This is J.Tillman/Josh Tillman/Joshua Tillman/that guy who drummed for Fleet Foxes for a few years' newest moniker.
My friend got me the album for Christmas and I really love it and have been listening to it pretty much since then (though not as constantly as he has been).
Check out: Every Man Needs a Companion
I saw the film shortly after it came out and got the soundtrack about a week after that. It's really cool. Quentin Tarantino individually selected each song, as he does for all his films' soundtracks, but there's a note in this one about the recordings:
The soundtrack is a good mix of spaghetti western-style older songs, hip hop, and audio clips from the movie.
Check out: Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable) - James Brown and 2Pac
(a mashup of those two songs and dialogue from the film)
This album just came out last week so I've only been listening to it for less than a week but I really like it. I liked it the first time I heard it and it's been growing on me since.
I think it's a solid follow-up to Gorilla Manor and I was very excited for it to come out since when I met these guys 2 years ago they said they were going to get back in the studio right away. ...'bout time!
Check out: Breakers
(they released it as a single before the album came out and I agree that it is a good indication of what the album is like and it really has their 'sound'. Echoes of it return later on the album, as well, so this is a good intro to the album.)
4. Ben Gibbard - Former Lives
This album came out months ago but I just got it last weekend so I've only been listening to it for a few days but I really like it.
I love everything Ben Gibbard touches (Deathcab, Postal Service, his 2003 solo release with Andrew Kenny - Home, Vol V.) so I bought the album as soon as I saw it.
I really like it. It's pretty much what you'd expect it to be but I'm not looking for Ben to change sounds or anything. I think even if he tried to (like if he sang a song somebody else wrote) he'd still put too much of himself into it, his voice is too distinctive.
Check out: Bigger than Love (feat. Aimee Mann, I believe, though not credited on the album.)
and, as a bonus, check out this live recording of You Remind Me of Home (from Home, Vol V.)
and see if you agree with my boyfriend that Ben looks like a muppet when he's singing live. (he claims the top of his head moves instead of his bottom jaw, making him look like a muppet. Though, to be fair, he also had shaggier hair when we saw Deathcab live and he kind of flopped his head around a lot.)
What have you been listening to lately? Any thoughts on any of the music I mentioned?