Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Coldplay
FILE UNDER: Rock, Pop
INFO: LeftRightLeftRightLeft is a live album that Coldplay gave away at every live show from May 2009 onwards  (apart from festival shows). Starting with the band's first North American tour date, at West Palm Beach in Florida on May 15th 2009, every fan attending a show was given a free copy of the nine-track CD, which wasn't available elsewhere. Also on May 15th at 9am (GMT), theLeftRightLeftRightLeft live album was be made available as a free download at Coldplay.com, for everyone who submitted an email address (and for the same time period).
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: El Obo
MP3: Vrgn Evl
ALBUM: Oxford Basement Collection
FILE UNDER: Indie, Folk, Psychedelic
LABEL: Esperanza Plantation
INFO: It’s time! We’re kicking off our 2011 release schedule with a record several years in the making. May 10th will see the debut release of El Obo, the solo side-project of Colour Revolt frontman Jesse Coppenbarger. The ten tracks that comprise Oxford Basement Collection were recorded over a five year span during Jesse’s spare time between Colour Revolt releases and tours, and highlight his quick development into the accomplished songwriter heard on their 2010 release, The Cradle. The El Obo project is a singer-songwriter venture that focuses on Jesse’s talents as a vocalist, so fans of Colour Revolt tracks like “A New Family” and “Moses of the South” will feel right at home. To capture the warm tones of this debut, we are releasing it in a deluxe vinyl edition, that features the album on blue vinyl plus a copy of the record on cd (with 3 bonus tracks) in the LP jacket. Pre-order your copy today in our e-store!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Grimes
ALBUM: Darkbloom EP
FILE UNDER: Avant Pop
Grimes is weird pop inﬂuenced by styles such as R&B, Industrial, goth, hip hop and Western medieval organum. She is noted for simple but strong percussion, vocal virtuosity, and addictive melodies. Despite having little acquaintance with music before the age of 18, Grimes (born 1988) has overcome this barrier and used it to her advantage, exploding onto the music scene with a sound that is that is far different from that of her peers, and extremely broad in it’s references (Mariah Carey, Salem, Cocteau Twins, Gang Gang Dance, The Smiths, Prince). And yet, while all Grimes songs are different and genre-bending, there is a strong sound that is fully her own, characterized primarily by her chameleonlike voice.
She cannot read music and has no understanding of theory or notation, so her attempts to imitate often fail. Rather, the result is particularly unique, strangely beautiful, sometimes scary, frequently melancholic and catchy as hell.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Thao & Mirah
Download: “Eleven” from Thao & Mirah via Pitchfork
Download: “How Dare You” via Kill Rock Stars
Listen: NPR First Listen Exclusive Album Stream
FILE UNDER: Indie
LABEL: Kill Rock Stars
INFO: With most collaborations come a push and pull between what each artist brings to the table. The most successful musical partnerships use those differences, and occasionally opposition, to force each musician out of a comfort zone and create something new that neither would have come up with by his or herself. That's certainly the case with Thao & Mirah, a new record from Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn that finds a lot of common ground between the indie-folk singer-songwriters, while also delving into new territory for both.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Henry Clay People
MP3: California Wildfire
ALBUM: This Is A Desert EP
FILE UNDER: Classic Rock / Indie / Rock
LABEL: TBD Records
Fresh off the full length release of “Somewhere On The Golden Coast” and months of touring with The Drive By Truckers, Against Me, and The Silversun Pickups, The Henry Clay People wasted no time diving back into the recording studio and surfacing with “This Is A Desert”, a five track EP to be released in May on TBD. “This Is A Desert” is a collection of the familiar and a daring exploration of the new.
On the opening track “The Honey Love He Sells” The HC Peeps show off their punky side, like an early Replacementsesque kick in the teeth. On the other end of the spectrum the track "The Winter Song” displays a fresh, dense, and relatively bizarre production of what would otherwise be a straight ahead slacker ballad, kicking off with a doozy of an opening line:
"If you're feeling lost then maybe we'll get found...we'll kill some time watching cars drive by...we'll make some messes just to clean up...drink our faces numb or maybe fall in love for the first time since the last time..."
Zeroed in on this earnest spunk, we find The Henry Clay People writing their most mature music yet. “This Is A Desert” acts as both an addition to The Henry Clay People’s already impressive discography and acts a an audible evolution of their approach to indie rock and roll.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Friday, April 08, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
ALBUM: Everything’s Getting Older
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Folk Rock
LABEL: Chemikal Underground Records
INFO: Some partnerships just work, even if it takes time. Eight years in the making, the debut album by Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat is a special thing, full of gorgeous, jazz-inflected love songs fleshed out with a mixture of spoken word pieces and vocals delivered in Aidan's distinctive rhotic singing voice
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Mount Moriah
ALBUM: Mount Moriah
FILE UNDER: Americana / Classic Rock / Folk
LABEL: Holidays for Quince Records
INFO: Heather McEntire (of post-punk veterans Bellafea) and Jenks Miller (of heavy-psych/metal outfit Horseback) met in 2005, while working at a record store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After collaborating as Un Deux Trois on the stripped-down, pop-inflected Lovers EP (2007), they established Mount Moriah as an outlet for their mutual interest in classic American folk and rock music. Mount Moriah’s 2010 EP, The Letting Go, highlighted the band’s thematic range, moving from delicate acoustic narratives to a dark, fuzzed-out, soulful stomper in just three tracks. Mount Moriah’s long-awaited, self-titled debut -- featuring guest instrumentation by members of St. Vincent, Megafaun, and many other North Carolina-based musicians -- is cut from the same cloth, offering a far-reaching and non-traditional take on classic folk themes like devotion, tribulation, redemption, and an indelible sense of place.
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Sunday, April 03, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: The Extraordinaires
ALBUM: The Postcard EP
FILE UNDER: Powerpop / Rock / Zouk
LABEL: Punk Rock Payroll
The Extraordinaires were formed in 2004 by beard enthusiasts Jay Purdy and Matt Gibson. Joined last year by Smoker, Zach, and Koof, they spend their time perfecting the art of space travel.
Music is the only thing keeping the members of The Extraordinaires alive. Going on tour not only allows them to try new fast foods, it is a good cover for their ongoing search for the Holy Grail. "Writing a song is easy", says Jay Purdy, "I usually take care of it in the bathroom."
Between their naturally high IQ's and there onstage antics, the Extraordinaires always pack a punch! available for bar mitzvahs!
Aside from theater, film, and visual art they play music. "We would describe our music by saying "swoosh", or with a picture of Shaq slamming a dunk." says Matt.
Friday, April 01, 2011
ARTIST / BAND: Nat Baldwin
ALBUM: People Changes
FILE UNDER: Free jazz /Experimental / Minimalist
LABEL: Western Vinyl
Double bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin’s forthcoming album People Changes, out May 24 on Western Vinyl, is much like the stark Maine setting which it was created. Of course, his fourth full-length shows welcome markings of his experimental bent from years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, but the serene isolation of 17 million acres of New England forestland make this cabin-born set intimate and sincere. The album follows A Split EP with Extra Life (2008, Shatter Your Leaves) on which earlier versions of “Weights” and “Lifted” appear,Most Valuable Player (2008), Enter the Winter (2006) and Lights Out EP (2005) on Broken Sparrow Records, and his experimental free jazz debut Solo Contrabass (2003, Peacock Recordings). In addition to Dirty Projectors, Nat Baldwin has performed on Vampire Weekend’s Contra andDepartment of Eagles' In Ear Park. He will tour behind the album’s release this spring.
Head over to Brooklyn Vegan to check out the video for “Weights” from People Changes.