Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Drums "Days" (secret acoustic set)

On February 27th The Drums are going to release a third single from 'Portamento' this time for the track "Days". Check out this secret acoustic set (including "Days") they played in East London just before Christmas. Love these guys.

WATERS "Take Me Out To The Coast" (video)

WATERS - Take Me Out To The Coast from City Slang on Vimeo.
WATERS released their debut album 'Out in the Light' last year to rave reviews. WATERS is to drop a single for "Take Me Out To The Coast" (from their debut) on March 12th via City Slang. The above live performance was filmed at the famed Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco and features a teen choir supporting front man Van Pierszalowski.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dinowalrus "Phone Home From The Edge" (video)

Today NPR premiered Dinowalrus' new video for "Phone Home From The Edge" from their forthcoming sophomore album 'Best Behavior' (out March 6th via Old Flame Records). The video, loosely based on the story of Rip Van Winkle, was directed by Charlotte Kaufmann and stars Troma Films founder Lloyd Kaufmann. Whatever these guys are on... get me double.

Teen Daze "Brooklyn Sunburn" (new track)

teen daze

On May 22, 2012 Vancouver's very own Teen Daze will release his debut full length titled 'All Of Us, Together' via Lefse. The first single "Brooklyn Sunburn" dropped today (via The Fader) and is posted below to amp you up for this highly anticipated release. Teen Daze is heading off on a tour of Europe in April but not before playing a hometown gig on February 12th at Vancouver's Waldorf (more dates below). Teen Daze has been a local hero for a few years but 'All Of Us, Together' is sure to connect many more people to his music and, by transitive property, each other.


02.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf (w/ Doldrums and Myths)
03.09.12 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo (w/ Beat Connection)
04.02.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kulturhaus III&70 (w/ Brothertiger)
04.04.12 - Oslo, Norway - Internasjonalen (w/ Brothertiger)
04.06.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen (w/ Brothertiger)
04.07.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser (w/ Brothertiger)
04.09.12 - London, England - The Lexington (w/ Brothertiger)
04.10.12 - Manchester, England - Kraak Gallery (w/ Brothertiger)
04.11.12 - Newcastle, England - Cluny 2 (w/ Brothertiger)
04.12.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Den Eglantier (w/ Brothertiger)
04.13.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Nieuwe Anita (w/ Brothertiger)
04.16.12 - Madrid, Spain - TBA (Iwantanimal Festival) (w/ Brothertiger)
04.17.12 - Barcelona, Spain - TBA (Iwantanimal Festival) (w/ Brothertiger)
04.19.12 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Illuminati (w/ Brothertiger)
04.20.12 - Genoa, Italy - Milk Club (w/ Brothertiger)
04.21.12 - Padova, Italy - Studio 2 (w/ Brothertiger)
04.22.12 - Luzern, Switzerland - Treibhaus (w/ Brothertiger)
04.23.12 - Ljubljana, Slovakia - Orto Bar (w/ Brothertiger)
04.24.12 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Nu Spirit Club (w/ Brothertiger)
04.27.12 - Berlin, Germany - Naherholung Sternchen (w/ Brothertiger)
Teen Daze
All of Us, Together
Street Date: May 22, 2012

1. Treten 
2. Late 
3. Cold Sand 
4. For Body and Kenzie 
5. The New Balearic 
6. Brooklyn Sunburn 
7. Erbstück 
8. The Future 
9. Hold

Friday, January 27, 2012

Liz Green "Hey Joe" (new track)

Liz Green is to release her highly anticipated debut album 'O, Devotion!' on February 7th via PIAS America. NPR posted "Hey Joe" the first track off of the forthcoming album on their site. Her timeless voice sits perfectly over the arrangement of New Orleans brass. Listen for yourself here.

Wild Nothing "Nowhere" (new track)

Wild Nothing are currently hard at work on their next full length album due out sometime this year. That doesn't mean you'll have to wait  long for new material from the band though, on February 21 Tatum and co. will drop a new 7" via Captured Tracks titled 'Nowhere'. The title track is posted here and features vocals from Andrea Estella of Twin Sister. Download the track below and pre-order the 7" here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Terry Malts "Nauseous" (new track)

Terry Malts debut album 'Killing Time' is to drop on February 21st via Slumberland Records. The latest single "Nauseous" is posted below. When this album arrived in our mailbox we knew very little about it and now its on regularly around here. See if the same doesn't happen to you.

