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[premiere]: Howth – Secret Goldmine

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2012

Howth have returned with a new free EP titled Secret Goldmine (download it here). They have allowed us to premiere the first single & title track of the EP.

It’s a warm bouncy affair that leaves you feeling at home with a feel good sensation.

[mp3]: Howth – Secret Goldmine

The band have a bunch of tour dates coming up including a show at Public Assembly tomorrow night. Check out the full list of dates below.
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[video premiere]: Howth – Grand Marais

By Will Oliver, June 20th 2012 — with 1 comment

Howth are hitting the road to promote their new album Newkirk which came out last May (stream/buy here). The band have just announced a set of tour dates that will take them across the land. The announcement comes with a music video for the lovely “Grand Marais”, a track off of Newkirk that we have the honor of premiering right here.

Michael Pisano who directed the “Needles and Pins” video also directed this one. Find it posted below, along with the tour dates and a stream of Newkirk.
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Howth – Belly Of The Beast

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2011

“Belly Of The Beast” is a new song from Howth written in response to the Occupy Wall Street protests and as a general reflection of the shape the country is in.

Here’s what Carl, who wrote the song, had to say about it:

The song Belly of the Beast was written by Carl after attending the Occupy Wall Street protests at Times Square on 10/15/11 with Blake and Mecca Lecca Recording Company founder Jonny Leather.

After the protests, a General Assembly was held at Washington Square park where Professor Gayatri Spivak of Columbia University gave a speech stressing the importance of political action by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators because they are in “the belly of the beast.”

Some footage of Professor Gayatri’s moving speech can be found here:

Because amplification is not allowed at public protests in New York City, those that attend General Assemblies must utilize a series of echoes to spread the message of speakers to the entire group, an experience that is truly powerful to witness and be a part of.

“Belly Of The Beast” is a solemn mindful affair that speaks of the current situation with poetic ease. It’s not to be missed.

It’s released as a mini EP that comes with two live tracks. You can download it over at bandcamp. The band has two CMJ dates this week. Check those out after the jump:
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[Premiere] Howth- I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton Cover)

By Will Oliver, May 3rd 2011 — with 3 comments

I introduced the fantastic Howth to you guys back in February, and they’re re-releasing their album through new label, Mecca Lecca. To celebrate, the band is giving away an incredible reworking of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”, the staple song of all things romantic. I am honored that they decided to let me premiere the track, because it’s exceptionally great.

It’s a touching display of affection that is impossible to ignore. Whitney’s cover is nearly impossible to out-do, but Howth didn’t try to do that. They molded the song into their own shape, and the result is something just as breathtakingly beautiful.

This is a cover that they should truly be proud of.

[mp3]: Howth- I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton Cover)

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Introducing: Howth

By Will Oliver, February 11th 2011

Howth is the duo of Carl Creighton and Blake Luley. They released their new self titled album via the name your own price method on bandcamp. I took a listen, and it’s a very impressive album. They recorded it in a makeshift basement recording studio. The result is a raw and emotional album that is as real as they come.

Immediately upon hearing the captivating riffs of opener “Cooperstown”, I knew I was in for a treat. At first, I thought it sounded a lot like Fleet Foxes. It’s folky, but not in the traditional sense. It’s a lot darker and moodier. What followed next was “Needles and Pins”, arguably the best song on the album. It’s just good songwriting, plain & simple. Please give it a listen. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The album dances around murky territories, while somehow sounding uplifting at the same time. “Hecksher Field #3” sounds very Simon & Garfunkel, it’s almost scary (in a good way).

As a whole, this is an album you shouldn’t sleep on. They’re giving it away for free, but you can also buy it from them for $10. It’s hand made, and limited to 60 copies. Head to their bandcamp page for more info.

[mp3]: Howth – Needles and Pins
[mp3]: Howth – Hecksher Field #3

You can also stream the entire album below:

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s May 2011 Mix

By Will Oliver, May 31st 2011 — with 4 comments

Spring has slowly turned into summer. The weather is nice, we have more free time, and yet we find ourselves busier than ever. Here’s a little mix I made of some of the songs that made May quite alright.

Download the whole thing at the end of the post. As always, thanks to the creative mind that is Camilo Bejarano for the beautiful artwork.

1. The Cave Singers – Black Leaf
2. The Horrors – Still Life
3. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
4. Metronomy – The Look
5. Jangula – Pachinko
6. The Moderns – The Year Of Today
7. Joe Cave – Mrs Violet
8. Grandpa Was A Lion – In A Dream
9. Vermilion Club – Id Kid
10. Howth – I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton Cover)
11. Little Brothers – Old Shows
12. Lilac – Cathedral
13. Arctic Monkeys- Piledriver Waltz (RXP Session)
14. Miles Kane – My Fantasy
15. 1,2,3 – Work
16. Bon Iver – Calgary

ZIP Download (123.8 MB) – Comes with the tracks in order, ready to listen to as a whole.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s February 2011 Mix

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2011 — with 17 comments

(More thanks/credit to Camilo Bejarano for his incredible artwork)

Some of you guys enjoyed my January Mix so much that you’ve requested more. I couldn’t let you down. So I made you guys another mix for February.

I know, I know, it’s March 2nd. I’ve been a bit behind on life, and am still playing catch up. I threw together this mix with my favorite stuff from the past 28 days or so. Some of these you should know, and some of them you may not know. That all doesn’t matter. These are 32 songs that kept me very happy through the gray month that we know as February.

I put this songs together in an order that made some sense in my mind. There are all kinds of songs here, and hopefully a few of them do you some good. This is meant to be played for top to bottom. So if you add the entire thing to your iTunes, it should be placed in order. You can stream all tracks individually if a little taste is all you’re after. You can download the whole thing as a ZIP file at the end of the post as well.

I hope you enjoy my February 2011 Mix. Please be sure to leave a comment below, letting me know your thoughts,. Good, or bad. Let me know what songs worked for you, and what didn’t.

February 2011 Mix:

1. Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares (Take Away Show Version)
2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
3. Little Scream – The Heron and the Fox
4. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
5. Howth – Needles and Pins
6. Papercuts – Do You Really Want To Know
7. Sonny & The Sunsets – I Wanna Do It
8. The Outdoors – Barricades
9. Vivian Girls – I Heard You Say
10. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (Young Empires Remix)
11. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
12. Cloud Nothings – Nothing’s Wrong
13. Chapel Club – All The Eastern Girls
14. Ice Black Birds – 22.22
15. Girls Names РS̩ance On A Wet Afternoon
16. Norton – Two Points
17. Tony Castles – Black Girls In Dresses
18. Justin Taylor – Preacher Man (Feat. Stevie Styles & Tony Lavrenov)
19. Jamie xx – Beat For
20. Beaulieu Porch – The Colour 55
21. Okkervil River – Walked Out On a Line
22. The Walkmen – Orange Sunday
23. Elbow – Neat Little Rows
24. James Blake – A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell Cover)
25. The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
26. The Vaccines – Wetsuit
27. Panda Bear – Last Night At The Jetty
28. Tyler The Creator – French (Toro y Moi Remix)
29. tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
30. The Raveonettes – Forget That You’re Young
31. Cold Cave – The Great Pan Is Dead
32. Tyler The Creator – Yonkers

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