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

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.