Indie-rock veteran Owen is about to drop a new album our way and has a single ready from the upcoming album. The song is called “Good Friends, Bad Habits” and will appear on the new album New Leaves which hits stores September 22nd via Polyvinyl Records. What’s your take?
Download: Owen – Good Friends, Bad Habits [MP3]
Knowing very little about Awesome New Republic, I have to admit, I’m going to be scouring the Internet for all the latest on this group. Their song, “Florida,” an homage of sorts to their home state has been kicking around in my head all day long, so I figured I should share it with you. According to the kids over at Stereogum, the EP from which this song comes, Rational Geographic II, is up for free on the group’s web site.
Download: Awesome New Republic – Florida [MP3]
We’ve mentioned The Cave Singers before, and we loved their set a few years back at Fun Fun Fun Fest, so when news came about concerning a new album, we were excited. This new album, Welcome Joy comes out via Matador on August 18th, and we’re sure it will be nothing short of delicious. On the new song, there is a bit of an edge to it, which isn’t surprising considering the past of the trio.
Download: The Cave Singers – At The Cut [MP3]
Julian Plenti is the new name for Interpol frontman Paul Banks. He is set to debut his new album Julian Plenti is…Skyscraper on August 4th via Matador Records. I wonder if it will be in the realm of people like Albert Hammond Jr and be an Interpol lite album? Based on this track, it seems JP is going off on his own a bit, which is a good thing in our book.
Download: Julian Plenti – Games for Days [MP3]
Men is two parts Le Tigre, and they will be making their way to Austin this Wednesday night at the Beauty Bar. It seems that the group is predominantly the work of JD Samson, but there are other contributions from her former band-mates. Men will be hitting the stage with Gretchen Phillips. Sounds like a danceable way to spend your hump day.
Download: Men – Off Our Backs [MP3]
With Lollapalooza inching closer and closer, now is a good time to start talking about the festival and some of the bands playing. We couldn’t think of a better way to introduce some bands to the public than with a free sampler from the fine folks at Lollapalooza. The itunes sampler includes hit tracks from festival artists like The Raveonettes, Langhorne Slim, Deerhunter, and a few others. Head to the Lolla site now to get your hands on it. Until then, here’s our favorite track from the playlist, Fleet Foxes single “Mykonos”.
Download: Fleet Foxes – Mykonos [MP3]
We’ve been closely following news that Islands will be releasing Vapours this September on Anti Records. Anything Nic Thorburn lays his hands upon turns up to be genius in our books, be it this band or Human Highway or the much missed Unicorns. This new track is a different approach to songwriting for him, with the empty space left open for his voice to soar.
Download: Islands – No You Don’t
As much as I was disappointed by At War with the Mystics, I still have a soft-spot, mostly due to my friends, for The Flaming Lips. Every once in awhile they come up with something brilliant, such as The Soft Bulletin; it seems now that they have a title for their upcoming album in the fall, Embryonic, it’s time for tracks to make their way to the web. Thank to our good friend over at Covert Curiosity for giving us the heads up on the new tracks. Enjoy the promising “Silver Trembling Hands.”
Download: Flaming Lips – Silver Trembling Hands [MP3]
From the ashes of Hockey Night comes the straight-nostalgic rockers Free Energy. Word on the street is that the man behind the production of the groups self-titled 7″ is none other than James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. You’ll find all sorts of reference points on this album from the days of old, but probably not the ones you would expect. Try this one on for size.
Download: Free Energy – Free Energy [MP3]
Sydney, Australia indie rock band Dappled Cities have some new music ready and waiting for their fans. The new single we have for you is called “The Price” and will appear on upcoming album Zounds. You can get your hands on that one August 15th via Dangerbird Records.
Download: Dappled Cities – The Price [MP3]