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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Road Trip!

New England's down, get ready for New York, New Jersey, and some more mid-atlantic states soon!

The Road Trip: Connecticut

Crooked Hook is a Garage/Psyche power trio from New Haven. The band is made up of Joey Maddalena (guitar and vocals), Jason Bates (drums), and Rick Omonte (bass guitar).

Crooked Hook is another one of those bands that effortlessly channels long past eras. Their style, and perhaps spirit, is blues influenced with an underlying groove. Heavy and hypnotic, powerful and persuasive, their simplistic approach belies the effectiveness of their sound to grab you and hold on tight.

On their first full-length effort, Crooked Hook build on the enjoyable promise of their debut EP, taking heavy riffage from the proto-metal late '60s/early '70s and having their own way with it. Crooked Hook has the chops and sense of the sound needed to make the chunky, stuttering riffs of songs like "The Captain Will Be Your Guide" stand out.

The Captain Will Be Your Guide by Crooked Hook (Removed by Request)

*UPDATE* Now you can listen to "The Captain Will Be Your Guide" and a couple of other tracks below!

Crooked Hook lure the listener into hypnosis with dizzying riffs and a relentless pulse. Bluesy passages lead to otherworldly places. Menacing guitar tones and punishing rhythms define a sound that conjures bad omens, foreboding, and haunting.

Honorable Mentions:
Smile On Your Face by Sore Eros

Thinking of a band from Connecticut that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Jay-Z's New Music Video for D.O.A.

I love this song, so I thought I'd share the new music video with all of you. I mean it's "The Death of Auto-Tune," and I kind of hate auto-tune.

Pus it's Hova! :D

The Road Trip: Rhode Island

The Low Anthem is an accomplished indie folk-rock trio from Providence, Rhode Island. They formed in 2003 and are made up of Ben Miller, Jeff Prystowsky, and Jocie Adams

The Low Anthem combines folk and blues arrangements with the elegance of chamber music and the fervor of gospel. On stage and in its recordings, the trio uses a variety of unusual instrumentation—by its own count, the band mates took turns playing 27 different instruments on their album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. The result gives its songs, at times, an otherworldly quality.

The Low Anthem grew out of the friendship of Miller and Prystowsky. As classmates together at Brown University, they spent summers playing middle infield for a Providence wood-bat league team and shared late-night DJ duties at the college radio station.

The song "To Ohio" is one of those songs that gets your attention and stays with you.

"To Ohio" by The Low Anthem

In March, the band signed with Nonesuch Records, which will reissue a remastered version of their 2008 album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. This song is the album's opening track.


Thinking of a band from Rhode Island that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

We Got You Covered: "When You Were Young"

So I think it's clear that I love covers - clearly not all covers, but hey, every Saturday is We Got You Covered. So when is a better time to say that the Killers are going to be releasing a covers album? That's right, an ENTIRE album.

"It's something that we've always talked about doing," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers told, adding that the band plans to finish recording by the end of the year.

The Killers are currently on tour in Europe and have brought along a mobile studio to record the cover tracks. But choosing which covers to put on the album will be tough. "It's difficult for each of us to pick songs that represent us as individuals," Flowers said. "I mean, I have a lot of personalities myself! I've gone through everything from Neil Diamond to the Cars."

Drummer Ronnie Vannucci, however, has his mind made up, citing acts like Genesis, Tom Waits, Cyndi Lauper, and Iggy Pop as his choices for the album. He added that he's also been "messing around with a couple of Fleet Foxes songs."

Here's a cover that I really like by the Noisettes. It's The Killelrs' "When You Were Young."
When You Were Young by The Noisettes

Which tunes would you like to see on the Killers' upcoming covers album? Let me know in the comment section below. Personally I would love to hear a cover of Bloc Party's "The Prayer." Oh la la!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Download Bloc Party's "One More Chance!"

Bloc Party holds a special place in my heart. Silent Alarm is one of my favorite albums of all time. But it seems that over the years, with each new release, people are becoming less and less fond of them. I will admit the band’s sound has changed greatly over the years, but I still consider myself a loyal fan. But there is no doubt they are dying to stay relevant in this fast paced music game. Now the question is, do they succeed?

Bloc Party's new single, "One More Chance," arrives August 10 via Wichita, but there's a leak that's been floating around the internet the past week. The track was produced by Jacknife Lee (who also worked with the band on Intimacy and A Weekend in the City) and mixed by Philippe Zdar (who worked on the new Phoenix album).

