A few years back Laura Marling was just a teenager playing with Noah and the Whale, but she soon climbed out from beneath that shadow and came into her own with her debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim. She returns next week (March 30th) with her newest album, I Speak Because I Can, which features a more mature Marling. If you spent time listening to her record, you wouldn’t be able to tell that she was merely 20, as her voice sounds well-traveled. We’re pleased to offer you a song from England’s favorite young folk starlet.
Download: Laura Marling – Rambling Man [MP3]
The timing for this new Suckers jam couldn’t have hit more perfectly after we yet again loved their live show during SXSW. This tasty little jam, “Black Sheep”, will appear on the Brooklyn boys debut LP Wild Smile due out June 8th on Frenchkiss records. Seriously peeing my pants in anticipation for this record. (Thanks P4K)
Download: Suckers – Black Sheep [MP3]
We’ve heard the news about the possibly final LCD Soundsystem record that drops May 18th, but we’ve only been able to hear snippets of tracks. Luckily, 130bpm leaked the track today, and so now we have it up to offer you guys. This song recalls hints of Bowie or Eno for me, but you be the judge. I know I like it, but we’ll see how the rest of the tunes turn out.
Download: LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls [MP3]
While recently pondering the music world and my depression with the current state of Wilco, I started thinking back to a time when I really dug Jeff Tweedy’s music. A time when Tweedy used to write music with current Son Volt front man Jay Farrar in the alt-country group Uncle Tupelo. Now I can’t obviously claim that my young self was around when this band started up in the late 80s, but I do know that I’ve been smitten with them ever since I heard the twang of “Screen Door” off their rough edged debut LP No Depression. That record introduced a band to the world with some young kids who couldn’t decide on punk or country, so they just decided to fuse the two. Of course Uncle Tupelo is long since gone after many years together and many country jam filled albums under their belt. With that huge discography, it’s tough to choose a favorite, but I’ve got to stick with their final album of 1993 Anodyne. I’m also going with the album closer “Steal the Crumbs” which sort of seems right as a send off to the band since it appears as the closing track on their last recorded album together. Sad…
I had heard of Beach Fossils before SXSW, but in this world of constant music exchange, I guess I glanced over them. That is until I saw their rocking set at the Force Field/Terrorbird Party on Wednesday. They definitely sounded a lot poppier than what I remember hearing, and you could tell they were having fun on stage, which is always a good thing! They recently recorded a studio session for Insound you can check out HERE. But, just in case you’re not into that, we’ve got a tune for you to check out as well that comes off their recent 7″ for Woodsist.
Download: Beach Fossils – Daydream [MP3]
It’s a great week to catch up on some of our best local talent, and a free show at Beerland on friday night is one of your best options. The lineup features up and comers A Giant Dog, Electric Jellyfish, and Kingdom of Suicide Lovers. Best of all, it’s a free show!
Download: A Giant Dog – To Put it Bluntly [MP3]
Unnatrual Helpers is a group of Seattle musicians who, after quite some time playing local live shows, are dropping some new 7″ vinyl records on indie label Hardly Art. The first one will hit stores next week and features this old school garage rock single “Sunshine/Pretty Girls”. Shortly thereafter in April, the group will drop another split 7″ with labelmates Golden Triangle and San Fran band The Fresh & Onlys. Keep up the good work kids!
Download: Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine/Pretty Girls [MP3]
This morning news broke of “Bloodbuzz Ohio” being leaked all over the net. Being huge fans of The National, we wanted to run it, but it was a radio rip, so we hoped to bring you better quality. Fortunately for us, the band posted the song on their web site, probably hoping people would get to hear the recorded version. This song makes me really excited for the record, High Violet, which comes out on May 11th.
Download: The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio [MP3]
With SXSW week now way behind us, I’d like to spend a little time touching on some of my favorite new discoveries from the week. Often times you get so busy running around trying to see that new hyped band, you miss out on some great artists like Brooklyn band Grooms. I sort of stumbled (and I do mean that quite literally) onto these guys while wandering into one of my favorite east side watering holes last Wednesday night, Long Branch. This band, and their incredible drummer Jim Sykes, immediately blew us away with an intense live show. After speaking to the guys after their set, I hear they have a new album out called Rejoicer which hit stores via Death by Audio back in October. Late in the game on this one or not, I’ll be picking up a copy of their LP and keeping an eye on these guys in the future. Below you’ll find album opener “Dreamsucker”.
Download: Grooms – Dreamsucker [MP3]
Hell yeah! One of my favorite bands, Blitzen Trapper, are returning in 2010 with new album Destroyer of the Void. Lead singer Eric Earley told us at ACL that the new album would feature more piano written songs and this new single “Heaven and Earth” seems to hold true to that statement. I’ll be curious to see what else is in store for this much anticipated album. Destroyer of the Void is out June 8th on Sub Pop.
Download: Blitzen Trapper – Heaven and Earth [MP3]