Stuck In My Head: The National – “Afraid of Everyone”

The National – “Afraid of Everyone” As does most everyone, I adore The National’s latest album, High Violet.  Beautiful, dark and brooding, it will certainly be one of my top albums of 2010. This track in particular is a standout for me.  An obsession really as I listen to it over and over again. Matt […]

Videos: Dark Was the Night – Yeasayer, Dirty Projectors, The National

The official videos for Yeasayer’s “Tight Rope”, Dirty Projectors – “Knotty Pine” and The National – “So Far Around The Bend”, off of the Dark Was the Night, a charity compilation for AIDS released by 4AD Records and Red Hot.  The Red Hot Organization is the leading international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture.

Best New Music // Foreign/National

Artist: Foreign/National Album: Foreign/National EP Release Date: September 22, 2014 Hails From: Melbourne, Australia RIYL: Tame Impala-tinged pop. Yum! Australia just keeps turning out the good music and I’ve completely fallen for this 5 piece from Melbourne  – hook, line and sinker.  Just wrap your ears around their Tame Impala tinged pop and try NOT to fall in love. I dare […]

Our National Nightmare is Officially Over

So says the marquis at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater.  And so it is.  Hallelujah!  In the words of the ever political Bono who said in the midst of performing their 1984 hit ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’ during the Inaugural concert: “This is not just an American dream, but also an Irish dream, a […]

Stuck in My Head: Thieving Irons – “So Long”

Artist: Thieving Irons Album: Behold, This Dreamer Hails From: Brooklyn Release Date: June 5, 2012 Featured Track: “So Long” “Thieving Irons is a collective of close friends navigating together through dense sonic terrain,” says the band’s biography. Those close friends are led by Nate Martinez,  who started the band in 2009 after the break up […]

My Top 25 Albums of 2010

Artist: Deerhunter Album: Halcyon Digest Track: “Desire Lines” Artist: Tame Impala Album: Innerspeaker Track: “Vital Signs” Artist: New Mexico (formally Apes of Wrath) Album: Have You Met My Friend? Track: “Abused and Amused” Artist: Ty Segall Album: Melted Track: “Imaginary Person” Artist: Lower Dens Album: Twin Hand Movement Track: “A Dog’s Dick” Artist: Future Islands Album: In the Evening Air Track: “As I Fall” Artist: The Radio Dept. Album: Clinging to a Scheme Track: […]

My Favorite Albums of 2010 So Far

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker “Vital Signs” Future Islands – In The Evening Air “As I Fall” The Dig – Electric Toys “You’re Already Gone” Phantogram – Eyelid Movies “When I’m Small” The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning “Austere” Caribou – Swim “Odessa” Local Natives – Gorilla Manor “Sun Hands” Twin Tigers – Gray Waves “Everyday” Ty […]

The OCMD Mixtape: Done

the OCMD Mixtape: “Done” The National, “Terrible Love” Future Islands, “As I Fall” Tame Impala, “It’s Not Meant to Be” Built to Spill, “Done” The Besnard Lakes, “And This is What We Call Progress” Heartless Bastards, “Blue Day” The Veils, “It Hits Deep” Alberta Cross, “The Devil’s All You Ever Had” The Vision of a […]

Buke & Gass – “Medulla Oblongata”

Buke & Gass – “Medulla Oblongata” Brooklyn-based Buke & Gass (pronounced byook & gace) are Arone Dyer on the “buke” (a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the “gass” (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation). Rumor has it that Brassland (their current label) co-founders Aaron and Bryce Dessner discovered Buke & Gass when they played Sycamore, the basement venue down the street […]

Best of 2009 by Jay of Stranger Dance

Who: Jay, Editor in Chief Blog: Stranger Dance Location: San Francisco Twitter: @strangerdance The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire Best Album: Dark was the Night compilation – tough to beat out this much fire power Most Overlooked Album: Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms – I just can’t stop listening to this album. Best Song: Yikes. This one’s […]