Emo’s has a nice lineup for the price on Friday night with music by Hockey, Constellations and The Postelles. We’ve seen 2 of the 3 bands on the lineup and can tell you that the ticket will be worth the price. Below you’ll find that Hockey tune we dropped on you quite some time ago.
Download: Hockey – Too Fake [MP3]
I’ve long been a fan of British band, The Lodger. I loved their album, Life is Sweet, with all its jangly cutting guitars and infectious pop ditties. Now, the band are set to release their newest album, Flashback, on Slumberland Records on April 27th. We’ve got a new tune to offer you, and while there is still a bit of a jangle to the guitar, you can definitely tell that the band has put some work into evolving their sound. Pretty excited for this one!
Download: The Lodger – The Back Of My Mind [MP3]
I know we cover a lot of indie stuff, but I’m super excited to come across this recording of a recent February Pinhead Gunpowder show. This band is full of punk history; I mean, Aaron Cometbus plays drums, and some dude from this band, Green Day, plays guitar and sings. They just played a set at 924 Gilman, and now the venue has released an awesome live recording of the show. They’re giving it to you, the fans, for free! If you’re into this sort of power-pop, go grab it HERE. And if you’re not sure, listen to this to make up your mind.
Download: Pinhead Gunpowder – 2nd Street [MP3]
So our very own locally grown boy Ben Kweller is offering up this new track “It All Happened” for free. The song doesn’t appear on any of Kweller’s previous releases and apparently is just a one and done single situation. We had to shrink the quality of the song just a bit since it’s so long and we can’t be uploading 8min songs at super high quality. If you’ve got a little time on your hands, check out the extended story telling song. I still dig his simple approach.
Download: Ben Kweller – It All Happened [MP3]
Walking Sleep is an LA based band that recently made some noise with some of our local music friends during SXSW music week. Having formed in 2007 under the name The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, this six piece has since changed their name (for the better if you’re asking me) and are dropping a debut LP in May. Check out this new track from the band “Final Chapter” to see if they’re for you. I’m really digging the poppy sounds their bringing that you can’t help but tap your toes to.
Download: Walking Sleep – Final Chapter [MP3]
Ludlow Lions are a relatively new band from Brooklyn who recently wrapped up recording on their debut full length album No Stories. To drum up some publicity about their new release, the band is giving away the album on a pay what you want system (or for free cheapskate…). These guys market themselves as having an old school Guided by Voices/Pavement type sound which you of course know we can’t get enough of. Check out the LP now.
Download: Ludlow Lions – Keyboard Teeth [MP3]
It’s so crazy that press releases say Darwin Deez describes himself as part Thriller, part Dismemberment Plan because I swear when I first heard this I immediately thought of my beloved Travis Morrison. Regardless, Darwin will be releasing his self-titled album on Lucky Number Records April 12th. I’m not sure why people aren’t all over this, as it’s one of the catchiest albums I’ve heard in a long time. This is sure to be the hit of the Spring.
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During SXSW I was hanging with some of the guys from the incredible Chapter Music, based in Australia. Not only were these guys super nice, but they gave me some tunes I probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. One of my favorites is Dick Diver, who definitely have everything to do with the current jangle-pop scene in the States, though hailing from Australia, they probably don’t get the coverage they deserve. Sunny classic guitar sounds and peculiar vocal delivery are too much for me to not point you to this great Australian gem. If you dig it, you can get this from Chapter Music on the bands Arks Up 7″.
Download: Dick Diver – Purgatory [MP3]
Gypsy punk may not be for all of our readers, but after witnessing their stupendous live show at ACL a few years back, I can’t just push my feelings for Gogol Bordello away anymore. I’m really excited for their new album Trans-Continental Hustle, which hits stores on April 27th. Based on this new tune, it’s pretty much what you would expect from a bunch of gypsies, which is enough reason for you to love the band all the more. Get gypsy!
Download: Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute [MP3]
Monday couldn’t be a better day for some tasty pop-rock, and thanks to Stereogum, we’ve got just the thing from Canadians Tokyo Police Club. This sweet new jam “Breakneck Speed” will appear on the boys upcoming LP Champ which hits stores on Jun 8th via Mom + Pop. The longer than usual track from TPC shows a band growing up while retaining their ability to create catchy pop numbers.
Download: Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed [MP3]