It’s really funny that this track popped up in our inbox the other day, just a night after I was talking to our friend Marcus about the lack of credit given to the Idaho scene. In 2011 the scene hit big with Youth Lagoon, and the state is the home to Built to Spill, who took out the band Finn Riggins for several tours. This track from Finn Riggins definitely has a nice little groove to it, and it’ll feature on the band’s Benchwarmers EP, which is set for release on April 21st for Record Store Day. This is the perfect way to kick off our Monday; the band will be in Austin playing the Boise Showcase at SXSW if you’re looking for a place to catch them.
Download:Finn Riggins – Benchwarmers [MP3]
There’s so many acts coming into town, it gets difficult to narrow down the ones that you really want to promote, as you love them all equally. I figure I should give my first shout out to a Canadien group, as they don’t always get to cross the borders as much as we’d like, so here’s Adam and the Amethysts. Read more
One of the groups that we fell in love with in 2011 was PS I Love You after jamming to their Meet Me at the Muster Station album. With their quick rise to popularity, the band was traveling all around the States, which led to the recording of the Muster Sessions. It’s an album comprised of reworkings and live recordings the group did while hitting up Daytrotter and KEXP, as well as other spots. Basically, it’s like a collection of John Peel-esque B-sides and remixes for you to enjoy. They’re currently giving it away free in anticipation of their new record, Death Dreams, which comes out on May 8th. For now, you can download the FREE ALBUM, and sample the hooks the band are sure to bring with their new effort.
Download: PS I Love You – Leftovers [MP3]
We’re a small site, so we don’t always get the hits as soon as everyone else. Normally, I wouldn’t post everything, as you can clearly go to Stereogum, but I absolutely am loving these two tracks. The first one comes from Violens, one of our favorites. The band’s always writing tracks it seems, and they’ve apparently got True set to see release in May on Slumberland Records. Then there’s Crocodiles, who’ve refined their sound, bringing about this ridiculously awesome track. The group will release Endless Flowers on June 4th, and I hope it all sounds like the track below. Check out both these tracks, as they’re worth your time, and tell us which one’s better!
Download:Violens – Unfolding Black Wings [MP3]
Download:Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) [Mp3
Well, this track isn’t precisely a loud rocker, but it’s loud in the sense that the Mynabirds, and main songwriter Laura Burhenn, came across a lot quieter on their first effort. Now the group is back with Generals, again produced by the excellent Richard Swift; you can get your hands on the ablum on June 5th via Saddle Creek Records. According to our sources, the record revolves around the concept of political protests, which isn’t surprising considering she used to work with John Davis of DC’s Q and Not U. Several listens in, and this feels a little bit like a political bent on the Kills–not a bad thing. Give this one a taste, and be sure to check the group out at SXSW.
Download: The Mynabirds – Generals
Who’s that handsome chap in the photo? That’s Warren Teagarden, San Francisco’s favorite garage rocker. He’s joined with his friends The Good Grief to create the album Warren Teagarden and The Good Grief, which you can get from Meaningless World Records. Listening to this track, Warren’s got that same darkened howl of Tim Cohen, but he’s also got his hands on the punk rock guitar chug; it’s the main ingredient that propels this song along. If gritty garage tracks is your thing, then this is the number for you!
Download:Warren Teagarden – Stupid Happy Fun [MP3]
Today is the release of Bad Weather California‘s Sunkissed LP, their second full-length for the masses. You’ve got to celebrate with them, and the best way to do is by jamming to this sweet tune off their record. There’s this sunny little vibe going on here, one that definitely aligns with the band’s album title. But, beneath that, there’s this jam mentality, one that I’m not totally opposed to in this context, as it gives the song a nice groove, not unlike the works of Fool’s Gold, who like to toss out folk with a bit of movement within. I’m hoping you like this number, leading you to pick it up at the record shop your next time out.
Download:Bad Weather California – I’ll Reach Out My Hand [MP3]
Well, we didn’t really know who Husky was either, until we read up on the Well ourselves. Sub Pop officially signed their first Australian band, and considering we have a bit of adoration for all things Oceania, we had to fill you in. The foursome released their record, Forever So, last year in Australia, and their new US label will be re-releasing it on July 10th. On this track, I appreciate that there are touches every day indie rock, but slight details allow the central harmony to rise to the forefront in this track. They’ve also got a pretty interesting video to accompany the song that you can check out HERE.
Download:Husky – The Woods [MP3]
One of the great acts in the Slumberland Records stable is Black Tambourine, a band that hasn’t exactly been putting out records for the last several decades. But, as they reunite, briefly for the Chickfactor shows, the band opted to record a nice covers EP of their favorite Ramones songs. This little gem will be released as a 7″, and they’ve chosen some real hits for their work. One of the tracks they’ve recorded is my favorite, “I Want You Around,” but the track we’ve got below is “What’s Your Game.” Rather than shredding guitars, they’ve replaced a nice atmospheric coating, slowing the track down a bit, and letting the melody push the track along. For those of us that can’t attend the Chikcfactor shows, this is an added bonus. You can pick up the OneTwoThreeFour EP on May 15th.
Download:Black Tambourine – What’s Your Game [MP3]
There’s very few labels that have been as dependable as Slumberland Records over the last few years, and they’ve signed yet another wunderkind in Evans the Death. On April 3rd the band will be releasing their new self-titled album, as well as a single. We’ve got the lead track below to stream, so prepare yourself for an excellent ride. Energy bursts forth from the get-go, and we’ve got a new female lead in Katherine Whitaker. Her vocals sound sublime backed by the melodious hooks of the rest of the group. Let’s cheer on Slumberland and their newest signing!