Tuesday, January 31, 2012
San Francisco's, Terry Malts are all set up for the release of their debut album Killing Time, which is set for February 21st, via Slumberland Records. Their sound is a power-pop meets chainsaw-punk, which has given them the title as most talked about band out of San Fran in ages. The album is 14 songs deep and runs at a total of 34 minutes in length, as the songs jump out at you quick and don't slow down. After a careful, week long consideration, the trio decided to go forth on Slumberland's request to record their debut album.
If you are a fan of buzz-saw, fuzzy guitar and drum noise, Terry Malts deliver it all, in a big way. Their live act is a big reason that they are receiving so much buzz, as they offer up a fantastic raw energy and plain and simple just have fun with their music.
Getting To Know Terry Malts:
Corey Cunningham (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Phil Benson (Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Nathan Sweatt (Drums, Backing Vocals)
Killing Time Track Listing:
01. Something About You
02. Not Far From It
03. Where Is The Weekend?
04. Tumble Down
05. No Sir, I'm Not A Christian
06. Waiting Room
07. I'm Neurotic
09. Mall Dreams
10. No Good For You
11. I Do
12. What Was It
13. Can't Tell No One
14. No Big Deal
Love Forever Track Listings:
1. Love’s Taking Strange Ways
2. Will I Ever Be Ready
3. A Breaking Heart Is A Brilliant Start
4. 8th Of June
Monday, January 30, 2012
Third Man Records just announced the release date for Jack White's debut solo album 'Blunderbuss', which will be available April 24th via Third Man Records/Columbia. The first single from the album is 'Love Interruption' and is streaming over at Jack White's website. Third Man Records will release a 7" of the single featuring non-LP B-side 'Machine Gun Silhouette' on February 7th but it is available for pre-order now. As far as the digital version it will go on sale later tonight at 9 pm PST/12 am EST.
White has this to say on the album... “An album I couldn’t have released until now. I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”
01. Missing Pieces
02. Sixteen Saltines
03. Freedom At 21
04. Love Interruption
06. Hypocritical Kiss
07. Weep Themselves To Sleep
08. I’m Shakin’
09. Trash Tongue Talker
10. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
11. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep
12. On And On And On
13. Take Me With You When You Go
Zulu Winter are another London based band that have so much going for them at the moment. The buzz is surely surrounding them, but more then that, they create honest songs that can back everything up. They have been recently supported Friendly Fires on tour, which has built up a nice fanbase and only fueled their cohesiveness. Their sound is very polished and flows so well together which is usually surprising for a band that only has two years under their belt together. They also signed their first record deal with Play It Again Sam records and are busy preparing for their debut album. They have their second single 'We Should Be Swimming' set for release at the end of February. As far as the debut full-length album, keyboardist Dom Millard had this to say in his interview with Secret Shop Sounds... "We're in the final mixing stage at the moment, just tweaking a few bits and bobs. Hopefully it should be released at the beginning of May, and its sounding blooming ace!"
The first single from Zulu Winter is 'Never Leave' and it offers up a hazy mix of well polished rock noises. The 2nd single 'We Should Be Swimming' is a more upbeat catchy, indie pop like tune. Millard also mentions in his interview that "The album will have a few more tracks in a similar vein, but also some other more atmospheric tracks with some out there sonic treats as well. We hope that the album as a whole will show a cross section of sounds all filtered through the Zulu Winter, whatever that may be!"
Take a listen below to some of Zulu Winter's tracks and you will catch the vibe almost instantly at one of 2012 best up and coming bands.
Getting To Know Zulu Winter:
Iain Lock (Bass)
Henry Walton (Guitar)
Will Daunt (Vocals & Guitar)
Dom Millard (Keyboard)
Guy Henderson (Drums)
We Should Be Swimming by Zulu Winter
Let's Move Back to Front by Zulu Winter
'The Slideshow Effect' is set for a February 28th release via Sub Pop Records. Pick up free album tracks 'Walk With Me' and 'The Kids Were Wrong' below.
The Slideshow Effect Track Listing:
01. Little Expressionless Animals
02. The Kids Were Wrong
03. All Our Wonder
07. Pale Blue
08. Walk With Me
09. Kinds of Light
10. Old Haunts
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Finding something as amazing as this performance is especially exciting for me as a music lover.
