ARTIST / BAND: Shy Child
SONG (MP3): Astronaut
ALBUM: Noise Won't Stop
FILE UNDER: Indie / Electro
LABEL: Kill Rock Stars
ARTIST / BAND: Blip Blip Bleep
SONG (MP3): Okay Lover
ALBUM: Alarm Clock, Snooze Bar, Get Up - EP
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Electro
LABEL: Undercover Culture Music
INFO: Blip Blip Bleep is, of Sean Han, Brett Thompson, and Sarah Lee, an electronic-rock project based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Alarm Clock, Snooze Bar, Get Up is the second official Blip Blip Bleep (BBB) release. Through its six tracks, the EP tells a day in the life story of an urban 20-something coming of age and struggling with work, love, and loneliness. It begins with the alarm clock ringing on yet another work day, proceeds through the daily grind, a night on the town, and ends on the way home in the early AM hours the next day.
ARTIST / BAND: The Hood Internet
ALBUM: The Hood Internet vs Chicago
FILE UNDER: Fun Pop
INFO: In an age of immediacy, The Hood Internet gives the people what they want on a daily basis—even if they don't know they want it yet. Marauding the pop, rap and R&B landscapes like laptop-armed alchemists, DJs STV SLV and ABX (aka Steve Reidell and Aaron Brink) drop the unlikeliest elements into their pot and make gold—from Dirty South rap to Canadian indie rock to "French Touch" electro to pretty much whatever else you got.
ARTIST / BAND: Sigur Rós
SONG (MP3): Gobbledigook
ALBUM: Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust
FILE UNDER: Indie / Ambient / Experimental
LABEL: EMI / XL Recordings
INFO: With a buzz… was co-produced with the band by renowned producer Flood, and was recorded in New York City (at Sear Sound Studios), London (at Assault and Battery Studios and Abbey Road), Reykjavik (at Alafloss, the band’s studio, as well as a church in Reykjavik), and Havana, Cuba. It is the first Sigur Rós album to be produced outside of their homeland of Iceland. It is also their first album to feature vocalist Jon “Jonsi” Thor Birgisson’s vocals in English on one track (the remainder are sung in Icelandic).
ARTIST / BAND: Booka Shade
SONG (MP3): The Sun & The Neon Light
ALBUM: The Sun & The Neon Light
FILE UNDER: Electro / Techno / Electronica
LABEL: physical music
INFO: It's the state Massive Attack called Mezzanine, the same headspace occupied by Bill Murray in Lost In Translation: those sensations halfway between sleep and wakefulness brought on by jet-lag or over-indulgence, when reality seems remote and unreachable beyond the hotel window or a mental fug. And it’s the place Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier inhabit on their third album, trapped – as the title suggests – in the twilight zone between day and night.
ARTIST / BAND: Reeve Oliver
SONG (MP3): Yer Motion
ALBUM: Touchtone Inferno
FILE UNDER: Rock / Indie /
LABEL: SUMMERTONE RECORDS
INFO: Reeve Oliver is an American pop rock band formed in 2000 in San Diego, California. They have released two albums and several EPs and have toured with larger acts such as The Vandals, Yellowcard, and Switchfoot. They have been locally recognized at the San Diego Music Awards, earning "best rock album" in 2003 for The Reeveolution EP and again in 2005 for Reeve Oliver, and being named "best rock act" at the 2006 awards.
ARTIST / BAND: The Diggs
SONG (MP3): ctrl-alt-del
FILE UNDER: Rock
INFO: The Diggs are Timothy Lannen (guitar/vocals), Robert Haussmann (bass), and Charlie Schmid (percussion). They are a Brooklyn-based band with a melodic Mid-nineties indie rock sound. Their sophomore LP Ctrl-Alt-Del was recorded at Stratosphere Sound, a studio in the West Chelsea neighborhood of New York City owned by ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and Fountain of Wayne’s Adam Schlessinger. It was produced and mixed by Rudyard Lee Cullers (Ryan Adams’ Rock N’ Roll, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Isis EP) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Oasis’ Definitely Maybe) at Masterdisk.
ARTIST / BAND: Alibi Tom
SONG (MP3): Fire
ALBUM: Fire Single
FILE UNDER: Indie Alternative Rock
LABEL: Leon Music art and fashion
INFO: Alibi tom delivers vibrant harmonies, strong playful melodies and sweet hooks. There is a definite willingness to experiment and a refreshing honesty in the lyrics. At times you can hear that archetypal Swedish melancholy countered by affirming warmth. Good old organic musicianship meets unrestrained relentless, electrical energy. Originating from Classical, Brit Pop and progressive backgrounds, combined there is a broad musical awareness in the band.
