TRACK: Future Slang - Wicked Flame

TRACK: Future Slang – Wicked Flame

Detroit-based Future Slang had a good run. They only released 1 EP during their time together, but their live shows were really where the magic was at. Songs like “Shut Up and Dance” channeled a dytopian Talking Heads while making…

TRACK: John Fahey - "On the Sunny Side of the Ocean (Live in Hamburg, 1978)"

TRACK: John Fahey – “On the Sunny Side of the Ocean (Live in Hamburg, 1978)”

Static + Distance doesn’t seek to be a blog that simply covers whatever is new. I’d to curate a collection of great music here, regardless of era. So far, I’ve mainly focused on recent releases, but I’d like to showcase…

TRACK: Alvvays - "Archie, Marry Me"

TRACK: Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”

Toronto 5-piece Alvvays have clearly listened to Belle & Sebastian. That’s not to say they’re ripping them off or even sound derivative, but they’ve got the same knack for tongue-in-cheek romanticism that I love about B&S. “Archie, Marry Me” is an ode…

TRACK: Jamie xx - "All Under One Roof Raving"

TRACK: Jamie xx – “All Under One Roof Raving”

I’ll admit it. I’m not a big fan of The xx. I don’t think they’re bad by any means, but particularly after seeing them live last year I’ve grown tired of them. Their performance seems too calculated; soulless in a…

TRACK: TV Girl - "Hate Yourself"

TRACK: TV Girl – “Hate Yourself”

San Diego’s TV Girl have perfected the art of retro pop. Their songs masterfully employ samples from a wide array of sources: 60’s garage rock, 70’s pop and everywhere in between. It somehow seems refreshingly new though. I’m still taking some…

TRACK: Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer (1975 CBS Demos)"

TRACK: Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer (1975 CBS Demos)”

This recording of “Psycho Killer” is the earliest known recording of the Talking Heads. The song had been played previously in David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth’s band The Artistics and was later released on Talking Heads: 77. The band is surprisingly…

TRACK: The New Pornographers - "Brill Bruisers"

TRACK: The New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”

If ever there existed an indie pop supergroup, The New Pornographers would be it. A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar (of Destroyer) and Neko Case make up the band and their signature sounds are all present here. 2010’s Together was a bit of…

TRACK: Failure - "The Focus"

TRACK: Failure – “The Focus”

Full disclosure: Failure’s Fantastic Planet was one of my favorite albums in high school, so I went into this first listen with high expectations. I can’t say they’ve been met, but I’ll be damned if this doesn’t sound like 90’s Failure…

TRACK: Caribou - "Sun (Teen Daze Remix)"

TRACK: Caribou – “Sun (Teen Daze Remix)”

Teen Daze is a pretty big Caribou fan apparently (hey, me too!) and originally put together this remix four years ago. It’s a good melding of their sounds; Caribou’s psychedelic dance music with Teen Daze’s ethereal, dreamy touch. As TD…