It’s really been a slow summer, and a lot of big singles haven’t really crept out, so as I was clamoring for good tunes, I came across Mathew Sawyer & the Ghosts (via Catbird). Ever since I came across this tune, I can’t stop playing it. Using cello atop lightly strummed guitar while Sawyer’s vocals quiver a bit gets me every single time. This track comes from his new album How Snakes Eat, which is out now on Fire Records. Hope you enjoy.
Download: Mathew Sawyer – Mynah Bird’s Call
That’s right folks, The Vaselines are returning in 2010 with their first record of new material in over 20 years. The duo plan to release new LP Sex with an X on September 14th via Sub Pop Records. Until then, enjoy the first MP3 of new song “I Hate the 80s” which also just happens to be the title of a terrible Duran Duran song. This song is sure to remind you why The Vaselines rule.
Download: The Vaselines – I Hate The 80s [MP3]
Daytrotter just keeps on trucking this week with another awesome live set by New York band Phantogram. The duo give us 3 tracks from their recent LP Eyelid Movies and throw in this unreleased gem “Make a Fist”. It’s got a nice little beat behind it. Check out the full set now.
Download: Phantogram – Make A Fist(live on Daytrotter) [MP3]
It seems like everyone in Scotland has a band that writes great tunes; Bubblegum Lemonade is just another one of those stunning groups fronted by Laz McClukskey. The group specializes in combining everyone’s favorite jangling guitar with pure bubblegum pop, creating a nice milkshake of delicious melodies sprinkled with tasty goodness. They’ve got a new 3 song 7″ coming your way titled Caroline’s Radio, and we’ve got the lead track headed your way now. You can find your way to the 7″ at Matinee Recordings.
Download: Bubblegum Lemonade – Caroline’s Radio [MP3]
Our amigos over at MOKB just premiered this new track “Wasted Daylight” from Stars upcoming LP The Five Ghosts. The new track is the same electro-pop sounds we’ve grown to love over the years from the Canadian hit makers. Stars latest LP will be available June 22nd via Vagrant Records.
Download: Stars – Wasted Daylight [MP3]
Yeah I know, we’re late in the game on this one. Blah blah blah. Regardless, I’ve taken a liking to Lawrence band Rooftop Vigilantes and their pop-punk sound as of late. The band recently finished recording on a new album entitled Real Pony Glue and are using new track “Seth No Jump” in support. I’ll also be looking forward to the band stopping in town June 18th at Red Eyed Fly.
Download: Rooftop Vigilantes – Seth No Jump [MP3]
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Adi continues his residency series this week at the Mohawk on Wednesday night with some sets by a few great local bands. This week, he’s brought in The Frontier Brothers, Seaholm Electric, and and Invisible Inks. You can also expect some great DJ sets, food specials and prizes to be given away. I can’t wait to see if this Seaholm Electric band can deliver on their surprising new debut LP.
Download: Seaholm Electric – A Million Points of Light [MP3]
The way Domino Records describes Chief is with the word timeless, which is really what most artists aspire to be, or at least they should. In this case, it might just prove true with the latest 10″ from the band, titled Night and Day. Right now, it seems like a perfectly apt song for those warm summer evenings waiting for a breeze to blow in along with the melody, but I can picture myself getting my jam on to this track as we turn to Autumn. Regardless, it’s a solid track, and just a hint at what will come your way when the band release their new album in August. (via MBV)
Download: Chief – Night and Day [MP3]
We’ve talked to you all before about how much we love the Carolina folk group Megafaun, and we’ve got more good news, as well as good tunes, today. The band will be releasing a mini-album, Heretofore, on September 14th featuring six brand new tracks. Their web site promises their best lyrics and hooks to date, but remind us that another new album will be recorded in the fall. If they keep rocking some folk numbers like this one here, it look like we’re in for good things, as usual, from Megafaun.
Download: Megafaun – Volunteers [MP3]
Warren G may always be known as the “Regulate” guy, but his debut album Regulate…G Funk Era, holds more than its famous title track. Though Dr. Dre pioneered G Funk, laid-back funk infused rap, his half brother Warren is an accomplished master of the style in his own right. As a rapper Warren G’s subdued rhyming has more in common with old school hip-hoppers than with his gangsta brethren, but his production is right out of The Chronic playbook: squealing synthesizers, savvy bass lines, and slow tempos. Perfect summertime jams.