Matador Records has a pretty sweet fall sampler you should download and enjoy. The free compilation features killer tracks from Shearwater, Lou Reed, Pavement, and some other fine artists.
Vinyl collectors consider yourselves lucky! Tomorrow, seminal North Carolina label, Merge Records, will be re-issuing some of the great hits from their catalogue on vinyl. Some of these albums have been out of print for a long time, so this might be your first chance at grabbing them. Click here to pre-order Camera Obscura, The Magnetic Fields and Polvo or hit up your local record store.
In a time when every artist is more political than they should be, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion/Headphones) thought he’d follow the trend. Mr. Bazan has a new song streaming on his myspace page entitled “American Flags” and I bet you can’t guess what it’s about. This is the first new music we’ve seen from The Lion himself since his 2007 release Fewer Moving Pieces. Listen to the new song now.
If you haven’t seen the video yet of Bloc Party performing an acoustic version of “This Modern Love” behind a bar in Paris, I suggest you watch it now. The video was shot and produced by the La Blogotheque website as part of their excellent Take Away Shows series. The older tune is a reminder that Bloc party wrote some outstanding songs for Silent Alarm and their new album pales in comparison. Maybe they should’ve just made an acoustic album and not the techno/dance rubbish that is Intimacy?
So maybe just maybe we talk about the Daytrotter website too much, but we’ll keep posting about ’em as long as they keep bringing us gems like this. For the second exceptional live set this week, we get Clem Snide front man Eef Barzelay. Eef performs two songs from his recent release Lose Big and two other previously unreleased tracks. Download MP3s of the performance now. Thanks again Daytrotter, you’re cool.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/eefbarzelay2_daytrottersession_1.mp3]
Lucinda Williams has a new digital only live EP out now on Lost Highway Records. The EP features 3 covers of songs by Buffalo Springfield, The Flaming Lips/Thievery Corporation, Bob Dylan and one of her own tunes. Listen to the free LU in ’08 EP now.
Apollo Sunshine recently played an acoustic 3 song set for the Livedaily website. The site has also featured some great acoustic sets by The Ting Tings, Rogue Wave, Calexico and a bunch of others. Check out the live videos now and find out why this is one of our new favorite bands.
Cali band, Earlimart, just did a a short performance for the Daytrotter website. You can stream all the songs or download each one now. You can also check out one of the live tracks below called “God Loves You the Best” which appears on the band’s latest effort Hymn & Her.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/earlimart_daytrottersession_2.mp3]
Download: Earlimart – God Loves you the Best [MP3]
The good folks at Adult Swim, who usually bring us stuff like Robot Chicken and Family Guy reruns, have a new downloadable mix for you called African Swim. The mix gets the unique name because it’s chock full of the best hip-hop coming out of Africa right now. Download the mix and familiarize yourself with some previously unknown hip-hop beats. While on the topic, check out the entire free music crazy Adult Swim music page.
The internet has gone crazy this week with free mix tapes! I have no doubt that the new Hood Internet Volume 3 Mix Tape will end up being the best one yet. (or at least the best one we’ve told you about this week) If you aren’t familiar with The Hood Internet, the duo take one indie rock song and blend it with a popular rap/hip-hop song which usually results in dance party gold. The new volume includes 34 brand new mashups with madness like Ludacris Vs. She & Him, Ghostface Killah Vs. Caribou, and Fleetwood Mac Vs. Daft Punk. Yikes! Check it out now and get the party started right!