Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part I – The Times (UK)


The Times recently published a month-by-month list of the best albums that grabbed critics’ ears in 2008, and we must say that they have some incredible taste in music! We’re proud to report that seven of the artists mentioned are part of The Rind family. Peter Broderick‘s album, Home, was hailed for its raw power and clever delivery while Mugison‘s Mugiboogie was praised for its passion and ferocity. Earlier in June, Joan As Police Woman released the moving To Survive, brimming with reflection and melancholy. Jim Noir gained respect with his self-titled Tower Of Love follow-up, which garnered comparisons to the Beach Boys and Badly Drawn Boy. The late great Jeff Healey received much praise for his platinum-selling grammy-nominated albums, and his final record, Mess Of Blues, is no exception. After a five-year hiatus, the fuzztone soul group, The Dirtbombs, rocked with doo-wop splendor on their last release, We Have You Surrounded. And never a group to forget, Nada Surf returned with their latest exploit, Lucky, which was regarded as hugely rewarding by our British friends.

It’s good to hear that the folks across the pond at The Times found some of our nearest and dearest to be the objects of their admiration. Check out their list in its entirety right here.

There’s Something About Death Cab


Death Cab For Cutie / Something About Airplanes [Deluxe Edition] / Barsuk Records / BUY

Ten years after its initial release, Death Cab For Cutie‘s Something About Airplanes still sounds every bit as defining as it did in 1998. Predating the band’s meteoric rise to alt.weekly super-stardom (and a good seven years out in front of their Billboard conquering major label releases Plans and Narrow Stairs), this ten track offering is where it all began. Ben Gibbard’s plaintive vocals, Chris Walla’s unadorned guitar lines, and all the calling cards this little band from Bellingham built a throng of adoring fans on make appearances. The special deluxe reissue, courtesy of the fine folks at Barsuk Records, comes with a companion collection of performances from the February ’98 live performance that marked the band’s Seattle debut. For completists and casual fans alike, not to be missed.

Prepare For The Fist Of God


By now you know the story: former Death From Above 1979 member Jesse Keeler joined up with Al-P to form the ultra-ominous dance juggernaut MSTRKRFT , hitting the ground running in 2006 with a handful of singles and the smash album, The Looks . Since then the duo has been packing out dingy basement clubs with their seductive grooves and sweaty house beats, and their hyper-sexed disco services have been called upon to remix tracks from the likes of Block Party, Metric, The Gossip, Wolfmother, and John Legend. As colossal and bold as the title implies, their new album, Fist Of God , hits stores in March under the Dim Mak and banner. As the band told Billboard :

“We wanted to make a record that was more ideologically like a throwback to when rap and R&B production was old school; the line between that and dance was very blurry,” he says. “We knew people were gonna hate, because idiots don’t like music because they like listening to it. They use it as a way of defining who they are. When it changes, it leaves them in a tough spot — ‘I can’t use this to create my identity anymore’ — and their reaction is negative.”

Nothing but positive reactions over here, though. After all, it is a new MSTRKRFT record, and one that features contributions from N.O.R.E., Ghostface Killah, E-40, Lil’ Mo, and John Legend. In the meantime, enjoy some B.O.U.N.C.E.

MP3 : MSTRKFT – B.O.U.N.C.E. Ft. N.O.R.E. (Felix Cartal Remix)

Cold Hands: COYH Premiere New Track On Pitchfork


Frenchkiss Record ’s New Zealand new-wavers, Cut Off Your Hands are counting the days until liberating their debut LP in the US, You & I . And it would seem, everyone else is too. The press is buzzing after the Auckland quartet circled the globe on an international tour and added to their untameable reputation with all new antics (you know, like breaking a foot from a balcony jump at a London gig and continuing the show anyway). To keep frenzied fans happy after the initial success of the stop-gap Happy As Can Be EP,  the group premiered a new track from the album on Pitchfork last week. Satisfy that need for rapid-fire pop with a small taste but brace yourself for the full album release shortly after the passing of the new year.

MP3 : Cut Off Your Hands – Turn Cold

Folk Legend Passes Away


One of the greatest voices of the civil rights movement, Odetta, passed away on December 2nd. The singer-songwriter and human rights activist brought an inspiring force to folk music. Bob Dylan said “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta.” It was her influential role that led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to ask her to join him in 1963 for his march on Washington and famous “I have a dream” speech. She had hoped to sing the very same song she sang that day, “I’m On My Way,” at the inauguration speech of President-elect Barack Obama. Needless to say, the legacy Odetta has left behind has been tremendous and too great to even begin to sum up in a short blog post (read more here). The Daily Rind is proud to be able to honor the life she lived in at least a small way.

Experience the power of Odetta on three of her most recent albums, “Blues Everywhere I Go” (her first Grammy nomination), “Lookin For A Home, A Tribute to Leadbelly” (W.C. Handy Award Nominee) and “Gonna Let It Shine, A Concert For The Holidays” (Grammy Nominee), all on M.C. Records.