One More Chance by Bloc Party

The general consensus is mixed: some say its a song that will grow on you, others say the band falls flat with their attempt for a “club track." It starts off with a repetitive piano, Kele repeating “Give me one more chance,” and then the guitars kick in and Bloc Party are in their groove. The song is a bit repetitive and safe at times, you can tell the band is kinda stuck between their rock sound, and their dance sound.

To tell you the truth I don’t really know how I feel about it yet. It isn’t bad by any means, but I am not crazy about it either. Bloc Party’s greatest strength was always the unity and driven nature of their music. That tight interplay between the frantic guitar riffs, the relentless drums and Kele’s desperate, wordless yelps. I really appreciate what they’re trying to do here; I’d always rather a band do what they’re doing, but this still isn’t hitting the spot.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I love the word "free"

Good news: this year's installment of the Virgin Mobile Festival is completely free - and the lineup kicks ass!

Blink-182, Weezer, and Franz Ferdinand are scheduled to headline the event, which has been nicknamed the "Virgin FreeFest." The show will go down August 30 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, just outside the Baltimore and Washington, DC, areas. Rounding out the lineup is Girl Talk, Jet, Public Enemy, Mates of State, the Bravery, the Hold Steady, the National, St. Vincent, Wale, Danny Howells, Holy Fuck, Lee Burridge, and Pete Tong.

Tickets for the 35,000-capacity venue will be available beginning this Saturday, June 27, at 10 A.M. via

And if a free pass wasn't enough, promoters are also treating do-gooders to special reserved seating. That's right: anyone who completes at least 13 hours of community service at designated homeless youth shelters across the country can kick it VIP-style at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If I left anything out just visit for more information.

Free festival, great bands, and a good cause? I wish I could go!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Multiple Eargasms

I probably just had one of the best weekends of my life. One of the most tiring - true - but it was worth it, I promise. Because first there was...


I'm really glad that I got a chance to see both bands live, but without a question the sound levels were awful. The bass was mixed so high that it almost completely drowned out Passion Pit lead singer Michael Angelakos‘ vocals on a few songs, and that’s saying something when it comes to a piercing falsetto like his.

One thing is for sure, the kids were jamming. Harlem Shakes definitely got the crowd started, and they were great live. As for Passion Pit, well I can’t think of another band with such a upbeat repertoire of songs, and their performance was amazing (all things considered). The set was brief (they took the stage around 11:00PM and finished right around midnight) but packed with one keyboard-based, dancefloor-ready anthem after another.

Let Your Love Grow Tall by Passion Pit
Carpetbaggers by Harlem Shakes

But the weekend wasn't over. Friday wasn't even really a "break." I went to a Sox game with my family, and then came...


If you have the opportunity to see No Doubt in concert DO IT! Gwen's stage presence and the band's energy in general made this one of the best concerts that I've ever been to. It was one of those great concerts where you were literally dancing to every song and I left feeling energetic and happy. I say this stunned because it rained the entire time. But No Doubt is a band that truly - without a question in my mind - sums up the definition of "music legend." Think about how many hits they have had as a group. Really. Just take a second. And they're not just performers, they are entertainers. Really, it was an amazing show.

Just a Girl by No Doubt

And as if that wasn't enough, the next day was


Admittedly, I'm not a huge Fray fan. I know the songs that get played on the radio, their fabulous cover of Kanye West's "Heartless," and a couple of other songs. The main reason I went was because 1) the tickets were a birthday present for my sister and 2) more importantly (haha kidding, sis) Jack's Mannequin opened for the Fray. Now for those of you who know me, you know that I am an Andrew McMahon groupie. I want him to be my baby daddy - there's really nothing else to it.

Heartless (Kanye West Cover) The Fray
Bloodshot by Jack's Mannequin

But yes, it truly was an amazing wekend. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Playground Love"

It's simply a beautiful song for a beautiful Saturday!
Playground Love (Air Cover) by Phoenix


Friday, June 19, 2009

The Road Trip: Vermont

The Smittens are a five-piece indiepop band from Burlington, Vermont. Formed in 2002, The Smittens have been winning the hearts and minds of indiepop fans and discerning critics in the U.S. and abroad with an impressive and rapidly expanding catalog of fresh and fancy bubblegum-inspired revolutionary twee pop.

Accomplished songsmiths all, the six Smittens—Max Andrucki, Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan, Holly Chagnon, and David Zacharis—switch up instruments and song-writing to create brilliantly lyrical and hyper-catchy pop songs of all colors, shapes, and sizes.

