Listen up, my beautiful rugrats! This free download is from Reptar, a band of rowdy boys from Athens, Georgia. If you enjoy the Afrobeat, indie pop-n-rocking of Vampire Weekend, you will dig this band. Reptar’s songs are loaded with upbeat, tribal drums and synthy fun. If your feet aren’t moving, you’re not listening. It’s the sound of summer, so throw on your wayfarers (I know you have pair), and enjoy some fun in the sun with Reptar as your musical guide. You can download their song “Sebastian”here; it’ll be on their forthcoming disc Body Faucet, out May 1st.
I stumbled upon Reptar when they opened for Phantogram at High Noon last October, and I can testify – they are a randy good time live. Join me at their headlining show at High Noon next Wednesday, April 4th. Be prepared to dance. Or at least jump around and get all sweaty. Who needs hot yoga when you’ve got shows like these?
Justin Townes Earle says his new album "Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now" is completely different from his last album, "Harlem River Blues." He says this time he's gone in more of a Memphis soul direction.
Recorded completely live (no overdubs) in an abandoned church, the new album sheds the rockabilly bravado of previous albums in favor of a confident, raw, vulnerable sound (according to Justin's website).
Justin's tour in support of the album brings him to Madison to play the Barrymore Theatre May 8th.
Get a preview of the new album with a free .mp3 here.
This free download has soul! And it's homegrown, courtesy of a Milwaukee band known as Herman Astro. Herman Astro’s bluesy, rock sound is powered by lead singer Zachary Pluer’s hearty, soulful voice, accompanied by Cody Calderon (drums), Eric LeMieux (guitar), and Adam Dosemagen (bass). They recently performed at the Pabst Theater for a soul'd out show with Alabama Shakes (see what we did there?).
Their upbeat songs deliver the kind of funky good time that makes you wanna dance. And the slower jams? When the tempo wanes, the soul grows. So go ahead, embrace Wisconsin music, and give these fine fellas a listen. You can download their song “Tell Me” for free below. It’s the first single from their debut album Chico, which was just released in December. You can scoop that up right here.
If you like to get down to soulful fresh sounds, you best grab a $10 bill and make your way to The Frequency this Tuesday night. Herman Astro will be opening for Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Show starts at 8!
Slow news day! It seems that the suppliers of the music hype machine are all busy nursing their SXSW hangovers, so the music blogs were a little stagnant. That means that I had to dig a little deeper to find you this week’s free download…so it’s a trade-off: It’s not an artist you’ll probably recognize (yet), but it’s a song you’ll probably fall in love with.
Meet Darren Weiss. He’s the drummer for the indie band Girls, but he also fronts his own group, PAPA. PAPA rolled out their debut, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find, last October. This 5-song EP includes the catchy, retro song “Ain’t It So,” which you can download for free here. It sounds like summer, and it’s the perfect track for our current Midwest spring heatwave. If you’re digging those summertime riffs like I am, then you’ll want to waste no time in moving on to their song “I Am The Lion King.” You can download this totally fresh, Mufasa song for free right here. My poor, helpless coworkers have heard me listening to "I Am The Lion King" on repeat this week. Sorry, guys. Enjoy!
The record from Madison's very own Garbage, Not Your Kind of People, comes out May 15th. The first single, Blood for Poppies, is available now for free download.
On the band's website, singer Shirley Manson said “The song is meant to feel sort of like an abstract dream.” She says the inspiration came from a story she had read in The Los Angeles Times about the opium trade, and from a documentary called Restrepo. "It’s not literal in any sense whatsoever but it’s a song about disorientation and delusion and the human struggle to stay sane in the face of insanity.”
The band has announced the tracklisting for the record:
1. Automatic Systematic Habit
2. Big Bright World
3. Blood For Poppies
5. Not Your Kind Of People
7. I Hate Love
9. Battle In Me
10. Man On A Wire
11. Beloved Freak
There will also be a deluxe edition with four additional songs.
