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!
Mark Everett and his band, The Eels, have a new EP you can download for free from their website. The new live EP is from a 2005 performance in Manchester and features 4 songs that the band will send to you after entering a valid email address (expires on Oct. 28th). The band is giving away this EP in celebration of the release of their new delux 4-LP vinyl edition of the 2005 album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. This limited vinyl pressing might be for the die hard fans…. It’ll cost ya $205. If that doesn’t sound too bad, pre-order a copy now.
The not yet released new album by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinology, can now be streamed for free on the Facebook iLike page (don’t worry non facebook users, you don’t have to sign up to listen). The physical edition of the album isn’t out till the 28th, but you can pre-order it now. I’ve heard the album a few times but I’ll keep my opinion to myself until you guys have had the time to hear it (we aren’t Stereogum). This is the first full album with the Cardinals added on to Mr. Adams name since the underrated 2005 releases Cold Roses & Jacksonville City Nights. Anyone ready to form an opinion?
Anthony Gonzalez of M83 made some time recently to create a sweet little youtbe mixtape for the Drowned in Sound website. The mixtap features songs from Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, The Knife and a few others. Listen to the whole thing now and tell us what you think.