If you haven’t gotten to know Black Tambourine, as very few did, then you’re lucky this time around, as Slumberland Records (the one who brought you lots of goodies like Pains of Being Pure at Heart) will be releasing an anthology of the band on March 30th. BTambourine only existed for a few short years, but this new anthology will have four new songs (two originals, two covers) for your ears. Just another thing to be excited about in 2010.
Download: Black Tambourine – Black Car [MP3]
So the owners of Urban Outfitters may not like gay people, but they do have decent tastes in music, at least the people who run their promotions do. So we caught ourselves a free sampler from Urban that has tons of great artists on it like Field Music and Local Natives. Get your hands on the free sampler HERE.
It’s really difficult to turn away from Matinee Recordings (seriously, go to their page to browse for goodness) right now. It seems that they just consistently release some of the most infectious pop groups. Electric Pop Group is just another one of these bands, and I haven’t been able to get this band out of my head; I don’t think that I really want to either. Okay, so it has a bit of that jangle pop sound everyone is using, but this track here, “Not By Another,” has really clean production. You’ll find a slight bit of happiness invading your soul as soon as you put this on. Their album Seconds should be hitting our shores soon!
Download: Electric Pop Group – Not By Another [MP3]
We interviewed Twin Tigers a little bit ago just because we were really excited about the Athens band. Now, their album, Gray Waves, is nearing its official street date of March 2nd. We’ve got another great track to throw your way here, which will hopefully have you just as excited for the release as we are. This tune hits hard, then settles down a bit before it unleashes more fury. Happy Thursday.
Download: Twin Tigers – Passive Idol [MP3]
Girls are making their triumphant return to Austin on Friday and you’ve got two chances to see the band. First up is a free Waterloo in-store starting at 5pm with the usual free keg beer. Second is a show at The Parish along with Magic Kids and The Smith Westerns. That Parish show has been sold out for awhile so try the free in-store or buy a ticket from a homeless guy at Logans.
Download: Girls – Lust for Life [MP3]
Long time ATH favorite Will Johnson had his session with the Woxy crew posted on their blog site a couple days ago. Mr. Johnson plays 4 songs, including this gem “Almost Let You In” from his 2009 effort with Jason Molina. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this guy has one of the best and most unique voices in the business today.
Download: Will Johnson – Almost Let You In (live) [MP3]
Sub Pop is at it again with another free sampler featuring some of their best tunes from last year along with a few previews of upcoming material. You’ll see staples like Beach House, Grand Archives, The Ruby Suns, and tons more. You’ve probably seen a lot of these songs here on our site, but isn’t it easier to get them all in one big zip file? Si! Oh and your favorite 1990s internet graphics are back and ready for some fun!
Download: The Album Leaf – Falling From The Sun [MP3]
The story goes that George Lewis Jr. had been struggling with writer’s block until he began to wonder the streets of Berlin. It seems at this point he came to the decision to record some sublime electro-pop tunes that will soon be released by Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor’s Terrible Records. He’s got some 7 inches coming your way in the Spring, and based on this track, you’re going to love Twin Shadow. It recalls a touch of TV on the Radio for me, but hey, that’s just me.
Download: Twin Shadow – Yellow Balloon [MP3]
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Our good friends Ultra8201 are throwing a huge 4 year anniversary party at Ghost Room on Thursday and we’re happy to be a part of the fun. The guys have a killer evening lined up with music from locals New Roman Times, The Authors, Politics, and The Red Boys. Of course you and also expect a photo booth run by Annie Ray and cheap drinks all night long. Check out that fancy flier for all sponsoring parties.
Download: New Roman Times – Smoke In Your Disguise [MP3]
The super duo of Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard and Son Volt leading man Jay Farrar are stopping into town at Antone’s on Wednesday. The recently formed group are touring in support of their Big Sur inspired colaborative project. One of our favorite songwriters Will Johnson will also be on hand to open things up.
Download: Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – California Zephyr [MP3]