First, we’d really like to apologize for the site being down for a few days. Clearly we had some issues, but we were enjoying Fun x 3 Fest, so we got to it as soon as we could.
Second, I feel like the guy in this picture today, so I wanted to toss something your way. Aside from our post-grunge a-capella group during Danzig, we spent a lot of time talking about albums of the year, song of the year, and of course, the festival. But, we can’t seem to agree on our favorite song of the year, so here’s where you can help. We’re putting up both the songs we feel are in contention, and we need you to give us your vote. Leave a comment and tell us which you like more. Or, if you hate us and completely disagree, tell us in the comments what your favorite is. Here we go:
Download: Snowmine – Let Me In [MP3]
Download: Twerps – Who Are You [MP3]
We’ll be heading off to Fun Fun Fun Fest today, but I wanted to leave you with this superb new track that I stumbled upon this morning. There’s not too much info out on FAMY, but this track seems like the perfect way to spend the remaining hours of Friday. There’s a drifting quality of this track, giving you the emotional feeling of moving outside of yourself, only to return with a sense of overwhelming calm. I figured for those of you not fortunate enough to attend F X 3 Fest, this is a great way to wrap up your afternoon. Enjoy folks, and be safe out there.
Download: FAMY – Mother Benita [MP3]
I know this track’s been floating around for a little bit now, but I wanted to give it some love, as I really felt like Cate Le Bon won me, as well as many others, over during her recent performance opening for St. Vincent. She’s solidified details for her upcoming record, CYRK, which will hit stores on January 17th. It’s great hearing her voice in this setting, as live, she seems so endearingly fragile, but you can clearly see her talent soar on this track. Her voice sounds remarkable, and the arrangements that accompany the track really bring her songwriting to the forefront. Give the gal a chance; it’ll be worth your time.
Download: Cate Le Bon – Puts Me to Work [MP3]
Long have we adored Headlights over here at ATH, so when word leaked that singer Erin Fein was going out on her own as Psychic Twin, we got really excited. We posted a track not long ago, and now we’ve got another one to offer you. This one has a similarly darker quality to Fein’s music, though her voice still maintains that coy playfulness that drew us in so long ago. It seems to me like she’s got a knack for this sort of thing, so we look forward to see what else she’s got up her sleeve in 2012.
Download: Psychic Twin – I Want to Forget [MP3]
There’s not a lot that I know about The Spills at this moment, but I do know a good track when I hear one. The British group has just released their album Occam’s Razor, and I’ve been giving it a good going over this evening. There’s bits and pieces of power-pop, but you can tell there’s more intricate guitar play going on beneath, sort of like my heralded heroes in the Wedding Present. Okay, so it’s not quite on that level, at least not yet, but the bass sounds similar and there’s definitely a personal touch to the lyrics. Give it a go. It won’t hurt.
Download: The Spills – Summer Vibes [MP3]
Black Light Dinner Party sent this over yesterday, missed when my inbox went ding for happy tunes. The latest from the rather stealthy project/band out of New York is called “Gold Chains”. The track goes back to the bright but smooth formula of the first release “Older Together”. I keep waiting for the lid to blow, get a peak as to what’s doing in the kitchen, but so far they just keep sneaking these tracks out for the blogosphere to disperse.
I was going to save this one for an overdue IT Department post, but nah. Enjoy!
Download: Black Light Dinner Party – Gold Chain [MP3]
I caught wind of this group back in the summer when I discovered the great new label, Soliti Music. They’re dealing predominantly, at least as of now, with Scandinavian acts, and The New Tigers are one of those acts. They released their debut album recently in Finland, and I hope I can somehow get my hands on it over here in the States. This track just sprawls in the most beautiful way, launching into this blissful moment that carries you away. Seriously, I jammed to this once in the past, but just recently found myself getting lost in this number. And if this isn’t enough, you can also check out another track HERE.
Download: The New Tigers – Pocketful Of Sand [MP3]
A little while back I brought you news of MiniBoone, a group with history in art-rock, using repetitive verses and frenetic imagery to win over fans. This newest single is very similar, at least in the beginning of the tune, sort of like old school Futureheads. But, as the song progresses it’s reigned in a bit, organized into a fairly traditional pop spin. You’ll definitely find yourself lost in this track, especially as the vocals begin to warm a bit. You can find this track and several others with the band’s forthcoming EP, On MiniBoone Mountain. It’s shaping up to be a nice bit of fun.
Download: MiniBoone – Man/Woman [MP3]
For me, it’s been a great week, seeing the triumphant return of probably the best small label out there. Matinee Recordings had a silent summer, but they’re back, and their roster now includes Azure Blue. The group is primarily the project of Tobias Isakkson, who played prominent roles with Irene and Laurel Music. Matinee will be releasing Rule of Thirds this December, and the band is already getting comparisons to groups such as OMD and New Order. Sounds like a perfect way for Matinee to wrap up the year, and for you as well. Try out this little gem.
Download: Azure Blue – The Catcher in the Rye [MP3]
The self-titled release by Cloud Nothings this past January was one hell of a ride, consistently staying in my player for most, if not all, of 2011. And now we’ve got news that Dylan and his group are at it again, ready to rock and roll with a brand new record on Carpark. As of now, it’s titled Attack on Memory, and it should be hitting the streets on January 24th, so we’ll probably have another year to enjoy fresh new Cloud Nothings jams. Don’t think that you’re gonig to get the same fare this run around, as this first single displays a more subdued group, tossing out a more stripped down, slow-burner, as opposed to the furious blisterning rock of last year. I’m interested to see where this goes.
Download: Cloud Nothings – No Future No Past [MP3]