ARTIST / BAND: Anthem In
SONG (MP3): Down
ALBUM: Anthem In
FILE UNDER: Indie
LABEL: quiet loud records
INFO: Allen Orr and Ashley Proffitt met in the fall of 2000 in Atlanta and instantly became fans of each other’s music. Allen was in the band Igloo and Ashley was playing quiet solo shows. Over the next seven years the two of them each moved several times to different cities and countries, only to reconnect in New York. Allen had a bunch of songs, Ashley had a Wurlitzer and one thing led to another.
On September 15th of 2007, Allen and Ashley met in a rehearsal space in the Lower East Side, exactly seven years to the day after the two of them met for the first time in Atlanta. They bonded over a mutual love of Def Leppard’s Hysteria, and Anthem In was born.
ARTIST / BAND: Bum Kon
SONG (MP3): Giving In
ALBUM: Bum Kon
FILE UNDER: Punk
LABEL: smooch records
INFO: Bum Kon 'were the band' as Bob Ferbrache put it regarding early punk rock days in Denver. Sounding like teenagers on speed aping Black Flag, how could they not?
Bum Kon. Bum Kon recorded two albums and a single in between 1983 and 1986. The single is called 'Drunken Sex Sucks' and was released by Local Anesthetic in 1983. It's since become a sought after single amongst punks that are willing to spend a lot of money on ebay. Bob Ferbrache recorded around twenty songs by the band and five were picked out for the single. The remaining songs were never used
ARTIST / BAND: THE EXPLORERS CLUB
SONG (MP3): Do You Love Me?
ALBUM: Freedom Wind
FILE UNDER: Psychedelic / Rock / Pop
LABEL: DEAD OCEANS
INFO: Freedom Wind CD / LP (DOC007, released: 05/20/08)
Great indie rock bands have long made a habit of recasting the music of our parents' youth. Turn on Dr. Dog, Olivia Tremor Control, or the Black Angels for just a few examples of bands who make glorious new music in classic molds. Now take the idea a step further. Take the homage just far enough that you can imagine yourself experiencing, say, the Beach Boys in their prime, but with fresh songs not tempered by a generation of Sweatin' to the Oldies. This is elation without irony. This is the Explorers Club's debut album, Freedom Wind.
ARTIST / BAND: Unicycle Loves You
SONG (MP3): Hawaii!
ALBUM: Unicycle Loves You
FILE UNDER: Rock / Indie
LABEL: Highwheel Records
INFO: Unicycle founder Jim Carroll crafts tunes and lyrics that can be simultaneously dark and toe-tapping. Hear a Unicycle song once and discover it has burrowed into your frontal cortex. Jon Pollock, after just a few mega-calorie-burning minutes on stage, has the appearance of a hallucinating shaman emerging from a sweat lodge. Nicole Vitale, Baker and Labrada provide a percussive wall of often bouncy, always novel punk driven beats that buoy three-part harmonies and conjure up tuneful artifacts of pop evolution from 1958 to 2008.
Unicycle Loves You self-titled full-length album (produced by Brian Deck) will be released on Highwheel Records June 10, 2008.
ARTIST / BAND: The Catalysts
SONG (MP3): Goes On Forever
FILE UNDER: Pop / Folk Rock / Psychedelic
INFO: Ulric Kennedy formed The Catalysts in 1985 but the band, whose early demos sounded like the Sarah EP that never was, failed to realise its potential, as Ulric's role as bassist in The Golden Dawn took precedence soon afterwards.
He revived the band in the mid-90s, almost, but not quite, winning the annual Electric Honey deal which shot Belle and Sebastian to instant cult status.
As of 2006, The Catalysts are back once more, following up the original EP, finally released by Félicité Singles Club in 2004, with a second - Long Distance - which can currently be heard in demo form on the band's MySpace page.
