Gentlemen Auction House are here to tell the world that it’s never to early to bust out the Christmas music. The St. Louis band are celebrating the holiday season with a 6 song Christmas EP called Christmas in Love. You can listen to all the tracks on lala or hear “Home for the Holidays” below.
Download: Gentlemen Auction House – Home for the Holidays [MP3]
Frightened Rabbit have a new song that we found on the old interweb yesterday. The song is called “Last Tango in Brooklyn” and appears on a new fake book compilation called The Lifted Brow. You might be surprised by the different sound from the band, but the tune is still quite tasty.
Download: Frightened Rabbit – Last Tango in Brooklyn [MP3]
Paul McCartney’s latest project, The Firemen, have a new album out called Electric Arguments and you can stream the whole thing now on the NPR website. The Firemen is an electronic duo started in 1993 by McCartney and Killing Joke founding member, Youth (Martin Glover). This new album is the first time the duo has utilized vocals and apparently has a more “traditional” sound. Is the new project worth our time?
How dare you say we never talk about hip-hop on this site! Today the topic is Brooklyn based hip-hop artist Iller Than Theirs. The mad decent hip-hop/rap duo just released a free EP entitled Wash, Rinse, EP… which can be download for free on the Radio Belly website. While there, you can download a few other projects the boys put out seperate from the Iller Than Theirs name. So hip-hop fans, what’s the word?
Austin’s own, Shearwater, recently made an appearance on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. The intimate in house set features 4 songs played with nothing but acoustic instruments and some really random/awesome home made instruments by the band’s drummer Thor Harris. Watch the whole thing now. In other Sheartwater news, the band has a new digital EP entitled Snow Leopard EP that you can download from the Matador Records website. Here‘s title track from the album “Snow Leopard”.
Download: ShearWater – The Snow Leopard [MP3]
In an attempt to stay true to our favorite 90s front men, today we’re bringing you some news about Scott Weiland’s solo album due out Nov. 25th. If you just can’t wait for that release date, you can stream the new album Happy from Weiland’s myspace page. So faithful readers, is this new venture worth a listen? The former Stone Temple Pilots front man will also be playing a date at La Zona Rosa in Austin on January 16th, but we’ll remind you about that closer to the date.
One of my favorite discoveries of the year, Horse Feathers, just recorded a Woxy Lounge session and the nice folks at The Futurist have all the live songs available for download. The band plays 3 songs from their stellar 2008 album House With no Home and one from their 2006 release Words Are Dead. Here’s the live track from the 2006 album called “Mother’s Sick”. Beautiful.
Download: Horse Feathers – Mother’s Sick(live) [MP3]
The nice people at Joyful Noise Records have another end of the year sampler you can download for free. This is another free sampler from record labels as they hope to remind us all what great albums they put out in the last year. Can you say year end lists? Download the sampler now. We’ve also got highlight track “Suspended Air” from Indiana band, The Delicious.
Download: The Delicious – Suspended Air [MP3]
Another album of the year contender, Dutchess & The Duke, were recently featured on the Daytrotter website. The Portland duo play two songs from their 2008 debut LP and two other previously unreleased songs. Download/listen to the songs and find out why we love these two so much. Here’s one of the tunes from the session you can jam out to this weekend called “Out of Time”.
Download: The Dutchess & The Duke – Out of Time(Daytrotter Sessions) [Mp3]
Anti Records is doing there part to remind you about some of their better releases of the year by giving away a free end of the year sampler. The sampler features pretty solid stuff from Islands, Devotchka, Billy Bragg and a bunch of other great artists. You can read the entire track listing on the Anti Records website or download the whole thing from their blog. Here’s a standout track from the sampler called “Big Mistake” by Tim Fite.
Download: Tim Fite – Big Mistake [MP3]