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Music Monday: Milk Carton Kids, Beans on Toast, Burial & More…

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

We begin this week with Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, aka The Milk Carton Kids performing “Permanent.” I was wondering why the video has their individual names and not the duo name, but apparently they came up with the name later. And while the version I had originally heard was taken from Ryan’s solo EP, Kenter Canyon, you can find the live version with the two of them together on Retrospect. (From Amazon: Kenter: MP3; Retrospect: CD; MP3) Although, psst…they do give away music on their site.


I’m not quite sure how I missed Beans on Toast (aka Jay McAllister), especially when he can take a song like this and actually make it funny. You’ll hear what I mean. It’s “I Fancy Laura Marling” from the album Standing on a Chair. This is from Glastonbury 2011. (From Amazon: MP3.)

A very long one here, it’s “Truant” by Burial, the A-side of his latest single from last month. Rambling and experimental, it’s paired quite well with a video of a train in motion. For some reason, the MP3 version is listed on Amazon but the tracks are listed as “album only.” The CD single is still out there, however.

From Rob, it’s Bleeding Rainbow and their album, Yeah Right: “Bruising garagish shoegazer rock from Philly. They throw more punches than Rocky Balboa. I also love the collage art album sleeve.” Here we have the video for “Drift Away.” The album is due out at the end of this month. (From Amazon: CD; Vinyl.)

So when I heard “A Little Death,” below from The Neighbourhood, I wasn’t able initially to find anything out about them. And apparently that’s all part of their plan…if what we’re reading is accurate. And hey, it’s the internet–why would we doubt? So rather than mess up their plan of being mysterious, here’s the song. (That’ll put a spoke in their wheel.) It’s from their “Thank You,” [sic] digital single.

And because I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to not post it yet, the excellently named This is Me Smiling, with “Mixin’ Up Adjectives” off their self-titled 2004 album. If you’re not on board about fifteen seconds into this track, then I’m not sure I know you. Excellently crafted pop-rock. (From Amazon: MP3.)