Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t give love to female stand-alone artists. I’ve been following Jennifer O’Connor for some time, and I always appreciate her simplistic approach to crafting listenable gems. She’s got a brand new album available titled I Want What You Want, which will hit stores on November 8th via her own Kiam Records. Her first single from the record is exactly what you’d expect her to do, writing a song tipped with a personal story. You’ll find that it’s mostly just a stripped down guitar and a bit of percussive accompaniment, all geared towards winning you over with a sing along track.
Download: Jennifer O’ Connor – Running Start [MP3]
There’s been a whole slew of releases coming out lately, so if you missed one or two, we wouldn’t blame you. Here’s one that caught my eye, so I wanted to share it with you all. The band is called Hunters, and of course, they’re from NYC. They just releases their Hands on Fire EP, and while at first you’ll hear some steady punk synergy, there’s a bit of sex appeal brought in by singer Isabel Almeida. Oh, and if you need any further proof that the band’s a big deal, they had a hand in mixing by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Pretty big deal and pretty exciting track.
Download: Hunters – Headache [MP3]
||Friday, October 28th
||$10 from Thundertix
I know that there’s tons of great shows in town this weekend, but one of the better local shows features some pretty prominent bands. First off, you’ll get Pure X headlining the gig, and they’ve received a lot of great press nationally, not to mention from this writer in particular. Also on the bill is popular up-and-comer, SleepOver, who’ve just released their latest record. Then, you’ll get a bunch of other acts like Silent Diane, Survive and Children of the Grave, all of which comes your way via the most excellent folks over at Scoot Inn. If you’re free Friday, there’s only one place to be.
Download: Pure X – Dry Ice [MP3]
If you hit up the Toro y Moi show earlier this month, then hopefully you got there earlier enough to catch Bass Drum of Death. We’ve raved about the band for some time, and their live show was simply fantastic, as we’ve come to expect from the band. They’re heading overseas to support their recent album GB City, but not before dropping a new rocker on us. It’s a steady groove, with a catchy closing chorus, and a bit of grit–these are all good things. So, if you haven’t gotten into these guys now; you’ve got a bit of time to make it up to yourself.
Download: Bass Drum of Death – I Dunno [MP3]
The last time I caught the Drums, I was a bit skeptical about their live show. While entertaining, there were some discrepancies in the live sound, so I wasn’t sure of what I would catch at The Parish on Sunday night. For the most part, I left feeling moderately surprised.
I went with sort of a more rock oriented morning starter for everyone this morning, so I had to redeem myself, or rather, at least offer the other side of my musical tastes. Little Red‘s new album, Midnight Remember, has been playing around my office fairly frequently, and you can now get your hands on it! But, in case you don’t have the time today, here’s another great track to warm your soul. It’s just a great melodic ballad with quietly strummed guitar being featured before the song itself begins to meander further into the spectrum of catchy pop tunes. One listen to this song and you’ll surely find yourself humming along, hoping to have a day as promising as this young act.
Download: Little Red – February [MP3]
Man, since I’ve really been pushing myself back into rock n’ roll this year, my part of the site might have gotten a little bit heavier than we’ve had in the past, but I’m totally down with that. One of my favorite acts, The Spits, just released their new album today on In the Red Records, and of course I had to get my hands on it. This new little number is quick and to the point, and it’s definitely one of the muddier feeling tracks on the record. Lyrically you might not find a great deal of inspiration here, but hey, I’d buy it just for the cheap price and the album cover.
Download: The Spits – My Life Sucks [MP3]
As we’ve all certainly heard, the classic line-up of Guided By Voices is back together, having recorded new material. I was fortunate to catch the group on their classic return, and they sounded just as I had hoped, if only a wee bit older. The band will be releasing Lets Go Eat the Factory at the first of the year, but for now you can grab a listen to this track that went up on Matador Records, the label that will be putting out this track as a 7″ on November 22nd. Whether you’ve liked the band for years, or just recently caught on, surely you see the greatness in this.
Download: Guided By Voices – The Usinkable Fats Domino [MP3]
Okay, so Folk Core is totally made up, but I wanted to make sure I had your attention. In all actuality, Steve Koester and Two Dark Birds are a lot more folk, a lot more traditional, so much so that you might call them hardcore folksters. Their new record, Songs for the New, comes out next week via Riot Bear Recording, and it’s shaping up to be a really beautiful listen, filled with traditional folk elements spun in an entirely novel manner. It makes you yearn for wintery weather, which we just so happen to be experiencing, so what a wonderful way to wrap up our Friday.
Download: Two Dark Birds – Black Blessed Night [MP3]
It’s contest time kids! It seems like forever since we’ve had ourselves a ticket contest and I’m pumped that our first one in a long time is for St. Vincent tickets. So I’ll cut the crap and give you some contest deets:
Rules: Leave a comment below with why you should win and we’ll pick winners with the best answer.
Prize: 2 tickets to the St. Vincent show at ACL live on Monday the 24th. We will pick TWO winners who will each receive ONE ticket.
Timeline: We’ll pick our winners and email them sometime this weekend.
Tickets for this on are still available for $20 if you don’t win. Don’t forget to leave a valid email address in the comment section so we can get in touch with the winners.
Download: St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work [MP3]