Jul
11

Download of the Week: Theresa Andersson “Street Parade”


When the time came for Theresa Andersson to record vocals for her latest album, Street Parade, a unique problem arose: She was too pregnant to sing in her usual register. So even though the Swedish solo artist was forced to shelve the project for several months until her vocal registry became steady enough for her to lay down vocals, one listen to Street Parade confirms that the results are inarguably stirring. If you’re a fan of Feist, Cat Power, or Keren Ann, but haven’t heard Andersson’s music before, we think you’ll be immediately drawn in!

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Theresa Andersson

Jul
06

Download of the Week: Heavy Cream “John Johnny”


When we want to hear edgy, lo-fi garage rock — and that’s fairly often this time of year — we often dial up Heavy Cream. The Nashville band has just released their second LP, Super Treatment, and with more than a hint of Joan Jett And The Blackhearts evident in their new single “John Johnny,” this quartet clearly means business, offering explosive proof that there’s more to Nashville than ten-gallon hats and radar headset microphones.

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Heavy Cream

Jun
27

Download of the Week: Ramona Falls “Brevony”


Formerly a member of Portland’s best-loved experimental outfit, Menomena, Brent Knopf has stepped out to focus on his own project, Ramona Falls. Although similarities abound between the two acts, Knopf has shaved some of Menomena’s quirkier tendencies off his Ramona Falls material in the name of precision and immediacy. We love that the band is named for a waterfall near Mount Hood (Oregon’s tallest peak, easily visible from Portland) — almost as much as we love “Brevony,” the punchy lead track from the new album, Prophet.

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Ramona Falls

Jun
20

Download of the Week: FAWN “Pixels (Arranged Marriage Remix)”


We couldn’t be more excited for this month’s release of Fawn‘s debut album, Coastlines. Combining the driving post-punk energy of Interpol and Editors with a vocal style similar to the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, this Detroit band is poised to make their mark on the national indie scene. The album’s title, incidentally, is a sly reference to North America’s overlooked third shores: those of the massive Great Lakes adjacent to Fawn’s Michigan home.

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FAWN

May
31

Download of the Week: Deep Time “Clouds”


Inspiration strikes in the strangest places. Deep Time used to be called YellowFever, releasing a totally likeable record and touring around the states (mostly their native Texas). Turns out they weren’t the first band to use that name, so, avoiding legal hot water, they changed their name to Deep Time. Seems like they rethought more than their name, finding a surprising new sound and a clear burst of inspiration. We’re all better off for it, and judging by lead single “Clouds,” their upcoming self-titled record is going to be outstanding.

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May
23

Download of the Week: Dent May “Best Friend”


You may know Dent May as that ukulele-playing guy from Mississippi. However, with the release of his upcoming album, Do Things, it’s likely you’ll end up knowing him as that guy who also glides from genre to genre as gracefully as a gazelle glides across the African savanna. On the sprawling Do Things, May largely shelves his beloved ukelele in favor of charmingly cheesy keyboards, gentle electric guitars, and processed drums, and whether it’s a psychedelic-tinged tune or a disco-damaged slow jam, the results are consistently fun!

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Dent May

May
16

Download of the Week: Magic Trick “Torture”


A founding member of prolific San Francisco garage rockers the Fresh & Onlys, Tim Cohen has always found time for various collaborations and solo projects. After putting out several albums and EPs under his own name and his nom de guerre Feller Quentin, Cohen is set to release the second record under his latest alias, Magic Trick. The upcoming Ruler Of The Night was recorded quickly during bouts of inspiration, and we think its carefree, ramshackle sound suits its songs perfectly.

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Magic Trick

May
09

Download of the Week: Sad Baby Wolf


Although he considered quitting music outright after his ouster from the Shins a few years back, Marty Crandall decided to keep at it by forming a new band with his brother Maury and a few old friends from their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Naming the outfit Sad Baby Wolf, the Crandall brothers and their cohorts have been quietly releasing singles and covers – our favorite so far is their terrific take on Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Everything Is” – before their debut album hits the ground running later this spring!

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Sad Baby Wolf

May
02

Download of the Week: Young Hines “Rainy Day”


One moment he’s channeling the loose spirit of Paul McCartney’s tuneful early 1970s albums; the next, he’s shredding his vocal cords while bashing through riff-stomping rock. Indeed, it’s tough to pigeonhole Young Hines…and yes, that’s his given name. The Georgia native began playing music as a pre-teen; many years later, a chance encounter with singer-songwriter Brendan Benson through a mutual friend resulted in not only a new musical compatriot, but a deal with Benson’s Readymade Records imprint. Benson himself produced Hines’ fine new album, Give Me My Change, and we’ll hardly be surprised if it turns out to be one of our favorite records of 2012.

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Young Hines

Apr
25

Download of the Week: Fort Romeau “SW9″


When he’s not manning the keyboards for UK dancefloor favorites La Roux, Mikey Norris busies himself with his own recording project, Fort Romeau. Listening to his solo material – which is definitely rougher and more club-ready than anything by La Roux – we get a strong sense of mysteriousness, and it’s something that makes these songs so versatile. Indeed, whether in the car, at the gym, out for a run, or even at a party, Fort Romeau tracks seem right at home as they worm their way into the foreground of your life. Check the new single “SW9” to hear what all the fuss is about!

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Fort Romeau