Monday, August 31, 2009

Lots of freebies at spinner

You can stream all of the following albums HERE for free and in their entirety:

Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn - Break Up

David Bazan - Curse Your Branches --> Former Pedro The Lion lead singer's debut solo album. Still pining away at the same themes.

Datarock - Red

They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science

A.A. Bondy - When the Devil's Loose

Drive-By Truckers - The Fine Print

These United States - Everything Touches Everything

ALSO - Phoenix's album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is only $5 at amazon. This is one of the best of the year, so if you don't have it, I say get it!

New Song from The King Khan & BBQ Show

The King Khan & BBQ Show are set to release a new album on November 3rd entitled Invisible Girl via U.S. label In the Red. In support of the new album they will also launch a North American tour beginning on October 17th with a stop in Memphis at the Hi-Tone on November 10th and Nashville's Exit/Inn on November 11th. You can hear the title track off the new record below and "I'll Never Belong" has been added to the playlist.

Friday, August 28, 2009


No, I am not referring to the looming college football season. Fun is a new trio out of Brooklyn composed of members from The Format, Anathallo, and Steel Train whose sound is big (and fun) enough to remind me of 80's big bands like Styx and Abba while keeping me under the influence of current indie-pop. Listening to their album was like being in the audience of a high-profile, loud, poppy, Broadway sensation. Literally, you could put a costume on and run around your house pretending to be on the big stage. Think Mamma Mia or Hairspray or something along those lines. All this serves to cheapen the album a bit, but somehow the horns, violins, tubas, and toy pianos kept me listening. Hey, it's fun, so why not give it a try. The album is available for full stream here.

FUN - "Benson Hedges"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dat New New

Drake is considered a member of what is being called "The Freshman Class" in the hip hop game, which also includes Wale and Kid Cudi, among others. These are supposed to be the guys who are considered the next generation and have been given the daunting task of saving the declining genre of hip hop. As my buddy Drew says, "Eminem is swine flu, Drake is fresh air". Check out his latest release on the playlist featuring Kanye West, Lil' Wayne and coincidentally Eminem. They might be on the right track.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Avett Brothers: Laundromatinee

Performing the song "Laundry Room" off their upcoming album I and Love and You due out September 29th.

The Avett Brothers~Laundry Room from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.

Check out 2 other performances from the set here. They will also be at the Lyric in Oxford, MS on September 22nd. Be there or be square.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


...go here to see the trailer for Avatar. Pretty serious.

New Video: The Walkmen - "On the Water"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

These guys just keep at it. They've released arguably one of the best albums of the year so far, and now the quartet from Brooklyn is releasing a 4-song EP entitled Higher Than the Stars due out Spetember 22nd. Check out the title track from the EP below and don't be surprised if you're whisked away back to the 1980s.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Higher Than The Stars"

FLIGHT Blowin' up the Forkcast

Check out our friend Konrad Bevilaqua on Pitchfork's Forkcast here. You can view our previous post on FLIGHT here. Posted below is the B-side from his Sweet Rot 7" for the single "Flowers" called "Johnny's Mixed Up".

New Video: The Antlers - "Two"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Spinner offerings for the week...

One of the best places to check out new albums before committing to buy them is AOL's spinner. This week at spinner two albums are being featured that deserve attention.

The Lovely Feathers -
Fantasy of the Lot. I posted their song "Lowiza" recently in my August playlist. The album is solid.

Steve Shiffman & The Land of No - Steve Shiffman & The Land of No

Other albums that might be of interest that can be heard here:

Blind Man's Colour - Season Dreaming - Lo-Fi indie.

Jones Street Station - In Verses - Americana-ish.

Decoder Ring - They Blind the Stars, and the Wild Team - Silly name, toured with Coldplay.

Brendan Benson - My Old Familiar Friend - Periodic Raconteurs member solo release.

R.I.P. Jim Dickinson

From Pitchfork:

As the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports, renowned Memphis producer and musician James Luther "Jim" Dickinson died this past weekend, passing away in his sleep after heart surgery. He was 67. During his lifetime, Dickinson left his mark on the careers of an astoundingly wide-ranging number of musicians, from Aretha Franklin to the Replacements, Bob Dylan to Big Star. Before he became famous behind the boards, Dickinson started out in front of the mic. In 1966, his band the Jesters released their single "Cadillac Man" on the already legendary Sun Records. He went on to become a session player, forming the Dixie Flyers, which became the Atlantic Records house band. In that band, he backed up artists like Aretha Franklin and Little Richard. In 1969, he played piano on the Rolling Stones "Wild Horses", thereby securing a place in heaven if there's any justice in the universe.

