As we grow closer and closer to the release of Young Man‘s Vol. 1 LP, the buzz seems to continue to grow. I’m not going to lie and pretend like I’m not buying into the hype, but I’ll say that this is perhaps my favorite track of all that’s been floating around so far. There’s steady pacing, and the music that surrounds Colin Caulfield’s vocals is perfectly fitting. There’s nothing overdone in this track; it’s all just understated enough to come across as beautifully trickled bedroom pop music. You can finally get your hands on this record when it hits stores on May 22nd via Frenchkiss.
Download:Young Man – Do [MP3]
Oh snap! New Suckers! Man, we absolutely love this band; we’ve probably seen them a combined 25-30 times, and we’ll get another chance when they grace us with their presence at our SXSW Party. But, more importantly, the band has a new record coming out on Frenchkiss Records on April 24th titled Candy Salad. This first listen is a solid track, just as we expected, but it indicates a whole lot of focus from the band, seemingly reigning in some of their spontaneity. Feel sure that the band’s got more great songs up their sleeve, and as an early indicator, this one definitely makes me happy!
Download: Suckers – Turn on the Sunshine [MP3]
You know, Frenchkiss Records quietly goes about releasing some awesome acts: they’ve got Cut Off Your Hands, Suckers and now they have the wonderful Emma Louise. The Australian singer has signed on with the label to release Full Hearts and Empty Rooms, her new EP, on March 13th. Her first song from the album, “Jungle,” is centered around this nice little groove, but Emma’s voice is what will definitely win you over. In a world full of Lana del Rey’s, it’s nice to have someone of that ilk doing something you can believe in. She’s also just put out a really nice video to go with the jam, and you can check that out HERE. Don’t forget to look up her tour schedule, as she’ll be zooming in for SXSW.
Download: Emma Louise – Jungle [MP3]
Here’s a new jam from one our favorite bands, Races, who also happen to be coming into town for SXSW. The new tune is called “Lies” and appears on the band’s upcoming new album entitled Year of the Witch. You can get your hands on that one right after SXSW on March 27th via Frenchkiss Records. This one makes me look forward to seeing the band live when they’re in town in a couple weeks. Dig.
Download: Races – Lies [MP3]
Fresh off the excellent release of New Heaven, Pittsburgh’s 1 2 3 are back with a brand new single, and with that single, they’ll be offering you two brand new tracks. As of right now, I’m pretty sure you can grab these tracks from the band’s site for free, so you’ll need to get your hands on these new jams. However, the single itself is for “Scared but Not That Scared,” which is one of the standout tracks you’ll find on the record. It’s got this cutting guitar line working in and out of these excellent bits of melodic pop. It’s a record filled with hook after hook, so you’ll want to head back and revisit the work from these guys.
Download: 1 2 3 – Scared But Not That Scared [MP3]
Frenchkiss Records has a pretty solid track record with me, especially since the label’s run by some of the bros from Les Savy Fav. They just released a new EP yesterday from LA band RACES. The EP is titled Big Broom EP, and I’ve really been enjoying this track here. I don’t know why, but for some reason the vocal performance sort of gives me this Walkmen feel, but that’s also part of the overall song structure true. Boiled down, it’s pretty much straight forward indie rock, which in and of itself is refreshing, since no one seems to be kicking it old school anymore. Give it a listen and enjoy your afternoon folks.
Download: RACES – All For You [MP3]
When news came a few weeks back that Cut Off Your Hands were going to have a new record, I expected sort of angular post-rock, like their debut. But, the more I listen Hollow Out, which hits stores on August 16th via Frenchkiss, the more I realize I couldn’t be further from the truth of it. There’s definitely a Brit-pop feel to this latest single, letting you know that the band’s willing to explore all sorts of territory on this latest effort. And, if you’re into what you’re hearing, then be sure to go grab their 2008 Happy As Can Be EP for free right HERE.
Download: Cut Off Your Hands – Hollowed Out [MP3
The LA based group, RACES (formerly Black Jesus) have just signed on with Frenchkiss Records, who will be releasing the band’s debut LP this fall. In preparation for the ride to their debut, the band have just released a single that should probably win you over pretty quickly. There’s somewhat of a distance at the opening of the track, but as the vocals enter with the thick bass line, you find yourself being sucked into the dense sound of the “Big Broom.” Accompaniment of female vocals add a nice softness to the track, leaving you with sort of a sleepy feeling. Should be an interesting collection of tunes.
Download: RACES – Big Broom [MP3]
For some reason I passed on this song when MOKB ran it, but I guess that was just a bit of laziness on my part, as I love Cut Off Your Hands. Official news came today that the band will be releasing their newest record, Hollow, on August 16th via Frenchkiss Records, the label that put out their previous effort. The press release talks of Nick Johnston sort of hitting a wall, and going back to those records of simple joy, which helped him find his way back to solid footing with his own songwriting. The track below definitely has an Oceania vibe to it, reminiscent of my all time favorite, The Go-Betweens. It does sound a lot less angular and British, which, in my opinion, is going to make this record incredible.
Download: Cut Off Your Hands – You Should Do Better [MP3]
Not too long ago, I tossed out a nice little jam from 1, 2, 3, and now we’ve got another track to throw your way for your listening pleasure. As the band prepares for their debut release, New Heaven, on Frenchkiss Records this June 21st, they seem to be picking up steam with the press. Listening to this latest single, you get the feeling that the band is going the route of band’s like Suckers, using off-kilter vocals to attach to their own groove-laden tracks. It’s erratic at parts, but you can definitely feel the chug-chug of the guitar seep into your heart, as angular cuts and crashing cymbals wash over the speakers. Can’t wait for this to be out.
Download: 1, 2, 3 – Work [MP3]