This has been around for a few days but I haven't really gotten around to it until now... In early March San Francisco-based garage rocker Ty Segall announced the release his fifth studio album entitled Goodbye Bread on June 21 via Drag City. A few days ago the track "You Make The Sun Fry" was made available to the public and you can listen to or download it below, and check out the album cover above. Yes, that's the real one. Now give the track a listen, you won't regret it.
Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues is definitely one of the most universally acclaimed albums of 2011 (except for a piece by NME which reads as if typed by a 13-year old) and they've been busy touring a promoting it since (and before) its release on May 3 via Sub Pop. Last night they guested Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Sim Sala Bim", marking the first American television performance of a track from Helplessness Blues.
Check out the video below (via The Audio Perv) and head over here to check out their UK television perfomance from about a month ago of "Grown Ocean", "Sim Sala Bim" and "Bedouin Dress" on Jools Holland.
It's almost been a year since New Jersey-rockers The Gaslight Anthem released their newest record American Slang but a few days ago we got a brand new video for the track "Bring It On" of it. The is directed by Kevin Slack and premiered on SPIN, to whom frontman Brian Fallon said that "The song is a true to life kind of story about a guy who's left behind in a divorce". The video features Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause and The Gaslight Anthem drummer Benny Horowitz' brother as the main characters.
The Gaslight Anthem have a couple of shows announced for this summer, but they're mostly on hold right now with Brian Fallon working on a side-project called The Horrible Crowes with Ian Perkins. The Horrible Crowes' debut album is set to be announced pretty soon with a summer or fall release likely, and The Gaslight Anthem won't begin work on their fourth album until fall with a 2012 release planned.
Check out the video for "Bring It On" below, and check out a few tv show performances of the track here.
I'm sure I've said this before, but I'm a huge fan of The Tallest Man On Earth and this week he began his European tour (which sadly don't include a Stockholm date) in Gothenburg, Sweden and premiered a brand new song. The song is possibly called "There's No Leaving Now" (or at least that's what it's being called online now) and it was performed with two members of the opening act for the tour, Francis, and Kristian Matsson himself playing the piano.
The track might be an indication of a new direction for Matsson, and a step away from the solo acoustic guitar style he's more commonly associated with. Judging by this, and his pre-solo work with Montezumas, there should be now reason for worry - everything he's done so far is very good, at the very least.
Check out a stream of the Gothenburg performance (via TwentyFourBit) and a video of the same track being performed at Paradiso in Amsterdam (via Impossible Trees) below.
It seems like pretty much every good band there is have recorded a session with Daytrotter by now, and Middle Brother's session was posted at the Daytrotter website today. The session isn't actually just one session, but rather a two-sessions-in-one sort of thing recorded with different line-ups at different times. There's a total of eight songs played (one twice), plus two "Welcome to Daytrotter" tracks totalling in ten mp3s.
The first half of the session is actually the second session, recorded in Austin, TX during SXSW this spring while the second half was recorded in January 2010 in Nashville, TN during the recording of Middle Brother's self-titled debut album, which was released on March 1 this year. The Austin session features the full Middle Brother line-up of John McCauley of Deer Tick, Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes plus Johnny Corndawg who appeared on the record and have performed live with the band. The Nashville session on the other hand featured only McCauley and Taylor Goldsmith.
The session is great, and while there may not be a huge difference from the final album versions of the tracks it's well worth checking out for fans, and if you're not familiar with Middle Brother already - do yourself a favour and check this out. View the tracklist below and head over to Daytrotter to download the session for free (requires sign-up).
1. Welcome to Daytrotter (Austin)
4. Million Dollar Bill
5. Middle Brother
6. Welcome to Daytrotter (Nashville)
7. Can't Stay Here Anymore
8. Million Dollar Bill
9. Thanks For Nothing
Tom Petty is one of the most unfairly criticized artists by the supposedly hip crowd today - while his latter work may not be that special he wrote a fair bunch of great tracks in his earlier days - which means that I'll always be happy when he gets some recognition. This time it's the Smith Westerns deciding to cover his excellent tune "American Girl" for AV Club Undercove, which you can watch a video of below. "American Girl" was originally released on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' self-titled debut lp in 1976 and the Smith Westerns do their best to make the track their own, making it sound quite a lot like a certain Strokes song, as Philip Cosores over at One Thirty BPM points out.
Timber Timbre released their newest record Creep On Creepin' On in early April via Arts & Crafts and way back in February "Black Water" was released as the first teaser from it, and now it's finally got a video. Check out the creepy underwater-filmed video below, it works really well with the music.
We've previously been treated with two tracks from the upcoming Black Lips album Arabia Mountain - first with "Go Out And Get It!" and then "Modern Art" - and now we've got a third one called "New Direction". "New Direction" continues the trend with each track we get from the album being better than the last, and "New Direction" is Black Lips at their poppiest. Judging by the three available tracks that seems to be the direction they've chosen for the record, but as long as the majority is as good as this one I don't mind it at all. Stream and download "New Direction" below.
(via One Thirty BPM)
Arabia Mountain will be released by Vice Records on June 7.
The first track from Bon Iver's upcoming second lp Bon Iver, Bon Iver is finally here - the track "Calgary" was premiered on the radio just now and is available for download in exchange for an e-mail address below. Bon Iver, Bon Iver has been a long time coming, and it's been eagerly awaited because of the sheer quality of Bon Iver's debut lp For Emma, Forever Ago which is already considered a modern classic, and rightfully so. Download the track below, and head over here for full details on the album which will be released on June 21 via Jagjaguwar.
By now I assume that you already know about the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly and its tracklist (if not, click here), and following The Black Keys' take on "Dearest" and Modest Mouse's version of "That'll Be The Day" a third track is now available; Julian Casablancas' cover of "Rave On". Check it out below:
(via Stereogum via The Guardian)
Rave On Buddy Holly will be released by Fantasy Records/Concorde Music Group on June 28.