La Luz, "I'll Be True"
Seattle band that plays a combination of 60's pop, surf, and a bit of garage rock. Everything is super reverbed out, is what I'm saying. It's a lot of fun! I like the second album, Weirdo Shrine, the best of the two studio records.
Another local band! Seaweed were out of Tacoma, WA, and were active on Sub Pop during the grunge explosion. Despite that, they were always more of a punk band than a grunge band, and consequently kind of got lost in the shuffle. The middle couple albums, Weak and Four, were excellent, and are worth digging up to try out.
David Bowie, "Sense of Doubt"
From Heroes, one of the albums Bowie made with Brian Eno, which explores German synth music and ambient textures. A lot of it is instrumental, like this track, and gives it a pretty different feel from what I typically think of when I think of Bowie. This album really followed up on a lot of the ideas from Low, and mentioning that album gives me the chance to link out to this animation.
The Vaselines, "Lovecraft"
"Kurt Cobain loved them" is really kind of the only thing I know about The Vaselines. So, um, let's listen to the song. (listens to the song) Well, that was pleasant enough.
Danny Weinkauf, "Marsupial"
Danny Weinkauf is the long-time bassist for They Might Be Giants. After contributing a couple of his own songs for the TMBG kids' albums ("I Am A Paleontologist", "Where Do They Make Balloons?"), he did his own album, No School Today, which he funded through Kickstarter.