Spiritualized is one of those bands where I've always liked what I've heard but never really delved deeper into their discography... Anyway, that's not why you're reading - this is: they've got a new album coming out in April and today they released a first song from it. The tune is called "Hey Jane", it's almost nine minutes long and it's good. Give it a listen below. And yeah, that image above is the actual album cover, don't blame me.
Back in early December I posted the then-new Dante track "Won't Go", and since then it's been in steady rotation around here as it's pretty fantastic. Good description, huh? The track won't appear on Dante's upcoming solo debut as it samples Adele and they couldn't get the rights for the sample but that haven't stopped Dante from releasing a video for the track. The video was filmed during Dante's visit to China last year by Olle Kirchmeier. Watch it below.
I've previously mentioned Vanbot on here and now she's got a new single out called "Got To Get Out", which premiered on Nylon Magazine the other day. For those of you who aren't yet familiar with Vanbot; she's a Swedish pop artist by the name Ester Ideskog and Robyn is the easiest reference point. Plus she's pretty damn good. Listen to the new single and grab an mp3 of it below.
With Fleet Foxes on a break it's seemingly quite likely that we'll be seeing some solo material from frontman Robin Pecknold - it wouldn't be the first time he's gone solo (the White Antelope stuff from a few years ago and last year's three-track ep.) We've now gotten a new song from Robin (or rather a demo) and it's indeed great, although very sad as it deals with his recent break-up. Quite heartbreaking listening. Check it out below.
Sun Kil Moon is returning with a fifth studio record studio record on May 29, titled Among the Leaves, and it'll be released via Mark Kozelek's own Caldo Verde Records. The album was recorded between October 2011 and January 2012 in San Francisco and "finds Mark relaxed, singing playfully about his life as a musician while retaining the melancholic spirit of his 20 year catalog", according to the press release.
We've got a first track available for you below, the witty "Sunshine In Chicago", which you can download or just listen to below. It certainly sounds promising to me, plus the tracklist is awesome (check it out below as well).
Last week Way Out West announced The Black Keys for the 2012 edition of the festival, a band that could be considered headliner material, and today they confirmed that Britpop legends Blur will be playing the festival as well. They're definitely headliner material.
I've previously posted three videos with tracks from The Tarantula Waltz's upcoming third record; two session videos for "Scandinavian Minds" and "Majestic Jaws" and a live video for "Erase The Space". The "Erase The Space" video was recorded during his opening slot for Hederos & Hellberg at Södra Teatern in Stockholm on January 27 and now we've got another live video from that very same show; this one for "Tinderstickneck", the title track of the upcoming album.
The Mynabirds have been on my to-listen list for awhile now as their debut record What We Lose in the Fire, We Gain in the Flood was released in 2010 but as it too often is I hadn't checked them out until I heard their new track "Generals" today. "Generals" is excellent and it's taken from their upcoming second lp; GENERALS, which is produced by Richard Swift (who's handled Damien Jurado's last two records) and it will be released via Saddle Creek Records on June 5. Grab an mp3 of "Generals" in exchange for an email address below.
As Abeano points out there isn't much info on Elliphant - yet. They're from Stockholm, Sweden and they're signed to the same management agency as Niki & The Dove and Icona Pop, and they've got one track out now called "In The Jungle". It was premiered by The Guardian a couple of days ago, and it's really quite good. Give it a listen below or download it by right-clicking the link under the Soundcloud widget.
So I discovered The Men a couple of weeks with their scorching single "Open Your Heart", the title track and first taste from their upcoming record Open Your Heart, which will be released on March 6 via Sacred Bones. Last week they released another track from the album called "Ex-Dreams", which is equally impressive. Garage-punk done right. Give it a listen below.
Almost a month ago I posted the first track from The Mary Onettes' new EP Love Forever; the absolutely lovely "Love’s Taking Strange Ways", and my friends over at The Line of Best Fit has the exclusive full album stream. The four-track EP, of which half is produced by former Studio member Dan Lissvik, is great and all too short at just over fifteen minutes. But those fifteen minutes are quite glorious.
The Swedish garage/indie act EL-SD released their latest EP Repeating Patterns via Atlas Rec/Peace Attack late last year, but I didn't discover them until a few weeks ago - right after I missed their gig with The Men at Debaser Slussen here in Stockholm. Repeating Patterns has been in steady rotation around here lately and the opening track "A Will" is possibly my favourite on the EP. Give it a listen below.
Black Mountain are soundtracking a new post-apocalyptic surfing movie (yes, that's the description) called Year Zero and the soundtrack will consist of both old and new tunes, and it'll be released on April 3 via Jagjaguwar. One of those new tracks is available right now; it's called "Mary Lou" and it's pretty much what you'd expect a new Black Mountain track to be. And it's really good. Give it a listen and/or grab an mp3 below. Plus you can watch the trailer - which doesn't really say anything about what the movie's about, but there's some pretty cool surfing shots in there.
The fact that Ryan Adams is a fan of metal shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been following him, or just seen pictures of him lately - he's usually wearing band shirts from various metal acts. Adams has previously done a great cover of Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years", as well as the less metal-y Ratt cover "Round & Round", and on Friday night he performed a cover of Dio's classic "Holy Diver" as the encore of his L.A. gig. It works really well. Watch an audience recorded video of it below, and thanks to my friends at Beats Per Minute for finding it.