Not really sure how we originally missed Hurricane Bells, the new solo project from Longwave lead singer/songwriter Steve Schiltz. The band/side project of Mr. Schiltz just released a debut album on Vagrant this week called Tonight Is The Ghost and we’ve really been enjoying what we hear. Before we make some time to give the album a proper review, check out this single “This Year”. It starts as a bit of a slow burner and then builds up into a poppy little tune that should sound nice to your ears.
Download: Hurricane Bell – This Year [MP3]
London dance hits makers Hot Chip are back with new material and a new LP planned for 2010. The new album will be called One Life Stand and features this new single “Take it In”. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new album in February via Astralwerks.
Download: Hot Chip – Take It In [MP3]
Thanks to our friend over at GvsB for pointing out to us that local juggernaut The Strange Boys have a new song, “Be Brave,” up at their Myspace Page. Said song is slated to be released on an upcoming 7″ in January, and will also be included on the group’s next record…word on the street is that hits stores in February.
NYC band Longwave are celebrating their final show of the year at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday by giving away a free song each day this week. Yesterdays new and previously unreleased song was called “Disappointed” and it’s been getting heavy rotation in the ol itunes. Be sure to check the band’s website each day this week for more previously unreleased and new tracks.
Download: Longwave – Disappointed [MP3]
He made our top Halloween songs list last year and now we think you should go check out Mr. Rob Zombie at Austin Music Hall on Tuesday. Not sure what the music will sound like, but we do know that the spectacle should be worth the price of admission. Openers include Nekromantixm and Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures.
Download: Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl [MP3]
Oh man. We really like you Jaguar Love. We really do. But what is this new direction you’re going in? I guess we should have seen it coming when drummer J. Clark left the band and Johnny and Cody continued on as a two piece. This new song is sort of a techno sounding number with way too much production work and the same lyric chanted over and over. Let’s hope that more new material is on the way with more of that old punch and energy. Maybe it’s not sooo bad, but it really makes me want to try out as drummer for the band. This track will appear on a new album from Jaguar Love out sometime in 2010 via Fat Possom.
Download: Jaguar Love – Up All Night [MP3]
The folks at Daytrotter gave us a nice surprise over the weekend with a live set by Austin band TV Torso. Check out the recordings and you’ll get some old tunes and a couple unreleased tracks. Here’s one of those new and unreleased songs called “Elegy”.
Download: TV Torso – Elegy [MP3]
That band with the sad name Tristeza have a new LP dropping in December and we have a first taste of the album. This little instrumental jam is called “Manitas” and will appear on upcoming album Fate Unfolds due out Dec. 1st via Better Looking Records. For those of you that don’t “habla español”, “manitas” means “little hands”. De nada.
Download: Tristeza – Manitas [MP3]
No one really knows anything about the California band Jump Clubb, and in fact, they try to keep it that way. I guess that seems a little ridiculous to me, but still, they recently released this killer Elliott Smith cover “Angeles.” It’s not what you would expect, but it seems like an appropriate way to wrap up a Friday.
Download: Jump Clubb – Angeles (Eliott Smith Cover) [MP3]
I think most of us will be about done from our Fun Fest weekend on Sunday, but if you’re still raring to go, head to Mohawk for a headlining after show by locals Trail of Dead. Joining the guys on the outside stage will be Dark Meat. Bands getting down on the inside stage are An Albatross, Au, Free Moral Agents, and Zechs Marquis.
Download: … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead – Another Morning Stoner [MP3]