News has been churning over the interwebs as of late about this new Charlotte Gainsbourg album that will feature major contributions from the always versatile Beck. This could really be sold as the latest Beck LP since he wrote the music, produced and even co-wrote the lyrics for the album. Regardless, the french singer/actress will release IRM in January via Elektra. Here’s the lead single from the upcoming album.
Download: Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM [MP3]
We really dig the new BLK JKS record so naturally we are excited to see that they’re stopping through town at Emos on Monday night. Some of our favorite locals TV Torso and Wine & Revolution will also be on hand to provide your opening support. You won’t want to miss this one.
Download: BLK JKS – Molalatladi [MP3]
Back during SXSW, I anxiously awaited Camera Obscura to take to the stage, but while waiting, I was lucky enough to be blown away by Thomas Function. These cats from Alabama have a new record coming out next week on Fat Possum Records titled In the Valley of Sickness. Since I just got the album in the mail, I wanted to throw a track everyone’s way, so you can see what I’m so excited about.
Download: Thomas Function – Belly Of The Beast [MP3]
Seems like Dear and the Headlights make a stop through town pretty regularly and we always get excited to hear they’re returning to town. So if you aren’t making it to some of the other solid shows on Friday night, make your way out to Emo’s on Friday for the Phoenix based band. Support will be provided by Kinch and Rajiv Patel.
Download: Dear and The Headlinghts – Im Bored, Youre Amorous [MP3]
From time to time, you just find yourself going back to those albums that meant a lot to your music evolution. I can’t say enough about how much I loved listening to the Violent Femmes, whether it was their clever humor or just the overall feel of the music they presented. Sure, I’d love to say that I heard this when it first came out, but I didn’t get into it until 1994 when I was a high school freshmen. I had been sidetracked by grunge and other metal influences, but their self-titled album got me right back on track. If you can’t love this song, and this band, then you’ve lost your way my friend.
The Black Lips are loved by all music sites in the land and you can consider us one of those sites fond of the band. If they tickle your fancy, head over to Mohawk on Friday night for a set by the lo-fi boys. Openers are our very own Strange Boys and The No No No Hopes.
Download: The Black Lips – Old Man [MP3]
November is going to be a busty month for our local label Western Vinyl. They already have plans to release the much anticipated Ola Podrida record on the 3rd, but now we have news that they plan to also release the new album by Denton duo, Sleep Whale. According to release info, Houseboat is slated to hit our streets on the 10th. Take a sample.
Download: Sleep Whale – Cotton Curls [MP3]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you’ve heard that Will Johnson of Centro-matic and Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co. have teamed up for a collaborative release. So after much anticipation, the duo has a single ready and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. You can pick up Molina & Johnson Nov. 3rd via Secretly Canadian.
Download: Molina And Johnson – Twenty Cycles To The Ground [MP3]
If you’re looking for some Wednesday night quality music shows, head over to the Mohawk on Wednesday night for a set by the incomparable David Bazan. Apparently Mr. Bazan will be playing with his old buddies from Pedro the Lion so this should be a good one. Openers for the evening are Say Hi.
Download: David Bazan – Bless This Mess [MP3]
The Subjects just released their newest EP, New Soft Shoe. I’ve been jamming to it a lot this evening, in my post ACL haze (sorry I skipped you Pearl Jam, but I had never heard of you). Anyways, this tune is actually as smiley as the picture, which is good since we all need a nice pick me up on Monday. Be sure to check the group out on October 23rd when they come to town–we’ll remind you again closer to the date.
Download: The Subjects – Winter Vacation [MP3]