“…for Sarah Blasko’s wonderful third album, As Day Follows Night, the cinematic visions – produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn And John with an almost entirely unplugged palette of strings, sax, piano, nylon guitar, banjo, double bass, percussion and saw – are a rich frame for songs of naked heartache.”

Sydney native Sarah Blasko will release As Day Follows Night in the US on August 10th. The album garnered rave reviews in Australia and was named “Album Of The Year” by Triple J Radio, Australia’s largest radio network. The album is already the best-selling of her career, following her platinum 2004 debut album The Overture and the Underscore and 2007’s ARIA-winning What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have.

For As Day Follows Night, Blasko enlisted producer Bjorn Yttling (from Peter Bjorn and John) and accepted his invitation to record in his Stockholm studio.

“Going to Sweden on my own to work with musicians I had never met before was a bit daunting, but also really refreshing,” Blasko says. “I like the idea of an album being an adventure. Away from home, you’re more open to new ideas. In life in general, I like to feel uncomfortable, I like to put myself through difficulties unnecessarily. Nothing good comes out of being complacent.”

You can Download  free track from Sarah below:



Hot Club de Paris are sharing a track from their upcoming EP ‘The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band’ with the equally fantastically titled track ‘Free The Pterodactyl 3’ which basically recounts guitarist Paul Rafferty’s attempt to liberate a 3 metre fibreglass Pterodactyl from an abandoned fairground resulting in a run in with the law.

The EP is released May 24th and celebrates Moshi Moshi’s 100th release.

Download it for yourself below:


Discosalt Video of the Week 5/16/10: Casio kids are a bunch of misfit Norwegian musicians who churn out bouncy carefree 80’s influenced pop with a childish naivity that is impossible to feel bad listening to.  Drawing on afro-beat, techno and out-and-out pop, the band draws similarities from Paul Simon’s “Graceland”, Ivor Cutler, New Order, King Tubby, Bob Hund, Cornelius and Fela Kuti.

The new video for “Finn Bikkjen” (Find Dogs!),directed by Greg Taylor is a dream sequence about a man’s search for his dog that features some fuzzy-eared, neon hoodie-clad and white puppet faced dancer. A strange, joyous and unique video that compliments the bands sound and will leave you day dreaming all day. Casio kids is bringing their live show to music festivals throughout Europe this summer, but will return to the US for a national tour in August. Dates to be announced shortly.

(mp3)    Casio kids- Finn Bikkjen!

Casiokids – 2010 Tour Dates
Apr 16 Novafest @ Blå Oslo
May 2 Camden Crawl London (UK)
Jul 2 Roskilde festival Roskilde (DK)
Jul 17 Kjørrefjordfestivalen Farsund
Aug 10 Øyafestivalen (10-14.august) Oslo
Sep 3 Rått og råde Stavanger


Thursday May 6th is a big concert night here in New York, there are 3 excellent show choices, including Local natives with Suckers , Beach House and Canadian indie folk band Patrick Watson and the Wooden Arms. Discosalt will be at the Patrick Watson show at the Bell House. Watson is known for his crazy instrument choices and his breathy vocals. Most bands get together with the intention of record deals and tours, but Watson’s troupe came together to make music to go along with a book, and after a few live shows with enthusiastic responses decided to stick with it.

Download Watson’s “Fireweed” below to prep for the show:


Listen for the trademark percussive drumming and airy vocals. Also check out these awesome Take Away videos.

#97 Patrick Watson / Part 1 – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

#97 Patrick Watson / Part 2 – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

#97 Patrick Watson / Part 3 – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

#97 Patrick Watson / Part 4 – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.


Or, the Whale is a DIY alternative country band from San Francisco who write and play alternative country songs, Americana  driving indie rock epics, sweet folk lullabies and barn-stomp traditional country songs somewhere in the vain of Wilco/Sun Volt/Uncle Tupelo/Neil Young. They roll 7 deep, have been paired on tour with bands like Fleet Foxes and The Dodos and their sophomore self-titled record was recently released through Seany Records.  Or, The Whale also recently released a twangy “ironic” alt-country cover of Britney Spears “Toxic” that is worth checking out, if only for curiosity sake but you might be surprised how well it works.

Download the track below:

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It took nearly 2 years, virtual bankruptcy, five states and a dead falcon to get there, but Infinite Arms is the product of a band doing things on their own terms and finally learning to enjoy the results. (Infinite Arms Biography.)

Below is footage from over the past year and a half. Watch as the band spends time in the studio, hear Ben Bridwell explain the collective recording approach that was used on this record and see the band transcend through the final stages of recording process as they bring their latest material to light.

Link to View Making of Infinite Arms Piece: click HERE

You can also watch the new Band of Horses video for “NW Apt” right HERE on Discosalt
or download a free MP3 track from the band right HERE

Due out May 18th on Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia. Pre-order the album and/or Deluxe version at


With Privileged Woes, their DEBUT album Melbourne’s Oh Mercy steps out of Melbourne’s spotlight and into the global musical arena. Mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and Mastered by Steve Fallone (TV on The Radio, The Strokes) at Sterling Sound in New York City the album is an insanely melodic guitar pop trip that flirts with your emotions. One minute their songs are jovial,full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics—and the next they are edged with salty salutations and moody stoicism. Adept and sincere this foursome harmonizes into one and is both bold and memorable. Before you know it you will find yourself hearing the bass line to “Lay Everything On Me” before you have opened your eyes in the morning until you lay down at night. You can download two tracks below:

MP3: OH MERCY- “Can’t Fight It”

MP3: OH MERCY- “Lay Everything On Me”

Oh Mercy Tourdates:

May 29–Pure Pop Records (All Ages – FREE)–Melbourne, Victoria

June 1–TBA–Melbourne–Melbourne, Victoria

July 22—Metro City w/ The Temper Trap–Perth, Western Australia

July 23–Thebarton Theatre w/ The Temper Trap–Adelaide, South Australia

July 24–Festival Hall w/ The Temper Trap SOLD OUT–Melbourne, Victoria

July 27–Hordern Pavilion w/ The Temper Trap–Sydney, New South

July 30–Splendour In The Grass–Brisbane, Queensland


The Dead Weather are going to premiere their new album Sea of Cowards by performing it live in its entirety! The band will premiere the record at the Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville, the same space where they played their very first show in 2009. This exclusive live performance will stream on May 3rd at 3pm PST/6pm EST on MySpace Music and the band’s Myspace page. Prior to Monday’s live performance stream, analog will be going digital for the first time!  Fans can tune into Screaming Vinyl Live, a 24-hour listening party for Sea of Cowards.  Embeddable UStream players located on both Third Man Records and The Dead Weather websites will be playing the new album on vinyl via a live camera and audio stream. Screaming Vinyl Live kicks off Friday April 30th at 10am PST/1pm EST from locations in both Nashville and Los Angeles and will feature surprise guest DJs.
Tweet-To-Download for a free “Hustle and Cuss” MP3 and automatically be entered to win a VIP package and flyaway to Bonnaroo!
The Dead Weather combines the furious talents of members Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Jack Lawrence and Dean Fertita. The follow up to last year’s #6 Billboard debut, Sea of Cowards is a robust and vigorous second act filled with primal, bone quaking rock rhythms and the same stellar urban blues and throbbing sleaze as its predecessor. Sea of Cowards drops May 11th via Third Man Records.  Check out the Floria Sigismondi-directed clip for “Die By The Drop” HERE.

Track List:
Blue Blood Blues
Hustle and Cuss
The Difference Between Us
I’m Mad
Die By the Drop
I Can’t Hear You
No Horse
Looking at the Invisible Man
Old Mary


Just a little Dig tour/album news for you….

This Friday, The Dig hit the first ever Truck America Festival at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Then on Saturday, May 1, they start a string of dates with The Joy Formidable in NYC with a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. And then on Sunday at noon, they’ll be at The Bamboozle Festival at the Meadowlands.  These guys put on an incredible show so don’t miss out seeing them live this time around. We caught them on tour with the Antlers earlier this year and you can check out the Discosalt review HERE.

