During the last few years the follow-up to Bon Iver's wonderful 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago has been one of the most anticipated records in the indie music world and on June 21 it'll finally be released. The record is titled Bon Iver, Bon Iver and will be released via Jagjaguwar, but you can stream the entire record right now over at NPR, but you can stream it right here too.
Bright Eyes released their seventh studio album The People's Key on Saddle Creek Records in February this year and have since been busy touring the record. Despite their busy schedule they've had the time to record a video for one of the album's stronger tracks, "Jejune Stars", which you can view below.
The guys over at Daytrotter are three for three with awesome sessions the past couple of days with J Mascis and Dawes being followed by the Black Lips today. The Black Lips just released their sixth studio album Arabia Mountain on Vice Records and three of the four tracks from the session are taken from that album; "Dumpster Dive", "Time" and "Go Out And Get It!", with the fourth being "Make It" which has only been released on a tour-only split 7" with The Dirtbombs from 2006 previously.
Yesterday Bombay Bicycle Club announced the release date for their 3rd album A Different Kind Of Fix which will be released on the 29th of August this year. The first single from the new album will be a song called 'Shuffle' and it will be up on iTunes June 23rd. As Bombay Bicycle Club is one of my absolute favourite bands I'm very excited about this new record and I really cannot wait to hear the new material!
As we reported a few weeks ago Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will release a new album on August 23, titled Mirror Traffic, and the band has now shared the first track from the album; "Senator". "Senator" is a rocking jam that should satisfy Malkmus' fans and it definitely has me excited about the album, plus it's got "what the senator wants is a blow job" as one of its most predominant lines. Download the track below, and check out the tracklist.
My Morning Jacket released their sixth lp Circuital little more than a week ago and last night they guested Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform the record's title track. Besides performing "Circuital" on the show the band also played "You Wanna Freak Out" as an online bonus song. Watch both performances below (via The Audio Perv) and head over here to listen to the entire album, and download an mp3 of "Circuital" here.
As we reported in early April Neil Young will release another archival live album, this time recorded in 1984-85 with his legendary backing band the International Harvesters. It's called A Treasure and will be released on June 14 worldwide, but certain indie record stores are supposed to be carrying the album already. The album consists of twelve tracks, with six being previously unreleased, and yesterday Mashable premiered, or rather re-premiered, a video of Neil Young & the International Harvesters performing "Amber Jean" live at the Nashville Now TV show on September 20, 1984.
Check out the performance of "Amber Jean" below, and in my opinion this could easily have been included on one of the records from his golden era in the seventies qualitywise. For more details on A Treasure head over here.
I just posted Dawes' Daytrotter session from today, and in catching up with what I've been missing, here's J Mascis' excellent Daytrotter session which was published yesterday. Mascis released Several Shades Of Why his first full studio solo album - with most songs performed acoustically unlike his work with main band Dinosaur Jr., earlier this year on Sub Pop and he perform two of the tracks from the album here; the title track and "Listen To Me". Besides those there's also a version Dinosaur Jr.'s of "Alone" and a cover of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' "Circle" from their 1988 debut album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars.
Download the full session over at Daytrotter for free, it requires a sign-up though (worth it), and if you haven't heard Several Shades Of Why you can still listen to it here.
Bon Iver are releasing their second lp Bon Iver, Bon Iver on June 21 via Jagjaguwar and we've previously been given the track "Calgary" as an album teaser, but now the opening track has made its way into the blogosphere. "Calgary" was an impressive first taste of the album, and "Perth" should in no way disappoint any fans with it's gorgeous guitar lines and Justin Vernon's signature vocals.
Listen to "Perth" below and head over here to watch Justin Vernon perform Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a few weeks ago.
Dawes just released one of the best records of the year with Nothing Is Wrong and today they've got a new Daytrotter session available, which was recorded "a few weeks ago, in North Carolina". The band performed three tracks from Nothing Is Wrong; "Coming Back To A Man", "So Well" and "The Way You Laugh", plus "Rest Easy" which is an iTunes bonus track for the same record.
