The New: 02.08.12

This week’s new features tracks from Dada Trash Collage, Freshkills, Lux, Oy Vey, Sourpatch, White Rabbits, and a single from the upcoming album of unreleased Woody Guthrie songs, New Multitudes.

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker &
Yim Yames
: “Old LA”
from New Multitudes:
——–A Tribute to Woody Guthrie

out 2/28 on Rounder
Another batch of unrecorded Woody Guthrie tracks get recorded by a great group of performers. Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Will Johnson (Centro-matic), Anders Parker (Varnaline), and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) come together on New Multitudes to record twelve “new” Guthrie tracks. If previews mean anything, “Old L.A.” is better than anything from the Monsters of Folk album. Jay Farrar sounds great with his super friends backing him up on this track.

Dada Trash Collage: “Migraine”
from Fun Fund EP
out now (2/7) on Bandcamp
The experimental indie band is back at it with the “Fun Fund” EP. In addition to the six new track, four remixes of new songs are included with your purchase of “Fun Fund”. You can also pick up the track “Fliers” from Impose Magazine (here).

Freshkills – “Positive Vibes
from Raise Up the Sheets
out 3/13 on The End Records
“Oh, these positive vibes are killing me… I want to lie in the dark all day with you.” Talk about a slacker anthem full of disdain for pro-social attitudes! Sonic Youth’s Jim Sclavunos produced the third album from this Brooklyn quintet. They state, “Lipez (singer Zachary Lipez) is wounded and ascerbic, the rhythm section both tight and monstrous with military precision and vulgar swing, the twin guitars frantic, chaotic and dangerous as a sharpened screwdriver.” Sounds like a recipe for a good record.

Lux: “The Window”
from We Are Not the Same

out 4/3 a self-release
David Chandler and Leah Rosen are Lux. The Seattle-based duo the children of the Jesus & Mary Chain and Depeche Mode. The vocals are discernible, the beats hyper-rhythmic, but you get the feeling these two are staring at the floor the whole time. Moody, dark music set to a brilliant dance beat.

Oy Vey: “When I Was Young”
from Recession Girls
out 2/14
Bryce Aubrey and Kevin Corcoran are Oy Vey. Originally from New Hampshire, the electro-pop duo currently spend time in Chicago and New York. The subtle dance groove of “When I Was Young” will appeal to fans of MGMT. The tracks features layers upon layers of synth–beats, chords, runs… it’s well developed, appealing and accessible.

Sourpatch“Cynthia Ann”
from Stagger and Fade
out 2/28 on Happy Birthday to Me Records
This San Diego punk pop quartet refers to itself as a “90’s pop worship ensemble” and cite PNW bands, Velocity Girl, Tiger Trap, Boyracer and others as inspiration. I think somewhere in there they need thank Kim Gordon and the Deal sisters, but that’s just me. “Cynthia Ann” does a nice job of balancing noise and melody. We’re looking forward to hearing more Sourpatch.

White Rabbits – “Temporary
from Milk Famous
out 3/6 on TBD Records
The long awaited follow up to “It’s Frightening” is about to drop, and the Rabbits have put out a couple of tracks to stir things up. The cool delivery of “Temporary” is only matched by the up-tempo rhythm section (love the funky bass).

A second single, “Heavy Metal”, is available for the price of your e-mail. A bit more subtle in composition, it makes good use of guitar riffs and synth loops–very good change of pace. Get a free copy of “Heavy Metal” here.



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