Monday, March 30, 2009

New Music by Wolfmother - "Back Round"

New song after a year of silence

Wolfmother proved that they can still make sick psychedelic rock with only 1/3 of its original members. In 2008, both Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left the band due to "irreconcilable personal and musical differences", leaving frontman Andrew Stockdale the decision to can the band, or keep it going with some new members. Ultimatley, Stockdale chose the latter, and with the addition of guitarist Aidan Nemeth, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, and drummer Dave Atkins, the newly-formed quartet began toying with their sound and even played a few under-the-radar shows.

In the latest bit of news, Wolfmother (ver 2.0) is now offering up a free download of their next single "Back Round". Head over to the band's official site and enter your "real" email address and phone number, and you'll be given a link to download this sweet new track. You're also asked to make a donation to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Quiet Little Voices" Single

We Were Promised a Single

For nearly two years, We Were Promised Jetpacks went unsigned, but due to their band's rousing stage performance, they created a mountain of buzz that they rightfully deserved. After the Scottish quartet signed to FatCat Records (alongside fellow countrymen Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit), the band hit the studio to polish up many of their concert staples, as well as penning a slew of new jams. On May 4, 2009, the band will release the first single, "Quiet Little Voices", off their debut LP These Four Walls (which is set to drop in June). Speaking of the album, the band recently was interviewed by Ragged Words and had this to say about These Four Walls:
[The album will have] 10 full songs and a wee instrumental number that we decided was nice and was worth putting on. I think it might be a little less-dancey-hi-hats-and-spikey guitars than people would expect. We tried really hard to make a record that has some variation and depth. I really hope we can proud of it in 50 years time. In the interests of not wanting to disappoint I'll also say you can expect it to be really rubbish.
If you head over to the band's MySpace page, you can stream two songs on the single. The first thing you'll notice is that they've given "Quiet Little Voices" a new coat of paint. It's really nice to hear a higher quality recording of this song, especially when the sweet base lines kick in. The b-side, "Let's Call This A Map", is the same recording from the band's 2007 self-titled EP. Both of these songs are wonderful, and make me very excited about June. To hear the original "Quiet Little Voices", also from the band's EP, follow the link below. It's because of this song (and KEXP's Song of the Day) that I've had the pleasure of experiencing this band. Now if only they could mount a tour through Seattle...

Speaking of tours, if you live in the UK, the band is playing a few festivals this year.
28 Jun - Outsider Festival, Rothiemurchus, UK
24 Jul - Wickerman Festival, Dundrennan, UK

We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Quiet Little Voices"
(from We Were Promised Jetpacks EP)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sunset Rubdown Introducing Moonface

Get it today!

As posted before, Sunset Rubdown recently recorded two songs (which will NOT be appearing on their new LP Dragonslayer) for a picture disc project put on by artist/friend of the band, David Horvitz. As of today, the 7" can now be purchased from Aagoo Records. Hurry, though, because only 500 copies of this 2-song vinyl are being pressed. I just got mine, so there's at most, 499 left! To purchase your own copy, go here. A tracklisting is posted below:
Sunset Rubdown Introducing Moonface

Side A: Coming to at Dawn
Side B: Insane Love Is Awakening

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

Forth studio album by Sunset Rubdown

Just posted today at Jagjaguwar Records, Sunset Rubdown's next album will be entitled Dragonslayer. Album art is posted above, and the expected release date will be June 23, 2009. Also released was the track listing. I'm really excited to finally see a studio cut of "Idiot Heart", which can be heard here at the band's second Daytrotter Session (and also at the end of this post). 2009 is going to be sweet!

Track listing:
  1. Silver Moons
  2. idiot Heart
  3. Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!
  4. Black Swan
  5. Paper Lace
  6. You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)
  7. Nightingale / December Song
  8. Dragon's Lair
The official press-release for the album reads below:
Sunset Rubdown was once the moniker under which Spencer Krug released low fidelity solo recordings. The project has long since evolved into a full band, and Dragonslayer is the third full-length recorded by the whole group. Besides Krug, it features the three musicians who originally signed on: Jordan Robson-Cramer on drums, guitar and keys, Michael Doerksen on guitar and bass, and Camilla Wynne Ingr on keys, percussion and vocals. And now, for the first time, newest member Mark Nicol can be heard on bass, drums, and percussion.

