These New Puritans – “Orion” [Free MP3]

These New Puritans – “Orion

These New Puritans are about to release their second album, Hidden. Due to release in the US on 3/2, the album has already been greeted with astonishing reviews in the UK.  The band has cleared the track “Orion” for free download, which features the New London Children’s Choir, Japanese Taiko drums, chains, roto-toms and more. File this band under ‘art rock.’

New Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” [Free MP3]


Yeasayer“Ambling Alp”

Details of Yeasayer’s second LP have finally surfaced. Their new album, called Odd Blood, will be released on February 8 2010. Seems like a ways away, I know.  So until then you can satiate your craving with this free track from the upcoming album. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

  1. The Children
  2. Ambling Alp
  3. Madder Red
  4. I Remember
  5. O.N.E.
  6. Love Me Girl
  7. Rome
  8. Strange Reunions
  9. Mondegreen
  10. Grizelda

Alberta Cross Covers John Lennon’s ‘Steel and Glass’ – Free MP3


Alberta Cross“Steel and Glass” (John Lennon Cover)

If you read this blog at all on a regular basis, you already know how much I love this band – Alberta Cross. They’re gearing up to release their debut album, “The Broken Side of Time”, on September 21.  It’s a spectacular album and one of my favorites for 2009.  Be sure to get it.

In the meantime, they’re keeping the momentum going with the a free MP3 download of the band covering John Lennon’s “Steel and Glass”.  Enjoy.

New Music: Vic Chestnutt – “Philip Guston” [Free MP3]


Vic Chestnutt “Philip Guston”

Check out this track “Philip Guston” from Vic Chesnutt’s new album, “At the Cut,” due out Sept 22 on Constellation Records. Be sure to see him live November 20 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco!

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Has Band: Drummer


Drummer “Feel Good Together”

Not to be outdone by Dan Auerbach, the other half of The Black Keys – drummer Patrick Carney – now has his own side project aptly named Drummer. Their debut album, Feel Good Together, is set for release September 29 on Carney’s label, Audio Eagle.

Carney, who plays bass for the group, joins up with four long time friends—all Ohio-based drummers—to bring the project to life. Drummer is rounded out by: Jamie Stillman of Teeth of the Hydra, formerly of Party of Helicopters (guitar),Jon Finley of Beaten Awake, also formerly of Party of Helicopters (vocals, guitar), Stephen Clements of Houseguest and Six Parts Seven (keys, vocals) and Greg Boyd of Ghostman and Sandman (drums). The band will embark on a fall tour in support of the new album.

SF’s Kid Mud Debut “Now They Shut Us Down” Out Today



San Francisco’s Kid Mud (aka Sean Duncan) makes good on his debut LP Now They Shut Us Down out today on New and Used Records.  I loved his home recorded, one man band solo EP, Birds Will Move In, juxtaposing bleeps and bloops with acoustic longing. For Now They Shut Us Down, he keeps his independent recording flair but takes it up a notch with a host of collaborators, backing vocals and full-fledged recording studio.  The result is a set of richly layered, finely crafted indie rock songs.  Sparklehorse fans this is right up your alley.

San Francisco fans can catch Kid Mud play the Mission’s El Rio June 17.

Video: Band of Skulls – “I Know What I Am”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “untitled“, posted with vodpod

The obsession continues for me and Band of Skulls. I love their debut album, Baby Darling Dollface Honey. Here’s the first video for the single, “I Know What I Am.” Does bassist Emma look like Chrissie Hynde here or what? Download the free MP3 for ‘Blood‘.



Ticketmaster Did This To Me


I’ve always taken pride in my ability to stay away from this smut. I don’t read it online, watch it on TV, or buy the magazines.  So imagine my horror when I found an US subscription in my mail box IN MY NAME? How humiliating.  What are the neighbors going to think of me?  Honestly, I didn’t do this.  I just ordered tickets to a show at the Fillmore through Ticketmaster and as a door prize I get a free subscription to this trash. And it comes every week!  The saddest part of all?  I’m totally going to read it.

Listen to “Testimony” by The Phenomenal Handclap Band