You can also watch the new video for ‘Dancing with the Devil’ below (the original single to be released the 21st of March). Hmm. I wasn’t a fan of this song right away as I was with ‘Lions in Cages’, and to be honest, I like the hip hop remix better. This promo, in stark contrast to the video for ‘Lions in Cages’, is a performance video. In multiple senses of the term. You’ll see what I mean when you watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 1st March 2011 at 10:00 am
This is an excellent way to begin March. Kings Cliffe electronic outfit Fenech Soler is offering up a whole EP of the ‘white versions’ of ‘Stop and Stare’, ‘Demons’, ‘Battlefields’ and ‘Contender’. For free. Really, how can you lose?
Read our 10 for 2011 interview with Fenech-Soler frontman Ben Duffy here (the band placed #8 on our poll at the end of last year).
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 23rd February 2011 at 10:00 am
Dinosaur Jr. founder J Mascis will be releasing his first solo album, ‘Several Shades of Why’, in March. Ahead of that release, we are pleased to offer a free download of ‘Is It Done’, along with a funny video interview from Sub Pop about the new album. Partake of it all below.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 at 10:00 am
The Answering Machine just released their second album, ‘Lifeline’, yesterday on Heist or Hit. (You can read our review of ‘Lifeline’ here.) They remixed the song ‘Fragrant’ for their buddies Dutch Uncles, and we’re offering it up as a free download below. ‘Fragrant’ came out as a single last October (review here), with Dutch Uncles’s album ‘Cadenza’ slated for release in early May.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 21st February 2011 at 10:00 am
Detroit singer/songwriter Alex Winston came to our attention via her covers of tracks by artists as varied as Jack Penate (she’s tried her hand at ‘Pull My Heart Away’) and Mumford and Sons (go here for her rendition of ‘White Blank Page’ filmed for HeavyRoc). But perhaps you are more familiar with the American’s voice from the Hyundai adverts featuring her tune ‘Choice Notes’?
However you’ve come to know her, know this: she’s been tipped by many for what the Guardian calls her ‘Anglophile sensibility’. In the track ‘Locomotive’ that you can listen to and download below, she sounds like a more poppified version of Kate Bush. If she hasn’t covered ‘Running Up That Hill’ yet, I imagine it’s on her short list of future covers. Also included below is the Jaybird remix of ‘Locomotive’. Compare, contrast, comment and enjoy.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 16th February 2011 at 10:00 am
It’s been many moons since Peter Bjorn and John‘s fifth album, ‘Living Thing’. They’ll be releasing their sixth, ‘Gimme Some’, in March on StarTime International. But before that, they want to whet your appetite with this teaser track, ‘Breaker Breaker’. While PB&J are best known for their dance tunes (‘Young Folks’, ‘It Don’t Move Me’), this one shows them going to a more classic, rock ‘n’ roll direction. Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments.