World Party at Amoeba Records in San Francisco

Moments ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with Karl Wallinger (aka World Party) after his in-store performance at Amoeba Records.

Karl played guitar and was accompanied by David Duffy on violin and mandolin. They sounded wonderful. Now I'm even more excited, if that's possible, about seeing the band play at Great American Music Hall later tonight.

Here are a few pictures. I'll post more in the next day or so, along with some I took of Karl and the Party at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival a few years ago.


Party on.

[VIDEO PLAYLIST] Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2012

Now that we have Thanksgiving gluttony and sloth out of the way, it's time to look back and reflect on the year in music. And it's been a very good year.

First up, I'll be listening to Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2012. The video playlist above includes a track from each artist's album below. I've also created a playlist on MOG which includes all but one of these albums.

  1. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
  3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
  4. Grizzly Bear - Shields
  5. Beach House - Bloom
  6. Tame Impala - Lonerism
  7. Swans - The Seer
  8. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
  9. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
  10. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
  11. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Tangerine Kitty - "Dumb Ways to Die"

I can tell I'm getting older, and less "hip," by the number of plays a YouTube video has by the time I finally see it. This one has 8,468,506.

Tame Impala - Live at Lollapalooza, August 3, 2012

Australia's Tame Impala hit the US festival circuit -- god, I love the fact that there IS a US festival circuit -- this past summer to promote the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Lonerism.

I saw them at this year's Outside Lands Festival and was totally blown away. For sheer face-melting rock, Tame Impala outdid much bigger bands that weekend, including Metallica.

The YouTube video playlist above includes most of Tame Impala's set at this year's Lollapalooza, everything but "Solitude Is Bliss," and "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?"

If you're a fan, I recommend checking out Tame Impala's 2011 live performance at KEXP's studio while you're at it.

I'll be seeing Tame Impala at The Fillmore in San Francisco this week. Can't wait.

Bonus: here is New York City's PS22 covering "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." Awesome. Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the tip.