The Smittens formed around a desire to fill the twee void in Burlington. “We wanted to do the music that we wanted to hear,” says Zacharis. “We were feeling underrepresented.” Their first album Gentilefication Now! came out in August 2004; its follow-up, A Little Revolution was released roughly a year later. Their newest album, The Coolest Thing About Love was released last July.

With Kaplan, Andrucki, and Clary all chipping in on vocals and everyone collaborating on songwriting, the result is a charming blend of styles and harmonies, and songs with titles like “Twee Valley High” and “Doomed, Lo-Fi and in Love.”

One song that I really liked is "Something Sassy." It's a good song - not their most "popular," but still a personal favorite.

Something Sassy by The Smittens

The Smittens have shared the stage with the likes of the Mountain Goats, Stars, and Kimya Dawson. They're pretty cool, and I'm glad I stumbled upon them! Hope you enjoyed them too ;)

Honorable Mentions:
Saro by Samamidon
Sun Medalion by King Tuff

Thinking of a band from Vermont that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beastie Boys + Nas...Nice!

The Beastie Boys haven't traded rhymes on a record with a prominent non-Beastie rapper since Q-Tip showed up on the 1994 classic "Get It Together." But the Beasties ended that streak at this past weekend's Bonnaroo Festival, bringing Nas to the stage to debut an untitled new song.

Rolling Stone says the new track will appear on the Beasties' forthcoming LP Hot Sauce Committee,, but that hasn't been confirmed.

Nah Right has some shaky camera-phone footage of Nas' big cameo, though the quality of the footage doesn't really make it clear what, exactly, the song sounds like.

Hot Sauce Committee is tentatively due in September. Santigold has also contributed some vocals. The Beastie Boys debuted a couple of new songs on a surprise bonus 7" in some packages of their Check Your Head reissue.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the songs like, but I love both Nas and the Beasties, so it's sure to be amazing!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gah Modest Mouse!

Modest Mouse are following their recent post-Record Store Day single "Satellite Skin"/"Guilty Cocker Spaniels" with yet another - a 7" featuring "Whale Song" and "Autumn Beds," the latter of which you can hear below.

Listen to "Autumn Beds"

The 7" will be available in independent record stores this Saturday, June 20, for Vinyl Saturday.

I dare you to not sing "We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds" for the hours following.

I tried.

I failed.

Yay Folk!

After some speculation and a whole lot of waiting, the long-rumoured collaborative album of indie folk heartthrobs Conor Oberst, Jim James, and M. Ward finally has some tangible details. The supergroup - who will call themselves Monsters of Folk - will release their self-titled debut on September 22.

Word on the street is that the Monsters of Folk will be folkin’ it up on a large tour this fall, though the details for have yet to be revealed.

According to the release, "all four members play every instrument on the album" and the music ranges from "road-worn" to "intimate" to "sun-soaked."

Monsters of Folk tracklist:

01 Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.)
02 Say Please
03 Whole Lotta Losin'
04 Temazcal
05 The Right Place
06 Baby Boomer
07 Man Named Truth
08 Goodway
09 Ahead of the Curve
10 Slow Down Jo
11 Losin Yo Head
12 Magic Marker
13 Map of the World
14 The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me
15 His Master’s Voice

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Road Trip: New Hampshire

Wild Light is a four-piece band from New Hampshire composed of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Tim Kyle and Seth Pitman, guitarist/vocalist Jordan Alexander, and drummer Seth “Kasper” Kasper. The band formed in 2005 and released its first full-length album, Adult Nights, in March 2009.

Wild Light’s music is full of hooky, guitar-driven pop that lands halfway between the roiling mythmaking of The Arcade Fire and The Decemberists and the minimalist art-pop of Vampire Weekend and The Rosebuds.

Their debut, Adult Nights, is a humble blend of twinkling keyboards, crisp guitars, and hopeful melodies, all cloaked in the shadows of English mope rock. The songs are just so darn catchy! One track that really stood out to me on the album was the shimmering “Heart Attack.”

Heart Attack by Wild Light

Tim and Jordan met in elementary school, and in high school they joined with Seth and Kasper to form a band. Jordan attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he shared a room with Win Butler - lead singer of Arcade Fire. Tim met Win through Jordan, and after high school Tim moved to Montreal to start the first incarnation of what would become Arcade Fire with Win and Josh Deu. Tim left the group after a year, and in 2005 Kasper, Seth, Jordan and Tim reunited to form Wild Light.

