Top new tracks: The Black Keys, De La Soul, Chrissie Hynde + Andrew Bird covers The New Pornographers

March 27, 2014 in Disco, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock

A.C. Newman – “Be Not So Fearful” (Bill Fay cover) {Pop/Rock}

If you’ve ever doubted that The New Pornographers’ frontman A.C. Newman is as cool as A.C. Slater then this track will certainly change your mind. Not to mention that all you zombie geeks (I know you’re out there…) will appreciate that this song will be featured on the new Walking Dead soundtrack as well as other tracks from Sharon Van Etten and Portugal, The Man.

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De La Soul – “Vocabulary Spills” {Rap/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

Holy John, Paul and George there’s a new De La Soul track bouncing around the interwebs and naturally every music nerd is buzzing about it. The song is off their forthcoming release Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. which was released a free download (!!!) yesterday on the group’s official website.

The Black Keys – “Fever” {Rock}

The Black Keys will be dropping their highly-anticipated new album Turn Blue on May 13th, and I’m expecting some full-blown, angst-from-divorce-inspired lyrics on the record now that vocalist Dan Auerbach is done bickering with his ex about who gets Bob Dylan’s hair. This is the first single off the album which was produced by Auerbach and Patrick Carney (not so surprising) as well as Danger Mouse (very surprising).

Chrissie Hynde – “Dark Sunglasses” {Pop/Rock}

It’s news to me that Chrissie Hynde AKA the Pretenders frontwoman AKA Dee Dee Dum Dum’s doppelganger will be releasing her debut solo album on June 9th, but after finding out more info about the release it’s clear that she means business. The album (titled Stockholm) will apparently feature Neil Young as well as John McEnroe, and it was recorded with Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling at the famed Ingrid Studios.

Andrew Bird – “The Fake Headlines” (The New Pornographers cover) {Indie Pop/Folk}

I’m going to take this as a sign of fate that Andrew Bird decided to cover Vancouver’s beloved New Pornographers right when I’ve started re-listening to “The Electric Version,” “My Rights Versus Yours” and “Use It” on repeat. The track is off the forthcoming compilation Good People Rock which you can pre-order here, and all proceeds will go towards The Yellow Bird Project to help raise money for various charity organizations

The Afghan Whigs – “The Lottery” {Rock}

The Afghan Whigs AKA one of Sub Pop’s many darlings are back at it with their first album in 16 years, and it’s bound to become one of the most talked about releases of the year. This is the second single off the release (with the first being the epic “Algiers“) and apparently the album will drop on April 15th.

BOZA – “Bassline” (remix) {House} + Free download

With a Canadian Juno stamp of approval, DJ BOZA has been turning a lot of Canadian heads since the 80s when he was creating his own unique brand of electronic music in Toronto’s underground house scene. If you dig his work you can download this track for free in the player below, and give him some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Holy Ghost! – “Bridge & Tunnel” (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) {Disco}

DFA Records has been on fire so far this year with new releases from YACHT and The Juan Maclean, but let’s not forget about one of the label’s best releases of 2013: Holy Ghost!’s Dynamics. Although this track is off last year’s release, the duo will be including two remixes of the tune on a 12″, and this is one of the new and improved versions off the release (which you can purchase on DFA’s official website).

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Top new tracks: Friendly Fires, Mac DeMarco, Fucked Up, Say Lou Lou + the return of Pepper Keenan

March 19, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Hardcore, independent bands, Indie, Metal, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rock

Say Lou Lou – “Everything We Touch” {Dream Pop} + Free download

Admit it, you just said “Lou Lou” out loud. But confusing band names aside this track is nothing short of amazing, and mirrors other dream pop masters like Empress Of and Fear Of Men (only with a tad of cheese on the side). If you like the track you can download it for free over at the band’s website.

Oliver Wilde – “Play & Be Saved” {Psych Rock/Pop}

We’ve been going through a mad Mac DeMarco phase as of late, so anything that sounds like our fellow Vancouver Islander gets a nod from RMD. Oliver Wilde (or Oscar Wilde reincarnated for lazy readers like my dumb ass) is based out of Bristol, and is currently prepping for the release of his new album Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb which is out on May 5th.

