[videos] Avi Buffalo plays new songs for video sessions

Avi Buffalo has been quite generous with his time lately, letting two different film crews capture him playing all new songs. QMtv has four new tracks, but This Ain’t a Scene has him in face paint for the three they recorded… Tough choice, I know. Here’s one from each.

Avi Buffalo: “Sleep on the Floor” (QMtv session)

Avi Buffalo: “Julian Rose” (This Ain’t a Scene session)

[mp3] Other Lives: “For 12”

I’m not that familiar with Other Lives’ past works, but Tamer Animals has been a fantastic record to listen to for the last week. I doubt this one will turn into a mega hit given that I haven’t seen much press about it, but know that it’s a huge hit in my headphones.

MP3: Other Lives – For 12
After many listens, I finally figured out what band “For 12” reminds me of: Seawolf! I went through a huge Seawolf phase in around 2006 and this reminds me of everything I loved about that band: subtle-yet-quick percussion, orchestral folk production and great vocals. With that said, I still have to give the edge on the album to the title track. It sounds like an orchestral version of the National. Check out a live video of that one below.

Other Lives: “Tamer Animals” on KCRW

[video] Architecture in Helsinki: “Escapee”

I heard next to nothing about Architecture in Helsinki’s new album prior to its release, so “Escapee” is my first listen to any of it. It’s nice. It sounds like a good mix of their first two LPs with their most recent. Enjoy the synth riff-pop of these Aussies!

[via MFR]

[mp3/video] Blues Skies for Black Hears: “Majoring in the Arts”

One of the people I trust the most with pop music recommendations is my buddy Ross of Hop Hop. He’s gotten me into a ton of great bands, the latest of which is Blues Skies for Black Hearts. And yeah, we both said the same thing “uh… their name makes them sound like an emo band.” Don’t worry, they’re not.

MP3: Blues Skies for Black Hearts – Majoring in the Arts

[video] Michael Kiwanuka: “Tell Me A Tale”

I cannot wait until I can sell Michael Kiwanuka’s album at the record store so I can suggest it to all the people who think music has been crap ever since the late sixties. Here’s a 23-year-old Londoner making some of the best R&B in decades. If you’re a fan of Bill Withers or Rodriguez, this guy may literally make you cry.