The huge UK record label 4AD are back in action again at the end of the year with another free sampler that highlights their releases from 2010. You’ll see ATH favorites Camera Obscura, Big Pink, M. Ward, and a slew of others. You’ll also find this gem from The National called “So Far Around the Bend” which appeared on the Dark Was the Night compilation. The sampler is free to download for the price of an email address. While you’re at it, check out the sampler released by 4AD around this time last year.
Download: The National – So Far Around The Bend [MP3]
Our long time friends Whitman have a special show planned at Stubbs Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new 7″ vinyl. This release has been long in the making and features two tracks which were recorded over the summer of 2009. These vinyl singles will only be available for purchase on the Whitman online store or you can pick one up at the show. Only 250 of these beauties were made so get your hands on one quick before they’re gone. Joining in the celebration are fellow Austinites Colour Wheel and White White Lights. Be there.
Download: Whitman – Light It Up [Mp3]
Candian indie rockers Woodpigeon are returning in 2010 with much anticipated release Die Stadt Muzikantan (“that musical city”? My German is not good). To preview this upcoming album, the band has released this much easier to pronounce single “Empty-Hall Sing-Along”. I dare you to get that melody/chorus out of your head after you’ve given this one a few spins. Woodpigeon’s new album will be out January 12th on Boompa Records.
Download: Woodpigeon – Empty-Hall Sing-Along [MP3]
Over the summer we mentioned Matt Sharp’s year long project with The Rentals Songs About Time and now the endeavor is about to come to a close. As previously stated, the ambitious undertaking will include 3 EPs, 365 photos for each day of the year, and 52 black & white short films for each week of the year. Right after the new year, the band also plans to release all of this material in the form of limited and deluxe edition sets with a coffee table book of photos, vinyl versions of the EPs, DVDs for short films, and tons of other goodies all included. Those limited release editions can be pre-ordered now, but do not yet have a set release date. If money is an issue, you can stream all the new EPs and check out a sampling of the photos/films in The Rental’s online store. Below you’ll also find an MP3 of new song “” found on the second EP released this year. It’s a softer tune that encompasses the theme of love had and lost that seems to ooze from every corner of this huge project. I suggest you take some time to browse through Mr. Sharp’s very eventful and productive 2009.
Download: The Rentals – Late Night Confessions [MP3]
John Davis used to rock the world in Q and Not U. Then he played some catchy tunes with Georgie James, but now he’s finding that middle ground with his new group Title Tracks. His first album with the new group comes your way on February 9th, and fans of his later work will find precisely what they need here. “Piles of Paper” has a lot of remnants leftover from the Georgie James days, which is never a bad thing, as I enjoyed that work too. So get ready for It Was Easy coming your way real soon.
Download: Title Tracks – Piles Of Paper [MP3]
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Crystal Antlers has long been one of those rare bands we like on record and have always enjoyed in the live setting. Trust us and make your way to the inside stage at Mohawk on Thursday night for a set by this Cali band. Opening support is provided by hyped local boys Harlem and Audacity. Should be good time.
Download: Crystal Antlers – Andrew [MP3]
Shortly after the release of their 2008 album The Airing of Grievances, Jersey band Titus Andronicus are returning in 2010 with a new album entitled The Monitor. The band’s sophomore LP is said to have a civil war theme to it with some spoken word/acting guest appearances by members of the Hold Steady, Vivian Girls and others. Prior to that release Titus plan to release a 7″ single featuring the two songs we have posted for you below. These two tracks were apparently meant to be joined into one song and were only split to fit neatly onto a two sided 7″. I’d suggest firing up our ATH radio so you can hear the two songs together in all their epic glory. Physical copies of the 7″ single will be available Feb. 9th and the new LP drops March 9th on XL Recordings. More info and track listing can be found on the PFork.
Download: Titus Andronicus – Four Score and Seven (Part One) [MP3]
Download: Titus Andronicus – Four Score and Seven (Part Two) [MP3]
It’s probably not enough that I put Jason Quever’s Papercuts in my top 50 of 2009. I’ve been all over this group, or is group really, since their second release. Just as I thought I couldn’t get enough of the guy, he puts out a great 7″ with a new single. There’s a lot more string arrangement on this song, at least in the forefront, and if this is the direction he’s going with the next album, I can already see it in my top 10. I grabbed White Are the Waves at Waterloo, but you can also get it Gnomonsong.
Download: Papercuts – White are the Waves [MP3]
Belgian mostly one man show The Go Find are returning in 2010 with some new music. The new album from Mr. Sermeus is called Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight and will hit stores Feb, 14th via Morr Music. Have yourself a little preview of this new album with the title track from the upcoming LP. We dig.
Download: The Go Find – Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight [MP3]
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It looks like the days of us keeping Phoenix in our own little private world are over and getting tickets to one of their shows will be quite the challenge from here on out. Congrats on the fame guys! We of course know you’ve heard about the huge 101x sponsored show with Phoenix, White Denim and Hockey at La Zona Rosa. You probably already know it’s sold out too. You may have even searched craigslist only to find that tickets are scalping for close to $100! That’s just silly. I guess you shouldv’e seen them at ACL. Don’t fret too much kids, I’m sure they’ll be back around sometime.
Download: Phoenix – Lasso [MP3]