Mac DeMarco – “Brother” {Psych Pop/Rock}

Well speak of the devil…our favourite fellow Vancouver Islander is back with a brand new single which is off his highly-anticipated Salad Days release, so I guess it’s time to stop listening to “Passing Out Pieces” on repeat now. DeMarco has certainly achieved a cult-like following over these past few years, but 2014 has proven to be a very magical Mac DeMarco year indeed thus far.

Friendly Fires & The Asphodells – “Before Your Eyes” {Indie Rock/Electronic}

We’re pretty familiar with Friendly Fires (because, duh) but this is the first we’ve heard of The Asphodells (AKA Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay). Either way this collaboration between the two groups is pretty mindblowing; but with trancey psychedelic harmonies, danceable, synth-happy beats and a tribal backbone how could it not be?

Down – “We Knew Him Well” {Metal}

In case you didn’t already know, Down is the sludge metal supergroup consisting of Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Pepper Keenan of Corrosion Of Conformity; so if that didn’t already win you over I don’t know what will. This track is off their forthcoming EP Down IV – Part Two which is due out on May 13th via ADA.

Fucked Up – “Paper The House” {Punk/Hardcore}

Well colour me surprised: Fucked Up are back with a brand new record called Glass Boys which is being released on June 3rd via Matador (in the U.S.) as well as Arts & Crafts (in Canada). The news has already had a trickle effect in the Canadian musicverse, so if the rest of the album sounds anything like this tune you best be expecting the release to pop up on every end-of-year-list imaginable.

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The Folk – “In Silence” {Alternative Rock} + Free download

The Folk’s “Rules Of Youth” was one of our favourite submissions of 2012 and we still find ourselves returning to it from time to time; so we were pretty stoked to see that the Ontario-based group is releasing new material. This new track of theirs has some mean-clean early Smashing Pumpkins/Tegan and Sara vibes to it, and if you digs it you can download it for free here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 17, 2014 in Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Instrumental, Pop, Post-Punk

Janitors- “Homecoming Queer (Ain’t That A Man)” {Fuzz/Garage Rock}

We’ve always had a soft spot for Janitors (exhibit A and exhibit B), but this is quite possibly the most badass tune we’ve heard from the Toronto-based group yet. (But what do you expect from a bunch of guys who perform in lone ranger masks?) If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $1 here.

The Amount Of Light We Give Off – “Relationships” {Post-Punk/Electronic}

Seeing that the word “relationship” scares the living bejesus out of me, this dark, mysterious and gloomy-as-hell track pretty much sums up how I feel about relationships in general. The group is based out of Germany, and if you dig the Bono-like vocals/experimental U2 vibes in the tune make sure you buy it for $1 here.

Sarah Koon – “Pretty Simple” {Experimental Pop}

This track is anything but “pretty simple” and unlike anything we’ve ever covered here at RMD. Sarah’s unique sound can only be described as a cross between Tori Amos and Vampire Weekend, and there’s a lot of hidden classic elements in the track as well (diggin’ the harp yo!) If you like this song you can buy it as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page.

Los Árboles - “How To Rebuild Myself” {Indie Folk/Instrumental} + Free download

This here is one of the best instrumental submissions we’ve received so far in 2014, but the fact that this artist is a 19-year-old Argentinian makes this song extra, extra special. You can download the track for free in the player below, but if you do make sure you give the dude some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Canopies – “Miss You Now” {Electropop} + Free download

As soon as we read about the Cut Copy/Tame Impala comparisons we just knew this group would be packing the punches, but this track exceeded all of our expectations. The five-piece are based out of Milwaukee, and if you like this song you can download it for free over at their Soundcloud page.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 11, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Synthpop

Korean Drama – “Jimmy” {Punk/Garage Rock}

This one-minute-long track is more badass than any punk song we’ve ever covered here at RMD, and if this is what Korean drama actually sounds like then Kim Jong-un better watch his 100% backed-up ass yo!! (J-Jimmy?) Their forthcoming cassette release Reply 1994 isn’t due out until May, but in the mean time you can follow them on Twitter here.

