While I admit that I know very little about the instrument the kalimba, I do know a great deal about good voices. This song from Laura Barrett features just one of those great voices, accompanied by a lot of really unique instrumentation. The song comes from Barrett’s Victory Garden set to be released on Paper Bag Records February 24th.
Download: Laura Barrett – Blue Bird [MP3]
Today’s from the closet features an artist we used to love not too long ago but have been pretty indifferent to in recent years. Yes Mr. Ryan Adams, we long for the days of your 2000 gem of an album Heartbreaker and its incredibly beautiful sadness. Here’s to you sir and congratulations on the engagement.
Dappled Cities hail from the Down Under, that being the case, they aren’t too well-known in these parts, which is entirely shameful. They’ve created an album full of lush arrangements, freckled with bit of pop-perfect melodies. Their sound is reminiscent of a lot of the early OOs indie bands, such as The Glands, crafting varying elements of sound and atmospherics beneath infectious moments of brilliance. You can tell the band has more great things to offer, especially if you check out their stop off on the Daytrotter.
The band will be playing at The Ranch (708 West 6th Street) on Thursday, March 19 at 8 PM.
Download: Dappled Cities – Fire Fire Fire [MP3]
Swedish indie pop sensation Lykke Li will be making a much anticipated stop in our little town this Thursday. Your first chance to see her live comes at a Waterloo in-store starting around 5pm. Later in the evening, You can catch a full set by the singer at Antone’s. If you’re planning on heading to the in-store, get their super early because the Antone’s show is already sold out. Give craigslist a try if you just can’t miss out.
Download: Lykke Li – Tonight [MP3]
Jason Quever has quietly been making waves under the moniker of The Papercuts. This track comes straight off their upcoming album, You Can Have What You Want, set to come out on Gnomonsong Records on April 14th. Just another song from one of our most-anticipated albums in 2009.
Download: The Papercuts – Future Primitive [MP3]
The first taste of new music from Yeah Yeah Yeahs is hitting the interwebs like wildfire today. The new track is called “Zero” and will appear on the band’s upcoming LP It’s Blitz due out on April 13th of this year.
Download: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero [MP3]
From the shadows of death Murder City Devils return. We all were lucky enough to catch them at Fun Fun Fun a few years back, and now, we get brand new vinyl thanks to Sub Pop Records. The band is re-releasing their albums in honor of their brief West Coast stint, and just because they aren’t coming to Austin doesn’t mean we can’t run out and get that vinyl today! Good luck old friends.
Download: Murder City Devils – Press Gang [MP3]
The Spinto Band made an appearance on the now famous Daytrotter website today. The band performs 3 older songs and a sweet unreleased version of “Give me Just a Little More Time”. Stream/download the awesome in studio now.
Download: Spinto Band – Give me Just a Little More Time (live) [MP3]
UK indie pop band Joy Formidable have been tearing up the music blog scene over the past year and it’s about time we put their music on our site. If you’ve never experienced their sound, now is your chance with a free album download from NME. Head to their site now where you can download the band’s debut LP A Baloon Called Moaning which hit stores in the UK today.
Download: Joy Formidable – Austere [MP3]
Album of the year list maker Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson just recorded a live performance for the MOKB run site Laundromatinee. The in studio features 4 songs by the ATH loved singer songwriter. Check out some live video or download MP3s of the set.
Download: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Above the Sun (live) [MP3]