Monday, November 29, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins

ARTIST / BAND: Smashing Pumpkins

MP3: Tom Tom

ALBUM: Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol II: The Solstice Bare

FILE UNDER: Rock

LABEL: Virgin

 

INFO: The newest single "Tom Tom" is here for download!   If you haven't already scooped up your copy already of the second EP, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol II: The Solstice Bare is in still available for a short time in The Smashing Pumpkins store  or at various physical and online retailers.  Again, it is limited edition and contains a 4-song CD, and a beautiful 12-inch vinyl picture disk featuring "Freak," "Spangled," "The Fellowship" and "Tom Tom" as well as the unreleased B side "Cottonwood Symphony." Go get yours before they're gone.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Les Jupes

ARTIST / BAND: Les Jupes

MP3: Myth #3 (The Mountain)

ALBUM: Modern Myths

FILE UNDER: indie

LABEL: head in the sand

INFO: Les Jupes are a new band from the centre of Canada versed in expansive musical landscapes, sharp lyrics and an observer’s eye for the world. They are three Anglos with a French name making big, broad and determined music. And they are at the centre of a prairie renaissance growing around Head In The Sand Records.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cosmo's Academy

Cosmo's Academy

Cosmo's Academy is a band from the West Coast who just got done listening to the Dark Side of the Moon and eating frozen pizza.  Our interests include philosophy, hiking, bean bag chairs and weed.  We're really just trying to make the world a better place. 

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Eksi Ekso

ARTIST / BAND: Eksi Ekso

MP3: "Kills Of The Flood Tide"

ALBUM: Kills Of The Flood Tide 7" Single

FILE UNDER: post rock

LABEL: The Mylene Sheath

INFO: Eksi Ekso (pronounced 'ex-ee ex-o') is a rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The latest brainchild from the creative forces behindThe Burning Paris and On Fire, Eksi Ekso is the convergence of atypical rock instrumentation, experimentation with form, and the breath of collaborative writing via six musicians coming from very different schools. Nate Shumaker (vocals/guitar), Tom Korkidis (vocals/bass/keys/samples), Sean Will (flugelhorn/trumpet/keys/samples), Clara Kebabian (violin/oboe/vocals), Beth Holub (viola), and Alex Mihm (drums/percussion) compose songs that play out like soundtracks to found footage reels.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Happy Hollows

ARTIST / BAND: The Happy Hollows

MP3: Faces / Monster Room / High Wire

ALBUM: Spells

FILE UNDER: Rock

LABEL: Autumn Tone

INFO: In the past year, Sarah Negahdari, the singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of Los Angeles art-rock trio The Happy Hollows, has caused quite a commotion in the music world. Wired Magazine called her “one of the coolest women in rock,” Pitchfork wrote that her voice “commands attention on both the stompers and serenades,” and The Huffington Post branded her a “rock goddess.” Now The Happy Hollows are set to release their debut album Spells via Autumn Tone Records. The L.A. indie label will release the album in the U.S. on January 26, 2010. Sarah Negahdari’s journey to this point has been unconventional to say the least. It all began in a trailer park…well actually it began during the Iranian Revolution….

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Elk

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ARTIST / BAND: Elk

MP3: Volleyball

ALBUM: Lets Get Married

FILE UNDER: Afro beat

LABEL: Shape Up Records

INFO: In 2009, after a brief tour through a handful of midwest cities, Elk (aka Justin Stein) was on the receiving end of some positive feedback for his debut EP Honey Range, which was released on his own Shape Up Records. So, he took the next logical step and began working on a full length release from his Brooklyn, NY apartment.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Radical Face

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ARTIST / BAND: Radical Face

MP3: The Deserter's Song/ Doorways

ALBUM: Touch The Sky

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: Morr Music

INFO: Radical Face is the solo project of Ben Cooper, musician, illustrator, and artist based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. On November 16, 2010, Radical Face will release the EPTouch The Sky via Morr Music.
In 2007, Radical Face released Ghost, an album that presented the simple idea: what if houses had memories? Some of the songs on Ghost were from people still living their lives, some were from the point of view of those dead and gone, watching over the living or haunting them. Be sure to check out the "Making of Ghost" documentary that aired across the US on Current.TV. Ben is also a member of the Jacksonville duo Electric President. Made up of Ben and band mate Alex Kane, Electric President has two albums and one EP, also released under Morr Music.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Twilight Hotel

