Philadelphia's Laser Background aka Andy Molholt is set to release his self-titled debut EP via Stroll On Records on July 16. Awhile back a first track, "Ghostman On Second", was released but I never managed to get it onto the blog (it's included below instead) and today a second one titled "Pinwheels" was unveiled. Listen to both below.
Dylan LeBlanc released his debut album Paupers Field in 2010, a fine little debut album bringing to mind the likes of Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell. In August he'll be releasing his second LP, Cast The Same Old Shadow, via Rough Trade Records and yesterday "Part One: The End", the opening track on the album, was unveiled. Give it a listen or download it below.
Cheek Mountain Thief is the solo project from the now Iceland-based Tunng frontman Mike Lindsay and the self-titled debut LP will be released via Full Time Hobby on August 13. The record was written and recorded in Iceland, with Icelandic musicians, and last month he released the first track from the album; "Cheek Mountain".
The Bristol act Idles are set to release their debut EP Welcome via Fear Of Fiction on August 6 and yesterday they shared the first track and video from it; "26/27". Watch the NSFW video below, or just use the safe-for-work Soundcloud player to listen to it.
A couple of weeks back I posted Erika Spring's new track "Hidden", the first track to be released from her self-titled debut EP which will be released via Cascine on July 10. The Nashville duo Jensen Sportag have taken on the task of remixing "Hidden" and you can listen to/grab an mp3 of their excellent rework below.
Soul singstress Bettye LaVette is set to release her new album Thankful N’ Thoughtful on September 24 via ANTI- Records and it features her takes on songs by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Gnarls Barkley and The Black Keys among others. Check out her soulful take on The Black Keys' "I'm Not The One" (which originally appeared on their 2010 album Brothers) below.
The Swedish pop singer-songwriter Lykke Li is one of many artists to contribute to the new Fleetwood Mac tribute album Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac and Li is covering Fleetwood Mac's, or rather Stevie Nicks', "Silver Springs". "Silver Springs" was originally a b-side to "Go Your Own Way" and chronicles Nicks' break-up with fellow Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham.
Thee Oh Sees are set to play here in Stockholm in a few hours with Kurt Vile & The Violators, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Vånna Inget and on September 11 they'll be releasing their new album Putrifiers II via In The Red Recordings. The extremely prolific San Franciscan act (they released two full-length records last year) have now released one track from the LP; "Lupine Dominus", over at Pitchfork. Download it below and check out our interview with Brigid from Thee Oh Sees here.
The Swedish psychedelic rock act Den Stora Vilan just released a digital single with two new tracks "Förvandlingen" and "För Långt Ut" via Gaphals and you can listen to both tracks below. The single will also be released on 7" vinyl in August.
The Henry Clay People's new record Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives is released today via TBD Records and it's without a doubt one of the finest rock 'n' roll records you'll find this year. It's an uplifting and affecting rock record in the same sense that Japandroids' Celebration Rock is, albeit with a bit of a classic rock flair. A must-listen.
A couple of weeks back Jens Lekman unveiled "Erica America", the first track from his upcoming LP I Know What Love Isn't, and today the video for the track premiered as well. The video is directed by the Swedish director Marcus Söderlund (who did the "As Young As Yesterday" video for Korallreven) and you can watch it below.
The Antlers will be releasing a new EP titled Undersea on July 24 in the US via ANTI- Records and on July 30 via Transgressive in the UK/Europe.
It's been awhile since the last gig guide actually made it's way on to the site and not just Twitter and Facebook. The reason for that has simply been that there haven't been that much going on in Stockholm lately, perhaps due to the Euro 2012 championship - or the festival season. Or maybe they were all just gearing up for this week as there's great gigs going on every day (except Sunday.)
On Tuesday the San Franciscan garage/psych act Thee Oh Sees will be performing here in Stockholm at What We Do Is Secret's sold-out Summer Fest at Hornstull Strand. While Kurt Vile & The Violators and The Brian Jonestown Massacre are better known everyone would do well to get there earlier to see Thee Oh Sees, one of the hidden treasures of American garage rock.
Thee Oh Sees consists of bandleader John Dwyer, Brigid Dawson, Petey Dammit and Mike Shoun and last year they released two impressive LPs; Castlemania and Carrion Crawler/The Dream. We talked with Thee Oh Sees' keyboardist and backing vocalist Brigid Dawson ahead of their visit to Sweden.