Download a track from their new album Electric toys, which will now be released on June 8th, below:


Apr 30 @ The Truck Festival (Full Moon Resort ) – Big Indian, NY
May 1 @ Mercury Lounge – NYC (SOLD OUT)
May 2 @ The Bamboozle (Meadowlands) – East Rutherford, NJ
May 4 @ Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto
May 5 @ The Green Room – Montreal
May 6 @ Harper’s Ferry – Allston, MA
May 7 @ Kung Fu Necktie – Philly
May 8 @ Jillian’s – Albany


You can  now Stream the The National’s highly-anticipated new album High Violet in its entirety on the New York Times website.  The stream, courtesy of the Brooklyn indie rockers, will only be available until April 27th, but the album officially drops May 11th. You can also check out Discosalt’s most recent review of the band in New York right HERE.


Seattle rockers, Minus The Bear, are now streaming their forthcoming record, OMNI, in its entirety on KCRW.COM.  Click HERE to listen!  The guys are also kicking off their latest US tour tonight in their homestate of Washington!

OMNI drops May 4th courtesy of Dangerbird Records.  Pre-order the record and play OMNI Says The Game HERE

Tour Dates:
19 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
20 Billings, MT – The Rainyard
22 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
23 Bonner Springs, KS – Sandstone Amphitheatre
25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
28 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
29 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
30 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

2 East Rutherford, NJ – Bamboozle Festival
5 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater
6 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
7 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
8 Richmond, VA – The National
9 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
12 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
14 Houston, TX – House of Blues
15 Dallas, TX – Granada
16 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
18 Albuquerque, MN – Sunshine Theatre
19 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
20 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
21 Pomona, CA – Glass House
22 San Diego, CA – SOMA
23 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
26 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
27 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
28 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
29 George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival


*MP3: Blur – “Fool’s Day”

It’s been seven years since Blur released a single, but they finally broke the dry spell with “Fools Day”. Released last Saturday on only 1,000 copies of 7″ vinyl in the UK exclusively for Record Store Day.  Damon Albarn told The Sun, ”We want independent record stores to continue — they’re an important part of our musical culture.”  Since none of this wax made it across the great pond, the band has posted the track for free on their website. Have a listen above and download your copy here.


*MP3: Bon Iver – “Come Talk To Me” (Peter Gabriel Cover)

Bon Iver and Peter Gabriel released a crossed-cover split 7” Vinyl disc for Record Store Day over the weekend, in which they recorded renditions of one song from the other’s catalog.  Both pretty cool interpretations of each others songs. The 7” is now available via Jagjaguwar and you can listen to the track above. The Gabe has also put out an open-ended invitation/challenge to the artists whose work he covered on his recent Scratch My Back album, which include songs from Radiohead, Neil Young, David Bowie, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, Elbow, Magnetic Fields, The kinks, Lou Reed, Talking Heads and Paul Simon. The goal is to release an eclectic album of Peter Gabriel covers called I’ll Scratch Yours. Whether  or not anyone has an itch to scratch anything remains to be seen.


LA Noise Rock band Health has just released a new apocalyptic gore fest music video for the single “We Are Water”, directed by Eric Wareheim. (The same Eric Wareheim from the comedy duo Tim and Eric).  It might seem like an odd mix of creative talent, but Eric has also directed the video’s for FlyLo’s “Parisian Goldfish” and MGMT’s “The Youth”.    Pretty weird /intense stuff here from start to finish. Its basically three and a half minutes of slow panic and gore. Health’s new album Get Color is now available on Lovepump United and the band will soon be on tour for the European Summer festival circuit. Check out a free download or the video for “Repulsion” below:

HEALTH “We are Water” from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.


Q: Can you choose which songs make the new Devo album?

A: This is the Future! Click HERE

While they may have released their biggest hit in 1980, the iconic new wave/post-punk/art rock band, DEVO, are  still getting at it, still rocking energy domes and surprisingly still relevant.  In addition to gearing up for Lollapalooza and Coachella, DEVO is readying their new album for release this June, and as usual, they’re doing things a little differently. If you saw the DEVO Color Study or caught “DEVO, The Internet & You” at SXSW, you know what I’m talking about. Starting today, DEVO fans will be able to choose which songs make the final album.

In an effort to comply with the growing need for appealing sonic products in the mass market, the band has officially launched the “Devo Song Study” to collect data regarding which of their current roster of recorded material is most appealing to you, the general public. Currently the band has created 16 new songs, which, at the request of corporate leadership, must be narrowed down to 12 for the official album release. This interactive test will gauge your exact opinion on matters of musical taste and is the latest technological wrinkle in facilitating DEVO’s ongoing mission to appeal to everybody. They need you, the harrowed content consumer, to determine these final 12 songs. Please participate in the “Devo Song Study” by going online to:


You can also check out two full song streams from DEVO below:

MP3: DEVO-“WHAT WE DO” (Quicktime)

MP3: DEVO-“WHAT WE DO” (Windows Media)


MP3: DEVO-“FRESH” (Quicktime)

MP3: DEVO-“FRESH” (Windows Media)

While you are here, you need to watch “DEVO, The Internet & You”. This is The Internet, This is You, This is DEVO, Together. This is the Future. This is seriously hilarious.


Athens, Georgia band Twin Tigers have been creating a serious buzz down south. Their self-released EP, Curious Faces Violet Future is a dark collection of neo-psychedelic songs with plenty of distortion in the vein of Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, and The Black Angels.  They are, according to Future Sounds, “the kind of band that could dismantle SilverSun Pickups from their perch on top of the Smashing Pumpkins/Primal Scream/Sonic Youth post.”  They play really raw noisy tunes with plenty of guitar feed back and reverb to create trance-like layers to the melodies hidden beneath.  The band is currently on tour with the Hold Steady, touching down in New York on May 3rd at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn and Pianos on May 4th.

You can also download the track “Passive Idol”, or watch the bands trippy new video for “Red Fox Run”, directed by Robert U. Thomason.


TWIN TIGERS ON TOUR–Select Dates with The Hold Steady*

April 17–Give It Up State! Festival–Clemson, SC

April 20–Tin Roof–Charleston, SC

April 29–Neighborhood Theatre–Charlotte, NC

April 30–Nightlight–Chapel Hill, NC

May 1–The Fire–Philadelphia, PA

May 3–Cameo Gallery–Brooklyn, NY

May 4–Pianos–New York, NY

May 6–Garfield Artworks–Pittsburg, PA

May 7–The Red and Black Room–Washington, DC **

May 22 & May 23–The Social–Orlando, FL** **

May 25–Live Wire Music Hall–Savannah, GA** **

May 26–40 Watt Club–Athens, GA** **

May 27–Variety Playhouse–Atlanta, GA**


Soft Landing began as a recording project by Paul Collins. Between finishing school and touring the world with Beirut, he never really had time to focus on his project. After a month long tour in Brazil, Beirut took a break. It was then that he grabbed Perrin Cloutier (Beirut) and Michael Lawless (Paul’s college friend). Soft Landing, the band, was born. Knowing that free time like this never lasts, the band would practice almost everyday. In January, they drove out to Chicago, and recorded their debut record with Griffin Rodriguez (Icy Demons). The record is currently being mixed, and will be out soon. All of Paul’s songs seem to pull together multiple influences. From Jorge Ben to Arthur Russell, it’s all in there. The beats are huge, the electric guitar is liquid, and the acoustic relentlessly propels the rhythm. Yet, the bands ultimate goal is to make honest music that suits the players playing it. Channeling the crazy without getting math-y.

Their record isn’t done yet, but you can check out some frees unmastered tracks, courtesy of the band and Discosalt below:




The new Django Django single “Skies Over Cairo” is now available for free download, and can be found lurking on the B-side of their new single “WOR”. The UK quartet, who has been described by NME as sounding like Hot Chip crossed with Neil Young /Devo with Arthur Russell/ Meat Beat Manifesto with Moondog, is resting their mantra of “Booze, broads and barbershop chords” and embarking instead upon an instrumental Saharan sojourn that takes in snake-charmer synths and the same polyrhythms that weave through the music of The Beta Band, whose John Maclean is the brother of Django man Dave, not incidentally. “Wor” is out now through The Bonjour Branch.


Django Django’s new album cover art, below, reminds us of the Black Crowes Amorica art

crossed with the poster art of Albert Exergian.


