New Music: Other Lives


These guys opened for Radiohead a few years back and yet hardly anyone’s heard of them. An Oklahoma band that sings from the heartland. Haunting strings and ethereal vocals, perfect for a folksy Western soundtrack. New album, Rituals, is that electrified. They’re on tour now, so buy a ticket if they’re coming to your town.

Other Lives

Saw these guys on Friday at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and was quite impressed, if not blown away, by the show. They have toured with Bon Iver and will be opening for Radiohead this summer, so it’s likely they’ll be big in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, do yourself and favor and download their latest album (Tamer Animals). I assure you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Other Lives – Dark Horse
Other Lives – As I Lay My Head Down
Other Lives – For 12

11 Hippest Songs of 2011

Eleven tunes I was smitten with this year…


Jackie Blue” by AM & Shawn Lee, Celestial Electric 

Pure 70s, funky pop


You Were Never There by Diego García, Laura

Beatlesy hammock music


Bedouin Dress by Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

Desert wanderers in perfect harmony


State Of The Art & “Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye, Making Mirrors

An eclectic Australian (real name Wally), good at sick beats and quirky pop


Big Burned Hand by Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean

A loose big band hymn, horny


How Deep Is Your Love by The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love

Walk into the club like you own the place.


A Time For by Lack of Afro, This Time

Old school Al Green, howling in the alley shooting dice


Midnight City by M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Driving along the pacific coast highway in 1986


This Old Dark Machine by James Vincent McMorrow, Early in the Morning

The Irish Bon Iver, a quieter Van Morrison


For 12” by Other Lives, Tamer Animals

My favorite, spaghetti western soundtrack bliss