The Well Pennies hail from Los Angeles—not that you’d know by the pair’s sweet harmonies folk harmonies and banjo-driven tunes. Today we’re pleased to premiere “Nothing to Do,” a cut from the duo’s self-titled debut EP. Grab it above; it’s the perfect cure for that dreaded rush hour traffic. (www.facebook.com/thewellpennies)
Check out this track by Stockholm, Sweden’s The Pale Corners. "REM" is a melancholy pop gem, that sounds non-unlike a gentler version The Mary Onettes. Not an accident—mixing was done by none other than The Mary Onette’s Philip Ekström. The perfect tune for a slow morning. Pour another cup of coffee and take a listen.
UK indie quartet Django Django met at art school in Edinburgh, and worked on their self-titled debut for four years in an East London bedroom. The fruit of their labor has only just been released in their native country, with a stateside release planned later this year, but to help build themselves up amongst U.S. listeners, the band is sharing one of their songs, "Storm." In addition to the track Django Django are also making their first American appearance this month. playing their first gig in Brooklyn on March 10 before trekking over to Austin for SXSW (just in case you're in the area).
Only just releasing their debut full-length The Hands That Take You, Portland indie-pop outfit Radiation City are right back with a batch of new '60s girl group-inspired material with their an EP entitled, Cool Nightmare. The output from this particular session of songs supposedly stems from an old piano that lived for years in drummer Randy Bemrose's basement. Using not just the keys, but various pieces of the piano itself (lid slamming, etc.), the band put the old instrument through its paces. Left out tune and falling apart, it was eventually finished off with a ceremonial destruction. The band will be selling their EP digitally and on USB sticks attached to the collected piano keys as they eventually make their way to SXSW. Listen and download to the effort's appropriately titled cut "Find It Of Use."
On April 23 London-based noise-rockers Binary are set to release a new digital download/7'' single called "Modern Man" through their own imprint Echoplex. Collaborating with producer Sean Beavan, whose previously worked with Nine Inch Nails, the premiering track channels a the sensation of closing one's fist. According to frontman David Troster, "we wanted to do something that was a lot more angry. I wanted to just rail against all the bullshit and vapid pop that seems to be prevalent in music these days."
Eyes, Wings, and Many Other Things
"In Crumbles," one of the many cuts off Dallas drone rock duo Eyes, Wings, and Many Others Things' forthcoming debut LP Napalm Beach, offers plenty in the realm of spaced-out ambience and shoegazing fuzz. With the record scheduled for release on March 13, members Sean French and Colin Arnold will be initiating holding a showcase at SXSW on March 16. Click here to listen to the new track.
Falling somewhere between Damien Rice and Mumford and Sons, British singer/songwriter Ben Howard is slated to release his debut album Every Kingdom on April 3 in the U.S. via Communion Records (independent label of, not surprisingly, Mumford and Sons' Ben Lovett). Having earned a spot on the Top 10 charts in the UK, the full-length is soon to get some stateside support when Howard makes his stateside premiere at SXSW, continuing on the festival circuit with shows at Sasquatch! and Bonnaroo, eventually headlining a show at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Howard has recently unveiled an official music video for the lead single "Old Pine." Featuring a great acoustic, hammer-on riff and a steady build, there's a fair amount of gorgeous countryside scenery to go around in the clip.