The Shills have just released a new single, called “Some They Try,” and are now offering it as a free download. The band is celebrating having reached their PledgeMusic goal, with the funds going toward a new album. “Some They Try” is an exciting, upbeat, pop-soul song, but like most Shills material, defies standard categorization. You’ve got to hear it. Get it free here.
I don’t know how we missed this, but a couple of weeks ago, one of our longtime favorites, The Well Reds, released a new video for their song “Carousels.” The song is characteristically grand, driving, and melancholic, but ultimately hopeful. Singer Jeremy Ezell describes it: “We all have a story. We all have a cycle to break. Carousels is a song for those who believe in something bigger than their circumstances.” Watch the video below and download the song (+4) for free at Noisetrade.
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Were you hoping this headline meant guitarist Jonny Greenwood had finally pushed the right sequence of buttons on his daisy-chained synthesizers and effects pedals to launch himself and his bandmates in Radiohead back a couple of decades, unleashing their experimental outer-space anti-rock stylings on a Stone Temple Pilots-fatigued 1995 public, Ziggy Stardust-style? Me too.
It’s still pretty good news though. Paste Magazine, which hosted a show at New York’s Tramps nightclub heralding the release of Radiohead’s smash second record, The Bends, has made available to the public a recording of that night’s set as a free download. It’s a great show, and a gift to both die-hards as well as the more faint-hearted Radiohead fan who doesn’t understand what all this bleeping and blooping has been about since OK Computer. Go on and get it!
The Hood Internet have a long history of creating genius musical concoctions from the best and brightest efforts out of urban music. This morning, a new release fromt the outfit title “Doin’ It Good” found its way online, and I think it may be their best effort to date. The Chicago based production-duo takes Kanye’s hit song “Good Life” and sets it to the tune of “Doin’ It Right,” off of Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories. Click here to stream and download the offering.
Kaye West’s new album, Yeezus, hits stores next month. Random Access Memories is available now wherever musc is sold.
Alt-rock pop-punk outfit Pentimento have been through a rough patch for the past few months, dealing with the ugly legal side of the music industry. On their website, the Buffalo-based band explains that they have been at battle with their former label Panic Records over the rights to their recordings and the release of their debut self-titled album. The label has issued a legal threat to the band as well as to their current label Paper + Plastick and their second distribution label Black Numbers. As a result, the band has been unable to set any specific release dates or have any physical copies pressed. Even worse, they have decided to part ways with their labels in order to protect them from legal action.
Today, Panic Records released a statement in response to this matter, which you can read on their Facebook page. The message basically points out that “there are two sides to every story,” claiming that the band are responsible for the initiation of this legal debacle.
While the situation is still unresolved, Pentimento still want to get their music out, so they have made their debut LP available online for free, with the humble option of donating to help them cover the costs of recording. If you would like to support them, click here to read their side of the story, check out their music, and consider offering a contribution.
If you like Pentimento, you might also like OurStage’s own Otenki.
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While tuning my UHF dial and fiddling with my foil-covered coat-hanger antenna, I came across the Conan show, which was featuring a pretty dazzling young band. Ok, it was on YouTube. Turns out this entrancing three-piece is called The Spring Standards. Their beautiful three-part harmonies, top songs, spacious, textured arrangements made the transition from the national talk-show circuit to our very own studio in Somerville, Mass, where the trio lined up on some stools, broke out the melodica and guitars, and put on a display that¦well, you’ll just have to watch it to get it. We are thrilled to offer these videos to watch and songs to download for our latest Songs Of The Revolution session.
Be sure to check out the older SOTR sessions while you’re there.
Nemes joined us for an exclusive Songs Of The Revolution session during a June afternoon, on their way from their hometown of Worcester, Mass. to a show that evening at Church, a club in the Fenway area of Boston.
Named one of Alternative Press‘ Top 5 Unsigned Bands of 2010, this unique rock outfit boasts really solid songwriting, elevated by stellar harmonies and versatile violin playing¦as evidenced on the stripped-down performances here. Nemes is a band of natural performers, who blend with each other so well that we ended up just using a couple of microphones, capturing the ambiance of each song as it was in the room.
The band will be playing with OurStage faves Air Traffic Controller and last month’s Songs Of The Revolution featured artist Will Dailey on September 23 in Shirley, Mass. If you’re in the area, check out this great bill.
In the meantime, watch the videos and download the songs at the low, low price of no dollars.
Hey, this is Scott, producer of the Songs Of The Revolution series for OurStage.
Just about one year ago, we sputtered forward with an idea we had. We wanted to bring to you, the loyal OurStager, a taste of the vibrant live music circuit we’re lucky to be a part of here in New England. We wanted to capture unique live performances from the talented and generous artists we are so lucky to work with, in an atmosphere more intimate than you might find even in a small rock club. By the end of 2011, we had captured some fantastic performances. And since we relaunched in 2012, we’ve gotten into a groove with a lot of really stellar musical moments.
And it keeps getting better. Every two weeks, we publish a new session, with free, exclusive audio downloads and streaming video (some of those early sessions were filmed on nothing but a flip cam or, in desperate times, an iPhone, and now we’ve grown to multi-camera shoots with all the bells and whistles).
But it’s always, always about the music around here. So I’ve compiled a few audio selections from the past year in this newfangled “Podcast” format that all the kids are raving about. Personally, I think they’re on drugs. You can tell by their eyes.
At your leisure, please take a listen to these songs, accompanied by some powerful, compelling, Morgan Freeman-esque narration by yours truly.
For this week’s Songs of the Revolution, we were honored to play host to Shonen Knife, the all-female Japanese pop punk band that influenced a generation of American rockers before ever stepping onto U.S. soil.
The band has just released Pop Tune, their 18th studio album since their debut in 1982. Frequently cited by Kurt Cobain as one of his favorite bands, they had a lot of success in America in the mid-late ˜90s, and during that time made one of their best-loved recordings, a cover of The Carpenters‘ Top Of The World, which was included on a popular tribute album.
Despite a few lineup changes over the years (singer Naoko Yamano is the remaining original member), the band is currently as strong as ever, as evidenced on this session. We naively requested a stripped-down set, in keeping with the vibe of the SOTR sessions. When the band arrived at the studio, we set up and suggested maybe just a hi-hat for cymbals. Sure, they nodded and agreed. Drummer Emi Morimoto asked for another cymbal stand. Okay, maybe just a ride cymbal, we hinted. Soon enough, she was wailing on the kit with a nice, high crash invading all the mics. We had to respect that. And, in the end, we’re glad we’re not the ones who got Shonen Knife to water it down.
Enjoy these streaming video performances and free downloads, and try not to let Banana Chips drive you mental with its insistent catchiness. Atomic-level earworm.
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