PS I Love You – “Sentimental Dishes” & “Princess Towers”
April 15, 2012, 4:39 pm
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PS I Love You were responsible for one of my favorite albums of 2010, Meet Me At The Muster Station, a caterwauling and effortlessly melodic album that played like a mixtape of all that was great and mighty in ’90s indie/alternative rock (surplus of solos included).  Based on the two tracks the band has released from their forthcoming sophomore LP, Death Dreams, we should expect more of the same (in the best possible way) with improved fidelity to boot.  The blunt, chunky riffage of “Princess Towers” will continue to earn the band references to UMass alumni/demigods J Mascis and Black Francis.  “Sentimental Dishes” imagines Big Star signed to SST and ends with a blazing solo that gives Eddie Van Halen plenty reason to watch the throne.

Death Dreams is out 5/8 via Paper Bag.

Download MP3: “Sentimental Dishes”

Download MP3: “Princess Towers”


PS I Love You – “Leftovers (ft. Diamond Rings)
February 14, 2011, 7:02 pm
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Word arrived today that PS I Love You (who made my #11 album of 2010) are already hard at work on the follow-up to that album, and they’re giving away a new single which may or may not appear on the forthcoming LP.  “Leftovers” is a collaboration with their friend John O’Regan aka Diamond Rings (who I recently penned some love for) and it’s a serious keeper.  O’Regan’s dry, Bowie-esque vocals work remarkably well over PS I Love You’s Pacific NW rumble which kinda makes me want to hear him knock out some scrappier material on his own.  As it is, “Leftovers” plays like a collision of late ’90s Modest Mouse and Built To Spill – a very, very good thing.

Leftovers 7″ is due 2/22 via Paperbag.

Download MP3: “Leftovers (ft. Diamond Rings)”

Top 20 Albums of 2010

So, here it is.  This year’s list was tricky as there were quite a few last quarter albums that blew me away which made for some drastic last-minute reshuffling.  If you follow me on twitter, my #1 pick shouldn’t be a surprise.

20. Wolf Parade – Expo 86


19. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt

Download MP3: “King of Spain”

Download MP3: “Burden of Tomorrow”

18. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

“Good Intentions Paving Company”

17. Salem – King Night

Download MP3: “King Night”

Download MP3: “Frost”

16. Frankie Rose and The Outs – Frankie Rose and The Outs

Download MP3: “Candy”

Download MP3: “Little Brown Haired Girls”

15. Neil Young – Le Noise

“Walk With Me”

14. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

“Nothing Like You”

13. Robyn – Body Talk

“Call Your Girlfriend”

12. Twin Shadow – Forget

Download MP3: “Castles in the Snow”

Download MP3: “Slow”

11. PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station

Download MP3: “Facelove”

Download MP3: “2012”

10. Sleigh Bells – Treats

Download MP3: “Tell ‘Em”

9. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


8. Librarians – Present Passed

Download MP3: “Kid Stuff”

7. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

Download MP3: “Swim”

6. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Download MP3: “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”

5. Grinderman – Grinderman 2

“Heathen Child”

4. The National – High Violet

Download MP3: “Afraid of Everyone”

Download MP3: “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

3. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

2. Beach House – Teen Dream

Download MP3: “Norway”

1. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

“Dance Yrself Clean”

PS I Love You – “2012”
August 15, 2010, 11:19 pm
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I’ve previously thrown some love at PS I Love You, and I’m all too happy to do so again.  These guys just hit all my sweet spots.  “2012” is the first single from the band’s debut full-length, Meet Me At The Muster Station – a welcome addition to the shortlist of albums I am hotly anticipating in the final third of 2010. The duo, singer/guitarist Paul Saulnier and drummer Ben Nelson, excel at the whole making-two-guys-sound-like-more-than-two thing.  Most importantly, Mr. Saulnier – blessed with the voice/compositional dexterity of Spencer Krug and the guitar heroism of J. Mascis – never fails to intrigue.  To be blunt, “2012” is the kind of jam I wish Wolf Parade would churn out more often.

Me Meet At The Muster Station is due 10/5 on Paperbag.

Download MP3: “2012”

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