Costado – “Capricorn One” {Shoegaze/Psych Rock}

It’s been a little slow on the shoegaze front so far in 2014 (actually it’s been more like slower than molasses in January kind-of-slow…) so as soon as we hear a good shoegazey tune we jump all over that shit. This group is based out of New York, and you can check out the rest of their work over at their Bandcamp page.

Luha – “Lullaby” {Electronic/Dream Pop}

With a sound that crosses between Radiohead and The Cranberries and vocals similar to that of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, it’s safe to say that Luha has all the ingredients any music blogger could hope for when it comes to independent submissions. And because this chicka deserves waaay more Facebook “likes” than 95, you can follow her on Facebook here.

Film/Noir – “Sirens” {Synthpop/Dream Pop} + Free download

This London-based artist is only 19 years old, so the fact that he managed to create such a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world electronic tune is pretty impressive for someone at such a ripe young age. His new EP isn’t going to be released until this summer, but if you’re as impatient as I am you download this track for free in the player below.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We’re getting some pretty wicked Passion Pit vibes from this track, which is the first single off the Gothenburg-based group’s forthcoming EP. Plus they recently recorded some tunes in a 19th century inn as well as in a cabin on Sweden’s West Coast archipelago which makes them extra badass. If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

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Top new tracks: Franz Ferdinand, Foster The People, Sky Ferreira, Robyn + Moby remixes Washed Out

March 4, 2014 in Ambient, Dream Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, New Wave, Pop, Psych Folk, Rock, Synthpop

Washed Out – “All I Know” (Moby remix) {Electronic/Dream Pop}

It’s refreshing to see that Moby is doing something other than rubbing his bald head all day, but the fact that he remixed one of our numero uno favourite tracks from 2013 made us fall in love with him like it was 1999 all over again. His version contains a perfect blend of the two elements both artists bring to the table: Trancey background music, and dreamy, melodic foreground music. Goodness all around.

Sky Ferreira – “Rancid Girl” {Pop/Folk}

I’m more of a “Queens Of The Stone Age Girl” myself, but to each their own I suppose…This previously unreleased track was written by Ferreira as well as Jon Brion, Cass McCombs and Blake Mills (known best for his collaborations with Fiona Apple), and no word yet as to whether it will be included on an upcoming release.

Zhala – “Prophet” ft. Robyn {Electronic/Experimental}

Say whaaa?? Robyn pinning her name to a song that isn’t bubble gum pop? Honestly though…I’m surprised as hell that Robyn knew how to pull a Knife…Anythatcameoutofnowhere, apparently Zhala is the first artist to release music under Robyn’s label Konichiwa Records who isn’t Robyn, so that should tell you right there how Swedishly special she is.

WATERS – “Got To My Head” {Pop/Rock}

It ain’t no “For The One,” but this track is still another great reason as to why the group is well worthy of their KANYE KAPS LOCK band name. The track is a little to poppy to be rock, and a little too rock & roll to be pop, but I’m always a sucker for music that toys with my head like that. If you dig the tune make sure you give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Franz Ferdinand – “Erdbeer Mund” {Synthpop/New Wave}

At first I really, really liked Franz Ferdinand. Then I started to really, really not like them. But after hearing this track I’m totally head over heels in love with them!!!!! This isn’t the first time we’ve heard FF pull a lyrical German on us (“Darts Of Pleasure” anyone?) – and this whole time we thought this song was about some sorry sucker with a really unfortunate first name…

Yuko – “The Idealist” {Psych Folk}

Oh, Yuko. I am so glad that this tune’s presence graced my Inbox this past week. It’s haunting, gripping, and everything we could want out of a psychedelic folk tune. This track is off her forthcoming record Long Sleeves Cause Accidents which is being released in April.

Foster The People – “Pseudologia Fantasia” {Pop}

This new Foster The People track isn’t as much “Pumped Up Kicks” as one would hope it would be, but not all songs can be about a man named Robert using a six shooter gun to kill a bunch of kids. Either way I’m still stoked about the group’s new album Supermodel which is being released on March 24th.

