We worked with the guys in Chapter Music to bring the excellent Crayon Fields to our SXSW show a few years ago, so I always like to keep track of what the label has going on. They’re about to release A Fool Who’ll by songwriter Laura Jean on September 3rd, and I’m sure they’d be happy to send you a copy via the old fashioned mail. Jean’s playing a somewhat muted guitar, quietly whispering “im missing you” to begin the track, but it’s her vocal performance that grabs you once the drums join in on the accompaniment. This is definitely a heartbreak song, and I’m definitely a huge sucker for such types. What are your thoughts?
Download: Laura Jean – Missing You [MP3]
Portland seems to attract music of the shanty sort, much like All the Apparatus. The ensemble cast have just completed and released All the Apparatus, the self-titled album that will surely have you fawning. An easy comparison would be to make a Decemberists association, but the heavier vocals give me a the feeling of a more complex Murder by Death. It’s sort of like a folk-core version of Efterklang, but maybe that’s a stretch. Regardless, the group makes sweeping music for sweeping your house, and for all those other times when you just want to listen to really great tunes.
Download: All the Apparatus – Portland’s Rose [MP3]
When news came a few weeks back that Cut Off Your Hands were going to have a new record, I expected sort of angular post-rock, like their debut. But, the more I listen Hollow Out, which hits stores on August 16th via Frenchkiss, the more I realize I couldn’t be further from the truth of it. There’s definitely a Brit-pop feel to this latest single, letting you know that the band’s willing to explore all sorts of territory on this latest effort. And, if you’re into what you’re hearing, then be sure to go grab their 2008 Happy As Can Be EP for free right HERE.
Download: Cut Off Your Hands – Hollowed Out [MP3
I’m pretty sure we raved about War on Drugs with their Future Weather release, a record that turned time and time again around my house. The band is preparing their new release, Slave Ambient, on August 16th, and I can already tell that it’s going to cause some problems in my daily musical rotation. There’s something about the way they craft the songs, using distant vocals in order to allow for the guitar lines to spin and swirl around them. It creates a great effect, and one that endlessly begs to be put on again and again. I think more people should write songs like this, but hey, that’s just like, my opinion, man.
Download: War on Drugs – Come To The City [MP3]
Not much really needs to be said about Bob Pollard these days. He’s pretty much conquered everything out there, yet he still keeps on kicking out great jams. Such is the case with this new track, “Christmas Girl,” which will be featured on the new Boston Spaceships record, Let It Beard. It’s going to be a double album, and if the tracks are half-as-great as the one we’re featuring, then it’s going to be one hell of a collection of Pollard tunes. There’s also an awesome video contest that goes along with this song, and it’s being sponsored by the good folks over at Spinner. Make sure you get your hands on the record when it hits stores August 2nd.
Download: Boston Spaceships – Christmas Girl [MP3]
A slew of jams popped up yesterday by the likes of Real Estate and Cymbals Eat Guitars, but the one I have been enjoying, actually a few weeks before yesterday, is this pop hit from Jacuzzi Boys. Based on what I’ve heard from their upcoming record, Glazin, which comes out August 30th on Hardly Art, they’ve got to be one of my two favorite bands of the moment…the other being Texas’ own Bad Sports. I mean, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than gritty licks and power-pop kicks. If you’re in need of a pick me up, put this track on 11, and go to town–the day will only get better from here.
Download: Jacuzzi Boys – Cool Vapors [MP3]
Surely you know of our love over here for Generationals, as we’ve raved about the band for some time now. If you haven’t caught on to them, go get yourself a copy of their most recent, Actor Caster, and you’ll no doubt be having a good time. The good folks over at Park the Van are offering up a new EP from the group, featuring a few remixes and a new tune. The best part? It’s all free. All you have to do is head HERE, and the EP is yours for free. Who doesn’t enjoy free music, especially when it’s from a great band.
Download: Generationals – You Got Me [MP3]
I have a feeling that people are going to find it hard to pigeon-hole Young Buffalo. They’re set to release their Young Von Prettylips EP on Cantora Records on July 18th, and they’ve been kind enough to send out a track to give people a listen. At first, I thought I heard hints of TV on the Radio, but in the middle, the song erupts into a joyous akin to Local Natives, especially with the percussive presence. However, they seem to have re-imagined that sound, giving something a wee bit different, then softly flowing back into the atmospheric construction that began the song. If you can’t find a genre to throw at these guys, probably should just stick with the fact that they’re just plain good.
Download: Young Buffalo – Only We Can Keep You From Harm [MP3]
The LA based group, RACES (formerly Black Jesus) have just signed on with Frenchkiss Records, who will be releasing the band’s debut LP this fall. In preparation for the ride to their debut, the band have just released a single that should probably win you over pretty quickly. There’s somewhat of a distance at the opening of the track, but as the vocals enter with the thick bass line, you find yourself being sucked into the dense sound of the “Big Broom.” Accompaniment of female vocals add a nice softness to the track, leaving you with sort of a sleepy feeling. Should be an interesting collection of tunes.
Download: RACES – Big Broom [MP3]
Our good friends over at Austin’s Paperthin Media sent over this gem of an EP this week, and we see that the word is quickly spreading about Sundress. The Denton quintet are releasing their EP on August 16th, and it should only brighten the star of press for the band. On this single you’ll hear squalling guitars and a quieted vocal that rests just on the crest of the compositions. At times, your ears will hear a shift in levels, with the traditional rise and fall of your every day dream pop. I can’t wait to hear how their sound blossom and grows in the coming years, as this seems like a good musical investment for us all.
Download: Sundress – Derelict [MP3]