Veteran indie-pop band Versus were long thought dead after their much publicized breakup around 2001. But then, wait, the group got back together for a few shows in 2008, re-worked their lineup and decided it was once again time to make music. So now in 2010, Versus are planning to release their first LP in ten years entitled On the Ones and Threes via Merge on August 3rd. I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect from the new joint, but I do know I like the track below. Welcome back kids.
Download: Versus – Gone to Earth [MP3]
For some reason, dance music never really goes away, and that’s not a bad thing, entirely. I’m pretty picky about my dance tracks, and I’ve found a new one I’ve been enjoying all day long. Villa Cola have just released their self-titled Villa Cola EP, and it’s got some great subdued dance grooves going on throughout its entirety. You’re sure to find enjoyment in every song, so head out and find this small gem of a dance album.
Download: Villa Cola – Modern Lovers [MP3]
After touring with Wolf Parade, The Cinammon Band made quite an impression. So much so that they were fortunate enough to be invited to record at the band’s Mt. Zoomer studio. The session left the group with a four song EP of swelling indie rock full of melody and soul, something you wouldn’t expect necessarily from a duo to pull off so successfully. But on the All Dressed EP (out 8/10), they do, and they do so with promise for a future full of great sounds. Here’s to the future.
Download: The Cinnamon Band – I’m Asking You [MP3]
Austin’s very own metal thrashing lords of rock The Sword are heating things up later this summer with a new LP entitled Warp Riders. Prior to that release, the group have this new single “Tres Brujas” available now to ease your appetite for face melting. The group continues to satisfy my very small desire to occasionally rock out to guitar heavy/in your face rock. Go!
Download: The Sword – Tres Brujas [MP3]
The big news of the interwebs today has been the sounds of a new Walkmen song called “Stranded”. As far as we can see, the tune is only streaming on most sites, but we’ve got a nice little download for you below. The very Walkmen-esque slow burner will appear on the group’s latest LP Lisbon which is set for release on Sep. 14th via Fat Possum. We’re sorry we every doubted you guys.
Download: The Walkmen – Stranded [MP3]
Jana Hunter‘s been around for a bit, usually making quiet low-fi tracks. But, her new group Lower Dens take a bit of a different approach. They combine her vocals with a bit of bedroom melody and somber pacing, giving Hunter and the band a completed sound that’s sure to accompany your rainy moods. The group’s new album Twin-Hand Movement comes out July 20th on Gnomonsong, and it’s something you’ll surely need in your collection. Also, the band will make their way to Austin in September, so that gives you time to plan.
Download: Lower Dens – Tea Lights [MP3]
Dave Hartley of Philadelphia is primarily a sideman for some notable bands, namely The War on Drugs, which has some affiliation with Kurt Vile. Currently, he’s just put together a long project under the moniker Nightlands, and it’s something that I think everyone out there will enjoy. The track we’re featuring recalls a bit of that wintry folk that’s won fans since the debut of Fleet Foxes, but it also uses multiple loops and vocals to create a bit of a soundscape, a la Animal Collective or The Books. Thrown altogether, and its just plain beautiful. You can get the album, Forget the Mantra, for $5 right HERE.
Download: Nightlands – God What Have I [MP3]
Those of you who have had your eyes and ears on Two Gallants will be pleased to know that Adam H Stephens will be releasing his solo debut. He’ll be releasing We Live on Cliffs on September 28th via Saddle Creek Records. The first single is a gentle little ballad, but of course it has that country/punk sound, though quite a bit softer than his work with TG. I’ve been pressing repeat all day on this one, and I’m sure you’ll be doing the exact same thing once you give this track a listen.
Download: Adam Stephens – The Cities That You’ve Burned [MP3]
Detox Retox are an indie band hailing from our nations capital that we’ve taken a liking to over the last few days. The group mixes the right elements of Phoenix style beats along with some occasional aggression in the vocals eerily similar to our friends Cursive. The group recently released new EP, Movement, which can be purchased online via Amazon or iTunes. You’ll hear sounds on that EP similar to “Caroline” found below and should get your head nodding along to the catchy tunes. You may not hear the Cursive comparison after a listen to the radio ready single below, but trust me, you’ll hear it after a few spins of their new EP. You might also hear a hint of Ted Leo in there somewhere. We dig it all.
Download: Detox Retox – Caroline [MP3]
This band really excites me. Bottomless Pit received a lot of rave reviews with their last effort, and now the band is set to return with their new album, Blood Under the Bridge, on Comedy Minus One Records. As someone who is personally tired of all the same old electronic pop music coming our way, I love the fact that this new single just rocks along, using discordant guitars to create a nice little wall of post-punk. Praise the return of guitars!
Download: Bottomless Pit – 38 Souls [MP3]