Melissa Auf der Maur, The former Hole bassist who also toured with The Smashing Pumpkins in 2000,  has released her second solo record and multimedia project, Out of Our Minds (OOOM), which is finally out today!  This latest release features the first-ever duet by Glenn Danzig. Check out the AOL Spinner Listening Party ( and don’t forget to pick up a copy. Consisting of 12 powerful tracks produced and mixed by top-flight collaborators including Chris Goss (QOTSA, UNKLE), Alan Molder (Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins) and Mike Frazer (Franz Ferdinand, AC/DC), the multimedia project album also extends into a 28-minute, HD film starring and conceived by MAdM, as well as a limited edition comic book and matching picture disc vinyl illustrated by Jack Forbes.

Stream The Entire Album on AOL Spinner:


(courtesy of Dr. Dog)

Some last minute, but breaking news for Dr. Dog fans.  Dr. Dog will be performing songs from their recently released “Shame, Shame” tonight at 7pm at the Apple Store in Soho, New York.  I last saw Dr. Dog at the Forecastle Festival where they put on a fantastic show, so this is well worth checking out.  The album was released on April 2nd and has much more of a 60s & 70s pop feel to it, recalling The Beach Boys to the Beatles to Bowie. The show is free, so Discosalt suggests getting there early! See ya there.

You can also stream the album “Shame, Shame” it in its entirety right HERE, courtesy of NPR. just click and enjoy!


Neon Indian‘s “Psychic Chasms” has been remixed by producer BRAHMS and you can check it out here.  Neon Indian has a busy spring/summer tour ahead; opening twice for Massive Attack at NYC’s Terminal 5 on May 11 and 12th and then headlining a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th in Brooklyn.


Neon Indian Upcoming Tour Dates:

05/11 New York, NY – Terminal 5 with Massive Attack

05/12 New York, NY – Terminal 5 with Massive Attack

05/13 Boston, MA – House of Blues with Massive Attack

05/29 Calgary, AB – Hi Fi Club

05/31 George, WA – Sasquatch

06/02 San Diego, CA – Casbah

06/03 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar

06/04 Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum / First Fridays

06/05 Corvalis, OR – Flat Tall Music Festival

06/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s 06/09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl

06/10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

06/11 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square

06/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox

06/13 Baltimore, MD – Sonar

06/17 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

06/19 Denver, CO – Westword Music Showcase

07/17 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom


Black Keys Band Couch Portrait

The Black Keys are back and plan on releasing their next album, Brothers, on May 18th. To tie you off until then, they made this promo video for their new single  “Tighten Up” which was produced by Danger Mouse and stars “Frank” a funkasaurus rex with some tite dance moves. Check it out.



We don’t normally post about Country music here, but, I’m a sucker for country women. South Carolina crooner Cary Ann Hearst is no exception. She has a big mouth, a sparkle in her eye and a simple sense of melody and primeval sense of guitar rhythm that is a direct result of her Nashville upbringing. She cried when she woke up in Jackson, MS on her first tour bus ride with Butch Walker because she wanted to see her Grandfather’s grave. She is a small and powerful piece of artillery and she sings like Jesus’ little probate. Those who hate country music hate her especially for forcing them to like country music, but she doesn’t give a shit about what people like!  Cary plays lo-fi, no frills barebone guitar, and with raw lyrics about theives, priests and prostitutes like “fucked to bits/all ass and tits”, her music never pretends to hide behind anything. This is music that harks back to the golden era of country music and sounds even better out in the backwoods, laying on the hood of a car, drinking whiskey, smoking cigs and telling ghost stories. If you are a fan of Lucinda WilliamsHolly Golightly, Neko Case, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn or The White Stripes, you should check out some free MP3 downloads of of Cary’s music below:


Her EP Are You Ready To Die is also out now, via FILTER US Recordings.


Oh Mercy is an indie band out of Melbourne, Australia you will probably be hearing a lot more about this year.  The band, originally formed back in 2006, is made up of Alexander Gow on vocals and guitar; Thomas Savage on piano, guitar and vocals;  Eliza Lam on bass and vocals and Rohan Sforcinaon on drums and carriage robbery.  Oh Mercy is the kind of indie rock band that flirts with your emotions; one minute their songs are jovial, full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics—and the next they are edged with salty salutations and moody stoicism. Adept and sincere this foursome harmonizes into one and is both bold and memorable. Before you know it you will find yourself hearing the bass line to “Lay Everything On Me” before you have opened your eyes in the morning until you lay down at night. There is a reason Ben Folds HAND PICKED this band to perform at the Sydney Opera House.

With Privileged Woes, their DEBUT album, Oh Mercy steps out of Melbourne’s spotlight and into the global musical arena. Mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and Mastered by Steve Fallone (TV on The Radio, The Strokes) at Sterling Sound in New York City the album, Privileged Woes is out everywhere NOW.



Teengirl Fantasy is the dreamy electronic love child of two Oberlin College students, Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss. The duo create electro clicks and beeps with some Booty-Pop drone that is danceable… in slow motion, for the indie rocker dance challenged (think Fuck Buttons, Neon Indian, Beach Fossils). They have had a few small releases in the past year, including a Telepathe remix, the single “Hollywood Hills” , a digital download TGIF EP and, “Portofino”. They recently signed onto True Panther records with the plan to release a full LP this year. Check out the video for “Portofino” or download some tracks below:



Portofino ~ Teengirl Fantasy ~ from Teengirl Fantasy on Vimeo.


The Cloud I’m Under started his musical journey when he got his first guitar at the age of 6.  He spent his teen years using cheap samplers, guitars, and whatever noisemakers he could get his hands on to record bedroom 4 track experiments.  Now full grown and residing in NY, he takes influences from 80’s Synth Pop, 90’s Power Pop, and Low era Bowie to create ecstatic synth driven Robo -Pop, symphonic beats and lofi acoustic numbers.

You can check out his next batch of free music right here on Discosalt.  This time around he’s bringing you 3 new songs jam packed with Werewolf beats and righteous licks.

1. Werewolf Man With No Time
2. Good Day Sir
3. Interrupt Me

All Previous Released Music is available at


A Place to Bury Strangers:

Brooklyn’s volume knob maximalist trio A Place to Bury Strangers is an experience in noise. They played Webster Hall last night, March 30th and made me believe the hype that they are New York City’s “loudest band.”

Their sound — an obvious nod to 80’s post-punk, noise-rock like My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain, New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen (but louder) — is a heavy, atmospheric wall-of-sound-influenced blend of psychedelic and shoegaze, only slightly veiled under a blanket of intense feedback. While noisy, APTBS is not just loud for the sake of being loud. Beneath the distortion, the band spills out some really intricate melody-driven songs rooted in an overwhelming array of textures that are really mesmerizing to listen to when you let them wash over you.
Performing most of the set either buried in darkness and smoke, or exposed by scorchingly bright white strobe light effects, they create the perfect vibe that disorients and intensifies the experience. Silhouettes emerge in and out of the layers of smoke, as the band wastes no time getting passionately loud.  “In Your Heart,” plays out like the album version, verging upon a more aggressive Joy Division track, while the more gritty “I Live My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart” is a total sonic experience. After splitting open the song, the band launched into an extended noise jam, thrashing and swinging instruments around to create all kinds of manic feedback. It was a sonic barrage for the audience.
Between the sheer volume, darkness and smoke, I wasn’t sure whether Oliver Akermann had broken his guitar trashing around, unplugged it in protest or was just haphazardly fiddling with effects. But by the time they brilliantly convulsed back into the melody, flawlessly timed and executed,  it became increasingly obvious: these are no happy accidents to cultivating this kind of sound; these are bona fide sound architects at work. Akermann’s Stage performance is really compelling to watch, and it’s not a put-on. He rips into his guitar, spitting bitter lyrics and reverb-drenched guitar hooks, and exploring effects pedals while convening a penetrating sense of dread and isolation without the least bit of self-awareness or even acknowledgement of the audience that’s witnessing this sonorous copulation. And by performing his craft un-self-consciously and with such passion, he transcends most loud, hardcore rockers and is infinitely more interesting to watch. Jay Space’s relentless, synthier 80’s drum machine beats and Jono Mofo’s heavy bass complete the trio, making it hard to believe only three guys are able to propagate this kind of noise. The performance, like their music, is dark, loud, and reckless. A throwback to New York’s grittier, post-punk basement clubs only louder, where volume and thrashing through a sweat- soaked crowd can get you as fucked as the booze. They didn’t perform an encore, but there was no need. They poured every ounce of proverbial sweat into the performance and had said everything there was for them to say.



