Father John Misty Covers Ryan Adams’ Cover of Taylor Swift


Less than a day after Ryan Adams released his version of Taylor Swift’s blockbuster 1989 LP, Father John Misty decided to release his interpretation of Adams’ interpretation of Taylor Swift — in the style of the Velvet Underground. If it wasn’t already official, it is now: The internet has finally eaten itself.

Tuesday Featured Artist: Calexico


Calexico is playing Headliners Sept. 22. In anticipation of the show, John Timmons dialed up Joey Burns of the band to chat about the new Edge of the Sun LP and some songs that Burns wants you to hear.

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Mexican Institute of Sound – Es-toy

“Camilo Lara is the s***. In his project Mexican Institute of Sound he combines samples, loops, instruments and delivers a potent party mix. This song comes from his 2012 album release Politico and his latest album is also badass made together with Toy Selectah called Compass. He is an inspiration on many levels. ”

Ceci Bastida – Una Vez Mas

“One of my favorite writers and singers with a new album, a new solo career, a new child and a fresh take on life and all of its beauty and chaos. I like the contrast between electronic keyboard blips and brass section phrases. They provide a cool backdrop for the once punk rock singer from the band Tijuana No to build her vocals. By the chorus they converge in a glorious way. I keep returning to her work and look forward to hearing more from her.”

SaintSeneca – Visions

“I heard this song on local Tucson radio KXCI and was immediately hooked. The first opening riffs reminded me of an acoustic chunky Sonic Youth motif which leads you into a series of dynamic shifts centered around a well written verse and celebrational chorus. Love the lines ‘You’re the ghost that I was born to know, and you’re the throat from which the echo’s thrown.’ There is plenty of slow motion, stop time and catch breath before submerging into wondrous wash of color and enthusiasm.”

Natalia Lafourcade – Hasta la Raíz

“Before traveling to Mexico City to start work on writing new material with Calexico, our keyboardist turned me on to this singer songwriter from Mexico. Her last album was a duets performing works from the great composer Augustin Lara. She keeps getting better and better. On her new album of original material which was partially recorded at Sonic Ranch in West Texas, she goes deep. Here is one of the first songs released from her album.”

Sonido Gallo Negro – Chamula (Métete)

“This is a good example of an interstellar cumbia in overdrive with call and response-style farfisa organ blasts together with time-warp-tremolo electric guitar. I play this song in my kitchen and there is not a soul who does start swaying and getting out of their chair. How can you deny the charm from the guira which is a percussion instrument that sounds like someone is grating car parts into a large metal bucket. Hypnotic and psychedelic with a touch of sci-fi, makes for a good combination plate.”

Lhasa de Sela – Con Toda Palabra

“One of my all time favorite singers and songwriters, Lhasa taps into the realm of classic singers such as Nina Simone and Portugal’s queen of Fado Amália Rodrigues. Lhasa sang in at least three different languages and unfortunately passed away too soon. This is one of my favorite songs from her critically acclaimed album The Living Road and a great way to conclude this mix. Thanks so much for listening.”

Becca Mancari – Summertime Momma


Singer/songwriter Becca Mancari might be from Appalachia, but she lives in Nashville these days. Similarly, her music reflects both her roots and her current locale, marrying folk sensibilities with Southern charm and soul. Summertime Momma is a perfect example of the fine musical line that Mancari walks.

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Destroyer – Times Square


On the new Destroyer album, Poison Season, you’ll find three different versions of Times Square — an opener, a closer, and a ’70s rock take on the song right in the middle. While that might seem like a strange move for most bands, it makes sense for Dan Bejar. During an interview with Pitchfork, he even broke it all down:

It’s a straight-ahead song in a lot of ways. But that’s why it couldn’t just be that version of the song on the record. I really despise pop music these days, so I can’t have people walking away humming songs. I’m totally about drawing lines in the sand: We’ve done this postmodern shrugging of the shoulders for a while now, and it hasn’t really worked out, so if I make pop music at this point, it’s by accident.

We’ve got the “accidental pop” version of the song for you to download. Get it while you can, because it’s only available for the next week!

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Langhorne Slim & the Law – The Way The Spirit Moves


In anticipation of the new Langhorne Slim & the Law album, The Spirit Moves, the band has given us a six-song EP featuring three tracks from the new one and three tracks from the last Langhorne album, 2012’s The Way We Move.

FFS – Call Girl

FFS - Call Girl

When Franz Ferdinand and Sparks get together, everybody wins. If you don’t believe us, here’s proof: The supergroup, known as FFS, is making the single Call Girl available for download for the next 24 hours!

Download no longer available, but you can still stream the audio here: