It’s always a good day when we get sent a new tune from long time favorite around here Damien Jurado. This time the tune is called “Nothing is the News” and is more of a jamming psych style song compared to what we are used to from the singer songwriter. A new album entitled Maraqopa is due in the later part of February via Secretly Canadian with this song and 9 more in tow. Enjoy.
Download: Damien Jurado – Nothing is the News [MP3]
When you get a press release that mentions Belle and Sebastian, The Flaming Lips and Pavement all at once, you’ve either got to be excited or scared. After listening to this single from The Color Bars, I will definitely say I’m leaning towards excitement, and clamoring to get my hands on their recently released record, Prosopopoeia. Really, it’s just great pop music, and with the electronic influence on this track, I’m getting more of an Of Montreal feeling here, giving a bit of classic quirkiness, though it’s a bit more in the nerdy vein as opposed to Kevin Barnes hyper sexuality. Just let the hooks sweep you through the day.
Download: The Color Bars – Structupoppie Rally [MP3]
Frenchkiss Records has a pretty solid track record with me, especially since the label’s run by some of the bros from Les Savy Fav. They just released a new EP yesterday from LA band RACES. The EP is titled Big Broom EP, and I’ve really been enjoying this track here. I don’t know why, but for some reason the vocal performance sort of gives me this Walkmen feel, but that’s also part of the overall song structure true. Boiled down, it’s pretty much straight forward indie rock, which in and of itself is refreshing, since no one seems to be kicking it old school anymore. Give it a listen and enjoy your afternoon folks.
Download: RACES – All For You [MP3]
I can’t tell you how excited we are for this Hospitality record. When we first run their track “Friends of Friends,” RayRay and I were so excited, that we both wanted to post it, almost letting us post it twice. So yesterday when Stereogum ran the second single from the group’s upcomingself-titled album, I got super stoked all over again. Merge Records is going to put it out on January 31st, and it just can’t get here soon enough. This band is clever and whimsical, but there’s definitely a lush pop quality to the music they’re creating. It’s just a simple formula, but the perfect execution makes it perfect for what any music listener looks for in a hit. Try the new track out.
Download: Hospitality – Betty Wang [MP3]
Here’s a cool new track called “I’m In a Bad Way” from New Jersey based PJ Bond. I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say about it other than it reminds me a bit of Jeff Tweedy meets Jim James, and that is of course a positive. The song is said to possibly be on a new LP out in 2012 but this has yet to be confirmed. I’d suggest spinning this one right before bed on one of these rainy days we’ve been having recently.
Download: PJ Bond – I’m In a Bad Way [MP3]
Our good friend Kevin is legit. Not only does he run What’s Your Rupture and Krazy Punx, but he always manages to send me these great tracks when I’m feeling like a sad bastard. That’s not at all what he’s got on his plate when he releases a new 7″ titled Mother Knows Best by UK punks Throwing Up. Immediately it’s brash and abrasive, banging away furiously at your ears. All of a sudden, the vocals kick in, and you’re hooked on the female vocals, giving it a bit of jubilance along with lo-fi ferocity. Turn it up and let it blast…then grab it from What’s Your Rupture on November 28th.
Download: Throwing Up – Mother Knows Best [MP3]
Let’s get things straight: Frank Smith is not one man, it’s a band, and one of Austin’s brighter rising stars (though they’ve been about for some time). While the official release of their new album, Before You Were Born, won’t hit until 2012, the band is slowly unleashing teaser tracks to build our anticipation. This first track, which also has an accompanying VIDEO, is titled “Monsters.” It begins with sort of a mellow dip into the autumnal/wintery quality accustomed to most indie folk, but as the chorus bursts, you’ll realize exactly why we think so highly of the group. It’s just a blissful cascade of melody, placed perfectly in the song, creating a wonderful musical moment we hope you’ll enjoy.
Download: Frank Smith – Monsters [MP3]
Most people associate Ben Cook with Fucked Up and the band’s hardcore roots, but his side project Marvelous Darlings takes on a different light altogether. Throughout the last several years the band has released various singles and are now set to release a compilation of sorts combining all the music from those years. The collection is titled Single Life and will be out on November 22nd via Deranged Records. We’ve got the first track here to offer you, and it’s a solid little boogie through and through. Once those lyrics kick in, you can definitely get ahold of the pop aspect. With Fucked Up‘s future uncertain, I have a feeling we’ll see more from the band coming up.
Download: The Marvelous Darlings – I Don’t Wanna Go to the Party [MP3]
Back in September I dropped new single “Give Love a Try” on you guys from Jacksonville based band Sunbears! That track sparked my original interest in the group and caused me to mark my calendar for the release of their new album You Will Live Forever out next Tuesday via New Granada Records. With the release only a week away, the band decided to tempt fans for the LP release even more by hosting new song “They Think They’re soooo Philosophical” for free. More and more this band reminds me of a poppier Flaming Lips circa The Soft Bulletin/Yoshimi era. Maybe you agree?
Download: Sunbears – They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical [MP3]
I recently got passed this record from Canada’s Under Electric Light, which has recently been playing a lot on my stereo, even though the record is several months old. Upon my first listen, I enjoyed the coldness of the atmospherics that were present, yet the more I listened the more I started to think of this group as a more accessible Blank Dogs, especially when you listen to the track below. It builds with synths and gentle crashes of percussion that seem hidden in the background. If you dig this track, then you need to seek out the band and get a hold of their recent LP, Waiting For the Rain to Fall.
Download: Under Electric Light – A Sudden Move [MP3]