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Check Out: The Thermals’ Never Listen to Me

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

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New Eels video… ‘Baby Loves Me’

Check out the new Eels video for their song “Baby Loves Me” coming from their album, Tomorrow Morning. Buy Tomorrow Morning Connect to Eels Website |  Facebook |   Myspace

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Album: The Walkmen’s Lisbon

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…

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Stream Junip’s new album Fields in full

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.

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Once your done listening, and falling in love, check out tour dates for Junip, including a night here in Boston.

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New Suckers video for ‘A Mind I Knew’

Suckers’ artful experimental album Wild Smile, was a huge surprise for me.  It was sprawling, wonderfully catchy, and I played the hell out of it.  They have toured the globe in support of it, and have now produced a video completed with found footage from a storage unit. I could not more highly suggest you check out Suckers’ Wild Smile. Check out more from Suckers Website |  Facebook |  Twitter |  Myspace

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New OK Go video … White Knuckles

Official music video for OK Go’s ‘White Knuckles’.   The song comes from their newest album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky available on amazon. Check out more OK GO Website |  Facebook |  Twitter |  Myspace

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Telekinesis – Dirty Thing

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

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New Album: Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

Move Over Mama
Harlem River Blues

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.

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