It’s so crazy that press releases say Darwin Deez describes himself as part Thriller, part Dismemberment Plan because I swear when I first heard this I immediately thought of my beloved Travis Morrison. Regardless, Darwin will be releasing his self-titled album on Lucky Number Records April 12th. I’m not sure why people aren’t all over this, as it’s one of the catchiest albums I’ve heard in a long time. This is sure to be the hit of the Spring.
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During SXSW I was hanging with some of the guys from the incredible Chapter Music, based in Australia. Not only were these guys super nice, but they gave me some tunes I probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. One of my favorites is Dick Diver, who definitely have everything to do with the current jangle-pop scene in the States, though hailing from Australia, they probably don’t get the coverage they deserve. Sunny classic guitar sounds and peculiar vocal delivery are too much for me to not point you to this great Australian gem. If you dig it, you can get this from Chapter Music on the bands Arks Up 7″.
Download: Dick Diver – Purgatory [MP3]
Gypsy punk may not be for all of our readers, but after witnessing their stupendous live show at ACL a few years back, I can’t just push my feelings for Gogol Bordello away anymore. I’m really excited for their new album Trans-Continental Hustle, which hits stores on April 27th. Based on this new tune, it’s pretty much what you would expect from a bunch of gypsies, which is enough reason for you to love the band all the more. Get gypsy!
Download: Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute [MP3]
Monday couldn’t be a better day for some tasty pop-rock, and thanks to Stereogum, we’ve got just the thing from Canadians Tokyo Police Club. This sweet new jam “Breakneck Speed” will appear on the boys upcoming LP Champ which hits stores on Jun 8th via Mom + Pop. The longer than usual track from TPC shows a band growing up while retaining their ability to create catchy pop numbers.
Download: Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed [MP3]
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]