JudyJams March 2011 picks: The Dodos, Aaron Roche, and Telekinesis

March 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

Happy March! I am beyond pleased that February is over; it is up there as one of my least favorite months (except for some good birthdays). Thus, explaining my lack of posting picks; sorry! As a glimmer of Spring presents itself, here are the picks:

First off is The Dodos, a San Francisco based duo who is releasing their fourth full length No Color on French Kiss March 15th.

Image of The Dodos via DailyRindblog.com

I was a big fan of their sophomore album The Visitor, but haven’t really kept up since then. On the new album, they keep up their driving, boisterous pop/rock vibe, and I fell in love with the new song “Black Night.” You can check that out on their site, and listen to more songs here.

Second pick is Aaron Roche, a Nashville-based musician who was rather new to me until recently. His debut album, Plainspeak, came out last month on Asthmatic Kitty sister label Sounds are Active.

Album cover image via aaronrochemusic.bandcamp.com

Plainspeak was made in collaboration with Tim Hinck and features members of the Chattanooga Symphony, LambchopThe Cherry Blossoms and Silver Jews. This record has a beautiful, calming flow; the key is its balance between instrumentals and folky, quiet singing. The whole thing sounds delicate yet borders on experimental, especially when it meanders off into improvisation (like on “Improvisation for Two Guitars”). I found this record perfect for a relaxed Sunday morning.

Third pick is Telekinesis, code name for Michael Benjamin Lerner (with backing musicians), who just released his sophomore album on Merge.

Cover art via Merge Records

This record is pretty straightforward indie-rock, but really well done. Almost flawless, actually. My favorite tracks are the more energetic ones, like “I Cannot Love You” and “Car Crash.” Merge is streaming the entire album on their site, so check it out! Hopefully you’ll agree.

This was a shortened picks post, but there will be more soon for our SXSW post. Stay tuned!

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