Free Album From The Dogs

We just heard about this new band hailing from Chicago, The Dogs, and wanted to spread the word about their new album.  This is the band’s debut album, it’s self-titled, and you can download the thing for free from their website.  The songs are mostly acoustic driven, folk ballads with some pretty nice harmonies mixed in.  Here’s opening song of the album “I Don’t Know Your Name”.

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Download: The Dogs – I Don’t Know Your Name [MP3]

New Music From Yo La Tengo

Don’t start going crazy over the headline of the post just yet.  It’s sort of new music from Yo La Tengo and sort of not.  The story goes that way back in March a band by the name of Condo Fucks played a surprise type show in NYC with some other bands.  Sort of unexpectedly, that band turned turned out to be just another name for now famous New Jersey indie outfit Yo La Tengo.  This new band, side project or whatever you want to call it has a new album out via Matador on March 24th entitled Fuckbook.  Not sure exactly what the idea is for the project or why the need for all the cursing, but all YLT band members are involved.  Here’s a recently posted song by the band called “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”.

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Download: Condo Fucks – Whatcha Gonna Do About It [MP3]

Stream New Andrew Bird

If you’re growing impatient for the new Andrew Bird album, the nice folks over at NPR are streaming the entire thing right now.  The new album is entitled Noble Beast and won’t be out in physical form until January 20th.  Here’s whistle heavy first single from the new album “Oh No”.  Don’t forget that Mr. Bird is also coming through Austin on the 12th of February at the ParamountObstructed view tickets are all that’s left so scalping or alternative action may be in order.

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Download: Andrew Bird – Oh No [MP3]

Bootie USA Mashups Of The Year

It’s never too late for another end of the year compilation!  This compilation is brought to you by Bootie USA and features the best mashups of the year.  Our friends The Hood Internet were fortunate enough to make the list with two of their best jams from the year.  Download the free tracks now!  Here’s a taste of what’s instore with a tasty little mashup from French DJ ComaR.

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Download: ComaR – I Want You To D.A.N.C.E. [MP3]

Glasvegas – s/t

Rating: ★★★★ ·

Glasvegas is the newest Scottish band to hit the United States, and they are expected to make big waves on our shores. Their debut self-titled album has been floating around the Internet for months, but it finally hits records stores here this week.

From the moment that the first song actually kicks in, a minute or so into the song, you hear one of the staples of this band, as they surround the entirety of their songs in swirling atmospherics, coating the songs in a certain denseness that adds layers of emotion to their songs.

Immediately following the introductory song comes one of the better singles from 2008, “Geraldine.” The percussion drives this song perfectly, pounding in your ears as angular guitars cut the landscape or the rest of the album. This is a song you’ll want on all mix tapes you make this year; it’s just a perfect song.

The band doesn’t let up here, as the next five songs are all uniquely wonderful. The crashing chorus of “It’s My Own Cheating Heart” is definitely one of the joys of this little intercession, as cymbals crash in your ears and guitar blasts encourage a little light head-banging. This middle section is the highlight of the record, as the songs never seem to stagnate or come off as copies of the previous tunes. It all ends with the great “Daddy’s Gone.” This is a slower number, but one that showcases the bands capabilities as true songwriters.

Then the band winds the rest of the album down, a little too slowly. The pounding drums and atmospherics dissipate, settling into the softer side of things for the ending. It leaves listeners to contemplate the two weaker elements of the album. One, the lyrics are ridiculous at points.  “You are my sunshine/My only sunshine,” is actually used as a lyric?  It’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek, but some people will be turned off by it. Also, while the vocals are definitely interesting due to vocal inflection, the Scottish tones will eventually wear you out, as you struggle to understand the spoken word at points.

Still, at the end of the album, most will be pleased with the outcome. They will see promise in a the new young band, and we can expect a big year from Glasvegas.

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Download: Glasvegas – Daddys Gone [MP3]

New Tunes from Diego

German band Diego has just released their album overseas, and I’m not quite sure if it will ever make it to our shores. That is quite a disappointment, as this band is one of the more enjoyable listens that has come across my ears this week. It’s part Editors, part Ian CurtisWait, aren’t those the same thing? 

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Download: Diego – Fan City [MP3]

Hangover Holiday From Whitman

Austin band Whitman would like to wish you & yours a Merry Christmas!  As a token of their appreciation, here’s a demo of a little ditty they’ve been working on called “Hangover Holiday”.  The track is sure to spice up any holiday party or cure that too much eggnog hangover.  Not just for Christmas, it promises to be the gift that keeps on giving the whole year round.  You can also catch the band and their new holiday hit on January 3rd during free week at Mohawk.  They’ll be playing along with Riverboat Gamblers, Harlem, and some other yet to be named bands. We’ll give you more details about free week in Austin soon.  Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Download: Whitman – Hangover Holiday [MP3]

Golden Animals On Woxy/MPR

Southern California rockers, The Golden Animals, have been busy recently making appearances in the Woxy studios as well as the Minnesota Public Radio studios.  Both sessions feature 3 songs from the band’s debut LP Free Your Mind and Win a Pony.  The Woxy session has a little added bonus with previously unreleased track “Call my name”.  Check out the MPR session on The Current blog & The Woxy session over on The Futurist.  Here’s that new tune for ya live in the Woxy studios.

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Download: Golden Animals – Call My Name(live on woxy) [MP3]

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