Hospitality are set to release their self-titled debut album on January 31, and have shared a track, “Betty Wang”, lifted from the album.
The story behind the track – Betty Wang is a real woman who was one of the only female execs at the investment firm where the band’s singer-songwriter Amber Papini worked. Amber admired Betty for holding her own and refusing to change her habits to fit in. “Su Chia” is Betty’s birth name, and part of the chorus.
Melbourne’s goodbyemotel have released their new EP, “Wish Your Way”, which was recorded by legendary producer Julian Medelsohn (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Page, Pet Shop Boys) and is now available for free download on the band’s website.
Following their showcase at CMJ, the band have been preparing to tour the US for the remainder of 2011 to promote the new EP and head back into the studio to record their sophomore album. The album will be the follow up to their self-titled debut from 2010. Acclaimed artist Storm Thorgerson, the designer behind the stunning Pink Floyd album covers is now on board to create its artwork.
The ‘Wish Your Way’ EP is available now through Nice Bike Records. Check out the video for the track, ‘Redroom’ below where they are sounding kind of Interpol-esque at points but tad more poppy.
As a special Halloween treat, Superchunk has posted a Misfits’ cover for free download on their official website.
The band says, “Happy Halloween everyone! An omelet of disease awaits your noontime meal! In the tradition of doing something we did last year, we’ve got another Misfits cover for you. We recorded it with John Plymale at Overdub Lane. Everyone sings! So it’s festive. Here you go, ‘Where Eagles Dare.’”
Visit Superchunk’s website to stream and download their cover of “Where Eagles Dare” by The Misfits!
Eight and a Half are the most recent signing to Arts & Crafts roster. The band consists of Justin Peroff (from Broken Social Scene) and ex-The Stills Dave Hamelin and Liam O’Neil. Eight and a Half is synth heavy with a dark, moody yet beautiful sound on their first track, “Scissors”. They have also already received coverage from from Spin, Prefix and Consequence Of Sound and this was all prior to the single even being officially announced by the band.
Eight and a Half is offering “Scissors” for free download on SoundCloud and Eight-and-a-Half.com. A remix of the “Scissors” from L.A. based remixer TOKiMONSTA on Soundcloud and available for download exclusively from RCRD LBL right now.
The band’s debut full-length album is expected to be released through Arts & Crafts in early 2012.
Gathered together by Jon Lawless and Liam Sanagan, the super collaborative First Rate People have returned with a new, free EP, named after their most recent single, Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art. The beautifully poppy release is available for free download from the band’s website at www.firstratepeople.com. The EP features the original version of the title track as well as a remix by Kidstreet, new track “Summer Job”, “Funny Games”, and the First Rate People remix of the Baths’ track “Hall”. The Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art EP provides fans with a snapshot of the band’s past year and where they are moving musically in the future.
IFC.com’s Grayson Currin said about the title track, “This is the sound of First Rate People twinkling into the realties of maturity, and they’ve never sounded better.” The EP brings into the fold new band member Mike Harloff, on loan from Fitness Club Fiasco and retired teacher from Lawless’ high school, Claire Baker, who provided oboe on “Summer Job”, a collaboration the band hopes will continue on future recordings. The band has begun work on their debut full-length, due for release in 2012.
1. Summer Job
2. Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art
3. Funny Games
4. Hall (First Rate People Remix)
5. Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art (Kidstreet Remix)
Since the release of 2009′s The Future Will Come, Juan Maclean’s last album, he has created remixes for artists like Chairlift, Matthew Dear, The Tough Alliance, Yoko Ono and Stevie Nicks. In 2010, Maclean secured a place amongst the dance world’s top tier when he contributed a volume to the respected DJ-Kicks series. Juan also appeared on both the Holy Ghost! Static on the Wire! EP and Shit Robot’s “Grim Receiver”. He has been tirelessly DJ’ing worldwide.
Although he has been busy, people are still awaiting an official Maclean album. To satisfy these people, he has released Everybody Get Close, a digital only collection of Maclean’s material featuring new music, re-mastered tracks and remixes from some of his most talented colleagues. Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang have begun work on The Juan Maclean’s 3rd LP for DFA Records. In the meantime, Everybody Get Close, serves as a ‘stop-gap’ compilation and fitting reminder of Juan Maclean’s contribution to both the dance and indie music communities. Everybody Get Close is available now through iTunes.
Listen to and download the title track from “Everybody Get Close” below.
Your friends at Paper Bag Records announce the release of their brand new sampler. This 10 track fall sampler features two never before released tracks – Cuff The Duke covering the Dum Dum Girls’ Always Looking, and Young Galaxy’s remix of labelmates Austra’s Spellwork. The sampler also features Austra’s Identity, only available on this sampler and the Spellwork single.