UPDATED: Listen to Goldspot

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Five years ago, Abhi first brought the Mutiny’s attention to Goldspot, the Los-Angeles-based band founded by multi-talented frontman Siddhartha Khosla. Remember their first album, ‘Tally of the Yes Men?’ This past fall, Goldspot released their second full-length album ‘And the Elephant is Dancing,’ which I’ve been playing in heavy rotation on iTunes for the last few months. Their work, often described as ‘Bollywood-inspired’ and ‘Beatles-influenced,’ is getting even more attention this time around. In the past year, Goldspot has gotten play on television shows such as ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ and soundtracks including ‘Today’s Special,’ starring Aasif Mandvi and the Bollywood release ‘The President is Coming.’ And just recently, Apple featured the instrumentals from their song ‘Clap, Clap’ in the video introducing the iPad (starts at 2:18) and public radio station KCRW, in Santa Monica, California invited them to perform on-air. Want to hear more Goldspot? Listen to them tomorrow on your local NPR station. Khosla and the gang are slated to be featured on ‘Tell Me More’ with host Michel Martin.

If you get the chance, be sure to catch one of their live performances, so you can see first-hand how Khosla brought sexy back to the harmonium. I attended one of their shows in Philadelphia this past November and the band’s energetic show had half the crowd dancing by the stage towards the end of the night. (Philly fun fact: Did you know that Khosla, a Penn alum, at one point wanted to be a lawyer and was the first musical director of acapella group Penn Masala?) Take a listen to ‘And the Elephant is Dancing‘ on iTunes and judge for yourself. My favorite song? ‘One Year Anniversary.’

UPDATED: This just in from Goldspot. “Sorry for the sudden change, but Goldspot’s segment on NPR’s “Tell Me More” has been been pushed back. As it is a news program, other matters (like health care reform) have taken center stage. We will keep you posted as soon as we have an air date.”

14 thoughts on “UPDATED: Listen to Goldspot

  1. Any of the first five songs on the album is better than this one. My unsolicited two cents.

  2. The album version of “Call Center Girl” is marvelous; indeed, all the arrangements on the album are delightful. This live youtube take is thin and unremarkable — but you do get to see Dave Sharma on drums.

  3. What’s your favorite song off the new album?

    Here’s my list:

    1 Emily (super cool)

    2 Call Center Girl (great lyrics)

    3 Tale of a Fish (awesome)

    This is an original sounding album. And I can’t stop humming the melodies. My favorite album of the year. So far.

  4. My favorite album of the year. So far.

    Glad you like it, zarad. Let’s put it this way. When I was driving my three siblings to Christmas dinner this past December, I put on this CD, which none of them had ever heard. One hour later and we were still listening to it. It’s rare for us to all agree on the same sound – usually someone’s fiddling with the radio or vetoing song choices.

    And you’re welcome, NORTHSTAR :)

  5. love them!! thanks for sharing!

    phillygrrl – where in philly did they perform?

    i used to live in philly and miss the live music scene…not sure if the troc is still around.

  6. This sounds very Vampire Weekendish-dont-want-to-push-any-boundaries music. Although i must say the ragaish phrases he throws in now and then on some tracks did get my attention.

  7. Nothing wrong with Vampire Weekend. I find their sound fresher than the usual rock crap on the radio and it remains accessible to the casual listener at the same time.

  8. Interesting mention of a Beatles sound. The Beatles, post their Hamburg/Liverpool sound when they created their shimmering sitar/Shankar sound. Great melodies and harmonies here.