Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - August 10, 2010

I dug a bit deeper into TBB's cache of new tunes to bring forth a few that you may have missed earlier in the year. If you can possibly manage the time, the mix is best listened to from start to finish in one sitting. Enjoy!

The download links have been removed, but here's what was featured:

Worship “Collateral” (demo) – From just west of London, Worship recently issued this new song which sounds a bit like a listener friendly Thom Yorke cut. Other than support dates for the likes of We Have Band and Pete & The Pirates, there’s not too much on these guys yet. You can stream a few more demo tracks here, which also trade on a Yorke / Engineers vibe. Props to Breaking More Waves for showing the way.

Sonen "Head Down" (self-released) - Electro-dance trio Sonen has been turning the kids in Atlanta into a sweaty mess for the last few years. They recently self-issued the Devious Device EP, yours to download free in exchange for an e-mail address. "Head Down" is guaranteed to slot in perfectly alongside any vintage new wave in your collection.

Woven Bones "I've Gotta Get" (Hardly Art) - Sad but true, Austin's Woven Bones were scheduled to play a WOXY Lounge Act session in the weeks following the station's abrupt demise in March. Surely, a missed opportunity to hear a set that may have included this gem, a tight li'l garage rock number which is their debut 7" for Sub Pop's Hardly Art imprint. This is the best thing I've heard 'em do yet. More, please! Pick up the vinyl here and see them on tour throughout August & October. Locals can catch them opening for Pavement on Sept. 28, and at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Grass Widow "Shadow" (Kill Rock Stars) - Released on the 24th, Past Time is the debut from three ladies straight outta San Francisco. "Shadow" is a nice, pleasant track of good ol' indie pop just like they used to make it. Catch them across these United States in September and for a few European dates starting on Sept. 30th.

The Answering Machine "Sixteen Again" (n/a) - The Machine recently played a few shows in LA, roadtesting material from their just-completed Lifeline disc that's due in January. A few months back, they accepted the invitation of The Smiths' Mike Joyce to join a bill in Manchester paying tribute to the Buzzcocks. Prior to the gig, the band went into the studio and recorded live versions of a few of the covers. I'll have a separate entry about the sessions soon, but I wanted to include my favorite in this week's mix. I love the energy of this song, originally from the Buzzcocks' 1978 Love Bites release.

Errors "A Rumour In Africa" (Rock Action) - The Scottish band released Come Down With Me, their second disc, on Mogwai's Rock Action label earlier in the year. I heard my pal Vic Galloway spin this single on his show, loved it, and filed it away as something to explore later. Now comes word of a remix version of the disc, called Celebrity Come Down With Me with The Field, Gold Panda, and Mogwai themselves giving the songs a fresh take. It'll be released next month and likely available digitally in the US.

Matthew Dear "Little People (Black City)" (Ghostly) - This has a great groove and appears on his 4th disc, Black City, released next week. Close your eyes and you'll think you're hearing Tunde from TVOTR or even Bowie himself. Head to his site to download an additional song from the disc.

Brad Laner "Eyes Close" (Hometapes) - Back in the day (1992), Laner was the lead singer and guitarist of the criminally underappreciated Medicine. Occasionally tagged as 'the American My Bloody Valentine', their debut Shot Forth Self Living is a personal favorite, buried in piles of feedback and distortion. Bliss. (For you uber-nerds, he used to play drums in the avant-rock Savage Republic prior to that). Laner's since gone the solo route, and this psych-pop track from his new Natural Selections sounds perfectly in step with the indie scene of 2010.

The Vaselines "Sex With An X" (Sub Pop) - The Scottish legends offer up a second track, the title cut from their first record of new material in nearly 20 years. The disc hits Sept. 18th with US dates beginning October 2nd. Previous coverage and UK dates here.

Under Byen "Alt Er Tabt" (Paper Bag) - For all of the notoriety the Danish band's last record Samme Stof Som Stof received, I've seen precious little about their follow-up, Alt Er Tabt, which quietly slipped out in April. They were my unquestioned live highlight from SXSW 2007 and here's hoping that there's still plans for another Stateside trek. Check out the characteristically experimental video here.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums "Fight For Me" (The Control Group) - I championed the Swedish couple's second album The Snake last year - my #19 disc of 2009 - so it's nice to have such a quick follow-up to enjoy. They released two EP's, Retina and Iris, on vinyl and download within the last few months but will compile them onto a CD titled Rivers, out on the 24th. Definitely not an easy listen, their music mostly consists only of drums, various percussion and electronic samples. Nonetheless, I'm enthralled by Mariam Wallentin's powerful voice and the duo's unique off-kilter beats.

The Victorian English Gentlemens Club "A Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift of Snow (Was No Way To Cure a Hangover)" (This Is Fake DIY) - The band with the world's longest name offers up a song with a title to match. The Vic Gents are a Welsh trio that have been supported by the likes of Artrocker magazine for some time. They've been touring the UK to perform new songs that they say "are louder and weirder than ever". This, then, should provide you a good starting point with the band plus, if you were OK with the last two songs in this week's mix, should make for an appropriate capper.

New Tunes Tuesday - August 3, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 27, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 20, 2010


  1. sounds great! ... oh i miss WOXY so much! :-(

  2. i think tuesday's becoming my favourite day .... have you heard of sleepy vikings? http://www.myspace.com/sleepyvikings ... i think you'd like them

  3. Another great set of new tunes!

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