Leigh MichaelMonday,8 April 2013

The Snap:

That’s right, guys. We’re already over three months into 2013. So it’s time to do a bit of reflecting and collecting. This year has given us a lot of great material already, and a lot to get excited about: The National’s Trouble Will Find Me, The Flaming Lips’ The Terror, Phoenix’s Bankrupt!, and many more are tantalizing us with their impending releases.

What rocks about 2013 so far, besides the new season of Game of Thrones? Let’s take a look. Also – any suggestions of your own?

The Download:

Local Natives – Hummingbird
After the enormous success of Gorilla Manor, Local Natives had a whole bunch of fans with very high expectations. Hummingbird didn’t disappoint. The album in its entirely was spectacular, punctuated by some true gems. “Breakers” was exquisite; “Colombia” might be their finest song to date.

Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God
I’ve told you guys about the huge amount of admiration that I have for Jim James, whether he’s setting the tone for My Morning Jacket or venturing solo. Regions of Light and Sound of God is the perfect platform to highlight his ethereal, woozy approach. “Know Til I Know” will enchant you – as will the rest of the album.

Sigur Ros – “Brennisteinn”
Sigur Ros released this latest piece in celebration of his upcoming album, which comes out 17 June. “Brennisteinn” proves that he’s branching out musically – but I also love how the song retains his original vibe. Sigur Ros may be evolving, but he’s hanging on to just the right amount of the old. And why shouldn’t he? A little bit of change is a good thing – but just a little.

David Bowie – The Next Day
Bowie has always been a formative force in the rock ‘n roll genre, but I fear that many of these musicians don’t get taken seriously when they try to stay current (I love Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, but I don’t know that I even own their most recent albums). With The Next Day, Bowie doesn’t just show us that “he’s still got it” or that he’s “made a comeback”. He’s always had it, and he’s always been here. Enjoy “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” — as with all things Bowie, the video is a true performance piece.

Oh, and this. Yes. Just yes:

Hat Tips:
NPR, Huffington Post, Image Credit: Flickr

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