Dead Heart Bloom – “Broken Babylon” {Ambient Rock} + Free download

Can’t say that I’ve ever heard an “ambient rock” song before this, but I feel privileged to say that Dead Heart Bloom broke my cherry on that genre front. This track is off the group’s latest EP So It Goes and you can buy it for as little as $4 here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 3, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Funk, independent bands, Indie

The Two Koreas – “Can Explain” {Alternative Rock}

The fact that I’m sitting in a pile of my own piss might have already given it away that our numero uno favourite Canadian band has FINALLY released the EP they were hinting at when we interviewed them a couple of years back, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. To buy their LP Winner EP for as little as $4 (or each track for $1) click here.

Sam Sniper – “Something To Say” {Americana/Rock}

This vocalist sounds just like Adam Duritz from Counting Crows (minus the nasty dreadlocks/singing about how he wants to be Bob Dylan and buy himself a grey guitar, of course) and his voice swooned us within seconds of pressing that play button. The band is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the release of their album on vinyl this summer, so if you want to help some brothers out click here.

Ang Low – “Voodoo Woman” {Experimental/Electronic}

This Afrobeat/world music-ish song is as trippy as Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” and that’s saying a lot. Low is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and this wicked song is off his brand spankin’ new and debut EP (which hits the pavement on March 31st via Luv Luv Luv Records).

Uaxyacac - ”Double Seeker” {Experimental/Electronic}

A tribal, belly-dancing kind of beat, a Liars/Grimes vibe and enough layers and textures to make you feel as if you’ve floated onto another planet for a few minutes…have I given it away that this group is Quebecois yet? This track is off their Double Seeker album which was released in December, and you can buy it for $5 here.

Few Friends – “You I’m Moving To” {Disco/Funk} + Free downloads

Who needs “a few friends” when you can listen to funkalicious tunes like this? This is actually only the second song the band has released to date, so if that impressed you as much as it impressed me you can download the song for free in the player below and give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

February 25, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Electronic, Free downloads, Hardcore, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Punk, R&B, Rock, Shoegaze, Synthpop

M.S.A. – “Waste Of Life” {Punk/Hardcore} + Free download

Any Canadian music nerd will tell you that the hardcore music scene in the Prairies is pretty badass, so as soon as we read that this punk group was based out of Edmonton we had to prepare ourselves for a whole lotta whoop ass before we hit the play button (and we highly suggest you do too). And if their badassery didn’t make you piddle in your panties and run and hide into the nearest corner from embarrassment, you can check out the rest of their tracks here.

Neeco Delaf – “Odyssey” {Chillwave/Pop}

We’re not a huge fan of the good ol’ autotune, but Neeco Delaf knows how to pull it off just right (or maybe we’re biased because we’ve already covered one of their tracks here?). Either way any electronic geek will appreciate the chilled-out R&B vibe of this tune. Make sure you check out the rest of their tunes on their Bandcamp page and give them some “Like” love on Facebook.

Soonar – “All Made Of Parts” {Alternative Rock/Shoegaze}

With a riff that could get you hooked in seconds, these “dinosaurs of Dutch indie rock” managed to pull together a vibe that sounds like all of my favourite rock ‘n roll songs put together into one; so for that reason alone they deserve a good shout-out. You can check out the highlarious music video for the track below, but if you like this song you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Stereodyssey – “Deep Space” {Synthpop} + Free downloads

This music-making machine of a project has released not one, but two new EPs in this month alone (Memory Bank EP and Memory Bank Vol. II Moon Songs EP), so clearly this dude means business. “Deep Space” has been our guilty pleasure this past week, but we recommend you listen to his other tracks on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages (where all his tunes are available as free and/or name-your-price downloads).

Family Photo – “Eureka” {Alternative Pop}

This song is more like a stir fry of a variety of different sounds ranging from alt-folk, indie, even a dash of electronic and classical elements, which is fitting seeing that the five-piece hails from all corners of the U.S. like Oregon, Ohio and Boston (although they’re now based in Sacramento). This track is off their latest release All We Ever Do which was released via Stereocure.

