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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Angus & Julia Stone

April is right around the corner, so except a Hello April! soon. Till then, here is the last New Music Tuesday for March! (And as always, if you want to check out other bands with albums released today or throughout March, check out Hello March!)

Angus & Julia Stone are a brother-sister duo from Newport on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Down the Way is the second album for the pair.

Their music can feel very different depending on which Stone is singing, but at the core of it all the music is folk mixed with velvety textures, lush arrangements and, faraway guitar and strings.

The music video is a bit out of the ordinary, but if you can get past that (or if you like it, well then good for you) the music is pretty good. Check out "Black Crow" below:

If you like what you hear, Spinner is being awesome enough to actually stream the entire album! Give it a listen here.

Down the Way Tracklisting:
01 Hold On
02 Black Crow
03 For You
04 Big Jet Plane
05 Santa Monica Dream
06 Yellow Brick Road
07 And The Boys
08 On The Road
09 Walk It Off
10 Hush
11 Draw Your Swords
12 I'm Not Yours
13 The Devil's Tears

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Playlist: SXSW 2010

Bahahaha I know that I shouldn't like this picture, but I really appreciate it. (I'd kick me out too). But hey, after all of those posts talking about SXSW, why not give you guys some music from SXSW?

"The High Road" by Broken Bells

"Action Reaction" by Choir of Young Believers

"Let's Go Surfing" by The Drums

"Swim Until You Can't See Land" by Frightened Rabbit

"Wet Hair" by Japandroids

"Blood" by The Middle East

"Good Morning" by Rogue Wave

"Swim (To Reach the End)" by Surfer Blood

"A More Perfect Union" by Titus Andronichus

"Conductor" by We Were Promised Jetpacks


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Love Is All

Oh hey, it's Tuesday! That means it's time to check out what release you should make sure you lsiten to. Here's my recommendation (if you want to see the full list of stuff coming out today, check out Hello March!)

I think a big thank you is in order to Sweden. There's just so much wonderful indie-pop bands that come out of that country, and Love is All is no different. Their newest album, Two Thousand And Ten Injuries already has critics raving! Check out their song "Kugen" below.

Love Is All - "Kugen"

Two Thousand And Ten Injuries Tracklist:
01 Bigger Bolder
02 Repetition
03 Never Now
04 Less Than Thrilled
05 Early Warnings
06 False Pretense
07 The Birds Were Singing With All Their Might
08 Again, Again
09 Kungen
10 A Side In A Bed
11 Dust
12 Take Your Time

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Strokes are Killing Me!

For reals? Is this why we don't have a new Strokes album yet?

The Lonely Island - Boombox

I mean, come on! I understand the track was recorded and the album released in 2009 (with the single and video only being released in the past week), but first of all this is awful and second of all I don't know if I can really wait till the supposed September 2010 release date of the Stokes fourth album. That all being said, the Strokes will be one of the headliners at Lollapalooza this year, so at least they're touring soon, I guess...

Thank the lord they put up a video of them in the studio back in February, or I don't know if I would have believed that they were actually coming out with another album, what with all of their solo projects.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

SXSW 2010: Saturday

Oh noes! It's the last day of SXSW!

In case you were wondering, here is how I would spend my last day at SXSW with the wonderfully talented Showcasing Bands (click on the links to check out their sites and listen to some music):

1:00PM: The Middle East
Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)

2:00PM: Rogue Wave
Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)

3:00PM: Kimya Dawson
Ground Control Touring

5:00PM: Deer Tick
Ground Control Touring

7:00PM: Justin Townes Earle
Ground Control Touring

8:00PM: She & Him
Ground Control Touring

9:00PM: The Static Jacks
Emo's Jr(603 Red River St) (All Ages)

10:00PM: Margaret Cho
Esther's Follies (525 E 6th St) (18+)

11:00PM: The Hood Internet
Karma Lounge (119 W 8th St) (21+)

11:30PM: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Austin Music Hall 208 Nueces St) (All Ages)

12:00AM: Ha Ha Tonka
Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) (18+)

1:00AM: Japandroids
Galaxy Room (508 E 6th St) (21+)

Till next year, friends...

Friday, March 19, 2010

SXSW 2010: Friday

Hey hey hey! It's day three of SXSW 2010!

Go figure, this schedule was just as hard to make as Wednesday's and Thursday's! Imagine if I actually went. So here it is, my ideal schedule for the Friday's SXSW Showcasing Bands (click on the links to check out their sites and listen to some music):

7:45PM: Say Hi
Galaxy Room(508 E 6th St) (21+)

8:30PM: Metric
Stubb's (801 Red River St) (All Ages)

9:15PM: Royal Bangs
Emo's Main Room(603 Red River St) (All Ages)

10:00PM: An Horse
Galaxy Room Backyard(508 E 6th St) (21+)

11:00PM: Cymbals Eat Guitars
Emo's Annex(600 Red River St) (All Ages)

11:30PM: Holly Miranda
Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St) (All Ages)

12:00AM: Broken Social Scene
The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)

12:40AM: Theophilus London
Malverde (400B W 2nd St) (21+)

But alas, I'm not in Austin. I'm at school in upstate NY, probably sitting in class right now.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SXSW 2010: Thursday

Hey y'all, it's day two of SWSX 2010!

