Our favorite music of 2009

Here’s a list of music we enjoyed this year. See you next decade!

Quantec: “Cauldren Subsidence” (Echocord)
Jay-Z: Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)
Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor: “Inspiration Information” (Strut)
Farmer Dave Scher: “Flash Forward To The Good Times” (Kemado)
Super Furry Animals: “Dark Days Light Years” (Rough Trade)
Scuba: “A Mutual Antipathy” (Hot Flush)
Doom: “Born Like This” (Lex)
Buraka Som Sistema: “Black Diamond” (Fabric)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “It’s Blitz” (Polydor)
Flow Dan: “Original Dan”
Julian Casablancas: “Phrazes for the Young” (Rough Trade)
Elizabeth Fraser: “Moses” 12-inch (Rough Trade)
Johann Johannsson: “And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound of Bees” (Type)
Mount Eerie: “Wind’s Poem” (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
Bill Callahan: “Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle” (Drag City)
Destroyer: “Bay of Pigs” EP (Merge)
Dum Dum Girls: “Yours Alone” EP (Captured Tracks)
Devon Williams: “Sufferer” Single (Slumberland)
Cymbals Eat Guitars: “Why There Are Mountains” (Sister’s Den)
Wilco: “Wilco (The Album)” (Nonesuch)
Constantines: “Too Slow for Love” (Arts & Crafts)

JASON BOESEL CONFIRMS FIRST U.S. TOUR W/ DAWES, Daytrotter Premieres Two New Songs, Pre-Order Available

Jason Boesel has confirmed his first solo U.S. tour in support of his debut album ‘Hustler’s Son’- out January 12 on Team Love Records. Though he’s known for his trenchant drumming work with indie heavyweights Rilo Kiley and Conor Oberst, this tour finds Boesel trading in sticks for guitar and taking lead as frontman. Folk-rock group Dawes will join him onstage as his back-up band on all the dates. The tour kicks off February 5 in Boesel’s home state – California – and will take him cross-country to New York City and back, supporting the co-bill of Dawes and Cory Chisel And the Wandering Sons.

This morning, Daytrotter posted three unplugged versions of songs from ‘Hustler’s Son’ (two of which are premieres). Boesel, accompanied by Blake Mills on lead guitar, starts the set with “French Kissing,” a song he described to Daytrotter as a “discombobulated love jam,” followed by the eerie album opener “Black Waves.” Boesel finishes with a solo performance of “New World Mama,”

Listen to these songs and read the story of the Daytrotter session here:

Pre-order the album on Team Love Records’ webstore:

Jason Boesel 2010 U.S. Tour Dates:
02-05 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
02-08 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
02-09 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
02-12 Minneapolis, MN – The Triple Rock Social Club
02-13 Madison, WI – Der Rathskeller, University of Wisconsin
02-14 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
02-15 Rock Island, IL – Daytrotter Presents at Rock Island Brewing Company
02-16 Chicago, IL – Double Door
02-17 Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
02-19 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
02-20 Allston, MA – Great Scott
02-23 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club and Café
02-24 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
02-25 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
02-26 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
02-27 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
02-28 Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
03-02 Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
03-03 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
03-04 Dallas, TX – The Cavern
03-05 Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
03-06 Austin, TX – Emo’s
03-09 Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythm Room
03-10 San Diego, CA – The Loft at UCSD
03-11 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour


CSS and Tilly and the Wall met during various performances on the European festival circuit. Meeting out of an interest in each others music they became fast friends and soon after shared a tour bus on a European tour. Having so much fun together on the road they vowed to do it again in the states, and the Fall of 2008 provided them such an opportunity. Not wanting to miss out on such a fun and unique tour, Rob Walters and his film crew approached the bands with the idea of filming. CSS & Tilly and the Wall Appearing Live Tonight! Is the resulting document.

APPEARING LIVE TONIGHT! is a 73 min concert documentary capturing these unique bands’ live show experience. Containing live performances and all access backstage footage APPEARING LIVE TONIGHT! introduces the viewer to CSS and Tilly and the Wall in an intimate way never explored before with these musicians. Exclusive interviews with the bands supplement the footage, covering a range of topics, from each band’s beginnings to the current double billing and what may lie ahead of them in the future.


Announcing A Weather’s “Everyday Balloons”

We’re so excited to announce that our very own A Weather will release their second full length LP, Everyday Balloons, in March of 2010. If you haven’t had a chance to dig into the band’s back catalog, check out some mp3s from their debut full-length, Cove.

spiders, snakes

screw up your courage

oh my stars

Everyday Balloons both builds upon and maintains the intimate, understated beauty and depth of the band’s 2008 debut, Cove. Opener “Third of Life” immediately introduces A Weather’s more electric guitar-driven side and newly broadened dynamics, while the hushed pop of “Giant Stairs” steadily swells to a gently triumphant anthem. Often built around the interplay between Aaron Gerber’s and Aaron Krenkel’s spare guitar work, each song features Gerber’s and Sarah Winchester’s serene yet richly emotive, breathy vocals that alternately intertwine and soar alone across aching, lush melodies. Delicately nuanced themes of comfort and fear, routine and deviation, and the tender vulnerability of hope thread through the album, which culminates with the epic exploration of spiritual exhaustion found in final track “Lay Me Down.”