Sunset Rubdown's previous release on Jagjaguwar, Random Spirit Lover, was a studio-built album, in that much of it was written while recording (built up in separate layers, with almost all the vocals needing to be overdubbed). With the new album, the band wanted to try something completely different. It was a very conscious decision, and not a "natural progression." The result is an album that feels honest, natural, and straightforward. The musicianship is left in the open, unassisted by studio magic, and the songs are left to justify for themselves their own screwy pop-rock existence.

Dragonslayer was recorded in the fall of 2008. Sunset Rubdown hope that the true strength of this new album is a hidden complexity that emerges slowly from within the straight production and raw musicianship, and from what sounds at first to be an only slightly skewed approach to pop. They hope it's like that one friend of yours who looks unassuming and normal, but once you get to know him it's obvious he's basically crazy.
MP3: Sunset Rubdown - "Idiot Heart" Daytrotter Session
(go here for the full Daytrotter Session)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Cave Singers: New Song "Beach House"

The Cave Singers: "Beach House"

A new song entitled "Beach House" was posted today at The Cave Singers' MySpace page. The band has been playing this song at their shows for over a year now, and it really sounds good on the studio cut.

"Beach House", along with "Television Towns" are two songs that have been shared via MySpace. It is quite likely that both of these tracks will end up on the much anticipated follow-up to Invitation Songs, hopefully hitting shelves before the summer.

The Cave Singers will be playing shows across the county starting in April. Don't miss them with Dr. Dog when they play the newly renovated/resurrected Crocodile Cafe on April 14. For more shows, read on:

- Tue.Apr.14.09 - Dr. Dog @ The Crocodile
Dr. Dog, The Cave Singers, Golden Boots :: $15 adv :: tickets

The Cave Singers tour dates
Apr 1 2009 8:00P
Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Apr 2 2009 8:00P
Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Apr 3 2009 8:00P
Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 4 2009 8:00P
Lee’s Place Toronto
Apr 5 2009 8:00P
Mohawk Place Buffalo, New York
Apr 6 2009 8:00P
The Basement Columbus, Ohio
Apr 8 2009 8:00P
Headliners Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 9 2009 8:00P
Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Apr 10 2009 8:00P
Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Apr 11 2009 8:00P
400 Bar Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 14 2009 8:00P
Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
Apr 15 2009 8:00P
Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Apr 16 2009 8:00P
Fillmore San Francisco, California
Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Spaceland Los Angeles, California
Apr 21 2009 8:00P
The Parish Austin, Texas
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
The Loft Dallas, Texas
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
George’s Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Apr 29 2009 8:00P
Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
Apr 30 2009 7:00P
Kilby Salt Lake City, Utah
May 8 2009 8:00P
ATP Festival Minehead
May 12 2009 8:00P
Union Chapel London

Handsome Furs @ Neumos, Seattle (6-5-09)

photo cred: blogTO

Just announced, the Handsome Furs will be swinging back through Seattle this June. The show will take place on the 5th at Neumos, and tickets are $15. Still no word on who the opener will be.

To buy tickets, they go on sale this Friday.

Handsome Furs tour dates
Mar 26 2009 8:00P
7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
The Maintenance Shop Ames, Iowa
Mar 28 2009 8:00P
The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
Mar 30 2009 8:00P
Southgate House New Port, Kentucky
Apr 1 2009 8:00P
Bug Jar Rochester, New York
Apr 2 2009 8:00P
Spark Art Space Syracuse, New York
Apr 3 2009 8:00P
Il Motore Montreal, Quebec
Apr 8 2009 8:00P
93 Feet Eat London
Apr 9 2009 8:00P
The Farmhouse Canterbury
Apr 10 2009 8:00P
Motel Mozaique Festival Rotterdam
Apr 11 2009 8:00P
La Maroquinerie Paris
Apr 12 2009 8:00P
Domino Festival Brussels
Apr 14 2009 8:00P
Gebaude 9 Cologne
Apr 15 2009 8:00P
Molotov Hamburg
Apr 16 2009 8:00P
Beatpol Dresden
Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Nachtleben Frankfurt
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
59:1 Munich
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
Rock Cafe Prague
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Stanica Zilina
Apr 21 2009 8:00P
Kset Clubv Zagreb
Apr 22 2009 8:00P
Rex Belgrade
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Klub Re Krakow
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Hydrozagadka Warsaw
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
Roxy Klaipeda
Apr 26 2009 8:00P
Fontaine Palace Liepaja
Apr 27 2009 8:00P
Club Depo Riga
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
Juuksur Talinn
Apr 29 2009 8:00P
Kudes Linja Helsinki
May 1 2009 8:00P
Strand Stockholm
May 2 2009 8:00P
Garage Bergen
May 6 2009 8:00P
Garage Oslo
May 7 2009 8:00P
Herrgarn Linkoping
May 8 2009 8:00P
Debaser Malmo
May 9 2009 8:00P
Vega Copenhagen
May 13 2009 8:00P
Bang Bang Club Berlin
May 15 2009 8:00P
One day @ Control Bucharest
May 22 2009 8:00P
Musicbox Club Lisbon
Jun 4 2009 8:00P
Richards on Richards Vancouver, British Columbia
Jun 5 2009 8:00P
Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Jun 6 2009 8:00P
The Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Jun 8 2009 8:00P
Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Jun 9 2009 8:00P
The Cellar Door Visalia, California
Jun 10 2009 8:00P
Mother’s Tavern San Luis Obispo, California
Jun 11 2009 8:00P
Echo Plex Los Angeles, California
Jun 12 2009 8:00P
Chyno Arts Center Scottsdale, Arizona
Jun 14 2009 8:00P
Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
Jun 17 2009 8:00P
The Aquarium Fargo, North Dakota