Ane Brun "Do You Remember" (video)

On May 1st Ane Brun's new album 'It All Starts with One' will be released in North America via Pias. Already an award winning album in her native Norway, now you can check out the lead single "Do You Remember" (featuring First Aid Kit) in the video above. Brun toured the US last year supporting Peter Gabriel and singing on his latest 'New Blood'. The album also includes a duet with José González titled "Worship".

Young Magic "Night In The Ocean" (video)

Valentine's Day is shaping up to be better than usual this year as it falls on a Tuesday and I don't know about you but around here that means record release day. Their are several highly anticipated releases set for February 14, 2012 and now Young Magic's debut album 'Melt' (via Carpark) can be added to the list. Check out their second "official" music video for a track off the forthcoming release, this one's for "Night In The Ocean" (above). Album details below.

 Young Magic 
Street Date: Feb. 14, 2012 

1. Sparkly
2. Slip Time  
3. You With Air  
4. Yalam  
5. Jam Karet  
6. Night In The Ocean  
7. Watch For Our Lights  
8. The Dancer  
9. Cavalry  
10. Sanctuary  
11. Drawing Down The Moon

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Phenomenal Handclap Band "The Right One" (video)

Today NPR premiered the new track (and video) from the Phenomenal Handclap Band titled "The Right One". Their sophomore album 'Form and Control' is to drop on February 14th via Tummy Touch Records. The video was directed by past collaborator Moh Azima and captures that timeless transcendental-psychedelic-disco-fever that we've come to love from PHB.

Great Lake Swimmers "Easy Come Easy Go" (video)

Great Lake Swimmers are to release 'New Wild Everywhere' on April 3rd via Nettwerk. The first single "Easy Come Easy Go" is available now. The video for the track (recently premiered over at Paste Magazine) was directed by Scott Cudmore (Rural Alberta Advantage, Timbre Timbre). Catch the band on their extensive tour including a stop at SXSW (dates below).

Great Lake Swimmers Tour Dates (Canadian Dates are in BOLD):

Wed, Mar 14 – Sat, Mar 17      Austin, TX @ SXSW (showcase information tba)
*Thur, April 5                        Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
Thur, April 12                          London, UK @ Cargo
Fri, April 13                             Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
Sat, April 14                            Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Insitute
Sun, April 15                           Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Mon, April 16                          Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tues, April 17                          Diksmuide, BE @ 4AD
Wed, April 18                          Ottersum, NL @ Roepaen
Thur, April 19                          Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri, April 20                             Berlin, DE @ HBC
Sat, April 21                            Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbar
Mon, April 23                          Basel, CH @ Sud
Wed, April 25                          Brest, FR @ Le Vauban
Thur, April 26                          Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
Fri, April 27                             Turnhout, BE @ Warande
With Cold Specks:
Tue, May 1                              Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Wed, May 2                             Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Thur, May 3                             Minneapolis, MI @ Cedar Cultural Center
Fri, May 4                               Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
Sun, May 6                              Edmonton, AB @ McDougall United Church
Mon, May 7                            Calgary, AB @ Central United Church
Fri, May 11                             Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
Sat, May 12                            Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
Sun, May 13                            Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
Mon, May 14                           Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Wed, May 16                           San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri, May 18                              Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Sat, May 19                             Phoenix, AZ @ The Compound Grill
Sun, May 20                            Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Tue, May 22                            Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
Wed, May 23                           Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
Thur, May 24                           New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Fri, May 25                              Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
Sat, May 26                             Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sun, May 27                            Washington, DC @ The Rock ‘N Roll Hotel
Mon, May 28                           Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Wed, May 30                           New York, NY @  The Bowery Ballroom
Thur, May 31                           Boston, MA @ The Middle East
Sat, June 2                              Toronto, ON @ The Music Hall (formerly Danforth Music Hall)

*Cold Specks will not appear on this date.

