Monthly Archives: January 2010

Energy!

“It’s just a series of unfortunate events.”

The slightly enigmatic Glaswegian three-piece, with one song released and not a ton of definitive news regarding is what is to follow, is apparently taking their little slice of the Scottish alternative music scene by storm. Energy! is up for the “Best Rock/Alternative” band at this year’s, appropriately named, Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Additionally, the band plans on releasing their debut EP Where the Water Meets the Land sometime in next few weeks. Plans to tour Scotland and the rest of the UK are in the works.

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Tom Williams & the Boat; Concentrate

I’ve always been a champion of young London band Tom Williams & the Boat, as evidenced by this, this, and my always overwhelmingly enthusiastic commendations when my friends ask, “Who are we listening to right now. I like it!” Moreover, I’ve always appreciated the DIY efforts that band’s make in their quest to reach a few more pairs of ears. When Tom recently e-mailed telling me about the group’s newly re-recorded single “Concentrate” and the full length album to follow in it’s wake, both of which they are self-releasing through their own Wire Boat Recordings, we thought it best that a downloadable track be left out for the time being – especially considering how generous that band has been in the past. Catch a full preview of the track via the YouTube link above, and purchase the track on March 8th when it becomes available.

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Marvin’s Revolt; Patrolling the Heights

“This could very well be the end.”

The Brits and the Swedes never had a hard time making music, but it’s time we started paying more attention to the Danes. Marvin’s Revolt, a Copenhagen three piece, has been one of my favorite bands since my 2007 post about their debut album Killec. In the past two years, the band has toured through most of continental Europe and the UK. This month takes the band out to the far East as they tour in Japan in support of their new full-length entitled Patrolling the Heights. Both albums are equally fantastic, but the songs included for preview below are from the latter.

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Jason Segel & Gen X


I watched James Merendino’s SLC Punk! for the first (and probably last) time last night solely for the Jason Segel cameo appearances. It did, however, remind me how much I love this song…

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Jocasta Sleeps, new tracks

“The ones before me were more graceful…”
It’s rather unfortunate that this post has to be done posthumously. It was only months ago that I was all too excited about the newly discovered Jocasta Sleeps, as evidenced by my previous post back in August. The Glasgow three piece, much much much to my dismay, has since decided to amiably call it quits and move in different directions. If I could even dare to suggest there is one positive thing about the situation, it’s the fact that the band has released a large bundle of tracks – acoustic demos, b-sides, and their debut single – for free download. The package of tracks can be downloaded directly here, and my two favorites are available below. “Old Ideas” is one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve heard in a long time.

(MP3) Jocasta Sleeps – Old Ideas (highly rec’d)

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Your Neighbour the Liar

“I’ve got some bad news, but happy birthday all the same.”

Edinburgh post-punkers Your Neighbour the Liar have just released three new demo tracks for free download. You can grab the tracks as a package over at the band’s Bandcamp page. I’ve included my favorite of the bunch for preview below. The band has only existed for a surprising few months and has only played an even more surprising two shows since. Color me impressed – I’m excited to see where the upcoming months take them as I’ll definitely be following.

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Givers

“You’re going to find a way to be.”

In the wake of all the Vampire Weekend hullabaloo, I think its only fair to rip my one little miniscule corner of internet spotlight far away from them. Not too far away, I suppose, as Lafayette, Lousiana band Givers also seem to be capitalizing on everyone’s new obsession with indie afro-beat. I’m not alluding to imitation, though. Givers does their own thing, and they do it well. The band is currently touring in support of a new self-titled EP throughout the entirety of the Southeastern U.S, catch them.

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