From the Closet – Wilson Pickett

will1I’d like to take a minute this week to pay homage to one of the great soul voices of our time. Sure, you’ve heard this sweet voice several times in your life, but does it make Wilson Pickett any less powerful? Absolutely not! I’m throwing a tune your way, just as an example of the great voice that stems from American soul.  See that smile?

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Shearwater @ Mohawk (1/30)

Option numero dos for Friday shows sees new local favorite Shearwater returning to town for a show at The Mohawk.  Tickets are very cheap, running at only $8.  Doors for the show open at 8pm and music starts shortly after with sets by Black Before Red followed by Brazos.  We’ve given this band all kinds of praise this year (including sneaking into the top 10 albums of the year) so we of course think this will be a good one.

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Download: Shearwater – Rooks [MP3]

Koufax On Daytrotter

One of our favorite bands who we haven’t heard much about recently, Koufax, just recorded a 3 song Daytrotter session.  Head over to the Daytrotter site to download/stream all the songs.  We’ve also got “Roll the Dice” which appeared on the band’s 2008 release Strugglers.  Horray Koufax!

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Download: Koufax – Roll the Dice (live) [MP3]

Los Campesinos! @ The Parish (1/30)

Friday night in Austin is going to be full of some tough decisions for you music lovers and option numero uno is Los Campesinos! at The Parish.  These masters of dance infused pop music and year end list makers will be joined by buzz worthy band Titus Andronicus.  Doors for the show open at 8pm and you can get yourself some tickets for only $14.  If I was you, I wouldn’t pass up this rare to chance to catch this Welsh band state side.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – Don’t Tell me to Do the Math(s) [MP3]

More New Appleseed Cast

Several months ago word got around that Appleseed Cast were finally planning to release a follow up to Peregrine of 2006.  These rumors were confirmed when we found a little demo of a new song called “Road West” way back in September.  A few months later, the band offered up finished track “Raise the Sails” which got even more positive buzz going around the music world.  Today we offer another sneak peek of the new album with a track entitled “As the Little Things Go”.  The new song is another instrumental oriented tune that seems to hark back to the days of Low Level Owl 1 & 2.  You’ll be able to pick up Appleseed Cast’s new album Sagarmatha on February 17th and catch one of their stellar live shows at the Mohawk on the 7th.

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Download: Appleseed Cast – As the Little Things Go [MP3]

New Music From The Wrens

After much buzz in the internet world, The Wrens are finally confirming that an album is indeed in the works and being recorded as we speak.  The band has also just offered up the first sneak peak MP3 of the album with an as of yet titled song.  The new track is apparently a rough cut of better things to come, but we couldn’t resist the first taste of new material since 2003s Meadowlands.

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Download: The Wrens – New Song [MP3]

New Music From The Rakes

We just found the catchy little diddy “The Light From Your Mac” by UK band The Rakes on the interweb today and wanted to share it with you. The song is the first single from their forthcoming release Klang due out March 24th. This one’s already getting heavy rotation on our dance party playlist.

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Download: The Rakes – Light From Your Mac [MP3]

Glasvegas On The Interface

We hereby promise to take a break from Glasvegas posts after today… we just couldn’t resist these awesome live videos.  You can watch a 4 song in studio of the Scottish band over on The Interface website.  The set features four of the best songs from the band’s self titled debut LP.

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Download: Glasvegas – It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry [MP3]

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