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Don’t Mess With Texas: Get Our SXSW 2013 Music Sampler

March 7, 2013 Artist News 5 Comments

DMWT13 SXSW music samplerAh SXSW, simultaneously one of the most fun and exhausting weeks of the year for those lucky enough to attend. A whirlwind series of day parties, happy hours, panels, meetings, official showcases, “meetings” at the finest BBQ and taco joints, after parties, after after parties, and near constant sleep depravation. We. Cannot. Wait.

Deciding which artists you want to see can be a daunting experience, (we work with nearly 300 bands who will be performing at least one show in Austin next week), but we’re here to help. Our free Don’t Mess with Texas: SXSW 2013 New Music Sampler contains tracks from 19 can’t-miss-artists, including Emma Louise, Local Natives, Ra Ra Riot, Charles Bradley, The Virgins and more.

Click HERE to download the compilation. It will also be available for streaming / download on services like Spotify, Rdio, and Amazon.

Check out the track list below:

01. Local Natives – “Breakers”
02. Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – “Strictly Reserved For You”
03. He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – “The Same Old Ground”
04. Dirty Fences – “Heaven Is Tonight”
05. PAWS – “Homecoming”
06. The Virgins – “Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams”
07. The Ocean Blue – “Sad Night, Where Is Morning”
08. Young Galaxy – “Pretty Boy”
09. Dana Falconberry – “Please Sparrow”
10. Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – “Little Too Late”
11. Anders & Kendall – “City Of Greats”
12. Parenthetical Girls – “A Note To Self”
13. Social Studies – “Away For The Weekend”
14. Ra Ra Riot – “Binary Mind”
15. Pretty & Nice – “Hibernate”
16. The Lovely Bad Things – “Fried Eyes”
17. Agent Ribbons – “Family Haircut”
18. I Am Dive – “Mount Eerv”
19. Emma Louise – “Boy”

Freeloader Friday: The Black Angels, Local Natives, Menahan Street Band, Veronica Falls, Young Galaxy, Menomena, Tomahawk and Ra Ra Riot

January 25, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Black Angels Indigo MeadowBig week this Friday! Some of our favorites are coming back with unique full album streams, a highly anticipated psychedelic band just released some mad artwork along with their new video and some exciting new tracks have been let loose courtesy of our favorite online music blogs.

To dig in… We start with The Black Angels of course, whose artwork you can preview in this post (<== pretty cool, huh?) and on their website, which is where their new video is streaming. Next up, iTunes is giving Local Natives a huge spotlight in the full album preview available straight from the store. Menahan Street Band‘s latest video is actually inspired by the 1984 film The Pope of Greenwich Village [we just had Trivia Night, so I’m in a trivia mood; no, that question wasn’t in there; and yes, of course, my team won!] and it’s a really clever vid you don’t want to miss.

Veronica Falls and Young Galaxy are treating us to previews of their upcoming albums, while Menomena reveals a track that didn’t make it on their last project. And to close out, Tomahawk is unveiling their full album courtesy of Spin, and to make up for the fact that it was impossible to get tix to their sold out shows this week, Bowery Presents is streaming Ra Ra Riot‘s full show from this past Tuesday. [Inside tip: check out Ra Ra Riot’s updated website, it’s got some crazy interactive action going on.]

What’re you waiting for?

The Black Angels: “Don’t Play With Guns” video premiere via their official site
Indigo Meadow out April 2 on Blue Horizon

Local Natives: Full album stream on iTunes
Hummingbird out January 29 on Frenchkiss Records

Menahan Street Band: “Keep Coming Back” video premiere via Rolling Stone
The Crossing out now on Daptone Records

Veronica Falls: “Buried Alive” via Pitchfork
Waiting For Something To Happen out February 12 on Slumberland

Young Galaxy: “Pretty Boy” via Gorilla vs. Bear
Ultramarine out April 23 on Paper Bag Records

Menomena: “Toomer” via Stereogum
Moms out now on Barsuk Records

Tomahawk: Full album stream via Spin
Oddfellows out January 29 on Ipecac Recordings

Ra Ra Riot: Full concert stream from Music Hall of Williamsburg via YouTube
Beta Love out now on Barsuk Records

Ten You Might’ve Missed in 2012

December 5, 2012 Artist News, Orchard News 1 Comment

In 2012, The Orchard’s large catalog grew way larger, thanks to mergers with IODA and IRIS. To manage the influx, we put all of the new tunes onto a 50TB external hard drive, stuck the USBs into our left ears, and swallowed 168 hours-worth of “5 Hour Energy.” When we were finally discharged from NYU Medical, we compared notes and decided that these ten under-the-radar releases deserve your love and affection.