Porcelain Raft "Unless You Speak From The Heart" (video)

Unless You Speak From Your Heart from Porcelain Raft on Vimeo.
Yesterday marked the release of Porcelain Raft's debut full length album 'Strange Weekend' via Secretly Canadian. We posted the first single not too long ago and now we have the video for "Unless You Speak From The Heart" as well. The album has been on our "favourites" playlist since we first got ears on it. A strong debut from  prolific songwriter Mauro Remiddi. There will no doubt be more releases from 'Strange Weekend' to rave about soon.

La Sera "Please Be My Third Eye" (video)

On March 24th La Sera's sophomore album 'Sees The Light' will be released by way of Hardly Art. We posted the first single "Please Be My Third Eye" recently and now we have the accompanying video (above). The video was directed by Vice Cooler (whom also did a video for "Devil's Hearts Grow Gold" from La Sera's debut album). La Sera is Katy Goodman (or one third of Vivian Girls). A track listing for the forthcoming album can be found below.

La Sera 
Sees The Light 
(Hardly Art)
Street Date: March 24, 2012 
Formats: CD / LP / Digital 

Love That's Gone
Please Be My Third Eye
I Can't Keep You in My Mind
Break My Heart
It's Over Now
I'm Alone
Real Boy
Drive On
How Far We've Come Now
Don't Stay

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Men "Open Your Heart" (new track)


The Men are set to release 'Open Your Heart' on March 6th via Sacred Bones. On their previous two albums The Men have proven that they can do many genres very well. Expect the forthcoming album to push even further into new sonic territory with the ease and allure we have become accustomed. Check out the title track below as well as album info and tour dates.
The Men - Open Your Heart

MARCH 6th, 2012
1. Turn it Around
2. Animal
3. Country Song
4. Oscillation
5. Please Don't Go Away
6. Open Your Heart
7. Candy
8. Cube
9. Presence
10. Ex-Dreams


1/24 Hamburg Germany Hafenklang 
1/25 Copenhagen Denmark KB18 !
1/27 Malmo Sweden Debaser
1/28 Oslo Norway Revolver
1/29 Stockholm Sweden Debaser
1/30 Helsinki Finland Full Steam
2/2 Berlin Germany West Germany
2/3 Leipzig Germany UT
2/4 Lausanne Czech Romandie
2/5 Lyon France Sonic
2/6 Toulouse France
2/7 Barcelona Spain Apollo 2
2/8 Madrid Spain Siroco
2/9 Lisbon Portugal ZDB
2/11 Athens Greece AN Club
2/12 Paris France Instant Chavires
2/13 Bordeaux France St Ex
2/14 Poitiers France Confort Moderne
2/15 Nantes France Pole Etudiant
2/16 St. Malo France Route Du Rock fest
2/17 Evreux France Abordage
2/18 Brighton UK Green Door Store
2/19 London UK Vice secret show
2/20 Liverpool UK Mojo
2/21 Leeds UK Brudenel
2/22 Norwich UK Norwich Arts Center
2/23 London UK Camp Basement  
3/07 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent *
3/08 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/10 - Nashville, TN @ The End #
3/11 - New Orleams, LA @ Siberia (Foburg Festival)
3/12 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
3/13 - San Antonio, TX @ El Ten Eleven
3/14-17 - Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
3/18 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada Bro Fest
3/19 - Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
3/20 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis *
3/21 - Chicago, IL @ Treasure Town *
3/22 - Detroit, MI @ Lager House *
3/23 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar *
3/24 - Montreal, QC @ TBA 

! = w/ Iceage 
* w/ Nude Beach
# w/ Mikal Cronin 

Wild Flag "Boom"