Rollingstone had this to say:
"Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli recorded this version of Leonard Cohen's "Paper Thin Hotel" as part of Old Ideas with New Friends, a new series of Cohen covers by artists such as Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, Old 97s' Rhett Miller, Cold War Kids and the New Pornographers' A.C. Newman. "I wanted to do a version of this song because I think they might be my favorite set of Leonard Cohen lyrics," says Dulli. "I think they kind of explain and validate love all at the same time.""
For me, the performance carries the same emotional resonance as any of Dulli's own songs and he manages to create something with this as if it were his own. Dulli has a style all his own and he holds strong to that finesse in everything that he does.
A video like this only strengthens and reminds me why Dynamite Steps was my favorite album of last year...
...in fact, I think I'll give it a listen right now.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The War on Drugs - Brothers from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Breton are more then your average London band, they are a unique blend of artistic talent that is combined with the arts of music and film. There is a unique mystic about them and their associated BretonLABS name tag. They currently have a fantastic EP that you can pick up for free on their Facebook page titled Blanket Rule EP. They are also set up to release their debut album Other People's Problems on March 27th via FatCat Records. You can take a listen and check out the video for 'The Commission' below which will be the first cut from the new album.
The song offers the listener a sense of escape and a belief that one can accomplish anything. It is some what of a soul searching experience that the music takes you on. The album was recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros' Sundlaugin studio, if that gives you a sense of what kind of experience you are in for. Also check out the song/video 'Edward The Confessor' as it offers up some WU LYF angst simularities. Overall, Breton is a band that you will want to keep on your radar and be sure to give their album Other People's Problems a serious listen.
Getting To Know Breton:
FREE: Blanket Rule EP
BLANKET RULE - EP by bretonlabs
The track is very cool and carries the same emotional intensity as the original except with acoustic guitars.
According to their Facebook page, lead singer Christopher Hall picked up his acoustic guitar and did some recording. Hopefully we'll get a chance to hear some more. I am still a big fan of the acoustic EP they released a few years ago and would love to hear another batch of stripped down tunes.
Here's the acoustic version of "Whole"
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Nada Surf will also be stopping in Salt Lake City at Urban Lounge on March 27th. Check back after the show for photos and a live review.
(If I Had A Hi-Fi)
Starting off as a long distant project with demos sent back and fourth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes debut album. Brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards) were living in the Bay Area. Their first shows were intimate Seattle house parties where they used playful throwaway names such as, Rabbit Kingdom. Things began to take form when the band opened up for "Deakin" at Seattles Neumos. Now signed to Sub Pop and under the name Poor Moon, the four members are releasing their debut EP "Illusion" on March 27th.
At the same time a handful of other musicians were faced with the same challenge of idling through their 20s in search of a new beginning. In a "mad dash" Ryff and Herberg got in touch with some of their old friends an assembled a "dream team" of five. Knowing each other from playing in previous bands together, Breanna Wood (Keyboards), Garth Herberg (Guitar), Lucas Ventura (Drums), Devon Lee (Vocals/Percussion) and Oliver Hild (Bass) would soon become Races.
The vocals on the second track "Big Broom" are both dreamy and engaging mixing male/females vocals. They have created an almost classic-psych sound while keeping it indie and pop driven. Although, at its core, there are plenty of waltzes such as: "The Knife", "Walk Through Fire", and "All For You" which all have the melodic lyrical directness of Ryff's solo work.
Races is already writing material for their followup album, where they hope to integrate more electronic textures. While remaining modest, they are speeding up with goals to play at venues such as the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. All in all, I have much appreciation for an album that heavily touches the subject of that uncertain/weird time most of us go through in our early 20s with such optimism for a bright future.
Buzzbands LA : "the sextet “melds charismatic indie-pop highlighted by the boy/girl vocals of Wade Ryff and Devon Lee, jammier psych-rock built around by guitarist’s Garth Herberg’s textures and the revivalesque energy meted out by bands such as Arcade Fire.” That’s a mouthful, but its right on.
