I normally won’t do this, but I noticed Donovan Woods wasn’t getting much love a couple days ago when I posted his live performance of “Lawren Harris” for Southern Souls. Since repetition is one of the most effective forms of manipulation I’ll give you the same track again today in .mp3 form for you all to enjoy. Kyle and I have been listening to Donovan’s latest LP The Widowmaker quite a bit this week, as you can see. Pick up a copy of one of the catchiest and most memorable singer/songwriter records of the year on iTunes.
- Malcom Lacey
Review: Kyle Pedersen [10/16/10]
It’s unfortunate when an artist re-records an old song of theirs and puts it on a new album they are releasing. It’s even worse when said artist re-uses the same popular song without re-recording it or adding extra elements. Meet Chiddy Bang. After the release of a few mixtapes and quickly gaining popularity off their songs “Opposite of Adults” and “Truth” they are back with The Preview EP, an EP that is just that, a preview of their upcoming album. And you guessed it. They re-used both tracks on the EP and did absolutely nothing new to them. A preview of this review would read: This group is not good and all hype is undeserved.
Review + Photos: Malcom Lacey
Standing near the top of the stairs during the tail end of Matt & Kim’s set, I traded a few words with one of the burly security staff about the Brooklyn dance punk duo’s music. “I downloaded one of their records before the show, just to get to know what I’m working with, and thought they were terrible. But this… This show is incredible.” He yelled into my ear.
King of France frontman Steve Salett will release his self-titled debut under The Poison Tree moniker in March. Until then you can listen to the latest single from the upcoming release. “Come On Come On” is as captivating as it is infectious singer-songwriter material at its carefully crafted best.
- Malcom Lacey
Review: Cody Nelson [10/15/10]
I always try to write entrancing introductions. Whenever I go about writing a review, I do my best at making a personal connection to something that can subsequently be connected to the album at hand. I can’t do it this time, though. Why? I know nothing (by choice) about the genre known as country music. Trucks, Skoal, cowboy hats, rodeos, none of these things are interesting to me (or particularly descriptive of country music whatsoever). 30 seconds through an Alan Jackson song, and I’m begging my mom to turn the car radio off. With that said, then, I’m sure my millions of readers are beginning to ask questions. ‘Why are you telling all of us this?’ ‘Is this going to be on the test?’ ‘Have you seen my Stretch Armstrong?’ Well, I’ll explain very soon. All I know is I’m not alone in my distaste towards country, and for all of us, I’ve found a solution: Mt. Desolation.
Freelance Whales have released a new single titled Enzymes in which you can listen to above. Their latest record Weathervanes is one of my favorite releases this year so I was ecstatic for this single, and it is fantastic. Sounds like natural progression for the band which is what I needed from them.
Interview: Malcom Lacey + Kyle Pedersen [10/15/10]
Built to Spill guitarist and Caustic Resin frontman Brett Netson took a few minutes to talk with Kyle and I this past Tuesday. You can find our lengthy joint-interview with Netson after the jump.
The Canadian live performance curators at Southern Souls have posted a top-notch performance by singer/songwriter Donovan Woods. His latest record The Widowmaker was released last month. You can pick up your own digital copy on iTunes.
(via Friends With Both Arms)
- Malcom Lacey
Gauntlet Hair is an experimental band from Denver, CO. who are equal parts post-punk and electronic dance beats. Their latest 7” will drop “soon” on Mexican Summer, and the track above is side-A of the upcoming record. Head here to pre-order your copy of this approaching release, and be sure to dig through the Mexican Summer shop for some other hidden gems.
- Daniel Winfield
I’ve been thinking lately that we don’t post enough hip-hop here on NSB. So here’s a ridiculously hot new track from A-Trak featuring G.O.O.D Music upstart CyHi Da Prince this afternoon. “Ray Ban Vision” is the first leak from the upcoming Fool’s Gold Recs compilation LP out October 25th.
- Malcom Lacey