Wild Flag released their self-titled debut album late last year (via Wichita Recordings) to much, well deserved, critical acclaim. The quartet consists of Carrie Brownstein (guit/vox), Mary Timony (guit/vox), Rebecca Cole (keys/vox), and Janet Weiss (kit/vox). Although all members have known each other through different bands and tours for sometime -you may remember Brownstein and Weiss from their Sleater Kinney days (and Brownstein more recently from IFC's Portlandia)- Brownstein explains "I think we realised that we could be greater than the sum of our parts, not four disparate puzzle pieces trying to make sense of each other, but a cohesive and dynamic whole." Check out the bands latest single "Boom" (below) and if you're in the UK check them out on tour near you soon.
Wild Flag - Boom by Wichita Recordings

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mwahaha "Love" (video)

Mwahaha recently premiered a video via My Old Kentucky Blog for "Love" (featuring Merill Garbus of Tune Yards) and we have it posted above. The Oakland band released their self-titled debut album late last year. Catch them with Why?, Of Montreal, Built To Spill, or at SXSW (dates below).
Mwahaha On Tour
Feb 01 Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Feb 03 Uptown Nightclub – Oakland, CA
Mar 02 Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Mar 13 SXSW Festival – Official Showcase – Austin, TX
Mar 22-25 Tree Port Music Festival - Boise, ID*
* w/ Built To Spill, WHY?, Of Montreal, Typhoon, & more

Fair Ohs "Salt Flats" (new track)

Fair Ohs released their debut album 'Everything is Dancing' last year to very favourable reviews. Now they are releasing a new single titled "Salt Flats" via X-Ray Recordings. The single will be released as a flexi-postcard (yep, just drop the needle right onto it) and is b/w "Gold Hill" (order here). Check out "Salt Flats" now (below).
Salt Flats - Fair Ohs by X-RAY RECORDINGS

Cloud Nothings "No Future/No Past" (video)

Cloud Nothings - "No Future / No Past" Official Video from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.
Cloud Nothings will drop their new album 'Attack On Memory' tomorrow via Carpark Records. Today the band has released a video in collaboration with Carpark, Urban Outfitters, and director John Ryan Manning for the lead track "No Future/No Past". The forthcoming album is truly blow minding. Lead man Dylan Baldi's songwriting just keeps maturing and now he has a solid band at his side to boot. Throw Steve Albini in on the recording process and you get a sophisticated album that succeeds at every turn. Get it!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Class Actress "Bienvenue" (video)

Last October Class Actress released their debut album 'Rapprocher' via Carpark Records to much praise. Now the band has just released a second clip from the album, this one for the track "Bienvenue". The video was shot in Paris in December, directed by Clement Gino and Gregory Faure. Tour dates below.

Jan 27 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Jan 28 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
Feb 03 Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent Ave (with Pictureplane)
Feb 09 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Feb 10 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Feb 11 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
Feb 14 Calgary, AB - Hifi Club
Feb 16 San Francisco, CA - Noise Pop Festival
Mar 09 Denton, TX - Hailey's Club
Mar 10 Norman, OK - Oklahoma Memorial Union
Mar 14 McAllen, TX - Sofie's (with Of Montreal)
Mar 15 Austin, TX – 512 Upstairs (Carpark/Paw Tracks Showcase)
Mar 29 La Roche-sur-Yon, FR - Fuzz'Yon (Les Femmes s'en Melent Festival)
Mar 30 Paris, FR - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Mar 31 Ajaccio, Corsica - Aghja

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Trust "Sulk" (new track)

"Sulk" is the lead single off of Trust's debut album 'Trst' set to drop on February 28th via Arts & Crafts. Pre-order the album now from GalleryAC. "Sulk" is posted below.
Trust - Sulk (Single Edit) by Arts & Crafts

Dan Mangan "Rows Of Houses" (video)

Vancouver's Dan Mangan released the video for "Rows Of Houses" back in October but seeing as how he is releasing the track as a single on March 19th we thought we would post it now. The thought provoking video was directed by Jon Busby and produced by Blatant Films. The track is from his 2011's critically acclaimed album 'Oh Fortune' (out now via Arts & Crafts). Dan will be touring around the UK starting in April (dates below).

