Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Track Rundown

It's been awhile but that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping up with the best tracks hitting the internet. The new track rundown has been getting better with each article this year and this one is absolutely carrying on that tradition. I believe this is my biggest one yet and it stuffed with great tunes deserving of your attention. It is released just in time to enjoy for the weekend, but its primary function is to serve as the soundtrack to my workday next week.

Many of my favorite bands are finally teasing their fans with tracks from their highly anticipated upcoming releases such as The National and Blitzen Trapper. I am happy to report that these have more than lived up to any expectations I had. I also stumbled upon some new bands that I had no prior knowledge of yet I've been spinning their latest release quite a bit which is the case with Cults. The image above is from the upcoming album from The National entitled High Violet due out on May 11, 2010. Check out everything below and, as always, let me know whether you found something good or you are highly disappointed with a new track. Sorry for the rambling intro, now get to listening!

The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
"Bloodbuzz Ohio" features the same soothing vocals and soaring arrangements that made "Fake Empire" one of my favorite songs of all time.

Blitzen Trapper – "Heaven & Earth"
Blitzen Trapper returns from their spectacular album Furr with this gorgeous song featuring an astounding vocal delivery that sounds like an instant classic.

Delorean – "Stay Close"
Delorean delivers on the promise of their debut with this upbeat and club-ready elcetro-pop tune.

LCD Soundsystem – "Drunk Girls"
It is inevitable that this song will be a hit so get ready to hear it at every party you attend until the end of the year.

Cults – "Go Outside"
Hello, Spring!

Javelin – "Oh! Centea"
Javelin is one of the better bands in the rising crop of electronic instrumentation for audiophilic nerds and here's the proof.

Neon Indian – "Sleep Paralysist"
Speaking of that crop of bands, I wasn't too hot for Neon Indian's much lauded debut however this song shows much more potential.

Dada Trash Collage – "Watching You Paint Your Nose"
Heavy percussion lines this messy experimental jam.

Freelance Whales – "Generator 2nd Floor"
This is a really stunning song with excellent instrumentation.

Tokyo Police Club – "Breakneck Speed"
This is much more enjoyable than anything from their debut Elephant Shell which I felt was fairly underwhelming.

Future Islands – "In the Fall"(Feat. Katrina Ford)
Not quite as upbeat as their other new material but it retains their unmistakable atmospherics. Warning: This song may kill any springtime cheeriness caused by earlier tracks.

Frog Eyes – "Lear in Love"
I can't stress enough how much I love Carey Mercer's vocals. They are so intense that I get chills every time I hear a new Frog Eyes song. If only more vocalists would completely let loose like this in the studio.

Oh No Ono – Helplessly Young
One of the most all-around fascinating songs I've heard in some time consists of impossibly high vocals, speedy shifts, and dynamic changes.

Jónsi Р"Time to Pretend" (MGMT cover)
Hear the Sigur Ros frontman delicately cover a sythn-pop song about living life in the fast lane. Strange? You bet!

Holy Fuck – "Latin America"
One of the true standout instrumental bands cover a lot of ground on this groove-oriented jam.

Double Dagger – "Pillow Talk"
The angular noise rock trio from Baltimore brings another unique jam to the table.

Gluttons – "Point Break"
Combining the galloping riffs of Motorhead with the crushing intensity of Ringworm [the band includes Human Furnace of Ringworm], this one is for those who are disappointed with the lack of metal coverage here.

Jucifer – "Riffles"
The husband and wife two-piece packs all the sludge and grime they can into this brutal composition.

Archie Bronson Outfit – "Shark's Tooth"
I really like the dissonant lo-fi direction the band takes in this new track.

The New Pornographers – "Your Hands (Together)"
Surprisingly heavy guitars and Neko Case's distinctive vocals are an immediate attention grabber.

We Were Promised Jetpacks – "A Far Cry"
This is the new track that I have been dying to hear a studio version of since I saw them live. The emotion emitted here is one reason why this band has been raising so many eyebrows.

Walter Schreifels – "Arthur Lee's Lullaby"
I have no idea why more blogs aren't reporting on this incredible song by the mastermind behind Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, and Walking Concert.

Magic Man – "Monster"
I hadn't heard of them until the release of this song but it's hard to resist this bubbly pop song from Boston's Magic Man.

Here We Go Magic – "Collector"
I guess you could say I have a mild fascination with this song.

Aloe Blacc – "I Need a Dollar"
Aloe Blacc delivers more great music to fuel my recent fixation with soul.

The Smashing Pumpkins – "A Stitch in Time"
Another Interesting entry has been released from Billy Corgan's 44 one-track-at-a-time album.

Liars – "Scissor"
The video and the song have an eeriness that go hand-in-hand and both serves as genuine standouts in 2010.

Titus Andronicus – "A More Perfect Union"
The first video from their robust, Civil War-themed, anthem-filled album captures some of their live energy in the snow.

Ted Leo & The Pharmicists – "The Mighty Sparrow"
I must have listened to this song 50 times since it has been released. The video showcases the intensity of a Ted Leo performance which I had the good fortune to witness before and hope to again on April 10, 2010.

She & Him – "In the Sun"
The whole point of this video seems to be to show how painfully adorable Zooey Deschanel is. Ben Gibbard has crushed the hopes and dreams of many a hipster man. Also of note, M. Ward seems to embody the phrase "too cool for school" which is just kind of strange.

Jamie Lidell – "The Ring"
This song mixes funk, R&B, and soul in all the right ways and the video is fittingly quirky.

Yeasayer – "O.N.E."
I like this 90s futurist video almost as much as this song. Almost…

We Have Band – "Divisive"
This beats the visualization in winamp [I know what you are thinking and yes, I do still use winamp].

Rusko – "Woo Boost"
I recently saw Rusko spin when opening up for Major Lazer [write-up coming soon!] and his energy is as insane as this video.

High on Fire – "Frost Hammer"
One of the year's best metal tracks gets visual evidence of guitar shreddery.

Dillinger Escape Plan – "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
The video for this mind-bending, brutal track is appropriately seizure-inducing.

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