Shortly after the release of their 2008 album The Airing of Grievances, Jersey band Titus Andronicus are returning in 2010 with a new album entitled The Monitor. The band’s sophomore LP is said to have a civil war theme to it with some spoken word/acting guest appearances by members of the Hold Steady, Vivian Girls and others. Prior to that release Titus plan to release a 7″ single featuring the two songs we have posted for you below. These two tracks were apparently meant to be joined into one song and were only split to fit neatly onto a two sided 7″. I’d suggest firing up our ATH radio so you can hear the two songs together in all their epic glory. Physical copies of the 7″ single will be available Feb. 9th and the new LP drops March 9th on XL Recordings. More info and track listing can be found on the PFork.
Download: Titus Andronicus – Four Score and Seven (Part One) [MP3]
Download: Titus Andronicus – Four Score and Seven (Part Two) [MP3]
It’s probably not enough that I put Jason Quever’s Papercuts in my top 50 of 2009. I’ve been all over this group, or is group really, since their second release. Just as I thought I couldn’t get enough of the guy, he puts out a great 7″ with a new single. There’s a lot more string arrangement on this song, at least in the forefront, and if this is the direction he’s going with the next album, I can already see it in my top 10. I grabbed White Are the Waves at Waterloo, but you can also get it Gnomonsong.
Download: Papercuts – White are the Waves [MP3]
Belgian mostly one man show The Go Find are returning in 2010 with some new music. The new album from Mr. Sermeus is called Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight and will hit stores Feb, 14th via Morr Music. Have yourself a little preview of this new album with the title track from the upcoming LP. We dig.
Download: The Go Find – Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight [MP3]
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It looks like the days of us keeping Phoenix in our own little private world are over and getting tickets to one of their shows will be quite the challenge from here on out. Congrats on the fame guys! We of course know you’ve heard about the huge 101x sponsored show with Phoenix, White Denim and Hockey at La Zona Rosa. You probably already know it’s sold out too. You may have even searched craigslist only to find that tickets are scalping for close to $100! That’s just silly. I guess you shouldv’e seen them at ACL. Don’t fret too much kids, I’m sure they’ll be back around sometime.
Download: Phoenix – Lasso [MP3]
Paul Murphy spends the majority of his musical career in Wintersleep, an award winning band from Canada. But, this time around, he’s decided to work with his brother under the moniker Postdata. Their self-titled release will hit stores on January 26th, and you will want to give this band a thorough going-over. This tune, “Tobias Grey” has a deep acoustic tone, but a wintry vocal that one can only associate with a group from the vast wilderness that is Canada. It’s a short tune, but one rich in emotion, so listen til the end.
Download: Postdata – Tobias Grey [MP3]
As if they didn’t have enough going on already with their steady stream of shows all over town, Austin’s local band du jour, Harlem, are prepping the release of their debut album, Hippies, for Matador Records. While I’m not always a fan of their live show, this new tune shows a lot of promise, and a whole lot more focus, musically, while still maintaining that garage-band sound that has won them a slew of fans.
Download: Harlem – Friendly Ghost [MP3]
It’s almost 2010, and one of my most anticipated releases is the new album from Lightspeed Champion. Dev Hynes just hits a nerve with me, especially after watching THIS VIDEO. So, while I wait for that new album, I’ve got something to hold me over until then. Dev released an entire album of bedroom recordings while housesitting for a friend. It might not go down as the best work of all time, but for a fans of Lightspeed Champion, it will definitely hold you over. I’m including my favorite track from the album, but if you want it, you can grab it for free over at Dev’s site.
Download: Lightspeed Champion – Is This Really Me [MP3]
San Diego band The Soft Pack, formerly known as The Muslims, are yet another band throwing their name in for ATH anticipated releases of 2010. The band’s new self-titled debut will be hitting stores Feb. 2nd via Kemado Records. For now, have a listen to first single “C’mon”. Dare we say that it’s already one of our favorites of 2010? We dare!
Download: Soft Pack – Cmon [MP3]
One of our longtime favorite Canadian singer/songwriters Jason Collett is returning to action in 2010 with a new album called Rat A Tat Tat. We have the first single from that new album, “Love is a Dirty Word” available below for your listening pleasure. Have yourself a listen and decide if you’ll be picking this one up next year. Jason’s new album will hit stores March 9th on Arts & Crafts.
Download: Jason Collett – Love is a Dirty Word [MP3]
Gigi is the new project from producer Colin Stewart and No Kids/P:ANO band member Nick Krgovich. The duo currently have an album planed called Maintenant which will feature countless special guests and collaborators. This first tasty single “The Old Graveyard” features guest vocals from Karl Blau. If you dig(as I do), pick up the new album on Jan. 26th via Tomlab. Head over to GvsB for more info.
Download: Gigi – The Old Graveyard (Feat Karl Blau) [MP3]