Man, do I love watching audience-taped live performances. The loud fumbles, the inability to see what exactly is going on, and best of all – the occasional word whispered to the friend in the crowd. If you’re into this fine display of consumer videography like me, then check out these videos of some new tracks from Joanna Newsom. (Seriously though, this is pretty exciting).
Spoon – Transference
Merge Records / buy!
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Austin-based, Britt Daniel backed Spoon. Music lovers tend to come from one of two viewpoints on the foursome – they either absolutely love them or are luke-warmly interested. Either way, I have a feeling their 7th release, Transference, is going to be a crowd-pleaser.
MP3: Spoon – “Written In Reverse ”
Surfer Blood – Afro Coast
Kanine / buy!
Every year there is a bucket full of over-hyped, Pitchfork-approved, blogged-to-death groups that put out a few good singles and one mediocre album. Surfer Blood seemed to be a good candidate for this category, but after hearing their debut Afro Coast , I have to say – this time the hypers got it right. These Palm Beach, 90’s throwback rockers are worth listening to.
MP3: Surfer Blood – “Swim”
Eels – End Times
Vagrant / buy!
When it comes to Eels, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. E has his scratchy, melancholy vocals and minimal guitar/piano/drum sound set in stone, so you’ll either like it or you won’t. The four track recording sounds bare and personal, and that’s because it is – one listen to the lyrics will have you uncomfortably involved in E’s loneliness and misery… just the way you like it.
MP3: Eels – “Little Bird”
Also Out This Week:
Blockhead – The Music Scene
Cold War Kids – Behave Yourself EP
Dinowalrus – %
Editors – In This Light And On This Evening
Josephine Foster – Graphic as a Star
The Hot Rats – Turn Ons
Infinite Body – Carve Out the Face of My God
Lindstrom & Christabelle – Real Life Is No Cool
Major Stars – Return to Form
Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
Red Krayola with Art and Language – Five American Portraits
RJD2 – The Colossus
Scout Niblett – The Calcination of Scout Niblett
Various Artists – Pop Ambient 2010
Virulence – If This Isn’t a Dream… 1985-1989
Posted in Album Release Calendar
Tagged album, blog, calendar, download, eels, free, january, list, listen, mp3, online, release, spoon, stream, surfer blood
In lieu of my work trip to the city that never sleeps, or is an apple, or something, here’s 5 songs dedicated to NYC.
New York City Mixery [zip]
MP3: LCD Soundsystem – “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”
MP3: Cat Power – “New York”
MP3: Slow Six – “The Night You Left New York”
MP3: REM – “Leaving New York”
MP3: Simon and Garfunkel – “The Only Living Boy in New York”
Posted in Weekly Mix Series
Tagged art, cat power, download, free, lcd soundsystem, listen, mix, mp3, new york city, online, polaroid, REM, slow six, songs, stream
Jay Reatard Dies at 29
Memphis based garage musician Jay Reatard passed away in his sleep Tuesday night. Under the birth name Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr., the musician was found at 3:30 AM and local police officials have opened an investigation into the cause of death, which is really the only details I’ve been able to find on the matter. Reatard was signed to Matador records, and released his last album Watch Me Fall in August of last year. He was 29 years old, and will be missed by the music community for his infamous antics.
Joanna Newsom Album Details
If you’re like me, rumors of a new Joanna Newsom have been the reason you get out of bed in the morning. Earlier this week we finally got some hard evidence, when a pretty odd comic was released by Newsom’s label Spunk that suggested the album would be released February 23rd. Afterwards the label confirmed that Newsom’s new album, her 3rd LP to follow up 2006’s Ys, will be called Have One On Me and is set for the US release date listed on the comic. Come on, Spunk, throw us an early MP3!
Side Note: She’s been dating Andy Samburg for, like, a few years…anyone else think that’s weird?
Sub Pop March Releases means MP3’s Now
We know, Sub Pop is one of your favorite indie labels, and I guess there’s a reason, those guys are behind tons of the 2010 releases flooding your iPods. In March we’ll see new stuff from the the Seattle label’s signee’s Ruby Suns, Happy Birthday, and Dum Dum Girls, and because they’re just so darn nice, there’s samplin’ MP3’s for all of them!
MP3: Happy Birthday – “Girls FM”
MP3:The Ruby Suns – “Cranberry”
MP3:Dum Dum Girls – “Jail La La”
This is a music blog, but, just in case you were trapped in a closet this week, there’s something sad happening in Haiti.