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The Big Pink:

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The Inevitable Backlash are back with a new video, that well, ahem, speaks for itself. After 2009’s My Two Brookes record was released, the band embarked on a cross-country tour to Maine and Back where they were robbed in New York, stayed with nudists in Brooklyn, and drove through a tornado in Texas. Now, the West coast DIY indie band recorded a noise-infused-guitarfucking cover of  The All American Rejects single “Gives you Hell”. While not a fan of The Rejects, The Inevitable Backlash put a pretty decent spin on this tune, aided by the beats of  Beastie Boys percussionist Alfredo Ortiz to help out on percussion and tracked with Albini-trained Manny Nieto in his all analog digs in East LA. The music video shot by director Carmelo Lopez stars adult film actress Sammie Rhodes and needs little introduction or commentary. Porn stars and gorillas on trampolines. Enjoy.

MP3:  The Inevitable Backlash: Gives You Hell


(Photo Credit: Kyle Dean Reinford)

Australia’s intimate folksy indie band The Middle East have kept a mysterious low profile since the release of their 2008 album, The Recordings Of The Middle East.  Rumors circulated over a year ago that the band broke up, but with such little information about the band on the web (even their Myspace page said “not finished” for a while), they have remained somewhat in anonymity. Finally, we have some news:  On April 15th the band will be opening for Pavement in Panoma, California at the Fox Theater with a tour to follow. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning.

If you aren’t familiar with the band, they play really lush folk-rock with ambient flourishes. Fragile, light and mellow but not without intensity.  They have a trick to create really gorgeous gently musically layered songs that are so pure, their heart and complexity is sometimes piercing. The bands poetry creeps in without warning, bringing you into stunning  moments where someone is collapsing on a floor holding a portrait, or tearing down a fence, which fills another person with love.  Songs of Love lost, love found.  Spend some time with the Middle East and download some tracks below:

MP3: The Middle East “THE DARKEST SIDE”

MP3: The Middle East “BLOOD”

The Middle East Tour Dates:
Apr 9–Larimer Lounge–Denver, Colorado
Apr 13–Cellar Door–Visalia, California
Apr 15–The Fox Theater–Ponoma, California
Apr 16–Soho Restaurant and Music Club–Santa Barbara, California
Apr 18–Coachella–Indio, California
May 13–Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire–Montreal, Quebec*
May 15–Middle East–Cambridge, Massachusetts*
May 16–Theatre of the Living Arts–Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*
May 17–Music Hall of Williamsburg–::SOLD OUT::–Brooklyn, New York*
May 18–Webster Hall–::SOLD OUT:–New York, New York*
May 20–9:30 Club–Washington DC, Washington DC*
May 21–Beachland Ballroom–Cleveland, Ohio*
May 22–Wexner Center–Columbus, Ohio*
May 24–Lincoln Hall–Chicago, Illinois*
May 25–Varsity Theater–Minneapolis, Minnesota*
May 29–Sasquatch Music Festival–George, Washington*
May 30–560 Club–Vancouver, British Columbia*
May 31–Aladdin Theater–Portland, Oregon*
Jun 2–Slim’s–San Francisco, California*
Jun 7–Rhythm Room–Phoenix, Arizona*
Jun 9–Antone’s–Austin, Texas*
Jun 10–House of Blues Cambridge Room–Dallas, Texas *
Jul 10–T in the Park–Balado, Scotland
Jul 11–Punchestown Racecourse–Naas, Northern Ireland
Jul 15–Slottsfjell Festival–Tonsberg
* Tour Dates with Mumford and Sons



Lissy Trullie:

Lissy Trullie has become the rocker du jour for fashionistas and hipsters throughout New York. She oozes hipness. With her 60’s mod warhol haircut, dangerously high mini skirt, and sexy pouty stage persona, there is no question, Lissy is interesting to look at.  But its not all style over substance. Her set on Friday showed she can be interesting to listen to as well. Working through a mix of noisy garage pop rock hits with Strokes-like riffs, along side some more poppy Blondiesc tunes, and a surprisingly good cover of Hot Chips “Ready for the Floor”, she managed to grab my full attention and leave me wanting [to hear] more…and I swear it wasn’t just the mini skirt… I think.

Lissy Trullie – “Self-Taught Learner (TMDP Remix)” | download

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Bear Hands:

Bear Hands were probably the most buzzed about band of the night, and they managed to live up to the hype for me. They are rapidly becoming my new favorite Brooklyn band and a band to keep on your radar this year. They blend a mix of post-punk, indie rock, shoegaze and 90’s alternative rock into a totally unique sound that had the whole crowd moving. Jumping in and out of riotous percussion segments with bass player, Val Loper doubling up on drums and maracas, they create sort of an ethnic folky art rock sound that manages to sound distinctly American. Singer Dylan Rau, showing some west coast love, rocked a Giants cap, displaying the word “fat” on his guitar in black electric tape?, at times sounded like Girls singer Christopher Owens, at times like Pavement, at times Cold War Kids but with a hangover. Often moving from funky singing to emotionally shouting, Rau has an uncanny ability to bring an urgent anxiousness to his performance, while at the same time seeming barely bothered. Its like he just woke up and we are all interrupting something but hes too lazy/drunk to tell us. “Cant Stick Em” was one of the sets highlights with its over driven bass, and fast tight drums swirled into Bear Hands patented shuffling gait, giving the the band a more urban new wave vibe that was really fun to dance to. Get out and see these guys before they blow up.

Bear Hands – “What A Drag” | download

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Holy Ghost! (DJ set)

Holy Ghost! – “I Will Come Back (Classixx remix)” | download


Drive-By Truckers eighth studio album The Big To Do, and the official followup to 2008’s Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, is “very much a rock album. Very melodic and more rocking than anything since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.” Covering everything from death, the murder of a preacher by his wife, working a shitty job, being homesick, and binge drinking, The big To Do is a southern rock opera unto itself.  Read what Patterson Hood has to say on “This Fucking Job”:

I wrote this one in my office shortly before the economic collapse of last 2008. I came out of a several year drought of songwriting and wrote about three albums worth of songs for this project but I always knew that this one would be for The Big To-Do.

I never forget how lucky I am to get to do what I love so much as a job and career. I also never forget that it almost never happened and happened only after a lot of sacrifice and some gut wrenching decisions that at the time seemed very foolish to anyone looking for tangible evidence of our reasons. Cooley and I were in our 30’s when we started this band. We hit the road with a vengeance that went way beyond obsession and at a pace of much younger bands. At the same time, coming home meant working shitty jobs to pay off the debt that touring at that level incurred (plus some of us were married and everyone had to eat). I can still remember a soul-searching decision where we just decided to go for broke and try to make all of this happen. We didn’t really have much chance of making all of this work out to a point of actually making a living at it but decided to do it anyway.

We worked really hard, made some right moves but inevitably we also got lucky and I still go to bed knowing that my shitty old day job is still nipping at my heels and with children in the picture we certainly couldn’t be so cavalier in waging it all on some pipe dream.

download the track here:

Drive-By Truckers – “This Fucking Job”Download

and check them out on Letterman last week:



Yeasayer: Odd Blood

Label: Secretly Canadian

Release Date: February 9, 2010

It’s a good thing Yeasayer is mostly full of shit. In the run up to the release of its second album, the Brooklyn band claimed it was partially inspired by the theory of Singularity, which hypothesizes that artificial intelligence will eventually overtake that of the human mind. If that were actually true, and the group had gone ahead and constructed a concept album about man versus machine, Odd Blood wouldn’t be the florescent joy that it is. It certainly starts out hinting at some larger idea which might possibly involve revolting computers: opener “The Children” features garbled vocals and a clanging, industrial stomp, and is easily the worst song of the ten. But by the end of the record, frontman Chris Keating is singing about he and his girl “making love ’til the morning light” over a clattering clap-along chorus, and the experience as a whole is less a pseudo-scientific think-piece than it is the soundtrack to the romantic sci-fi drama John Hughes never got to make…on acid.

