After their huge success from modern musical Once, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova decided to record an album together under the new moniker Swell Season. The groups first LP will be hitting stores October 27th and will be called Strict Joy. Check it out and let us know what you think in da comments section.
Download: Swell Season – In These Arms [MP3]
Hot music blog band Bat for Lashes are making their way to town at the Parish this Wednesday. Oklahoma boys Other Lives are also returning to town to provide opening support for the show. Unfortunately tickets are sold out for this one, so try your hand at some craigslist or scalping action.
Download: Bat For Lashes – Daniel [MP3]
One of our favorite new bands, Headlights, has a new album coming out soon. The album is titled Wildlife, and it comes out October 6th on Polyvinyl. This new track has a bit of a different touch, although it’s still brimming with pop, there is a certain element of lo-fi fuzz added. You can try out the song, and check out the band on tour this fall.
Download: Headlights – Get Going [MP3]
Eenie Meenie Records and the fine folks at Amazon have teamed up for another free MP3 label sampler. The free tracks highlight the best the label has to offer like Great Northern, Division Day and other artists on the label. Check it out and enjoy the free tunes.
Download: Great Northern – Houses [MP3]
Sea Wolf has a new album titled White Water, White Bloom coming out on September 22nd here in the States on Dangerbird, and as a prelude to the release of the album, he’s offering “Stanislaus” as a bonus track for those interested. It’s definitely similar to his last release, and has that folk passion mixed with his wavering melancholic voice. Have a listen.
Download: Sea Wolf – Stanislaus [MP3]
Sorry for the double up on Daytrotter posts this week, but damnit we can’t not post when Matt Pryor records a session. We talk about Matt and his work in and outside of GUK and New Amsterdams on our site constantly, so you all know we love the guy. Hell we even interviewed him a while back! Enough rambling, check out the awesome session with songs from Matt’s debut solo record Confidence Man plus this unreleased track “Your Look Gave You Away”.
Download: Matt Pryor – Your Look Gave You Away [MP3]
Amy Millan, the great voice behind powerhouses Stars and Broken Social Scene (at least back in the day) is gearing up to release a new album on September 8th titled Masters of the Burial. Her first single, well, it isn’t really hers, it belongs to Death Cab for Cutie, but her cover puts a different spin on the standout track. Have a listen.
Download: Amy Millan – I Will Follow You Into the Dark [MP3]
The Parish has a nice lineup of local artists this Friday night with headliners Balmorhea leading the way. Fellow up and coming Austin bands Ume and Sunset will also be a part of the night’s event. Tickets are available now for $10.
Download: Balmorhea – Harm & Boon [MP3]
Recently I was reading a book from the 33 and 1/3 Series on Bee Thousand. It was perfect timing because everything else lately had seemed a bit stale, so I went back and played the album. Over and over again, it reveals new sounds to me, just as the band’s output does for most listeners. It’s great to see that Bob Pollard, sand Guided by Voices, is still trucking along, releasing new albums to this day, but for those of you who missed out on the genius of this man and his band, I suggest that you go revisit the entire catalogue. Here’s a little old school, straight off of Bee Thousand.
We always get excited when Los Campesinos! come to town so we’ll be making a point to see them on Friday when they come to Emos. We’re even more excited this time around because one of our new favorite bands, Girls, will be playing as well. Chicago band Smith Westerns will be providing opening support. Tickets are only $14 and doors are at 9pm.
Download: Los Campesinos! – Don’t Tell me to Do the Math(s) [MP3]