I'm not a fan of the Grammy awards--I think they offer too many awards and give the big ones to too many has-beens or otherwise undeserving acts--but this year's show, scheduled for Sunday, sounds like the best in years. In particular, several blogs are posting rumors that Radiohead will be playing with the University of Southern California marching band, as Outkast did a few years back.
With bright, clashing costumes and just the right amount of irony, Of Montreal could be the most likable indie-rock band around. Their schizophrenic style ranges from caffeinated pop to lovemaking funk in a matter of seconds. In other words, they have a lot of energy but can also smooth it out like Barry White.
You could down a $5 Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino in ten minutes, and it's gone forever. How many Cafe Mochas do you buy in a week? Tasty as these frothy concoctions can be, it's a fleeting satisfaction, isn't it? An album's worth of music is a repeatable pleasure, something you may enjoy dozens of times over the years. A CD is still a lot cheaper than a week's worth of Starbucks.
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Cohorts Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper blend precise laptop drum programming, ambient electronic sounds, lush orchestral passages, and velvety singing with a heavy dose of live instrumentation, including a Fender Rhodes keyboard. It's the addition of organic sounds that sets Telefon Tel Aviv apart from its contemporaries; these two are masters of creating soundscapes and intricate electro-rhythms, but they can also flat out play. Editor's note: We're featuring this in memory of Charlie Cooper, who died last week at the age of 31.
To get ready for the show, warm up to this year's top contenders in one free and continuous playlist featuring Coldplay, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, The Jonas Brothers, Radiohead, Duffy, Brazilian Girls, and many more.
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday February 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS. In the meantime, listen to this free playlist by clicking on the green button below, then visit Download Music to stream and download thousands more free songs.
Think of Will Oldham with a cig-scarred basso profundo and you'll have a sense of this veteran alt-folk troupe's ancient wisdom. Sounding like a surprisingly holy cross between a fin-de-siecle cabaret show, a modern anti-folk crew, and the fragrant vagrants on the corner, the 'chop makes tunes to be wistful to.