Man, it’s been a really good day for quirky pop numbers all over the Internets. This sprawling little number from New York’s Forest Fire is just another one of those. The band have recently signed to Fat Cat, who will be releasing their newest album, Staring at the X, on October 18th. If you listen closely, I swear you’ll hear the voice of Devandra Banhart, though the music sounds nothing at all like that. Light orchestrated touches come in and out, and carefully echoed guitar chords clang in the background. Whatever their formula is for songwriting, I’m absolutely loving it today.
Download: Forest Fire – Future Shadows [MP3]
The guys in Quiet Company have been hard at work the last few years, building a large fan base in Austin, and moving their popularity beyond our fair city. On October 4th, the band will release their latest album, We Are All Where We Belong. They’ve been kind enough to offer the public a free glimpse of the record with the song “Fear & Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree.” It’s based around a piano structure, and as it bursts into a pop euphoria, you’ll notice some similarities to the old tunes of Ben Kweller. It’s gentle, it’s hook-laden, and it’s just a joy to listen to, so give yourself a chance to familiarize yourself with Quiet Company.
Download: Quiet Company – Fear & Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree [MP3]
If you haven’t heard, King Louie’s Missing Monuments just released their latest album, Painted White. Pressing hard to get some much deserved love, the band has released another single for the masses, “It’s Like XTC.” No, it doesn’t sound like XTC, but it does sound like a rocking good time being had by a bunch of friends at a local bar. It’s not super polished, which gives credibility to King Louie’s garage sound. Energetic tracks are supposed to be fun, and the country tinged stomper definitely will give you that. Add it to your playlist, and have a blast. Don’t forget to pick up Painted White while you’re at it.
Download: King Louie’s Missing Monuments – (It’s Like) XTC [MP3]
We’ve all been waiting for today, and we’ve all been super hyped on the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest. Honestly, the leaks and the info today on turntable.fm all seemed a little heavy on the hip-hop/electro side of things for me. But, now that the line-up is on its way, there are some great gems. I mean, my man crush Ted Leo will be there. I’m stoked on seeing Cloud Nothings and Radio Dept, so much so, that I’d go alone for all that. But, as Transmission always does a great job putting this together, everyone’s going to find their own genre/niche of bands to get excited for. So, do yourself a favor, head over to the SITE, and see who your favorites will be. Then leave us a comment and let us know…maybe you can give us a heads up on what’s hip. Also, don’t forget tickets go on sale for the 3rd round today. Label me officially stoked!
Really, there’s two things coming out of this post. First, Atlanta is continuing its reign over the end of summer, with several bands putting out great tracks/records. Turf War is just another of those, giving you a stomping jangle rocker to grab onto this afternoon. Which brings us to point two: the band will be releasing their record, Years of Living Dangerously, in September on Old Flame Records, who we’d like to point out now, are pushing some great music your way lately. There you have it folks: good Atlanta music, continue good music from one of our favorite labels. Happy Monday to you.
Download: Turf War – Cheers To The Years [MP3]
We brought you news of up-and-comers A Lull last summer, and as the year has gone on, they’ve slowly gotten more deserved press with their debut, Confetti. But, they’re not here to rest on their laurels, already prepping a new EP, the Confetti Reprise EP, which will be released on August 16th. You’ll definitely get the pop-constructionist experimentalism here, with tribal beats (including rim shots), swells of noise coming in and out, and vocals atop it all–then it trickles in an entirely different manner towards the end of the track. It’s just another sign that A Lull are on their way to making a solid name for themselves.
Download: A Lull – Pot Luck [MP3]
I Break Horses keeps showing up on my liked and most played playlists after several introductions around the web as featured new music. So, I decided to share this track.
Out of Stockholm, I Break Horses is Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck. Winter Beats is definitely a slow build, a chilly shoegaze track. I love this stuff this time of year – just enough fuzz teamed with space and synth around vocals and calming layers of noise that are perfect for being lazy on a summer afternoon (indoors).
Download: I Break Horses – Winter Beats [MP3]
If you scour the Interwebs long enough late at night, you’re bound to come across something decent, which is exactly the case when I stumbled upon We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves. They’ve just self-released their own album, One Belongs Here More Than You, and you can pick it up for the lucky “name your own price” tag. While the band might be from the States, they definitely have the dance-hall feel of British bands celebrated in the annals of Northern Soul. Give this a try, and get your feet moving and your arms swinging on another sweltering summer day.
Download: We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves – Back of My Bible [MP3]
I’ve known this project was in the works for some time, and I’m super excited to bring you all new tunes from one of my most beloved bands, Comet Gain. You’ll find this new tune, as well as twelve others, on their latest effort, Howl of the Lonely Crowd, which will be released in the US on October 4th by the incredible folks over at What’s Your Rupture. In my mind, this is one of the most under-appreciated bands in the whole world, as they always have infectious tunes. Perhaps the fact that Edwyn Collins from OJ helped produce this record will give the group the extra push it needs to be the next big thing in indie pop. If you love this, and realize you’ve been wrong by ignoring this band for so long, I suggest you go to Whats Your Rupture and order Broken Record Prayers (their last LP) or Cinema Red and Blue (a hot joint featuring Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts members).
Download: Comet Gain – An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls [MP3]
There’s been a lot of people getting really excited about Case Studies, the new project from former Dutchess and the Duke member Jesse Lortz. His first record under the moniker, The World is Just a Shape to Fill the Night, will be out August 16th via Sacred Bones. This track below is just another in the slew of tracks floating around the Internet promoting Jesse’s new band. I like the playfulness in Jesse’s songwriting, or at least its straight-ahead approach to writing lyrics. Good to see the guy still knows how to write a great track!
Download: Case Studies – You Folded Up My Blanket Like We Were Already Lovers [MP3]