I’ve been really digging this new tune “Don’t Waste It” from Oakland based outfit Man/Miracle. The track is set to appear on an upcoming single from the band due out tomorrow on Third Culture Records. Lucky for you and me, the band is coming into town next week for SXSW as well. Stay tuned for news on when you might get the chance to see them live.
Download: Man/Miracle – Don’t Waste It [MP3]
As of right now, the world probably doesn’t know too much about the Pittsburgh duo, 1,2,3, but that’s soon to change, especially with the band signing to Frenchkiss. While the release date for the band’s debut record is still a bit tentative, the Internet has been given this new track, which is expected to be one of the featured tracks from said debut. There’s definitely a nice little groove that moves through this song, and with a full-band in the live setting, you can expect this to group to win everyone over, especially when they make their way to Austin, Tx for SXSW. Give a listen.
Download: 1,2,3 – Riding Coach [MP3]
Who isn’t a fan of hook-laden post-punk with sweet melodies and electronic pulses? Well, you should be; you should also be a fan of The Bell, a group from Sweden who are about to release their latest record Great Heat through Badman Recording Company. Based on this first single, the album is going to be filled with really solid melodies, fueled by the band’s usage of electronic flourishes, giving the band a sound that fits perfectly into any late night gathering of debauchery. It’s got this powerfully forceful beat, yet it’s still possesses hints of beauty for those who like things a little polished. Take a listen.
Download: The Bell – Today [MP3]
San Diego veteran band The Donkeys have a new song called “Don’t Know Who We Are” that I’ve taken a liking to lately. The track appears on the band’s upcoming full length Born With Stripes due out April 26th on Dead Oceans. I’d recommend that you kids start paying attention and pick this one up come April. You won’t regret it.
Download: The Donkeys – Don’t Know Who We Are [MP3]
I’m not sure quite how Sonny Smith manages everything he does, and still manages to make most if downright enjoyable. Between making album art for fictional bands he’s created, not to mention the music, then an EP with his friends in the Sandwitches, and now he’s back with his group’s own new record, Hit After Hit, which comes out April 12th on Fat Possum. This track has the more stripped down country feel that the latter half of the group’s last release contained. In the meantime, I’m sure that Sonny’s got more in the works we don’t quite know about yet, but I’ll happily be satisfied with this here song.
Download: Sonny & the Sunsets – I Wanna Do It [MP3]
It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard any news coming from an old local favorite La Snacks. Well the guys are in fact still together and are actually prepping the release of a new 7″ single come this April. Below you’ll find one of two tracks on the release called “My Little Sugary Friend”. You can also check out new song “Christ Sakes and Milkshakes” over on the La Snacks bandcamp page. Both songs are making me hope that the guys are gonna stick around for awhile this time and not keep us so worried about their state of being.
Download: La Snacks – My Little Sugary Friend [MP3]
Here’s how things work in our music world sometimes: we receive email about an awesome band, we get busy, we lose said email about awesome band, we somehow find said email about awesome band, and then we finally post about awesome band. So here is a bit of a belated post about Australian fuzz-pop band The Honey Pies. As previously stated, I dig their tunes and recommend all fans of the style to pick up the debut LP Think of England in your local record store or on itunes. Here also is a belated upload of The Honey Pies extremely catchy single “Get it Right”.
Download: The Honey Pies – Get it Right [MP3]
Well, this is a bit of a change up for us this week, as we’ve been running around with lots of high energy tracks, but I couldn’t resist a bit of mellowness as the week winds down. Heidi Spencer & the Rare Birds have been making a huge wave over with the NME, and you can tell that a lot of American audiences will definitely enjoy her work due to its similarity to a woman and her harp. Regardless of similarities, Spencer does seem to have a bit more of a traditional folkie in her. You can check out her album on March 29th, titled Under Streetlight Glow. Give the tune a listen.
Download: Heidi Spencer – Alibi [MP3]
You’ve got to be all about High Tension Wires if you’re a Texas, especially an Austinite or Dentonian! The band is comprised of some our best punk/power-pop/garage bands around, namely Marked Men and Riverboat Gamblers, so you have to know it’s going to be a good time all around. The band’s got an album coming out on Dirtnap Records around March 15th titled Welcome New Machine. If you base it off this first single, it’s everything that you need in a good power-pop album. It’s got some catchy hooks, no-nonsense drumming, and even a bit of backing vocals. It’s all positive energy, and there’s not a thing wrong with that in my book.
Download: High Tension Wires – Backbone [MP3]
You don’t get much better than the Canadian group Sloan. They’ve been cranking out albums for years, giving us all a nice taste of blistering guitar pop that’s never failed to win this writer over. Now we’ve got news that the band are releasing their tenth album, The Double Cross, on May 10th via Yep Roc here in the States. One thing you can be absolutely sure about is that the record is going to be filled with hooks and sing-a-long moments that will stick in your head for years to come. Hopefully a single like this one will finally give more press to the much deserving band, as there are very few who’ve done it for so long, so successfully. And, if you’re just stumbling across the band, go back and check out the 30-odd track from Never Hear the End of It, quietly released a few years back.
Download: Sloan – Follow The Leader [MP3]