A lot easier to believe is the group’s assertion that it wants to compete with the likes of Rihanna for space on the world’s dance floors. As Animal Collective did with last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, on Odd Blood Yeasayer puts aside its art-pop pretensions in favor of making art that simply pops. 2007’s All Hour Cymbals thought being psychedelic meant not having to write real songs, and sometimes it does, but the flashes of melody and atmospheric inventiveness on their debut only made you hope the trio would eventually hang its mishmash of ideas on something sturdier. And now it has—namely, the drums of a dude who used to backup Peter Gabriel. And a shitload of synths, too.

So yeah, this is a “New New Wave” (or, sigh, “nu-wave”) record. Those aforementioned drums—particularly on the sublimely airy highlight “Madder Red”—are the same kind of huge, echoey cloudbursts that made wimps like Simple Minds and Human League seem muscular. Anand Wilder’s guitar appears only in snippets, often buried under a stack of glittering keyboards. And the slow-drifting closer “Grizelda” is about ruthless Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, whose exports kept American clubs up all night back in the ’80s. But Odd Blood is not a work of empty nostalgia. It is, in fact, very much an album of the late-aughties, when the accessibility of music has saturated young artists with so many sounds it’s impossible not to just feed them all through the pop kaleidoscope. And, despite appearances, it is still very much a Yeasayer album. The band hasn’t ditched the worldly influences of All Hour Cymbals—they’ve been absorbed into rhythms. First single “Ambling Alp,” a jittery earwig named after 1930s boxer Primo Carnera (between this and “Lisztomania,” Phoenix’s hyper-infectious ode to 19th century composer Franz Liszt, the key to a hit single appears to be clicking the Random Article function on Wikipedia and writing about the first historical figure that comes up), has a reggae lilt beneath the glowing electro production. “O.N.E.” bounces along on a rubbery disco beat that’s straight out of carnivale. And there are traces of dub and Middle Eastern folk sprinkled throughout. Everything is coated in a unifying Technicolor sheen, showing the group has learned that psychedelia can be trippy and groovy at the same time, man.

As for a theme? Well, that’s easy: love. Not a cloying, disingenuous love either. “I Remember,” a ballad about Keating’s wife built around a fluttering keyboard line, is the most full-hearted, with references to “making out on an airplane,” “golden hearts in a fresh cut grass” and “being stupid together.” It’s warm and sentimental without being saccharine. And it’s also the greatest counterargument to that Singularity nonsense: Computers might one day be able to think like us, but they’ll never be able to feel like we do.

-Matthew Singer



Fang Island: Fang Island

Label: Sargent House

Release Date: February 23, 2010

Stream the album for free HERE

Dan Deacon, Mr Holland’s Opus, Joe Satanari, Early 90’s After School Specials, The Go! Team and Starburst (the candy). These are all things that come to mind after repeated listens to Fang Island’s eponymous EP. Band members say this music is the sound of “everyone high-fiving everyone.”  And I have to say, I agree: this album is just so easy to love. But a written description doesn’t do it justice. My advice? Buy it and give it a listen.

Since I experienced this album in such a different way, I figured I’d approach this review in a completely different way. Here is my freestyle take on Fang Island:

Only good things, guitar circles and drum rings, celebration, congratulations, block party booming bass,  tweeting, sweeping, smashing, crashing, putting a smile on everyone’s face. Is it Summer yet? It must be Summer. This is the new Summer sound. One foot planted firmly on the f/x pedal, the other never touches down.  Flash, Panache, Substance and style, even the organ seems to smile, Joyful handclaps and blissed-out beats, mighty tighty moogs and keys. Echo chamber echoes, criss-crossing melodies, soaring, soulful ooh’s and aaaah’s, childlike glee. Muscle car guitars, glitter, sparkles and stars. Indie Tabernacle Choirboy choruses blasting from Chevy Cavaliers and Ford Tauruses, reoccurring ditties and nothing remotely shitty. Rock, pop, chamber and twee, psych, freak, alt and of course indie.  Spin it some more and don’t let it stop. In with a snap and out with a pop.

-Casey Bowers


With SXSW 2010 creeping up,  Discosalt has a preview of this years bands to watch. There are some amazing bands to check out, so clear the rest of your schedule for the afternoon and comb through our list:


Recent Dangerbird Records signees, Minus The Bear, are set to release their new album, OMNI, on May 4th. To celebrate their new label and upcoming release, the guys will head on tour starting April 21st, but before that, the guys will head back to SXSW, where they’ll play an impressive 5 showcases.

Download first single “My Time” and play OMNI Says The Game:

18 Cedar Street Courtyard (FILTER Party)
19 Antone’s (Relix Day Party)
19 Rusty Spurs (The MuseBox Show)
20 Stubb’s (Official SXSW Showcase)

20 Mellow Johnny’s 10 AM- (Dangerbird Showcase)

Artist: Minus The Bear
Album: OMNI
Release: May 4th 2010
Label: Dangerbird Records

Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM), is back with her second solo album – a multimedia journey titled Out of Our Minds (OOOM). Dynamic, multilayered and independently produced, OOOM, is a 21st century concept project that includes a solo album, short film, comic book, live performances, gallery presentations and several viral components. She’ll head to Austin to perform a series of performances, no doubt examples of her vast talent and expansive imagination.
17 Austin Music Hall 8 PM (SXSW MAdM Live SHow)
18 Austin Conference Centre, Room 17AB
2-3 PM (SXSW Music Panel)
18 Peche, 6-7PM (SXSW Fender and FILTER host MAdM OOOM party)
Artist: Melissa Auf der Maur
Album: Out of Our Minds
Release: March 23

This Australian collective had a huge year with the release of Conditions and the inclusion of their breakout song “Sweet Disposition” in nearly everything, including the indie hit film (500) Days of Summer. They’re ready to take their infectious sound to the Lone Star state as they hit up two different showcases during the fest.
Check out the video for “Sweet Disposition” here:
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19th La Zona Rosa
Release: Conditions
Artist:  The Temper Trap
Release: OUT NOW!
Label: Columbia Records

It’s fitting that both the word “unique” and 20-year-old SLIIMY (Yanis Sahraoui) are French.  With his tumble of colors and curls, moods and manners and styles and eras, Sliimy embodies the essence of uniqueness.  His debut studio album, Paint Your Face, zips and darts between mournful ballads and exuberant pop-funk, executed with a blend of childlike glee and energy to spare. He’ll be at The Aquarium on March 18th so don’t miss out!
Check out the video for title track, “Paint Your Face“:
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Artist: Sliimy
Album: Paint Your Face
Release: Digitally Available NOW!
Label: Warner Bros. Records

These grandiose rockers won’t be skewing far from home when they hit up SXSW this year. The guys from Denton, TX, will hit nearby Austin to promote their latest release The Courage of Others, hailed by NPR as “[a] gentle masterwork.” After giving their home state fans a chance to see them at SXSW, the band is more than excited to return to their roots.
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Artist:  Midlake
Release: The Courage of Others
Release: OUT NOW!
Label: Bella Union

Having toured with Silversun Pickups, Deerhoof, and Japandroids, these LA-based rockers are no stranger to the stage. Their latest record, Spells, combines innovative structures, gritty ambitions and front woman Sarah Negahdari’s eccentricities, to create music that remains a kaleidoscope of their unconventional past and current Los Angeles aesthetic. Their video for “Death to Vivek Kemp” even received spins from MTVU.  With so many showcases lined up, there is no excuse to get in on their fun!
17 Red Eyed Fly (Little Radio Party) – 3:30PM
17 Jaime’s (Autumn Tone Showcase) – 9:00PM
18 Scoot Inn (Baeble Music Party) – 12:30PM
18 Lustre Pearl (Filter/Dickies Party) – 3:00PM
19 Republic Live – (CoS / Rawk Plog! Party) – TBA
19 Guero’s – 8:00PM
20 Homeslice Pizza (Ship Party) – TBA
Artist: The Happy Hollows
Album: Spells
Release: OUT NOW
Label: Autumn Tone Records


Japandroids (JPNDRDS) is a two piece band from Vancouver, BC. This ‘band’ started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a ‘lead singer’ and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal – a two piece band trying to sound like a five piece band.

