One of my favourite discoveries of the past month is Brooklyn folk band Woods whose At Echo Lake and Songs Of Shame have been in steady rotation, and I managed to see live last weekend (and it was excellent). They are releasing their sixth album Sun & Shade on their own Woodsist label this summer, on June 14, and Pitchfork got a stream of the first released track from the album; "Pushing Onlys". Judging by "Pushing Onlys" Sun & Shade will be just as good as its predecessors and have the potential to be my album of the summer. Listen to the track below (via Pitchfork).
Foo Fighters' new album Wasting Light will be released on April 11 but you can stream the entire album right here, right now. Check it out below (thanks to Belgian newspaper De Standaard).
UPDATE: You can now stream it via their soundcloud below
Check out the music video for "Rope" here and the one for "White Limo" here.
California country rockers The Donkeys will release their second album Born With Stripes on April 26 via the excellent Bloomington, IN record label Dead Oceans (also home of The Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent and Destroyer among others). The album was announced in late February with the release of the album cover, tracklist and a first mp3; the opening track "Don't Know Who We Are", and today they've released another song called "I Like The Way You Walk".
While "Don't Know Who We Are" is a taste of the departure from the country rock of their second album Living On The Other Side towards a more indie rock oriented sound that was promised in the press release, "I Like The Way You Walk" is closer to their earlier style. Check out both tracks below.
"I Like The Way You Walk"
"Don't Know Who We Are"
A few weeks ago I posted the brand new The National track "Think You Can Wait", with Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals, from the soundtrack to the movie Win Win and the band just unveiled the music video for the track. Check it out below.
London folk singer Pete Molinari released the video for his latest single "Since You've Been Gone" earlier today. "Since You've Been Gone" is taken from his excellent 2010 record A Train Bound For Glory and the single is currently out digitally, with a limited edition 7" to be released on April 5, with a brand new b-side called "The Last Thing On Your Mind". "Since You've Been Gone" features backing vocals from The Jordanaires and The McCrary Sisters, and was recorded in Nashville, TN while the b-side was recorded right here in Stockholm. Check out the '60s-styled video for "Since You've Been Gone" below.
British guitar rockers Yuck posted a new song called "Doctors In My Bed", which will be the b-side on their upcoming single for "Get Away", on their blog yesterday. "Get Away" is the opening track on their self-titled debut album which was released in February and it might be my favourite track on a very impressive album. The single will be released on April 18 and you can check out the video for "Get Away" here, and if you still haven't heard the album you can still stream it here (and you should).
Helplessness Blues will be released on May 3 via Sub Pop. Head over here to stream "Bedouin Dress", here to stream "Battery Kinzie" and here to stream or download the title track.
In February folk rockers The Felice Brothers revealed that they were signing with Fat Possum Records and a couple of weeks ago they announced their upcoming album Celebration, Florida, which will be released on May 10. Today SPIN premiered the first single from the album, a track called "Ponzi" which lives up to the promise of the press release about the band utilizing new and different instruments ("frightening horn sections, unexpected 808s, ambient synth lines, schoolyard taunts, booming, primitive drum beats, heavy bass lines, piano, violin, accordion, ringing guitars, rave beats, and sinister acid jazz" is what was promised).
The track isn't as radical a departure as you'd expect after reading that, but it definitely brings an electronic influence (especially the latter part of the track) to The Felice Brothers brand of folk rock and americana. We've got a stream for you below, check it out!
The Felice Brothers - Ponzi by birds need feet
Yesterday Mississippi-rapper/producer Justin Scott aka Big K.R.I.T. released a new street album for free download online. The 21-track album is called ReturnOf4Eva, and it's really good despite being almost an hour and twenty minutes - it holds up all the way (something unusual in hip-hop). This is my first exposure to Big K.R.I.T., even though I've been meaning to look into him since last year's hyped K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape (which garnered him a contract with Def Jam), and I've definitely been missing out.
Together with Curren$y (with whom he's often collaborated with) and Jay Electronica he's probably the most promising hip-hop artist out there (if we're ignoring the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew). Head over here to download ReturnOf4Eva and check out the tracklist below and album art above.
