Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home
First listen of Iron & Wine’s new music arrived this weekend in the form of a single “Walking Far From Home.” A little different sound, shown off here as the normal unplugged work is replaced by a much more produced, synthesized sound. It produces a beautiful sound, and is a different side than one would normally expect.
Purchase of the single will be available tomorrow on Iron & Wine’s Myspace.
Cut Copy released the first commercial single from their new LP Zonoscope, “Take Me Over.” It’s available at all fine download outlets immediately, and will be released on 12” vinyl in the very near future. It’s obviously a dance-y track, very reminiscent of Duran Duran; very new wave 80’s electronic feel.
Girls’ new EP Broken Dreams club released this week. The boys from San Francisco, wrote a follow up EP to their ‘09 debut, Album, entitled Broken Dreams Club. As you might be able to discern from previous effort and released single, Heartbreaker, this EP is similarly, songs that are about relationships.
The EP starts off with a fantastic track called ‘The Oh So Protective One,’ a revisit to oldies that has a 50’s vibe and an amazing brass section that gives the idea of a ‘Prom Night for Broken Hearts.’ Heartbreaking track rightly named Heartbreaker is a perfect example of a shimmering pop song about heartbreak. It is deceptively catchy and sunny although written about love lost.
At 6 tracks its a longer EP, and it stands to reason is just a miniature album; but it is completely obvious this album was written and so perfectly put by Christopher Owens as “a letter of intent,” the band is progressing and you can hear it before your ears (that doesn’t work as well on paper as it does in my head.) Country-styled post-rock tracks like ‘Carolina,’ work to prove there is so much to come from Owens’ bunch.
This is a 30 minute EP that is certainly worth a few spins and is well worth your hard earned bones.
Delta Spirit is offering up a new EP entitled The Waits Room. The EP was named from a special room at Prairie Studios in Cotati, CA called the “Waits Room” which was a former closet that Tom Waits converted for recording. The EP has acoustic versions “Bushwick Blues” and “Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which appeared on their recent album History For Below. They also recorded a bluesy, stripped down version of “John Henry,” which is absolutely fantastic, it’s dirty and grimy and just awfully awesome to listen to.
New songs include the bluegrass folk track “The Flood,” and “My Dream,” and are both fantastic. The new versions of these songs and the new tracks have a subtle, intimate, feel.
At $3.99 you can not go wrong here, if you liked History From Below, and I did (alot), you are going to find a lot to love about this EP.
Buy Waits Room EP
US Tour Dates
11/22/10 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, New York
11/23/10 Webster Hall New York, New York
11/26/10 Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
11/27/10 The Met Cafe Pawtucket, Rhode Island
11/29/10 OttoBar Baltimore, Maryland
11/30/10 Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12/01/10 The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
12/02/10 Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall Asheville, North Carolina
12/03/10 Mercy Lounge Nashville, Tennessee
12/04/10 Metro Chicago, Illinois
12/07/10 Fillmore San Francisco, California
12/08/10 The Music Box Hollywood, California
12/09/10 SOHO Music Club Santa Barbara, California
12/10/10 House of Blues San Diego, California
Murder Mystery is a 4 piece pop/rock band from Brooklyn, NYC consisting of frontman Jeremy Coleman, sister Laura (drummer), Adam Fels (bass, guitar) and Graham Roberts (guitar, keyboards, vocals). They write catchy, pop songs and ‘Problems’ is a good example, drummer Laura Coleman takes the vocals in this synthy ballad, that could be confused for a Belle & Sebastian number.
Check out new track from Jenny O. ‘Well OK Honey.’ The track is taken from her upcoming EP ‘Home.’ Home is her first solo release, produced and engineered on her own, its a 60’s and 70’s influenced pop rock mixed with a whispy light hearted LA sunny vibe.
JENNY O. Home EP will be released on Manimal November 30, 2010
Seattle power pop outfit Telekinesis announced they will release a second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, February 15 via Merge. The single from the upcoming album, entitled ”Car Crash” has that same power pop punch that you’d expect from Michael Lerner. It’s totally fun, got a great hook, and some sing-along harmonies that will get you humming along. This might be the quickest two and a half minutes of your life.
