Just in time for Monday Mix Tapes, Pitchfork decided to utterly thrill me with Pitchfork Advance, its "new immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience." Similar to my one true love, NPR First Listen, at Pitchfork Advance all you geeks like me can listen to pre-release album streams! That's right: pre-release album streams! (Say that five times fast and see how weird you feel.)
Anyway, it's off to a grand start, with the new Toro y Moi, Yo La Tengo, and, the one I'm most excited about, Foxygen's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. It's currently in the running for my new favorite album title, along with currently being my favorite album of the year. Yes, that's right: my favorite album of the last 14 days.
Here's a favorite, with a perfectly weird video to match:
Also, "there's no need to be an asshole, you're not in Brooklyn anymore":
Enjoy it here until January 21!
In other exciting music news that has nothing to do with JT or Destiny's Child—and not just because I'm pretending I wasn't momentarily ecstatic about both of those things—there's another new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' song, and it is just as weird and awesome as it's supposed to be.
"I got a foetus on a leash"; yes, you are hearing and reading that right:
Finally, I find this new Low song to be a pure delight. I also love being undeservedly smug when something is described as a "tear jerker" and I don't tear up in the slightest. I mean, I get it, I'm listening to the same song you all are, but these vocals just sound too damn sweet to make me feel sad.