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cold War Kids - "I've Seen Enough" Video / Daytrotter Session

Cold War Kids release new video,
make second Daytrotter appearance

It's been a busy month for the Cold War Kids, amidst a world tour they manage to release their newest video for "I've Seen Enough", as well as making their second contribution to Daytrotter. The video can been viewed below, and the four Daytrotter Session songs (which are all from Loyalty to Loyalty) can be sampled here. And from the looks of it, these dudes never stop touring (also see below). If you're in the Seattle area, mark your calendars for April 22 at the Showbox Market. Tickets can be purchased here.

Cold War Kids tour dates
Mar 26 2009 8:00P
4th & B Concert Theatre - CANCELLED San Diego, California
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
Orpheum Theatre - SOLD OUT Los Angeles, California
Apr 2 2009 8:00P
Wilbur Theatre Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 3 2009 8:00P
Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT New York, New York
Apr 6 2009 8:00P
Water Street Music Hall Rochester, New York
Apr 7 2009 8:00P
Tower Theatre - SOLD OUT Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Apr 8 2009 8:00P
DAR Constitution Hall - SOLD OUT Washington DC, Washington DC
Apr 9 2009 8:00P
Belk Arena - Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina
Apr 10 2009 8:00P
Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 11 2009 8:00P
Orpheum Theatre - SOLD OUT Memphis, Tennessee
Apr 12 2009 8:00P
Brady Theatre - SOLD OUT Tulsa
Apr 13 2009 8:00P
Holland Performing Arts Center - SOLD OUT Omaha, Nebraska
Apr 15 2009 8:00P
Roy Wilkins Auditorium St. Paul, Minnesota
Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Aragon Ballroom - SOLD OUT Chicago, Illinois
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
Breslin Events Center - Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
Van Male Fieldhouse - Carroll College Waukesha, Wisconsin
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 21 2009 8:00P
Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 22 2009 8:00P
The Showbox at The Market Seattle, Washington
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Doug Fir Lounge - SOLD OUT Portland, Oregon
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
McCarthey Athletic Center - Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
The Morrison Center Boise, Idaho
Apr 26 2009 8:00P
Crystal Bay Club Crown Room Crystal Bay, Nevada
Apr 27 2009 8:00P
Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, California
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Apr 29 2009 8:00P
RIMAC Arena - UCSD La Jolla, California
May 18 2009 8:00P
Electric Ballroom London
May 21 2009 8:00P
Stag & Dagger Festival Glasgow
May 22 2009 8:00P
Stag & Dagger Festival Leeds
May 23 2009 8:00P
Stag & Dagger Festival London
May 25 2009 8:00P
Aeronef Lille
May 26 2009 8:00P
Tivoli Utrecht
May 27 2009 8:00P
Le Cigale Paris
May 28 2009 8:00P
Olympic Nantes
May 29 2009 8:00P
Art Rock Festival St. Brieuc
May 30 2009 8:00P
Papillon de Nuit Festival Caen
Jun 2 2009 8:00P
Rothbury Festival Rothbury, Michigan