James Vincent McMorrow – Gold

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James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore Post Tropical LP is definitely a departure from his debut. The voice is still unmistakably his, but the instrumentation is lush, hazy and sweeping. The album’s first single, Gold, typifies this new direction.

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Sleeper Agent – Waves

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Bowling Green’s Sleeper Agent has been making a splash nationally of late. The band has a new album coming out in March called About Last Night. Waves is the danceable, quirky first single from the album. You can download it below.

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Dr. Dog and Saint Rich Cover One Another

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Dr. Dog and Saint Rich are getting ready to start a two-month-long tour together. In anticipation of the jaunt, they’ve decided to release the free Casual Freefall EP. It includes four exclusive tracks, with both bands covering each other once.

Peggy Sue – Idle

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In anticipation of their third album, Choir of Echoes, moody British rockers Peggy Sue have released a new single. Idle begins inconspicuously enough – with sparse instrumentation and slightly understated vocals – before kicking into gear and allowing the rhythm section to take the lead. Choir of Echoes is out Jan. 29 from Yep Roc.

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They Might Be Giants – The Darlings of Lumberland

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The Johns have decided to give us another free track from their latest record, Nanobots. It’s called The Darlings of Lumberland. The title could be a little confusing, considering that the song isn’t about the most charming lumberjacks in the yard. In fact, John Flansburgh made sure to clear up any misconceptions about the song’s meaning:

The song itself is a reference to the Darling Family that were early settlers from around Bethel NY (and whose name comes up in more than one Catskill mountain graveyard). At the turn of the last century the area around Bethel was often generically referred to as Lumberland, as lumber was cut and sent down the Delaware water gap to heat New York City.

Those Darlins – In the Wilderness

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Here’s a track from the new Those Darlins record, Blur the Line, which was released just this week. The radio edit of In the Wilderness below was originally posted over at Rolling Stone, but we’ve got the it right here. In the Wilderness is a pretty apt title, too, considering that Nikki and Jessi Darlin wrote the song deep in the woods of Kentucky.

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