I was at this show! I still kind of wish “Phantom” ended up on the album.


Big Troubles performs “Phantom” at Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn

Here is the B-side to Big Troubles’ “Misery” single. The full length release “Romantic Comedy”, out on Slumberland on 9/27/11, is so chock o’ block with great songs that it overflows with an excellent track like this one. Enjoy.



stream: Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation


The Year of Hibernation tells the story of a young man and his fears, problems and emotions. Youth Lagoon recorded the LP in his bedroom yet it speaks to the world thanks to its fragile topics and beauty. Out on September 27, but you won’t have to wait another week to let The Year of Hibernation blow your mind as you can stream it in its entirity above.

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YOMAHA - “Bob Dylan in the 80’s”

I’m quiiite pleased to introduce y’all to the super-solid-goodness of YOMAHA, a debut project from Alaskan-turned-Boston-dweller/ABADABAD drummer/real rad fella, Josh Northcutt. Rumor has it he shall be releasing an EP of this american folk excellence sometime in the colder months ahead…& until then, we shall wait impatiently. NO PRESSURE, JOSH. Three cheers to Josh for choosing SoundCloud over Myspace, follow it HERE.

This is absolutely awesome.

PS. I know Skilled Labor has been a blog full of afternoon reblogs lately. Work has been nuts.

Cass McCombs played some new songs for Pitchfork TV. Check it out!


I really hope you’re streaming this gorgeous record. 
I’m in awe. This band is amazing.
Also, hope you’ve pre-ordered it (out 9/27 via. Domino)

Everything this guy said. Just beautiful.


I really hope you’re streaming this gorgeous record

I’m in awe. This band is amazing.

Also, hope you’ve pre-ordered it (out 9/27 via. Domino)

Everything this guy said. Just beautiful.

Atlas Sound - Te Amo
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“Te Amo” by Atlas Sound // Terra Incognito (2011)

Over the past few years, Bradford Cox has become such a reliable musical force in my collection of favorites. He releases damn near more music than one could possibly find time for, but it doesn’t matter if they’re all gems. They’re the output of a man who never seems content to stop (like Spencer Krug used to be) and more often than not, what he releases is damn good - and in that collection of “damn good”, you’ll quite often find some pretty amazing material. His last release as Atlas Sound, the single title track to “Terra Incognito” was one of those mesmerizing tracks showing Cox at his finest, this one is right up there with that, making the upcoming full length something that i’m very much looking forward to before the end of the year. 

(download)  “Te Amo” by Atlas Sound (via Pitchfork)

Dayumn. What he said.

Click on through to head on over to bandcamp and hear a whole slab of tracks that make up the immense The Noise From Ridgewood benefit compilation for the effort to restore Silent Barn.


“Easy” by Real Estate // Days (2011)

Most of my most anticipated albums of the year have come and gone, but Real Estate’s October 18th release of Days is still on the horizon and every new taste makes me more and more excited. The breezy jangle pop feel has a melancholic edge that makes it prime material for this time of year. I’m pretty much hooked on this jam today. Highest Recommendation.

Oh, loving this.

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Quilt, “Penobska Oakwalk”

Quilt, a Boston based band of awesome people, just became my favorite Altered Zones find in a very long time. Their self-titled will be released on Mexican Summer on November, 7th. For some lovely words on this track, “Penobska Oakwalk”, take a looksee at my Visitation Rites editor Emilie Friedlander’s post on AZ.

Mood Rings “Promise Me Eternity”

Check out this hazy, pop gem by Atlanta’s Mood Rings. “Promise Me Eternity” sways and strums along on a blanket of fuzzed-out guitars and hi-hats.