As there seems to be a temporary lull in the career of Sigur Ros, their members seem to be making the push forward with music of their own. Jonsi has a new album coming out in March on XL Recordings, and oddly, this opening track seems similar to a more symphonic Mew piece, which also features lyrics in English! It’s really like the soundtrack to Peter and the Wolf meets Mew. Try it. And find Go, the album, out March 22.
Download: Jónsi – Boy Lilikoi
It’s that time of year when bands clamor to build a name for themselves in hopes of being your favorite band in 2010. Recent Woodsist signees, The Art Museums, are on that list, hoping to win you over when they release their album Rough Frame in early 2010. For now though, they’ve got a neat little number to pique your interest, so take a listen and get excited.
Download: The Art Museums – Sculpture Gardens [MP3]
Right after stopping in Austin on Tuesday, The Whigs have just anounced a new album for release in 2010. The album, In The Dark, will be released on March 2nd of next year via ATO Records. You can get your hands on two songs from the new record on the band’s website for free. One of these new tracks called “Hundred/Million” is below and another by the name of “In the Dark” is free on The Whig’s site. Both are pretty rockin’ little numbers.
Download: The Whigs – Hundred/Million [MP3]
Fang Island is another one of those Brooklyn bands that can sometimes fall behind the shadow of their local brothers like MGMT or Yeasayer. The sounds of Fang Island can sometimes resemble those bands, but we think they have a more hard rocking edge to their sound. The band is about to release their debut self-titled LP due out Feb. 23rd on Sargent House. Here’s the first single from that album called “Daisy”.
Download: Fang Island – Daisy [MP3]
One of our favorite hip-hop artists Aesop Rock is making his way to Mohawk on Friday night with some other hip-hop acts. Joining in on the events are Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Starving Martyrs. Should be a solid night of hip-hop stylings in Austin.
Download: Aesop Rock – Daylight [MP3]
Austin’s Shearwater are preparing for the release of their third album, The Golden Archipelago, in 2010 on Matador Records. We’re sure that it will be something you will all swoon over, at least we know that we will be doing so, as we are avid fans of the group. Maybe this will be the album that makes them a name everyone is talking about…they should be bigger than Grizzly Bear. And check out Matador’s site for some cool pre-order deals!
Download: Shearwater – Castaways [MP3]
Imagine my surprise today when I found this new track from Sweden pop group Shout Out Louds! This band won me over a few years ago with their album Our Ill Wills and I have been a fan ever since. The new LP from the Swedes, Work, is due out Feb. 23rd on Merge. First single “Walls” from the record is below. 2010 is shaping up to be one helluva year.
Download: Shout Out Louds – Walls [MP3]
Man, a show by Athens, GA band The Whigs on the indoor stage at Emo’s sounds like one hell of a loud and awesome rock show. Fellow rockers The Features and A Giant Dog will also be getting down on the inside stage. This is surely a show you won’t want to miss.
Download: The Whigs – Right Hand Over My Heart [MP3]
How I love thee Ted Leo. Luckily for me, and all you like-minded fans, Ted Leo will be bringing us a new album on March 9th titled The Brutalist Bricks, his first album for Matador Records. We’ve gotten to hear the new single, and it’s everything you’d expect from a Leo-penned tune. The man’s no stranger to power-pop, nor classic pub-rock, and you’ll find hints of each in the workings of this new tune. Hope you dig it like I do.
Download: Ted Leo – Even Heroes Have to Die [MP3]
Over the Thanksgiving holiday one of my favorite new finds of the year, Telekinesis, appeared on the famed Daytrotter website. The new hyped band play 3 songs from their self-titled debut album and one older song from the Telekinesis independent days. Here’s a tasty little number called “Calling All Doctors” which should brighten you day.
Download: Telekinesis – Calling All Doctors [MP3]