Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes will return to your ears come May 3rd when they release their second album, Helplessness Blues via Sub Pop. Check out the lead single, a gorgeous sprawling acoustic affair that has got some really beautiful sounding harmonies. Can’t wait to hear the album the album as a whole.
Million Years by AlexanderEbert You may know him as Edward Sharpe, but the frontman of the Magnetic Zeros is releasing a solo project under his given name, Alexander Ebert. The album entitled Alexander, was written and recorded during time off from the MZ’s. Alexander Ebert would work in his bedroom with bare minimum recording gear, a guitar and some thrift store instruments during this time off, and Alexander is what has come of it. Check out ‘Million Years’ a very warm, introspective track about the sole search for love and the truly amazing possibilities it has for us. Its catchy…
Under the Gun Apex Manor is the now defunct Broken West, lead by singer songwriter Ross Flournoy continuing the tradition set forth by the Broken West. Apex Manor released their debut record, The Year of Magical Drinking, to the world on Merge Records this week, and by no stretch is it less than fantastic. Infectious tracks, fuzzy guitars, and a dialed down twangy infused power pop sprinkled all over this album give it a warm glow. The album is immediately accessible and not in a bad way, its got this timeless quality to it, every song feels honest and…
O’Death just announced they’d be releasing a new album in April. The album, entitled ‘Outside,’ will be released by Ernest Jenning Records on April 19th. The lead single, Bugs, starts off a fragile quietly strummed folk track, and quickly explodes and retracts again and again. This kind of tempo change is what makes O’Death so much fun to see, they evoke a certain free flowing ability to create a dramatic tension, and ultimately release it in their songs. This style made them stand out during a fantastic show at this past Newport Folk Festival.
O’Death will be touring extensively leading up to the record’s release on April 19th. See below for dates.
Southeast Engine – New Growth Misra records plans to relaunch as an artist run label and to highlight Misra’s new position as an artist-run entity, 2011’s first release will be Southeast Engine’s Canary – due out March 29. Lucky for us, a track off Southeast Engine’s album resides on the compilation Misra is offering up for free. The song, New Growth, will appear on the upcoming album, as well as Misra Records’ Legacy Compilation, Volume 1. The compilation has some fantastic artist curated picks from bands like Phosphorescent, Destroyer, Great Lake Swimmers, and the Black Swans. Check out the new…
Too Beautiful to Work Check out another single off the Luyas upcoming album of the same title, Too Beautiful to Work, which is due out February 22nd. This space-age pop song, has got a heavy pounding beat, and a rhythmic keyboard that compliments the syncopated vocals. More Luyas Myspace | Twitter
Say Hi – Um, Uh Oh Devils Release Date: Jan 25, 2011 Label: Barsuk http://www.barsuk.com http://www.barsuk.com/shop/bark108 Today, Gabriel, of gbabuts.tumblr.com suggested a post exchange and I agreed after hearing what he sent over to me. The recently released album ‘Um, Uh Oh’ by Seattle indie-rockers Say Hi. Take a listen, and make sure to head over togbabuts.tumblr.com and check out what he’s been posting. Trust me, there is some fantastic music to hear on that website.
I totally missed the boat on Apex Manor’s release (it was yesterday) but I got a copy of the album, and I really fell for it. Its quite fantastic. Check out the video above for the single My My Mind, then get out there and buy Apex Manor’s The Year of Magical Drinking
Haile Selassie Another track has come out from Bright Eyes that will appear on, The People’s Key, out February 15th on Saddle Creek Records. The People’s Key – the band’s seventh studio album – is the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed Cassadaga. If you haven’t heard it, check out the first single, Shell Games as well.