Firstly, thanks to everyone who entered the contest for a copy The Lovely Feathers’ debut album, Hind Hind Legs. So many great bands were submitted, and while it was kind of a pain in the ass to go through all of them, it was more than worth it as it paved the way for a lot of upcoming posts! That being said, there is a clear winner…but as I feared, the winning submission was posted anonymously! I’m gonna have to implement the honor policy here again…if you’re the person that submitted the following band, email me and I’ll get you all squared away. If no one steps forward, I’ll resort to the TBD second place.

Right when I heard the first song from We Will Build, I was pretty sure I had a winner. And it’s not that it’s instantly likeable (even though it is), and it’s not even simply because it’s amazing (which it is). Out of the bajillion websites on the internet, Google could only find two about these guys. AND they only have like 130 MySpace friends…I mean, hell-ooooo, this is good shit people! Good Charlotte has 84,694 friends and they fucking suck! I really can’t believe something so good and enjoyable could go so unnoticed!

We Will Build are an electronica duo that creates rich, emotional pop songs in the vein of Air or The Postal Service (sans the singing), perhaps with a hint of Ratatat. They haven’t released an official album per se, instead making all 12 of their songs available for free from their website. Here are my favorites:

[MP3] We Will BuildWhite Furniture
[MP3] We Will BuildRain And Sun
[MP3] We Will BuildI’m Feeling Very Unsatisfied
[MP3] We Will BuildOut These Doors Inside

I highly recommend that you all download the rest of the songs here
Also, one of the members has another side project from which much of We Will Build was built off of. Head over here for more awesome electronica!

Like I said, if you’re the guy/gal that turned me onto WWB, please email me and I’ll gladly send you your prize…if not, I’ll have to pick someone else!

Horse vs. EP

More and more people are starting to enjoy Band of Horses.. and with good reason! They’re a talented group of a guys with a very enjoyable sound and live show. Speaking of live shows… Before they released their self-titled debut, they issued an exclusive EP available only at their concerts.

Nothing like some new songs and demo/live versions of album tracks, to really get the Horses stampeding.

[MP3] Band of HorsesSavannah Part One (Demo)
[MP3] Band of HorsesThe Snow Fall (Demo)
[MP3] Band of Horses(Biding Time Is A) Boat Row (Live)

I really thought about posting the entire six song EP, but the other three songs appear on the album and are only slightly different on the EP (live or demo versions). Plus, now you don’t have to see them live to get the EP since Sub Pop has it for $5 and only a limited quantity!

If, for some reason, you’re not familiar with Horses… Check out Hype Machine for a ton of their album tracks. You could still be cool and get the EP at a live show too!

The boys are back in town! Here’s the first single off of The Futureheads‘ upcoming album News and Tributes. I’ve been waiting a long-ass time for this, especially after how great “Area” was…

[MP3] The FutureheadsSkip To The End
Wait wait wait….seriously? I mean…it’s a good song I guess, and it will probably get better with each subsequent listen, but it’s not really what I expected. It just sounds a little too “normal.” The F-heads are so great because they’re not really like anything else out there music-wise (to a certain extent), but this song sounds like it could have been laid down by any band with about 2 hours of free time on their hands. But “so what” you’ll say…who cares if it’s not too original! Well, that’s where a lot of bands’ sophomore efforts fail…they look at what worked in the past and streamline it. I really hope the album is better than this teaser suggests.

More (older) Futureheads here.

In other news, thanks so much for the tremendous response for the most recent contest! I didn’t realize how much work it would be, checking out like 90 bands, but it was pretty enjoyable for the most part. I’ve narrowed it down to about 5 bands, and will announce a winner probably by Monday…so stay tuned!

Liverpool should be England’s Mecca when it comes to British bands. I’ve read/listened to more bands out of Liverpool than any other city in England. Not being from England, I would assume the comparisons between cities may be somewhat like Chicago and New York City?! Help me out Englanders!

Whatever the comparison, another great Brit band, The Zutons, are prepping their followup album to their 2004 (hit) debut album Who Killed The Zutons?

My ears have been soaking in the sounds of The Zutons latest, Tired Of Hangin’ Around, for the last few hours. Their sophomore album, slated to launch on April 17, is a blend of catchy British pop rock meets American indie rock. If I had to compare their sound to another artist, I would say a mix between We Are Scientists and Franz Ferdinand, with a dash of B&S.

With their use of a cool saxophone, Zutons sound blends that of pop rock and melodic jazz. Originally a four-piece, one of the member’s girlfriend Abi began joining The Zutons on stage for a couple of songs mid-set, playing simple saxophone lines and adding backing vocals. Ultimately, she became very popular with the crowd and the band by becoming a full-time member, adding that extra zing the band needed for their debut album to hit #9 on the UK Album Charts. Check out what they have in store on their next release. It’s highly addictive.

[MP3] The ZutonsWhy Won’t You Give Me Your Love (New Single!)
[MP3] The ZutonsHello Conscience
[MP3] The ZutonsSecrets

[VIDEO] The ZutonsWhy Won’t You Give Me Your Love (Street Dancing!)

I am hoping to catch them on tour when they hit the states, but until then, you can check out their MySpace for their UK-Friendly touring gigs.

April 1st had a lot more grandeur when I was younger. Simplicity is a word that I would associate with the prank filled holiday.
“Your shoes are untied!”
“HAHA! April Fools!”

Anymore, you have to be the master of pranks to get a really good April Fools going. I’m still holding my breath for when Kurt Cobain pops outta Seattle and says, “APRIL FOOLS, BITCHES!!” Of course, the lack of oxygen to my head is starting to have their effects. Here are some fool related tunes for you.

[MP3] Rufus WainwrightApril Fools
[MP3] Inara GeorgeFools In Love
[MP3] Bonnie Prince BillyRudy Foolish
[MP3] Jack JohnsonFortunate Fool (Live @ Boulder, CO)
[MP3] The BeatlesThe Fool On The Hill

Yes, “fool” related music is great. However, a prank related holiday is usually related to a comical overtone. So, how about some funny comedians?

[LOL] Mitch HedbergFrogs vs. Bears
[LOL] Dane CookStruck By A Vehicle

Hope you think of a some great pranks!