Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros debut a new song "Man on Fire" on Los Angeles radio station KCRW last week. The track comes from their forthcoming second album "Here." We've got a radio rip of the song below.
The track begins with a soft acoustical interlude building into a collaborative sing-along anthem perfectly suited for the large freewheeling collective that aspires to hippie ideals. Make sure to catch this band live if you get the chance. The group has a large cult of followers that turns every Edward Sharpe show into a communal experience. The new album is slated for release on May 29th.
Garbage - Blood for Poppies
The new album from Garbage "Not Your Kind of People" will be out in mid-May. The band just released the first single "Blood for Poppies" from their web site for download. The song covers all the bases; loud fuzzy guitars, a tropical/reggae chorus and a killer hook that probably won't endear them to the Pitchfork crowd.
A video for the song has been completed and should be out soon. It has been seven years since Garbage put out a record and the music landscape has changed considerably since 2005. Once the darlings of alternative rock radio, behind producer/drummer Butch Vig's impeccable credentials, it should be interesting to see how the indie music blogs of the world treat them.
Claire Boucher of Grimes, the Montreal artist whose latest album "Visions" has set the indie blogosphere on fire, will debut a selection of audio and visual art in a special exhibition opening on March 23 at New York City’s Audio Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery.
On the heels of SXSW, the opening will present a collection of Boucher's paintings and drawings from the past few years highlighting Grimes’s multifaceted nature not only as a musician but also as an audio-visual artist and curator of culture. Works from two other Canadian artists, specially selected by Boucher for the show, will also be on display.
Not Not Fun referring to Madison as Radison, Wisconsin reflects on this fertile eclectic ground for emerging artists like Samantha Glass:
"As far as sub-radar weirdo contempo-musico wormholes go, Radison, Wisconsin ranks respectably high on our list. Birthing bands as genius and utterly unrelated as Peaking Lights, Zola Jesus, Davenport, etc hints at a rare fiber woven through the general aesthetic-community fabric. Add another name to the roll call: Samantha Glass. Not a lady at all but one Beau Devereaux, who layers dubby echo keyboards over shuffling post-Suicide drum machines for a vibe that’s as much dreamy late night DIY art-goth as it is cassette-warped drug groove."
Crocodiles are in the midst of a short national tour testing out new material from their forthcoming French Kiss release "Endless Flowers" due out in the U.S. in early June. The new album was written and recorded in Berlin. The San Diego-based band morphs into a five piece touring force when it hits the road.
Barely able to fit all the equipment on the club stage, that didn't stop frontman Brandon Welchez from injecting some raw charisma into the proceedings. Crocodiles assault you with a wave of fuzzy white noise that can sometimes overwhelm the song melodies in a live setting. When the ferociousness drops down a notch like with the title track from their second album "Sleep Forever," the strength of the band on record comes through. The set was way too short and included the just released track "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)."
We've been groovin' to Posse's self-titled debut album. The Seattle-based trio has caught the attention of anything-goes indie station KEXP. Posse has been sticking to the Seattle area for live shows, but we can see that changing as word spreads about their 90's guitar-drenched boy/girl tapestries. In the world of DIY videos, we especially like the low budget effects of "Hey Suzzanne," complete with guitarist Sacha Maxim emerging from an apartment closet to play a lead solo, hair flowing from a raised floor fan. Priceless!