I’m not sure how many songs John D. has under The Mountain Goats moniker, but I’m always thirsty for more. His witty lyrics and gentle guitar strumming never cease to please. He’s got a new album coming out titled The Life of the World to Come on 4AD on October 6th. Apparently all the songs have biblical references, but he swears it’s not some newfound devotion. Here’s the new track.
Download: Mountain Goats – Genesis 3:23 [MP3]
Okay, so we’re not completely sure about all of this, but as of this point, it seems pretty legit. Last night, a few sites showed this site , which seems to indicate that a new album, titled Minotaur, will be released by the band at some point this summer. You can pre-order starting June 15th. But, we have no news on singles or who is going to release it, although the majority of Pixies releases came our way via 4AD. I’m not going to lie; I’m a wee bit excited here.
Download: Pixies – La La Love You [MP3]
So as many of you may know, a huge new compilation disc called Dark Was the Night was recently released by the 4AD record label and Yeasayer laid down this track for it. We’ve loved ‘Tightrope” since we first saw it on The Current and then again on La Blogotheque so we were excited to hear that the band was giving the jam a proper recording session. But then bummer, the Dark Was the Night version just didn’t compare to the live tracks. Maybe the band felt the same way and maybe that’s why they played/filmed yet another version of the song for the fine folks at 4AD (or maybe they can’t make up their damn mind). This new version brings in the banjo with some melodica and can be heard/seen over on youtube. It’s way cooler than this studio version.
Download: Yeasayer – Tightrope [MP3]
While we were roaming around town last week, we started thinking about some of the upcoming releases that have got us peeing our pants in anticipation this year. Then we saw some of these artists during SXSW and got even more excited for what’s to come. For today’s Top 5, we wanted to take a look at some of theses new releases and rank them in order of just how excited we are about them. Some big names who were in town (Decemberists, Dan Auerbach, etc.) have already put out some solid releases this year, so we’re hoping that these won’t let us down. Follow the jump for our full Top 5 of anticipated releases from SXSW artists.
Not too sure if we’re late getting on the bandwagon for Edinburgh band Broken Records, but you can consider us fully aboard the fan train. Sounds and influences seem to draw heavily from fellow Scottish indie bands like Frightened Rabbit with a more native Celtic sound. Forming in the land of Scots back in 2006, the band is set to release a debut full length album Until the Earth Begins to Part on June 1st via the famous 4AD record label.
Download: Broken Records – If Eilert Loevborg Wrote a Song it Would Sound Like This [MP3]
A whole slew of websites & record companies are giving away some free MP3s from artist participating in SXSW. NPR has one featuring 16 tracks from artists involved in some of their events during the week. Famous UK label 4AD also has a sampler of artists playing their showcase available for download after you give them an email addy. And of course Amazon won’t be outdone with a sampler of artists playing the IODA opening day bash party. Are you ready for the party?
UK band It Hugs Back has been hitting the presses lateley without a lot of love on both sides of the pond. Their debut album, Inside Your Guitar, is set to come out this April via heralded label 4AD. There sound combines the gentleness of 90s indie groups while bringing a modern spin on the whole ordeal. Take notice now, because with a song like “Work Day,” this band is poised to win you over.
Download: It Hugs Back – Work Day [MP3]
Uk record label, 4AD, are yet another record label getting in on the year end digital sampler fun. The label is full of great acts like Mountain Goats, Department of Eagles, TV on the Radio and a whole lot more, so you’re sure to enjoy this one. Head to the 4AD website to download the 12 song sampler now. Here’s one of our favorites from Department of Eagles called “No One Does it Like You”.
Download: Department of Eagles – No One Does it Like You [MP3]