Dan Mangan will be playing the following UK dates:

27th: BRIGHTON, The Hope
28th: MANCHESTER, Castle
29th: GLASGOW, Stereo

1st: NEWCASTLE, Cluny 2
2nd: BRISTOL, Louisiana
3rd: LONDON, Bush Hall
4th: OXFORD, Jericho Tavern
5th: LEEDS, Holy Trinity Church

Blitzen Trapper "Taking It Easy Too Long" (video)

Blitzen Trapper released 'American Goldwing' in September of last year on Sub Pop and hit the road. Now the band has released the video for "Taking It Easy Too Long" directed by the bands drummer Brian Koch and will head back out on the road very soon. Frontman Eric Early says "The earthiness of these songs will make you want to get loaded and get in a fight, or find a girl and fall in love forever, simultaneously."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dot Hacker "Order/Disorder" (new track)

L.A.'s Dot Hacker formed in 2008 and are set to release their debut EP on February 21st by way of ORG music with the full length 'Inhibition' to follow later this year. Despite the fact that this is the bands debut release the members are all well established musicians having toured and recorded with Beck, PJ Harvey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Broken Bells, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few. Grab the new track "Order/Disorder" (above) in exchange for your soul (I mean email address) or just hit play. Dot Hacker is Josh Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner, and Johnathan Hischke.

Lambchop "Gone Tomorrow" (new track)

The second track from Lambchop's forthcoming 11th album dropped yesterday. The track is titled "Gone Tomorrow" and is posted below for your listening pleasure. The new album 'Mr. M' is to be released February 20 via City Slang.
Lambchop - Gone Tomorrow by cityslang

Diamond Rugs "Gimme A Beer" (new track)

Does John McCauley ever stop? Deer Tick released a new album and toured the shit out of it last year, before that it was Deervana (Deer Tick playing Nirvana songs), and prior to that his other band Middle Brother released an album and played several festivals. Now he's decided to put together another collaborative project this one titled Diamond Rugs and consisting of Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite), and of course McCauley himself. Check out and/or download the first single "Gimme A Beer" via the bands website here. The fourteen track, self-titled album drops April 24th via Partisan Records.

Daniel Rossen "Saint Nothing" (new track)

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Daniel Rossen is set to release his debut solo album 'Silent Hour/Golden Mile' on March 20th via Warp Records. If you haven't started listening to the "Saint Nothing" (below) yet and/or don't recognize the name he is one of the major forces behind Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles. Rossen recorded and performed almost all of the album himself around different rehearsal rooms and small spaces around New York. This is one release that is surely not to be missed.

Santigold "Big Mouth" (video)

This spring Santigold will drop her new album 'Master of My Make Believe' via Downtown Records/Atlantic Records. The Cody Critcheloe directed video for "Big Mouth" premiered today over at Pitchfork (check it out above). The track is available for free from Santigold's website.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Avan Lava "It's Never Over"

Avan Lava are notorious for their high energy live shows. If you can't get to one of their upcoming performances (listed below) at least you can listen to their latest single "It's Never Over" (also below). The new EP titled 'Flex Fantasy' will be available on February 21st. In the meantime, put on you neon and get out your black light, it's time to party.
It's Never Over by AVAN LAVA

AVAN LAVA live shows:
2/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands (tickets HERE)
2/25: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (EP release party)
March: Austin, TX @ SXSW

Prinzhorn Dance School "Usurper" (new track)

On January 31st Britain's Prinzhorn Dance School will release their sophomore album 'Clay Class' via DFA Records. The latest single "Usurper" premiered over at Spin today and we have it posted below. The forthcoming record is the follow up to 2007's self-titled debut.
Prinzhorn Dance School - Usurper by DFA Records

Unknown Mortal Orchestra "Thought Ballune" (video)

UMO - Thought Ballune from Jordan Blady on Vimeo.
Rolling Stone premiered a new video today for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "Thought Ballune". The video was directed by Jordan Blady and Ryan Knowles. UMO is also pleased to announce that they are hitting the road in support of Girls throughout March stopping only to make an appearance at SXSW (dates below).


