Entries Categorized as 'Features'

Commercial Watch: Best Coast, Passion Pit, Perfume Genius, Santigold, Das Racist + more

Date November 23, 2012

Today is Black Friday, the holiest of holy days for mindless consumerism, so what better time for another edition of Commercial Watch! Like always, I’m featuring all the latest hip, indie tracks that advertisers are using in their never-ending pursuit to get people to buy more stuff. Since the last edition I’ve found twenty more commercials [...]

Album Art Lover: Blurry

Date August 15, 2012

For this edition of my ongoing album art lover series (where I discuss album art trends and stuff), I’m focusing on the album covers using blur, an effect I’ve seen pop up more and more this year, from Cloud Nothings to The Antlers to Chromatics. Probably the most iconic blurry album photo is Bob Dylan’s [...]

Commercial Watch: TV on the Radio, Fanfarlo, Sleigh Bells, Interpol, Youth Lagoon + more

Date August 6, 2012

With the Olympics going on, I’ve been watching way more live TV than normal, which has given me plenty of opportunity to see which of the latest hip, indie tracks advertisers have harvested for their car, beer and cell phone commercials. So that brings us to another edition of my long-running Commercial Watch series, where [...]

The Beach Boys – 25 Essential Tracks

Date April 30, 2012

I’ve been listening to the Beach Boys longer than any other band. Their greatest hits compilation was one of the first CDs I ever owned and I had the whole album memorized backwards-and-forwards. So it’s no exaggeration to say the California surf-rockers are near and dear to my heart. The band are having a huge [...]

Commercial Watch: Bon Iver, Art Brut, Roxy Music, M83, Kanye West + more

Date February 15, 2012

With the Super Bowl and the Grammys in the rear-view, there’s been plenty of opportunity for advertisers to boost their indie cred by filling ads with the latest buzz bands. So that brings us to another edition of Commercial Watch, where you can see which of your favorite songs are being harvested for mass consumption [...]

Album Art Lover: Close-Up Faces

Date January 30, 2012

It’s been quite a while since I’ve delved into the world of album covers in my ongoing album art lover series, but I was inspired by the sleeve for Sharon Van Etten’s brilliant new album, Tramp (which is now streaming on NPR by the way) to explore the ever-popular face cover. They say 93% of communication is [...]