Jay Bennett, most well known for his work in Wilco during their rise to stardom, has a new solo album you can download for free from the Rock Proper website. The new album entitled Whatever Happened I aplogize is the 5th solo release by Bennett after his 2001 departure from Wilco. Some people in the music world say Bennett has never receieved enough credit for creating the unique sound heard on the stellar 2002 Wilco album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Don’t get us started on the current state of Wilco… Here’s a track from Bennett’s new album called “The Engines are Idle”.
Download: Jay Bennett – The Engines are Idle [MP3]
Contenders for record of the year, Blitzen Trapper, will be playing a Thanksgiving Eve show at Mohawk on Wednesday night. The bill is actually pretty impressive with Pink Nasty and Parson Redheads opening things up for the Portland based band. Even more impressive, New York band O’Death will be playing on the inside stage in between the main acts outside. Tickets can be bought now for $8. Here’s one of my favorite pop songs to come out in several years “Punctual as Usual” by the Parson Redheads.
Download: Parson Redheads – Punctual as Usual [MP3]
Punk rockers F*cked Up sat down for another stellar Daytrotter session yesterday. The band plays 4 songs in the studio and offer a unique new take on each one. Check out the live stuff and let us know what you think. Here’s the song Crooked Head from the session.
Download: F*cked Up – Crooked Head(live) [MP3]
Everyone’s favorite Texas boy, Ben Kweller, has a new song called “Hurtin’ You” that premiered on Stereogum late last week. The song is our first glimpse into Kweller’s new album Changing Horses due out in February of next year. Sounds like he’s going deeper into the country/singer-sonwriter genre.
Download: Ben Kweller – Hurtin’ You [MP3]
Gentlemen Auction House are here to tell the world that it’s never to early to bust out the Christmas music. The St. Louis band are celebrating the holiday season with a 6 song Christmas EP called Christmas in Love. You can listen to all the tracks on lala or hear “Home for the Holidays” below.
Download: Gentlemen Auction House – Home for the Holidays [MP3]
Frightened Rabbit have a new song that we found on the old interweb yesterday. The song is called “Last Tango in Brooklyn” and appears on a new fake book compilation called The Lifted Brow. You might be surprised by the different sound from the band, but the tune is still quite tasty.
Download: Frightened Rabbit – Last Tango in Brooklyn [MP3]
Nada Surf will be bringing their brand of pop-rock to Emo’s on Saturday evening. Buy your tickets now for the low low price of $15. Catch a preview of the show with “See These Bones” from the band’s latest effort Lucky. In other Nada Surf news, the guys have a new limited edition vinyl box set coming out next week. The price may sound high at $100 but you get all 5 Nada Surf LPS, digital downloads of each and a few other random goodies. Sound good? Pre-order your copy now.
Download: Nada Surf – See These Bones [MP3]
Austin’s own, Shearwater, recently made an appearance on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. The intimate in house set features 4 songs played with nothing but acoustic instruments and some really random/awesome home made instruments by the band’s drummer Thor Harris. Watch the whole thing now. In other Sheartwater news, the band has a new digital EP entitled Snow Leopard EP that you can download from the Matador Records website. Here‘s title track from the album “Snow Leopard”.
Download: ShearWater – The Snow Leopard [MP3]
Polyvinyl artist, Owen, is bringing his brand of low key, acoustic melodies to Emo’s on Thursday evening. Doors are set to open at 9pm with tickets available now for only $10. Here’s Owen’s last single “Bad News”.
Download: Owen – Bad News [MP3]
Johnathon Ford will be bringing his instrumental outfit Unwed Sailor to Emo’s Austin on Wednesday evening. Doors for the show are at 8 with music beginning around 10. Local Austin act, The Calm Blue Sea, will also be playing in support of the Oklahoma based act. Preview the show with recent single from Unwed Sailor “Copper Islands”.
Download: Unwed Sailor – Copper Islands [MP3]