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Since releasing the first ever Norwegian language pop single in the UK – Grønt lys i alle ledd/Togens hule (Moshi Moshi) – back in October 2008, the electropop collective Casiokids have gone from strength to strength. With 170 shows in 18 countries in 2009 alone, and album deals with Moshi Moshi and Polyvinyl in the bag, the band have plans to release 3 albums in 2009 after previously only releasing a series of limited edition 7″s. Their live show has been known to include giant papier maché heads, dancing monkeys, shadow puppets, 3 metre tall orange monsters, and human sized balloons but the key to their growing fanbase is without a doubt their ability to create melodies that make you want to dance, or at the very, very least grin. Often described as a splicing of Hot Chip, Røyksopp and Sigur Ros and with a live show reminiscent of a fledgling Flaming Lips or Of Monteal, it’s no wonder that the NME declared them “The best thing to come out of Norway since black metal”, The Guardian said “Casiokids you rule in all sorts of wonderful ways”, and the BBC summed up one of their live shows thus “The band basically started a party on stage that emanated into the crowd like beams from the sun – warming all of us who presumably swam there. They swapped instruments, pogo jumped around stage and changed cow bell duties every few minutes. Pineapple shakers, multicolored drum sticks and grinning faces convinced the crowd as they played some absolutely brilliant pop songs.” The album “Topp stemning in lokal bar” is due for release in North America via Polyvinyl in March 2010.

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Das Racist is an Art Rap/Freak Folk/World Music/Hare Krishna Hardcore duo based in Brooklyn, New York, comprised of Queens-born Himanshu Suri, San Francisco-born Victor Vazquez and hypeman DAP aka Ashok Kondabolu. The two met at Vassar Art College in Massachusetts, where Victor was Himanshu’s resident advisor in a “Students of Color for Social Justice” themed Freshman year dormitory.

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Bowerbirds’ debut album, Hymns for a Dark Horse, was nearly one hundred percent focused on the thesis that the earth is a sacred place with merit beyond us, and that humans are just visitors here. Its contrapuntal harmonies documented a moment in the life of the songwriter and the life of the band – Beth Tacular and Phil Moore living in an airstream in rural North Carolina, building a cabin of reclaimed boards by hand in the woods – but did so without, as far as we could tell, delving into their lives at all. While these weren’t protest songs, per se, they had the wry anger of a “Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.” The songs were interconnected, both musically and thematically, a musical whitepaper of the very best, most listenable kind. So it was a big surprise when we heard the songs collected on Upper Air. Bowerbirds were revealing more, writing from a personal voice, exploring love and human emotions in ways that have never been fully fleshed-out in their songwriting before. They have not abandoned their worldview from Hymns, but the lyrics are no longer just observational. These are songs written from a personal place, examining the contradictions inherent to a conscious life, and this emotional depth makes for an undeniably powerful collection of songs.

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Califone is a band that defies this blueprint. Their albums are full of layers and textures, offering endless depth, entire universes to lose yourself in – and beyond the thick spectrum of sound, they do something even more important: They write great songs. Califone is a band that will stand the test of time. Califone’s music has often been described as cinematic, and the band has been known to contribute live improvised soundtracks to silent films. Many of these performances have been released on Califone albums Deceleration One and Deceleration Two. Primary songwriter and vocalist Tim Rutili’s artistic endeavors stretch beyond music, and include the creation of surreal short documentaries, music videos and experimental films.

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Frightened Rabbit return with a brand new single ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ released through FatCat on 16th November, a primer for the band’s forthcoming and as yet untitled abum, expected in Spring 2010. Boasting a stunning string arrangment from labelmate, Teutonic ivory-botherer, Hauschka ( ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ takes up where we left off, a hugely anthemic song that is perfect as a first indiacator of the new album’s direction, it’s very upbeatness perhaps to be read as a subconscious riposte to the angst of the preceeding, ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ album. Scott expands, “’Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ was the title I had in my mind before I even started writing the album; I was becoming more and more interested in the idea of a rejection of the habits and behaviour most people see as normal, and in turn embracing a certain madness. It’s about losing your mind in order to reset the mind and the body. Forget what’s gone before and wash it out. This is not necessarily a geographical journey, as the ‘swim’ can involve any activity in which you can lose yourself. It’s a good introduction to the record as the theme unravels therein.”

17 Scottish Arts Council

18 Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center


Huddled around bowls of sushi rice and bottles of Sake in a hole in the wall Sushi-ya on East 7th Street, three of the four of members of NYC’s Cubic Zirconia are letting it all hang out. The East Village spaced-out RnB acid house revivalist outfit Cubic Zirconia is just getting started. The three founding members Nick Hook, Todd Weinstock, and Tiombe spent the last ten months file sharing and co-creating songs between the hours of 9pm and 5am fueled by high-grade java and premium sake. The result is what Tiombe affectionately refers so as “Soul white boy nerdy disco dance house fun party time music.”

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The Walkmen is a rock band formed in New York in 2000. In the late 90’s, the guys constructed an analogue recording studio in an abandoned Nash Rambler factory in west Harlem, where they self-recorded their first album, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone. Three of the members now reside in Brooklyn, and two have moved on to the cheaper pastures of Philadelphia. The band has released 4 albums of original material–including 2008’s You and Me, which still sounds as fresh as the day it was conceived. The band has travelled extensively around the world in the last 8 years, but has always called New York home. They are currently in New York recording a 5th album, which is slated for release in early 2010.

17 Stubbs

18  Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center


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Meet Surfer Blood: they call West Palm Beach home and, while still in their early 20s, have penned an album worth of catchy, summery indie songs that even the most hook-laden power pop band would rightfully be jealous of.. Comprised of members JP (dubbed “The Mastermind” by the rest of the band), TJ, Thomas Brian and Marcos, Surfer Blood met one fateful night at an after party for Miami’s Ultra Festival, though they didn’t attend the festival itself (“We do not like the D’n’B,” they proclaim). After discussing music, what else, for the remainder of the night, JP and TJ decided to recruit the three other guys to perfect a couple of songs they had been working on for some time, and thus, the band was formed.

17  Wave Rooftop

18      Lustre Pearl

19      Mohawk Patio


There are many reasons why Deer Tick are an excellent band. Here are mine. Firstly, they have great songs. War Elephant is a great album. The follow up, Born on Flag Day is just as strong. Alt-country is a curious genre, often misconstrued, misrepresented and misunderstood. Well, for me, this lot here’s a contemporary blueprint. There’s country (duh), punk, blues, folk, grunge and garage rock. Hell, even their choice of cover versions – Replacements, Michael Hurley, John Prine, The Sex Pistols and Chuck Berry – goes a long way to pinning down their sound. McCauley’s voice is a hybrid of Kurt Cobain and Gary Louris from the Jayhawks. Sometimes he sounds like he’s been gargling gravel with moonshine. He can croon, he can yelp and he can shout. He’s a superb lead singer, backed by a talented, if mostly acquiescent unit.

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19 Red Eyed Fly


Seabear is 7 Icelanders who just finished recording their 2nd full
length album “We Built A Fire”. The band started out as a one man
project of singer/guitarist Sindri Már Sigfússon (also the main man
behind Sin Fang Bous and recently dubbed the “icelandic Beck” by
Rolling Stone magazine) but grew into a big experimental-indie-folk
collective with their debut album “The Ghost That Carried Us Away” in
2007. The band has been linked to their icelandic friends Múm and
Sigur Rós as well as being described as “Sufjan Stevens meets an
unplugged Arcade Fire” (Clash magazine).

18 The Hideout


The xx are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead and bass guitar respectively), Baria Quereshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).

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19 Central Presbyterian Church


Bad Veins are a rarity in today’s musical landscape: An act who didn’t set out to become critical darlings or the next “buzz” band, but managed to achieve both after only playing a handful of shows. However, despite the fact that Bad Veins’ music has been instantly embraced since their inception in late 2006, the duo of Benjamin Davis and Sebastien Schultz decided not to rush out the disc you’re currently holding in your hand. The result is Bad Veins, an album that’s unique but familiar, and not only lives up to the hype but surpasses it. Looking back, it’s hard to believe it all started out a little over two years ago in a non-descript attic in Cincinnati, Ohio.

18 Red 7


18 Stubbs

19 Central Presbyterian Church


After much anticipation, Love of Diagrams unveil Nowhere Forever, their third studio album. Recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle with producer Ryan Hadlock (Gossip, Blonde Redhead, Steve Malkmus among many others) Nowhere Forever, is the guitar-drenched dream-pop record Love of Diagrams have always wanted to make. Throughout their career the band have constantly stretched and explored their sound – from the pummeling instrumental beginnings of 2003’s The Target Is You, through to a skeletal minimalism and bold introduction of vocals with 2007’s critically acclaimed Mosaic (recorded by Bob Weston and released world-wide by Matador Records).