Lerner and bandmates will hit the road in February, just after the album release, check the dates below and see them when they come to your city.
Telekinesis tour dates:
2/18, Bellingham, WA (Jinx Arts Space)
2/20, Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
2/23, San Francisco, CA (TBA)
2/24, Los Angeles, CA (The Echo)
2/25, San Diego, CA (The Casbah)
2/26, Tempe, AZ (The Sail Inn)
2/28, Norman, OK (The Opolis)
3/1, Omaha, NE (Slowdown Jr)
3/2, Minneapolis, MN (7th St. Entry)
3/4, Chicago, IL (Schubas)
3/5, Detroit, MI (Magic Stick)
3/6, Toronto, ON (Horseshoe Tavern)
3/7, Montreal, QC (Casa Del Popolo)
3/8, Cambridge, MA (TT the Bear’s Place)
3/9, New York, NY (Mercury Lounge)
3/10, Brooklyn, NY (The Rock Shop)
3/11, Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s)
3/12, Washington, DC (The Red Palace)
3/13, Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506)
3/14, Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
3/22, Denver, CO (Hi Dive)
3/23, Salt Lake City, UT (Kilby Court)
3/24, Boise, ID (Neurolux)
3/26, Seattle, WA (The Crocodile)
3/27, Vancouver, BC (Media Club)
Check out the first single ‘I Believe in You,’ from Black Dub, the new quartet helmed by guitarist and Grammy award-winning producer Daniel Lanois. They are hitting the road this November in support of their self titled debut album. The tour will kick off November 15 in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club and finish up in Minneapolis on November 24. Black Dub combines tripped-out soul with flourishes of rock ‘n’ roll and Jamaican dub for a sound that’s elegant and entrancing.
The band features Lanois on guitar, New Orleans virtuoso Brian Blade, a seasoned musician who has performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, on drums. The vocals of Belgian born Trixie Whitley, the 22-year-old daughter of the late, great Texas bluesman, Chris Whitley, and rounding out the quartet is Louisiana bass player Daryl Johnson.
For more information visit their website: http://blackdub.net/
All upcoming tour dates are listed below:
November 15, Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
November 17, New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
November 18, Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
November 19, Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
November 21, Charleston, WV Mountain Stage
November 22, Detroit, MI Magic Stick
November 23, Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
November 24, Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
It’s not necessarily hard to define April Smith & the Great Picture Show’s sound, classy, cabaret styled pop music. The music has a nostalgia sound to it, April Smith’s voice is utterly fantastic. Catching her set in Newport at the Folk Festival this summer, I was completely surprised at just how fantastic she was live, her voice was so perfect, the crowd ate up the music and I’ve been dying to see her again.
I’ve been particularly enamored of the video (above) for her song ‘terrible things,’ as it is zombie season (halloween.) The music is fantastic, and the grotesque video fits so well with the song, I can’t help but keep watching and listening.
Now it appears is our chance to catch her again, she’s on tour, and fantastically I have the opportunity to give away a pair of tickets to her show here in Boston at TT the Bears November 4th.
So, leave a comment in this post, and I’ll pick a winner and you’ll get a pair of tickets to see her next week here in Boston.
- 11/4: Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears
- 11/5: Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
- 11/6: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
- 11/7: Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
- 11/8: Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
- 11/9: Washington , DC - The Kennedy Center
- 11/11: Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
- 11/12: Nashville, TN - The Basement
- 11/13: Atlanta, GA - Star Bar
- 11/14: New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
Los Angeles’ He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister is no ordinary folk band. They have such a great eclectic sound, that ranges from psychedelic to jazz to country to swing. Evidenced in track Tales that I tell, He’s My Brother She’s my Sister is one great sounding band. They are currently touring with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and for good reason. They’ve got a similar feel, and they seriously are putting out some fantastic music.
Their recently released EP, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister EP, is 7 songs that are all totally solid. The sound varies, as previously mentioned, but its something in between 60’s hippy pop and western swing (does that make any sense?) The band themselves appears like they’ve stepped out of a time machine from the British mod days, and into the great american west, full of sepia tones and free love, like mod hippies, with revolvers stuck in a spaghetti western.
I could not recommend this EP more, you’ve got to hear this, you should be convinced after listening to the two posted tracks.
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