Indie shoegazenoiserockers ohnomoon are definitely a band to watch out for in New York City. The band is currently recording their first 7 inch, so no music as of yet, but you can catch them live next at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn on 4/21. Check out some photos from their set at Piano’s below. Read More
Fucked Up’s new album is shaping up to be the album of the year and we have only heard two songs! The first two singles released, “The Other Shoe” and now “A Little Death” are both pushing the band forward into this territory of poppy experimental indie rock with hardcore sensibilities which they started to explore on The Chemistry of Common Life and they are nailing it. We picked up their David’s Towncompilation for Record Store Day this weekend and if you can find it pick it up fast. Needless to say we are beyond excited to hear all 18 tracks of David Comes To Life comes out on June 7th.
Here’s the title track from Man Man’s new record Life Fantastic which was produced by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes. It’s a piano ballad with that Man Man swagger and a build up / freak out towards the end. Looking forward to see their amazing live show with new songs in tow.
Just days after announcing the single, Arctic Monkeys have released a new psychedelic video for “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”. It’s a blurry, moody ride with cool, denim-clad Alex Turner and friends. Obviously, they’re going for the mysterious and mature mystique that borders more on metal than brit pop with this album. However, I will say that if you lose the sound, the indistinguishable shapes and Ashcroft-quaffed Turner may have you believing that you’re watching an early Verve video. Either way, I’m always happy to see anything new by the Arctic Monkeys and am very much looking forward to seeing them at Summer Stage in Central Park this May.
Listen to “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” the new single from Arctic Monkeys forthcoming album, Suck It & See, which will be released in the U.K. on June 6 and in the U.S. on June 7. You can really hear the influence of producer Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme on this dark rock song, which makes reference to the devil. Don’t forget to pick up the Monkeys’ exclusive white 7″ on Record Store Day (this Saturday, April 16). It will feature this song as well as “Brick by Brick”. It’s available for pre-order now on their website and ships May 30.
“Would You Say Stop?” the recent single from the Acid House Kings’ new album Music Sounds Better With You is the Song of the Day on Amazon! We love this band at Clean-cut, and this song has all of the beautiful simplicity of their previous albums. If you’re a fan, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
All Eyes West bring to mind that classic early Sub Pop sound, especially that of Seaweed which is awesome. This track comes from their self-tiled debut on Academy Fight Song which you can pre-order on vinyl here.
JEFF the Brotherhood slayed Death By Audio, playing a good mix of Heavy Days along with new tracks from We Are The Champions (which they are selling a limited clear vinyl version of on this tour). Check out some more photos below and a newish mp3.
Colleen Green was the first of four bands opening for JEFF the Brotherhood at Death By Audio. She performed her cute pop songs with her friend to a drum machine. Her sweet voice paired with fuzzy guitars sounded excellent live, plus her tape Milo Goes To Compton is a nice reference to The Descendents. Check out some photos below and an mp3 from her Green One + 3 7″ that is available from Hardly Art.
Finally had a chance to give the b-side to Yuck’s “Get Away” single a listen and it’s on par with the rest of their self-titled album which is one of our favorite albums of 2011 thus far. Stream it below and check out the video for “Get Away” here.
Well I must say, it looks like the short story is making a comeback. With writers like Alice Hoffman and Colm Toibin recently contributing to the genre, along with newbie Tom Rachman, whose novel The Imperfectionists is a collection of thinly disguised linked stories, it appears that the pastime of story writing so popular in the days of Salinger and Vonnegut may be making a reappearance. E.L. Doctorow and Jim Shepard are now joining them, but not to fret if you’re a lover of longer stories because a couple of great novels have also made the list.
All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories by E.L. Doctorow
The celebrated author of Homer & Langley: and Billy Bathgate, offers a collection of previously unpublished and published short fiction. These stories focus on people who find themselves out of their element, including a man who forages in the affluent suburb in which he used to reside and a college graduate who becomes entangled in a criminal operation after agreeing to wed an illegal immigrant for money. Doctorow’s usual mastery of intrigue will resonate with fans and make new ones of first time readers. Read More