Trials + Tribulations

Sweat Dreams 4

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High Places – You in 40 Years
Universal Studios Florida – Moon Bungalow (ft. Blind Man’s Colour)
Balmorhea – Elegy
The Fresh & Onlys – I Saw Him
The Mantles – Look Away
Bosque Brown – Phone Call
JJ – Me & Dean
Kings of Convenience – Scars on Land
Thee Oh Sees – The Sun Goes All Around
Ah Holly Fam’ly – Rainstick
Phoenix – Rome (Neighbors remix)

July Flame
September 30, 2009, 9:46 am
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julyflameWe’re dying to hear more about (and from) Laura Veirs’s seventh (!!!) record July Flame, to be released sometime in 2010. With artwork by Carson Ellis (of Decemberists’ fame) and these rave reviews, it will surely be a record to compete with next year.

“Laura’s like the queen bee and my ear is her hive; she nests and makes honey in the hairs of my cochlea.”
-Jim James of My Morning Jacket

“The best album of 2010.”
-Colin Meloy of the Decemberists

When the World Comes to an End
September 29, 2009, 11:34 am
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You’ve undoubtedly seen this clip already this morning, but in case you haven’t, it’s the Dirty Projectors playing a new song called “When the World Comes to an End.” There’s some amazing harmonies happening between the girls so be sure to check it out.

Sweet Serenades
September 28, 2009, 12:01 pm
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How could I not post on these guys? The Sweet Serenades have an awesome picture, they’re from Sweden, and their music is infectious. The Stockholm duo recently released their album Balcony Cigarettes on Leon Records. The first single “On My Way” is a rollicking foot-mover reminiscent of White Denim.

♫ The Sweet Serenades – On My Way

You can listen to the whole album on MySpace, which I definitely suggest you do if you want to start this week off right.

Buy Balcony Cigarettes on iTunes

Real Estate
September 23, 2009, 11:21 am
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realestateNew Jersey’s Real Estate is a band turning heads lately with their hazy pop riding the coattails of summer. The guys all have a few different bands, but together they’re releasing their self-titled debut LP on Woodsist, November 17. Take a listen to one of the tracks off the album, which is really making my day.

♫ Beachcomber

Free Rakes
September 23, 2009, 10:19 am
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Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited about The Rakes’ upcoming US tour in support of Klang! the other day it was announced that DFA upstarts Free Energy will be coming along for the ride.

Free Energy just released their debut EP on iTunes yesterday, so go and grab that!

Expect lots of dancing going on at these dates:

09/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Phi Lam
10/02: Haverford, PA @ Lunt Basement
10/07: Beijing, China @ Modern Sky Festival (w/The Futureheads & British Seapower)
10/21: New York, NY @ Santos Partyhouse – CMJ Oh My Rockness Showcase
10/22: New York, NY @ Pianos – CMJ Windish Agency Showcase
10/24: London, UK @ Cargo (DFA Night)
10/26: London, UK @ Barfly
10/27: London, UK @ Rough Trade Records (Hoxton) In-Store (Early Show)/Waterats (Late Show)
10/28: London, UK @ Windmill
10/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy*
11/01: San Francisco, CA @ Slims*
11/03: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge*
11/04: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird*
11/06: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock*
11/07: Chicago, IL @ Double Door*
11/09: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club*
11/10: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus*
11/11: Boston, MA @ Great Scott*
11/12: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom*
11/19: Dallas, TX @ The Cavern
11/20: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11/21: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/23: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/24: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/25: Washington, DC @ DC9, set TBA
11/27: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

* w/ the Rakes

September 22, 2009, 7:06 pm
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kidsisterI assume you’ve all heard about Kid Sister, from her collab with Kanye “Pro Nails” or her own stuff like “Get Fresh” and “Family Reunion,” she’s makin’ a name for herself.

But what she didn’t have was an album. It’s been delayed since early this year, and renamed, but it’s finally coming. Ultraviolet is due November 17th, and the tracklist looks something like this:

♫ Right Hand Hi
2. Life On TV
3. Big n Bad
4. Step (feat. Estelle)
5. Let Me Bang 2009
6. Pro Nails (feat. Kanye West)
7. Daydreaming (feat. Cee-Lo)
8. Switch Board (feat. DJ Gant-Man)
9. 54321
10. Get Fresh
11. You Ain’t Really Down
12. Control

New Moods
September 22, 2009, 1:19 pm
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Bobby Birdman has announced his new album New Moods, his first release in three years since the excellent Giraffes and Jackels. The new album is supposedly “his most focused” effort yet, which is great. If you haven’t heard Birdman, you’ll be impressed by his new beats and crooning that’s a little late for summer, but sure to make the rest of your fall sunny and melodious.

♫ Only for a While
Dust Design
What You Say
Weighty Wait
Victory At Sea
Bloody Mess
Silent But Violent
You’d Be Surprised
Setting Sun
Truth Be Told
Well Sprung
Back and Forth

Thee Fresh And Onlys
September 22, 2009, 10:03 am
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Last night here Woodsist band The Fresh and Lonelys played a little ole house party. If you know anything about either of these bands, you know they’re pretty loud. But the windows were soundproofed and the crowd was constantly being reminded to keep the door shut because a baby was sleeping next door.

Anyway, Thee Oh Sees were awesome. The Fresh and Onlys were even better. I only heard of these bands Sundays, but already really like their records. I took my crappy little camera to record some audio and decided to just tape their whole sets, so I’ve uploaded them so you can listen if you want. The bass is pretty dominating in the mix and the vocals are low, but you’re free to listen if you want to.

♫ Thee Oh Sees – Live at the Compound, 9-21-09
♫ The Fresh and Onlys – Live at the Compound, 9-21-09

You can catch the Fresh and Onlys on tour, many dates with Thee Oh Sees.

Sep 22 – Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado *
Sep 23 – Jack Pot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas *
Sep 24 – Goner Fest 8 Memphis, Tennessee
Sep 26 – Uncle Fester’s Bloomington, Indiana *
Sep 27 – Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois *
Sep 28 – Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI *
Sep 29 – Brass Rail Ft. Wayne, Indiana *
Sep 30 – Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan *
Oct 01 – Wrong Bar Toronto, Ontario *
Oct 02 – Antenne-A Festival Quebec City, QC *
Oct 03 – Pop Montreal Fest – La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec *
Oct 05 – The Dark Lady Providence, Rhode Island *
Oct 06 – Great Scotts Allston, Massachusetts *
Oct 07 – Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut *
Oct 08 – Mercury Lounge New York, New York *
Oct 09 – The Bell House Brooklyn, New York *
Oct 10 – Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, PA #
Oct 11 – The Hideout Chicago, Illinois #
Oct 12 – Brothers Lounge Omaha, Nebraska #
Oct 13 – Bender’s Denver, Colorado #
Oct 17 – Scion Garage Rock Festival (Someday Lounge) Portland, OR
Oct 18 – Funhouse Seattle, Washington $
Oct 20 – Stork Club Oakland, California $
Oct 21 – Bar Pink Elephant San Diego, California *
Oct 22 – The Echo Los Angeles, California * $
Oct 24 – The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA * $
Oct 25 – Bottom of the Hill (Budget Rock Festival) San Francisco, California * $

* = w/ Thee Oh Sees
# = w/ The Box Elders

This New Technology
September 21, 2009, 12:03 pm
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Check out this fresh cut song from Midnight Juggernauts‘ forthcoming album This New Technology, the follow-up to the excellent Dystopia.

This New Technology