Top new tracks: Elvis Costello & The Roots, The Civil Wars + Vampire Weekend covers “Blurred Lines”

July 24, 2013 in Alternative, Electronic, Folk, Free downloads, Funk, Indie, Pop, Post-Punk, Rock, Shoegaze, Synthpop by Rex

The Civil Wars – “Dust to Dust” {Folk/Pop}

Well Civil Wars fans, judging by the lyrics of this song it doesn’t look like John Paul White and Joy Williams will be kissing and making up anytime soon, so you best be enjoying their new tunes while they last. This song is off their forthcoming (and probably final) album which is due out August 6th, so make sure you mark those music nerd calendars before you sob into your tissues.

To listen to the tune head on over here.

Vampire Weekend – “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke cover) {Pop}

Vampire Weekend surprised everyone by covering Robin Thicke’s catchy summer pop anthem for BBC’s Live Lounge a few days ago. The tune has been one of our guilty mainstream pleasures over the past few weeks, so the fact that our favourite indie champions have covered it makes us feel a teensy weensy bit better about liking it in the first place (don’t judge).

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Walk Us Uptown” {Rock/Funk}

Up until the release of this song we had no idea that Elvis and Costello and The Roots (you know, the band Questlove drums for) will be releasing a collaborative album on September 17th. The release has been titled Wise Up Ghost, and if the rest of the album sounds anything like this track it’s bound to be pretty damn epic.

Mesita – “Vigilant” {Indie Pop/Electronic} + Free download

Mmmmmesita (AKA James Cooley) has always been all over the place musically, but this track takes it to a whole new level. Given that Cooley just released another single (“Firesign“) a few weeks ago, it doesn’t look the independent artist is going to be slowing down anytime soon. (To check out the music video for the song click here).

Holy Ghost! – “Teenagers in Heat” {Synthpop}

Now that LCD Soundsystem has kicked the can it’s nice to hear some new music with a James Murphy credit pinned to it. The song was co-produced by the LCD Soundsystem mainman and is off the group’s new album Dynamics, which is being released on September 10th through Murphy’s label DFA Records.

Dr. Dog – “The Truth” {Alternative Rock/Soul}

The Philadelphia rockers are back at it again with their eighth (!) studio album B-Room, which is due for release on October 1st. Apparently their new album draws in inspirations from the classic soul and R&B genres, which is a stark contrast to what we’re used to hearing from band (not that we’re complaining or anything).

Summer Camp – “Fresh” {Synthpop}

Besides having one of the best band names ever, with this latest tune the Brit duo have provided us with enough cheesy synth to last a lifetime; (well…until they release their new self-titled album this fall, that is). The release is due out on September 9th and is being released by Moshi Moshi.

Crystal Stilts – “Star Crawl” {Post-Punk}

It’s been two long years since the release of the Brooklyn post-punkers’ almighty EP Radiant Door, so we were pretty stoked when we found out that they will be releasing a new album this September. This is the first single off their new album Nature Noir which is due September 17th on Sacred Bones.

No Age – “An Impression” {Indie Rock}

This Los Angeles-based group won’t be releasing their new album An Object until August 20th (or August 19th in the UK), but we’ve already heard not one, but three new tracks off the new release. If you like the song make sure you give the album’s two previously released tracks a listen here and here.

Yuck – “Rebirth” {Shoegaze/Rock} + Free download

We were pretty bummed when we read that frontman Daniel Blumberg parted ways with the group earlier this year (although he has been making some pretty wicked solo tunes as of late), but the band has since picked up a new vocalist and are currently prepping for the release of their new album. No further details have been released as of yet, but in the mean time you can download this track for free over at their official website.

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