My Morning Jacket Celebración De La Ciudad Natal (Live Release featuring instore performance at Ear-X-tacy)
Cheyenne Mize & Bonnie “Prince” Billy Among the Gold (Will Oldham’s violin player’s first release with the man)
fun Presents Selected Selections (Live At Fingerprints)
Gaslight Anthem Live At Park Ave
Lisa Hannigan Live At Fingerprints
Paper Bird Live At Twist and Shout
Mountain Goats The Life of the World To Come (+complete bonus Demo album)
John Nolan Live At Looney Tunes CDs
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing & Live At Park Ave (7 tracks live bonus)
Matisyahu Light (+ 4 live tracks recorded at Twist and Shout, Denver, Co)
UK bands seem to be getting back in the rock mode. New Years Evil are young lads into Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine. At least that is my best guess after hearing them.
The drummer is my kind of stick magician. He is keeping the pace rolling forward while throwing in as much fill as possible. Guitarist, as noted, must give some credit to Thurston and Lee as he grinds the strings together. Bass player hugs the kick to make it all punchy.
This Think Indie Exclusive release comes to us via our friends at River Jones Music, who usually stick with local Arizona talent. But, after hearing these guys, they agreed to help bring them over the pond. EP is available as a full album stream, so try it before you buy it. — ThinkIndie Tony
PREVIEW/BUY EP ($3.99) HERE
We are more than super excited to be the first download store to offer the first full group of songsfrom the band OFF! Inspired by bands like Black Flag and California punk bands of yore, they are pushing an honest and straightforward dose of punk rock.
The band formed by Keith Morris (Circle Jerks/Black Flag) also features Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats on guitar, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane Mcdonald and Hot Snakes/Earthless/Rocket From The Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba. All of these players bring real skills and the proper attitude to this project. The songs are short bursts of pure energy with no interference or overthinking getting in the way. Find out more info on the physical box set by checking out the blog.
This young lady has already started to build up a reputation of explosive live shows: headbanging to obscure movie projections from the ’20s and ’30s, playing the saw, the cello, the ukulele and singing through effect pedals.
Born in Sweden, Christine Owman lived a couple of years in the States as a child. She has worked and toured with a number of talented, well-known artists in different constallations throughout the years; members of the Cardigans (Magnus Svenningsson, Lasse Johansson and Bengt Lagerberg), Bebe Risenfors (Tom Waits and Elvis Costello’s bands), Erik Nilsson (Irya’s Playground, Ane Brun’s and Nina Kinert’s bands), Conny Nimmersjo (Bob Hund), Ebbot Lundberg (The Soundtrack of Our Lives), Ola Frick (Moonbabies), Cecilia Nordlund (Cilihili, Fever Ray), Irya Gmeyner and Andi Almqvist.
Owman has been touring all over Europe these past months – from Russia to the UK to Iceland. She recently toured Canada for the first time, where she played at Calgary Opera Centre (during Sled Island) and sold out all her merch on her first show in Canada!
BUY ALBUM HERE
L.A. buzz band Shadow Shadow Shaderelease their debut album Shadow Shadow Shade on Public Records. It jumps out the gate with “Is This A Tempest In The Shape Of A Bell,” which sounds like Brian Eno fronting early Pink Floyd.
I guess it’s no wonder that this seven-piece band see themselves as a big art project more than a rock group. The members include a producer, an opera singer (you can’t miss her) and various other art type folks. The vocal arrangements are quite startling in their complexity and tonal quality.
I guess the thing that really gets me about this group, is the depth of the music and the vision put into the entire project. From the cover art to individual notes, you can tell they give a shit. They conjure bands like the Mama’s And Papas, Queen, Roxy Music and the already mentioned Pink Floyd. The new album’s on sale for $5.99, which makes it easy to afford. I promise the music is not cheap and it will keep you wondering where these guys have been hiding all these years. – radiofreedavis@thinkindie
• A FEAST OF FABULOUS FREELOADS!
One of the coolest things about the Record Exchange ThinkIndie Digital Store is the crazy amount of free downloads.
Seriously, each week new freebies are added to the Freeloads section, and these aren’t just streams — we’re talking fully downloadable and burnable 320KB DRM-free files.