This Month in Music: A Roundup of Shit You May Have Missed


This Month in Music is exactly what it sounds like, only by this month I really mean a subjective span of recent time, and by music, I mean music I think you should care about.

If you’re one of the many people who have fallen in love with the really fucking talented San Francisco band, The Dodos, and you own a television, you may have noticed them slinging the most disgusting beer since Chelada (the same damn thing you would do if someone waved that much money in your face, am I right?).  While droves of indie music blogs have already spent the last month pretending they’re not over the band for becoming too mainstream, all I have to say is: watch the damn commercial and then honestly tell me you wouldn’t want to see that live.  The Dodos will be hitting up approximately twelve-thousand festivals this summer across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Elvis Costello makes Mondays suck less with two [free] live performances today (June 22nd) at two different Amoeba Music stores.  The concert will stream live on Amoeba’s website for those poor unfortunate souls not lucky enough to live near the San Francisco or Hollywood locations.  Costello’s new album, Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane was released on Hear Music earlier this month to great acclaim (he is Elvis Costello, after all) and can be found pretty much everywhere.

In other record release news, Wichita will deliver Bloc Party’s new single, One More Chance on August 10th.  I gave it three chances and it still sounds like the Cheap-Monday-wearing love child of Elton John and Depeche Mode, which is fine.  If you like that sort of thing.  Or are hard of hearing.

Here’s a little unicorn chaser for your ears:

Wait — what’s that you say?  Before we part, what super cool exclusive ear candy should I buy next to both increase my hipster status and help me bed girls in baggy t-shirts with oversized sunglasses? How about Modest Mouse’s limited edition “Autumn Beds 7,” which includes the b-side above?  At this point, I’m pretty sure Mister Brock and the boys are scientifically incapable of disappointing, plus, haven’t you heard the news?  Vinyl’s cool again!

Melissa Tan is a former runway model, fashion designer, motorcycle enthusiast, and bacon aficionado who has written for The Examiner, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. When she’s not sewing or writing, she can be found hunting for new music or the perfect hot dog. Usually at the same time. More from this author →