FRI 2/24        San Francisco   CA      Clift Hotel
SAT 2/25       Los Angeles     CA      Echoplex *
SUN 2/26      Santa Monica    CA      The Central
MON 2/27     San Luis Obispo CA      SLO Brew
TUE 2/28      Visalia CA      Cellar Door
THR 3/1       Santa Cruz      CA      Coconut Grove Ballroom #
FRI 3/2         San Diego       CA      Birch North Park Theatre #
SUN 3/4        Vail    CO      Snowball Music Festival
MON 3/5       Albuquerque     NM      Launchpad #
WED 3/7      San Antonio     TX      White Rabbit #
THR 3/8        Austin  TX      La Zona Rosa #
FRI 3/9          Dallas  TX      Granada Theatre #
MON 3/12      New Orleans     LA      One Eyed Jack's #
TUE 3/13        Houston TX      Fitzgerald's #
WED 3/14       Austin TX   Red 7 / Force Field PR / Terrorbird SXSW Day Party   
FRI 3/16          Denver  CO      Gothic Theatre #
SAT 3/17        Salt Lake City  UT      In The Venue #
SUN 3/18        Reno    NV      Cargo #

* = w/ White Arrows
# = w/ Girls 

Louise Burns "Drop Names Not Bombs" (video)

Louise Burns "Drop Names Not Bombs" from Light Organ Records on Vimeo.
Vancouver's own Louise Burns released her debut LP 'Mellow Drama' via Light Organ Records last year to rave reviews. She recently unleashed a Catherine Lutes directed video for "Drop Names Not Bombs". Burns plays almost every instrument on the LP herself and also co-produce it with Dave Ogilvy and Kevin James Maher.

Chelsea Wolfe "Movie Screen" (Room 205 performance)

Incase recently kicked off their new season of Room 205 with a performance by Chelsea Wolfe of "Movie Screen" ( a track from her 2011 album 'Apokalypsis'). Turn up the speakers, turn down the lights and hit play already.

Lower Dens "Brains" (new track)

On May 1st Baltimore's Lower Dens are to release their sophomore album 'Nootropics' (pronounced No-eh-tro-pics) by way of Ribbon Music. The title is a reference to the bands interest in transhumanism  (the use of technology to extend human capabilities). The first single is titled "Brains", and it kind of makes you think. Listen to/download the track below cause hey, free "Brains".
Lower Dens - Brains by Ribbon Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sleigh Bells "Comeback Kid" (new track)

Sleigh Bells are to release their sophomore album 'Reign Of Terror' on February 21st via Mom & Pop. Check out the newest single "Comeback Kid" (below) now and get amped. It's going to be gnarly.
Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells

Cloud Nothings "No Sentiment" (new track)

On February 6th Cloud Nothings will reveal their new Steve Albini produced album 'Attack On Memory' to the world (via Wichita Recordings. Check out the dark new sound of "No Sentiment" the latest release from the forthcoming LP and the track that contains the lyric for which the album is named. When asked about the blurred nostalgia that dominates much current indie music frontman Dylan Baldi says "This album is meant to place us more firmly outside of that category." Indeed, with tracks like "No Future/No Past" and now "No Sentiment" their is "no" chance this album won't be great.
Cloud Nothings - No Sentiment by Wichita Recordings

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Magnetic Fields "Andrew In Drag" (new track)

Image: The Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea
March 5th will see the release of the latest from The Magnetic Fields titled Love at the Bottom of the Sea (out via Domino Record Co.). The first single "Andrew in Drag" is posted "after the jump" for your listening pleasure. Stephen Merritt explains the tune with this ‘A celebration of impossible love. Not at all autobiographical in any way’. Just a pop tune with an irresistible hook. 
The Magnetic Fields - Andrew In Drag by DominoRecordCo

Band Of Skulls "Bruises" (video)

Check out the new video for "Bruises" from the Band Of Skulls upcoming album Sweet Sour. The new album drops February 21st via Electric Blues Recordings/PHI/Vagrant. Catch them on tour soon, dates below. This band came rocking out of the gate a couple of years ago and just don't quit.

