1) When I was 23 or 24 years old, I caught a snippet of an interview with Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark in which she discussed the importance of cutting one's hair when the moon was full. I thought to myself, "jeez louise...another one of these types" and switched the station. A few years later, I spent my 27th birthday in the office on a Sunday listening to Lavender Diamond's debut album Imagine Our Love on repeat. I can't explain why the contrast between my views on the band was so stark, but the simple beauty of the album, it's straightforward humor, and the long vibrating notes she held while repeating the mantra that made the chorus of each song thrilled me more than almost any other album that year. I haven't yet listened to Lavender Diamond's new album Incorruptible Heart, but I expect my reaction to be somewhere between the two. See below her new video for "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now." It's no "Open Your Heart", but it's good stuff still.
3) The World Record here perform an enjoyable cover of Joe Walsh's "Life of Illusion", live at the Art Institute in Santa Monica. I'm only vaguely familiar with the song, but this cover has inspired me to spend some time with it. recorded live at the Art Institute, Santa Monica:
4) "Leyndarmal" is the new single from Icelandic solo artist Ásgeir Trausti, and below is a live version of the song, which I think is quite good. He's a member of the Icelandic band The Lovely Lion (which I believe is one of my favorites of the bands that have popped up in the last year, and once featured on VFSL), but I think he sounds more like Validmar (who has themselves been compared to Sting).
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