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[new]: Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”

By Will Oliver, March 10th 2015 — with 2 comments

Tame Impala

Today Tame Impala surprised us all with a brand new song called “Let It Happen.” The song was made available as a free download on their website and is the first song off their new album, which we can expect later this year.

“Let It Happen” is a nearly 8-minute extravaganza that goes off a funky 70’s-inspired psych groove that it’s constantly weaving in and out of. The band is leaning towards a more electronic sound, but that stoned Tame Impala glaze is still very much there. This one builds and builds, and when that big climatic break occurs, it’s total a blissful dream. It’s damn good to hear those dreamy Kevin Parker vocals again.

It’s exciting to see Parker pushing the boundaries of what Tame Impala can do as a band even further. This is just the album’s opener too…imagine what else awaits for us.

Stream “Let It Happen” below, and catch some newly announced tour dates below. Head here to check out photos + a recap of their show at The Beacon Theatre last November.
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I Am Love – Pillar Of Salt

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

I Am Love

Hailing from Philadelphia, I Am Love began the project of singer-songwriter Joshua Christopher. The band has seen its fair share of changes since Christopher started the group, and now consists of Will Whitmire and Kris Jackson.

“We make music to inspire people to be their highest selves, to know that they too can create,” says Christopher, who plays an autoharp to, “show people that you can use anything to make songs, it’s about expression in it’s purest form.”

The group will release their new self-titled album on January 20, 2015. Based on fantastic lead single “Pillar Of Salt,” it will a bright spot during those cold January days.

Beginning with a slow build up featuring dreary vocals from Christopher(Justin Vernon-esque) , the track spreads its wings slowly, but hits its stride with a grand dose of horns that give it a theatrical kick. It has elements of folk rock but also something much larger is at work. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but also inspires. Read the rest of this entry »

Diarrhea Planet – Spooners

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet are one of the best rock and roll live shows you can see right now. Seriously, if you haven’t seen them live, you’re missing out. They’re loud, full of energy, and let it all hang out. See photos of their performance at Governors Ball this year right here.

This firey spirit lives on in “Spooners”, a new song that the band released as a part of the 2014 Adult Swim Singles Series. It’s a total guitar overload, with plenty of riffage and smart hooks that will melt your face. These guys just do rock music all kinds of right.

Download “Spooners” below.
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Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2014

Speedy Ortiz - Bigger Party

Speedy Ortiz have built buzz the right way, slowly but surely picking up a little bit of steam

Last month they released a new song called “Bigger Party” as a free download as a part of the annual Adult Swim Singles Series. It’s a more polished take of the 90s slacker-rock sound that the band have made into their own, with a pretty clever and hilarious chorus.

Grab your free download below.
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S – Vampires

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2014


S, the long-time project of Jenn Ghetto (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd), has recently signed to Hardly Art, who will release her new album Cool Choices on September 23. The album was produced by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla at his Hall of Justice studios in Seattle, and features a live band for the first time on one of her albums.

Here’s what Ghetto had to say about the album in a press release that she herself penned:

At the start of 2012, in the middle of a break-up, I started writing this record. As with the others, the songs all started in my bedroom, but I convinced my metal drummer friend Zach McNulty to help me flesh them out (you guys, he uses a lot of restraint), along with my longtime friends Betsy Olson (bass) and Carrie Murphy (guitar) because I knew they were talented, I liked being around them, and they both had cars

Below, you can grab a free download of the album’s first single “Vampires.” It’s a light and airy track full of guitars that sound like they could have came off those early Barsuk released Death Cab for Cutie records.

[mp3]: S – Vampires

Giorgio Moroder – Giorgio’s Theme

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014

Giorgio Moroder - Giorgio's Theme

Every year Adult Swim gathers a bunch of bands to release some free mp3 singles through their summer singles program. This year the series was kicked off by influential Italian electronic musician Giorgio Moroder who gives us a track called “Giorgio’s Theme.”

He goes all out on the song, wowing us on a constant basis with triumphant electronic sounds and bass that are dazzle and impress all the senses. You can stream “Giorgio’s Theme” below, and grab yourself the free mp3 over at Adult Swim.
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Lower – Soft Options

By Will Oliver, May 29th 2014 — with 1 comment


Copenhagen band Lower will release their debut album Seek Warmer Climes on June 17 via Matador Records.

We previously heard “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin”, the album’s first single. It was a punkier affair than “Soft Options” the latest track to be shared from the album. It’s a quiet affair, that has some moments that remind of The Smiths, including some Morrissey-esque vocals at the beginning.

The band have made it available to download for free. Grab your copy or stream it, below.

[mp3]: Lower – Soft Options

Sharpless – Gemini

By Will Oliver, April 11th 2014


Chicago’s Sharpless have hit back with “Gemini” their first new track in some time.
The band’s Montana Levy takes over lead vocals on this way, giving way for its glossy pop-rock blitz to take over. It’s an exciting track, one that you can grab for free right now over at their bandcamp page.

Give it a try below as well.

Craft Spells - Nausea

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Justin Vellesteros and his band Craft Spells. Even longer since their last full-length album. Well thankfully they have announced a new one. It’s called Nausea and it’s out June 10 via Captured Tracks.

Nausea was recorded in Seattle, recorded/engineered by Dylan Wall and produced by Vallesteros himself. Vallestteros experienced artistic and personal growth during his hiatus away from the band, discovering a new version of himself when compared to the one that released 2010’s Idle Labor. He trained himself properly on piano, as it’s instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written. So clearly this new album is a new direction for the band.

The first taste of the album is single “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide.” Craft Spells have treated us with a free mp3 download of the song, and what a gift it is. Those wicked guitar lines are still there, but this time they are guiding by sweeping strings that add a whole different layer to their sound. It’s sounding sort of like the direction Wild Nothing took mixed in with the earnest nature of The Drums.

It’s an impressive comeback song. Grab your free download below.
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[new]: Swans – A Little God In My Hands

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

Swans - To Be Kind

Swans release new album To Be Kind on May 13 via Young God/Mute.

The band have shared the first cut of the album, “A Little God In My Hands”, making it available as a free download. It’s a 7-minute epic track that has a funky stomp to it that cuts in and out of various worlds, including psych-freakouts with horns blasting. It’s quite a journey.

Grab your mp3 download below.
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