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.
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.
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.
While you’re busy downloading the latest single from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Life Is Hard, be sure to check out the live performance of the song recorded at New York’s Box Theater last month.
- Posted by WFPKSeptember 24
Repave – the latest meticulously-crafted, dreamy mess from Justin Vernon’s other band, Volcano Choir – is out this week. Here is the lead single. Byegone.
- Posted by WFPKSeptember 4
Franz Ferdinand is back with a new record. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is the British band’s first album since 2009′s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, and it was worth the wait. It’s out this week, and here is the lead single, the aptly-titled Right Action.
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Ernest Greene is back with another Washed Out record. The lushy, dreamy Paracosm is out now, and here is a taste of it called Don’t Give Up.
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Laura Veirs has assembled an all-star cast for Warp & Weft, both in terms of guest appearances and her backing band, with Jim James, Neko Case, KD Lang, Carl Broemel, Tucker Martine and Karl Blau all contributing to one degree or another. But the real stars here are the songs Veirs has written for her ninth album, which is out tomorrow.
You’ve no doubt heard the lead single, Sun Song, on our airwaves over the last few weeks. And now you have a chance to download it fore the next week and listen at your leisure.
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Photo courtesy of Chloe Aftel.