ARTIST / BAND: Twilight Hotel

MP3: Mahogany Veneer

ALBUM: When The Wolves Go Blind

FILE UNDER: Alternative / Roots Music

LABEL: kill beat music

INFO: Twilight Hotel is the musical partnership of Brandy Zdan & Dave Quanbury. Together they possess an elusive chemistry and musical style that is dark, moody and rooted in some kind of nostalgic passion for scratchy records and vintage guitar tones. They combine a rock n roll sensibility, compelling songwriting, and haunting arrangements while standing comfortably outside your predictable genre box.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Guards

Guards

MP3: "Swimming After Dark"

ALBUM: GUARDS ep

FILE UNDER: alternative new wave power pop

LABEL: 3 syllables records

INFO: GUARDS are living proof that this Twitter / Internet malarkey actually works! Closely affiliated CULTS (you don’t get any closer than your own sister) tweeted an update to their mighty list of followers a few months back that they feature on a new EP by GUARDS.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lonnie Walker

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ARTIST / BAND: Lonnie Walker

MP3: Summertime / Love Turn

ALBUM: These Times Old Times

FILE UNDER: Indie / Americana / Punk

LABEL: DiggUp Records

INFO: Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker will see a national release for debut full-length These Times Old Times December 14, 2010, after a successful local release in 2009. Currently on a month long tour with Future Islands, they will release a split 7” with them November 4, 2010. Titled The Ink Well/Love Turn, the release is limited to 300 pieces of peach vinyl.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Eat More Cake Site

ARTIST / BAND: Eat More Cake Site

MP3: Underwater

ALBUM: Climb The Ladder, Live The Dream

FILE UNDER: hip hop, trip hop, electronica

LABEL: Urban Torque Recordings

INFO: Eat More Cake are a 4-piece electronica band based in Harrow, NW London. Their music combines elements of dance, hip-hop and down-tempo which form the basis for an innovative and unique sound.

Their debut single ‘Red Sky’, featuring Alexis Griffith, was released on December 7th and was taken from the album ‘Climb The Ladder, Live The Dream’, due out in 2010 on independent label Urbantorque Recordings.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sub Swara Mixtape

MP3: TRIGGERS Vol. 1

1. Sub Swara – Steam
2. Distal – Coke Bottle
3. Sub Swara – Bend You
4. Moldy – Embrace the Filth
5. Julio Bashmore – Batak Groove
6. Sub Swara – Vagabond Knowledge
7. Sub Swara – In Ether
8. Kraddy – Minotaur
9. Tinie Tempah – Written in the Stars (Starkey Remix)
10. Sub Swara – Schemes
11. Sub Swara – Future Fresh
12. Ultragamma – Stars Collapse
13. Big Boi – Shutterbug (Sub Swara Remix)
14. Stuart Bogie (Antibalas & Superhuman Happiness) – Horn Interlude
15. Sub Swara – October
16. Sub Swara – Bird of Paradise

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Lille

ARTIST / BAND: Lille

SONG (MP3): "Tall Shoulders" / "Tall Shoulders" - Todd Buchler (Duchess Leo) Remix

ALBUM: Tall Shoulders

FILE UNDER:  Melodramatic Popular Song

LABEL: Whale Heart Records

INFO: Lille is Grace Bellury, an eighteen year old songstress from Atlanta, GA. Born a poor asian boy, Grace accompanied his father and three sisters to America, where they sailed on a ship carrying spices to every corner of the earth. He was the friend of every swarthy sailor and sat up late at night in the cabins below the deck, the warm lantern glow radiating off the roughened yet kindly faces, spinning stories of exotic girls from every continent and exploits worthy of a Conrad novel. The sailors constructed papooses made from sturdy rope for Grace and his small sisters and they hung suspended from the ballast every night, sleeping peacefully

