First of all this is awesome in so many ways. One of my favourite active indie rock acts, The National, contribute to the soundtrack of the best tv show around right now; Game of Thrones, with a performance of "The Rains of Castamere" - a song taken from George R.R. Martin's book series.
One of the most promising new artists around these days is the Swedish pop singer-songwriter Faye who until today was known as under her birth name Fanny. Faye is set to released her second single "Water Against The Rocks" on June 25 and it's the follow-up to her debut single "Come To Me" which was released earlier this year via Hybris.
Faye was today unveiled as the third signing to Best Fit Recordings and "Water Against The Rocks" will be released internationally via Best Fit Recordings/Cooperative Music, and in July a 7" with "Water Against The Rocks" backed by "Come To Me" will be released. You can listen to the radio edit of "Water Against The Rocks" below, it's quite brilliant and it's certainly promising in regards to her coming debut record.
London post-punk four-piece Savages have been one of the buzzed-about bands lately despite not having released a single track. That's all changed today though as Pitchfork premiered the "Husbands", the b-side to their debut single "Flying To Berlin", and for once it certainly lives up to the hype. The "Flying To Berlin" / "Husbands" single will be released digitally via Pop Noire on May 28 with a 7" scheduled for June.
I've previously posted "Heaven" and "We Can't Be Beat" from The Walkmen's new album Heaven, which will be released next week via Bella Union/Fat Possum. The full album is now available from streaming and it's definitely worth your time.
Niki & The Dove are one of those amazing live acts who can play around with their music and completely change the songs without losing any quality. This is apparent in their Bands In Transit session where they completely transform their single "The Drummer" with the help of a brand new synth line. The session was filmed during The Great Escape festival and you can watch it below.
I've been kinda slow with getting around to the Australian garage rock band Royal Headache, but their newly released self-titled debut album is definitely something every garage rock fan should hear. The band released their very first music video last week for the one minute and thirty-five seconds long "Girls" and you can watch it below. The video is made up of Super 8 footage of them and their friends "taken over the last couple of years".
This week is looking pretty slim during the work-week but Friday and Saturday is surely making up for that, and I'm actually playing records myself on Saturday.
I usually don't bother posting tour dates on their own but this one is just too exciting. The American garage rock band Reigning Sound - arguably the finest garage rock band of the past decade - are heading out on a European tour between September 7 and September 16, and the tour includes a visit to Stockholm on September 8. As they're one of my favourite bands you can understand why I'm excited - especially as I haven't had the chance to see them before. Check out the full tour dates below.