And (of course I'd expect nothing else) there are so many amazing bands to choose from I almost had a hard time choosing who I would (theoretically, mind you) see.

Here is my ideal schedule for the Thursday's SXSW Showcasing Bands (click on the links to check out their sites and listen to some music):

12:00PM: The Walkmen
Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)

1:00PM: Frightened Rabbit
Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)

5:00PM: Dr. Dog
Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)

6:00PM: The Cool Kids
Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake) (Riverside Dr & S 1st St) (All Ages)

7:30PM: Robert Francis
Stubb's (801 Red River St) (All Ages)

8:15PM: Unwed Sailor
Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (512 Trinity St) (21+)

9:00PM: Pomegranates
Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (512 Trinity St) (21+)

10:00PM: MEN
Beauty Bar Backyard (617 E 7th St) (21+)

11:00PM: The Temper Trap
Lustre Pearl (97 Rainey St) (21+)

11:30PM: Band of Horses
Stubb's (801 Red River St) (All Ages)

12:00AM: Broken Records
Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)

1:00AM: The xx
Mohawk Patio (912 Red River St) (All Ages)

Just another (imaginary) perfect day at SXSW....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SXSW 2010: Wednesday

So SXSW officially starts today, and all I can say is that I am MEGA jealous of anyone who is lucky enough to go. There are so many bands and I wouldn't even know where to begin if I were there myself. Not at all....

So instead I shall day dream and I will love vicariously through all of those lucky people. Imagine a mystical and wonderful world where you were automatically transported from stage to stage just for the experience. Nice, right? Well, if it were up to me, here would be my ideal schedule for the SXSW Showcasing Bands for this year (click on the links to check out their sites and listen to some music):

Wednesday March 17th
5:00PM Nneka
Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)

7:30PM Hesta Prynn
Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)

8:50PM: Chiddy Bang
Aces Lounge(222 E 6th St) (21+)

9:20PM Das Racist
Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)

10:00PM: Born Ruffians
The Phoenix (409 Colorado St) (21+)

11:00PM: We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)

12:15AM: Spoon
Stubb's (801 Red River St) (All Ages)

1:00AM: Miike Snow
Galaxy Room Backyard(508 E 6th St) (21+)

And then during the day I would just wander around Austin, my ears constantly being filed with sweet, sweet music. Sigh. One of these years I will go, and it will be EPIC.

But then I would have to look at the ENTIRE schedule and not just the SXSW Showcasing Bands...I was already overwhelmed making this schedule!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Seasick Steve

Don't let the his nickname or the overalls fool you! Seasick Steve's newest release Man From Another Time is a wonderfully bluesy rock collection of music that needs to be listened to.

At the very least, play the video below for "Diddley Bow." The song is titled for the what Seasick Steve is playing throughout the song - a one stringed electric guitar sounding instrument played with a slide.

Seasick Steve - Diddley Bo

Seasick Steve - Never Go West

I had never really heard of Steve, but I'm glad I stumbled on him!

Man From Another Time Tracklisting
01 Diddley Bo
02 Big Green and Yeller
03 Happy [To Have A Job]
04 The Banjo Song
05 Man From Another Time
06 That's All
07 Just Because I Can [CSX]
08 Never Go West
09 Dark
10 Wenatchee
11 My Home [Blue Eyes]
12 Seasick Boogie
13 Livin On The Outside [*]
14 Them Roses [*]
15 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (hidden track featuring Amy LaVere on vocals, not on vinyl version)

Tracks marked [*] only appear on deluxe edition.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

We Got You Covered: Youthless Takes Over!

Hopefully you all go the chance to check out Youthless on Portuguese Radio show "Portugulia" with DJ Henrique Amarro. If you missed the, you can also hear the performances on the station's podcast. Just keep in mind that the websites might be a bit tricky to navigate - they are in Portuguese after all! But it would be awesome to check out - the shows are Youthless performing live acoustic covers of some of their favorite songs.

Alex and Sab were nice enough to send us a bunch of the covers that they played. Check them out below!

Wild Beasts -Hooting and Howling

The Beatles -Strawberry Feilds

Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23

Here are the playlists for the shows:
March 8th
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields
The Rolling Stones - Get Off My Cloud

March 9th
Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23
T.REX - Debora
The Jam - That's Entertainment
The White Stripes - We're Going to be Friends

March 9th
Sonic Youth - Sugar Kane
TV On the Radio - Wolf Like Me
Weezer - Butterfly

March 10th
Iron and Wine - Jezebel
The Beatles - In my Life
Wild Beasts - Hooting and Hollering
Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Frightened Rabbit

Welcome to another new music Tuesday! If you didn't know, every Tuesday is when new albums come out in the music world (or at least in the U.S. - I don't really know about other places). But with so much music coming out every Tuesday (just check out Hello March! and you'll see what I mean), it can be hard to figure out which album to listen to.