Masta Ace, MF DOOM: MA_DOOM: Son Of Yvonne [Fat Beats]

1990s rap legend Masta Ace rhymes about his Brownsville childhood over MF Doom’s throwback beats. Big Daddy Kane (!) and Doom guest on “Think I Am,” which revisits Doom’s own “Who You Think I Am,” from his 1999 album Operation: Doomsday (same killer Yusef Lateef sample too). Listen to “Slow Down” on SoundCloud.


Various Artists: Light In The Attic 10 Year Anniversary Single Series [Light In The Attic]

Limited edition 7″ singles featuring covers of LITA artists backed with the original track. They’re all burners, but standouts include Ariel Pink and Dam Funk‘s smoldering take on Donnie & Joe Emerson‘s soul-pop masterpiece “Baby,” Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band‘s wrenchingly soulful cover of “I’ll Slip Away” by comeback kid of the year Rodriguez, and a stunning take on Wendy Rene‘s classic “After The Laughter Come Tears” by Sweet Tea [Alex Maas of The Black Angels, and Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards]. Stream the latter here.


Matsuki Ayumu: One Billion Year Record [Ample Play]

Q: What would happen if The Apples In Stereo had recorded Fun Trick Noisemaker in Tokyo, Japan?

A: This double-album whopper of fun Lo-Fi Psychedelic Indie Pop, issued by Cornershop’s label. We don’t know Japanese, but we dig fuzzy Elephant Six sounds and kitchen-sink instrumentation. Stream it via SoundCloud.


Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland:  Black Is Beautiful [Hyperdub]

Formerly known as Hype Williams, this mysterious duo has made have one of the most enigmatic albums of the year with Black Is Beautiful, a post-modern collection of sonic vignettes that incorporates Dub, distortion, drum machine rhythms, abstract Electronica, free Jazz, ambient sounds, Lo-Fi R&B and Pop, but nevertheless maintains a strong emotional core. As an added bonus, they also cover Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” [“2″].


Badknight:  It’s Alright [GHouse]

If you like delicate string-laden Nick Drake-like Folk, put an ear to Bostonians Emily Lenae (vocals) and Devin McKnight (guitar). This seven-song debut snuck out last November, so we’re cheating a bit. Download the standout “Just Like That” for free from their Bandcamp.



Thee Oh Sees / Total Control split [Castle Face Records]

This has been in steady rotation since I saw both bands play two of the more raucous sets in recent memory at 285 Kent last year. San Francisco garage titans Thee Oh Sees deliver four scorching versions of old favorites recorded in a live session that effectively captures the band’s raw, manic on-stage energy. On the flip, Australia’s Total Control play icy but compelling Gothic Synth Punk that nods to influences like Suicide, Swell Maps and Joy Division. Watch the video for Total Control’s “For Lease” here.


Agent Ribbons: Let Them Talk [Antenna Farm]

In 2010, this female duo’s second album Chateau Crone caught our ears with unpredictable hooks that jangled like The Aislers Set and “Kinks-era” Lilys. In September, they issued this digital-only five-song EP to whet appetites for a 2013 full-length. Listen to “Family Haircut” on SoundCloud.



Lee Hazlewood: A House Safe For Tigers [Light In The Attic]

This 1975 album has long stood as one of the Lee Hazlewood‘s most obscure recordings, but it’s on par with some of his finest work. The soundtrack to an equally obscure made-for-television quasi-documentary Hazlewood made as a recluse in early-’70s Sweden, it’s an album that’s majestic, cinematic and uncharacteristically upbeat.


