I’ve been listening to Starlight Mints
‘ upcoming album, Drowaton
, all friggin’ afternoon–it’s pretty damn captivating. If you don’t know much about the Mints, CMJ
offers a pretty good take on the band:
Although they feature a pretty traditional set-up (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard), the band likes to augment their tunes with a liteny of off-beat sounds, including bells, violins, and other odd effects, which should endear Drowaton to those who want more quirk in their indie-pop.
The new album hits stores on April 25th, but you can pre-order it here. Do yourself a favor and listen to these tracks from Drowaton:
[MP3] Starlight Mints – What’s Inside Of Me?
Probably the most instantly likeable song off the new album…which is interesting (or maybe obvious) because it’s the one that sounds least like the typical sound of the Mints. Something about it reminds me of taking a roadtrip to Vegas…a little wild, a little adventurous, arouses curiousity…there’s also a slight twang to it. Whatever metaphoric analysis I give it, it’s nevertheless a great song.
[MP3] Starlight Mints – Rhino Stomp
This song blew me away. It’s the only instrumental on the album, but it’s bloody genius. Because mainly of the structured military-style drumming and authoritative, sharp cello, it sounds like it’s right out of the soundtrack to the Jungle Book–the scene where all the elephants are marching in a row. Rhino Stomp indeed.
Luckily, Maps recently got played in my shuffle of neverending music, reminding me not only that I have tickets to see them but that they have a new CD coming out.
Of course, I can’t really forget something that big, right? With the bands super-duper-smash hit Maps
annhiliating airwaves, a massive cult following, and the likes of MTV raving about them, it’s pretty hard to forget the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
. I’m not complaining though, because their new CD had a lot
of hype to live up to and I think they did a pretty good job.
Show Your Bones is the second full length album from the YYY’s, scheduled to hit shelves March 28. The CD has been leaked for awhile, with an assortment of various tracks posted all over the internet, you could probably manage to throw together your own LP from random downloading. The album seems to act as return-to-form springbroad that captures the raw energies of each band member, espcially Karen O‘s voice. She has one of those voices that you might love to hate or hate to love, either way the talent within her vocal chords is a force to reckoned with. Check out some of the new tracks, if you haven’t had the chance to recently.
[MP3] Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Phenomena (Awesome song!)
[MP3] Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Turn Into
[MP3] Yeah Yeah Yeahs – The Sweets
Pre-order their new album, or catch them on tour for one of the best live shows around.
Some time ago I made a post on the quartet from San Fran, Birdmonster. Since then, minor posts have been made regarding the recording of their upcoming album and random shows here and there. Now they’ve managed to put together some more concrete information for us.
1. You can pre-order their new album over at their site. I am still waiting for a track or two for listening purposes, but they insist it’s under wraps (i.e. the people in suits are intimidating to poor band folk). It’s all good though, you can buy the album for a small fee of $11.50. The album has all new songs, save for our favorite:
[MP3] Birdmonster – All The Holes In The Wall
2. Tours! Tours! Tours! Before now, mainly due to a broken van, Birdmonster has had trouble getting out of California. Now, they have some vehicles, tour dates, and a nifty poster:
BIRDMONSTER TOUR DATES
3/3 – Cafe Du Nord (SF)
3/6 – The Echo (LA)&
3/8 – Club Congress (Tucson)%
3/10 – The Cavern (Dallas)* (GvB Showcase!)
3/11 – The Wreck Room (Ft. Worth)
3/13 – Blacklion (San Antonio)*
3/16 – SXSW – FADER Trading Post
3/17 – SXSW – Hell Ya! showcase
3/22 – Modified Arts (Phx)
3/31 – Noisepop – Slims (SF)..
& w/ Divsion Day
* w/ Tapes ‘n Tapes
% w/ The Heavenly States
.. w/ Film School and The Cloud Room
3. Check out my older post on Birdmonster for some more musical goodness. Their site will be dormant these next few months, check their blog for updates!
For me, Islands have always been a band shrouded by mystery. For a band that made one of it’s first live appearances opening for Beck, the newly formed Canadian band gave everyone little information and a lot to buzz about about.
Enter: Debut Album.
Caption: Mixing debut album Return To The Sea in Jamie’s bedroom. Left to Right: Sarah Neufeld (violin, Arcade Fire), Nick Diamonds (Islands), Mark Lawson (audio engineer), Richard Parry (upright bass, Arcade Fire), Jamie Thompson (Islands), Becky Foon (cello).
The creation of Return To The Sea, the debut album from Islands, seemed to be long and confusing. Over the course of recording, various songs appeared on their label’s site and other places throughout the blogging beltway. Some songs from the new album, other songs just for fun. Either way, the new album is slated for release on April 4th and is chock full of good tunes. Although the two founding members of Islands (Nick Thorburn and Jamie Thompson) were members of The Unicorns, Islands is a completely new and independent project. This, in contrast to Th’ Corn Gangg, which began as a direct off-shoot project of The Unicorns several months prior to their December 2004 break-up. The album features multiple cameo appearances from other musicians, most notably The Arcade Fire.
[MP3] Islands – Humans
[MP3] Islands – Swans (Life After Death)
[MP3] Islands – If
Despite how bitter you may be about the breakup of The Unicorns, which was a great band, I am really excited as to what Islands have in store for us in the future. You can catch them on tour with Metric from today until April 1st. Logically, one can only assume/hope a new tour would follow the release of their debut album.
If many of you had the awesome privilege of catching these guys on tour with The Walkmen, as I did, you had to have been thoroughly impressed by their show. They took they stage with a ton of energy and provided the perfect prologue to the D.C. derived band.
Unfortunately for me, their (then new) EP was entirely sold out at their merch table and I had managed to forget about buying it from their site until a month ago. It’s a great five track EP that everyone should listen to, and lucky for you the awesome guys over at The Indie Connection just posted the EP for you MP3 thirsty fiends.
[MP3] Sound Team – Don’t Turn Away
[MP3] Sound Team – It’s Obvious What’s Happening Here
Read about the Sound Team over at GvB, check out the EP, and definitely check them out on tour.