CAN – The Lost Tapes

Artist: CAN
Album: The Lost Tapes
Hails From: Germany
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Featured Track: “A Swan is Born”

Often dubbed the fathers of krautrock, CAN is a 70’s era experimental rock group that has influenced countless bands – Joy Division, Talking Heads, Bowie, Pavement, The Stone Roses. Radiohead and The Jesus and Mary Chain have covered them. Kayne West has sampled them and the indie rock group, Spoon, named themselves after the Can hit of the same name.

Set to release today in the US, The Lost Tapes is a 3 CD set of unreleased tracks covering a period from 1968 to 1977 that was compiled by bandmates Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller and sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did then. Classic.

Stuck in My Head: Thieving Irons – “So Long”

Artist: Thieving Irons
Album: Behold, This Dreamer
Hails From: Brooklyn
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Featured Track: “So Long”

“Thieving Irons is a collective of close friends navigating together through dense sonic terrain,” says the band’s biography. Those close friends are led by Nate Martinez,  who started the band in 2009 after the break up of Pela. Martinez was also a recording and touring member of The National. And so his sonic navigation has led him here to Thieving Irons and their second LP entitled, “Behold, This Dreamer”. Behold, this beautiful dream rock.

Stuck In My Head: Neneh Cherry + The Thing – “Dream Baby Dream (Four Tet Remix)”

Artist: Neneh Cherry + The Thing
Album: The Cherry Thing
Hails From: UK
Release Date: June 18, 2012
Featured Track: “Dream Baby Dream (Four Tet Remix)

This track is hot, hot, hot. And is on heavy rotation on my playlist. Stuck in my head to be exact. A woman on the move with a fascinating heritage, Neneh Cherry is a creative force to be reckoned with. Don’t put her in a box. On her latest effort, she’s partnered with Sweden jazz trio The Thing, a group who took its name from a piece by world/free jazz trumpet great Don Cherry. So it makes sense that they should eventually team up with Don Cherry’s daughter.

The Cherry Thing tracklisting:
1. Cashback (Neneh Cherry)
2. Dream Baby Dream (Suicide)
3. Too Tough To Die (Martina Topley-Bird)
4. Sudden Movement (Mats Gustaffson)
5. Accordion (MF Doom)
6. Golden Heart (Don Cherry)
7. Dirt (The Stooges)
8. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)

Cosmonauts – “Motorcycle One”

Artist: Cosmonauts
Album: If You Wanna Die Then I Wanna Die
Hails From: Fullterton, CA
Release Date: May 17, 2012
Featured Track: “Motorcycle One”

So Velvet Underground and perfectly aligned with so many other San Francsico garage rock groups I love so much – think Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo. Check out their new album. Love.

Sonny & The Sunsets Go Country with “Longtime Companion”

Artist: Sonny & The Sunsets
Album: Longtime Companion
Hails From: San Francisco
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Featured Track: “I See the Void”

I heard this track a while ago. Saved it and listened to it many times before realizing it was a Sonny & The Sunsets track. Proving that I truly do love every single thing he releases. This, their forthcoming release, is a country album. And fittingly so because it’s a breakup record about love and heartache. Every song written while ending his 10 year relationship with his girlfriend. Let’s hope it’s as healing as it is beautiful.

Dusted – “Property Lines”

Artist: Dusted
Album: Total Dust
Hails From: Toronto
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Featured Track: “Property Lines”

Holy Fuck! Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) has gone rogue and formed a stripped down twosome with Leon Tahney (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula) called Dusted. And bravo is it good. A great combination of fuzzed out guitars and haunting, melodic vocals. A little Neil Young Crazy Horse meets Fleet Foxes, if you will. Good, right? Due out July 10, you can pre-order the album now.