Through their relationship with Arcade Fire, the two bands toured extensively throughout Europe in late 2007. Wild Light has also toured with LCD Soundsystem, Tapes n’ Tapes, The Stills, and The Killers.

Honorable Mentions
Crunk Colony by E-603 (aka New Hampshire's Girl Talk)

Thinking of a band from New Hampshire that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

We Got You Covered: "She Sad, She Said"

Who doesn't love the Black Keys? The band's music is blusey, rocky, and yet simple with a great lo-fi quality. Plus I love Dan Auerbach's voice.

She Said, She Said by The Black Keys

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Road Trip: Maine

Phantom Buffalo, a lo-fi indie rock band from Portland Maine, has a very unique name and sound. Between the fuzzy guitar, soft vocals, accordion utilization, and story-telling lyrics, Phantom Buffalo has the intimate sound of a solo act with a full band noise. The more you listen to their music, the more enchanted you become with their unique melodies and guitar riffs. A psychedelic sound? A breath of fresh air indie rock? You decide.

These guys make lush lo-fi rock with quite the eye for perfect production. Most of their songs have that jangly guitar feel to them and soothing vocal harmonies that leave you drifting off to another place. The melodies are also spot-on and most of the them will be stuck in your head for days after you listen a few times.

"A Bathing Suit For A Rich Girl" showcases Phantom Buffalo's ability to take simplistic music and arrange it in a fashion that make people dance. Their fun and quirky lyrics, terrific melodies, and eclectic musical breakdowns make me really anticipate their next release.

"A Bathing Suit For A Rich Girl" by Phantom Buffalo

They just have an interesting yet accessible sound. Their songs tend to have a poppy base to them but then they add in a bunch of subtle sounds that absorb your attention.

Honorable Mentions:
"Florida Sunshine" by As Fast As
"Letter to the President" by Rustic Overtones

Thinking of a band from Maine that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Road Trip: Massachusetts

So yes, I start with the home state (but what did you all expect). It's just an easy place to start because I know the local scene.

Boston indie-pop quintet The Hush Now have made an impression on music critics and fans alike.

Their music has never ending rolls of percussion, low vocals, irresistible guitar riffs, and dabs of organ and synth. It’s all quietly appealing, dreamy, skillful work. The drums are persistent, the vocals wash over you in unvarying waves of soothingness, and every once and a while something jolts you.

“Traditions” perfects the mesmerizing layering of percussion that most distinguishes the band, and it has a hypnotizing verse that somewhat softens the chorus' demand "just sit down and shut up, and don't speak 'cause there's nothing wrong."

"Traditions" by The Hush Now

The Hush How is precise and meticulous, and they undeniably achieve what they’re aiming for. Every song is a document of sleepy days spent in the sun and throwing frisbees at the park before heading home to play some music in your garage. Band leader and vocalist Noel Kelly is always pining for something, using the same mid-range whisper in every song. And you can’t help but listen in subdued pleasure, looking admiringly for what’s next. The future seems bright.

If your music taste is not particularly heavy then this is the summery cheerful album for you!

Honorable Mention:
Sky Turns Red by Acoustic Chatter
Take Care by Hooray for Earth
Tora Tora Tora by Pretty & Nice

Thinking of a band from Massachusetts that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Yo La Tengo Album

Tried-and-true carriers of the indie rock flame Yo La Tengo are ready to release Popular Songs, their follow-up to 2006's I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass on September 8 courtesy of Matador, according to a post on the label's website.

The record was created in their native Hoboken, New Jersey, and in Nashville earlier this year. A fluffy description of the record claims "there are portions of Popular Songs where a cursory needle drop reveals a band that doesn't sound instantly like Yo La Tengo." Does it sound like the Condo Fucks, maybe?

You can download the brand new greasy-spoon r&b track "Periodically Double or Triple"- replete with killer organ solo and Judge Judy reference- below.

"Periodically Double or Triple" by Yo La Tengo

Sounds like someone's been obsessing over their Booker T. & the MG's records a little.

Check This Out!

So I was going to go to bed but now I am really amped and excited by this song!

This is Shakedown! - "Circles"

This is Shakedown! made the entire video by using Apple Mac Book's Photo Booth - they actually used 21 Apple Mac Books! How cool is that? The band is from Cleveland, and they just released their debut full-length album, Love Kills, May 5th.

