Pedro the Lion was an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. Singer-songwriter David Bazan formed the band in 1995 and represented its main creative force, backed by a varying rotation of collaborating musicians.
BANDS ON THE RISE: Django Django. The band released their eponymous debut album in January 2012, combining 80s pop rhythms with 60s Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies, a style that some, rightly or wrongly, have labelled folktronica.
BANDS TO CHECK OUT: Vensaire is a five piece based out of Brooklyn, New York. The band looks to explore their thematic ideas through traditional world folk melodies along with modern musical elements such as sampling, and synthesizing.
UNDER THE RADAR: Sounding like a combination of The Strokes from NYC and Glasgow's beloved Orange Juice either one of which should be enough cool for any occasion, the Deadline Shakes follows in the fine tradition of Glasgow guitar pop.
NEW VIDEO: The animated video for the Sea and Cake's "On and On", from their latest album, Runner, is a deceptively simple thing. What starts as a simple sepia pencil line morphs into a whole winding river, bubbling, splashing, and meandering.
With the rise of Soundcloud and Bandcamp, the single has begun to make daily music headlines. Whether it’s a giant like Leonard Cohen leaking out a track through YouTube or a newcomer like Allah-Las sending out their first songs through a stream, we’ve got our ears out for quality new tunes. After tallying ballots of Paste staff and writers, which included nearly 300 different selections, we present our top 50 songs of the year. Comment in the box below with your own favorites, and check under the No.1 entry for a full Rdio playlist of the top tracks.
NEW MUSIC: Ben Gibbard is an American musician and songwriter who has formed several indie bands. He is most notable as the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie; his other projects include The Postal Service and All-Time Quarterback. He has also created music under his name and under the band Pinwheel.
UNDER THE RADAR: DIIV (previously known as Dive - named after the Nirvana song) is the ongoing project of Zachary Cole Smith, who has already made a name for himself in the New York music scene playing for bands such as Beach Fossils, Darwin Deez and Soft Black. Smith formed DIIV in Brooklyn in 2011 as his solo project, but soon put together a live band with Devin Ruben Perez, his childhood friend Andrew Bailey, and ex-Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt.
Exitmusic performs live on KEXP from the Cutting Room Studios NYC during CMJ. Recorded 10/18/2011. Songs: The Sea 00:12 The Modern Age 04:54 The Hours 10:35 The Silence 15:00 Host: John Richards Engineer: Anthony "Rocky" Gallo Cameras: Jim Beckmann & Scott Holpainen Editing: Jim Beckmann