Monday 28 January 2013

Out This Week - 28th January 2012

Tullycraft - Lost In Light Rotation

As well as being the name of their new single, 'Lost In Light Rotation' will be the title of the first album in five years from Seattle indiepop heroes Tullycraft. Included is twee instrumentation, DIY aesthetics and more than one reference to cult Scottish band Bis. If one reference to a British band wasn't enough, the B-side is a cover of the Yazoo track 'Bad Connection'. Both, naturally, are ace.

Tullycraft's website

Buy the single

Local Natives - Breakers

Anyone who's been following the current crop of US alt-rock and Americana bands will surely know, and probably be a fan of, LA's Local Natives. This week they release their second album 'Hummingbird'. You can stream it below, but if you fancy a little something to stick on your iPod then their lush and epic recent single 'Breakers' is a free download from Amazon.

Download 'Breakers' for free by heading here

Local Natives' website

Stream the album in full on iTunes

Buy the album

The Ruby Suns - In Real Life

We've been following the build up to The Ruby Suns new album 'Christopher' (with its slightly creepy cover) for the past month or two, particularly enjoying single 'Kingfisher Call Me'. From today we can get our hands on a copy, but if you'd like another track to try before you buy then here's freebie and experimental indie-type tune 'In Real Life'

Free download: 'In Real Life'

The Ruby Suns' website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

Catch them live:

29 Jan: London, UK - Sebright Arms
30 Jan: Brussels, BE - Beurskafee
31 Jan: Paris, FR - L'Espace B
1 Feb: Trondheim, NO - Samfundet @ Klubben
2 Feb: Amsterdam, NE - Paradiso
3 Feb: Berlin, DE - Berghain / Kantine
4 Feb: Hamburg, DE - Molotow
5 Feb: Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur
6 Feb: Lausanne, CH - La Romandie
7 Feb: Luzern, CH -
New Found Tapes Festival @ Treibhaus

North America
12 Feb: Los Angeles, CA - Satellite Club
13 Feb: San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
15 Feb: Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
16 Feb: Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Caberet
17 Feb: Seattle, WA - Barboza
19 Feb: Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
20 Feb: Denver, CO - Hi Dive
21 Feb: Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
22 Feb: Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
23 Feb: Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge
24 Feb: Chicago, IL - Schubas
26 Feb: Toronto, ON - The Garrison
27 Feb: Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
28 Feb: Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
1 Mar: New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
2 Mar: Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
3 Mar: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
5 Mar: Washington, DC - Black Cat
6 Mar: Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
7 Mar: Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10 Mar: Denton, TX - 35 Denton
12 Mar: Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
13 Mar: San Diego, CA - Casbah

Indians - Magic Kids

Neither actual Indians or even a band, this particular Indians is the project of a Copenhagen solo artist and this week he releases his album 'Something Else'. If you didn't know better you'd assume this to be the work of an American alt-country/folk/indie band, but like his countryman Kjartan Bue he's perfected this cosmic sound, nowhere more so than on gorgeous single 'Magic Kids'.

Indians' website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

Catch him live:

30th January - Prince Albert Brighton, Brighton
31st January - Louisana, Bristol
1st February - The Lexington, London
2nd February - Trof Fallowfield, Manchester
4th February - Huis 24, Brussels
5th February - Paradiso, Amsterdam
6th February - Prinzenbar, Hamburg
8th February - Privateclub, Berlin
9th February - Huset, Copenhagen
13th February - Point Ephemere, Paris
14th February - Bylarm Festival, Oslo
15th February - Bylarm Festival, Oslo
21st February - The Echo, Los Angeles
22nd February - Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco
24th February - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland
25th February - Electric Owl, Vancouver
26th February - Barboza, Seattle WA
1st March - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
2nd March - Empty Bottle, Chicago
3rd March - Majestic Cafe, Detroit
4th March - The Drake Hotel, Toronto
5th March - Casa Del Popolo, Montreal
6th March - Great Scott, Boston
7th March - The Mercury Lounge, New York
9th March - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia
10th March - Black Cat Backstage, Washington


The Flaming Lips - Sun Blows Up Today

And so it is that The Flaming Lips will release their first "proper" album since 2009 in the first week of April. It will be called 'The Terror' and knowing this particular band what it will sound like is anyone's guess. What we do know is that new single 'Sun Blows Up Today' won't be on it, although if you pre-order the album you get an instant download of this as a bonus. Yeah it was written for a car ad that will be shown at the Superbowl, but it's not likely that The Flaming Lips will buy a villa in a tax haven somewhere with the cash, no they're more likely to wisely spend it on making their live shows even more mental, which can only be a good thing. Plus, how do you like your ads? With identikit, sweetly-voiced female singers doing tender acoustic versions of 80s pop/rock tracks like every other company uses? Or an insane, colourful, psychedelic pop smash with added weirdness and an insane synth breakdown in the middle? We know which we'd go for.

The Flaming Lips' website

'Sun Blows Up Today' will be available from usual download outlets from January 29th, plus there will be 100,000 free copies given away by Hyundai

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