The Dead Weather – “Will There Be Enough Water”

I found this latest video from The Dead Weather to be mesmerizing. It documents the vinyl pressing process of their album and it’s fascinating to watch.  It’s all so….analog. The band is running a contest too.  Find one of 5 photo strips in the new The Dead Weather Horehound CD and you’ll win a guided tour through Nashville’s Third Man Records.

Free EP Download: The Grizzly Owls

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The Grizzly Owls, “Save My Soul, Conquistador”

The Bakersfield-based husband and wife duo calling themselves The Grizzly Owls are offering their latest EP “I Am A Shootist” for free download from their website. Their sound is distinctly Western noir – desolate, lonely yet beautiful at the same time (think Calexico, but with a female lead). And after reading their bio it completely made sense. The pair were inspired by their grandparent’s journey from Oklahoma to Bakersfield, California during the great Dust Bowl migration, 1960s spaghetti westerns, and David Lynch soundtracks.

Enjoy.

Love and Rockets Tribute Album

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Love and Rockets, “Rain Bird

Reading the announcement that WOXY was exclusively previewing the Love and Rockets Tribute Album this week was like coming full circle for me. I grew up in Ohio and cut my teeth on WOXY (bam! The Future of Rock-n-Roll). And Love and Rockets was one of those bands they turned me on to, way back when in my formative years. So it’s with great satisfaction that this same station (to whom I hold somewhat accountable for my OCMD) brings these New Tales to Tell direct to my speakers -albeit in California not Ohio (thank god).

And judging by the line up of artists paying tribute, it appears as though Love and Rockets are getting their moment in the spotlight.  This is a good thing too.  I’m not sure how many more new bands I could take citing The Jesus and Mary Chain in their list of influences.  The list of artists paying tribute include: THE FLAMING LIPSBLACK FRANCISTHE DANDY WARHOLSMAYNARD JAMES KEENAN’S band PUSCIFERA PLACE TO BURY STRANGERSFILM SCHOOL, and more.

The Love and Rockets Tribute Album exclusive airs on WOXY,  Wed. July 1 @ 9pm, Thur. July 2 @ 6pm, Sat. July 4 @ 4pm, and Sun, July 5 @ Noon, and then on-demand through the WOXY website.  The album, New Tale to Tell, a Tribute to Love and Rockets, will be released digitally July 28 and in stores August 18.

Download Fanfarlo Debut Album for $1

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Fanfarlo, “I’m A Pilot”

Hey, do you like Arcade Fire?  Then you’ll definitely like the debut album from Fanfarlo called “Reservoir“.  They think so too and they want you to hear it.  So until July 4th,  the band is offering the entire album, plus bonus tracks, for just $1!  Download it now.

But don’t let the cheap price fool you.  The album is excellent. And I applaud their viral marketing efforts.  I love to see new bands think outside of the box to get the word out and use innovative technologies such as TopSpin to enable those ideas. Bravo!

7×7 Mag Reports on San Francisco’s All Ages Music Venue Battle

San Francisco’s 7×7 Magazine has now stepped into the mix to shed some light on our city’s battle to keep our cherished all ages music venues alive – such as Bottom of the Hill, Slim’s, The Fillmore and Cafe du Nord.

Stay involved and on top of the latest developments on this issue by joining one of the groups on Twitter or Facebook.

Free Album Download: The Layaways – “The Space Between”

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The Layaways“Keep It To Yourself”

One of the most brilliant things about music is the ability express a mood or articulate a feeling that you just can’t put into words yourself. Chicago indie rockers, The Layaways, do just that for me. I think La Blogotheque expressed it best when they said, “J’aime bien les chansons de The Layaways.” Moi aussi. Their bittersweet, melodramatic indie pop hooks tap into a kind of universal woeful lament that anyone can relate to at some point in time in their lives.

But best of all, the band is giving away their latest release, “The Space Between“, for free! Absolutely no strings attached. Go get it and enjoy.

Download The Layaways here for free.

Album of the Week: She Keeps Bees

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Artist: She Keeps Bees
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File Under: Lo-Fi Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like: Heartless Bastards, Cat Power, Nina Simone, PJ Harvey, Jack ‘n Meg
Featured Tracks:

“Gimme”

My Last Nerve”

No frills, stripped down, raw, lo-fi, bluesy indie rock.  You like that kinda music? Me too. And this Brooklyn-based duo, comprised of Jessica Larrabee (vocals, guitar) and Andy LaPlant, gives it up in spades.  The first hit I got when I heard their album was a stripped down version of the Heartless Bastards. Like Erika Wennerstrom and Cat Power, Larrabee’s voice has a similar bluesy, soulful quality. And given their relationship status (boyfriend/girlfriend) and blues rock vibe, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to The White Stripes.

Oh, and then there’s the songwriting! Powerful and seductive, it’s hard not to get caught up in Larrabee’s conviction on “Gimme” as she pleads “Gimme, gimme, give it to me daddy/ Work me like my back ain’t got no bone.” And my personal favorite, My Last Nerve”, where she growls “Lord, I am tired of this same old bullshit…” just gets me every time.

Nests, originally self-released by the duo in 2008, has been reissued this year under Names Records along with their Revival EP. Go get it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Thanks See What You Hear for turning me on to this one!