This new True Womanhood track, “The Grey Man”, is melodically distorted. And it’s quite gorgeous to listen to. The band ran ”vocals through the malfunctioning tape delay and replaced the guitars with melotron strings and samples from an old tack piano.” True Womanhood has created a truly unique and individual sound.
Listen :: The Grey Man
Stay tuned to the band’s Tumblr and SoundCloud. They have some new and exciting things up their sleeves and I can’t wait to hear them.
Looking for the perfect gift for your musically obsessed friend or family member? Well, Father/Daughter Records is having a 21 Days of Holidaze sale. Here’s the deal: order all three of Father/Daughter‘s current 7″ releases (Family Trees, tooth ache., and Levek) for just $21 and it includes FREE USPS First Class shipping in US & Canada. Each order will include a free F/D 1″ button set, digital downloads of all three records and a zip download containing three addition tracks from each artists. By the way, Levek’s track is a very special version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, that’s sure to be a staple in any holiday music mix. And if that isn’t enough, the nice people at F/D will also gift wrap your purchase for free and throw in some other goodies for you!
Skip the mall. Hell, skip Amazon and head over to F/D for this amazing gift.
And keep an eye out for amazing things coming from F/D in 2011!
Today is the day I decided to sift through my inbox. And I’m glad I did. I found a treasure from Washington D.C.-based band True Womanhood.
It’s easy to hear the influences of The Smiths and Joy Division. And they do a fantastic job mixing their influences with exciting drum beats, synths, and vocals to create a brilliant sound all their own. True Womanhood‘s debut EP, Basement Membranes, was released earlier this year on the Baltimore-based label Environmental Aesthetics. A full length is due out soon.
I’m excited to announce that Levek aka David Levesque is releasing a 7″ on Father/Daughter Records. This self-titled 7″ is the first release for Levek and it’s coming at you on November 16. “Look on the Bright Side” is the A-side, “Slow” is the B-side and the record, limited to 400 is pressed on red vinyl. Red vinyl! And check this out, each vinyl order will include a digital download bundle with both songs from the 7″ and his previously unreleased song “Chief” as well as two brand spanking new tracks.
I could ramble on for days about how great Levek‘s sun soaked tunes are (seriously, great.), but I think you should take a listen and let this lovely tune warm you up. Then head on over and pre-order the 7″. Links and whatnot will appear below.
This EP is the first in a series from Athens-based musician Luke Johnson and sound engineer Sam Kim. The two met at a Broken Social Scene show and found out they had something more in common than just the same taste in music.
The two started this project in 2009 as a sort of music collective, like Broken Social Scene, but this project came with a cause behind it. Johnson chose Athens’ charity Nuci’s Space, a philanthropic organization that specializes in providing low cost mental health counseling to the music community says Emergent Heart’s website. One is the first in the series and it’s available for free at Emergent Heart. Johnson asks that you download the album and make a donation to Nuci’s based on what you think about the music. And don’t worry, if a donation isn’t possible this time, you can help raise awareness for Nuci’s Space and Emergent Heart by simply telling people about it and encouraging them to participate.
For more information about Nuci’s Space please visit http://www.nuci.org
God Bless the Internet.
About a week or so ago, Holy Spirits started following me on Twitter. I still get the notification emails from Twitter about my new followers, so, I obviously had to check this Holy Spirits out. And believe me, it was the best decision I made all day. Holy Spirits is the Brooklyn-based band that is literally blowing my mind with their amazing take on making music. “Tongues” was the first song I heard and I was completely amazed by how they made this song work. It begins with a bang and goes into silent breaths and Ooo’s, followed by gorgeous harmonies into a chorus rounded out by hand claps. If this isn’t art, then I don’t know what is.
Each demo on the band’s MySpace is a separate masterpiece and they all fit together like paintings in a gallery.
For fans of Grizzly Bear or Local Natives. You really need to head over to their MySpace and listen for yourself. Your browser will not leave that page for days.
A band like Local Natives only comes around once in awhile. I can hardly put into words how I feel about their music. From the intriguing percussion to the beautiful harmonies, this band has done nothing but amaze me every time I hear a song or see them perform live.
An encore Daytrotter session was released today. In this session, the band has reworked three of their already gorgeous tracks, “Sticky Thread”, “Wide Eyes” and “Cubism Dream”.
Go check it out here and download it for free.
Listen :: Cubism Dream (Daytrotter Session, July 26, 2010)
And if for some reason you don’t own Gorilla Manor yet, you should probably head to your local record store and pick up a copy. It’s available now on Frenchkiss. Local Natives are also hitting the road this fall with The Love Language (west coast dates), The Union Line (east coast dates) and Ruby Suns (east coast dates). Check out their Myspace for details. I know I’ll be seeing them at the Atlanta show on October 15.
Welcome To Daytrotter Movie is currently in production and has been for the past few months.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Daytrotter, it’s a website devoted to music and keeping it relevant. Bands that travel across the US stop in the town of Rock Island, Illinois and record some songs in a little studio. These songs are in turn put up on the Internet for your listening and (free!) downloading pleasure. The music blog and studio started in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. Some sessions include Local Natives, Suckers, Free Energy, Death Cab For Cutie, The War On Drugs (a most recent favorite of mine), Kris Kristoffersen, Diego Perez, Vivian Girls, Aloha and so many more. They also put on special events called Barnstormers which takes place in various barns around the midwest. Daytrotter also had a really incredible Fourth of July party, Barn On The Fourth of July, that featured These United States, The Walkmen and more. Daytrotter is ran by a great group of people who truly love music. Personally, I think Daytrotter is one of the best ways to find out about new bands.
This documentary can’t happen without some help, so if you visit http://www.welcometodaytrottermovie.com/ you will find some information about how you can help raise funds and generate interest in this documentary.
Check out the trailer and other links below.
The highly anticipated debut (for me anyway) from Eternal Summers, Silver, will be available on Sept. 28.
Here’s a track list via The Music Slut.
2. I Know Now
5. Running High
6. Safe At Home
7. I’ll Die Young For Rock N Roll
9. Worlds Away
12. Bully In Disguise