Son of a bitch! The “good stuff” Connor is referring to at the end of his posts, is truly that, but I am having some flaws with the template. As soon as I get the flaws worked out, which should be in the subsequent hours, I’ll post that sucker as fast as this broadband connection lets me. The post has been done for a good day or so, it’s just lingering on the verge of post-dom.

But, I’ll tell you what has entered the realm of post-dom… Some upcoming news on Midlake and the new Zero 7 album.

Midlake is quickly becoming a hot commodity amongst the masses, and hanging out with the likes of The Flaming Lips doesn’t exactly hurt your chances of success. I just got word that The Lips, who just released At War With The Mystics on Tuesday, have invited them to do some touring abroad. Straight from their label:

We are pleased to announce that Midlake have been hand-picked by The Flaming Lips to join them on their European tour. After hearing and falling in love with Midlakes incredible new album earlier this year, Wayne Coyne and the gang invited the band to join them at their showcase at SXSW in March. Similarly blown away by their live performance, he then invited Midlake to support them in San Francisco for a show at Noise Pop a few weeks later. These kindred spirits bonded immediately and subsequently our talented young lads have been invited by the Flaming Lips to join them on their European tour.

So far, they’ll be with The Lips for the following shows:

Thursday 27 April AMSTERDAM Paradiso
Friday 28 April PARIS Bataclan
Tuesday 2 May STOCKHOLM Cirkus
Wednesday 3 May COPENHAGEN Tivoli Gardens
Thursday 4 May HAMBURG – Markethall

If you’re not familiar with Midlake yet, here are a few tracks and a (just released!) video. If you like what you hear, you can check out some more tunes at the good ole’ Hype Machine.

[MP3] MidlakeRoscoe
[MP3] MidlakeBalloon Maker
[VIDEO] MidlakeYoung Bride

Speaking of leaks in Connor’s last post, on to another band who only seems to impress me more with each new album. Zero 7 are putting out a new album on May 22, titled The Garden. I am really enjoying what I am hearing thus far, it’s a great blend of synthetic beats and a ton of instruments. Despite their history of electronic use, this album has an intense relationship with a multitude of sounds ranging from simple piano to engaging horns. Take a listen or two at a few of the tracks and then preorder the album or catch the on tour!

[MP3] Zero 7Throw It All Away
[MP3] Zero 7Today

Well well well, looks like yesterday was a great day for album leaks. Let’s see what we’ve got:

First off, we have The Streets‘ new album, Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living. I’m almost done listening to it all the way through and so far I’m wildly impressed. I really didn’t like “When You Wasn’t Famous” (I actually think it’s the weakest song on the album), but luckily the rest of the songs are much better…flows really well. Here’s my favorite so far:

[MP3] The StreetsWar Of The Sexes

Secondly, we have Final Fantasy‘s new album He Poos Clouds. I’ve listened to it a few times from start to finish, and I didn’t really like it at first… aside from being 6 songs shorter than his debut, it’s also a little less accessible; not necessarily a bad thing (it’s growing on me), but not really what I expected. Here’s my favorite song so far:

[MP3] Final FantasyArctic Circle

Thirdly, speaking of arctic, Arctic Monkeys have come out of nowhere to release a new EP, the spectacularly named Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? EP. It includes one track from their debut, a reworked, mastered version of the “Cigarette Smoker” demo, and 3 new tracks. Here’s one of those new ones:

[MP3] Arctic MonkeysWho The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?

Finally, The Mountain Goats have released an Austrailia tour-only EP called Babylon Springs. It includes 4 new songs as well as a Trembling Blue Stars cover. Here’s one of the new songs:

[MP3] The Mountain GoatsAlibi

That’s all for now, but Nathaniel’s got some good stuff for you later on, I promise.

Single & Listening

Yeah yeah yeah… I’ve encountered a couple of bugs with the post I promised today. No worries, it should all be sorted out by tomorrow. Sorry to drag you along with talks of such a coveted post, but it’s pretty good. Something we haven’t done before over here!

Anyways, I’m not about to let your ears end the day unhappily! I’ve been finalizing that other post this afternoon so haven’t had the time to satisfy you with something new, and if I did, I’m sure I’d only half-ass the post. So here are some singles, infectious and silly as they may be, that I’ve been playing a lot lately. Some are old, some are new, but they’re all for your listening pleasure.

[MP3] K’s ChoiceI’m Not An Addict (One of my favorite songs, ever!)
[MP3] Say AnythingWow, I Can Get Sexual Too
[MP3] The ShiversBeauty (Great Ending)
[MP3] Tracy BonhamWhether You Fall
[MP3] Mason JenningsUlysses

Happy Anniversery to American explorer Robert Peary and the North Pole, for which he claimed today in 1909! Woo! History, again!

[MP3] The Fiery FurnacesUp In The North

Enjoy. Tomorrow, I assure you! No let downs!

I saw The Big Lebowski again today and I now remember why I love it so much. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.

In other news…

I’ve got to make this a quick little post so I can get to writing a paper, but it will still be as fun and captivating as all the other posts, don’t worry. The first thing I got for ya, if you haven’t heard it already, is a couple of songs from recent SXSW stars La Rocca. Their debut album is hitting stores on August 8th, but they’ve got an EP out already (buy it here). Also, catch them if you can with The Vacation on tour this spring.

[MP3] La RoccaSing Song Sung (recommended)
[MP3] La RoccaCambodia

Also, here are a couple of b-sides from Broken Social Scene‘s latest single release for Shoreline (buy it here). Check ‘em out:

[MP3] Broken Social SceneStars & Spit
[MP3] Broken Social SceneDeath Cock (that’s right…death cock)

One more thing… if you haven’t already picked these up, check it: Bloc Party‘s been busy as hell working on a new album for us, and have been showing off their new efforts at a couple of live shows across the pond. The quality isn’t great, but it at least gives us a taste of what’s to come later on:

[MP3] Bloc PartyBlue Moon (Live) (IGIF pick)
[MP3] Bloc PartyIt Started In An Afternoon (Live)
[MP3] Bloc PartyMachine (Live)
[MP3] Bloc PartyUniform (Live)
[MP3] Bloc PartyWaiting For The 7.18 (Live)

That’s it for now from me, but Nathaniel’s got some real good shit coming up for you guys, I swear.

The Small Faces

Normally I try to post about new bands for you guys, so the prospects of concert-going and new releases are still relevant, but this is just too good to pass up. I first got turned on to The Small Faces by my dad a couple of years ago, but only recently have they spent a decent amount of time in my iTunes rotation.

The Small Faces were one of Britain’s most successful and popular bands of the late Sixties. Steve Marriott, the group’s lead vocalist, was especially notorious, arguably one of the most important influences for Led Zeppelin…it was even rumored that Robert Plant was chosen as the band’s singer only after Don Arden, the Small Faces’ crime-connected manager, threatened to break Jimmy Page‘s fingers if Marriott was pulled away from his band…intense!

The Small Faces were regarded as second only to The Who as Britain’s premier Mod band, who stole much of the limelight from an arguably equally great band. The band’s success crossed over into the States with the release of Itchycoo Park(my favorite of theirs). Take a listen for yourselves:

[MP3] The Small FacesItchycoo Park (one of the greatest songs ever)
[MP3] The Small FacesCome On Children
[MP3] The Small FacesShow Me The Way
[MP3] The Small FacesThe Pig Trotters