I’ve been a huge fan of the Long Winters since their release of When I Pretend to Fall, in 2003. I’ve always enjoyed singer / songwriter John Roderick’s voice and tone in his writing. He’s a fantastic songwriter, that has proven time and time again that he can write not only catchy songs, but emotionally poignant songs that have a lot of power. The new track, Connections in Nashville, was created as a split single with band, Spiral Stairs. It marks the first single from the Long Winters since 2006 release, Putting the Days to Bed. Not sure if this…
Vultures I was first exposed to Nicole Atkins last year when she had opened for the Avett Brothers on their winter tour. I wasn’t sure what I was getting in to but kept an open mind; she was opening for one of my favorite acts so I assumed the best. Atkins put on a great show, and her song Brooklyn’s on Fire was a definite standout during the show. Her new track, Vultures, which will appear on a forthcoming album entitled Mondo Amore, due out January 2011. Check out the new track, if you like it, you can download it…
Do you remember when Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros was frontman of Ima Robot? It seems as though Ebert and bandmates Tim Anderson and Fillip Nicolic have put together a new album entitled Another Man’s Treasure which is slated to be released October 19th. The album, produced by guitarist Tim Anderson will be released on his label, Werewolf Heart Records. Check out the single, Ruthless, and after the break… there are two videos the first is a live action and animation video the band made with director Noaz Deshe, and the second is an really cool skate video produced by Spike Jonzeand directed byTy Evansfor Lakai.
Never Listen to Me The Thermals released another track from their EP Personal Life, which will get a proper 7-inch release on October 19. This track lacks the normal wild energy that the Thermals bring, but it’s still a pretty catchy track, with all of the normal fuzzy guitar grime that you’d normally expect from them. Personal Life is available on KillRockStars
Belle & Sebastian – “Come On Sister” by Some Kind of Awesome Hear Belle & Sebastian’s Come on Sister from their forthcoming album Belle & Sebastian Write About Love, out October 12th.
After a dozen or so listens through, The Walkmen’s Lisbon stands out as one of my favorite albums of 2010. Their emotional lyrics, jangly guitars and stripped down percussion is there as usual. The album kicks off with ‘Juveniles’ a bouncy jangly song complete with their shimmering guitars and Leithauser’s howling / crying-like voice. One of my favorite tracks comes on second, Angela Surf City, a rollicking rock song that employs a ramped up tempo build, and some real evocative vocals which really makes this track the most powerful and passionate song on the album, its really unlike other…
Junip’s brand new album released last week, and in case you were on the fence (you shouldn’t be) I’ve got the full album stream here. The album, as expected, is totally fantastic, and now you can try before you buy.
Once your done listening, and falling in love, check out tour dates for Junip, including a night here in Boston.
Telekinesis – Dirty Thing (Music Video) from Merge Records on Vimeo. Dirty Thing comes from Telekinesis’ brand new EP, Parallel Seismic Conspiracies, which is available via electronic download here. You can also check out their fantastic 2009 debut album, Telekinesis! Produced and mixed by Chris Walla of Death Cab, Telekinesis!, is a fun album to listen to, through to the end. Connect with Telekinesis! Website | Facebook | Twitter | Myspace
Justin Townes Earle’s follow up to his fantastic album Midnight at the Movies released this week on tuesday. The eponymous single from the new album, Harlem River Blues, first single was released to much fanfare back in early August. As with Earle’s other releases, it’s an exercise in alt/country and folk elements.
Earle’s voice rings true on what is an interesting concept for an album. He writes songs as though he’s the common man in rural Tennessee, but in reality he’s writing these tracks from the Big Apple. Does this make you question the album’s credibility? I’d personally say no. I see no reason to not enjoy the ironic nature of country songs about New York City. Much like Woody Guthrie before him, Justin Townes Earle’s narrative of a country boy in the big city; feelings of being displaced and lonesome.
For me, a couple of clear winners on the album are the songs that are country tropes such as the railroad song, Working for the MTA, and the traveler song, Wanderin.’ A highlight for me on the album is the humorous Move Over Mama, a song about the hardships of dating a traveling musician.
In all, Earle has done a great job creating a solid entry in his body of work, and might give him what he needs to step out of his fathers shadow, and show that he’s got the goods to write great songs.
Undertow The all female band, Warpaint, specializes in psychedelic 70’s vibed, dreamy pop music. The hypnotic siren-like vocals, and smooth sexy basslines seem to stand out big time here. Warpaint will released their debut album, The Fool, set for released October 26th via Rough Trade. The track to me sounds like an underwater / dream version of Stevie Nicks. What do you think? Warpaint | Myspace | Twitter | Facebook