ARTIST / BAND: Oh Darling
SONG (MP3): Shoulda Never
ALBUM: Oh Darling EP
FILE UNDER: Rock / Indie / Pop
LABEL: Nice Records
INFO: This one clicks for me in the chorus, at the end of the second line, when the melody steps slightly down, into that unresolved place, and just stays there (around 1:11). Goes to show yet again that you never know where a hook is coming from, or why. And this sort of thing doesn't happen in a vacuum--the whole reason that unresolved detour sounds so apt is because of everything that's come before it. For a relatively new band, these guys have recorded something that glows with preternatural charm and know-how.
ARTIST / BAND: The Pharmacy
SONG (MP3): Little Toys On A Shelf
ALBUM:Choose Yr. Own Adventure
FILE UNDER: Psychedelic / Thrash / Classical
LABEL: dont stop believin
INFO:The Pharmacy is a psychedelic/indie punk band from Seattle, Washington, consisting of three members: Scott Yoder (guitar, lead vocals), Brendhan Bowers (drums, backing vocals), and Stefan Rubicz (keyboards, backing vocals). They also have been known to record with a wide array of other instruments including strings, horns, and many different types of synthesizers/keyboards. They occasionally play live with cellist Calvin Havnaer.
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Artist / Band: SOLTERO
Song (MP3): Out at the Wall
Album: You're No Dream
File Under: Mean love songs /Rock / Folk / 2-step
Label: La Societe Expeditionnaire
Info: The fifth Soltero record, You're No Dream, comes out on May 20 on La Societe Expeditionnaire (PA) and June 2 on Messie Murders (Paris)...two homes to big hearts that I've known for a long time.
The previous records can generally be found online - either through solterosongs.com or the respective label's website. But I'd say you're probably S.O.L. on the first record ("Science Will Figure You Out,") because that sucker is out of print, and I think Defrocked may be as well.
Artist / Band: MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
Song (MP3): Inside a Boy
Album: A Thousand Shark's Teeth
File Under: Experimental / Rock / Indie
Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records
Info: My Brightest Diamond is Shara Worden, granddaughter of an Epiphone-playing traveling evangelist, fathered by a National Accordion Champion, and mothered by a church organist. Spanish tango, Sunday morning gospel, classical and jazz were the accompaniment to her home life. Her first song was recorded at age three and by age eight she was studying piano, performing in community musical productions and singing in her Pentecostal church choir, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she spent most of her childhood.
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ARTIST / BAND: Death To Anders
SONG (MP3): Camera Lens
ALBUM: Ficticious Businesses
FILE UNDER: Indie / Rock / Alternative
INFO: The four members of Death to Anders' intelligent utilization of a satirically invigorating story-led lyrical delivery provides for an entertaining scope into the modernistic age we are all familiar with. One can easily hear shades of Isaac Brock and Stephen Malkmus in vocalist Rob Danson’s delivery, with his range impressively stretching from moments of squealing intensity to subdued murmurs of sincere ardency. This is done over an equally impressive instrumental approach, with a wide array of guitars, keys, strings, and an exceptionally tight rhythm section.
ARTIST / BAND: Trevor Exter
SONG (MP3): Strawberry Wine
ALBUM: Flying Saucer People EP
FILE UNDER: Acoustic / Pop / Alternative
INFO: I was born in Ithaca, NY and I always played different things but kept coming back to the cello.
I started singing in Brazil and then with De La Guarda here in NYC, now I just sit with the cello and sing. I play it weird though - like a tiny bass or aquatic guitar, and I also hit it sometimes.
You can find me often at Banjo Jim’s, Rockwood, Joe’s Pub, Living Room, Sidewalk and those kinds of places, mostly songwriter hangouts.
I work frequently as a sideman, but I ain’t Yo-Yo Ma!
Come see a show sometime - we’ve been hitting it pretty hard with the band, and I also do solo sets.
ARTIST / BAND: Stereolab
SONG (MP3): Three Women
ALBUM: Chemical Chords
FILE UNDER: Indie Pop / Post Rock
INFO: Chemical Chords is their first album proper since 2004's Margerine Eclipse (if you discount the EP collection of 2006, Fab Four Suture) and it features thirteen songs by Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane and one solo Gane composition, as well as string and brass arrangements from Sean O'Hagan. The picture you see to the right is the sleeve for the new album and the tracklisting reads like this...
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One of the biggest urban art events was organized by (the great) Banksy himself and took place in May 2008 (as The Cannes Film festival). The tunnel underneath the Waterloo station in London (Leak Street) was overcrowded for all three days of the festival. The urban art lovers could see their underground stars (Bsas Stencil from Buenos Aires, the founder of Stencil Revolution - Prism, Logan Hicks and many more) in action.
