If you weren’t on your game, you might have missed the eclectic pop release from Club 8 titled The People’s Record. It was filled with a glimpse at a band who add various instruments to their recordings, those not typically geared towards your typical bedroom pop group. Now that you know a bit about the band, take a listen to their new single, which comes out at the end of November on Labrador. You have to admire the way these two are incorporating tribal and tropicalia rhythms into such a smooth blend of jubilation.
Download: Club 8 – Closer Now [MP3]
I’ve been jamming to this sweet new track from NYC group Woozy Viper. The band is self-releasing their latest batch of hits, titled Rock n’ Roll, which you can still grab for free from their web site, but we encourage the usual donation. They’ve got this Cramps feel, but with a little bit less of a horror approach, exchanging it for a nice little modern spin, making it catchy enough for everyone to enjoy. We dig it, and we hope you do too.
Download: Woozy Viper – Dirty
The now famous garage rock indie band No Age just dropped their brand new LP entitled Everything In Between yesterday on the Sub Pop label. To celebrate the release of their record, the band is offering up this new MP3 of track #3 from the album “Fever Dreaming”. You can also decide if you want to buy the new joint with a full album stream over on Soundcloud. It’s a doozy.
Download: No Age – Fever Dreaming [MP3]
With only about a week and a half remaining until the huge ACL festival starts on the 8th of this month, it’s time that you really start thinking about that plan of action for who you want to see over the weekend. Sometimes your choice will be easy with only one decent band playing at a certain time, but then you’ll have a choice like this one that will make you want to pull your hair out. So on the one hand you have The Flaming Lips who formed over 25 years ago and have been doing their psych rock thing for longer than most of us can remember. But then we have a more recent favorite in Band of Horses who can still hold their own despite their relatively short career together. Both bands are playing on Sunday late in the day at 6pm on opposite sides of the festival, so you have little hope of catching a bit of both sets. My initial feeling was to go with Band of Horses based on my just having seen Flaming Lips at Free Press Summer Fest earlier this summer. Plus, I feel like The Lips are still using the same damn live gimmicks that they’ve been hitting us with for the last 5-6 years… I mean cool, but I’ve seen it more than once. Then again, Flaming Lips play right before The National on back to back stages so it would be nice to just post up and avoid fighting the crowds. I also fear that the Band of Horses crowd could be old hippie city since The Eagles play on the same stage shortly after BOH. My indifference towards the recent material from both of these bands may cause me to just go with a majority vote amongst my friends. Care to share your thoughts?
Apparently we’re supposed to inform you that Frank Smith is actually a real band, not just the name of the singer, who is actually Aaron Sinclair. What’s more important is that you realized that there’s a powerful sound behind the Americana-ish group, with a little bit more melodrama than your usual. It sort of has the sound of a more fleshed out Clem Snide, but with expressive lyrics. The group has worked hard on their new album, Nineteen, which you can get your hands on October 16th when the band play their CD release at Mohawk. Enjoy, but remember, its a band, not a man.
Download: Frank Smith – Nineteen [MP3]
Would you look at these lads? Don’t they look fetch? Well, since Monday was a bit of a slow one in the music biz, I was happy in the afternoon when I ran across this new track from Canadian group Shimmering Stars. The band made waves back in the summer with their song “Im Gonna Try,” and now they’ve got another blissful pop jam to toss your way (via P4K). Seems like something we’d all be into right? Indeed, so happy Tuesday.
Download: Shimmering Stars – Sun’s Going Down [MP3]
When Coco Hames and Gret Cartwright took a break from their respective bands, The Ettes and Reigning Sound, they had no intention of writing a whole album. Their work together began with a 7″ in mind, but led to an entire album’s worth of material under the name The Parting Gifts. Their album will be called Strychnine Dandelion, and it hits stores on November 9th via In the Red Records. This first single has a bluesy grit to it, and a pounding rhythm that kicks you in the teeth from the get go. It’s that good old classic rock sound with a hint of dirt thrown in to keep it real.
Download: The Parting Gifts – Keep Walkin [MP3]
Local band Black and White Years are at it again, and they’re ready to bring you some new hits; we’re sure you’re ready to get down with that, right? Well, we’re here to premiere one of their new tracks, titled “Up!,” which comes out on their new album, Patterns. It will be in stores on November 16th, so you better get yourselves ready. Just one listen to this single, and we know you’ll be excited to get behind another great local Austin band.
Download: The Black and White Years – Up!
Brighton based indie rockers British Sea Power have a new 7 song EP coming your way on October 5th digitally and October 12th on vinyl. Prior to that date, we’ve got this new song from the EP called “Zeus” streaming below. All of these tracks serve as a sort of preview to an upcoming full length album from the band coming some time next year. Dig.
Download: British Sea Power – Zeus [MP3]
It seems like our local boys White Denim are up to more than we thought. While working on their untitled third LP, the guys decide to do sort of an off shoot and record a bunch of stuff, songs they say aren’t in the same vein of the stuff they’ve been working on. Good news for you is that they’re offering up the entire recording session absolutely FREE. Well, not entirely, as the band is asking for donations, and you should definitely spend a little money, as they’re worthy of support, ours and yours. You can only get the new work HERE. Oh, and the work is called Last Day of Summer. Here is a sample.
Download: White Denim – Through Your Windows [MP3]