The Twerps: Work It Out 7″ [Underwater Peoples / Chapter Music]

These Australians scratch our Flying Nun itch with a nonchalant breezy breakup kissoff (“Work It Out”), a snotty escapist youth anthem (“He’s In Stock”), and a bittersweet boy-girl duet (“Recall”). Important: not to be confused with these guys, who look like a good time nevertheless. Listen to “Work It Out” via SoundCloud.


U.S. Girls: GEM [FatCat Records]

On her FatCat Records debut, Megham Remy has created a hazy and hallucinatory exploration of ’60s girl group Pop and ‘70s Glam Rock filtered through experimental abstraction, DIY recording techniques, and a marked interest in tweaking gender perspectives. GEM is a pop record that tears away many of the genre’s conventions to get to the heart of its most obsessive, hedonistic, and masochistic impulses. Her cover of Brock Robinson’s “Jack” [video] exemplifies this in spades.

Want more? Here’s last year’s list.

Freeloader Friday: Local Natives, Menahan Street Band, Travis Barker & Yelawolf, Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson, Matthew E. White, Hey Sholay and Sophie Auster

November 30, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Local Natives "Breakers"Aaaand, we’re back! To make up for eating lots of great food last week (or hearing about it), we’ve put together a collection of awesome music and visuals to go with it.

That’s right — you’ll notice we’ve got a slew of music videos for you, and they’re all exceptional and unique in their own way. First, we start with Local Natives‘ “Breakers.” You already caught a preview of the track in a previous Freeloader Friday, and now you get the full visual experience. Travis Barker and Yelawolf, Matthew E. White and Sophie Auster are also on board the music video train with some fresh content from their newly released albums. All that makes this single stream from Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson a special treat to be savored, a break from the explosion between your eyes and your brain that you can enjoy with your lids closed or in the dark… that is, if you haven’t already turned out the lights after Menahan Street Band‘s “Lights Out” or Hey Sholay‘s “Dreamboat…”

To the listening board!

Local Natives: “Breakers” music video premiere via Pitchfork
Hummingbird out January 29 on Frenchkiss Records

Menahan Street Band: “Lights Out” music video premiere via Noisey
The Crossing out now on Daptone Records

Travis Barker & Yelawolf: “6 Feet Underground” (feat. Tim Armstrong) music video via YouTube
Psycho White out now on Lasalle Records

Hey Sholay: “Dreamboat” music video via YouTube
((O)) out now on Fierce Panda Records

Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson: “Nasty” (feat. Planet Asia) via Mello Music Group
Dice Game out now on Mello Music Group

Matthew E. White: “Will You Love Me” music video premiere via Pitchfork
Big Inner out now on Hometapes/Spacebomb Records

Sophie Auster: “Run Run Run” music video via PaperMag
Red Weather out now on Lost Colony Music

Freeloader Friday: Travis Barker & Yelawolf, Vinnie Paz, Menahan Street Band, Apollo Brown and Kyson

October 26, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Travis Barker & Yelawolf "Psycho White"Another Friday, another group of free music for your listening pleasure… This week, we’ve got lots of visuals to boot as well, with three video premieres from some highly anticipated releases, including Travis Barker & Yelawolf, Vinnie Paz, who just released his record this week, and Menahan Street Band.

On the audio side, you can download Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson‘s new track on XXLMag, and Pitchfork just reviewed a killer song from Kyson‘s upcoming EP.

To top it all off, we’ve decorated this post with the coolest artwork we could find to treat your eyes as well as your ears. Check out how the amazingly talented artist, Franco Vescovi, created the album cover here.

Travis Barker & Yelawolf: “Push Em” video premiere via Rolling Stone
Psycho White EP out November 13 on Lasalle Records

Vinnie Paz: “The Oracle” video via YouTube
God of the Serengeti out now on Enemy Soil

Menahan Street Band: “Ivory and Blue” video premiere via Paste
The Crossing out October 31 on Daptone Records

Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson: “Truth Be Told” stream and download via XXLMag
Dice Game out November 13 on Mello Music Group

Kyson: “Ocean Tides” stream via Pitchfork
Blackstone EP out October 29 on Moodgadget Records

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