Thursday, May 15, 2008

MUSIC: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds



The last track from the new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!) has officially worked itself into my daily routine. The longest track on the album, coming in a 7:58, chugs along, slowly marching at a constant clip while Mr. Cave narrates a wandering story (in his typical fashion) that comes off as dark and beautiful, which is what we've come to expect.

::: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - More News From Nowhere

Buy the album over at Insound. It is absolutely fantastic.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ADVANCE: Ratatat / Wolf Parade (New Tracks)



Couple of great new tracks finding their way online recently from bands with highly anticipated releases in the pipeline. Ratatat's "Shiller" is the a-side on a new 7-inch; interesting track, a little more passive than their previous stuff. Wolf Parade's "Language City" is typically stellar and further proof that their new LP will we quite strong. Overall, I think their track ordering on their releases has been brilliant, playing off the dual lead vocalists. So, I'm looking forward to hearing how At Mount Zoomer ends up in the end.

::: Ratatat - Shiller
Pre-order LP3 (out July 8th)
(thanks GvB for this one)

::: Wolf Parade - Language City
Pre-order At Mount Zoomer (out on June 17th)

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

MUSIC: Sweetie



Time for another release from Gold Robot Records, this time from San Francisco's very own Sweetie. The 4 song EP, titled Saturdays, will officially drop on May 27th. It is being released on red colored vinyl in a limited run of 500 copies with hand-screened covers. See more details here. Jen Chochinov of Wiretap sums up Sweetie's sound nicely:

"To me Sweetie is the quintessential Indie pop/rock band. Catchy, catchy guitar & synth hooks with really sweet, laid back vocals. Omar's vocals remind me of a slightly softer and more soothing Ira Kaplan (of Yo La Tengo), and I was bobbing my head in total joy.
Their brand of indie rock is the kind I can listen to non-stop – it was like that feeling when you're on a road trip and you chance upon an awesome college radio station that is playing everything you want to hear exactly how you want to hear it. Sweetie brought back the joy of new band discovery for me, and for that I say thank you."

Here's a free track off of the Saturdays EP (get a copy for yourself pronto).

::: Sweetie - Killing the Crown

Pre-order the vinyl EP for only 5 bucks. Each purchase also receives a digital download code for mp3's of the entire release.

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