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ACL Endorses | Discovery

Jul 6th, 2009 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Music | by Michael Williams

LP by Discovery (the side project of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot) is to summer what Bon Iver’s Blood Bank was to winter, on repeat. I thought for sure Passion Pit’s Manners was going to make it all the way through the sunny months, but here we are barely past July 4th and I might have over done it. Discovery is a nice mix of electronic and pop that strikes me enjoyably, especially if I am on a beach or en-route to a beach. In addition to lots of great vocals from Wes, the album features collaborations with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and The Dirty Projectors singer Angel Deradoorian. LP by Discovery officially drops tomorrow (July 7th), but is available now at Amie Street (see link and preview tracks below).


ACL Endorses | Dawes

May 1st, 2009 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Music | by Michael Williams

When you listen to the soulful harmonies on the new album from the band Dawes you would guess that the guys were from Alabama, not California. Dawes is one part The Band, one part Eagles with a little country mixed in for good measure. Not a bad list of names to be compared to, if you ask me. When my pals Josh Moore and Jason Ross put the record on the other night, Dawes became an instant classic. The good news is the California quartet is out and about touring with San Diego’s Delta Spirit, check them out if you have a chance. (Note to NYers: Dawes is playing Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd.) Two tracks from Dawes’ self titled album after the jump.


ACL Endorses | A Time to Get

Feb 27th, 2009 | Categories: ACL Endorses | by Michael Williams

There are a few blogs that really get my aesthetic and inspire me to push ACL to better places — smart gents like Reference Library and Ready for the House in particular. Well, time to add another name to that list, A Time to Get. More than anything I have seen recently, A Time to Get is my perfect storm. The site is so on-point for me that I felt compelled to reach out to the author and extend my well wishes. As it turns out the guy behind the site — Los Angeles resident Mr. Nick Maggio — had worked for the same company as me a while back and we share a few mutual friends. We were both amazed at how small this world can be. Take a moment to read, obsess over and bookmark A Time to Get.


ACL Endorses | Three New Things

Jan 20th, 2009 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Music, Style | by Michael Williams

ACL Endorses is a chance for me share recent discoveries that I think are worth a closer look.

The Selvedge Yard

The fashion insider behind TSY has great taste and a good eye for images. The site covers everything from denim, to design, to art, and tends to lean toward the classics. Good stuff like James Dean in his Jack Purcells pictured below.