Back in January I posted "Brooklyn Sunburn", the first track to be taken from Teen Daze's upcoming debut record All Of Us, Together, and today Stereogum premiered a second track from the album called "Treten" - and it's very good. Besides a new track there's also a Brothertiger remix of "Brooklyn Sunburn" available at XLR8R - it's well worth your time. Listen to and grab yourself an mp3 of "Treten" below.
A few weeks ago I posted "Eat Me Alive", the first track from Gentleman Jesse's excellent upcoming record Leaving Atlanta (out on March 13 via Douchemaster) and today a video for another track from the album, "Rooting For The Underdog", premiered. The video was made by Newmerica and you can watch it below.
Father John Misty, aka J. Tillman, is releasing Fear Fun, his debut album under that moniker, on May 1 via Sub Pop in the US and Bella Union in Europe and a month ago I posted a first track from the album called "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings". Today the video for another one called "Nancy From Now On" premiered and you can watch it below. The video was co-directed by Tillman and Amy Cargill, and it's slightly NSFW.
First Aid Kit recently visited the French radio station LLP Mouv' to record a session, and one of the tracks the sister-duo performed was an impressive cover of Patti Smith's 1979 single "Dancing Barefoot". Listen to it below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars released their excellent Lenses Alien last fall and one of my favourite tracks on it is "Definite Darkness" and yesterday the band unveiled the video for the track as well. The video was made by Jamie Harley and features footage from the 1972 film Beauty Knows No Pain. Watch it below.
Back in January I posted White Fence's "It Will Never Be" from his upcoming Family Perfume Vol. 1 record, which will be released on April 3 via Woodsist, and now we've already got a track from Vol. 2 of the series.
Family Perfume Vol. 2 will be released on May 15 via Woodsist and the track in question is "King of the Decade" - and it's as good as you'd expect from the ever-impressive White Fence. Give it a listen below and head over to Pitchfork to grab an mp3 of the track.
Sharon Van Etten's new album Tramp is without a doubt one of the strongest records of the year so far and now she's released a video for one of the best tracks on the album; "Leonard". Watch the video below.
Last time I wrote something about Way Out West was two weeks ago when Blur was announced and last week they added the wonderful Wilco to the festival area, as well as Mazzy Star, Factory Floor and Madeon to the Stay Out West club program. Earlier this week the newly reunited The Afghan Whigs and The Field joined the line-up and today Frank Ocean was confirmed as well. That's it for now. The line-up is looking very very good so far, check it out below.
Back in December Hip Hatchet gave away an excellent little EP called Coward's Luck to keep the fans satisfied until the release of their second full-length album. That album has now been announced; it'll be called Joy And Better Days and it'll be released via Gravitation Records on April 10. Hip Hatchet have shared a first track from the album called "Sing Me A Reprise" and as expected it's very good. Listen to it below.
Poor Moon are set to release their debut EP Illusion on March 27 in the US via Sub Pop and on March 26 in the UK via Bella Union, but it's available for free download for two days right now. Poor Moon is the project of Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott (both from Fleet Foxes and Crystal Skulls) and Ian and Peter Murray (from The Christmas Cards) and the EP is quite nice, very '60s inspired folk pop. Definitely worth your email address, so go ahead and download it using the widget below.
I haven't really been as big a fan of Beach House as everyone else seemingly are, but I've always liked them, and a new song called "Myth" made its way online earlier today via their website. It's very good. Listen to it below, and keep your eye out for their upcoming full-length Bloom, which will be released via Sub Pop on May 15.
On Monday the newly started and already awesome Best Fit Recordings announced I Ching as their first act and today they unveiled that their second act is one of the most exciting bands around right now; namely Fanzine.
Londoners Fanzine released their debut EP Low last summer and since then they've released a single via Fat Possum for "Roman Holiday" and "My Stupid Brain", plus released a few stand-alone tracks. They've all been absolutely wonderful, and on April 30 Best Fit Recordings will be releasing a new 7" single with "L.A.", which you can already listen to below. It's fantastic.
The Felice Brothers' atypical but very good Celebration, Florida was released via Fat Possum/Loose Music last year and right now they're about to head out on a European tour with opener Craig Finn (frontman of The Hold Steady). In celebration of the tour their European label Loose Music is giving away "Cus's Catskill Gym" from Celebration, Florida for free. Give it a listen and grab an mp3 of it below, and head over here for The Felice Brothers' European tour dates - which sadly don't include any shows in Sweden.
I've previously posted Caviare Days' "The Awakening", the lead single from their upcoming self-titled record, and earlier today another track from the album premiered on PSL. The track in question is titled "When The Light Is Breaking" which refers to the Scandinavian spring, something I, as a fellow Swede, have no trouble identifying with. Give it a listen below.
Bowerbirds' excellent new album The Clearing is out today via Dead Oceans and to celebrate the release the band have unveiled the video for lead single "Tuck The Darkness In", which we originally posted an mp3 of back in December. The video was directed Carlos Lopez Estrada and tells the remarkably affecting story of a boy who loves fish and you can watch it below. It's a must-watch.
Well, here's a brand new discovery for me; the Swedish(!) americana act Amandine who released their third album, a self-titled one, last week. As it turns out Amandine released their previous album Solace In Sore Hands back in 2007 (my reason for not knowing about them) but they're back after a five-year break, and they're back with a very good album. Listen to a cut from the album below.
If you're following me on Twitter you've probably noticed a lot of tweeting about something called Best Fit Recordings lately, and now it's finally here. Best Fit Recordings is a new label run by the people behind the excellent music site The Line of Best Fit and it launched properly today with the announcement of the first signed act to the label; Londoners I Ching.
This is a couple of days old but it's worth your (and my) time anyway; Bon Iver's released another video from last years excellent Bon Iver, Bon Iver. This one is for "Towers" and it's once again directed by Nabil (who did the wonderful video for "Holocene") and it's just beautiful. The footage is amazing. Watch it below.
Tvärvägen, the project Henrik Öhberg, released its second lp Staring Directly Into The Sun last week via Hare Tracks (also home of the excellent YAST) and it's a great little record, clocking in at just under 25 minutes. It's all beautiful instrumentals and you can watch a gorgeous animated video for one of the tracks; "Dans För Två", below.
Last night Jack White stopped by Saturday Night Live to perform "Love Interruption", the first single from his upcoming solo debut Blunderbuss, as well as a second track from the new album called "Sixteen Saltines". Both sounded very good, with "Sixteen Saltines" having a definite White Stripes flavour to it. Watch both performances below.