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]
Friday is a great day for some indie-pop, especially from Philly band Free Energy. This new tune “Hope Child” will appear on the band’s upcoming album Stuck On Nothing due out March 9th on DFA. Hooray!
Download: Free Energy – Hope Child [MP3]
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Our good friends Knuckle Rumbler are throwing down on a party tonight at Beauty Bar called Adi Fest. Who is this Adi person you say? Well he’s one of the most widely known music journalists in town currently working for the Austinist. As always with a KR event, expect great things like an Alison Narro photo booth, DJ Prince Klassen spinning in bewteen sets, and of course the complimentary beverages that start at 8pm and end when the free booze is gone. Music for the night is all tribute bands and includes Stonefree Experience (Jimi Hendrix), Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top), and Magnifico (Queen). This is definitely the place to be on Friday night. RSVP at Do512 for $5 entry.
We’re happy to tell you about some new friends we’ve made from Denver, Colorado: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake. They’ve just released their self-titled EP, and they’ve already got us wanting more. We’re offering up one of these tracks to you, which showcases the brooding vocals of Hayley Helmericks. For some reason, this recalls a really dark version of Pretty Girls Make Graves if they were more post-industrial than post-punk, if that makes sense to anyone but me. The group is making their way to Austin for SXSW, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on their arrival, along with other various details.
Download: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Parallel Lines [MP3]
Brooklyn band Dinosaur Feathers are prepping the release of their new self-released LP Fantasy Memorial on March 2nd. To build the hype machine by this relatively unknown band, we’re throwing up this new single from the guys ‘Teenage Whore”. Funny title, cathcy song. Baller. (via MBV)
Download: Dinosaur Feathers – Teenage Whore [MP3]
Bowerbirds are making a return to Austin on Saturday night at Mohawk. The folk styling group will be joined on the stage by songwriter Julie Doiron. If you haven’t seen these guys yet, please make a point to do so.
Download: Bowerbirds – Northern Lights [MP3]
Brooklyn’s finest funk artist Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have a new MP3 floating around the internet today. The song is called “I Learned the Hard Way” and is the title track of the group’s new LP. I Learned the Hard Way will hit stores April 6th on Daptone Records.
Download: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way [MP3]