Loney Dear's been around for quite some time now but I didn't discover them until this fall with the release of the excellent Hall Music. The album's got many standout tracks, one of these being "My Heart" and earlier this week The Line of Best Fit posted a remix of the track by Holy Strays. Give it a listen, or download it, using the Soundcloud widget below.
Sharon Van Etten announced the release of her upcoming third lp a couple of weeks ago and earlier this week "Serpents", a track from the album, premiered online. The track is decidedly faster and louder than what you'd expect and it is obvious that the influence of The National's Aaron Dessner (who Van Etten recorded the album with) is at play here. Check out the track below.
Around the release of Gillian Welch's excellent The Harrow & The Harvest in June she and her partner David Rawlings guested Conan O'Brien's show to perform "The Way It Goes", and on Tuesday it was time again - although this performance took place on the British tv show Later...with Jools Holland. Welch and Rawlings turned in a very good performance, as expected, and you can watch it below.
That Laura Marling's A Creature I Don't Know inspired Ryan Adams during the recording of his excellent Ashes & Fire has been known for awhile now, and thanks to Live from Abbey Road we now get the chance to see the two perform together.
A couple of days ago Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band announced headlining dates at Hard Rock Calling in London and Isle Of Wight Festival as well as own gigs at Stadium of Light in Sunderland and Etihad Stadium in Manchester for next summer, with promises of further European gigs to be announced. Today a concert at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden was announced for July 27 with tickets going on sale next Wednesday.
Besides the concerts Springsteen is also planning to release a new record with The E Street Band which is scheduled for release some time next year. It'll be the first record without E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons who passed away earlier this year.
Swedish musician Azure Blue, aka Tobias Isaksson, is releasing his debut album Rule of Thirds via Hybris today and you can stream the full album using the Soundcloud player below. Rule of Thirds is a fine electronic indie pop record and Azure Blue is having a release party with a live gig for the album tonight at Kåken in Stockholm (details here).
The Swedish Hultsfred festival have unveiled the first act for their 2012 festival - it's the Swedish band The Cardigans who are going to perform their classic 1998 album Gran Turismo in its entirety. According to the press release it's the first time the band has done anything like that, and it'll be the only Cardigans gig in Sweden during 2012.
Swedish indie act Serenades, the new project of Adam Olenius of Shout Out Louds and Markus Krunegård, have been receiving quite a lot of press abroad recently for their international debut ep Come Home and its lead single "Oceans". Serenades already have a full-length titled Criminal Heaven out here in Sweden but a full album won't be released abroad until next year.
"Oceans" is available as a free download on their official site, and earlier today NME published a remix by White Sea, aka Morgan Kibby of M83, which you can listen to below. It's pretty good, so give it a listen below and if you haven't seen it yet check out the video for "Oceans" as well.
Today The Vaccines released a video for their track "Tiger Blood" from the new digital single containing "Tiger Blood" and "Tuck And Roll". You can watch the video for "Tiger Blood" below.
Leonard Cohen is without a doubt a living legend in the music world and at age 77 he's releasing a new album titled Old Ideas on January 30 next year. "Show Me The Place", a first track from the album, has been made available to stream online and you can do so below, and you should seeing as it's pretty good.
To avoid confusion: the track below and the record it's taken from isn't new, or rather the lp was released in February this year but I've somehow managed to miss it completely - especially strange considering The Babies is a side-project of Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls and Woods' Kevin Morby. I'm a fan of both those acts and The Babies self-titled record sounds almost exactly as you'd imagine when combining those two as it's a fun and poppy garage rock record.
The Babies are currently touring Europe, with a gig in Stockholm scheduled for this Saturday together with Norwegian kraut act 120 Days. The gig will take place at Hornstull Strand and it's hosted by the excellent club Lönelördag (What We Do Is Secret/Fritz's Corner), details here. Check out their European tour dates below, plus give "Run Me Over" from The Babies a listen.
Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit are going on a short European tour beginning next week, but today they announced a full European tour for February next year, after the release of their upcoming record The Lion's Roar. The tour will take them through Scandinavia, Finland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK and is an addition to their already announced Australian and US tours in March respectively April. If you haven't heard the title track from The Lion's Roar yet you should do yourself a favour and give it a listen now.
Check out the full tour itinerary below, with the new dates bolded.
M83's new album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is a favourite among the staff here at Birds Need Feet and lead single "Midnight City" is without a doubt one of the best songs released this year. Last night M83 appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform the track and they turned in a pretty excellent performance. Check out the performance below (via The Audio Perv).
When I posted about Porcelain Raft's "Put Me To Sleep" a couple of hours ago I didn't expect the video for the track to me released an hour or so later, but it was. So give the self-directed clip a watch below - it features a bath in milk from the looks of it.
Porcelain Raft is a recent discovery of mine- it's the project of the London-based Italian musician Mauro Remiddi - and Secretly Canadian will be releasing Porcelain Raft's debut lp Strange Weekeend on January 23. I've had the opportunity to hear the record prior to it's release it's definitely something special, dreamy pop music that paints vivid pictures, and personally it reminds me a lot of the work '70s glam rock act T. Rex, except it's completely different.
Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is releasing Voyageur, her fourth studio record, in January and almost a month ago we posted the single from the album, "Sidecar". Edwards was recently on tour with Bon Iver in Europe and during the tour she took the time perform a special acoustic version of "Sidecar" for the excellent folks at The Line Of Best Fit.
It's been close to a month since Fleet Foxes unveiled the teaser for the music video for their Helplessness Blues epic "The Shrine / An Argument" and earlier today the full video was released. The video was directed by Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold's brother Sean Pecknold and it was animated by Sean Pecknold and Britta Johnson. Watch it below, it's pretty amazing.
I'm Kingfisher, aka Thomas Denver Jonsson, is one of Sweden's finest singer-songwriters and last year he released his fourth record, Arctic. Arctic is the first of his recordings to be released under the I'm Kingfisher moniker, with his previous released being under his own name, and Arctic was recently re-released in the UK. In connection to the re-release I'm Kingfisher unveiled a fourth video from the album for the beautiful "Svalbard".
I went to see The Tarantula Waltz open for Justin Townes Earle last Thursday and The Tarantula Waltz, aka Markus Svensson, turned in a pretty impressive gig (for a full report go here). The Tarantula Waltz is currently working on his upcoming third full-length album, with a spring release in sight, and he's been performing many new songs live - the entire live set consisted of new songs.