Girls are releasing their second full-length album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 13, following their debut record Album and last year's Broken Dreams Club ep and it's definitely an album worth waiting for. The lead single "Vomit" was released in June and received the video treatment a few weeks ago, and it's without a doubt one of my favourite tracks of 2011, and they've now decided to share another track; album opener "Honey Bunny". The track premiered on NPR a few days ago and you can stream it below.
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Spiders are a Swedish four-piece rock band, consisting of lead singer Ann-Sofie Hoyles and members from Witchcraft and The Maharajas, playing '70s style rock 'n' roll and they just released a video for a new track called "Fraction", which features a harmonica solo instead of a guitar solo. "Fraction" is taken from a new 7" single on De:Nihil Records, with the b-side being a cover of Alice Cooper's classic "Under My Wheels", and the 7" is out tomorrow on August 26. Watch the video below.
Before yesterday I had no idea what the lead guitarist of Band of Horses was called, and even less of a clue that he was a pretty damn fine singer-songwriter on his own, but that's just the way it is. Anyway, Tyler Ramsey is usually the lead guitarist of indie rock giants Band of Horses, a band that I'm hardly a big fan of, but after checking out the title track from his upcoming lp The Valley Wind on a whim I'm very impressed.
"The Valley Wind" sounds pretty much like a mix of Neil Young's quieter moments and Songs From A Blue Guitar-era Red House Painters or Mark Kozelek's work with Sun Kil Moon - in short it's really good. Stream "The Valley Wind" below and be sure to watch for the lp, which is out on September 27 via Fat Possum.
In May folk rockers The Felice Brothers released Celebration, Florida which expanded on their previous sound by adding layers of electronics, and did so very successfully, and they've now announced the release of a follow-up ep called Poughkeepsie Princess. The Felice Brothers will release one track for free each Wednesday during five weeks, beginning yesterday, and the five songs combined will make up the ep.
In a tweet from last Wednesday James Blake hinted at a collaboration with Bon Iver was to be released yesterday and true to his word they unveiled the track "Fall Creek Boys Choir" last night. The pairing of two such indie darlings was naturally met with high expectations and reactions have been both positive and negative, with my personal one being that it's a good track but not close to what either do on their own.
The track features vocals from Bon Iver (or rather Justin Vernon of Bon Iver) and production from James Blake, and sounds pretty much exactly as you'd imagine that - although not quite as good. Below the official stream via Blake's YouTube page it says "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011" giving us something to speculate about - but in the meantime, give the track a listen below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars are releasing their second record Lenses Alien on Tuesday next week in North America, and two weeks later in the rest of the world, but they've now decided to make the full album available to stream. Lenses Alien is certainly a step up from their already very good debut record Why There Are Mountains, and the full album definitely lives up to the promise of the two previously released mp3s. Stream the full album below.
As we reported last week Ryan Adams is set to release his thirteenth lp Ashes & Fire on October 11 via his own PAX AM label, with support from Capitol, and last night he released the first track from the album in the form of "Lucky Now". "Lucky Now" follows through on the promise of a return to a more Heartbreaker-ish sound and definitely shows that Ashes & Fire has the potential to be his best album since 2005's Jacksonville City Nights.
Ashes & Fire is produced by Glyn Johns and it's now available for pre-order in a bunch of different versions (check them out here), and they've also unveiled the album cover (viewable above). Personally I couldn't be more excited. Listen and download "Lucky Now" below.
Kurt Vile & The Violators is currently on tour in Europe and will be joined by Woods for four UK dates in early September and during this tour they're selling a split tour-only 7" single from Woodsist Records. The single contains two tracks by Woods and three by Kurt Vile, and we've got one of Vile's contributions, "In/Out Blues", available for listen below.
I'm personally seeing Kurt Vile & The Violators on Friday here in Stockholm, supported by the excellent Swedish band Den Stora Vilan and UK blues artist Duke Garwood, and hopefully also the gig with Woods in Glasgow on September 6. Check out Vile's full Euro tour dates below, and also the tracklist for the 7".
Once again this is a few days old but I've been pretty busy, but Mastodon have finally unveiled the first proper single for their upcoming album The Hunter, following the teaser track "Black Tongue". "Curl Of The Burl" is a relatively straightforward heavy rock/metal track and definitely sounds good to these ears. Check it out below, set to Mastodon-endorsed footage by Aaron Hymes, but it's not the official video for the track.