Saturday, April 24, 2010

WalCast 12: Mostly New Stuff

Mostly new meaning some of these tracks date all the way back to 2009, before the WalCast even existed! Wow, time flies when you're old like me. Anyhoo, got a bunch of good new tunes for all you music lovers out there this episode, and most of the albums represented here are worth picking up. Hopefully you'll find something here that tickles your fancy. Just FYI, I think #13 is going to be all cover tunes, and for #14 I'm gonna dig around in the archives for some older stuff, just for a change of pace. You know the routine - stream at the top, download at the bottom. Same ol' same 'ol.

This week's tracks are...

Nothin' - Fortune - This band has been around since the late 70's, with a seriously long hiatus from the 80's to the early-mid 2000's. This track is from this year's Staring at the Ice Melt.

Seasons - Medications - From the D.C. band's third album, 2010's Completely Removed.

Flaming Arrow - Jupiter One - From the Brooklyn indie group's debut full length Sunshower.

Animal - Neon Trees - First single from this Provo, UT band's debut Habits.

In Pieces - Mae - This Norfolk, VA band is putting out three EP's entitled (m)orning, (a)fternoon, and (e)vening (get it?). This is from the the middle one.

Sick Muse - Metric - Emily Haines' primary outfit from 2009's Fantasies.

Blue-Eyed Universe - Fictionist - Another Utah band from their 2010 debut, Lasting Echo.

Certain Circles - Hello=Fire - Solo project from Dean Fertita. He plays with Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, and in Brendan Benson's touring band, to name a few. Benson co-wrote this tune and produced the self-titled album.

Please Take Your Time - General Fiasco - From the debut album of this Northern Ireland band, Buildings.

Excuses - Deas Vail - Arkansas pop/rock band from the album Birds and Cages.

Wings - Das Pop - Belgian indie pop band from their self-titled debut.

Lying Around - Cassette Kids - Australian music rocks, and this Sydney band is no exception. From their 2010 debut Nothing on TV.

Heads Up, Hearts Down - I Fight Dragons - If you take nothing else away from this show, take this Chicago band and hide them in your heart. They make great pop music with a little help from actual Nintendo game music. Yeah, that's right. And they rock. No album yet, just singles. This is from the 2010 SXSW compilation. New favorite band name.

King of Rome - Goldheart Assembly - London pop group from their 2010 debut, Wolves and Thieves, not the track from Kitchens and Bathrooms' first EP, The Sound and the Furry.

Fear From Death - Kyte - English post-rock group (what does that mean, anyway, "post-rock"?) from 2010's Dead Waves.

You may, if you wish, download this unforgettable show here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

WalCast 11: And now for an instrumental break...

It's been a few weeks since the last Walcast, but spring is here and yard work calls. I'm back this week, however, and bringing a little something different yet again, just to keep things interesting. This episode is all instrumentals. I don't have much more to say, except enjoy. Stream at the top, download below.

The tracks are as follows:

YYZ - Rush - Of course. What, did you expect La Villa Strangiato?

Mean Affair - Julie's Haricut - Italian prog-rock band from their latest, Our Secret Ceremony.

A Rumor in Africa - Errors - Scottish post-electro group with a track from Come Down With Me.

Set the Bears Free - Anchorsong - Originally from Japan, now based in London, this one-man act has only released 2 EPs, and only in Japan. This is from the second, The Bodylanguage EP.

Jo Bobo - The Johnny Staccato Band - Some Nu-Jazz from France, from a French compilation I picked up.

Pacific Theme - Broken Social Scene - From the Canadian indie group's album You Forgot It in People.

Wildcat - Ratatat - A classic from their album Classics.

Groove Holmes - Beastie Boys - One of the groovin' interludes from their best album ever, Check Your Head.

Streetcrawler - The Jimmy Chamberlain Complex - From the Smashing Pumpkins' drummer's fusion album Life Begins Again.

iii - The Cancer Conspiracy - Short-lived Vermont progressive project that spawned 2 albums. This is from the second, Omega.

Neighbor Riffs - Surfer Blood - Cool little ditty from the FL indie band's debut Astro Coast.

Daisy - Fang Island - A little bit of chanting vocals in this first single from one of the buzz bands from last year, from the indie-prog band's self-titled debut.

Da Funk - Daft Punk - The cult favorites from their live 2007 album, Daft Punk Alive 2007.

Body Snatcher - The Dynamites - This band features Charles Walker (still around from the funk/soul heyday of the late 60's and early 70's) on vocals on most tracks, but not on this barn-burning opener to their first album, 2007's Kaboom!

If you so desire, you may download the show here.