Swedish whistling pop band Peter Bjorn & John are finally giving us a follow up to their critically acclaimed 2006 album Writer’s Block. The boys new album will be called Seaside Rock and has a release date set for September 23rd here in the US. The album is said to be limited to only 5000 copies in the states, released exclusively on vinyl with accompanying digital downloads. A new song from the album entitled “Inland Empire” can be had below:
Download: Peter Bjorn and John – Inland Empire [MP3]
If you read our recent review of Dr. Dog’s newest album Fate, you know that we are big fans of this Philly-based band (we gave the album 4 1/2 stars). Well, we recently discovered a fantastic live set produced by Steve Lillywhite for NPR. It features 4 songs – “The Ark”, “Talk”, “The Old Days”, and “Hang Out”. Head on over to the NPR website and have yourself a listen.
Already having released Hold On Now, Youngster… earlier this year, Los Campesinos! are bringing us more new music before the end of the year. We have a song for you below that was just released called “How I Taught Myself to Scream” and it sees the band continuing their power pop mastery. Apparently the song will not be appearing on the band’s newest LP We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed due out Oct. 13th in the UK and Nov. 11th for we Americans. Hope this tides you over till then.
Download: Los Campesinos – How I Taught Myself to Scream [MP3]
Portland artist Horse Feathers have a new song called “Curs in the Weeds” that you can check out below. The song is set to appear on the band’s upcoming album House with no Home due out September 9th. You can also check out a 3 song Daytrotter session the band did about a year ago.
Download: Horse Feathers – Curs In The Weeds [MP3]
Check out the new tune “The Company I Can Get” from The New Year’s upcoming self-titled album due out September 9th with Touch and Go Records. The New Year is also slated to play Emo’s Lounge later that month on September 20th. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you once it gets closer.
Download: The New Year – The Company I Can Get [MP3]
Our friends at Bemba Entertainment have finalized the lineup and are now selling passes to the second annual Xemumba festival going down at The Mohawk in Austin. If you weren’t in attendance last year, the event highlights the best artists currently tearing things up in Latin and South America (artist list can be seen on the fancy flier). This year, Xemumba has been expanded to a two day event on Sep. 12th and 13th with two day passes a mere $30 & single day passes $20. Don’t fret if you’re one of those people holding down a nine to fiver, doors for the festival don’t open on Friday until 5pm! You can also help promote this sure to be stellar event by adding Xemumba as a friend on facebook or myspace & liking the event on do512. Purchase your tickets now! Be on the lookout for exclusive mp3s, photos, and bios of artists performing at this year’s festival. Contact Brandon with Bemba Entertainment if your interested in street teaming it.
A lot of well deserved buzz has been going around about this new Atlanta band Howlies. We thought to bring you aboard the hype train, we’d post a new song by the band entitled “Dirty Woman”. The song currently appears on a CD single Sea Level/Dirty Woman and will also show up on a forthcoming debut LP. If you purchase the new single for $15, the label will throw in a free digital download and a t-shirt. What a deal!
Download: Howlies – Dirty Woman [MP3]
Nick Thornburn’s (Islands) latest side project with folk singer Jim Guthrie, Human Highway, has their entire new album Moody Motorcycle streaming over on myspace. A lot of critics are raving about Mr. Thornburn’s newest venture. What do you think? You can take the song “The Sound” along with you if myspace crashes your computer as much as mine.
Download: Human Highway – The Sound [MP3]
Depressed that summer is almost over? We here at Austin Town Hall feel your pain so we are giving you our new mix tape Return to Summer. The tape includes some of our favorite songs from summer/spring of 2008 and is sure to help you hold on to that last bit of sunshine. (Mix Tape launches after the jump)
The Austin City Limits website has announced a whole bunch of new after shows. The Black Keys, Manu Chao, Okkervil River, and several other big names have dates up for post festival parties. If you check out the C3 website, they are currently offering an exclusive pre-sale to all of these shows.