The Morning Mail: 13-Oct-12

Back to it… This morning we have sounds from Bohannons, Aaron Embry, Joshua James, Little Comments, Murder by Death, Slam Dunk, and The Traps. Plus vids from Deap Vally, First Aid Kit, The Traps, and Wild Cub.


Bohannons – “River Above”
from Unaka Rising
out now on This Is American Music
Dirty southern rock with an independent edge, Unaka Rising references the area of the same name straddling eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. They are currently touring Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Details of the tour found here.

Aaron Embry – “Raven’s Song”
from Tiny Prayers
out now on Community Music
Aaron Embry spent three years as the pianist for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.  Tiny Prayers is his debut.  On “Raven’s Song”, Embry’s easy vocals float and deft playing come through. He’s also performed or recorded with Elliott Smith, Daniel Lanois, and Willie Nelson, among others.

Joshua James – “Queen of the City” (mp3)
from From the Top of Willamette Mountain
out November 6 on Intelligent Noise
This first track from James’ third album has a great folk rock feel with subtle guitar fills and grainy keyboards in the background.  faces the challenge of its predecessors, 2007’s The Sun Is Always Brighter and 2009’s Build Me This, as each topped the year-end ‘Best of iTunes’ lists. It may be a hat trick for James, as he enlisted Richard Swift (The Shins) to produce the album. In the past, Swift produced albums for Damien Jurado, The  Mynabirds, and Laetitia Sadler. James is touring the UK this month into next, and will tour the US early next year.

Little Comets – “Tense/Empty”
from Life Is Elsewhere
out October 15 on Dirty Hit
“Tense/Empty” is an indie pop delight with tinges of afro-pop rhythms, multi-harmony choruses, and steady upbeat tracks. You can stream the entire album via SoundCloud.
Check out: “Tense/Empty”

Murder by Death – “Lost River”
from Bitter Drink
out now on Bloodshot Records
Adam Turla has one of the most unique voices in this era of modern music. On “Lost River”, MBD tones it down a bit to produce what sounds like a post-apocalyptic folk song.  You can stream Bitter Drink in its entirety, here.

Slam Dunk – “Dying Breed”
from Welcome to Miami
out November 13
“Dying Breed” is fun party punk with surf, garage, and psychobilly influences. Definitely a candidate for a Halloween mix.

The Traps – “Moving Pictures”
out November 19
The Traps area an indie rock band out of Birmingham. This release follows their debut single, “Your Headland.” You can pick up the single as a digital download (vie iTunes, etc.) and also alternatively through their website,  as a free download via a tweet/like on November 19th. Watch the video below.


Deap Vally – “End of the World”
out November 19
Ass kicking, LA duo Lindsey Troy (vocals, guitar) & Julie Edwards (drums) AKA Deap Vally will play CMJ next week, click here for dates.

First Aid Kit – “Wolf”
from Lion’s Roar
out now on Wichita Recordings
Directed by Johan Söderberg.Their latest single is also on a recent iTunes Session.  First Aid Kit plays Austin City Limits this weekend as part of their ongoing North American Tour.

The Traps – “Moving Pictures”
out November 19
This video has a cool DIY feel. Check out the stream and details on this single above in LISTEN.

Wild Cub – “Drive”
from Youth
out now on Big Light Recordings
Dream pop alert! This is a gorgeous track from the Nashville duo. Directed by Fort Ripper, the video adds to the noirish feel. Wild Cub will perform at the CMJ Music Marathon and at Brooklyn Bowl on 10/22..



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