The Shilohs – “Get Ready Now”
from So Wild
out 5 February on Light Organ Records
It’s been a little over two years since we featured The Shilohs as a Friday Free Feature, and now they are back with the LP, So Wild. The quartet out of Vancouver recently signed to Light Organ Records, which is releasing their full-length debut. “Get Ready Now” has that power pop-alt. country feel we’ve come to enjoy from Wilco and Cass McComb. We’ve previewed other tracks from So Wild, and it’s clear that road wear and studio time have matured this band. They have evolved from folksy-homegrown to seasoned songsmiths.
Archers – “Old Parade”
from What Birds Think
released 15 October 2012 on Bandcamp
Archers is a five-piece out of Adelaide, South Australia. They’ve garnered a bit of attention in their hometown, and were handpicked to play Big Day Out 2013 this Friday. The undeniable rhythm and clean guitar on “Old Parade” is sure to set your hips in motion. If you like that, consider getting their EP, What Birds Think, which is free on Bandcamp.
Echodrone – “Are Friends Electric” (Gary Numan Cover)
from Mixtape for Duckie
released 28 December 2012
The San Francisco shoegaze/dreampop/indie band Echodrone was feeling nostalgic, and decided to unleash an EP full of 80s cover tunes that will have you wanting to put your hair in pompadour and yearn for someone who is impossibly out of your league. Not to be nitpicky (but I am feeling a little snarky), if this is dedicated to Andrew McCarthy, shouldn’t it be mixtape for Blane? Well, I am sure that John Cryer is flattered too. I love, love, love this Gary Numan cover. Also check out “Cry Little Sister” (Gerard MacMann cover) and “Praying for Time” (George Michael cover). Great Echodrone twists on eighties’ radio mainstays. Stream and purchase the album on Bandcamp.
Fyrce Muons – “Gravity”
from Flexible Butane Planet
released 01 January 2013 on Cynkyl Records
Flexible Butane Planet is Fyrce Muons 49th record, starting way back in Salt Lake City in 1979. They claim to be the ‘the best band in the world that nobody’s ever heard of’ and they may be right. Gravity is a prime example of their oddly-infectious ‘space punk’. Fyrce Muons is another reason why we love weird.
Vacationer – “Good As New” (Silent Rider Remix)
from Good As New Remix EP
Dreamy, mysterious mix of the Vacationer single. Silent Rider is Brooklyn-based electronic producer, Reed Kackley. He excels at stitching together bits and pieces of several genres. His heartfelt vocals are accompanied by swelling synths, somber piano tones, heavy basslines, and concise, hard-hitting drums. Get your free download the Silent Rider album free, here.