As we've mentioned earlier New York-based indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars have been recording their second lp with John Agnello during the past months and they've now finally announced it officially. The album will be called Lenses Alien and it will be released through Barsuk in the US on September 14 and Memphis Industries in the UK on September 13. Considering how got there debut lp Why There Are Mountains was I have high hopes for Lenses Alien. Check out the album art above and the tracklist below.
Dawes are releasing their second album Nothing Is Wrong on Tuesday via ATO Records, and last month they stopped by Paste Magazine's office to perform the entire record live. You can watch the first three songs - "Time Spent In Los Angeles", "If I Wanted Someone" and "My Way Back Home" - below, with the rest of the performance being released tomorrow.
Nothing Is Wrong is definite step forward from their 2009 debut North Hills, and outside of Dawes' own work it's been a big year for the band too. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith's collaboration with Deer Tick's John McCauley and Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez as Middle Brother finally saw the light of day in March and Goldsmith working with Robbie Robertson on Robertson's solo album How To Become Clairvoyant and Dawes backing Robertson on tour.
Check for my review of Nothing Is Wrong in the coming week, and be sure to pick up a copy of the album - it's definitely worth it.
UPDATE: Now the live performance of the entire album is available below.
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The announcement of a new Richmond Fontaine lp has somehow slipped past me, but The Line of Best Fit were kind enough to post a first track from the upcoming album. The album is called The High Country and will be released on September 5 in the UK on Diverse Records, and you can listen to and download "The Mechanic's Life" from it below.
For those of you unfamiliar with Richmond Fontaine here's a crash-course: they're something of an alt. country/americana cult-band from Portland, Oregon led by acclaimed author Willy Vlautin and are praised for their marriage of storytelling and bleak americana instrumentation.
Dawes are releasing their second full-length album Nothing Is Wrong tomorrow via ATO Records, and it's a huge step forward from their 2009 debut North Hills. The full album is streaming now over at Spinner, and I'd definitely suggest that you give it a spin - it's one of the very best records to be released this year. The band were just announced to play Hultsfredsfestivalen here in Sweden, which I may or may not attend due to economic reasons - but if I attend I'll definitely make sure to see them, but for now I'm hoping for a Stockholm show announcement.
Foo Fighters released their seventh studio album Wasting Light in April this year, and they've now released a third video from the album, following the ones for "White Limo" and "Rope". This time it's "Walk" that gets the video treatment, and it does so in an interesting fashion with the whole video being an homage to the Michael Douglas starring movie Falling Down from 1993. Watch the video below and if you haven't heard Wasting Light yet you can still stream it here.
Last year Kanye West released his masterpiece of insanity My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to both critical acclaim and harsh criticism, and when an unfinished version of the video for "Monster" leaked in late December the criticism was even harsher. Since then there's been no word on the video and most assumed that it'd never see the light, but last night Kanye West's website was updated with the official video for "Monster" without any further announcement - and the video begins with a short warning: “The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any group of people. It is an art piece, and should be taken as such”.
Watch the disturbing video below (sensitive viewers be warned).
On Thursday Swedish pop artist Robyn released a Max Vitali-directed video for her newest single "Call Your Girlfriend", which is taken from the third instalment of last year's Body Talk-trilogy, and also appear on the compilation album Body Talk. The video features Robyn dancing by herself in an empty warehouse and it's all one shot - and despite being pretty simplistic it's very effective. Watch it below.
The blog has been a bit inactive for the past few days due to too-much-stuff going on outside the world of music, but hopefully we'll be back on track now. In the meantime Tyler, the Creator released a music video for his new single "She" from his second lp, Goblin. The video is directed by Tyler himself, just as the song is produced by him, and features Tyler playing his stalker persona, and Frank Ocean in the role as the boyfriend. The video is really good and well-made, even if it may not be as shocking as many thought the "Yonkers" video to be - watch for yourselves below.