Saturday, March 13, 2010

WalCast 9: 2010 So Far

It's time for some new stuff. I mean, I normally throw some new stuff in to each WalCast, but I mean ALL new stuff this time. That's right, it's time to review far. I've been checking out a lot of the new music that's been put out during the first quarter of the year, and I came up with a list of tunes that would have made for two shows, but I've whittled it down to just this one. That is not to say that the other stuff will be totally forgotten, but it will have to wait for now. There has also been a few other bands that have come to my attention since I put this show together (see the post previous to this one), but they will also have to wait. The tunes included in this show, however, can wait no longer. Their time has come. That time is now. Have you started the stream yet? OK, let's try that again...ahem...That time is now. Look, we've rehearsed this, can we try it one more time? When I say "That time is now" you press the little play button on the embedded player below. It's a dramatic entrance type of thing, get it? Great. OK, here we go... Their time has come. That time is now. (good job!)

The show this week consists of the following tracks:

Answer to Yourself - The Soft Pack - San Diego indie band from their self titled first full length album.

I'll Sleep When You're Dead - Ken - I can't much info on this band other than they are German and have some great song titles, such as "Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Robots". The album is Yes We.

All Day Daylight - The Morning Benders - Another California band from their 2nd album, Big Echo.

If You Come Again - Eldia - Again, I can't find much info on these guys except that they are from Paris and this appears to be their first full length album, Yayaya.

Liquid Love - Shy Child - Title track from the latest release from the New York electronic music duo.

Interstate - The Automatic - First single from the Welsh band's latest, Tear Down The Signs.

Come Back Home - Two Door Cinema
- From Tourist History, the debut of this Northern Ireland band which has been described as a mix of DCFC and Franz Ferdinand. They are pegged by many as one to watch this year.

Wang Lee - Yamon Yamon - Stockholm popsters from their debut, This Wilderlessness.

Floating Vibes - Surfer Blood - From Astro Coast, the first from this West Palm Beach, FL surf-rock indie band.

Exile City - Veil Veil Vanish - From Change in the Neon Light, the latest album from this San Francisco based post-punk quartet.

One Last Time - Fair - Producer and former Poor Old Lu guitarist Aaron Sprinkle's latest band from their new release, Disappearing World.

Got to Lose - Hollerado - I promised more from this Canadian treasure, and here it is. Another great track from their debut, Record in a Bag.

Run Run Run - Nom de Guerre - Another Stockholm pop group from their latest Love Thy Neighbor.

Steady Love - Title Tracks - New project of John Davis, formerly of Q and not U and Georgie James. This album, It Was Easy, is pure power-pop pleasure. There are moments that remind me of Daniel Jones at his finest, and the last track on the album could be an Elvis Costello tune.

There is a Wind - The Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers is a gorgeous, sprawling album from the San Diego group (really more of a project of Jimmy LaValle's), and the first one with a full live band.

Download this show here.


  1. Awesome. I had only ever heard of a couple of those bands.

  2. OK. So I listened to this again in more depth. So much of the show sounded like an episode of 120 Minutes from say, 89-94. What rocked: Veil Veil Vanish (very Cure), Fair (like happy Pumpkins), the first song. I'm still undecided on the Hollerado. That song definitely made me want to hear more. It was all over the place. Kind of space rock.

  3. Cool thoughts. I agree with the VVV / Cure comparison, and I was actually surprised that the Soft Pack album was not better than it was considering this song. The Hollerado really needs to be listened to as an album for true appreciation, but I'll include another track soon to give one more taste and try to win you over.

    -wal (different google profile)