Montreal has been known for kicking out some sweet jams, but you typically don’t get something as energized coming from the city as you’ll find here from Sonic Avenues. The group is about to release their new album, Television Youth, on Dirtnap Records on January 15th, just in time for my birthday. Based on this lead single, it’s going to be a bouncy effort, fueled by some grinding guitars that leave a little bit of dirt on the bottom of your shoes. It’s high energy, and highly catchy, which leads me to believe I’m going to have a lot of fun with this full length–hope you do too!
Download: Sonic Avenues – Television Youth [MP3]
I’ve already spent a lot of time over the last month raving about The New Tigers, so when our friends over at Soliti Music sent us two brand new songs, I got a little bit giddy. These two tracks are left over, apparently, from the recording session that created the band’s recent self-titled record. Much like the album, there’s a whole lot of noise living right in your face, but lurking behind it all is the soft pop sensibility that makes the band so dynamic. These are the kind of songs you just want to listen to over and over and over again. Here’s “Toffee,” the first of the two tracks.
Download: The New Tigers – Toffee [MP3]
God, I just can’t get enough of this band! Every time I hear something new, I immediately get excited. The So So Glos are a little bit brash, but definitely energetic, which makes it easy to fall so hard for their hooks. This new track hit the Internet just before Thanksgiving, and I’ve been jamming ever since then, eagerly awaiting news on their upcoming album. These guys seem to just want to have a good time, and sometimes rock n’ roll needs that bit of fun, so here’s to these dudes just kicking out the proverbial jams.
Download: The So So Glos – Son of an American [MP3]
After releasing the excellent Young Von Prettylips EP earlier this year, Young Buffalo is back with a brand new track to win you over today. The duo has just released a new single that we’ve got here for you today, titled “Baby Demons.” There’s a bit of an angular jaunt that kicks off the track, but the distance of the vocals really give this track an old school sort of feel to it, and not in that blatantly nostalgic sort of way. If the band keeps writing tracks like this one, then there’s telling where they’ll go, but our bet is that it’s going to be awesome.
Download: Young Buffalo – Baby Demons [MP3]
Are you looking for something a little bit peppy to get your day started? Well, if so, you better get on this brand new track from Fol Chen. While this track doesn’t come in preparation for a new record, it does come with a bit of interest to it. The band has created a new sound device called the Tetrafol, which they used to manipulate the sounds you’ll hear on this new jam. I’m not much of a music maker, so I’m not sure precisely how it all works, but you can read about it HERE to get the low-down on how it works, and how you can use it at home. Regardless, this track is a fun little jam to kick off the week.
Download: Fol Chen – So Good [MP3]
If you thought the year was over in regards to new music, well, Slumberland Records has news for you kids! They’ve got one more release coming your way soon, this brand new 7″ flexi from Oakland’s Manatee. I can’t get the A-Side from this excellent release out of my head, and I think that’s mostly because it sounds like old school rock n’ roll coming out of Oakland, and by that, I mean circa late 80s and into the 90s (that’s old school) for me. It’s a bit punky, but also a bit quirky, which definitely seems to fit the band’s attitude. Come on, the B-Side is titled “Chased by Anderson Cooper,” so it’s all about fun, yet it’s all about being good too!
Download: Manatee – Mr Super [MP3]
I know Turkey Day is drawing near, but there’s still some great music leaking out today, so I’m going to try and stay on top of it. This new track from Sharon Van Etten has me really excited, and not just because it features members of The National, Walkmen and Wye Oak; it’s because I’ve got a bit of a crush on Sharon…and her music too! The songstress has a new album coming out titled Tramp, which will be released on Jagjaguwar on February 7th. This song’s got a nice little cascading guitar line cutting through the rhythm guitar, and Van Etten’s voice sounds every bit as beautiful as I remember it in the live setting. This is shaping up to be a good 2012 already.
Download: Sharon Van Etten – Serpents [MP3]
This was an interesting surprise when it popped up in my inbox this weekend. Allbrook/Avery is the project of the bassist from Tame Impala, one of the popular indie bands of the day. The group has just released their album Big Art, and it’s something that I think offers a bit for all listeners. Part of it is that sort of fuzzed out guitar playing, the sort you associated with Tame Impala, but beneath it all is this really accessible pop vocal delivery, begging for people to really dig into the track. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the band’s record, as it’s full of moments just like this.
Download: Allbrook/Avery – Wait ’til Morning [MP3]
With so much going on in the month of October, I regret to inform you folks that I missed something pretty excellent, the brand new record from New York’s Spanish Prisoners. The band has self released their album, Gold Fools, over at their web site, where you can pay what you want for it (please pay to support the band). There’s a recent remix of the following track floating around, but I think the original epitomizes everything I love about this listen. The guitars trickle ever so gently, as percussion builds up, and the light-hearted vocals really add another level to the song. Head over and check out the band’s record quick; you don’t want to miss this one.
Download: Spanish Prisoners – Know No Violence [MP3]
I love spending my weekends searching the Internet for really solid pop tracks. Usually I’ll come across some gems, and once again, I stumbled across this wonderful little piece from Denmark’s Raised Among Wolves. They’ve got an album coming out soon titled Bear Tracks, and I’m hoping it’s full of such low key pop moments as the lead single from the record. There’s nothing that blows you away immediately, but the steady stream of the melody, along with the quirky pieces floating in the background definitely allows the band to build a nice little tune. Hope you enjoy this one.
Download: Raised Among Wolves – Boys Will Be Kings [MP3]