Back in the day, the great band XTC recorded a few albums under the moniker Dukes of Stratosphear, pressing their music in the way of 60s psychedelia. They recorded two albums, under this name, 25 O’Clock and Psonic Psunspot, both which are pretty hard to come by nowadays. Lucky for us, a certain Andy Partridge of XTC fame will be reissuing said albums on Ape House. Also, staff-writer Corey would be mad if we didn’t also tell you to check out XTC album Black Sea, which he loves. Here is one of the tracks from The Dukes of Stratosphear.
Download: The Dukes of Stratosphear (XTC) – Brainiac’s Daughter [MP3]
Mark Everett and his band Eels have a new single hitting the internet like wildfire today. The new single is called “Fresh Blood” and will appear on upcoming album Hombre Lobo out June 2nd via Vagrant. Here’s to hoping that this guy never looks on the sunny side of life.
The great Stephen Malkmus and his band The Jicks just laid down an awesome Daytrotter session. The band records a 4 song session featuring a cover of the James Gang funk track “Funk 49” that really cooks. Check out the full session and the website’s new layout now.
Download: Stepehn Malkmus & The Jicks – Funk 49 (daytrotter) [MP3]
Let’s face it, there really isn’t a better show in town this week. If you are nearing the end of your life, wouldn’t you like to say that you were there when Leonard Cohen played the Long Center in Austin? Sure, tickets may be a bit much, but you can’t go wrong with buying one of these. I mean, really, you can pay your bills next month, but Leonard only comes to Austin once in a lifetime, so live it up with Leonard this week.
Download: Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die [MP3]
Hands down the most hyped band in the music world right now, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, have some live MP3s posted over on the Woxy blog. This is just the first SXSW artist recap post on the site with many more said to be on the way. Check out the 5 song set now including this new unreleased song “103”.
Download: POBPAH – 103 (live on Woxy) [MP3]
After much recent turmoil surrounding the band’s lineup, Andrew Stockdale has pushed on with the Wolfmother name and is ready to finally release some new material. The new song is called “Back Round” and will appear on a future as of yet named release.
Download: Wolfmother – Back Round [MP3]
Stubb’s has a great lineup on Tuesday featuring headliner Neko Case and beloved Austin band Shearwater opening. Doors for this show are at 7:30 and tickets are on sale now for $20. Neko Case is currently touring in support of her new album Middle Cyclone which features the single “Some People Got a Lot of Nerve”.
Download: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve [MP3]
Conor Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band are at it again, releasing a new album, Outer South, this May on Merge Records. The first single from the album is titled “Slowly (Oh So Slowly).” Listening to the track, the vocals are really solid, but I’d be remiss not to say that the production seems to favor the full band approach, over the backing band approach used previously. You be the judge.
Download: Conor Oberst – Slowly (Oh So Slowly) [MP3]
This new Super Furry Animals track has been getting heavy rotation around the ATH offices over the past few days. We weren’t sure what to make of it at first, but now we just can’t get enough. The track “Inaugural Trams” will appear on Dark Days/Light Years out April 14th digitally and April 21st physically. What’s your verdict on the new material?
Download: Super Furry Animals Inaugural Trams [MP3]
Local and ATH favorites, The Calm Blue Sea, are one of those bands with music that just screams movie soundtrack/score. The guys in the band have apparently listened to our demands and will be doing a live score at The Alamo Ritz on Sunday night. The film to be scored is an old school black and white/silent movie from 1924 called Siegfried. Alamo describes the silent film as one that “ranges in scope between the hellishly intense defeat and death of a Dragon to more quiet emotional moments”. Sounds like a perfect fit for the band’s emotionally charge instrumental music. We’re sure you won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to relive the days of live scoring. Show time is set for 7pm with tickets on sale now for only $11.
Download: The Calm Blue Sea – We Happy Few [MP3]