We’ve been hooked on Kishi Bashi’s debut full length album 151a, released in April by Joyful Noise! Kishi Bashi has been touring this year as a member of fellow Athens greats of Montreal, and upcoming dates include direct support for Passion Pit and Future Islands!
This week, Kishi Bashi’s 151a was among the “Favorite Music of the Year (So Far)” by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Check out the full list here.
We’ve also been sharing this fantastic live video of Kishi Bashi, recorded by NPR at the 9:30 club. Watch that full performance here!
The voices of NPR have started posting their Top Ten Records of 2010 and we are happy to announce that our very own Heligoats made Stephen Thompson’s Top Ten at #10!
Stephen Thompson is an editor and reviewer for NPR Music. He also curates Song of the Day and appears as a frequent panelist on the podcasts All Songs Considered. Of the Heligoats wonderful Goodness Gracious, he says “The Heligoats’ Chris Otepka doesn’t write songs so much as he stuffs them with ideas until they brim over with imagination.”
Check out the rest of this piece and other NPR notables lists here.
For those of you clamoring for more from The Heligoats, you’re in luck. They have a split 10” coming out in January with their pal, Sam Humans called Live Free/Let Loose. Check out the first single below!
“The Heligoats’ Chris Otepka writes songs that are brainy in the best way: clever without straining for cuteness, wry but never smug. Ideas flow out of him in a barrage, which means that a song about science — like “I’m Pretty Sure I Can See Molecules,” by his ludicrously underappreciated former band Troubled Hubble — ultimately unfurls into a knockout commentary on what we’re made of, what our lives mean, and how the two notions intersect.”
NPR recently featured one of our favorite new bands this year, Telekinesis performing a Tiny Desk Concert. The four song performance features a stripped down version of the Telekinesis experience, and it features the previously unreleased song “Plankton”!
“It’s a little late in the year to be chasing down a perfect summer soundtrack, but Telekinesis’ recent self-titled debut — okay, technically, it’s called Telekinesis! — fits the bill. The disc finds the band concocting a perfect mix of guitar-driven crunch and good-natured fizziness, with hooky effervescence that makes it almost ridiculously easy to like.”
What a year it has been for Loney Dear (a.k.a. Emil Svanängen)! His 2009 release Dear John made it all the way to #7 on the CMJ charts in the Spring. He has been touring alongside Andrew Bird (making a stop to put on an amazing performance at Team Clermont’s SXSW Showcase in March), and has found success pretty much everywhere he’s gone!
This week, Loney Dear dropped by KEXP for an in-studio performance/interview with Cheryl Waters. The whole session is available via NPR by clicking here.