La Strada Drop Acclaimed New Fuzz-Americana EP, Draw Comparisons To Neutral Milk

Fuzz Americana folkies La Strada are celebrating the release of their debut six song sing-along La Strada this week on Ernest Jenning Record Co. Having dropped on Tuesday, the record features lead-off single “The Sun Song,” a swooning, swing-heavy shanty reeking of maturity and confidence for such a young group; “I’m not afraid to open the door, anymore.” The release  is garnering the band comparisons to fuzz folk legends Neutral Milk Hotel and new-worldies Beirut; no small feat by any means!

While the band is destined to share the spotlight with the likes of Beirut and Devotchka, they bring to the table a unique Americana spirit not often found in the average Brooklyn buzz band. Huffington Post claims, “La Strada offers up the best of the New York indie scene: interesting music made by talented people who have a point of view and a love for what they do.” The consensus is that the septet have crafted a field study on the old world, rooted in the street corners of Paris and the snowy mountaintops of the Balkans as much as it is squarely fixated on their native NYC. Catch them this March for their record release show in Brooklyn and during several dates across the country.


Art Imitates Life on Cage’s New Album “Depart From Me”

Depression, losing a friend and album collaborator to lung cancer, a nasty breakup, and living on an air mattress for three months has armed rapper Cage with more than enough real life inspiration for his new record Depart From Me.  Having “.. sabotaged relationships so [he] could write about it,” Chris Palko offers an art-imitates-life set that’s poised to be the “realest” record of his career, dropping June 30th on Def Jux.  Scheduled to play SXSW at the Biz3 showcase at Club DeVille alongside Kid SisterLady SovereignChin ChinHollywood HoltThunderheist and Asher Roth, this tormented wordsmith is ready to hit the scene with the followup to his acclaimed 2005 release Hell’s Winter.  Fresh off a Pitchfork feature, his new single “Nothing Left To Say” is buzzing just about as hard as his tortured rhymes. Featuring lyrics and production from the late Camu Tau, Sean Martin (ex Hatebreed) and underground Hip Hop phenoms El-P and Aesop Rock, Depart From Me is 14 tracks of real, emotionally scarring and therapeutic life stories over mostly sample-less and progressive beats.  CAGE IS BACK IN FULL EFFECT!!!  Check his videos and select tracks from the album on his myspace.

A New Orleans Mardi Gras, Vol. 1

Want to feel like you are in New Orleans without leaving your home? Then A New Orleans Mardi Gras, Vol. 1 is for you.  The album has an eclectic mix of artists that span styles and generations, all of which can effortlessly transport you from your street to Bourbon Street.

The opening track, “Mardi Gras In New Orleans” by Professor Longhair is complete with a whistle intro and upbeat tempo that makes you want to take a stroll down a riverside boardwalk. Bunk Johnson recreates the standard, “Tiger Rag,” a classic ragtime song and favorite among many jazz lovers.

After an impromptu session of playing around on drumsticks, ashtrays, and coke bottles, The Dixie Cups created “Iko Iko,” which quickly became a hit.  It speaks about a parade collision between two “tribes” of Mardi Gras Indians and is one of the catchiest songs on the album. New Orleans Mardi Gras ends beautifully with Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints,” with his uniquely raspy, deep voice gliding over the track.

Why go to Mardi Gras when you can have it come to you?!

Full tracklist after the jump.


La Strada Debut Classy 99 Dollar Music Video

The new sensation out of (you guessed it!) Brooklyn, La Strada just debuted their brand spankin’ new music video for “The Sun Song.” The fuzz-folkies collaborated with 99 Dollar Music Videos to produce the star studded, multi-million dollar Spike Jonze directed music video! But seriously, the site has a noble cause; they help the best and brightest indie bands create quality music videos for just 99 dollars (even CNN and peers are stoked). Other artists getting in on the action include Lowry (Engine Room Recordings) and Project Jenny, Project Jan (Might Records). The video combines the septet’s penchant for the European-style accordion music you might expect to hear on la strada with the picturesque New York City backdrop they call home. If you are like us here at the Rind and wonder how it could have been made for just 99 bones, direct your attention to the included behind-the-scenes clip. Both tasty videos are available for you, oh faithful reader, after the jump.


Golem! Rocket The Old World Into The New Century With Citizen Boris

Citizen Boris / JDub Records / BUY

NYC based folk-punks Golem! come at us with unmatched enthusiasm, flaunting their old world influences through a whirlwind of sound less listened to than it is experienced. With the release of their new LP Citizen Boris on JDub Records (the follow up to 2006’s appropriately titled Fresh Off Boat), the rag-tag gang manage to capture the energy of packed bar show sing-a-long, filled with sweaty dancing and roars heard down the block.

Culture comes first and foremost for this 6 piece, considered a Klezmer band (a musical tradition that combines Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism). Next in the new tradition of new world alternatives, Golem! manage to successfully cultivate a ridiculous good time while staying true to the sound of their homeland. Along with gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, they’ve created a hybrid sound that bridges both generations and continents, a tribute to their culture and an irresistible invitation to anyone in need of a good time. In addition to English, vocals on Citizen Boris are belted out in Yiddish, Ladino, or Slavic tongues. Lyrics are often silly in content, such as on their tribute to fine cabooses, “Tucheses & Nenes,” but often have serious undertones, lamenting over hardship and cultural struggle. On “Mirror Mirror,” female vocals shine on fun verses “no meat to cook with, no mascara/no toilet paper, no diamond rings” and croon on the choruses, “oh god/why did you have to make me so beautiful?”