I had heard of Beach Fossils before SXSW, but in this world of constant music exchange, I guess I glanced over them. That is until I saw their rocking set at the Force Field/Terrorbird Party on Wednesday. They definitely sounded a lot poppier than what I remember hearing, and you could tell they were having fun on stage, which is always a good thing! They recently recorded a studio session for Insound you can check out HERE. But, just in case you’re not into that, we’ve got a tune for you to check out as well that comes off their recent 7″ for Woodsist.
Download: Beach Fossils – Daydream [MP3]
It’s a great week to catch up on some of our best local talent, and a free show at Beerland on friday night is one of your best options. The lineup features up and comers A Giant Dog, Electric Jellyfish, and Kingdom of Suicide Lovers. Best of all, it’s a free show!
Download: A Giant Dog – To Put it Bluntly [MP3]
Unnatrual Helpers is a group of Seattle musicians who, after quite some time playing local live shows, are dropping some new 7″ vinyl records on indie label Hardly Art. The first one will hit stores next week and features this old school garage rock single “Sunshine/Pretty Girls”. Shortly thereafter in April, the group will drop another split 7″ with labelmates Golden Triangle and San Fran band The Fresh & Onlys. Keep up the good work kids!
Download: Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine/Pretty Girls [MP3]
This morning news broke of “Bloodbuzz Ohio” being leaked all over the net. Being huge fans of The National, we wanted to run it, but it was a radio rip, so we hoped to bring you better quality. Fortunately for us, the band posted the song on their web site, probably hoping people would get to hear the recorded version. This song makes me really excited for the record, High Violet, which comes out on May 11th.
Download: The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio [MP3]
With SXSW week now way behind us, I’d like to spend a little time touching on some of my favorite new discoveries from the week. Often times you get so busy running around trying to see that new hyped band, you miss out on some great artists like Brooklyn band Grooms. I sort of stumbled (and I do mean that quite literally) onto these guys while wandering into one of my favorite east side watering holes last Wednesday night, Long Branch. This band, and their incredible drummer Jim Sykes, immediately blew us away with an intense live show. After speaking to the guys after their set, I hear they have a new album out called Rejoicer which hit stores via Death by Audio back in October. Late in the game on this one or not, I’ll be picking up a copy of their LP and keeping an eye on these guys in the future. Below you’ll find album opener “Dreamsucker”.
Download: Grooms – Dreamsucker [MP3]
Hell yeah! One of my favorite bands, Blitzen Trapper, are returning in 2010 with new album Destroyer of the Void. Lead singer Eric Earley told us at ACL that the new album would feature more piano written songs and this new single “Heaven and Earth” seems to hold true to that statement. I’ll be curious to see what else is in store for this much anticipated album. Destroyer of the Void is out June 8th on Sub Pop.
Download: Blitzen Trapper – Heaven and Earth [MP3]
Seeing a sweet set by British band Stricken City at Red 7 during SXSW sort of reminded me of their existence and prompted me to do a little searching on the state of the band. Much to my surprise, the band recently dropped a new 4 song EP which can be downloaded for free on their website. Standout track from those recordings “Animal Festival” can be found below. You can also find a couple of their older songs on our website here & right here.
Download: Stricken City – Animal Festival [MP3]
This is Tim Presley of Darker My Love. He has a new project called White Fence, and this jam has been floating around all day, though I heard it just before SXSW. It’s got a real dark psychedelic feel to it, and though comparisons have been made to Love, it doesn’t have that same sexual power as Arthur Lee, it’s a solid brooding mess none the less. I think you’ll dig it. And if you do enjoy, look for an album in April on Woodsist.
Download: White Fence – The Love Between [MP3]
Great news out of Scotland today! We’re proud to announce the return of Teenage Fanclub, who’ve taken a bit of time off. They return June 8th with Shadows via Merge Records. Listening to this single, it seems the band are at it again with their summery power-pop that shoots straight for the heart, or my heart at least. Welcome back fellas.
Download: Teenage Fanclub – Baby Lee [MP3]
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By now you should have recovered from your SXSW week and should be feeling up for more live music! Starting the weekend off right with live music, is a Thursday show at Mohawk featuring a 7″ release party by locals She Sir. The guys will be joined on the stage by Motel Aviv and former A2W band Frantic Clam. Should be a solid lil night of local music.
Download: She Sir – Golden Ways [MP3]