Sunday, December 30th, 2012

And our favorite album of the year is…….

First and foremost, a happy new year to everyone.  Hope everyone stays safe this holiday season and we are super excited about all the things to come in Birchland in 2013.

With all the amazing albums that came out this year, our choice is going to have to be Kaki King’s Glow.  The purely instrumental album was both uplifting and inspiring and we have to agree with Kaki when she says it’s some of her best work.


Congrats Kaki!  All the best in 2013.



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Monday, October 8th, 2012

Music Monday

We know it’s been a while since our last Music Monday.  Sorry about that!  Well, it’s back and with a bit of a vengeance!  Today we’re going to dedicate our post to one of our favorite artists.  Kaki King has been making music for quite a while and has six albums under her belt.  Word on the street is that this is the best one to date.  We will let you be the judge of that.  You can get a sneak preview of the album Glow to comes out tomorrow by clicking here.  You can also get a copy of Glow which will be released on October 9th.

Kaki will be on tour for the month of October and November and she’ll be in NY on the 11th and 13th of November.  The Birch Coffee Crew will be in full attendance at the Nov. 13th show!!  Hope to see you there.

Oh, and a hearty congratulations to Kaki on her recent nuptials to Jessica Templin!  You Go Girls.

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Monday, August 27th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

It’s Monday – which means a great roundup of good new music to help get you through your Monday Blues!

First, have a listen to the beautiful new Cat Powers album, Sun. It’s very different from her previous “rainy day” sadder albums – but it is definitely just as remarkable. Have a listen on NPR before it’s out September 4th…

…feast your eyes on this wacky new video from Grimes. “Genesis” is off her album, Visions, which was released earlier this year…

…lastly, here’s ‘Sunset’ the latest from the much anticipated new album from The xx Coexist out on September 11th. Check it out below.

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Monday, August 20th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Welcome back to another week of Birch’s Music Monday – bringing you our favorite new music!

Today, we want to start with Bob Dylan’s first single from his upcoming album Temptest. What do you think of “Early Roman Kings”?

Then have a listen to some insanely seductive music from WOJCIK – this is music you’ll want to have on loud and won’t be able to turn off! Her latest album, Wise Blood, is out tomorrow but get a first listen on Spinner now!

For your viewing pleasure, check out Scottish folk band, Frightened Rabbits’ somber new video “State Hospital.” This is the title track to their upcoming album out September 25th.

Lastly, but certainly not worst, have your first listen of The Heavy’s new album. You’ll be hooked from the first bass line in the opening track “Can’t Play Dead” until the heart wrenching, soulful “Blood Dirt Love Soup” streaming on Billboard now!

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Monday, August 13th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Monday: music to your ears.

NPR is streaming the new Yeasayer album Fragrant World in its entirety, and describes it as “playful party music for worried minds and uncertain futures.” Not to mention that “it’s bound to inspire some bang-up dance remixes.”  Best of both worlds! Click here for the stream.

Catchy, fun noise rockers Japandroids charmed everyone with this year’s album Celebration Rock.  The video for “The House That Heaven Built” premiered today via Pitchfork TV.  Watch the ”sequence of touring, partying and shenanigans” below.

Along the same vein, Fang Island rocks out on a faux-public access TV show in the upbeat new video for “Sisterly,” off the band’s sophomore album Major.  Put some pep in your Monday with the video stream below.

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Monday, August 6th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Monday, Monday!

Jam out to the psychedelic new track “Sleepwalker” from Moon Duo, San Francisco side project of Wooden Shjips. The full album will arrive this fall.  Click here to stream or download the song from Stereogum.

Paul Banks (of Interpol) will release his solo album, Banks on October 23rd.  The first track premiere, “The Base,” is a great, moody cut that slightly resembles Interpol with some Phantogram-like instrumental elements.  Click here to stream or download from Pitchfork.

And to kick off the first Music Monday of August properly, check out “Rose Quartz,” the new song Toro Y Moi premiered over the weekend at Lollapalooza.  Consequence of Sound called it “a fitting end-of-summer jam for a festival that rings in the tail-end of the season.”  Watch & enjoy the video of the performance below.

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Monday, July 30th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

We hope that your Monday has been marvelous, but if it’s been manic, monotonous, or even mundane we’ve got the cure for you.

Rest your feet and have a listen to “Old School Candy” from G.O.O.D. music member Hit-Boy featuring Kid Cudi.  You can download it here

…allow yourself to be serenaded by the beautifully dark and charming tunes from this London lass, Lianne La Havas.  Here new album Is Your Love Big Enough is streaming on NPR this week…

…lastly, be entertained with a new video from Black Lips called “Noc-A-Homa” documenting the depths of a once-proud chief’s downfall, living on the streets, breaking car windows, and robbing liquor stores just to get by.  Don’t worry though, there is a happy ending for all.  Watch it below.

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

A new Monday, a new set of tunes to kick off your week!

Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring has been blowing minds since the release of their first track “Ungirthed” back in January.  Their debut effort Shrines drops tomorrow, and the whole album in its glitchy, dreampop entirety is streaming right now on NPR. Click here to check it out.

The beautiful new video, “Laura” from Natasha Khan (a.k.a. Bat For Lashes) premiered today. View it below, and receive a free download of the track if you preorder her upcoming album The Haunted Man on iTunes.

Finally, in honor of their current North American tour which recently hit Brooklyn (with Purity Ring!), The Dirty Projectors are offering a tour-only 7″ with 2 new tracks. Stream the A-side, “Buckle Up,” below!

Happy listening!

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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday everyone!

This week we’re bringing you some new tunes from HOT CHIP’s new album “In Our Heads.” Below is  the viral video the band posted, and we have to say, it made us a little dizzy. Enjoy the video for their new song “Flutes” and purchase the album ASAP. It’s sure to get you hyped up as much as our coffee…

…another great album recently released is “Synthetica” by Canada’s Metric, and we think it’s great! Check out the lyric video for their track “Dreams So Real” here. This song is hauntingly beautiful and we want all of you to hear it! Purchase a ticket to one of their US shows and you can get their album with your ticket purchase! How cool is that?

…last, but certainty not least, we can’t get enough of “Prime Mover” from the awesome Alex M.O.R.P.H. The video for “An Angel’s Love” provides some great shots of our beloved N.Y.C and is sure to have you dancing at your desk!

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Monday, July 9th, 2012

Birch’s Music Monday

Happy Monday everyone! We’ve got some great tunes for y’all to start your week off with….

First up is a group called Diamond Rugs doing country rock with a lineup that includes members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips, Dead Confederate And Los Lobos. Here’s their summer jam “Gimme a Beer”


Looking for more country?

JEFF the Brotherhood

Click Here to listen to the full album ‘Hypnotic Nights’ by brother-rockers JEFF the Brotherhood before it’s released next Tuesday!

And finally… take a trip down memory lane with an old live performance from the White Stripes back in 1999:


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