Ireland’s Girls Names, a trio from Belfast, is working on its debut album, Dead to Me.
The record is scheduled for an April release. To get our interest, the band released an insanely catchy song off the upcoming LP, Seance on a Wet Afternoon.
The Raveonettes just released a new song, Forget That You’re Young, to promote the upcoming album Raven in the Grave.
The album is due out April 5. The duo plays Lincoln Hall the following day.
Here’s a shaky fan video posted a month ago:
The Strokes are releasing the first single off the band’s upcoming album Angles. The song, Under Cover of Darkness, will be free for two days starting Wednesday. You can download it and hear a stream of the new album here. Angles is set to be released March 22.
It’s been five years since the band’s last release. Needless to say, Angles is a highly anticipated album. The Strokes nailed a Lollapalooza show last summer.
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The songs were recorded last January at St. Catherina Church, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band was backed by a full choir.
Bradford Cox ended up releasing four albums worth of Atlas Sound demos last week for free on his blog. In a bizarre twist, mega record label Sony took down volumes 2 through 4 of the Bedroom Databank releases, citing copyright infringement.
“Apparently Sony Music Owns my bedroom,” Cox says on his blog. Neither Atlas Sound or Cox’s other band, Deerhunter, is signed to Sony. So what’s the fuss about? Cox speculates that a Bob Dylan cover may have upset the suits at Sony. But that song, This Wheel’s on Fire, was on volume 1 of the Bedroom releases, which wasn’t removed. It’s disturbing how myopic and reckless the big labels can be.
Cox uploaded the links again and you can find them here. I’m still processing the massive music dump but there’s some good stuff in these recordings. And Sony doesn’t have a thing to do with any of them.
Check out this fan video below (before Sony tries to shut it down for no reason):
UPDATE: Pitchfork reports that Sony apologized, responding to anyone who inquired about the tracks: “The Bradford Cox tracks were mistakenly removed. We advised Mediafire that the titles were mistakenly taken down. We have communicated all of this to Bradford Cox and his manager. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Two free albums released in two days? Maybe Bradford Cox feels others are trying to one up him for giving away music and he’s striking back? Cox is offering two Atlas Sound releases, Bedroom Databank Vols. 1 and 2 here. He’s given away Atlas Sound and Deerhunter songs in the past. But no-cost, full-album releases are less common. Lately, there seems to be more full-length freebies offered by both new and established artists.
Gregg Gillis just offered his latest Girl Talk album for free. Kanye West released early versions of songs off the just-released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. New Zealand buzz band Secret Knives is offering its album for free.
UPDATE: Bradford Cox is unstoppable! On Wednesday, he released Volume 3 of Bedroom Databank. That’s 14 more songs — 41 total. Once again, go here to download.
Here’s the Atlas Sound song Shelia off of last year’s excellent Logos album (you have to pay for it):
In case you missed it, mashup king Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, just released a new album, All Day. You can download it for free by going here.
Gillis lets you download the album as one seamless file (clocking in at 1 hour and 11 minutes) or separated as individual tracks. Either way, I recommend it.
And, here are some previous offerings by Mr. Gillis …
New Zealand’s Secret Knives is getting a lot of buzz because a.) the band is good and b.) these guys are giving away their album, Affection, free. Check out the single The Northwest States below.
Go here to download the entire album free.