So I was just listening to the Matinee Grand Prix, the stellar compilation from one of my favorite labels, Matinee Records, when I noticed something I didn’t notice on first listen. A new Cats on Fire tune! Their last record, Our Temperance Movement, was one of my favorites in 09′, so obviously stoked there is a new tune. Take a listen, and you’ll see why I love this little band from Finland.
Download: Cats on Fire – The Hague [MP3]
Knuckle Rumbler are at it again this Friday with a party going down at The Independent in Austin. This time headliners SPEAK bring the noise along with Missions, Love at 20 (former Clap Clap members), and DJ sets in between sets by DJ Markus with a K. Of course other special goodies will be planed, which you can read about over on the KR site. It’s just too much to fit in this tiny little space. We’ve also got the latest single from SPEAK for you below called “Carrie (Mindfull)”.
Download: Speak – Carrie (Mindfull) [MP3]
In an effort to become the only member of ATH with a serious twee addiction, I bring you new tunes from the Brazilian group, Pale Sunday. This is the first new music we’ve gotten from the group since 2005’s Summertime. The warmth of the vocals in this tune, “Shooting Star,” make it perfect for this chilly winter day.
Download: Pale Sunday – Shooting Star [MP3]
A week prior to its slated U.S. release date, Lightspeed Champion is streaming his new album Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You over on myspace. The new album is one of our most highly anticipated releases of the new year, and from first listen, it may live up to the billing. Latest single from the LP “Marlene” is featured below, which also just appeared on an EP of the same name out now on Domino Records. Check that one out on itunes if you aren’t into those physical relationships. Pre-orders of the sophomore LP out next week (already out now in the UK) can be found here.
Download: Lightspeed Champion – Marlene [MP3]
One of our long time favorite bands Dr. Dog have returned in 2010 with a new album entitled Shame, Shame. Check out the new song “Shadow People” from Shame, Shame, which is slated for an April 6th release date. Sounds like they’ll be picking up right where they left off with Fate. I’m cool with that. (via Da Gum)
Download: Dr Dog – Shadow People [MP3]
Great show for a great price on Thursday night in Austin at Stubbs with Retribution Gospel Choir coming to the stage. The band will be joined on the stage by Tunnels. If you don’t gotta work the next day, this is the place to be on Thursday night.
Download: Retribution Gospel Choir – Hide it Away [MP3]
Sweden’s Labrador Records have a stranglehold on all things Swedish pop, and I’m grateful for it. Just recently they released a new Radio Dept EP, which features several of the songs off the bands upcoming album Clinging to a Scheme. Not much is really known about the record at this point, other than it should hit during the Spring. This track, “David,” has a sort of shoegaze-synth-pop-croon to it, and everything just sort of moves along from there. You’ll be digging this track all day long.
Download: Radio Dept – David [MP3]
A very special Daytrotter session went up today featuring the lo-fi hit makers No Age. The in studio is a special one because the band plays nothing but unreleased material. Head to the site to check out the 3 song set, including this jam “N.G.F.S.” which was previously only heard in the live setting.
Download: No Age – N.G.F.S. [MP3]
Once again New York hits right at my heart, now offering me the great sounds of The Octagon. They’ve released their latest album, Warm Love and Cool Dreams Forever, on Serious Business Records, but I have a feeling not too many people have heard much from this group yet, but that should change soon. The group has the ferociousness of old punk tunes with a lot of lo-fi tendencies, which might recall a little bit of Guided by Voices. You can even grab a free EP from the group with several B-Sides HERE.
Download: The Octagon – Radio Days [MP3]
Portland band A Weather are busy prepping their new sophomore album Everyday Balloons out March 2nd on Team Love. Prior to the release, the band has made this new tune “Giant Stairs” available as a preview. We digs it.
Download: A Weather – Giant Stairs [MP3]