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Forkcast Filter, Round 21

Pitchfork: ForkcastThe fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. It’s hard for anybody to listen to everything. We handpick the stuff that might appeal to the GLONO reader…whatever that means. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.

Here’s our latest roundup of the good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:

Local Natives – “Sun Hands”

Quasi – “Repulsion”

Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Heaven Can Wait (Nosaj Thing Remix)”

Jay Reatard – “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” (Nirvana cover)

Phoenix – “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (Bob Dylan cover)

Grizzly Bear – “Boy From School” (Hot Chip cover)

Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”

Lots more below, including several xx remixes and covers of songs by Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Elliott Smith

Continue reading Forkcast Filter, Round 21

Cool Band: Local Natives

Local Natives I have to admit it’s interesting and a bit unsettling to hear music I revered as a youngster now old enough to have passed through lameness, into irrelevance, stopping briefly as ironic, and now into full-fledged and legitimate influential sound. The late-80s and early-90s were when the rise of “Alternative” was still exciting and subversive of the dominate music scene and industry—this was before Hot Topic and Sony Music subverted the whole deal into one big marketing ploy. But now we’ve come full circle and those jangly guitars and quirky vocal stylings don’t sound so put on. They almost sound…fresh.

Los Angeles band Local Natives get it. They hear the ring of Johnny Marr‘s guitar on post-Smiths session work as more than effects-laden chiming. They hear the poly-rhythmic stick clicks coming from Adam & the Ants as more than a white boy nod to tribal drums and more as a few more beats to which we can all nod our heads.

With so many new bands taking more of their fashion cues than their music inspiration from the 80s, it’s good to hear a band who understands that the Morning in America was generally met with a Sun Country Coolers hangover.

Video: Local Natives – “Wide Eyes” (Live In Session)

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