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New Music Mondays

New Music Mondays: Rural Alberta Advantage

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The Toronto based trio is preparing to release their second LP, Departing, on March 1st. Fans have gotten a taste of the follow up to 2008’s Hometowns at recent RAA shows and will probably see more of the same as they embark on a North American spring tour. They will be playing at the Middle East Downstairs on March 9th for the ridiculously low price of $12, so if you like what you hear here you should definitely take advantage of that deal. As you can tell from the two tracks below, RAA’s sound can be soft and subtle and then turn on a dime to driving yet melodic compositions. It will be interesting to see how their sophomore album is received by the general public and critics alike when it drops in a little over two weeks. For now take a listen to a couple fresh tracks below and let us know what you think.

PS- Amy Cole may be the spiciest chick in indie music today

“Under the Knife”


New Music Mondays: Cake

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I wasn’t expecting that much when I heard that Cake was going to be dropping a new album for the first time in six years, but when Showroom of Compassion came out last month I was pleasantly surprised. The first single, “Sick of You,” is classic Cake with John McCrea’s signature vocals jumping in between meaty guitar riffs and gang vocals that we were so used to on Fashion Nugget and Prolonging the Magic. The album even hit #1 on the Billboard charts (for whatever that’s worth) and has been blowing up the radio airwaves on almost every station, and that’s what makes Cake so great; their ability to venture across genres seamlessly. Who knows what’s next for Cake after this album, but for right now I think they will be happy riding out a spring tour (many dates are already sold out) and re-creating the magic and energy of albums and tours past.

New Music Mondays: Fleet Foxes!!!!!

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Finally, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, new Fleet Foxes music is here. Robin Pecknold and the rest of the Seattle-based folk outfit announced today that their follow-up to the 2008 self-titled disc will be called Helplessness Blues and it will be released on May 3rd of this year. Along with that announcement, the band has also included a free download of the album’s title track (http://www.fleetfoxes.com/helplessness-blues.html) as well as listed dates for their Spring 2011 tour. They will be coming to Boston on May 17th and the presale for those tickets begin tomorrow at 9am PST, so get them while they are hot. So here is something to hold you over until May 3rd and judging by this one track it looks like we are in for another folk masterpiece.

New Music Mondays

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I never thought I’d be one to get excited over a 30 second teaser track, but Dave Grohl can do strange things to a man. The Foo Fighters recently released the epitome of a teaser for the opening track “Burning Bridges” on their forthcoming album, and it sounds like they might be living up to their promise of it being their hardest shit yet.

New Music Mondays

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If you haven’t heard, the Decemberists released a new album last week called the The King is Dead. On their 6th full-length album, the Portland band strays from the concept based approach and historical allusions which had previously been a major part of their songwriting. The lead track “Don’t Carry It All” typifies the sound of the album and features Gillian Welch on backing vocals as well as R.E.M.’s Peter Buck contributing some guitar work, and both appear throughout the album. Some are comparing it to early Wilco or even the Band, so give it a listen and see what you think.

New Music Mondays: Fitz and the Tantrums

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Funky, yes. But your parents’ dusty old Temptations record, this is not (with no disrespect to the Tempts, of course). Fitz and the Tantrums are a brand-new soul group with some serious old-school flavor. The band was born in late 2008, soon after Fitz, a longtime L.A. musician, serendipitously inherited a church organ. This organ was the catalyst of Fitz and the Tantrums, the six-piece, instrumentally-stacked American soul ensemble. As the band began to form, Fitz asked a daring question in music today: “Can we make a huge sound without any guitars?” The answer is a resounding yes. The results of F.A.T.T.’s risky gut decision paid off immensely, as their saxophone-rich sound secures them as an original, forward-thinking faction of soul music.

The band is unabashedly inspired by Motown, however the sound of their August LP, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, are never boring or contrived. Their lead single, “Moneygrabber,” expertly utilizes the voices of Fitz and his lead female vocalist, Noelle Scaggs. Overflowing with energy and wit, “Moneygrabber” targets the same golddigging, good-for-nothing ladies that Cee-Lo so famously berates in “F— You.” Aside from Pickin’ Up the Pieces’ emotionally-charged tracks like “Moneygrabber,” the best thing about Fitz and the Tantrums may actually be their live performances. And lucky for us Bostonians, F.A.T.T.’s winter tour is bringing them right into town on January 20th. The show will be held at the brand new Brighton Music Hall in Allston, for the mere price of 10 dollars. However, the hype of Fitz’s dynamic live performances is causing tickets to go quickly, so score yours soon.


New Music Monday

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For the first New Music Monday of 2011, we have new music from an old band, Mogwai. Mogwai is a post-rock band hailing from Scotland and their new record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is set for release on Feb. 14. Check out tracks “Rano Pano” and “How to be a Werewolf” right here.

New Music Mondays: Young Minds

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Although the clock just recently struck midnight, Monday is still Monday so I hope that you are all ready for some new music. Young Minds (the musical alter ego of Jim Hewitt) hails from Allston, MA and recorded an EP in his bedroom as well as in his car. Its lo-fi feel reminds me a bit of Ed Droste’s first experimentations as Grizzly Bear as well as a bit of that “dream pop” feel that Beach House does so well. Here is a track called “Ghosting” off of Young Minds’ Image Demos EP and you can download the whole thing on his bandcamp here: http://youngminds.bandcamp.com/

New Music Mondays: Canyons

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Even in the midst of the busiest blogging time of the year, we still got some freshiez coming your way. Treat your ears to some Canyons aka Bryan and Leon. Canyons debut release is expected out sometime in the near future, but until then you can check out their music video for the assumed first single “My Rescue”, and listen to another choice beat “This Girl (Canyons Dub)”.

New Music Mondays: Midnight Juggernauts

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As we transition back in to New Music Mondays, I have another not so new song for you guys, but at least it came out in the last 6 months so throw me a bone here. The song is “Fade to Red” and the band is Midnight Juggernauts. This song is off of their latest album The Crystal Axis, which some critics have hailed as Midnight Juggernauts’ attempt at Dark Side of the Moon. Although this album is no where near the same level as Dark Side, it is still pretty good in its own right and brings together some dark and mesmerizing sounds that are actually quite reminiscent of the classic Pink Floyd disc.