A buddy of mine came running into my room the other day with a flash drive full of goodies, some old and some new. Amongst one of the bands he told me about, came a story of this crazy co-worker he used to work with back in the summer. My friend likes to describe this character as a “musical vagrant!” See, this guy takes musical crusades a few times a year to various CD shops across the nation where they sell CDs on average for $1. It doesn’t stop there, he spends about $600 per trip on various albums…coming back with hundreds, sometimes thousands of CDs. With so many CDs, he usually has a few good recommendations every now and then.

World Leader Pretend are on a major label, yet are only known in hot spots around the country. They’ve been posted about only a few times and deserve a little more credit on the blog circuit. I’ll keep this post short, and let some of these catchy Muse-ish songs speak for themselves.

[MP3] World Leader PretendLovey Dovey
[MP3] World Leader PretendA Horse of a Different
[MP3] World Leader PretendThe Masses

If you want more information on WLP, you can read a bio here and check out their official site too. I haven’t been able to post as much the past few days because I have been working on a few “unnamed blog related projects” that are gonna make you guys pretty excited.

No fear! One should be in a post tomorrow…dun dun dun.

Free Diamonds

I never really thought I’d be plugging a band like Free Diamonds. On first listen of their new album There Should Be More Dancing, nothing was really getting to me. The thrashy, garage rock sound, one whose void in my music collection had already been filled by Les Savy Fav (a band that I still don’t really listen to that much), just sort of mashed together into an indifferential 30 minute block of music… but for some reason, I decided to give the band one more shot, and I now realize how wrong my initial response was.

There Should Be More Dancing is actually a pretty complex album when boiled on high, full of not only shredding guitars and drums, but clever lyrics, catchy melodies, and even the occasional, pastoral Wolf Parade-like “movement” right at the end. If you’re looking for something different, maybe something you’ve shied away from in the past, give a few minutes to absord a few of these tracks:

[MP3] Free DiamondsThe Day We Conquered
[MP3] Free DiamondsThe List Of Everyone
[MP3] Free DiamondsInternational Gathering Of Champions

Head over to their Purevolume site for more mp3s!

I’m sure this is going to be on the blogging community’s Breakfast Menu of MP3s tomorrow morning, but it damn well should be. Those that have been following Bishop Allen are probably aware of their Sufjan-like workaholicism; 12 EPs in 12 months during 2006. They’ve been releasing each EP near the end of each month and March has finally passed, meaning more songs from one of the coolest bands on the block!

[MP3] Bishop AllenThe Monitor

February’s EPs sold out faster than Backstreet Boys tickets in Japan, and don’t expect March’s to stick around much longer. Especially with great songs like The Monitor, showing the more sensitive side of Bishop Allen; a side capable of heart warming vocals and ballad-esque writing styles that resonate through your ears like the eerie guitar looming in the background of the song.

The March EPs are getting back from the pressing company on April 18 and are being shipped out that day, so hurry up and buy one (for $6!) or you’re going to be missing out on another month’s worth of four song deliciousness.

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!