Brooklyn band The Loom have it all if you ask me. They sound like a good old fashioned folk collective, a la Rock Plaza Central; they have multiple ladies in the band; they feature a lot of work with banjos. Recently, the band raised enough money to go into the studio and record their debut album, and I’m pleased to bring the group to your attention, as I’ve been listening to the band’s 2008 EP since I first got my hands on it a year or so ago via a friend in New York. They’ve received stellar reviews, played solid CMJ shows, and for those of you who haven’t heard them, now is your chance. Unfortunately, this is an old track (though it’s probably new to you), but it shows nothing but promise of great things to come from the quintet.
Download: The Loom – Song for the Winter Sun [MP3]
My mind is seriously about to explode at the thought of all the albums I’m going to have to buy between now and March. The upcoming release list just keeps getting sicker and sicker. Canadians Besnard Lakes are getting in on the action as well with their 3rd studio album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night due out March 9th on JagJauwar. Prior to that release, check out this new single “Albatross” which will actually be available as a vinyl 12″ single next month. Suhweet.
Download: Besnard Lakes – Albatross [MP3]
Polyvinyl Records band Aloha are yet another band returning in 2010 after a lengthy break in new material. The band’s new LP is set to be called Home Acres and hits stores March 9th. Head down below and you’ll find brand new single “Moonless March” from the upcoming LP. Anyone ready to offer up some first impressions?
Download: Aloha – Moonless March [MP3]
It really hasn’t been too long since we last heard from Love Is All, the band having put out a 12″ last year with covers and some new tunes. Now, they’ve switched up labels completely, landing on Polyvinyl for their new release. Said album hits stores on March 23rd, and is yet another number filled title, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries. Give this new tune a whirl.
Download: Love Is All – Kungen [MP3]
After too many struggles with personal loss and injury, we’re happy to see that Cali band Rogue Wave are returning in 2010 with new material. The guys have apparently written what they’re calling a “dance” record that goes by the name Permalight. Check out first single “Good Morning” which debuted yesterday and find out Rogue Wave dance music sounds likes. The new LP will be out March 2nd on Brushfire.
Download: Rogue Wave – Good Morning [MP3]
Denmark band The Kissaway Trail are returning in 2010 after a little bit of a hiatus in terms of releasing new material. An upcoming LP from the young band will be called Sleep Mountain and sees the light of day April 6th on Bella Union. Until that time, have yourself a listen to this new single “SDP” which will appear on the upcoming sophomore effort. The song can get a little long for my taste, but also has some really beautiful elements to it.
Download: The Kissaway Trail – SDP [MP3]
The famous duo known as Quasi are returning in 2010 with a new album entitled American Gong. This being the first new album from the band in close to four years, we are anxious to hear where things are going. Take a sample of that new direction with this first single from the new LP called “Repulsion”. Quasi’s new album hits stores February 23rd via Kill Rock Stars.
Download: Quasi – Repulsion [MP3]
The Donkeys are a band that caught our ear last year with their extremely catchy single “Walk Through the Clouds”. Building on the success of that jam and their album Living on the Other Side, the band preps a new album for 2010 with some new songs debuting on their recent Daytrotter session. One of those new songs entitled “Nu Blu Stocking” can be found below. Here’s to looking forward to more new material from this promising San Diego band.
Download: The Donkeys – Nu Blu Stocking [MP3]
During our lapse in time during the holidays, news hit the web of a new EP from Cold War Kids. The new Extended Player, Behave Yourself, is available now on itunes and in stores Jan 19th via Down Town Music. Below you can find a sample of that new EP with track “Audience of One”. Not really sure how I feel about the tune yet as it sort of sounds like piano pop music similar to your 20 year old girlfriends favorite singer.
Download: Cold War Kids – Audience of One [MP3]
Whaaaa? The Album Leaf are actually still around? Apparently so and we couldn’t be more excited! After a long hiatus from releasing new material (2006), the Jimmy Lavalle lead band are returning in 2010 with a new album. The new LP goes by the name A Chorus of Storytellers and sees the light of day on Feb. 2nd via Sub Pop. Until then, check out first single “Falling from the Sun” and get yourself jacked up for the new release.
Download: The Album Leaf – Falling From The Sun [MP3]