Kill Rock Stars record label are jumping on board the free online sampler band wagon this week with one of their very own digital offerings full of some tasty music. Older tunes from Elliot Smith and The Decemberists are mixed in with newer stuff The Thermals and Horse Feathers. With 21 tracks in all, a download is definitely worth your time. This top song from last year, brought to you by The Thermals, is one of many jams on the sampler.
Download: The Thermals – Now We Can See [MP3]
Adult Swim’s Block Party tour is stopping through town on Sunday at Emo’s. The lineup for the show features sets by The Fiery Furnaces and locals Bright Light Social Hour. You’ll also get games, giveaways, free stuff, and word of a possible clown appearance. More info can be found on that crazy lookin’ flyer.
Download: The Fiery Furnaces – The End Is Near [MP3]
Easily one of my most overlooked releases from last year would have to be Deer Tick’s indie-country album Born on Flag Day. Well now the boys are back with new album The Black Dirt Sessions set for release on June 8th via Partisan Records. Slow burner single from the upcoming record “20 Miles” can be found below. It’s indicating to me that this band is ready to deliver a much more polished and focused sound. They all growed up!
Download: Deer Tick – 20 Miles [MP3]
Unless you’re currently brain dead, you better be making a point to go see Yeasayer at one of their much anticipated shows this weekend. Since I am currently gainfully employed with an early wake up time, I’ll be heading out on Saturday. Now I know some of you people may be gettin’ all hot for that Vampire Weekend show, but let’s be straight here, Yeasayer is a killer live act you can’t pass up. Be smart. Opening support on both nights will be provided by buzz band Javelin. If I haven’t sold you yet, check out their latest single “Ambling Alp” and tell me that doesn’t do it for ya.
Download: Yeasayer – Ambling Alp [MP3]
You’ve probably never heard of Klaus & Kinski, and that’s okay, as I don’t really think too many people have. I’ve been tracking the Spanish group since their last album, and now that they’ve got new tunes coming out on their new record, Tierra, Tragalos , I really wanted to share them with you. If it weren’t for the fact that the band sings in Spanish, you’d probably find them right alongside a group like The Postmarks. This song is all about not wanting to college, and you should trust us, as RayRay teaches Spanish.
Download: Klaus & Kinski – Mamá, No Quiero Ir Al Colegio [MP3]
Austin’s own Amy Cook is celebrating the release of her new LP Let the Light In with a free CD release show at Hotel San Jose later today. The show is planned to begin shortly after 6pm and will feature Amy playing her tunes accompanied by Tosca String Quartet. Should be an intimate way to begin your evening before you head off to one of the many late shows tonight.
Download: Amy Cook – Hotel Lights [MP3]
The nice folks over at Insound Records have yet again offered up a free digital mixtape featuring some of our favorites from the indie world. ATH staples like Ruby Suns, Blitzen Trapper, Harlem, Dr. Dog, and a ton of others have songs on the compilation. Check it out now and enjoy! Apparently this is a monthly thing with these guys so check back next month for more free tunes.
Thursday night in Austin is full of some tough decisions for you music fans, and Lucero playing at Emo’s should definitely be in your list of options. Opening support will be provided by Shooter Jennings. You gotta know that Lucero will bring it just like they always do when they come through town.
Download: Lucero – Hey Darling Do You Gamble [MP3]
Erik Hall has had his share in the music biz, playing with NOMO and Saturday Looks Good to Me. Now, he’s set to release his own album under the name In Tall Buildings, which comes out this week on Whistler Records. This track sort of has the old feel of Rogue Wave, but you can tell that Hall spends his time dabbling with every instrument possible. It’s full of layers, but in the sort of way that doesn’t weigh you down. Listen up.
Download: In Tall Buildings – Monsters Lair [MP3]
I’ve recently really been enjoying this poppy new jam “Solid Ground” from fairly new band Maps & Atlases. It’s a quick little pop song that’s showing some promise for these up and comers from Chicago. The first release after signing to Barsuk Records, Perch Patchwork, will be dropping in stores June 29th. Good times.
Download: Maps & Atlases – Solid Ground [MP3]