18 Wave Rooftop


20 Cedar Street Courtyard


An elusive new project from composer Alan Palomo. Neon Indian delivers equal parts synthetic nostalgia, Dreampop lullabies, and grinding guitar noise to create something eerier than the sum of its parts. Forged after a hazy winter gathering in Texas, this initial batch of tracks were the result of field recordings, record samples, a collection of bizarre synth sounds. Soliciting the visual acrobatics of Video artist Alicia Scardetta, this project is setting out to be a multimedia maelstrom. Orbiting around the themes of drug induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances, this music provides a lush soundtrack to the deadbeat exploits of teenage ennui . Neon Indian’s bedroom ballads have already forged the upcoming Psychic Chasms, set for release this summer. They’ve been compared to New Order, Future Bible Heroes, and most recently said to sound like a saw-wave cutting a Doobie Brother’s song in half. Expect much racket to be had from this fresh faced crew.

19 Club De Ville


Sometimes you have to put yourself first, no matter how difficult that notion seems; no matter how much time and effort you’ve already put into this one person—the person who’s reduced your very being to its absolute core. Just ask Peter Silberman, the string-pulling founder of The Antlers, a solo project that suddenly went widescreen on the self-released Hospice LP (now receiving a proper widespread pressing through Frenchkiss). The first Antlers effort to feature two key permanent players—powerhouse drummer Michael Lerner and the layer-lathering multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci—it’s an album with a sound that’s actually as ambitious as its concept.

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Suckers merged as the sound and aesthetic of three one-man bands playing together. Pan, Quinn and Austin each played multiple instruments per song: singing, shouting and chanting in unison. The trio knew they were missing something or someone, and thankfully, that person arrived in drummer/keyboardist Brian Aiken, fresh off a year abroad in Hungary. Once Brian was on board, the band hit their stride, packing local venues and sharing bills with friends and kindred spirits in Yeasayer, MGMT, Dragons Of Zynth, Chairlift, Kyp Malone and Awesome Color, among others. Their heralded live performances feature group singing, primal beats, future sounds, Serbian interpretive dancers, trumpet blasts, religious truths and sheer enjoyment.

19 Galazy Room Backyard


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club most recently released a three-disc Live DVD on Abstract Dragon/Vagrant Records The DVD features over two hours of live concert footage from three sold out shows in Berlin, Dublin and Glasgow. The footage documents the end of the band’s 2007 tour in support of Baby 81, their most recent full-length release and was directed and edited by Tessa Angus with live audio mixed by BRMC’s own Peter Hayes.

19 La Zona Rosa


Since forming in early 2007, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have become one of the most talked about pop bands in years. Their distinctive brand of noisy pop is a tidy distillation of all the great noise-pop precedents – early MBV, House of Love, Pale Saints, Rocketship – but with that incredible exuberance and energy that the Pains bring to every song. They have released a handful of singles on classy labels like Slumberland, Fortuna Pop!, Atomic Beat and Cloudberry, each one issued to greater anticipation and even wilder reception. Critical acclaim has come from such varied quarters as The New York Times, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Fader, Big Takeover, Skatterbrain, Drowned In Sound, Indie-MP3, Clash Magazine and uncountable others.

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The Bird and the Bee: 'Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates'

the bird and the bee, the duo of singer Inara George and multi-instrumental/producer Greg Kurstin, kicked off a musical scavenger hunt for their fans today by premiering all nine songs from their new album, Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates on nine different websites: AOL Spinner, BrooklynVegan, Entertainment Weekly, Idolator, MySpace, PerezHilton, Prefix, SPIN and USA Today (links to all tracks below).  Featuring eight classic covers and one original song, “Heard It On The Radio”, the band’s love letter to the “rock & soul” duo, will be released on March 23 courtesy of EMI’s Blue Note Records.

the bird and the bee also played a once-in-a-lifetime concert on Friday night in Los Angeles to celebrate the album’s impending release and were joined on stage by very special surprise guest, John Oates, for performances of “Maneater,” “She’s Gone,” and “I Can’t Go For That”.  In a rave review in today’s Los Angeles Times, August Brown wrote that Oates “couldn’t have asked for a more articulate love letter than the one the bird and the bee just gave him.”  The entire concert was webcast live at, and will be archived on the site starting March 22.

1. Heard It On The Radio –

2. I Can’t Go For That – Brooklyn Vegan
3. Rich Girl – SPIN
4. Sara Smile – Entertainment Weekly
5. Kiss On My List –
6. Maneater – PerezHilton
7. She’s Gone – AOL Spinner
8. Private Eyes – USA Today
9. One on One – Prefix

DISCOSALT, courtesy of FILTER Magazine wants to hook you up with a rad the bird and the bee prizepack!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of the entire bird and the bee CD discography (Interpreting The Masters Volume 1, 2009’s Ray Guns Aren’t Just The Future and their self-titled 2007 debut), a band t-shirt and a copy of Interpreting The Masters on vinyl.

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The new 80’s movie montage friendly, synth heavy album Head First from Goldfrapp is out March 22nd via Mute, along with the release of the new single /video for “Rocket”, which you can get HERE.

Head First‘ is Goldfrapp‘s most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010. That said, it took me a while to realize this wasn’t the Pointer Sisters but I can easily be convinced to take a ride on this rocket anytime.

Check out this remix of ‘Rocket’ below:

Goldfrapp: ‘Rocket’ [Penguin Prison Remix] [mp3]


quail lungs

Discosalt Video of the Week 7/3/10: Quail Lung’s 7″ single, “Dumb Dadadum,” on the Post Present Medium label, directed by Joshua Jay Elliott. Giving his best Dylan, Quail Lungs aka Portland, OR-based crooner Travis Bonilla, is a mix of DIY home-recorded, countrified Americana and 60’s British Rock (sorta the poor man’s, mustachioed Dylan and the band doing an acoustic Kinks cover).

The Kinks – I Am Free [mp3] + Bob Dylan & The Band – Too Much Of Nothing [mp3]

Don’t believe the shit-fi slams: this is worth checking out. You can also check out Quail Lungs Side B track, ” You Can’t Believe in Anything, Yo”  HERE.


Warming up Terminal 5’s crowd on Friday night, unsigned Brooklyn band The Dig took stage, playing an incredibly tight five song set, showboating the bands potential to easily join 2010’s crop of breakout bands. Playing no frills power indie rock, the band solidified why they have been gaining recognition as one of the best young bands in New York. The trio, all Berklee alum, featuring David Baldwin on lead vocals/guitar, Emile Mosseri on bass/vocals, and Erick Eiser on keyboards/guitar, not only write intelligent catchy songs, but are all amazing performers with enough musical prowess to back up their swagger. At times showing brilliant influences in psychedelia with hooks drenched in trippy keyboard reverb, instrumental feedback and guitar distortion, at its heart, the Dig is a rock and roll band. They play modern garage rock without any gimmicks and they do it extremely well.

Check out a free mp3 of “You’re Already Gone” courtesy of sneakattackmedia:

Next up in the lineup, The Antlers, whose live show, like their album, is a testament to the bands creative ability to deliver grandiose and yet intimate smart indie rock. The Brooklyn band, curiously performed along side two potted plants, kicking things off with Hospice‘s “Prologue” before moving into “Kettering.”  A fairly quiet album, Pete Silberman’s performance was anything but. His quivering wails and debilitating sonic guitar riffs had the entire room in a hypnotic trance and on the verge of tears (or at least me). “Sylvia” reached epic swells while on other songs, the band infused subtle shades of shoegaze with more delay and reverb than appear on album tracks making the music even more dense and interesting. The bands emotional performance left every ounce of proverbial sweat, heartbreak, guilt and loss on the stage that there was nothing left to pour out. Drummer, Michael Lerner seemed to be so emotionally drained by the performance, he hung his head and stared off into the crowd. At the end of their set, Lerner threw his sticks and stormed off as if he had reached the brink of emotional output.

