Austin’s Shearwater are preparing for the release of their third album, The Golden Archipelago, in 2010 on Matador Records. We’re sure that it will be something you will all swoon over, at least we know that we will be doing so, as we are avid fans of the group. Maybe this will be the album that makes them a name everyone is talking about…they should be bigger than Grizzly Bear. And check out Matador’s site for some cool pre-order deals!
Download: Shearwater – Castaways [MP3]
Imagine my surprise today when I found this new track from Sweden pop group Shout Out Louds! This band won me over a few years ago with their album Our Ill Wills and I have been a fan ever since. The new LP from the Swedes, Work, is due out Feb. 23rd on Merge. First single “Walls” from the record is below. 2010 is shaping up to be one helluva year.
Download: Shout Out Louds – Walls [MP3]
Man, a show by Athens, GA band The Whigs on the indoor stage at Emo’s sounds like one hell of a loud and awesome rock show. Fellow rockers The Features and A Giant Dog will also be getting down on the inside stage. This is surely a show you won’t want to miss.
Download: The Whigs – Right Hand Over My Heart [MP3]
How I love thee Ted Leo. Luckily for me, and all you like-minded fans, Ted Leo will be bringing us a new album on March 9th titled The Brutalist Bricks, his first album for Matador Records. We’ve gotten to hear the new single, and it’s everything you’d expect from a Leo-penned tune. The man’s no stranger to power-pop, nor classic pub-rock, and you’ll find hints of each in the workings of this new tune. Hope you dig it like I do.
Download: Ted Leo – Even Heroes Have to Die [MP3]
Over the Thanksgiving holiday one of my favorite new finds of the year, Telekinesis, appeared on the famed Daytrotter website. The new hyped band play 3 songs from their self-titled debut album and one older song from the Telekinesis independent days. Here’s a tasty little number called “Calling All Doctors” which should brighten you day.
Download: Telekinesis – Calling All Doctors [MP3]
Long time fans of genre hoppers will definitely be pleased to hear that those clever kids in Violens are dropping a free Winter Mixtape for you on their web site. This little mixtape, and it’s not that little, will probably win over fans, as the guys sing over My Bloody Valentine while playing over the Byrds. Sounds like nothing short of a guaranteed test of musical sanity. Unfortunately, it’s a mixtape, so I can’t throw a sample up for you, but I’ll give you a taste of “Doomed,” which is remixed on this mix.
Download: Violens – Doomed [MP3]
San Fran’s very own Citay are back in action and about to drop their third LP on our waiting ears. The new album will be called Dream Get Together and will see the light of day on Jan. 26th via Dead Oceans. First single from the album “Careful With That Hat” is below. The sick guitar solos and pop melodies are doing wonderful things for our ears.
Download: Citay – Careful With That Hat [MP3]
Really not sure how I missed this sweet new Tindersticks tune “Black Smoke” that hit the interwebs a couple of weeks ago. It’s sort of a 60s throw back sounding tune with vocals that fit in perfectly alongside that sweet sax solo at the end. The new Tindersticks album, Falling Down a Mountain, will hit stores Jan. 25th in the UK (via 4AD) and Feb. 16th in the states (via Constellation). This should be another album to watch for in 2010.
Download: Tinderstick – Black Smoke [MP3]
Frantic Clam is an Austin band that won us over in 2009 with their stellar EP Anatomica. Now after many lineup changes and some hardcore Austin live dates, the guys are back with new single “Sasha Grey”. This catchy little number is meant as a preview for Frantic Clam’s upcoming debut LP entitled Lolita due out in spring 2010. Wondering who Sasha Grey is? Try searching her name online. Just be careful if you work with young children or have a jealous wife…
Download: Frantic Clam – Sasha Grey [MP3]
Alabama rock group Vulture Whale a free EP you can download and take with you from their website. The extended player is called Bamboo You and is available to download if you’re willing to joing the band’s mailing list. Check it out now. I’ve really enjoyed the sounds coming from this band, especially this EP closing track “I’m So Sorry”.
Download: Vulture Whale – I’m So Sorry [MP3]