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Top new tracks: Suzanne Vega, Thee Oh Sees, Little Dragon, Blitzen Trapper + MØ covers the Spice Girls

February 18, 2014 in Alternative, Classic Pop, Classic Rock, Dance, Disco, Electronic, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, Nu Disco, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Soul

Suzanne Vega – “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain” {Alt-Folk}

Not only is that “doo doo doo-doo doo doo-doo doo” singer back, she’s also sampling 50 Cent and sounding good whilst doing so too. The fact that she’s releasing her first album in seven (!) years is shocking enough, but Suzanne is full of surprises like that…And yeah I’m totally going to write this song title on the five bottles of red wine that are stashed in the corner of my room right now…

Blitzen Trapper – “Coming Home” {Classic Rock/Soul} + Free download

This new Blitzen Trapper single is so classic rock you can almost see a sweaty Joe Cocker swaying to it while he’s hopped-up on drugs; plus it’s available as a free download on Soundcloud. #Winning! The song is off their seventh studio album (appropriately titled VII) which was released last September.

MØ - “Say You’ll Be There” (Spice Girls cover) {Electronica/R&B} + Free download

Denmark’s R&B songstress Mø surprised everyone by covering the classic Spice Girls hit that I know you can still recite all of the lyrics to (don’t be ashamed, now). Hearing the track after so long was bittersweet for me seeing that the song was released before David Beckham cheated on me/knocked up Posh Spice, so listening to this song again opened up a lot of 90s wounds to say the least…

Young Widows – “Kerosene Girl” {Psych Rock}

This track is so deliciously dark and gothic, just listening to it is like getting a kick to the face; (so it just goes to show that sometimes, just sometimes, getting a kick to the face can be awesome). The track is off the group’s forthcoming album Easy Pain which is being released on May 13th via Temporary Residence.

The Juan Maclean – “Get Down (With My Love)” ft. Nancy Whang {Nu-disco/Dance}

The Juan Maclean collaborating with Nancy Whang is more than just a classic poet-and-didn’t-know it scenario, because if you follow the LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records’ circle closely then you’re probably already aware that both these artists have been making epic tunes with James Murphy for quite some time (and any friend of LCD Soundsystem’s is a friend of RMD’s). This track is off The Juan Maclean’s new album which is due out this summer.

Spiritualized – “Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)” {Electronic/Classic Pop}

This song was released a few weeks back and somehow it slipped through our fingers…but by the grace of the musical gods we stumbled upon it by accident a few days ago. Combining a wide range of genres we’ve never heard combined before (like classic doo-wop pop, electronica and space rock), this track is off their new record The Space Project which is out on Record Store Day (AKA April 19th).

Thee Oh Sees – “Penetrating Eye” {Experimental/Psych Rock}

Now that Thee Oh Sees have announced that they’re taking a well-deserved (but much-despised) hiatus, we’re going to suck up any new material we can get until then. This song is off one of our most anticipated albums of 2014 Drop, which drops (heh) on April 29th via Castle Face Records.

Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp” {Synthpop}

This tune starts off like the intro to Joy Division’s “No Love Lost,” but then out of nowhere morphs into a spectacular synth wonderland, Swede style. (I think I’m in love). The track is the first single off the band’s new album Nabuma Rubberband which is being released on May 13th in the U.S. and May 12th everywhere else.

Palehound – “Pay No Mind” {Pop/Rock}

Palehound’s name has been floating around the music blogverse since last year, and with Silverchair/Soundgarden similarities and an upbeat girly-rock vibe with a 90s edge, it’s easy to see why so many bloggers have been making a fuss out of them. This track is off their new 7″ which is out on February 25th via Exploding In Sound Records.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

February 10, 2014 in Ambient, Chillwave, Dream Pop, Electro, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Rock, Synthrock

Mu – “To Be Young” {Dream Pop/Electronic}

Oh Mu, where have you been hiding in Vancouver this whole time? Seriously though: The trancy backbeats, the Feist-like vocals, the dreamy pop atmosphere…as if we needed any more reasons to be proud to be British Columbian. This track is off their new self-titled debut EP which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

HABITS – “Splendor Of The Panic” {Synthrock}

As soon as we opened this band’s submission e-mail we were instantly swooned when we saw the words “bass-synth” and “Beck-meets-LCD-Soundsystem,” only because we have an awesome bias like that. This track is off the Los Angeles-based group’s debut album Unselves In Arrival which is being released on Fleeting Youth Records/How To Be A Microwave on February 25th, and you can pre-order the release for $5 here.

edapollo – “Tisno” {Ambient/Chillwave} + Free downloads

This Bristol-based electronic producer only just released his debut EP earlier this month, but his sound is so developed and detailed a part of me wonders if he’s secretly N’To trying to pulling a quicky on us. The EP (titled Shallow Swell) was released via Bad Panda Records, and you can download the entire release for free over at his Soundcloud page.

