Music Pick: Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Elvis Perkins in Dearland is a folksy pop band (and album), with songs written by singer Elvis Perkins. I discovered them the way I discovered a lot of new music this fall– on Emerson’s WERS radio. The song that hooked me was “Shampoo”:

“I’ll Be Arriving” is another great song from the album, best described by NME as a “New Orleans funeral march”. “Doomsday” and “123 Goodbye” are pretty good songs as well.

Elvis Perkins’ father played Norman Bates in Psycho. His mother died in American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles on September 11th, 2001.

Trying out a new format of recommending new music that I’m listening to on Music Mondays.

Music Pick: Flying Solo

Radiohead and The Strokes are two of my favorite bands in the world, so when their leads put out solo work this fall I was anxious. I don’t want to see the bands to break up, but in absence of the real thing, I’ll take a solo. The Strokes has been on a hiatus for a few years now, and all of their members have worked on other projects in the interim.

Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, put out two singles– a double-A side single— called “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses / The Hollow Earth“. It’s an uneven effort, The Hollow Earth is better than Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses, but neither is worth my money. But it’s Thom Yorke, and there isn’t a new Radiohead album this year, so-

Julian Casablancas’ (of The Strokes) solo is actually a full length album, called Phrazes for the Young and is a lot of fun. Especially for someone who is at this moment wearing his Is This It? hoodie. A couple of the songs have The Strokes’ sound, but the rest are a different direction. Obviously the songs with the familiar sound, like Out of the Blue, stood out the most for me but ask me after I’ve had a few more listens. This album has a lot more variety in instruments than The Strokes would normally have. Continue reading