65daysofstatic

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First up, there's a fine line between experimental rock, math rock and just lots of noise. 65daysofstatic fit snugly in the good portion of that particular Venn diagram. And I was wondering what this track might look like live: "Safe Passage" from last year's Wild Light. Sort of insane and majestic all at once. (Amazon: CD; MP3; Vinyl. Official site.)

Via Boing Boing, a kickass version of "Hotel California" performed on Chinese instruments. No idea who the musicians are--if anyone knows, please ping me. Going to the original site and utilizing Google Translate only gives me "Folk Masters with ancient musical instruments."

One of my favorite tracks from last year: it's "Miracle" by Sir Sly, a trio out of Los Angeles. You can snag the track for free by going to their official site.

A relatively simple song, but just terribly lovely. When for a short while I could wake up slowly to music (instead of having to jolt myself awake to the sound of a ton of live bison being dropped onto an unsuspecting timpani section), this was what I had loaded onto my phone. It's "All I Want" by The Reverb Junkie from the album of the same name, available from her official site.

Next, a duo from New Zealand, French for Rabbits. In the never ending, always changing landscape of genres, this is what's known as dream folk. But hey, I'll buy that. This is "Goat," their new single--and you can snag it from their official site in a name-your-price setup.

And last but not least, Peter Gabriel conducted a fascinating experiment: he wanted to cover a bunch of songs by other people and then get those other people to cover his tracks. The resulting releases were entitled Scratch My Back and And I'll Scratch Yours. Now, not all of the covers on either album worked for me...but hey, E for Effort. One of the Gabriel tracks that I thought really fared well in other hands was Regina Spektor tackling "Blood of Eden," which is a fantastic song regardless. And while Gabriel covering Spektor's "Apres Moi" is nice, I almost wish I could have heard him doing a totally stripped down "Somedays." Regardless, here's "Blood." (Amazon: CD; MP3.)