KCRW : "Lead vocalist, Wade Ryff, who is trained in theory and also arrangement via piano, is taking the microphone for the first time and really catching the ears of many
Races "The Year of the Witch" Available March 27th
1. Year Of The Child
2. Big Broom
3. Song Of Birds
5. The Knife
6. Living Cruel & Rude
7. In My Name
8. Don't Be Cruel
9. Walk Through The Fire
10. All For You
11. Year of the Which
Blind Pilot reased their debut album, "3 Rounds and a Sound" in 2009. I think the main reason Blind Pilot had such an initial impact on me was the subtle arrangement and craftsmanship of the songs. "Go On Say It" is no exception to this being a perfect example as the song starts out with the simple strumming of guitar and a basic drum beat, which actually stay constant throughout the whole song. Half way through the song violins make an entrance. The whole album as a certain subtle sound and sincerity to it that continues onto their followup album released in September of 2011, "We Are the Tide."
Anyways, I am not trying to do a super in depth review of the albums, we all know how great they are. I simply want to state that Blind Pilot for one, is an incredible indie folk band. And secondly, they will be playing a show at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City this Saturday January 28th and you will be missing out unless you go! Check back after Saturday for photos and a live review of the show.
Paul: Update your maps."
Lana Del Rey's Official Video for "Born To Die":
The Cast of Cheers are a 4-piece band out of Dublin, and they put them self in the Robot Rock genre. Back in 2010 they put their debut album 'Chariot' on bandcamp for free for all to enjoy. They recorded the album in a total of 3 days, and the album went on to rack up 150,000 downloads. They now have their proper debut single 'Family' set for release on February 20th via School Boy Error/Cooperative Music.
'Family' is the first single from their proper debut album which is set to see its release later in 2012. The Cast of Cheers have a very upbeat tempo to their music, it comes at you fast and never slows down. Their music is a cross between The Futureheads meets Foals meets Bloc Party. They are currently on tour, co-headlining with another up and coming promising band Theme Park. Take a good listen to both 'Family' and 'Goose' and you will get a feel for the bands high energy, dance floor anthems.
Getting to Know The Cast of Cheers:
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Spector are a 5-piece rock band from London, and they have been gaining quite the buzz lately. They have that good old Brit Pop sound mixed with the modern day guitar indie rock. Spector would be a decent mirror image to what The Vaccines brought to the 2011 music scene. They have all the same catchy guitar, sing along anthems and could very well be in line for the title of the new Vaccines of 2012. Frontman Fred Macpherson has been in a few bands (Les Incompetents, Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man) before forming Spector. He spent a few months writing songs in his bedroom with just a Casio keyboard and a few Gloria Estefan samples. Since then the band has been on fire, recieving high praise from all the music big wigs overseas and now trying to crack into the USA.
They have been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll. They also are set to do their UK tour starting this February and also have been penciled in as a support act for the massive Florence and the Machine tour in March. Take a listen to the single 'What You Wanted', the song glows with its perfect blend of Brit Pop meets Indie Rock sound. They currently don't have an album out but have a few singles that should be heavily played. They have released 3 singles to date and one more that is on the way:
'Never Fade Away' - April 29, 2011
'What You Wanted' - September 19, 2011
'Grey Shirt and Tie' - December 5, 2011
'Chevy Thunder' - February 27, 2012
You can pick up both 'What You Wanted' and 'Never Fade Away' over on iTunes now.
Getting To Know Spector:
Frederick Macpherson (Vocals)
Chistopher Burman (Guitar)
Thomas Shickle (Bass)
Danny Blandy (Drums)
Jed Cullen (Guitar, Synth)
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Brooklyn, NY seems to be a draw for musical talent, and that is exactly where Devin is from. Devin is not just another name to add to the ongoing list of credible music acts that have surfaced out of Brooklyn. With all the indie/showgaze up and coming bands from NY, Devin gets back to that edgy raw Rock n Roll sound that has been missing for a few years. Devin Therriault is the man who makes up Devin. He brings with him a heavy dose of vintage guitar rock that is never shy. After taking a few listens to the track 'You're Mine' I felt a strong resemblence to the Arctic Monkeys earlier days. NME also pegged him as sounding like "a youthful Costello - mean, dead-eyed and dead serious - which is handy becasuse, musically, his songs drip with the same kind of passion and pure filth that made The Attractions so important."