The last band to perform were The Editors, UK’s dark indie rock/post-punk revival band comprised of Tom Smith on vocals, guitar, keyboards, Chris Urbanowicz on guitar, Russ Leetch on bass, and Ed Lay on drums. They played an extremely fluid 18 song set covering their newly and much criticized new album In this Light and On this Evening, almost in entirety, sans the last track. Mixed in, were some songs from 2007’s An End has a Start. All of which peaked into an high energy dance-y three-song encore of “Munich,” “Papillon” and “Fingers in the Factories”, performed way more synthy and beat driven than they appear on the album… and endlessly better. In equal part the hypnotic light effects showering down in green, red and blue, and Smiths overly dramatic performance energy, the live show, unlike the album had an infectious energy that had the crowd pouring as much ceremonial sweat into the observance as the performance.

For some photos from the show click below or check out our FLICKR page for the whole set:

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Thanks to our friends at Pop Gun Booking, I had a chance to escape my defeatist infused valentines day and check out  Neon Indian,French Horn Rebellion and Cubic Zirconia at Grasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on Sunday night. While Valentines Day is always somewhat of a trap, the good folks at Grasslands and Pop Gun put together anything but a manufactured rip-off.  Where else could $8.00 deliver a romantic view of the Manhattan skyline and a full nights lineup of amazing music. The Valentines dance party kicked off with an unexpected bearded v-day treat for me, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, performing  double duty with his bands Rain Machine and Iran, side by side friends  Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and Candles of Paradise. An exceedingly solid block of incredibly talented musicians for such an intimate space. While, I caught Malone perform before with TV on the Radio at Prospect Park, the bandshell’s sound system was no match for hearing Malone’s calm tenor  literally in the shadow of his massive afro, about two feet in front of me. A serious treat (both his voice and man mane).  The noisy indie rock band Iran and the even more experimental Rain Machine are an interesting foray for him, which I both find infinitely more interesting than TVOTR . Iran’s no-fi sound is a more lyric based project with a nod toward retro-indie bands like Pavement. At its core, this is really just cleverly disguised pop/folk-rock under a blanket of fuzzed out guitars and sonic atmosphere. Rain Machine leans more towards psychedelia and even suggests an affection for shoegaze. A more textured sound with lots of percussion, bells,  sparingly strummed fuzzed out crunchy electric guitars, more cow bell and static raining down on Malones introspective lyrics.  Check out more of IRAN HERE or RAIN MACHINE HERE. Which one is better? Its hard to decide. The party continued late into the night with overlapping DJ sets from Cubic Zirconia, Neon Indian and French Horn Rebellion, spinning a grab bag of Ace of Base, C& C Music Factory (whom even in this economy still seem to be flourishing) disco boogie and 80’s synth.  While Cubic Zirconia’s set stood out because of Tiombe Lockhart taking her voice to the mic, the nights highlight for me, was definitely Neon Indian’s set. Some really sick infectious dance remixes from these guys that had the crowd sweating.  Big ups to all the bands involved and Pop Gun for throwing a great party that brought the funk to save me from my funk and another v-day plagued by listless apathy. While you are here check out some Neon Indian remixes below:

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer (Afghan Raiders Remix) (MP3)

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid with You (Future Rock remix)

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian – Mind, Drips ( session) (MP3)

Rain machine picture courtesy of Kyle Dean Reinford Photography


Discosalt Video of the Week 2/14/10: This weeks video comes from UK post-punk, new wave, pop band New Young Pony Club with the single “Chaos” off their forthcoming 2nd album The Optimist, which hits stores March 1st via Modular.  A real marriage of dance and pop ethic,  the video for “Chaos” features a simple but stylish performance by the band, directed by Jo Apps. The band will be on tour in the UK for most of March, but no news yet on whether the band will visit our side of the great pond this year.

The single “Chaos” was also given the remix treatment by Rory Phillips and will be featured on the single alongside other remixes by Melé and the Manic Street Preachers.  You can check it out below:
| New Young Pony Club | “Chaos (Rory Phillips Remix)” | MP3 |



Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles: Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers

This new mash up of the Beatles & Wu-Tang Clan isn’t really strictly a blend of Magical Mystery Tour with Enter the 36 Chambers, nor is it necessarily a combination of actual Beatles material.  Most of the loops and samples sound like they’re taken from a reggae Beatles cover band, whatever the Dread Zeppelin of Beatles might be, or taken from Big Band arrangements of Beatles hits.  Without working from the actual source material, the album suffers from the first time curiosity of the whole “How’d they do it?” thing.  That said, all the songs are buffered with radio news clips of Beatlemania at it’s highest, clips of teenage girls camped outside of the Beatles’ hotel or interviews with the band at the time.  These clips make what can be a tedious listen (27 songs here people) entertaining, and for every lackluster track or failed mash in the mashing up process, there’s a fit that is near perfect.  Check the obvious mash up of  “Got Your Money” and “You Never Give Me Your Money,” or especially “Uzi (Pinky Ring),” which flips through the dial of Beatles greatest hits with the change of Wu narrator, and as we know, any one of these songs can have a LOT of Wu narrators.  Worth a listen to check the archival interview stuff overlaid over the music, and for the occasional home run combo.

It’s a free download now from Tea Set Records, check it out HERE or check out a sample below:

Play Wu-Tang Clan x The Beatles – C.R.E.A.M.

– John Whitaker


If the media monkeys and their junky junkies invite you to their plastic pantomime… throw their invites away. Just thought everyone could use a little Bowie break to space out to today.

Here’s the original demo of David Bowies Space Oddity, from the Sound & Vision box set:

MP3: Space Oddity (Original Demo) – David Bowie

And some really cool videos to check out. Just scroll over and click…quite freaky:
Its 1971 David Bowie from the music video “Life on Mars”

Its 1977 David Bowie from the music video “Be My Wife”

Its 1980 David Bowie from the music video “Ashes to Ashes”


New Video from the much talked about  new Beach House album Teen Dream.  The Maryland indie dream pop duo officially releases Teen Dream on Sub Pop this week with a DVD containing videos for each song on the album. Check out the fifth video  released through gorillavsbear for the song “Silver Soul” below directed by Beach House’s singer, Victoria Legrand:

Beach House “Silver Soul” from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

Need some more Beach House? Stream their new album “Teen Dream” in full on NPR  HERE.


One of my favorite bands, Grizzly Bear, whose album Veckatimest topped my “Top 10 Albums of 2009”, just released a cover of Hot Chip’s  “Boy From School”. If you are fan of either band, it’s worth checking out. Just click on the link below.

grizzly bear :: boy from school (hot chip cover)

[via IGIF // triple j]

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Transference, Spoons latest record, stays the course with Austin’s 15 year pop veteran’s. Pushing 40, and now on their 7th album, this might be their rawest most stripped down album to date. Once around, this sounds a lot different to me than their last EP and “Nobody Gets Me But You” stands out, but stop by later this month for a full album review.  In the mean time, Transference is available to stream  in its entirety for the week on NPR Music’s Exclusive First Listen series, so check it out HERE and let us know what you think.


We get a lot of music suggestions from indie labels, artists, PR Firms…even grandmothers. Todays submission comes from a Brighton Band called The Diogenes Club.  A pretty laid back melodic pop duo with an 80’s synth sound that reminds me of early Phoenix.  Their new EP 979, is a spacey 3 song album that will be available February 22, 2010 but you can stream it for free HERE

You can also check out the video for “Tie Ourselves Around” below


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Brooklyn based DJ XXXChange recently re-mixed the title track off Thom Yorke’s Eraser EP. You can stream the free track below but we should warn you, it will be stuck in your head all day.


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Oklahoma is pretty OK. Discosalt friend and album reviewer John Whitaker turned us onto a new music label based out of Oklahoma called Nice People.Their mission is to release great music, made by nice people, for free...and they truly are nice people. They don’t even know you and they already got you a Christmas present. You can download a cover of one of my favorite Christmas tunes, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Locust Avenue’s Jeff Richardson and The Flaming Lips‘ Steven Drozd below:

DOWNLOAD: Jeff Richardson & Steven Drozd – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

If you are interested in more free music, just subscribe to the Nice People podcast or click here to open the iTunes page for Nice People.


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Southern, garage-folk act out of Louisville, KY.

Stream their most recent album Stale Champagne HERE , peep their myspace or check out a vid below.



Animal Collective has just released another album this year to follow up one of my favorite albums of the year Merriweather Post Pavilion.  The new EP “Fall be Kind” is a darker album, only five tracks long and you can stream it for free right now Here