Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Track Rundown


I haven't covered much new music this year but that doesn't mean there aren't already some great songs circulating. Below is a new track rundown of everything I have been listening to lately. The first track is the newest from Brooklyn up-and-comers Conveyor. It is a captivating journey through spacey melodies with slow building acoustics and well placed electronic flourishes. "Stay Useless" is the perfect introduction to Cloud Nothings' buzzworthy new effort Attack on Memory. It makes great use of the raw Steve Albini production and brings to mind the guitar-driven slacker anthems of the 90s. Mathew Dear's track "In the Middle (I Met You There)" shows how well he can mesh funky rhythms with memorable keyboard lines. It comes from his excellent four song EP, Headcage. Sonic Youth may be finished but that isn't going to stop guitarist Lee Randaldo from writing innovative guitar lines as you can hear on "Off the Wall", the first taste of his upcoming debut album. Scottish shoegazers The Twilight Sad are set to release No One Can Ever Know, their third album, on February 7. If "Another Bed" is any indication, they are leaning towards a synth-laden sound that borrows more from punk and new wave than their previous two efforts. Check out all these and more after the jump. As always, I have included the dates when these great artists are playing in the Boston area.

Conveyor – “Mukraker”

Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
Sun, 3/25/12 - Brighton Music Hall w/ A Classic Education and The Dirty Dishes

Matthew Dear – “In the Middle (I Met You There)”

Digital Leather – “Young Doctors in Love”

Grimes – “Genesis”
Mon, 3/26/12 - Great Scott w/ Born Gold

The Twilight Sad – “Another Bed”
Sun, 2/26/12 - Brighton Music Hall

Field Music – “A New Town”

Lee Ranaldo – “Off the Wall”
Sun, 5/8/12 - House of Blues w/ M. Ward

The Dads – “Don’t Know How to Eat That”

COOLRUNNINGS – “Spirit of the High”

Kishi Bashi – “It All Began with a Burst”

The Vliets – “Velvet Sea”

King Khan & The Shrines – “Bite My Tongue”
Sun, 4/1/12 - Paradise Rock Club w/ of Montreal

Damien Jurado – “Nothing is the News”

Lambchop – “Gone Tomorrow”

Shearwater – “You as You Were”
Thu, 2/23/12 - Paradise Rock Club w/ Sharon Van Etten

Princeton – “Remembrance of Things to Come”

Buxton - “Boy of Nine”

Nada Surf – “Waiting for Something”
Fri, 4/6/12 - Paradise Rock Club

Dr. Dog never disappoint and the cheerful video for their single "That Old Black Hole" has their latest effort, Be the Void, at the top of my anticipated albums list. Nerves Junior's latest video is a dark narrative through a surreal and dreamlike world that serves as the perfect visual accompaniment to the haunting song. Boston's Quilt have steadily been making a name for themselves with their psychedelic rock sound that hearkens back to the 60s and with the video for "Young Gold", they have captured the aesthetic of that era as well. Another Boston buzzband, Yale, Massachusetts, have released a video for their track "Danger City, Population: ME". It is fitting that the video for the energetic punk song ends in injury. On the heavier end of the punk spectrum, Trash Talk have an insane NSFW animated video for "Slander". The last video here comes from Errors and seems like the product of what would happen if a band crowdsourced a video from the minds of Reddit users. But maybe that is just because of all the up arrows.


Thu, 3/22/12 - House of Blues


Wed, 3/7/12 - TD Garden w/ The Black Keys








Tue, 2/14/12 - Great Scott w/ The Jealous Sound


Sat, 3/24/12 - Brighton Music Hall w/ Pretty & Nice











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