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Here, I tried to collect all the available info about this massive event:
The festival in the news:
ans Festival: Street art show brings crowds to Leake Street
London SE1, UK - May 5, 2008
The Cans Festival featured works by Banksy and street artists from around the world. The event also offered blank walls at the Lower Marsh end of the tunnel ...
Banksy Hosts The Cans Festival
Cool Hunting, NY - May 6, 2008
Banksy took on the idea by inviting artists to join him in London for The Cans Festival stencil party, this time not in a building but in a tunnel once used ...
Review: The Cans Festival
Londonist, UK - May 4, 2008
Of course the big name that’s bringing the crowds to the Cans Festival is Banksy: it’s always interesting when he’s part of a project with prior approval. ...
Public to make their mark in Cans Festival
Worthing Today, UK - May 3, 2008
The Cans Festival, a three-day street party of stencil art, kicks off in an old tunnel formerly used by taxis, which was vacated when Eurostar left its ...
Banksy sets up stencil festival
Brantford Expositor, Canada - May 10, 2008
The subversive British tagger turned art-house sensation marshalled more than three dozen international artists for what he called the "Cans Festival" - and ...
Street Artists Convene for Banksy "Cans Festival"
ARTINFO, NY - May 2, 2008
Organized by anonymous street superstar Banksy, the "Cans Festival" opens to the public this weekend; until today the exact location was kept secret while ...
Looking for radical art? Try the South Bank, not Banksy
guardian.co.uk, UK - May 6, 2008
Despite the poised irreverence and iconoclasm of the Cans festival, it was the posters in the Hayward that - despite all the failed hopes of the '68 ...
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ARTIST / BAND: Marching Band
SONG (MP3): Feel Good About IT
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop
LABEL: U & L Records
INFO: Marching Band is an indie rock band based in Linköping, Sweden. In 2008, their first full-length album "Spark Large" was recorded and highlights the bands one of a kind indie pop sound. While the group does use the mainstay rock sounds of guitars, drums and bass guitar, they also employ an array of more eccentric musical instruments for a indie pop band, such as xylophone, marimba, banjo, vibraphone and unique vocal harmonies.
ARTIST / BAND: William F. Gibbs
ALBUM: My Fellow Sophisticates
FILE UNDER: Garage / Gospel / Gothic
LABEL: Old Man Records
INFO: Born in Troy, Alabama, William F Gibbs was first introduced to the guitar as a result of his mother cleaning out the attic. Lying prone on the couch with a shattered leg, William was desperately looking for a way to pass the time.
Gibbs explains: "I'm indebted to the guitar. It was my gateway drug to songwriting, arranging, singing, exploring and music at large. I started playing when I was 14, but for years we were strangers and had no real knowledge of each other. When I was 21 I became incredibly bored with playing so in order to resuscitate my love for it I denied myself the comforts of familiarity. I exchanged a pick for long fingernails, standard tunings for non-standard, and conventional chords for imaginary ones. Right around this time I started writing songs. As far as influences on my guitar playing go here's a short list: Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, Joe Maphis, Danny Gatton, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Brian May, John Frusciante, John Fahey, and David Wilcox."
Since then, he has performed extensively in the southern states that surround his home of Greenville, South Carolina.
ARTIST / BAND: Bart Davenport
ALBUM: Bart Davenport
FILE UNDER: Pop / Folk Rock
LABEL: antenna farm records
INFO: Bart Davenport (AKA the Mayor of the East Bay) is a West Coast institution. The Berkeley native spent the late 80s fronting various mod-revival groups until putting together seminal Bay Area garage/blues act The Loved Ones. Touring relentlessly, the band developed a devoted Northern Soul fan base throughout the US and Europe (where they remain a jukebox favorite) before calling it quits in the mid 90s. Like so many before him, BD moved from garage blues to blue-eyed soul and formed the Kinetics, one of San Francisco’s most popular late-90s bands. 1000 silly magazine awards and broken venue attendance records later, Bart realized his songwriting could no longer be reigned in by devotion to any one boutique style, and the Kinetics were history.
ARTIST / BAND: Okay
SONG (MP3): My
ALBUM: Huggable Dust
FILE UNDER: Indie Folk
LABEL: Absolutley Kosher
INFO: Huggable Dust is a record about love. It’s not a single undying love but a decade’s worth of songs to different lovers, capturing the emotion at its most ephemeral as well as its most intense.
