Archive for March 24th, 2011

The Elected – Babyface

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011

The Elected have a new album on the way titled Bury Me In My Rings. It will be released on May 17th via Vagrant Records.

It’s the third album (the first released on Vagrant) from the L.A. based band which is the side project for Blake Sennett & Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley. Sennett produced and recorded the album. The album described as “a thoughtful and deliberate pop album layered with soulful harmonies”. After listening to a track from the album called “Babyface”, I can assure you that that description is spot on. “Babyface” is loaded with pop hooks and lovely vocal harmonies that are hard to ignore.

“Babyface” is irresistible. You’ll hit replay all night. Take a listen below:

The Elected by VagrantRecords

Check out the albums tracklisting after the jump:

1. Born To Love You
2. Babyface
3. Look At Me Now
4. Jailbird
5. Go For The Throat
6. This Will Be Worth It
7. Trip Round The World
8. When I’m Gone
9. Who Are You
10. Have You Been Cheated
11. See The Light
12. Time Is Coming

The Morning Benders Release Japan Echo EP

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011

The Morning Benders have put together a new EP of unreleased material/remixes in order to help raise funds for all those affected by the earthquake in Japan. It features 2 new songs and various of remixes. The band put the EP together in hopes of raising money for Japan.

100% of all funds go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. You can donate to the cause at their website. You’ll get the EP once you donate.

Check out the tracklist below:

1. Cold War (Star Slinger Remix)
2. Better In Blue
3. Hand Me Downs (Wild Nothing Remix)
4. Excuses (RAC Remix)
5. Mason Jar (Twin Sister Remix)
6. Wet Cement (Aislyn Remix)
7. Little Riot
8. Promises (Star Slinger Remix)

Comodo. – To The Sun EP

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011

Last week I introduced you to a great upcoming artist named Comodo. His moody electronic/dubstep has the ability to mesmerize. I was really impressed with “To The Sun” and have been craving to hear more, ever since. Comodo capitalized on this, and recently released the To The Sun EP.

It’s a 4 song EP that dances between dark spaced out dubstep and haunting electronic. He uses vocals as another instrument for the music, adding more depth and perspective to his soulful music. This is music for when your lounging in your bedroom at 4 a..m. You know, when your eyes are heavy and you’re in a daze. This is the perfect go to jam.

The EP is available as a free download at his bandcamp page. I have the whole thing streaming below, so take a listen:

New Bon Iver Album In June

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011 — with 3 comments

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bon Iver revealed that he has a new 10 song album coming this June. He told RS that he had help from outside artists like saxophonist Colin Stetson (played with Tom Waits + Arcade Fire) and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz (Wilco, Joni Mitchell). He said their presence helped him change his role as the author of the band.

Justin described the 10 song album as a collage where each song represents a different place. He then provides interesting details about a few songs. Very excited to hear the album closer “Beth/Rest” which Justin described as “the part where you pick up your joint and re-light it.” How’s that for awesome?

Seems like the new LP is going to be an immense collection of songs that will be true to who he has become. One thing’s for sure: It’s going to be a lot more studio influenced than the bare cabin inspired Emma, Forever Ago.

June isn’t too far away, but we’ll all still be waiting impatiently for some new Bon Iver. I trust that Justin is going to deliver another magical album that we will all be raving about this summer.

Be sure to read the interview, right here.

[new] Burial – Street Halo + Stolen Dog

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011 — with 1 comment

Burial is releasing a new single titled “Street Halo” on March 28th via Hyperdub. It’s also features two b-sides, “NYC” and “Stolen Dog”.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B played “Street Halo”, as well as “Stolen Dog” on his show last night. Both songs are dense, dark and atmospheric; exactly what you expect from him. He’s able to create such a moody atmosphere through his music. His stuff digs deep into your soul, hitting your emotional core. Both songs are phenomenal. He’s truly in a league of his own.

It’s the first new Burial in nearly three years, and Burial fans can all agree that it was well worth the wait. You can stream radio rips (Pretty great quality, even with the DJ’s talking over the song) of both songs below. The 12″ is available to pre-order at Bleep right now.

Burial – Street Halo by weallwantsome1

Burial – Stolen Dog by weallwantsome1

Kina Grannis – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover)

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011 — with 2 comments

Kina Grannis is a singer-songwriter from California who has delivered an incredibly pretty cover of Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal”. It’s taken from her upcoming album, Stairwells, which is being released on April 5. She’s got quite a voice on her, and it really shows on this cover.

She came to fame after getting quite a following on youtube, and winning Doritios Crash The Superbowl contest. She’s come a long way since then. Take a listen:

[mp3]: Kina Grannis – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover)

[video] The Strokes – Taken For A Fool (Live On Letterman)

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Strokes brought “Taken For A Fool” for The Late Show with David Letterman tonight. It was a pretty solid performance overall. Definitely good to see Julian getting involved in his performance. Hope he keeps the same intensity for the rest of his live shows. Whose going to MSG?

Watch the performance below courtesy of The Audio Perv:

Notes From A Passerby: Where Have The Heroes Gone?

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2011

We All Want Someone To Shout For does have a meaning. It stands for those artists and heroes that make a difference in our lives. Music matters. It sucks that our generation doesn’t have that one band that we all love. There will probably never be another band like The Beatles, and that just flat out stinks.

I spill my mind out about this topic for the Paper Crane Collective. Check out my post:

Where Have The Heroes Gone?

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