With the holiday season bearing down on us, we anticipate this holiday themed sampler to be just one of many coming out this month. This time around, the people at XO Publicity are bringing us a 13 song sampler full of Christmasy tunes from artists represented by the company. You can choose to download all tracks or stream them directly from the site. Here’s “Ragtime Manifesto” from The Winter Sounds which may be the only new wave Christmas song I’ve ever heard.
Download: The Winter Sounds – Ragtime Manifesto [MP3]
Apollo Sunshine did a live set for the Daytrotter website right before we let out for the Thanksgiving break. The 4 song set features a previously unreleased song from the band called “Better Change Your Mind” which you can hear below. Listen to or download the whole thing now.
Download: Apollo Sunshine – Better Change Your Mind [MP3]
New York outfit, Stellastarr, have a new song you can stream over on their myspace page. The song is called “Numbers” and is set to appear on a planned 2009 release from the band. Make it snappy, the new tuneage is only available this week.
The nice people at Deep Elm Records are offering up a free sampler full of the best songs put our by their label this year. You may not be too familiar with artists like Moving Mountains, Ride Your Bike, or Track a Tiger, but the 16 track compilation is worth your time. Download it now and let us know what your favorite songs are.
Going on 10 years in the business, Matt Pond PA continue to pump out quality new tunes year after year. Last week the Pennsylvania based band offered a downloadable 9 song EP ironically titled The Freeep. Download the new songs for free or check out opening track “Hearts and Minds” right here.
Download: Matt Pond PA – Hearts and Minds [MP3]
Shortly after the release of her 2008 album, Acid Tongue, Jenny Lewis already has some new music for us to jam to. During the wee hours of the morning yesterday, Stereogum premiered a new song by Jenny called “Barking at the Moon”. The song is set to appear on the soundtrack for the new Disney animated film Bolt. Stream the song now over on Stereogum.
Jay Bennett, most well known for his work in Wilco during their rise to stardom, has a new solo album you can download for free from the Rock Proper website. The new album entitled Whatever Happened I aplogize is the 5th solo release by Bennett after his 2001 departure from Wilco. Some people in the music world say Bennett has never receieved enough credit for creating the unique sound heard on the stellar 2002 Wilco album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Don’t get us started on the current state of Wilco… Here’s a track from Bennett’s new album called “The Engines are Idle”.
Download: Jay Bennett – The Engines are Idle [MP3]
Forty years after Neil Young’s legendary performance at the Canterbery House in Ann Arbor, Reprise Records is finally giving us fans the chance to buy this much anticipated live recording. If you just can’t wait until the Dec. 2nd physical release date, NPR is streaming the entire thing right now. Check it out now and relive the glory days of 1968!
Punk rockers F*cked Up sat down for another stellar Daytrotter session yesterday. The band plays 4 songs in the studio and offer a unique new take on each one. Check out the live stuff and let us know what you think. Here’s the song Crooked Head from the session.
Download: F*cked Up – Crooked Head(live) [MP3]