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Jen Wood


ARTIST / BAND: Jen Wood
MP3: "Pills" / "Morning Light" / Zeppelin
ALBUM: Finds You In Love
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Indie / Acoustic
LABEL: New Granada
INFO: Originally one half of the mid-90's duo Tattle Tale, Wood went on to record and release a string of albums, EP's & singles as a prolific singer/songwriter in her own right.  Known for her delicate and gorgeous voice, she has appeared on some high profile releases including the Postal Service's landmark 2002 album Give Up, singing the duet "Nothing Better" with Benjamin Gibbard as well as providing the backing harmonies for the single "Such Great Heights".  Additional vocal appearances include releases by Jeremy Enigk, Black Heart Procession, Rosie Thomas and Joan of Arc.
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Friday, November 05, 2010

Elizabeth & the Catapult

ARTIST / BAND: Elizabeth & the Catapult

MP3s:  "You and Me" / "Go Away My Lover"

ALBUM: The Other Side of Zero

FILE UNDER: Folk / Singer Songwriter / Pop

LABEL: Verve Forecast

INFO: “I’d hope there’s humor to both of our albums, but they’re actually quite different from one another,” says Elizabeth Ziman, the singer/songwriter/keyboardist behind Elizabeth & the Catapult. “While Taller Children has the sarcastic lightness of a Woody Allen film, the new record’s more in the vein of Kubrick or Lynch. It’s a bit darker, a bit more tongue-in-cheek—another side to who we are.” The reason for this shift isn’t as simple as a sudden breakup or breakdown. The dissonant strains are lurking between the lines, from the clanging chords and galloping groove of “The Horse and the Missing Cart” to the hopeful but bitter contrasts of “Thank You For Nothing,” a heartbroken ballad that channels the Buddhist teachings of an old Leonard Cohen poem. As it turns out, Elizabeth read Cohen’s Book of Longing collection from cover to cover while working on the Lincoln Center song cycle—performed last spring for a commission from NPR’s John Schaefer—that gave The Other Side of Zero its title and a handful of tracks. As the pages sunk in, one particular theme stood out: Cohen’s struggle to meet Buddhist goals in a monastery, which Elizabeth felt paralleled her own coming-of-age struggles while living and growing up in New York City. “Once I finished the book,” she says, “I realized that reaching this zen state wasn’t a realistic goal. Not for Leonard, and certainly not for me.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Giant Sand

ARTIST / BAND: Giant Sand

MP3: Fields of Green

ALBUM: Blurry Blue Mountain

FILE UNDER: alt. country

LABEL: Fire Records

INFO: Inaccurately yet affectionately dubbed the Godfather of Alt. Country by the British press, Tucson, Arizona-based musician Howe Gelb has remained the sole epicenter and creative force behind the ever-fluid configurations of Giant Sand for over a quarter century. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the bands 1985 debut long player Valley Of Rain – the point in which Howes music visions began – and will see the release of the complete works of Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp and The Bands Of Blacky Ranchette – a collection of works that maintains its own genre-defying singularity drawing on the not-so disparate threads of his south western roots, lo-fi, country, jazz, and punk … “Giant Sand is a mood,” explained Howe, as if to simplify the dizzying breadth of his prolific output as an artist.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Valleys

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ARTIST / BAND: Valleys
SONG (MP3): "Ordinary Dream"
ALBUM: Stoner
FILE UNDER:  Experimental / Psychedelic / Shoegaze
LABEL: Semprini
INFO: Enriching the intimacy of lo-fi with bold experimentation, psychedelic folk and haunting melodies, Valleys forge delicate vignettes that chill the blood and stir the soul.  Soaked in a swirling ocean of electronic haze, stripped guitars, ghostly vocals, feedback and sparse percussion through a shimmering dream-pop cloudscape.
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Underworld

ARTIST / BAND: Underworld

MP3: Always Loved A Film (Christian Martin Remix)

ALBUM: Barking

FILE UNDER: Electronic

LABEL: Universal International Music B.V.