Later in his career, Dickinson worked as a producer, recording classic albums like Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers and the Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me. He played on Bob Dylan's 1997 album Time Out of Mind, and Dylan called Dickinson a "brother" when he was accepting a Grammy for it. He also recorded a number of solo albums, starting with 1972's Dixie Fried. His most recent, Dinosaurs Run in Circles, came out earlier this year. Dickinson's sons Cody and Luther lead the North Mississippi All-Stars.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Dickinson's health has been failing for several months. This past weekend, a number of local musicians played a benefit show to help cover his medical costs.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Twangy "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"

Amy Millan gives a country twang to Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" off of 2005's Plans. What do you think?

Amy Millan - "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"

It Might Get Loud (continued)

Just a little more information on the release of the documentary It Might Get Loud to supplement Adam's post below. The long awaited date is finally here. The film opens in LA and NY tomorrow, but when will we get to see it? A few openings that might be of interest to you:

Chicago - August 28
Dallas - September 4
Houston - September 4
Washington D.C. - September 4
Atlanta - September 11
Austin - September 11
Ft. Worth - September 18
New Orleans - September 25
Memphis - September 25
Nashville - September 25
San Antonio - September 25
Athens, GA - October 16

The following is a mixture of interviews and clips from the movie that might spark your interest. The original trailer can be seen at Grit Music here.

New Jack White Solo Single

Go here to hear the new Jack White solo single entitled "Fly Farm Blues". This song was allegedly written on the spot at the request of director Davis Guggenheim during the filming of the new guitar documentary It Might Get Loud (in theaters tomorrow), which features White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dead Man's Bones

Ryan Gosling, Oscar-nominated actor and dead ringer look-a-like to one of our contributers Brett Thompson, and his best buddy Zach Shields have formed a little band called Dead Man's Bones based on their mutual interest in ghouls and ghosts and goblins. If that's not weird enough, well they've also recruited a choir of about 30 kids ranging from the ages of 5 to 17 from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which is founded by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and dressed them up like it's Halloween to help in their project. Their self-titled debut album is due out October 6th on Anti- records. Check out these tracks and the video below. I kinda dig it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Noah and the Whale

UK indie-folk quartet Noah and the Whale is set to release its follow up to 2008's gold-selling Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down. The album, entitled The First Days of Spring, will be out October 6. If, however, the album is not all the Noah and the Whale you desire, The First Days of Spring will also come with a film. The trailer for the film is posted below. I guess this is becoming somewhat of a trend (See The Rentals, Sufjan Stevens), and I must admit I like it.

The First Days of Spring Official Trailer from charlie fink on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Blitzen Trapper Free mp3

Blitzen Trapper have released a free mp3 to go along with their new video for the track "Black River Killer" off their upcoming EP of the same name. The EP is due out on August 25th.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Colour Revolt Return

Colour Revolt makes their return to the stage on August 18th at Exit/In in Nashville. The band is scheduled to open for Heartless Bastards. Be sure not to miss this if you're in the area because it's going to be a great show. I'm extremely happy to see these guys return from a brief hiatus. Also, keep your eyes open for Jesse Coppenbarger's solo record due out sometime in September. For old time's sake, "Blood In Your Mouth" has been added to the playlist.

<---Jimmy "mean-muggin'"...

It Might Get Loud

This is a documentary coming out that chronicles a meeting of the Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge, and The White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather's Jack White. Check it out.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

New (old) Modest Mouse and More

Tomorrow, Modest Mouse will release a collection of B-sides from their previous two albums entitled No Ones First, And Your Next. The album consists of 8 previously unreleased songs including "Satellite Skin" and "Autumn Beds." You can stream the full album here.

Other albums that are available for full stream at spinner include:

Japandroids - Post-Nothing - highly hyped garage rock. Highly hyped for a reason.

Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band - Eric Johnson of The Shins' side project has released its fourth studio album Got a 7.4 over at pitchfork.

Yim Yames - Tribute To - My Morning Jacket's Jim James' tribute to George Harrison.

Throw Me the Statue - Creaturesque - Solid guitar rock in the realm of Band of Horses.

The Duke and the King - Nothing Gold Can Stay - Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers side project.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Songs on my Playlist

It's time once again to take a glimpse into what is coming out of the speakers of my boombox.

1. Rubik - "Wasteland" - this Finnish indie sensation will have a record out in the next month or so, and I will be first in line to buy it.

2. A.A. Bondy - "Vice Rag" - Great folksy feel with the heavy lyrics of American vice.

3. The Lovely Feathers - "Lowiza" - Album comes out August 18. Catchy, fun, and purely canadian. Ok, they are from Canada, but have been rocking the states for several years. Good stuff.

4. Owl City - "Fireflies" - Reminds me of The Postal Service and therefore brings me joy. You will have to check it out here. Album is available now.

5. Dorrough - "Ice Cream Paint Job" - The best new rap song not about sex, drugs, or money. Kinda. See "Airforce Ones" as another example. Enjoy this gem below.