Sometimes you stumble upon something that musically intrigues you, and while you might not give it much attention at first, it eventually finds its way into your brain. When I first heard this track from Jesus H. Foxx, I found the construction quite fascinating, but I moved on for the time being. But, now that the band has released Endless Knocking, their new album, I’ve got to support the group. They’re a Scottish act, and the vocals have a deep resonance that reminds me of a gone-but-not-forgotten Arab Strap. Be sure you listen in here, and stay until the end, as there’s an interesting touch in wait.
Download:Jesus H. Foxx – So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away [MP3]
You’ve gotta depend on your Internet friends when it comes to discovering the scene across the country, so I’m glad Toby over at Finest Kiss in Seattle turned me onto this band Zebra Hunt. The three-piece outright definitely has some Oceanic hints in their works, but I also see a modern bent in the recording process, allowing for the central melody to really burst through here. They’ve got a short little EP that you can download for free over at their BANDCAMP page, and I promise you’ll be spending the rest of your day listening to these three gems. Have fun here folks.
Download:Zebra Hunt – Half Right [MP3]
After spending several weeks with There’s No Leaving Now, I was really looking forward to hearing Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth. Not only did I get to see him grace the stage, but the show was at Paramount, which is perfectly fitting for music of this ilk.
Read on for more pics and comments from the set.
I’m always down to help represent for our friend Rob over at Old Flame Records. He’s just released this new single from Atlanta’s New Animal, and I’m really digging this lead single. For a duo, it’s got a real dense feeling to it, with multiple layers, both instrumentally and vocally. As the song slowly unfolds, the two pile upon more sounds, creating a rather interesting pop collage. If you like what you hear, you can grab the single from Old Flame, or you can wait a bit, as they plan to release a limited edition tape soon.
||Wednesday, August 30th
||Your friend that can’t go.
It’s sold out. Sorry. It is my fault. I hyped their album as one of the best of the year, so far. I didn’t know that would mean you couldn’t buy tix at the door. Tanlines is gonna lay down some Brooklyn Electro jams Thursday night. Love Inks and Learning Secrets will open.
One of the things I hate about the US is that it’s really hard to get the good vinyl from the UK without paying a hefty sum. If it weren’t so, I’d definitely have my house filled with the beautiful sounds of Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Today, he’s releasing his newest collection of tunes, a three song EP titled To Deal With Things. On this particular tune, Anderson quietly enters the fold, letting his vocals brood and build, just before the drums slightly pick up the pace. For me, there’s not a more mesmerizing voice these days, especially when it’s accompanied by the dark undertones of the music present. Enjoy.
Download:King Creosote – Ankle Shackles [MP3]
You all know I love my rock n’ roll given to me with a nice little punch in the face, which is exactly how I feel with this new jam just released by The Demon Beat. The group’s preparing to release their new album, Less is Less, which comes out in September via Funny/Not Funny Records. I feel like the group’s got a solid garage rock feel, but the vocals have a bit of a scratchy drawl, prompting me to give into these guys more punk rock leanings. It’s definitely an energy filled hit, so I hope it helps keep your day real.
Download:The Demon Beat – Teenage Wasteland [MP3]
So you think you’ll have energy for even more bands after spending your day at the FFF?
The Nites lineup is here and I anticipate the lack of sleep the second and third days of FunX3 will be enough to cause delirium and panic, intentional insomnia. Check bands like Blitzen Trapper, Imperial Teen, A Place to Bury Strangers and King Tuff in native environments, the clubs and bars and venues. Plenty of others will be throwing DJ sets to get your dance party on after spending the day being pinned against the rail on the black stage.
Click here to see what you get to miss if you sleep.
Not quite sure why I haven’t heard of Holidays yet, but I’m glad I came across them today. This Roma group have crafted an album of perfect dream pop that I wish I had stumbled upon earlier in the summer–better late than never, am I right? It’s filled with an homage to all your favorite American bands of the moment, using warm electronic sounds and California surf rock to sculpt hooks galore. If you’re into this jam, which I know you will be, you can head over to Keep It Yours Records and pick up the Young Love LP from Holidays; it’ll carry you through the rest of these warm summer days.
Download:Holidays – Lazy Diamonds [MP3]
Man, I’m really excited to bring you this new tune from Life In Film, a little known British group that should be making waves over here soon. They’ve just put out their Needles & Pins EP, and it’s got some great hits on it that I think you’ll all enjoy. Okay, I can definitely hear hints of Chris Martin in the vocals, but I can overlook that. The construction of the song is what happens to turn me on here, with these bright angular guitar sounds, sometimes stuttering a bit in the middle of the track. It ends up crafting this wonderful single that I’m going to dare you not to love.
Download:Life In Film – Needles & Pins [MP3