You know we’ve been long into Canada’s Ruby Coast, so much so that we had them play our SXSW Party back in 09′. Finally, the band have their debut ready for your ears, and today only they’re offering it up for your ears for absolutely free! The album is called Whatever This Is, and we’ve been jamming to it all day long over here. You definitely have to give this band a try, and like I said, if you go HERE, their debut record is totally FREE!. So go, preview it before you get it even, just try it on for size. There’s a small sample below.
Download: Ruby Coast – Stability [MP3]
Running around the Internet looking for sweet tunes often leads you to promising little groups. My most recent discovery, and a band I’ve been closely following is The Bankees, a French group, and one not specializing in pop–well, not in the way I’ve come to think about French pop lately. They have a new Black EP coming out, and it’s really gritty and slow, which is a touch different than where they were last year. This single sort of lurks around your speakers, slowly walking in and out of your ears with a mellow pulse. Maybe it is just me, but I’ve certainly been jamming to this track all day long, so I hope it will do the same for you.
Download: The Bankees – RUN [MP3]
Perhaps I’ve already explained my excitement about 2011, primarily based on the fact that I’ve been hearing a lot of really exciting guitar-based bands kicking out the jams. Yes, I know they’re have been some in the past, but it seems that we’ve spent a lot of time on electronica lately, so I’m pleased to introduce you to Balkans, an Atlanta four-piece. They’ve got a great new 7″ coming our way on Double Phantom Records on Februrary 22nd, and the A-side is ridiculously solid. It has a bit of that garage affectation, yet there’s more of a driving rhythm that steers it more towards a nice dirty pop bent. Just give it a go, and I’m sure you’ll be pleased.
Download: Balkans – Edita V [MP3]
As previously reported, indie dance makers Starfucker recently released a 7″ single with the catchy tune “Julius” as the A-side. Well now the boys are prepping for a full on album of new material entitled Reptilians for a release on March 8th via Polyvinyl Records. Prior to that release date, opening track to the album “Born” has just been made available as a free download. This one isn’t quite as catchy as the dance track “Julius”, but it is a nice opening number for the upcoming album. (via MOKB)
Download: Starfucker – Born [MP3]
The mysterious indie supergroup known as Mister Heavenly finally have some recorded music to share with us blogging geeks. Our first taste of the new band comes in the form of “Pineapple Girl” and doesn’t fail to deliver on the hype built by the group. It’s a catchy tune that’s already getting some heavy spins here in the ATH office. You can also check out the second new song “Mister Heavenly” over on Sub Pop. A debut LP is said to be out sometime this spring.
Download: Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl [MP3]
Relatively new artist Alex Winston has a new song floating around the web that I can’t seem to get out of my head. The tune “Sister Wife” offers unique vocals from Winston over an irresistible beat that will surely make it’s way inside your head too. Debut mini LP Sister Wife will be coming your way on March 8th via HeavyRoc.
Download: Alex Winston – Sister Wife [MP3]
Brooklyn song writer Ryan Montgomery has been recording and playing shows in the Lower East Side for quite some time and now has a new project going by the name The Soft Collapse. The simplistic indie folk style band has a free album, Little Songs, available for download on their bandcamp page. Most of the songs on this LP feature heartfelt and honest lyrics about long lost love over the faint sound of a guitar strum along with soothing drum beats. I’m sure most anyone listening to these tunes will find themselves relating to the experiences laid out in the song writing of Montgomery. Check out a sample of the band’s sound below with “Easy”.
Download: The Soft Collapse – Easy [MP3]
Like them or hate them, Trail of the Dead have been one of the premier Austin bands for over a decade. They destroyed stages and clubs, and then they mellowed out a little bit, which perhaps lost a bit of love for the band. Still, as we prepare for their new record, Tao of the Dead, we’re really excited to have some new tracks, or a new track (courtesy of RCRDLBL) to put out. It starts off with Conrad being, well, Conrad, all soft and gentle. Then, the song sort of explodes into a bombastic affair, and one that recalls the band’s angrier days. All the same, Trail of the Dead will always be a band to talk about, so we had to throw in our two cents.
Download: And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Weight Of The Sun [MP3]
Can we claim Sam of Iron and Wine as an Austinite yet? I mean, he’s still living on the outskirts of town, right? Well, we know you’re excited as can be for his newest release Kiss Each Other Clean, which hits the streets on January 25th. While we’ve had some of the singles hit the Internet, you can now listen to three of the new songs done for today’s Daytrotter session. You’ll probably be just as excited, if not more so, for this record once you give it all a listen. And hey, sign up with the site, and it’s all free, so it can’t hurt to get yourself a nice taste of new Iron and Wine.
Download: Iron and Wine -Tree By The River (Daytrotter Session) [MP3]
Those English kids known as Noah & The Whale have a new album entitled Last Night on Earth dropping on March 11th. Prior to that release date we’ve got new Tom Petty sounding single “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N” below for your listening pleasure. I think I’m digging this new Americana style the guys are going in. Brits labeled as Americana!? Crazy I tell you! You can also hear new song “Wild Thing” on the band’s website.
Download: Noah And The Whale – LIFEGOESON [MP3]