brushed cymbals. Here is a track that spirals out from verse and chorus into a slow, hazy piano solo. Here are pounding drums straight from a metal record. And here, as always, are songs like no one else can write them. Like no one else does write them.
00:00 | The Weather Station is the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman; folk music based in classic elements of songcraft – melody, tension, meaning. On the acclaimed All Of It Was Mine, and the follow-up What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know, Lindeman established herself as a songwriter's songwriter, earning accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
The much anticipated third album entitled Loyalty was born out of collaboration between Lindeman & Afie Jurvanen, a.k.a. Bahamas, at legendary La Frette studio just outside of Paris, France. On the record, Tamara's humble immediacy gains clarity & confidence through Afie's decisive influence and the high fidelity production of Robbie Lackritz (Feist). The record is was released in May 2015 on Paradise Of Bachelors.