It’s been awhile since we last heard from our friends Beat Radio out of the NYC area. They dropped us a line the other day and sent us links to a new EP entitled Hard Times Go, Part 1 which is available to stream and download for free over on bandcamp. It features this poppy number “Dreaming Wide Awake” and 5 other similar tunes filled with catchy beats.
Download: Beat Radio – Dreaming Wide Awake [MP3]
Earlier today another wonderful new Bowerbirds track began to circulate around the Internet. I might be late, but my adoration for the band never wanes, so I’ve got to toss out support for their excellent The Clearing; the album hits stored on March 6th via Dead Oceans. Beth Tacular takes the lead on this track, but she’s not alone for long, as the song drifts in and out with multiple vocal accompaniments. If this track isn’t stoking the flames of your musical fire, then I don’t know what to tell you. This track is great, this record is great. Deal with it.
Download: Bowerbirds – In The Yard [MP3]
For as much as I go on about rock n’ roll’s return and punk rock, I still enjoy well-crafted folk music, especially if it comes off a bit quirky. This was precisely the case when I listened to the new track from Y La Bamba, who will be putting out their latest, Court the Storm, on February 28th via Tender Loving Empire. As you follow along the track, there’s trickling moments of regular folk, but then there’s intricate moments started off each time with a nie set of handclaps. Suffice to say, this isn’t your run of the mill folk, which is precisely why it caught my ear.
Download:Y La Bamba – Squawk [MP3]
I’ve been hearing about Radar Eyes for some time now, and I especially loved their track “Miracle.” Now the band’s signed on with Hozac Records, and they’re about to release their long awaited debut this February. For those of you that like your rock n’ roll with a bit of an emotional haunt, then you’ll surely find pleasure in the off-beat wash of noise that accompanies the rather nice pop undertones of this track. If you’re looking to do more research on the Chicago act, you can find their album closer that was released last week. This track is left of the left of center, so maybe that’s why we’ve got a bit of “disconnection.”
Download:Radar Eyes – Disconnection [MP3]
I’ve never wavered in my adoration for The Mary Onettes, and with the upcoming Love Forever EP, it looks like I won’t have to change my position. You’ll probably notice a slight change if you’ve been following the band, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On this track, there’s a bit more of a studio polish to the daunting pop number, giving more clarity to the lyrical element than you might have found on previous effort Islands. You can find this track, and three others when the EP debuts via Labrador on February 28th. Try to hate this song; you just can’t.
Download:The Mary Onettes – Love’s Taking Strange Ways [MP3]
We’d be remiss if we didn’t hit on the big news of the day, the return of Wild Nothing to the music-making fold. When Pitchfork premeired the track earlier today, they talked of main songwriter, Jack Tatum, working in a professional studio for the first time. I’m not sure how I feel about that, as I felt like a lot his charm came from the fact that he crafted those sounds in his bedroom. Still, after listening to this track, so far everything seems well; I’ll be pleased if its half as good as Gemini, their first full-length. For now, expect this single to come out via Captured Tracks, in order to hold us over while the band is recording.
Download: Wild Nothing – Nowhere [MP3]
A lot of bands have nostalgically hit back at the 80s, but that’s not the path that Zeus seems to take. They’ve gone even further, hitting up on the AOR sounds of the 70s, using sharp guitar licks and Rod Stewart-esque vocals to kick out their jams. The group are about to release their new record, Busting Visions, on Arts and Crafts this March, and if you dig you’re rock n’ roll with a bit of old school swagger, then this is definitely the one for you. I can see you jamming around the house, singing with your friends, just promise me not to spill the beer!
Download:Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time [MP3]
As soon as this song kicks off, you’re looking at a sludgy rock track, right? Well, push forward a little bit, and you’ll find yourself tapping your feet to this great folk jam. Water Liars (formerly Phantom Limb) is the name of the group comprised of friends sharing some camaraderie between Missouri and Mississippi, and they’ll be releasing their album, Phantom Limb, on Misra Records on Februrary 28th. The thing I like about this track is that it goes between this beautiful folk number, and that sludgy riff that kicks off the track. Ultimately, the love is in the meat of the track, and you’ll definitely find yourself playing this song over and over again today.
Download: Water Liars – $100 [MP3]
It’s been quite a bit since I heard anything about Princeton, but I’m glad the group’s back o the up and up. They’ve got a new record titled Rememberance of Things to Come that is going to hit the streets on February 21st. This title tracks seems a little bit more structured around a few loops, at least up until the midpoint of the track where strings and percussion pick the song up. It’s a feathery vocal that soars throughout the song that will really grab the ears of pop music lovers. Come on in and get taken away by this sweet little jam.
Download: Princeton – Remembrance Of Things To Come [MP3]
People want to love Tim Presley for his Darker My Love role, but as we’re based in Austin, I’m more a fan of his Strange Boys role. All that aside, dude’s also got a pretty nice little solo project called White Fence. This year he’ll be releasing a two volume set of tunes, under the title of Family Perfume. The first volume is slated to hit stores on April 3rd through Woodsist, and the first single has me pretty excited as it floated about the Interwebs today. It’s got this little low-key jangle, almost harkening to the classic pop moments of the 60s, especially with Presley’s mellow vocal delivery throughout. You digs?
Download: White Fence – It Will Never Be (Edit) [MP3]