"Radio" by This is Shakedown!

Not bad though, not bad at all....

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hercules and Love Affair: Sidetracked

July seems so far away!

Renaissance Records has set July 13 as the release date for Hercules and Love Affair's new mix, Sidetracked. Spread across two discs, one mixed and one unmixed, it includes tracks from such artists as In Flagranti, Daniel Wang and Dubwise. A new Hercules song, "I Can't Wait," also sneaks onto the mixed side.

According to Renaissance's Geoff Oakes, Sidetracked is actually the first part of an ongoing series that was "developed to show the other side of bands from the electronic genre who can, and do, DJ. It's an opportunity to offer a diverse, unique series, which makes Hercules and Love Affair the more than perfect choice to kick-start matters."

Sidetracked's tracklist

CD 1 (mixed):
1. Westbam: "And Party"
2. Sax: "No Pares (Don't Stop)"
3. Hercules & Love Affair: "I Can't Wait"
4. In Flagranti: "I Never Screwed Around Before"
5. Dubwise: "Hold Me Real Tight"
6. Fax Yourself: "Sunshine"
7. Todd Terry Project: "Weekend"
8. Daniel Wang: "Zola Has Landed"
9. Rhythm Masters: "Oh Oh Why"
10. Los Kings Del Mambo: "Studio X"
11. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: "I'll Play the Fool"
12. Ray Martinez Jnr: "Lady of the Night"
13. Gino Soccio "Dream On"
14. Rainbow Team: "Dreaming"

CD 2 (unmixed):
1. Westbam: "And Party"
2. In Flagranti: "I Never Screwed Around Before"
3. Dubwise: "Hold Me Real Tight"
4. Fax Yourself: "Sunshine"
5. Todd Terry Project: "Weekend"
6. Daniel Wang: "Zola Has Landed"
7. Los Kings Del Mambo: "Studio X"
8. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: "I'll Play the Fool"
9. Ray Martinez Jnr: "Lady of the Night"
10. Gino Soccio "Dream On"
11. Rainbow Team: "Dreaming"

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Well That's Just Upsetting

She showed up on Jay-Z's Kanye West-produced "Brooklyn (Go Hard)", and her "Unstoppable" showed up in sampled form on a Lil Wayne collab from Drake's So Far Gone mixtape. But when Terry Urban came into the picture, things were handled a bit differently.

Urban recently put together a mix called Southerngold, which he describes as "mixing my favorite Southern rap vocals over remixed samples of my favorite Santigold influenced samples and tracks." He intended to post the mix for free on the internet. But earlier this week on the Press Play Show blog, Urban announced that Downtown Music, Santigold's label, hit him with a cease-and-desist letter just as he was uploading it.

Santogold responded with a statement: "Some kid just hit me up about this on MySpace. It was the first I ever heard about it. I've never heard anything about this DJ or this remix, and certainly did not send a cease and desist letter. I'm a supporter of mixtape culture and intend to get to the bottom of it."

This is what the tracklist wuld have been:

1. M.I.A. Artistes (Ft. Pitbull & Ying Yang Twins)
2. You’ll Find A Way Player (Ft. Andre 3000 & Bun B)
3. Still Tippin’ It (Ft. Slim Thug & Mike Jones)
4. Can’t Say It (Ft. T-Pain)
5. Creating Kryptonite (Ft. Purple Ribbon All-Stars)
6. Fire Superman (Ft. Lil’ Wayne) [Prod. By Mike Cash]
7. Hustlin’ With The Lights Out (Ft. Rick Ross)
8. Shawty Is Starstuck (Ft. The Dream)
9. Unfreakable Girl (Ft. Gucci Mane)
10. Nann Lady (Ft. Trick Daddy & Trina) [Prod. By JKhan]
11. Anne’s Plan (Ft. Chip Tha Ripper) [Prod. By Mike Cash]
12. You’ll Go Crazy (Ft. Young Jeezy) [Prod. By Mike Cash]

Now I REALLY want to hear these tracks! I love the work Urban did with Coldplay's music. Hopefully the mixtape will eventually be released.

"The Road Trip" - It's Starting

It is officially starting. Yes...IT

So instead of one huge playlist with 50 songs (51 if I make D.C. it's own special post - which I probably will) keep your eyes peeled this summer. I'm going to post about every state and a band you need to know from there. The hard part will be that instead of just listing my favorite band that you've probably already heard, I'm going to try really hard to not only introduce all of you to new music, but myself too.

