We are going to make our obligatory Daytrotter post this week with a set by the incredible singer/songwriter A.A. Bondy. The up and coming artist plays 4 songs from his most recent release of 2009 When the Devil’s Loose. This track “I Can See the Pines Are Dancing” is a highlight of the set just as it was a highlight for us last year.
Download: AA Bondy – I Can See the Pines Are Dancing (live) [MP3]
If you follow labels closely, they always lead you to new gems. Such was the case when I hit up Labrador Records, the label that releases lots of killer Swedish tunes. This time around they led me to Sambassadeur, another up-and-comer from the Swedish scene. You’ll find this tune on their new album European, which comes out at the end of Ferbruary.
Download: Sambassadeur – Days [MP3]
Lo-fi punk darlings Japanther are returning in 2010 with another new album to add to their already impressive discography. This new one will be called Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream features this new track “Spread So Thin”. You’ll notice the addition of a new female member who just so happens to be Anita Sparrows formerly of The Soviettes. Japanther’s new album hits stores March 2nd on Menlo Park.
Download: Japanthers – Spread So Thin [MP3]
We were introduced to the greatness known as Efterklang during SXSW last year, and we’ve been following the band ever since. Previously only available in video form as of a few days ago, this new song “Modern Drift” now has an MP3 available for downloading. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album Magic Chairs due out Feb. 22nd on 4AD. I’m honestly enjoying this track probably more than anything else that has come out so far this year. Let’s hope the rest of the album delivers as well.
Download: Efterklang – Modern Drift [MP3]
I can’t help but sort of fall in love with Nick Curran, in a musical sort of way. The guy mixes classic punk sounds with the romance of Motown, and since I’m an avid fan of both, this is the perfect thing for me. Nick’s an Austinite, and he has a new record coming out on February 16 titled Reform School Girl. Unfortunately, he’s been sidelined with tongue cancer, so if you’re in Austin, or just a fan of good tunes, you should keep him in your thoughts. Get well soon Nick…and here’s his title track.
Download: Nick Curran – Reform School Girl [MP3]
The beautiful Holly Miranda is prepping her new album The Magician’s Private Library due out Feb. 23rd via XL Recordings. Below we’ve got a chance for you to check out first single “Waves” from the upcoming album. Holly is another one of those ladies with a voice that I find irresistible.
Download: Holly Miranda – Waves [MP3]
If you haven’t gotten to know Black Tambourine, as very few did, then you’re lucky this time around, as Slumberland Records (the one who brought you lots of goodies like Pains of Being Pure at Heart) will be releasing an anthology of the band on March 30th. BTambourine only existed for a few short years, but this new anthology will have four new songs (two originals, two covers) for your ears. Just another thing to be excited about in 2010.
Download: Black Tambourine – Black Car [MP3]
So the owners of Urban Outfitters may not like gay people, but they do have decent tastes in music, at least the people who run their promotions do. So we caught ourselves a free sampler from Urban that has tons of great artists on it like Field Music and Local Natives. Get your hands on the free sampler HERE.
It’s really difficult to turn away from Matinee Recordings (seriously, go to their page to browse for goodness) right now. It seems that they just consistently release some of the most infectious pop groups. Electric Pop Group is just another one of these bands, and I haven’t been able to get this band out of my head; I don’t think that I really want to either. Okay, so it has a bit of that jangle pop sound everyone is using, but this track here, “Not By Another,” has really clean production. You’ll find a slight bit of happiness invading your soul as soon as you put this on. Their album Seconds should be hitting our shores soon!
Download: Electric Pop Group – Not By Another [MP3]
We interviewed Twin Tigers a little bit ago just because we were really excited about the Athens band. Now, their album, Gray Waves, is nearing its official street date of March 2nd. We’ve got another great track to throw your way here, which will hopefully have you just as excited for the release as we are. This tune hits hard, then settles down a bit before it unleashes more fury. Happy Thursday.
Download: Twin Tigers – Passive Idol [MP3]