Devin has his debut EP titled 'You're Mine' out now on Frenchkiss Records. You can also head over to Devin's website and sign up for his mailing list and in return pick up a free track 'You're Mine'
You're Mine EP Tracklisting:
1. You're Mine
2. Thing On My Mind
3. Black and Blue
Getting To Know Devin:
Devin - Thing On My Mind by WorkItMedia
Monday, January 23, 2012
Back on September 21st, 2011 Thom Yorke was a guest on Gilles Peterson's Radio 1 show. Thom revealed that Radiohead will be touring in 2012 saying that "The idea is to go out and play next year on and off during the year." He also went on to say that Atoms For Peace album was on the verge of being completed. Atoms For Peace includes Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker. The band have already played a couple of shows back in 2010 and now are set to release a proper album. Thom stated that touring with Atoms For Peace "sparked something off, it was really exciting... It had really good energy." Flea has also mentioned the new album in an interview, and Nigel Godrich has been confirmed as producer.
Today there has been a rumor going around that the Atoms For Peace album will be announced tonight at midnight. Details on the rumor, well there are not many but you can be the judge. The brand new record label 'Occupation Records' will be launching at midnight, January 24th, and what better way to launch a new record label then to have its first release be Atoms For Peace. This rumor could be shot down quickly as The Guardian are now reporting that the Occupation Records label's first release will be an album titled Folk The Banks and will be the first of a projected four album series.
Pitchfork also commented on Thom Yorke, Massive Attack and Tim Goldsworthy that they would be having something on the label back on December 6th, 2011 so Thom already has ties with Occupation Records . Also check out this music boards speculation on the release. Whatever the deal though, 2012 will for sure have an Atoms For Peace album, the title, date, tracklist, and artwork is all just a big To Be Determined.
And The Giraffe are a duo out of Gainesville, Florida who title their music in the "Ambient Dream Folk" genre. After taking a few listens to their newest single/video 'Underground Love' you get a feeling of a very somber and dreamy type of blend that makes you want to continue to come back to their musical mystery. The video for 'Underground Love' kind of does their sound justice as you listen to the song you keep thinking to yourself what is it that I am wanting to discover or find out about in their music? The video shows a gift that is being travelled person to person and what is inside nobody really knows, but finding its owner and who it belongs to is the real purpose.
And The Giraffe have a perfect blue print for developing a relaxing and dreamy sound. Take a good long listen to 'Underground Love' and see where the music takes you.
Getting To Know And The Giraffe:
Cloud Nothings are set to release their newest album Attack On Memory tomorrow, but before that we get a nice look in on the video for track 'No Future/No Past'. The song and video go very well together as when you listen to the song you almost feel as the music is dragging you from point A to point B, take a look you will see what I mean. The video is the product of a collaboration between Cloud Nothings, Carpark Records, director John Ryan Manning and Urban Outfitters. You can read an interview with director Ryan Manning, cinematographer Caleb Crossen and drummer Jayson Gercyz about the making of the video here
Cloud Nothings - "No Future / No Past" Official Video from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.
Andrew Bird has a new track streaming titled 'Eyeoneye', which is taken from his upcoming Break It Yourself album. It is kind of a boom or bust song, that continues picking up steam as it goes along right up until the end. Bird shows his versatility as a man-of-many-instruments in this track. The album was said to be recorded in Bird’s barn in Western Illinois, but by the sounds of 'Eyeoneye' there are no barnyard resemblance going on here. Break It Yourself, is Birds sixth LP and it will be released March 6th, 2012 via Mom + Pop.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Greene has a subtle way of building energy during his live shows. He appears to know that many of the fans come from the Grateful Dead followers so he shows his own support to them and the groups that have obviously inspired him by playing some Grateful Dead favorites with “Bertha”, “Shakedown Street”, a “Casey Jones” instrumental interlude, and even a tease of “Terrapin” near the end.
The whole evening felt very covers heavy. The highlight of the evening for me was the epic combination of “Heard it Through the Grape Vine” which went into “Another Brick in the Wall(Instrumental)” by Pink Flloyd, followed by the Dead’s “Shakedown Street” into the “Casey Jones(Instrumental)” and then finally back to a short “Heard it Through the Grape Vine(Reprise). It was a you’ve-got-to-be-there kind of moment that won’t leave my mind any time soon.
Jackie did play plenty of his own tunes as well which are just as strong in my opinion. “Gone Wanderin’” is one of my personal favorites of his and was certainly welcome to hear live as well as “Hollywood”, and “I Don’t Live in a Dream.”
Overall the evening was quite exceptional. I felt that the second set was missing the momentum that the first set had built up but I still walked away from the show excited for the next time he comes to town.