3.13 - Austin, TX - Antone's
3.16 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
3.17- Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
3.19 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
3.20 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
3.22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
3.23 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
3.24 - Washington, DC -  9:30 Club
3.26 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
3.27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
3.28 - Providence, RI - The Met
3.30 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
3.31 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
4.2 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
4.3 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
4.4 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
4.6 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
4.7 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex (Grand Room)
4.9 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
4.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
4.11 - Portland, OR - Dante's
4.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
4.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
4.22 - Indio, CA - Coachella
Band of Skulls are:  
Russell Marsden (guitar / vocals), Emma Richardson (bass / vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums).

Mike Wexler "Pariah" (new track)

On March 6th Mike Wexler will drop his second album Dispossession this release by way of Mexican Summer. Check out the first single "Pariah" now (below) and find out what all the fuss is about. If the six other tracks are near as good the album is sure to please.
Mike Wexler - Pariah by Mexican Summer

Field Music "A New Town" (new track)

February 13/14th Field Music will release their fourth album Plumb via Memphis Industries. The album is composed of fifteen songs in thirty-five minutes. Check out the latest single "A New Town" (below) that premiered over at Rolling Stone yesterday.
Field Music - A New Town by memphisindustries

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bear In Heaven "The Reflection of You" (new track)

On April 3rd the latest from Bear In Heaven I Love You, It's Cool will drop via Dead Oceans/Hometapes.
Check out the first release from the forthcoming album titled "The Reflection of You" (below).
Bear In Heaven - The Reflection of You by Bear in Heaven

The War On Drugs "Don't Fear The Ghost" (new track)

On January 24th Secretly Canadian is set to release The War On Drugs' single "Come To The City" b/w the new track "Don't Fear The Ghost" (below).
The War on Drugs - Don't Fear the Ghost by DOJAGSC

Standard Fare "Suitcase" (video)

Sheffield's indie-pop trio Standard Fare are preparing for the release of their sophomore album Out Of Site, Out Of Town via Melodic on January 24th. Check out the video "Suitcase" a song about a recently passed away Holocaust survivor and friend of singer/bass player Emma Cooper. A sad song in disguise.

Christopher Paul Stelling "Solar Flares" (Live at the Indaba Loft)

On February 21st Songs of Praise & Scorn, the outstanding debut album from Christopher Paul Stelling, will be released via Mecca Lecca Recording Co.. We've had this album on heavy, heavy rotation around here since it arrived and it is awesome. If you like "Solar Flares" (above) you're going to freak out over this upcoming album. If you like it as much as we do then go and pre-order it on CD or Vinyl and get an immediate digital download of the album from Bandcamp. Catch him on tour as he makes his way down to SXSW (dates below).

Upcoming CPS Tour Dates
1/19 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (w/ Jonathan Wilson)
2/18 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (Record Release Show)
2/20 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
2/21 - Charlottesville, VA - The Garage
2/22 – Lexington, KY – Al’s Bar
2/24 – Memphis, TN – Folk Alliance (Memphis Room, 7:30pm)
2/26 – Orlando, FL – McRaney’s Tavern
2/27 - Daytona Beach, FL - Tir Na Nog
2/28 – Miami, FL – Bardot
2/29 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
3/01 – Tampa, FL – Rock The Park (6:45pm)
3/01 - Sarasota, FL - Cock and Bull (9pm)
3/02 – Savannah, GA – Sentient Bean
3/04 – Greensboro, NC – The Green Bean
3/05 - Asheville, NC - 474 Haywood
3/07 – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
3/08 – Birmingham, AL – Samford University
3/09 – Nashville, TN – TBD
3/10 – Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
3/11 – Johnson City, TN – Acoustic Coffeehouse
3/14-18 - Austin, TX – SXSW

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Trash Talk "Slander" (video)

Trash Talk released the wonderfully gnarly Awake EP last year via True Panther Sounds. The pummelling track "Slander" from the EP has now been given the video treatment directed by Jim Dirschberger and illustrated by Jay Howell. Trash Talk has also teamed up with Creature Skateboards for their own skateboard deck inspired by the video. Crank it up!

