If you listen to the news from Britain, Blood Red Shoes are sure to be the next big thing, both there and in the US. While I’m not quite sure what to make of promises from the British press, I do know that the latest single from the bands Fire Like This record, due over here on October 5th, has a nice little ring to it. For me, the chorus is probably the weakest aspect of the song, as it reminds me too much of the Vines (remember those kids), but the verses are pretty solid. I like a good straight-ahead rock approach from time to time, and they don’t get too much better than this.
Download: Blood Red Shoes – Light It Up [MP3]
In all honestly, I had probably written Desaparecidos off entirely, putting them away for the better part of the rest of my life. It’s not that I dislike the album, in fact, quite the opposite. I probably played their own album Read Music/Speak Spanish at least once a day for the better part of two years. Recently the band made headlines reuniting to protest Arizona immigration, as well as similar policies in their home state of Nebraska. I busted the record out again, and it fits perfectly with my new attitude of more rock, less electronics. No one shredded it with such political angst, which still remains relevant today, if you listen closely to the lyrics. Oh, and they had some dude in their band named Conor Oberst, who doesn’t sound all country, like that guy with the Mystic Valley Band. This is probably one of the greatest pieces of music to ever come out of Omaha, and that says a lot considering the rich heritage of the town. Who knows, the way Rick Perry runs this state, maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll reunite to overthrow that Texan dictator.
Download: Desaparecidos – The Happiest Place On Earth [MP3]
Urban Outfitters is back this month with their latest edition of the free LSTN samplers they put out from time to time. This one may be the best yet with a HUGE list of 24 free MP3s. You can get new music from Arcade Fire, Magic Kids, Of Montreal, Best Coast, and so many more. This will definitely be worth the download over on the LSTN website.
Indianapolis based group Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s are returning in 2010 with their 3rd album of new material entitled Buzzard. Prior to the release date of September 21st, you can check out a preview of that new album with “New York City Hotel Blues” found below. Hope you dig it as much as I do.
Download: Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s – New York City Hotel Blues [MP3]
I think we’ve made it pretty clear here at ATH that we have long been behind any and all music created by the indie great Tim Kasher. With his huge catalog of material in Cursive and The Good Life, what’s not to like about the guy? So after all this time Kasher has decided to put out his very first album of new material under his own name. Below you can find a sneak peak at the new solo album, The Game of Monogomy, in the form of track “Cold Love”. We’ll be the first in line when Kasher’s solo album hits stores on October 5th on Saddle Creek. (via)
Download: Tim Kasher – Cold Love [MP3]
The Wooden Birds are making a name for themselves in and out of Austin so you better hurry to The Parish on Thursday night while you can still see them at such a small venue. Joining the Austinites on the stage are fellow locals The Mercers and Canadian musician Dan Mangan. Mr. Mangan is touring in support of the U.S. release of his debut LP Nice, Nice, Very Nice which came out last year in Canada. Latest single from Dan and his band “Road Regrets” can be found below.
Download: Dan Mangan – Road Regrets [MP3]
I’ve recently been getting into this Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore. The group’s debut album In The Wooded Forrest features 14 tracks of poppy goodness eerily similar to Mates of State with catchy guitar licks and less organ. Below you can check out jangly new tune from the group called “Honestly”. Heading to the Savior Adore website will also find you with 3 more free MP3s for the price of an email. Pick up the debut LP on September 6th via Cantora Records. (via)
Download: Savoir Adore – Honestly [MP3]
When are these Knuckle Rumbler kids not putting on some sick party these days? Seems like they’ve always got the hot ticket in town. Thursday night is no different at Emo’s with a dance party like no other featuring Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, The Diamonds, Sphynx, and DJ tunes by Hot Britches side project Wolf Teeth. I’d recommend that anyone looking for a party to make it out for this one.
Download: Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt – Ride Friend Ship [MP3]
I’ve been debating about whether or not to completely abandon electronically enhanced tunes, a la the Sleigh Bells and what nots, and listening to Italy’s A Classic Education really is pushing me further in that direction. The vocals have a little bit of distance, yet there’s a familiar quality, as if you’re listening to the band play in your roommate’s bedroom. Guitars seem to sort of coast through casually, yet with this incredible sharp presence. Lucky for all us Stateside, we’ll get a chance to hear new tracks from the band when their Hey There Stranger EP hits shores on September 21st via Lefse. Give me guitars and good tunes, and I’ll always be your friend.
Download: A Classic Education – Gone to Sea [MP3]
While I can’t say I was terribly crazy about Light Pollution’s debut LP Apparitions, I do like this new laid back track “Magic Kingdoms Kick My Teeth In”. The song appears on a short compilation put together by L.A. music management company Heart Music. In addition to this new Light Pollution joint, the sampler features 5 other song from varying artists and can be download on the Heart Music bandcamp page.
Download: Light Pollution – Magic Kingdoms Kick My Teeth In [MP3]