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.
Download: Whitman – Hangover Holiday [MP3]
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.
Download: Golden Animals – Call My Name(live on woxy) [MP3]
Not too long ago, we gave you a new demo by The Applessed Cast entitled “Road West”. Today we found another new song by the band over on Stereogum going by the name of “Raise the Sails”. Both of these songs are set to appear on the band’s latest album Sagarmatha which is due out on 2/17 via The Militia Group. The Lawrence boys are also embarking on their first tour in quite some time with a planned stop at Austin’s own Mohawk. Check the dates on their myspace page. ATH couldn’t be happier that you guys didn’t call it quits.
Download: The Appleseed Cast – Raise the Sails [MP3]
This just in: One of the best live bands around, Arcade Fire, are planning to release a live documentary DVD covering some of their recent touring escapades. The DVD entitled, Miroir Noir, won’t be released physically until March but you can pay for a digital download in various formats now. You can also pre-order the DVD in regular or special packaging options. Head to the DVD’s website to see a trailer and/or see some purchasing options. Can’t go wrong with this one.
Download: Arcade Fire – Black Mirror [MP3]
It’s the week before Christmas and of course we’re bringing you several new Christmas samplers for you to enjoy. Today sees the nice peolple at Romantic Air recording company getting in on the fun. The label brings you 9 Christmas tunes from artists on their label. Check it out now. Here’s old favorite “Feliz Navidad” from Computer Perfection.
Download: Computer Perfection – Feliz Navidad [MP3]
We might be just a bit late in telling you about Miniature Tigers out of Phoenix, but good things come to those that wait. After releasing two EPs in 2008 that piled up the accolades from well known critics like Spin & Rolling Stone, the band is looking to grow their fan base into the new year. With a sound that’s poppy and pretty easy on the ears, these guys might just be the new Vampire Weekend you peoples are all looking for. If you’re digging “Cannibal Queen”, you’ll have to buy their new album Tell it to the Volcano on iTunes. Physical copies are only available if you make it out to a show.
Download: Miniature Tigers – Cannibal Queen [MP3]
Merge records wants you to remember their artists when making your year end lists so they decided a free year end sampler would be a good way to do that. The free sampler features 13 tracks from She & Him, The Broken West, The Rosebuds and 10 others. This is not the first free year end digital sampler from record labels and probably won’t be the last. Download/stream all the tracks now.
Download: She & Him – Why Do You Let me Stay Here [MP3]
If you’re looking for something to do this Monday night, head over to Emo’s for what is sure to be a fun show. The lineup tonight features Olin and the Moon, local act Zookeeper, and Cory Brannan. Doors for the show open at 9pm with tickets on sale now for only $6.
Download: Zookeeper – Snow in Berlin [MP3]
Ice Cube, that’s right I said Ice Cube, is playing at The Mohawk of all places this Sunday evening. Not sure why Mr. Cube would be playing at the usually indie bar but it should be a wild show. Tickets are available now for $25. Doors open earlier than usual at 7pm.
Download: Ice Cube – It Was a Good Day [MP3]
For those of you who get annoyed with your favorite bands makin’ it big and not playing smaller venues anymore, Trail of Dead have a treat for you. The now veteran Austin band are planning to play at Red 7 this Friday along with friends Those Peabodys & Glorium. Now time for the bad news… Tickets for this surprise show are being sold only at the door so get in line early if you want to make it inside the small club. Doors are opening at 8pm. Recent single from TOD can be heard below.