New Clogs Album to Ft. Sufjan and Shara
March 2nd marks the release of the new Clogs album, the collaboration of the National’s Bryce Dessner and Aussie composer Padma Newsome. Their fifth album will be entitled The Creatures in The Garden Of Lady Walton and apparently will feature My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden and Sufjan Stevens’s Sufjan Stevens. Check out a teaser, below!
MP3: Clogs – “On The Edge”
Posted in News Briefs
Tagged alternative, blog, cleveland, clogs, dead, download, dum dum girls, garage rock, haiti, happy birthday, Indie, jay reatard, joanna newsom, listen, memphis, mp3, mp3 free, Music, news, online, ruby suns, shara worden, song, Sub Pop, sufjan stevens
I’ve always said that the extensive Metroparks system is one of the best things about Cleveland, and now – along with never-ending bike trails, families of deer, and more pavilions than you can count – we can add the birthplace of one of Cleveland’s catchiest up-and-coming local bands to the list. The Lighthouse and the Whaler are a collection of strapping Cleveland lads who met in the park one day to “jam” and ended up falling in love with the music they could make.
I was introduced to the heartwarming folk stylings of TLATW this Friday when they were featured at the Beachland Ballroom thanks to Scene Magazine, and was immediately blown away. The similarity to Bon Iver and all the other stringed folkies out there was imminent, but there was a creative energy and love for performing on stage that reminded me a lot of one of my favorite NC groups, Lost in the Trees (The use of bells and cello could also be to blame). Although I know many music fans are getting sick of the folk re-revival, I think anyone can decide pretty early on into their debut, self-titled record that The Lighthouse and the Whaler are on to something.
I have a feeling we won’t be enjoying a locals-only-fan experience for much longer on these guys, they’ve been featured on Filter and soon an upcoming Under the Radar compilation. Check them out around town, soon!
MP3: The Lighthouse and the Whaler – “White Days”
MP3: The Lighthouse and the Whaler – “Of The Heavens And The Earth”
Posted in Have You Met?
Tagged alternative, beachland ballroom, cle, cleveland, download, Folk, free, Indie, listen, live, local, mp3, Music, northeast ohio, of the heavens and the earth, online, rock, stream, the lighthouse and the whaler, white days
Vampire Weekend Streaming Contra in its Entirety
As January 12th creeps closer, so does the release of Vampire Weekends sophomore effort, Contra, which the NYC based quartet has been promoting pretty heavily since the last quarter of ’09. If you can’t wait a second longer to hear their new list of afro-pop hits then prepare your speakers or headphones – it seems the new album is streaming in its entirety right now on the groups myspace page. Get ’em while they’re hot!
Nick Thorburn + Honus Honus = “Doom-Wop” Side Project
If there’s one thing Nick Thorburn loves, it’s starting a new band. Known best for his spearheading of Canadian groups Unicorns and Islands, and less for his involvement in Th’ Corn Gangg, Reefer, and Human Highway, he’s ready to start all over again with one of our favorite gypsy jazzers, Honus Honus from Man Man. Under the name Mister Heavenly the duo have recorded a few tracks that they will eventually spill over the interwebs, until then we’ll have to sit around and argue what “doom-wop” is going to sound like.
Solange Knowles to Guest on New Of Montreal Album
Stereogum recently posted this progress report of the new Of Montreal album, tentatively titled False Priest, which is set to drop somewhere in the August/September ballpark. The (not so big) surprise is that Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s sister, ya’ll) is set to guest on the album. We learned of Solange’s Of Montreal love recently after sister Beyonce reportedly got interested in them via her younger sibling. Cute.
Atlas Sound NYE Bootleg
Not all of us could be in good old Athens, GA for NYE (although, I was), so if you were busy getting rowdy in some other state, thank your lucky stars for the power of the interwebs! You can listen to the entire bootleg of Atlas Sound’s performance at the ever-awesome 40-watt right…here!
Polyvinyl Sign Love Is All
2010 is starting to look pretty sexy as far as new releases are concerned, and this week Polyvinyl announced that they’ll be backing a new one from Sweden’s Love Is All. Set to hit the United Shelves of America March 23rd, and semi-humerously titled Two Thousand and Ten Injuries is the band’s third release and, obviously, first baked in the Polyvinyl oven. Yum!