The way Domino Records describes Chief is with the word timeless, which is really what most artists aspire to be, or at least they should. In this case, it might just prove true with the latest 10″ from the band, titled Night and Day. Right now, it seems like a perfectly apt song for those warm summer evenings waiting for a breeze to blow in along with the melody, but I can picture myself getting my jam on to this track as we turn to Autumn. Regardless, it’s a solid track, and just a hint at what will come your way when the band release their new album in August. (via MBV)
Download: Chief – Night and Day [MP3]
We’ve talked to you all before about how much we love the Carolina folk group Megafaun, and we’ve got more good news, as well as good tunes, today. The band will be releasing a mini-album, Heretofore, on September 14th featuring six brand new tracks. Their web site promises their best lyrics and hooks to date, but remind us that another new album will be recorded in the fall. If they keep rocking some folk numbers like this one here, it look like we’re in for good things, as usual, from Megafaun.
Download: Megafaun – Volunteers [MP3]
Warren G may always be known as the “Regulate” guy, but his debut album Regulate…G Funk Era, holds more than its famous title track. Though Dr. Dre pioneered G Funk, laid-back funk infused rap, his half brother Warren is an accomplished master of the style in his own right. As a rapper Warren G’s subdued rhyming has more in common with old school hip-hoppers than with his gangsta brethren, but his production is right out of The Chronic playbook: squealing synthesizers, savvy bass lines, and slow tempos. Perfect summertime jams.
With live sessions by ATH faves like Surfer Blood, Foreign Born, and now Dinosaur Feathers, I’m becoming a bigger fan of the Hear Ya blog. The new session by Dinosaur Feathers features 4 live songs that can be streamed or downloaded as one big zip file. Below you can check out the live track “Family Waves” which should get you ready for summer fun. Enjoy.
Download: Dinosaur Feathers – Family Waves (live on Hear Ya) [MP3]
Up and coming buzz band Givers will be bringing their live show to the outside stage at Emo’s on Friday night. The show is made extra special because our friends and locals TV Torso will be sharing the stage with the pop kids from Louisiana. Fellow locals Searching for a Signal will opening up for everybody.
Download: Givers – Up, Up, Up [MP3]
Now I honestly can’t say I was really that into Carrisa’s Wierd back when they gained some popularity back in the late 90s/00s. I will say that I did however get on their band wagon a couple years ago. With that being said, I’m glad to see that Hardly Art is planning a compilation album of the long dead group featuring 16 tracks from the Carissa’s Wierd back catalogue. If you’re feeling spendy, you can pre-order the greatest hits LP now. Hardly Art is also sharing this new MP3 of and old Carissa’s Wierd favorite “Die”.
Download: Carissa’s Wierd – Die [MP3]
Austin band Sleep Good is the brain child of local resident Will Paterson who has spent time in big name bands like Sunset and Sound Team. Will could probably be most closely compared to Alan Palomo since both are young lads in their very early 20s and both have already put out massive amounts of creative material in a very short amount of time. For the longest time, Will worked on his Sleep Good project completely solo and only used the name as a creative moniker. A year or so ago though the solo moniker became a full blown band with four other members who have been doing some light touring as of late around Austin. You’ll be hard pressed to find recorded material from Sleep Good that you can actually download or purchase other than their Autobus Records LP Skyclimber. I’ve gotten my hands on that album and have really enjoyed the material as one of the most creative pieces of work to come out locally this year. You’ll also be hard pressed to put a label on this project from Patterson. At times you’ll hear British twee mixed in with some of the noisier pop elements of Pet Sounds. Then after you think you’ve got it all figured out, you’ll hear a song like “Shoney’s” which sounds like a new take on “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as performed by Queen. Needless to say, I’m liking what I hear. You can download the new record digitally via Band Camp or on the Autobus Records website.
Download: Sleep Good – Shoneys [MP3]
Ugly Cassanova is the side-project of Modest Mouse frontman Issac Brock. He’s recorded a bunch of tracks for the soundtrack for the movie 180° South, and this is really the first batch of songs without the band in quite some time. The soundtrack comes out on June 22nd on Brushfire Records. Personally, this is how I remember Brock in his hey-day, all wobbling vocals with a touch of soul. The track “Lay Me Down” really takes off once the horns kick in, and you realize that despite some of the trappings of recent MM works, Brock still knows how to write one hell of a tune. Take a listen.
Download: Ugly Cassanova – Lay Me Down [MP3]
JagJaguwar just announced that they will be releasing the debut album from S. Carey titled All We Grow on August 24th. You might no Sean from his gig as one of the percussionists for Bon Iver, and you’ll recognize a similar sound coming from the first single “In The Dirt.” It has a bedroom quality that’s soft and gentle, warranting repeated listens as you relax on those warm summer evenings. So far, there’s not a thing not to like, so enjoy.
Download: S. Carey – In The Dirt [MP3]
You all know we’re Against Me! fans from way back, so we were excited today when Daytrotter ran a few unreleased tracks from the band, not to mention a couple of songs off the band’s new album, White Crosses, which comes out on June 8th. Then, Stereogum ran the album’s title track today as well, so if you’re in the mood from some rock, then you should definitely get yourself a look at both posts for today. Personally, nostalgia will always make me go back to As The Eternal Cowboy, but White Crosses has some pretty solid tracks here, and you know the band will never cease to rock live.
Download: Against Me -Because You’re Young (Daytrotter Session) [MP3]