My recommendation for this Tuesday? Check out Frightened Rabbit's new album The Winter of Mixed Drinks. It's hard not to love the Scottish band, what with their heartfelt vocals and dreamy guitars.

Check out their video for their song "Swim Until You Can't See Land" below:

Tracklist for The Winter of Mixed Drinks
01 Things
02 Swim Until You Can't See Land
03 The Loneliness & The Scream
04 The Wrestle
05 Skip The Youth
06 Nothing Like You
07 Man/Bag Of Sand
08 Foot Shooter
09 Not Miserable
10 Living In Colour
11 Yes I Would

Monday, March 8, 2010

And even more Youthless!

Look, another update from Youthless!

I don't know about you all, but I have fallen in love with this band. And apparently they are taking Portugal by storm!

Portuguese Radio DJ Henrique Amarro invited Youthless to spend four days on his show "Portugalia" playing live acoustic covers of some of their favorite songs.

The shows will air on Portuguese radio station Antena 3 starting today, March 8th, and going through March 11th at 3pm and 10pm WET (Western European Time). Time zones a little wacky? You can also hear the performances on the station's podcast. Just keep in mind that the websites might be a bit tricky to navigate - they are in Portuguese after all!

But here is something a little more accessible, especially for us English speakers - Youthless' newest video for their track "Good Hunters."

Looks like that was a VERY fun video to shoot, that's for sure!

If you like Youthless, keep an eye on Ruined By MTV this week. Alex and Sab were nice enough to send us a bunch of the covers that they are playing on the radio show, Portugalia, and Saturday Youthless will be taking over "We Got You Covered."

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Solid Gold: "Matter of Time"

Head over to now and download Solid Gold's track, Matter of Time," for free!

The indie-electro outfit know how to make some wonderfully spacey synth-laden music!

Feel free to check out the music video below.

Green Label Sound has a lot of other awesome free downloads up too, so you should really check out their site. Other free tracks that they have up are from artists like Matt & Kim, Chromeo, The Cool Kids, Theophilus London, Amazing Baby, Holy Ghost!, and other artists.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Rogue Wave

I'm surpirsed by how much music comes out every month! And unfortunately you have to sift and figure out what's worth listening and what ou'll be really excited about and then stop listening to a week later.

Well, my friends, there's a whole lot to go through this March (as you can see in the post Hello March!), but here's one album that you should definitely check out, Rogue Wave's newest release, Permalight.

I really like the single from the new album, "Good Morning."

"Good Morning" just puts me in a really good mood :D

Plus check out some of their other album teasers after the jump!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hello March!

Here's to another great month of music! Happy March to all!

Note: Unless noted, the release dates are all for the U.S.

March 2nd
Golden Triangle – Double Jointer
Groove Armada – Black Light
Jaguar Love – TBD
Jamie Cullum - The Pursuit
Josh Wolf - Jet Lag
Lifehouse – Smoke & Mirror
Little Boots - Hands
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
Rogue Wave – Permalight
Shy Child – Liquid Love
The Ruby Suns – Fight Softly
The Whigs – In the Dark
These New Puritans – Hidden [U.S. Release]

March 9th
Alberta Cross – Broken Side of Time
Aloha – Home Acres
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat the Devil's Tattoo
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Jason Collett – Rat a Tat Tat
jj – jj no 3
Josh Rouse - El Turista
Liars – Sisterworld
Miles Kurosky – The Desert of Shallow Effects
Morning Benders – Big Echo
New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
Pavement - Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
Standard Fare - The Novelle Beat
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

March 16th
Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do
Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
Gin Wigmore and the Cardinals – Holy Smoke
Happy Birthday – Happy Birthday
Nas And Damien Marley - Distant Relatives
Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs
Seasick Steve – Man From Another Time
Tom McRae - The Alphabet of Hurricanes
White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights CD/DVD

March 22nd
Galaxie 500 – On Fire/Peel Sessions [reissue] [UK release]

Galaxie 500 – Today/Uncollected [reissue] [UK release]

Galaxie 500 – This Is Our Music/Copenhagen [reissue] [UK release]

March 23rd
Autechre - Oversteps
Bettie Serveert – Pharmacy of Love
Goldfrapp – Head First
Love Is All - Two Thousand And Ten Injuries
Neon Trees - Habits
Quadron - Quadron
Serena-Maneesh: S-M 2 – Abyss in B Minor
She & Him – Volume Two
Various Artists – The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector's Edition [DVD]
Woodhands - Remorsecapade

March 30th
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
autoKratz - Animal
Black Francis - NonStopErotik
Blues Explosion - Dirty Shirt Rock N' Roll: The First Ten Years
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh
Sam Amidon – I See the Sign
Sweet Apple – Love and Desperation
The Explosion - Years
The Living Sisters – Love to Live