The Duke Of Norfolk – “The South” {Folk}

This band’s main-man (AKA Adam Howard) has released seven (!) EPs since 2011, but being the true-blue music nerd that he is he decided to rework the best songs from his discography and release them on a new album. The release Birds…Fly South! was released on February 4th, and you can buy it for $7 (or each individual track as a name-your-price download here).

FILAGO – “Funnel” {Pop/Folk}

This French-Swedish singer/songwriter is currently based in Paris, and after making wicked tunes with Erevan Tusk he’s decided to focus his attention on this new Band Of Horses-sounding project. This track is off his new EP The Blue Part In The Flame which was released last month, and you can buy it for €5 (or each track for €1) here.

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Top new tracks: U2, Klaxons, Beck, two new Fear Of Men songs + The National cover Perfume Genius

February 6, 2014 in Alternative, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Indie, Pop, Rock, Synthpop

U2 – “Invisible” {Pop/Rock}

Bono joked that U2 is “on the verge of irrelevance,” but I find that hard to believe seeing that Bono and The Edge are EVERYWHERE! They’re all over the Super Bowl, various charity organizations…Bono might even be under your bed right now! All proceeds of this track go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS and you can buy it for £0.99 here.

Fear Of Men – “Alta” + “Waterfall” {Alternative/Indie Pop}

Did the day after Valentine’s Day come early or something? Because this week we’ve heard not one, but two new (and great) Fear Of Men songs, both of which are off the band’s debut album Loom. The release is out on April 21st in the UK, and April 22nd in the US, so mark those music nerd calendars!

Phantogram – “Bill Murray” {Alternative Rock}

This track is a little less upbeat than what we’re used to hearing from the band, but given that we can’t help but picture Bill Murray’s sad, lost face in Lost In Translation the vibe of the track seems pretty fitting. This is the second single off their new album Voices which is out on February 18th.

The National – “Learning” (Perfume Genius cover) {Alternative Rock}

Just in case you ran out of National songs to listen to (thought no one ever) the band went ahead and covered the classic Perfume Genius track of their 2010 debut album. Apparently the cover will be released as a B-side to the “I Need My Girl” single, which is off last year’s impressive album Trouble Will Find Me. 

Beck – “Waking Light” {Alternative Pop}

Another day, another Beck single. I’m starting to get a sneaking suspicion that we’re going to be hearing a whole lotta Beck this year with his new album Morning Phase coming out on February 25th. It’s about god damn time I moved on from listening to “The New Pollution” and “Broken Train” on repeat…

Wye Oak – “The Tower” {Synthpop}

This new Wye Oak tune sounds less like a song and more like a synthesized reggae masterpiece, and was exactly what we needed to sink our teeth into this week. This track is off their new album Shriek which is being released on April 29th, and apparently the album doesn’t have one second of guitar on it. This should be interesting….

Klaxons – “There Is No Other Time” {Synthpop}

We don’t know what’s more surprising: The fact that Klaxons are releasing another album this year, or the fact that the album’s leading single is the most poppiest of synthpop tracks we’ve come across so far in 2014. The track was produced by Gorgon City and is off their forthcoming album which is due out sometime this summer.

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Champ – “Burnt Alive” {Garage Rock} + Free download

After being compared to the likes of Wavves and FIDLAR, this San Diego-based group and now prepping to release their debut self-titled album later this month, and if the rest of the release sounds anything like this track it’s bound to be pretty damn impressive. This is the first single off the album which is out February 18th via Fleeting Youth Records, and you can download the track in the player below.

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