Austra "Spellwork" (video)

Austra's  debut Feel It Break was voted album of the year by New York Magazine and The Toronto Star (it also made Tasty Ears Top 50). Katie Stelmanis and co. are kicking off 2012 with a video for "Spellwork" directed by Yelena Yemchuck (whose also directed Smashing Pumpkins videos "Zero" and "Thirty-Three"). The video premiered this morning. Feel It Break (Deluxe Edition) is now available.

Liam The Younger "Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree"

Liam The Younger (aka Liam Betson) self-released a couple of LPs last year Clear Skies Over Black River and After The Graveyard. Underwater Peoples/ A Learning Computer have remastered the albums and are re-releasing them on February 7th in advance of his debut out this spring. Check out the hauntingly beautiful "Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree" (below).

Cold Specks "Holland" (On George Stroumboulopoulos)

Arts & Crafts artist Cold Specks released "Holland" b/w "Old Stepstone" on December 13th. The 23 year old recently performed on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (above). Catch her live on a western Canada tour in support of Great Lake Swimmers (dates below).

Cold Specks Canadian Tour Dates supporting Great Lake Swimmers

May 4 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
May 6 - Edmonton, AB @ McDougall United Church
May 7 - Calgary, AB @ Central United Church
May 11 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
May 12 - Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
June 2 - Toronto, ON @ The Music Hall (formerly Danforth Music Hall)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wymond Miles "Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them" (new track)

When Wymond Miles isn't playing guitar with the critically acclaimed band The Fresh & Onlys, being a father or working on his degree he's working on his own solo material. On February 7th Miles will release his debut solo EP titled Earth Has Doors via Sacred Bones Records. Check out the release of "Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them" off of the upcoming album below.
Wymond Miles - Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them by sacredbones

Porcelain Raft "Unless You Speak From The Heart" (new track)

On January 24th Porcelain Raft is set to release their highly anticipated debut album Strange Weekend via Secretly Canadian. Check out the new track "Unless You Speak From The Heart" from the forthcoming album below and catch the band on tour in Europe with M83.
Porcelain Raft - Unless You Speak From Your Heart by DOJAGSC

Real Estate "Easy" (video)

Tom Scharpling directs this video for Real Estate's "Easy" from their critically acclaimed album (including a spot on Tasty Ears Top 50 of 2011Days. Good street team or bad? The video premiered over at Funny or Die. Catch Real Estate on tour near you soon.


Sat-Jan-14    New York, NY   Terminal 5 # 
Sun-Jan-15    Boston, MA            Brighton Music Hall *
Mon-Jan-16    Providence, RI            Met Cafe *
Tue-Jan-17    Burlington, VT            Higher Ground Showcase Lounge *
Wed-Jan-18    Montreal, QC            La Sala Rossa *
Thu-Jan-19    Ottawa, ON            Mavericks *
Fri-Jan-20        Toronto, ON            Lee's Palace *
Sat-Jan-21    Cleveland, OH            Beachland Ballroom *
Sun-Jan-22    Washington, DC        Black Cat *
Sat-Jan-28    Queens, NY              K&K Super Buffet *    
Thu-Feb-16   Istanbul, Turkey     Babylon (two shows)
Fri-Feb-17    Manchester, UK     The Deaf Institute
Sat-Feb-18   Glasgow, UK       The Arches
Sun-Feb-19  Leeds, UK       Brudenell Social Club
Mon-Feb-20  London, UK         Sebright Arms
Weds-Feb-22   Antwerp, Belgium         TRIX Centrum voor Muziek
Thu-Feb-23   Paris, France            Nouveau Casino
Fri-Mar-09    Sydney, AUS             The Standard
Sat-Mar-10    Meredith, AUS            Golden Plains Festival
Mon-Mar-12    Melbourne, AUS        Corner Hotel
Tue-Mar-13    Brisbane, AUS            The Zoo
Thu-Mar-15    Auckland, NZ            Kings Arms
Fri-Mar-16    Wellington, NZ            San Francisco Bath House  
Sat-Mar-17   Dunedin, NZ              Refuel
Sun-Apr-15   Indio, CA            Coachella
Sun-Apr-22   Indio, CA            Coachella    

# = w/ Girls, King Krule
* = w/ The Babies