Add Date: April 28
Album: Songs of Shame
Genre: Rock, folk rock, psych rock
Comments: Through the Woodsist label, Woods are affiliated with Vivian Girls, Blank Dogs, Wavves and several other bands working their way up the ranks of underground NYC music. Unlike the noisy punk sound of some of those other acts, though, the duo of Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere focus more on what Pitchfork's Matthew Murphy calls "a more pastoral and rustic vein of songcraft" leading to "a distinctive blend of campfire folk, lo-fi rock, homemade tape collages, and other noisy interludes, all anchored by deceptively sturdy melodies." (Pitchfork gave Songs of Shame an 8.3 rating and the "Best New Music" label.) Start with "Gypsy Hands."