Today is a holiday here in the US, and while celebrating one of the greatest teachers in our nation's history by taking a day OFF from school/work is a bit questionable, there is nothing debatable about sleeping late on a Monday, watching a 4 hour marathon of the 24 tv show, and listening to some smooth vacation jams.
If you haven't heard of Antena, now you have. From the early 80's in France, these electro-samba pioneers sound like a beautiful mix of Stereolab and Joy Division. I highly recommend their recent reissue on the Numero Group label.
Antena - Camino del Sol
Another recent gem is Kingsbury Manx's "Harness and Wheel" off of their album The Fast Rise and Fall of the South. I can't quit listening to these North Carolina boys' newest record; a perfect recording and a beautiful cover to boot. For fans of the Beatles, Fruit Bats, or even Calexico.
The Kingsbury Manx - Harness and Wheel
One for the road: "Composure" by B. Fleischmann. From his new album...I've been listening to this guy's simplistic but pleasing music for years. Many roadtrips have been graced by his little beats and piano loops and affection for making the most melodic of songs into a noise feast. His new album has added usage of guitar which I think works quite nicely.
B. Fleischmann - Composure
p.s. photo again by Sara, as so many of you liked the last one.