If you're a fan of The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, or The Head & the Heart, stop what you're doing, and listen to the song "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers:
Incredibly catchy (and cute), eh? I've worn out the "repeat" button listening to this gem. "Ho Hey" is just begging to be featured on that Windows Are Rolled Down mixtape you're making to accompany you on drives (or bike rides!) during this week's gorgeous weather. And guess what -- there couldn't be a better time to be introduced The Lumineers. The Denver-based folk trio (Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, and Neyla Pekarek) will be releasing their self-titled debut album on April 3rd, and they'll be performing at The Frequency (opening for the Kopecky Family Band) on April 12th. But wait! THERE'S MORE. You can scoop up their EP Tracks From The Attic for free:
Can't wait til their album comes out April 3rd to have "Ho Hey" in your hands? You can download the single on iTunes now.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is an early adopter's dream, introducing the freshest artists to legions of wide-eyed music fanatics. Are you that person that friends flock to for new music recommendations? Then you should be in attendance at SXSW. Oh, what’s that? You couldn’t score passes? Yeah, me neither. GOOD NEWS! SPIN Magazine has given us the next best thing. It’s a free album – a SXSW mixtape, featuring a bunch of artists that’ll be performing at the festival next week. So head over here and scoop it up! We can enjoy the sounds of South by Southwest while drinking a Pabst right here, in the great state that made it famous. Take that, hipsters!
The album is titled Austin Power: SPIN's Best SXSW Acts 2012 (how clever), and it features over 30 songs(!), offering something for everyone. So go ahead, meet your new favorite band. Think of it as musical speed dating. Electro/dance fans will dig Class Actress (“Weekend”) and St. Lucia (“We Got It Wrong”). Enjoy some of indie rock’s lovely ladies by listening to Hospitality (“Betty Wang”) or get a little gruffer with Sharon Van Etten (“Serpents”). Digging lo-fi these days? You’ll probably like Youth Lagoon (“July”). And if you do, make your way to his post-SXSW performance at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on April 5th. Fans of Bob Dylan are going to want to give The War On Drugs a spin (“Baby Missiles”). There’s even a contribution from a local artist, Madison’s own Zola Jesus (“Seekir”). Scoop it up here, folks!
Could Howler be the next big band from Minneapolis? That's what some are saying about the 5-piece band led by 19-year old Jordan Gatesmith.
The British music magazine NME named them the #3 best new band of 2011, and that's not too shabby.
Their album America Give Up is out now, and includes a song that Gabby played for Jonathan & Kitty as a New Music Thursday pick. It's called "Back of Your Neck" and you can get a free download if you sign up for the band's mailing list.
Delta Spirit will be venturing out on tour soon with Waters, and to entice you to their shows, they've delivered a six-song split tour sampler for you to download. It features three songs from each artist; Delta Spirit contributed their super catchy, radio friendly current single "California," as well as a Zombies cover ("She's Not There"), and a live rendition of their song "White Table." You'll also have the opportunity to get to know Delta Spirit's tour opener Waters on this sampler. Waters is the music moniker for Van Pierszalowski (former lead singer of the group Port O'Brien); he submitted the songs "For The One," "Take Me Out To The Coast," and "Mickey Mantle (live)."
For tour dates, go here. They'll be in our great state on March 22nd at Turner Hall in Milwaukee.
This Southern blues rock band is from--you guessed it--Alabama. Their soul-infused country sound is fueled by lead singer Brittany Howard & crew. Alabama Shakes has been gettin' busy in the studio; the five-piece released a self-titled EP last fall, and their full-length debut Boys & Girls will be out April 10th. Check out their first single "Hold On" from Boys & Girls below. Dig it? Catch them while they're on tour this spring -- they'll be performing at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on March 10th.
Our Friday feature this week is Pink Floyd, the British rock band that took us on so many psychedlic journeys of sight and sound--going back to the 1960s.
Here are five things you may not have known about this band.
1. Not to be confused with...
We all need air to breathe--but do we really need Air Supply?
Today's World's Worst iPod selection, "Making Love (Out of Nothing at All) made it up to #2 on the charts in the U.S. in 1983.
I think maybe five minutes plus...
In Madison, we have a musical legend in our midst. He is none other the The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, who drummed for James Brown, and has had his drumming sampled in more songs than any other.
An effort is underway to honor Clyde, and...
We went a little bit country for this morning's World's Worst iPod song. BJ Thomas went all the way to #1 on the pop, country and easy listening charts with the song ("Hey, would ya play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong...
The iconic Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run was released 40 years ago today. This album is an undeniable classic. Even if the title track were the only memorable song, odds are people would still be buying this record today. But "Born to...
Did you ever know that you're my hero? Bette Midler's song "Wind Beneath My WIngs" went to Number 1 in 1989. It was featured in a movie about death "Beaches," and has probably been played at countless funerals.
We tried something new today with the World's Worst iPod...pitting two really horrible songs against each other and letting the listeners pick which one gets played in its entirety.
We must thank one of our favorite listeners, who goes by...
Aside from drinking beer and checking out everybody's humorous beer-related T-shirts, one of the best parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is all the creative names that brewers come up with for their concoctions.
This year was no...