Obscure Sound: Best of May 2010

In addition to the abundance of different genres featured below, the past month offered plenty of diverse opinion. It has originated mainly from four of the site’s contributors, who featured 9 of the 12 acts below. Reading their articles has been a treat for me as well. Lots of great material there. I was not able to do much beyond editing work in May, mainly due to a bombardment of papers and finals that put me in a zombie-like state for two weeks. But during that hiatus, these fine writers exposed some great material from both familiar and recognizable artists. This compilation is an attempt to bring these artists together. As far as diverse content goes, I will also look to continue the increase in interviews, since they seem to be getting a good response. I appreciate The New Pornographers, The Rassle, and The Very Best for taking time out of their busy schedules, and I thank Lauren Tischler for her dedicated interviewing. Thanks to Lauren, Jay Mattson, Colleen Seidel, and Jon Chapple for their excellent contributions this month. In the comments below, feel free to suggest bands you would like to see interviewed, or any suggestions at all. Enjoy.

01.  The New Pornographers – Crash Years (post)
02. Band of Horses – Factory (post)
03. Wolf Parade – Ghost Pressure (post)
04. The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa (feat. Ezra Koenig) (post)
05. The Rassle – Wild Ones (post)
06. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking… (post)
07. The Black Keys – Tighten Up (post)
08. Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed (post)
09. Yours Truly – She Taps for Tips (post)
10. Crystal Castles – Doe Deer (post)
11. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Theme (post)
12. Courier News – Empty Clouds (post)


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  1. I think you got the first song mixed up. That’s Let’s Build a Campfire There by Ariel Pink

  2. I totally agree – this is an awesome playlist. All it’s missing is The Spring Standards – seriously, they are AMAZING. I saw them recently at the Bowery, and they were sick. They’re touring with Wakey! Wakey! who’s also awesome. But you should really give a listen to The Spring Standards – they are seriously GOOD – their songs are so eclectic, and they all play several instruments and switch it up all the time. http://www.myspace.com/thespringstandards. Also, you should interview them, they’re funny too. 🙂

  3. Awesome selection there. Is this all supposed to be current though? “Warm Heart of Africa” has been out for about a year.

  4. no, it doesn’t necessarily have to be current. the site just featured an interview with the band the past month though, so in an effort to get people to check out the interview i threw in that track. the ‘Best Of’ compilations for the months are the best of what the site posts that given month, not necessarily the best of what was technically released that specific month.

  5. Awesome, gr8 bands & tunes
    thank u for that effort and dedication.
    I’m agree with Colin a OS playlists will be …..
    see ya

  6. This is so good! I love all of these mixes. I wish that old mixes were up, though… I haven’t deleted any of these songs in any of them.

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