At first, Huggable Dust seems to be a break up record but it is much much more. It grows and blossoms and touches on so many aspects of the heart: longing, loss, obsession, disagreement, and resilience. As a society, we place great value on romantic, timeless love, going so far as to distinguish it as “true” love. But how many moments are just as poignant if fleeting? Do we feel the same things emotionally in those instants; on the precipices of something we have no idea is doomed? Do those little sparks of human contact, of intimate or infatuating connections make a collective impression on us that enriches our souls? Or is that spark just enough to create great art and great music?
Just as on his debut albums Low Road and High Road (both released in 2005 on Absolutely Kosher), Okay’s Marty Anderson writes and performs his songs with a uniquely kaleidoscopic approach of mixing repetition and variation. This is the language of pop music, of course, but Marty’s songs fold in on each other acrobatically in ways that aren’t always apparent on a single listen. Multi-layered and baroque, dense layers of technological and organic sounds fizzle under gentle pop melodies. Even in the simplest songs, where Marty is playing acoustic guitar, it comes back to a boil.
The lyrics are meditative and repetitive, a bit like mantras, deceptively simple, but like the music, prone to change when you’re not looking. In the song “Natural,” he slowly repeats "I want you" over and over and in the last repetition adds “to be happy". Is this a declaration of desire or resignation? The unique sound of Marty’s voice diverts your attention from just how clever he can be. Maybe that’s why it works so well.
Okay’s sound is transcendent, and their songs really connect with people. This isn’t just hype. The release of this album is the second-most asked about follow-up on the label (behind the Wrens). Low Road and High Road were sleeper hits of 2005, the best-selling release through direct mail order of that year. Several members of Get Him Eat Him, led by bassist Joe Posner, formed an eight piece band (billed as Joe and the Pony Express) and covered “Now.” Deerhoof counts Okay among their favorite bands and members can frequently be seen in the front row of his shows. Athens , GA band Venus is Sinking is recording an EP of Okay covers. Okay fans are among the most passionate we’ve ever encountered.
ARTIST / BAND: THE EPOCHS
SONG (MP3): Giving Tree
FILE UNDER: Indie Pop
INFO: For brothers Ryan & Hays Holladay, the craft of songwriting has
always been closely linked with that of recording. From their
earliest days of musical collaboration in elementary school, they
employed computers and tape machines to not only document
their songs but to begin sculpting their sound. A sound that could
be called a distant relative to pop music. A sound that would later
become the musical foundation for The Epochs (pronounced ee-poks).
The two continued to write and record together after moving to New
York City. By 2000 they had amassed a sizable collection of recorded
material, some of which was included on a self released CD titled
'Ten Billion Light Years of Solitude'.
In Spring 2004, The Epochs, having expanded to include bassist
Kevin Smith and drummer Kotchy, began translating the recordings
into songs that could be played live. After performing multiple
residencies at such New York venues as the Knitting Factory and
Nublu, the band decided to relocate to Seattle. For over a year, they
called an abandoned 3-story building in downtown their home, out
of which they developed their live show and adjusted to recording
as a four-piece. Local radio station KEXP began playing the demos
they slid under their door which helped The Epochs develop a
following and attention from local press.
Since returning to Brooklyn in September of 2006, the band has
finished producing their self-titled debut. It is a big, varried
sounding record. Ranging from the bombastic electronics on
'Opposite Sides', to the seething orchestration and manipulated
guitar of 'Mouths to Feed', to the playful ryhthms of 'Giving Tree',
it never stops in one place musically long enough for it to be
pigeonholed into a category. And it is this restlessness that
gives the group its unique sound. However, a consistent thread
can be found amongst the genre exploration. The shared vocals
of Hays & Ryan, their lyrics and layered harmonies help give this
sonically eclectic work its continuity. The record was mixed by
Hays Holladay in the Spring of 2007 and is scheduled for release
later this year.
ARTIST / BAND: Pomegranates
SONG (MP3): Thunder Meadow
ALBUM: Everything Is Alive
FILE UNDER: Pop / Surf / Shoegaze
LABEL: Lujo Records
INFO: Pomegranates began in the young minds of Jacob Merritt and Isaac Karns. With a mutual desire to make music, the two began penning songs. Immediately they felt this new project was heading places, so they solicited the help of Joey Cook, and the three got down to business. Their initial practice session gave shape to what would later become their first song, "Nursery Magic". Poms were official. June of 2007 saw the release of their well received debut EP 'Two Eyes'. Their full length, 'Everything is Alive', was released in May of 2008. Pomegranates continues to write music and share it with whoever lends an ear.
