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Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Death From Above 1979

It’s still hard to believe that we are actually getting a new album from Death From Above 1979, a totally “pinch me”, “is this really happening” sort of moment. Well, the new album The Physical World is on its way, with a release day set for September 9 (via Last Gang Records/Warner Bros). The band are currently offering exclusive bundle pre-orders, as well as on good old iTunes.

Our first taste of the album comes in the form of first single “Trainwreck 1979″ and its exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s a bit of a different sound from the band, but hey, it’s been a decade. “Trainwreck 1979″ is more pop-infused with a catchy chorus and back-up ooh and aahs. It still hits as hard as any DFA1979 song should.

Damn, it’s good to have these guys back! Stream “Trainwreck 1979″ below.
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Alt-J – Left Hand Free

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Alt-J

Alt-J’s sophomore album This Is All Yours will be released on September 23 via Canvasback Music. We already heard the Miley Cyrus sampling “Hunger Of The Pine”, which served as our first preview of the album.

The band followed that up with the album’s first official single, a track called “Left Hand Free.” The song is nothing like the band has done to date. It’s apparently a song that the band wrote with the goal of making the “the least Alt-J song ever”, working on a “joke riff” giving it a straight run through. The rest is a sort of 90s Beck sounding track. When you learn that “Left Hand Free” is a song that the song that the band wrote after their label questioned “Hunger Of The Pine” serving as a single, it starts to make sense.

It takes a few listens to really sink into what the band are doing, but once it clicks, it makes a lot more sense. One thing is for sure, This Is All Yours will be one of the more diverse and unpredictable albums of 2014.
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goodbyemotel at The Rock Shop (July 19, 2014)

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2014

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All photos via Anthony Bauer

Many concertgoers don’t have the patience to arrive early for openers, or stick around after they saw the band that they came to see. Sure, we are all busy and sometimes it’s out of our control. But every once and while, you should go out and catch an opener, or stick around a little later to see a new band. Sure, its a risk, but that’s all a part of the fun of discovery. All of the bands that you now know and love had to start somewhere.

Part of my job here is to take those risks on a daily basis, and find those hidden gems that deserve a little extra exposure. Last night, I had one of these rare experiences with an Australian-based band known as goodbyemotel.
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The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2014

From left: Brian Fallon, Alex Levine, Ben Horowitz and Alex Rosamilia of the band Gaslight Anthem in New York.

The Gaslight Anthem seem to be doing something a little different on their soon to be released new album Get Hurt, which comes out on August 19 via Island Records.

While the first single “Rollin’ and Tumblin” was for the most part, a very The Gaslight Anthem song, the new direction that the band promised is found on second single, and title track, “Get Hurt.” It does still have flourishes of The Gaslight Anthem, but it does sound sort of like a mid-tempo synth-ballad that we’ve heard from The Killers. It’s fine and all, but it’s not my favorite piece from the band. Even so, I’m sure the band will be able to find an even bigger audience with this one.

Stream “Get Hurt” below.
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Cat Power and Coldplay – Wish I Was Here

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2014

Wish I Was Here Soundtrack

Just like he did on Garden State, Zach Braff has assembled quite a soundtrack for his new film Wish I Was Here. The film opened in limited cities yesterday, and will see a bigger release next week.

We already heard the new songs that both The Shins and Bon Iver did for the film. But Braff himself said his favorite part of the soundtrack is a collaboration between Coldplay and Cat Power that the artists made after seeing the film. This song is very much Chan Marshall’s show, as she takes a firm hold over the vocals, over a gentle and subdued Coldplay who sound more like their older selves on the song. Martin does come in to help out with some backing vocals towards the end, giving the song the perfect closure.

This wouldn’t be a collaboration that anyone really saw coming, which makes it that much better. NPR premiered the song, and spoke to Braff, who described in detail how exactly the song came to be:

Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson’s character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over. Chan Marshall went to Electric Lady studios in NYC and tracked her voice. Chris Martin would later add his harmonies with Coldplay producing the song.

Stream “Wish I Was Here” below.
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The Tins

On July 29 Buffalo three-piece The Tins will release their new EP Young Blame.

I already shared the EP’s first single “They Aren’t Evil” and since I am seeing the band play later tonight, I thought it was an appropriate time to share “Let It Go”, the EP’s second single. It’s another solid offering from the band, who sound as strong and assured as ever. It’s been amazing to see these guys develop over the years, and “Let It Go” is just one bit of proof that these guys should be much bigger than they are.

You can help with that. You can pre-order the EP right now at their bandcamp page and come out to their show in Brooklyn tonight at The Rock Shop. Tickets will be sold at the door.

In the meantime, enjoy “Let It Go” below.
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Foxes In Fiction – Shadow’s Song

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2014

Foxes In Fiction

Foxes In Fiction is the project of Toronto-native Warren Hildebrand. He’s gearing up for the release of his sophomore Ontario Gothic, which will be released via his own label Orchid Tapes on September 23.

In 2011, Hildebrand started work on the album in his Toronto apartment, writing and recording and album looking back on the past five years living in Toronto. The theme of loss played a crucial role in the album, with the passing of his brother Drew in 2008.

Owen Pallet contributes string arrangements throughout the new album, such as on the grand and sweeping gem that is the album’s first single, “Shadow’s Song.” It’s a mesmerizing song that is dreamy and meloncholic in all the right ways. Pallet’s contributions have a huge impact on the song, which wouldn’t feel the same without them.

Enjoy it below.
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Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2014

Ryan Adams - Gimme Something Good

On September 9 Ryan Adams will release his new self-titled album via his label Pax-A. He’s already released the album’s first single, “Gimme Something Good.”

It’s a rollicking bit of americana-inspired rock and roll with plenty of soul and grit to go along with it. This track could have come out in the 80s, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Stream “Gimme Something Good” below.
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Spoon – Do You

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2014

Spoon - Do You

Spoon will release new album They Want My Soul on August 5 via Loma Vista. Last month we heard first single “Rent I Pay” and the band has since followed that up with the second single, “Do You.”

There’s a cool and breezy nature to the song that is very much Spoon. It has a chill summertime groove to it that is a perfect listen whether your speeding down the highway or hanging back relaxing on a hot summer day. The band sound as confident and assured as ever here.

I can’t wait to get my hands on They Want My Soul. Enjoy “Do You” below.
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Bon Iver – Heavenly Father

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2014

Bon Iver

Although Bon Iver are taking a break from performing, they have released a new song called “Heavenly Father” that appears on the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here. The film was released today, but the song itself has been out for a little bit.

Any new music from Bon Iver is always a treat, and “Heavenly Father” is no different. It’s a magic journey that features all the emotional qualities that you’ve come to expect from the wizard that is Justin Vernon.

Stream “Heavenly Father” below.
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