Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Was a King

We are royally pleased that Norwegian band, I Was a King, released an import 7" + digital single yesterday, with promises of a 14-song full-length due 7 April via The Control Group. (It dropped 12 January in Norway.) Thanks to Brooke Black at Big Hassle for the headsup. Wonder if "Bleik" rhymes with "Blake" in Norwegian. Primo!

If you're liking, eMusic has most of IWaK's 2007 release, Losing Something Good For Something Better. (Click.) I saved five of them for my next big eMusic purchasefest.
Update: Here is what eMusic is now offering.

The band notches it up a bit in this live performance.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Past & Present Future Clouds & Radar

I just got two more today from the excellent Austin band's 2008 lp, Peoria. I'm also reposting "The Epcot View," plus three tunes from their 2007 eponymous debut. And, of course, it's simply de rigeur when posting on FC&R to include songs from Robert Harrison 's former band, the glorious Cotton Mather. Click song titles to listen/download. Click yellow and green things for more info and sounds.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Music of the Sphere

Horse Latitudes City here lately, though certainly not because of the music. Thanks, hosts. And of course, thank YOU for favoring us with a visit.

The Bicycles - What A Fool & Won't She Be Surprised - Let Me Like It
The Jezabels - Be A Star - Let Me Like It - Excellent blog, new to me, has lots of artists I hadn't heard of--definitely not the same old same old

Burning Hearts - I Lost My Colour Vision - Milk Milk Lemonade
Sune Rose Wagner - Hvad Der Sker - Dead Flowers - #7 on Mike's excellent Best of 2008 List - Wagner raves on nicely solo, too.

Kent - Revolt III & Generation Ex & VinterNoll 2 & Klaparen - a PLAGUE of ANGELS
Kent - Parlor & Kram (Sa nara far ingen ga) - a PLAGUE of ANGELS

Viva Voce - Brightest Part Of Everyone - mp3hugger
My Raining Stars - Head Over Heels - mp3hugger

You, Me & Iowa - Perpendicularly Speaking - CYSTSFTS
Underworld - Born Slippy - CYSTSFTS - my favorite scene in Trainspotting

Nada Surf - I Like What You Say - Bag of Songs - #24
The Swimmers - It's Time They Knew - Bag of Songs

Okay, now look. That excellent bunch of songs from Raven Sings the Blues I pointed you towards last week was only part of the rich haul there. I really like these next ones, too, but not all poppers will. Some of them are very psychy and garagy and weird and stuff, so you've been caveated.

Jacuzzi Boys - Island Avenue - Raven Sings the Blues
Jay Reatard - An Ugly Death - Raven Sings the Blues - The keys in the chorus unlocked it for me. - Scroll down to #5.
Blank Dogs - Ants - Raven Sings the Blues - Sometimes psychers weaken great songs with a bit too much distortion. (Also sprach Pop Wimp pplist) - #6

Them - Walking in the Queen's Garden - Raven Sings the Blues
Nodzzz - Is She There & I Can't Wait - Raven Sings the Blues - low-fi pop
Snake Flower II - Talk About It - Raven Sings the Blues
Thomas Function - Snake in the Grass - Raven Sings the Blues - #12

Friday, January 02, 2009

Day 2: One for the Team, Whigs, Brakes, Indelicates, Moi Caprice, Charade, Love Is All, Killola, W..T..F., Sad Day for Puppets

No slamming anticipated. Full speed ahead, lads.

The year is still fairly new, so I hope I'm not too late in wishing you a happy one. I also hope you enjoy the following. Iwe surely do.

One for the Team - Dress Up Party mp3 - off of the Minneapolitans' Afternoon Records/Militia Group release, Build It Up - And we're still enjoying this previously posted one:
The Whigs - Like a Vibration mp3 - from Athens, GA band's 2008 release, Mission Control -Thanks to Cable & Tweed for the vibe.
The Indelicates - Fun Is For The Feeble Minded mp3 - The UK band's debut, American Demo, was released last year (2008, remember?).

Brakes - Crystal Tunings mp3 - from the Brighton supergroup's forthcoming FatCat Records release, Touchdown. It's sure to score.
Moi Caprice - To The Lighthouse mp3 - Thanks to Morten at Hits in the Car for the headsup (some time ago) on this excellent Copenhagen band. HITC has another beauty by MC, and a simple click will get you there.
The Charade - Keeping Up Appearances mp3 - the title song from Stockholm band's November 2008 release

Love Is All - Wishing Well mp3 - from Gothenburgers' A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night, which rightly finished high up on a number of Best of 2008 lists.
Motorboat mp3 - from their 2006 release, Nine Times That Same Song
Killola - Cracks in the Armor mp3 - from L.A. band's glittery debut, I Am The Messer - Maybe you'd like to join their fans in getting a 'too of the band's logo? Me neither but I like the song.
Wait. Think. Fast. - Clear Our Name mp3 - from L.A.-area band's EP, Vuelve Al Mar
Sad Day for Puppets - Big Waves mp3 - from the Blackebergers' 2008 EP Just Like A Ghost - I've been deeply enjoying this song for some time now.
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