ARTIST / BAND: Bowerbirds
SONG (MP3): In Our Talons
ALBUM: Hymns For A Dark Horse
FILE UNDER: Acoustic / Americana /
LABEL: Dead Oceans
INFO: The members of Bowerbirds are "of the earth" in more ways than one. The group hails from rural North Carolina. Many of the songs on its recently released debut, Hymns for a Dark Horse (Burly Time), take as their subject matter things of this earth, and the destructive things humans do to them. And when the band plays live, as it did opening for John Vanderslice September 6 at Los Angeles's Troubadour, its music is very organic. That term can be too easily hurled around in our currently environmentally concerned culture, but with Bowerbirds, it fits.
ARTIST / BAND: N*E*R*D
SONG (MP3): Everyone Nose
ALBUM: Seeing Sounds
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Hip Hop / Rock
LABEL: Star Trak
INFO: "We didn't care about genres; we're not doing this for the money," Pharrell Williams said at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. "We're doing this for people who pledge allegiance to our movement." He said that his fans want to rock out and be taken on an emotional roller coaster, and the only way to do that is to give some full-on speaker-blasting records. Their sound this time around is not necessarily club music, but it's definitely European-influenced, layered and textured. "It's a big album of LSD, sonic drug," Chad Hugo stated.
ARTIST / BAND: Music Go Music
SONG (MP3): Light Of Love
ALBUM: Light Of Love
FILE UNDER: Psycho Pop
LABEL: secretly canadian
INFO: Music Go Music have the simple syrup of pop extravagance running through their veins. These arena-sized songs are composed with such savage efficiency that you find yourself humming along before two bars have gone by. They are as assured and crafted as ABBA and ELO's best songs of '76, yet Music Go Music sounds fresh. They've exploded the formulas from the inside out, sounding like a hundred others and no one else. "Light of Love" is a true celebration of pop music's potential - laying a thin sheen of magic over the world around it, and making the tedious bits of the human experience a little less so.
ARTIST / BAND: Bryan Scary And The Shredding Tears
SONG (MP3): Imitation Of The Sky
ALBUM: Flight Of The Knife
FILE UNDER: Psychedelic / Pop / Indie
LABEL: Black and Greene Records
INFO: Brooklyn psych-poppers Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their second album, Flight of the Knife. Black and Greene Records will officially release the album on April 1st, 2008. As a special treat to their fans, the band is offering a FREE track to download every week leading up to the release, starting January 8th at FlightoftheKnife.com.
ARTIST / BAND: The Literary Greats
SONG (MP3): New York, Not Her
ALBUM: The Literary Greats
FILE UNDER: Rock / Indie / Country
LABEL: Alternative Americana
INFO: Simple melodies, intricate guitar work, beautiful keys brought together in the context of rock n' roll.
ARTIST / BAND: 2*Sweet
SONG (MP3): Rested Eyes Tell No Lies
ALBUM: Sleep Without Dreams
FILE UNDER: Chicago Doom Pop
INFO: Hello, We are 2*Sweet, a rock band from Chicago. We are proudly unsigned and love playing for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Add us on our other sites, talk to us, and come see a show. On May 20, we are releasing to the world our debut full-length album Sleep Without Dreams. It is available for pre-order at Smartpunk now. All pre-orders are guaranteed a free autographed poster and five lucky winners will get a golden ticket and a sweet prize package.
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ARTIST / BAND: No Kids
SONG (MP3): The Beaches Are Closed
ALBUM: Come Into My House
FILE UNDER: Indie Pop
INFO: Come Into My House is the first release by Vancouver, Canada trio NO KIDS. Comprised of 3/4s of the critically revered pop band P:ANO, NO KIDS are multi-instrumentalists Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, and singer/songwriter Nick Krgovich.
ARTIST / BAND: GEORGIAN VERSION
SONG (MP3): SO CLOSE SO FAR
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Indie / Rock
INFO: Group GEORGIAN VERSION was founded in 2002. the idea of establishing the group belongs to brothers Irakli and Tornike Katsadze. first the members of the group were: Irakli Katsadze (guitar), Tornike Katsadze(bass guitar), and Levan Bandzeladze(drums). Later Mari Butskrikidze (vocal) joined the group.