Plus my new brother in law (that's still really weird) said that he reads the blog and I focus on all of these international bands, and I should focus more on American bands. Well, here you go Justin!

Look out this's coming....

Saturday, June 6, 2009

We Got You Covered: "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"

Wow - what a cover! "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" is probably one of my favorite songs from the Postal Service. Most of it's charm comes from the electronic beats in the background, but even in a striped down acoustic version by Jonna Lee, I still love it. I don't know much about Jonna Lee (except that she hails from Sweden), but I know that I like what I hear.

Jonna Lee - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (cover)

Hopefully you'll like what you hear too...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

MGMT: Kids

So apparently, MGMT had never released an official music video for their hit "Kids," but there is a very good and popular fan made video up on youtube.

Anyway, it's weird and quirky - clearly there were some sort of drugs involved - and I actually feel really bad for that kid, who in the future is legitimately going to have some major problems.

I also desperately NEED (read, not want, but need) his MGMT headband...

Grizzly Bear

Last week, Grizzly Bear released Veckatimest, an album that offers an impressive compendium of songs featuring discordant arrangements flushed with acoustic and electric instrument experimentations, and warm harmonic choruses. There are a few great, stand-out tracks that skittle along, curve, blend and swirl around wonderful story-telling; some of my favorites are definitely "About Face," "All We Ask," "Cheerleader," and "Foreground."

Get the song "Cheerleader" free at the band's official website.

If you're completely new to Grizzly Bear, check out the rest of their site. It looks like on every album in their music section they have a song up for a free download.

Manchester Orchestra: Act 07

Now the home page is just becoming cluttered with Manchester Orchestra, but I don't think that's a bad thing! Who knows, this could be a whole new start to the way people release their albums. Maybe from now on, bands/artists will have a music video for every song...probably not though. It's pretty expensive, but I absolutely LOVE the story line.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Arctic Monkeys' New Album

British band the Arctic Monkeys have finally revealed the release date for their new record!

According to the band's website, the yet-to-be-titled record is due out in the U.S. on August 25. The 10-track set was produced by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford (who also plays in frontman Alex Turner's side-project the Last Shadow Puppets) in Brooklyn.

So what does it sound like? "It's much more psychedelic than their first album," Ford said late last year. More recently Turner told NME that the band found inspiration in Black Sabbath, explaining that the record would feature "the most complicated riff you've ever heard." Fingers crossed!

So, a psychedelic, head-bangin' good time? Decide for yourself. Watch the Arctic Monkeys performing new album track "Crying Lightning" this past January at Australia's Big Day Out festival below:

1. My Propeller
2. Crying Lightning

3. Dangerous Animals

4. Secret Door
5. Potion Approaching

6. Fire & The Thud
7. Cornerstone
8. Dance Little Liar

9. Pretty Visitors
10. The Jeweller's Hands

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Manchester Orchestra: Act 06

And another one! Here's the latest music video from Manchester Orchestra: "100 Dollars." They're making music videos for every song off of their latest album, Everything to Nothing. Five more to go!

The concept is actually really cool. I can't wait to watch them all in order when all the music videos are done!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Hello June!

Here's to another great month of music! I love the music and lots of bands touring!

Note: the release dates are all for the U.S.

June 2nd
Butterfly Boucher - Scary Fragile
Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King
Eels - Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire
Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane, & Sugarcane
Hoots & Hellmouth – The Holy Open Secret
Iggy Pop – Preliminaries
Rancid – Dominos Fall

June 9th
Aeroplane Pageant - Even The Kids Don't Believe Me
Anti-Flag – People or the Gun
Dirty Projectors – Bite Orca
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunaic Asylum
Placebo - Battle for the Sun
Post Honeymoon – Post Honeymoon
Rhett Miller – Rhett Miller
So Many Dynamos – The Loud Wars
Sonic Youth – The Eternal
The Dead Weather – Horehound

June 16th
William Fitzsimmons – Live Sessions EP
Math the Band – Don’t Worry

June 23rd
Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
Donny Hue and the Colors - Letter from New Virginia
Patterson Hood (Drive By Truckers) – Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
Pete Yorn – Bac and Fourth
STS9 – Peaceblaster: The New Orleans
The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and Death
The Lemonheads – Varshons
The Mars Volta – Octahedron
Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major
Tortoise – Beacon of Ancerstorship

June 30th
The Danks - Are You Afraid of The Danks
The Fiery Furnaces – I’m Going Away
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)