Tracklist for ReturnOf4Eva:
1. R4 Intro
2. Rise and Shine
3. R4 Theme Song
6. My Sub
7. Sookie Now [ft. David Banner]
8. American Rapstar
9. Highs & Lows
10. Shake It [ft. Joi]
11. Made Alot [ft. Big Sant]
12. Lions and Lambs
13. King's Blues
14. Time Machine [ft. Chamillionaire]
15. Get Right
17. Players Ballad [ft. Raheem DeVaughn]
18. Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism
19. Free My Soul
20. The Vent
21. Country Shit (Remix) [ft. Ludacris and Bun B]
Frank Turner will release his fourth studio record England Keep My Bones on June 6 in the UK and June 7 in the rest of the world, and this morning he unveiled the artwork for the album, and now he's released a first track from the album. You can stream the track, "I Am Disappeared" below. Sounds like another worthy addition to the Frank Turner discography to me. "I Am Disappeared" isn't the first single from the album though, that'd be "Peggy Sang The Blues" which hasn't been released yet.
UPDATE: You can now download "I Am Disappeared" below:
MP3: Frank Turner - "I Am Disappeared" (courtesy of NME)
As I wrote in February English folk rocker Frank Turner will release his fourth studio record on June 6 in the UK and June 7 in the rest of the world. The album is called England Keep My Bones and Turner has now unveiled the artwork for the album by Tom Lacey, which you can view above.
On Saturday Turner will begin a tour in Plymouth, UK which will take him through the UK, Germany, Australia, the US, the UK again and Europe (including a couple of shows opening for Social Distortion) during three months of constant touring in support of the album. Sadly there's no Swedish dates announced but hopefully there will either be one this summer, or during the fall. Check out the tour dates here.
My Morning Jacket have now confirmed May 31 as the release date for their long-awaited sixth album Circuital, and it will be released on ATO Records like all their other records since 2003's It Still Moves. The band has previously released that at least two of the album's songs were originally written for a now-cancelled Muppets project which would have featured the band playing behind a screen, not unlike Gorillaz's live performances. The album is also said to be "the most live record we've ever done", which is probably good news for the fans who thought the Prince-pastiches on Evil Urges were a bit too much.
The band is currently giving away one track per week for six weeks (sign up via the widget below), and are currently on the fourth week, with the first five weeks being dedicated to live tracks recorded during their stint at Terminal 5 last year where they played all their albums live, one per night. The give-away will end on April 12 with the first track from Circuital.
Australian electropoppers Cut Copy guested Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Friday and performed "Take Me Over", the first single from their new record Zonoscope. The band were really good, and the performance featured a gorilla on drums, and I would highly recommend seeing them live if they come to your town - the gig I saw a few ago was great. Check out the video below (via The Audio Perv).
Canadian folk band Timber Timbre will release their fourth album Creep On Creepin' On on April 5 via Arts & Crafts, but you can already stream the entire album online. Creep On Creepin' On is definitely a worthy addition to Timber Timbre's catalogue and it's one of the better albums to be released this year. Stream the entire album over at Spinner, and go here if you wanna check out the '20s-styled video for the track "Woman", which was released last week.
Okkervil River will release their new album I Am Very Far on May 10 via Jagjaguwar records, and they've now premiered the great new Daniel Gibbs-directed video for the first single "Wake And Be Fine" on NPR. You can download the studio version of "Wake And Be Fine" here. View the video below, and also check out Daniel Gibbs' and Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff's thoughts on the video at NPR.
Soul legend Booker T. Jones announced his upcoming, The Roots-featuring, album The Road From Memphis in February and a few weeks ago Rolling Stone premiered the video for their cover of Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Today Pitchfork premiered a stream of another track from the album: "Representing Memphis", which features perhaps the most interesting line-up on the album - namely guest vocals from The National's Matt Berninger and soul vocalist Sharon Jones, plus Booker T and The Roots of course. Listen to the track, which features a great, surprisingly soulful, vocal performance from Matt Berninger, below.
The Road From Memphis will be released on May 10 via ANTI- Records.
Gothenburg, Sweden-festival Way Out West already had a very strong line-up, with Fleet Foxes, Robyn, Pulp, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Janelle Monáe, Explosions In The Sky and The Jayhawks among others, before announcing five new acts today. The new bands are the American freak-folk-pop band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros who will play the festival area, and then Yuck, Destroyer, Jamie Woon and OFF! for the Stay Out West club program.
I'm especially excited for Yuck who are one of my favourite new bands and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros whom I can hardly believe have become big enough to play the main festival area - the first time I heard them they weren't close to big enough to play Stay Out West. Check out the full line-up on the poster above.