Friday, February 09, 2007

New Music For The Weekend

The Shins are overrated. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah sound like unmastered and boring Talking Heads. And Of Montreal is indie rock's version of a Renaissance Fair.

But the bands I have for you this weekend are beyond awesome, and they are making 2007 a better place.

Los Olvidados: If California continues to wow me with bands like this, I am going to have to switch coasts. This Moorpark, CA band is about to drop Left Coast Or Pacifica And His Misadventures At The Flower Fields, which is an Americana-tinged masterpiece and one of my absolute favorite unsigned bands of the moment. Never refuse a Myspace friend request because you might miss a band this good.
[mp3] "You'll Always Find Apples"

Wintersleep: I'm sick of hearing how Canada is the new this or the new that, but it's hard to ignore all of the great music our neighbors up north are dropping on us. Wintersleep is a folk-rock quartet that brings to mind Hayden in his sunnier moments. Look for the band's Untitled, which hits stores in March.
[mp3] "Insomnia"

Mumm-Ra: One of might think that a band named after a character from Thundercats would suck, but in this case they would be very wrong. This group makes great pop songs, but in totally not obvious way that recalls the Mystery Jets.
[mp3] "Out of the Question"

The Dykeenies: The fact that this band is nothing new might put off some people, but if you get really excited over Maximo Park and Scotland [like me!], than this band is for you. If you're in the UK, there's a good chance you'll get to see them this spring, and if not, look for their singles on Lavolta.
[mp3] "Waiting For Go"


Blogger Ryan said...

Thanks for introducing me to some new bands... I am beginning to agree with you on some of your popular criticisms of some very popular indie bands on tour right now.

The smoke and flames from these new releases are always being fanned, but in some cases it appears there may very little fire at the campsite.

So far 2007 has been ok. We may never recoup the influx of quality bands and amazing indie releases of 2005 - 2006.

I am still going to give these releases a shot, but will likely be looking to Ted Leo, Explosions in the Sky, Jesse Malin to save the day... Their releases come out soon.

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