Bob Mould

January 22, 2008

Bob Mould is cool than your dad; he’s cooler than you too. The 47-year-old veteran punk (see Husker Du), indie-rocker (see Sugar) and anti-hero to many will return on February 5, 2008, with his new album, District Line. The first single, “The Silence Between Us,” is available to preview below. It’s as vibrant as anything Mould has done in the last two decades of his career.

District Line is in fact a reflection of Mould’s recent five-year tenure in the nation’s capital. Recorded in a DC warehouse studio, the record again features drumming by none other than Fugazi’s Brendan Canty (yet another indie-rock national treasure), and completes the disturbing trend of excellence in rock and roll music following disappointing Bush presidencies and Iraqi wars. (See Sugar’s Copper Blue circa 1992…)

Makes one wonder what the musical tone will be under the Obama-Clinton White House… (think: maybe those futuristic scenes in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure…)

Listen: “The Silence Between Us” from the forthcoming District Line, available from Anti Records on February 5, 2008.

This is for you MC Spaeder. So sorry for shoving the new Bob Mould single, “The Silence Between Us,” into a standard Invisible Songs mix.


Invisible Songs vol. 15

January 21, 2008

Bob Mould

1. Frightened Rabbit – “The Modern Leper

2. The Helio Sequence – “Keep Your Eyes Ahead

3. Ida – “The Killers

4. Halou – “All Make Sense

5. White Denim – “Paint Silver Gold” (link to RCRD LBL)

6. Evangelicals – “Skeleton Man

7. New Times Viking – “Drop Out

8. Antarctica Takes It – “Circuits

9. Bob Mould – “The Silence Between Us

10. The Heavy Circles (Edie Brickell) – “Henri


January 19, 2008

Lætitia Sadier

If you’ve been in withdrawal of all things Stereolab since 1996’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup, things may be looking up. While Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier’s one-of-a-kind euro-francophone mood-moog outfit’s powers may have peaked around that time before fading into the background of quiet blips and beeps, Lætitia Sadier returns with her former side-project, now turned proper band, Monade.

It’s not that Sadier seems to be letting go of the past, since Stereolab remains an active musical force, having announced plans to play a festival in Norway as far in the future as July 2008. And it’s not that she’s abandoned that musical legacy either, since Monade shares more in common than Stereolab than just Sadier’s voice (such as record label, and the moody mid-tempo faux-future-electro-lounge vibe).

The first track off of their new record, “Regarde,” could easily be a new Stereolab track, though the instumentation lends itself to a more organic-sounding (read: less keyboards, more brass and guitar) musical exeperience.

Look for the record February 18, 2008.

Stereolab – (the wonderous) “Cybele’s Reverie”

Listen: “Regarde” from the forthcoming Monstre Cosmic, available soon on Too Pure.

The Mountain Goats

January 13, 2008

John Darnielle et al return as the Mountain Goats prepare to release their new album, Heretic Pride, on February 19. Check out the first single, “Sax Rohmer #1” below. The record marks the band’s follow up to 2006’s formidable, Get Lonely, an album of massive acoustic beauty and pure lyrical greatness.

The Mountain Goats play Webster Hall (NYC) March 18, The Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn) March 19, The First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia) March 20, and The Black Cat (DC) March 21.

Mountain Goats – Woke Up New
(Click here for a higher quality QuickTime version.)

Listen: “Sax Rohmer #1” from the forthcoming Heretic Pride, available on 4AD.
For the Mountain Goats post previously on
Ask Me About My Invisible Friends: click here.

Get psyched for Thao Nguyen’s new album, We Brave Bee Stings And All, out on January 29, on Kill Rock Stars. She’s the best thing to come out of northern Virginia since (coincidentally) Pho 75 and the Newseum. Nguyen’s infectious smile-inspiring country-folk tunes at times sound a bit like Chan Marshall covering Modest Mouse (see “Bag of Hammers“). It’s a craft apparently honed in her mother’s laundromat, and now spread coast to coast thanks to KRS in the Pacific Northwest.

It could be the surface perky quirkiness. It could be the remorseful undertones. It might just be the banjo. Who knows or cares? Thao Nguyen and The Get Down Stay Down are the first great release of 08. Check out the video of her performing “Geography,” recently posted on Pitchfork (here), and fall in love. NB: The album will be released on the same day as Vampire Weekend, so save your pennies kids.

Listen: “Feet Asleep” from The Sound the Hare Heard, Kill Rock Stars Compilation. “Beat (Health, Life, and Fire)” and “Swimming Pools” from We Brave Bee Stings And All.

Vampire Weekend

January 9, 2008

The new Vampire Weekend video for “A-Punk” from their forthcoming debut album on Beggars Group, out at the end of January.

Ask Me About My Invisible Friends’ previous Vampire Weekend post is here: Read on.


January 3, 2008

Here’s a nice new Pela video for “Lost to the Lonesome.”
Directed by Zina Brown.

Or for a prettier QuickTime version, follow this link:
Click on the director’s reel, and then choose Pela.
(Or download it here.)

Pela was in the studio.