A couple of weeks back I posted British pop Outift's "Drakes", which is taken from their brand new debut EP Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again which will be released on Monday via Double Denim. Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again is an excellent first step for the band, and it's surely one of the better EPs of this year - a year with many great EPs. Listen to the EP in its entirety below.
The Swedish indie rock act EL-SD released their latest EP, the excellent Repeating Patterns, via Atlas Rec/Peace Attack last year and now we have the honor to premiere the video for "A Contract", perhaps the best track on Repeating Patterns. The video is great by itself as well, and it was made by Oskar Palmbäck and Jonatan Etzler. Watch it below.
With the Swedish pop outfit Those Dancing Days on hiatus three of the band members; Cissi Efraimsson, Lisa Pyk Wirström and Rebecka Rolfart, have started a brand new power pop/punk band called Vulkano. A couple of days ago they unveiled the video for their debut track "Choir Of Wolves", which among other things features the band members dressed as wolves and eating what looks to be raw meat. Yummy. Or not.
Give it watch below, or if videos aren't your thing you can stream it below as well.
About a month ago I posted Jaill's "Waste A Lot Of Things", the first single from the Milwaukee indie outfit's upcoming record Traps (out via Sub Pop on June 11), and a few days back a second track from the album was relesed called "Perfect Ten". "Perfect Ten" is, like "Waste A Lot Of Things", reminiscent of fellow Sub Pop act Blitzen Trapper, albeit less folky. Listen to it below.
The Brooklyn three-piece Selebrities released their debut record Delusions via Cascine last year, and the "Night Heat" 7" earlier this year, but they've got a brand new track available on the Kitsune American Compilation 2012. The track is called "Regrets" and you can listen to it below.
I'm a big fan of White Birds' debut LP When Women Played Drums which was released earlier this year and now two thirds of White Birds have started a new project under the name Night Panther. Night Panther styles themselves as a "sex pop band" and for once they've got it spot on. Their debut track "Snudge" premiered on yvynyl a few days ago and you can listen to it below, it's kinda great.
Dawes released their second album Nothing Is Wrong last year via ATO in the US and Loose Music in the UK, and now their debut record North Hills will finally be released in the UK via Loose Music. North Hills was originally released in 2009 by ATO in the US and will be released on June 4 in the UK. In anticipation of the re-release Loose Music are offering up "Peace In The Valley" as a free download. Check it out below.
I've previously posted "Black Brick Wall" from the Finnish songstress Sansa's international debut record Savior, which will be released next week via KoolMusik. Savior is a fine piece of Scandinavian singer-songwriter pop, at times working in a Lykke Li direction and at other times towards a starker aural image, reminiscent of American indie folk - yet always with a catchy pop edge.
The Mark Lanegan Band released their newest record Blues Funeral in February this year via 4AD and yesterday 4AD unveiled the latest edition of their 4AD Sessions series, starring the Mark Lanegan Band. Lanegan and his band performs four tracks from Blues Funeral; "The Gravedigger's Song", "St. Louis Elegy", "Riot In My House" and "Harborview Hospital". Watch the session below.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is releasing an EP called Now Here's My Plan via Drag City on July 24, and it'll feature six reworkings of tracks from his discography. One of these, the classic "I See A Darkness", has received a new, quite weird, video.
The Walkmen's new album Heaven will be released via Bella Union/Fat Possum on May 29 and today they unveiled another new track from the album; "We Can't Be Beat". "We Can't Be Beat" is without a doubt very strong, with a definite British folk influence apparent throughout. Give it a listen below.
The American lo-fi act Amen Dunes has just released a three track EP titled Ethio Covers, which features covers of unnamed Ethiopian pop songs. You can listen to one of the three songs below, simply titled "Ethio Song".
Azure Blue's debut album excellent Rule of Thirds was released last fall via the Swedish label Hybris and Azure Blue, aka Tobias Isaksson, has been touring it since. Despite this he's had the time to work on new music as well and earlier tonight he decided to share a rough instrumental demo of a new track called "Sweet Child".
Marissa Nadler is set to release her new album The Sister on May 29 via her own Box of Cedar label, and earlier today a new track from the album premiered on Pitchfork. The track is called "Apostle" and as expected it's stunningly beautiful. Give it a listen and/or download it below.
Niki & The Dove's long awaited debut album Instinct will finally be released next week but it's available for listening right now. Instinct is arguably the best album to be released this year, and it's set to become a classic in the years to come. Few, if any, makes pop music as good as this. Definitely a candidate for album of the year.
Spiritualized guested Late Show with David Letterman last night to perform their single "Hey Jane". "Hey Jane" is taken from Spiritualized's new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light, which is out now via Double Six/Fat Possum, and you can watch the performance below. Plus make sure to watch the official video for the track here if you haven't yet - it's brilliant.
Teen Daze's debut LP All Of Us, Together will be released via Lefse on May 22 and we've already gotten to hear a couple of tracks from the album. Earlier today Teen Daze shared another brand new track called "What You Feel", although this one is a b-side and won't appear on the album. Check it out below. It's very disco.
Two months ago we got a first taste of Beach House's upcoming album Bloom in the form of the excellent "Myth", but now the full album is available. NPR is hosting a full album stream of the album, although many have probably illegally downloaded it already (I haven't so I'm as excited as you), and it'll be released next week via Bella Union/Sub Pop.
In late March the title track from Best Coast's upcoming second album The Only Place was released and the full album is finally available for listening. The Only Place will be released via Wichita Recordings next week and Best Coast have certainly upped the pop for it - it's full of power pop gems.
Hiya, we're back with a second installment of our weekly gig guide for Stockholm. This week's offerings is a bit slimmer than last week's, but there's still plenty to go around for Thursday-Friday-Saturday.
I Ching's debut single "It's Me" was released a few weeks back on the newly started Best Fit Recordings and it was backed by the b-side "Drive" - which was just as good as the a-side. Earlier this week The Line Of Best Fit premiered a remix of "Drive" from the Brits in Fiction, and it's quite amazing. Give it a listen below and head over here to get your very own 7".
Neil Young & Crazy Horse are set to release their new album Americana on June 5 via Reprise Records, and earlier this week "Oh Susannah", the first single from the album, was released. Americana consists entirely of covers of American folk songs and it's Neil Young's first record with Crazy Horse since Greendale was released in 2003. Listen to the track below and watch the accompanying video.