Now the group is without drummer and the concert they are presented with different drummers.
Group GEORGIAN VERSION participated in several Georgian Rock Festivals. Now group members are busy with demo versions of their own songs and making a new website.
ARTIST / BAND: Chin Chin
SONG (MP3): Appetite
ALBUM: Chin Chin
FILE UNDER: jazz, funk, disco, contemporary R&B, rock, and electro
LABEL: definitive jux
INFO: Chin Chin, formed in 2001 by Torbitt and Wilder Schwartz - joined soon after by Atlanta Georgia bred Jeremy Wilms- was originally intended to improvise back-up music for singers and MC's at a monthly party in Brooklyn. Realizing a greater potential, the brothers started writing music. With songs in place, they began recruiting musicians from the fertile Williamsburg scene.
ARTIST / BAND: Wildbirds & Peacedrums
SONG (MP3): Doubt/Hope
FILE UNDER: Other / Blues / Pop
LABEL: Leaf Label, Caprice, Found You
INFO: The duo, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, started in 2005 and has since then spread their fantastic and special music from the stage and through a couple of self-produced CD-R’s. Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin build their music on vocals and drums and then expand and develop it with some help from electronic devices and other instruments such as the sitar and the glockenspiel. A perfect mix of spiritual pop, free-blues and raw soulmusic makes this band one of the most interesting in Sweden today.
ARTIST / BAND: Amy Winehouse
ALBUM: Back to back
FILE UNDER: Soul, Blues, Pop
INFO: Amy Winehouse has been released from police custody after being arrested on suspicion of drug offences, police said today.
The Grammy-winning soul singer, who was cautioned for assault less than two weeks ago, was held after she handed herself in at an East London police station on Wednesday and was questioned by detectives for more than nine hours.
ARTIST / BAND: Robin McKelle
ALBUM: Modern Antique
FILE UNDER: Jazz / Blues / Soul
LABEL: Blue Note
INFO: Robin McKelle is a jazz singer who brings new life to some old standards. Inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, this jazz singer sounds mature beyond her 30 years. Robin McKelle comes out swinging on her second disc of big band jazz, Modern Antique with an approach that is just this side of naughty. The Boston bred singer has created a stylistically ambitious follow-up to her debut while still managing to evoke and honor the forties big-band sound she explored on the remarkable Introducing Robin McKelle.
ARTIST / BAND: The New Frontiers
SONG (MP3): The Day You Fell Apart
FILE UNDER: Indie / Rock / Americana
LABEL: The Militia Group
INFO: The New Frontiers are a band on the front lines of this battle with their debut full-length offering, Mending; they wisely let their music do the talking. Sonically, the band once known as Stellamaris offers up their take on a quieter, more introspective brand of indie rock. Anchored by singer Nathan Pettijohn's emotive vocal delivery, and complemented in kind by an equally skilled Dallas-based supporting troupe, The New Frontiers present tunes with a quiet sense of majesty that still manage to pack a colossal emotional footprint. Their pacing is deliberate, but never sedate and their sound is at once both contemporary and traditional. The overall musical stew is one that combines dashes of alt-country, brit-rock, and indie-pop (among others) towards a final mélange sure to win over sets of ears for years to come.
ARTIST / BAND: Nine Inch Nails
ALBUM (free): The Slip
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Rock / Industrial
LABEL: The Null Corporation
INFO: Pushing the edges of the new world of music marketing, Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails is offering a free download of its latest album, The Slip.
The move seems an even purer play than what Radiohead did with its most recent album, In Rainbows. The British group offered that record at any price fans were willing to pay, including nothing at all.
ARTIST / BAND: Girls In Hawaii
SONG (MP3): This Farm Will End Up In Fire
ALBUM: Plan Your Escape
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Alternative
INFO: In 2000, Antoine Wielemans and Lionel Vancauwenberghe began recording songs on an 8 track-recorder, and a few months later they formed the band by recruiting their brothers: Denis Wielemans and Brice Vancauwenberghe, and two friends: Christophe Léonard and Daniel Offerman.
In May 2002 they signed with 62TV Records, and, soon after, French music magazine "Magic" wrote about their first demo: "Simplicity, efficiency and accuracy close to perfection, lots of ideas, "their music reminds us of Grandaddy, Blonde Redhead and even dEUS".