Friday, 20 July 2007

Dear and the Headlights

Just found these guys while surfing around and I was pretty in to them after listening to the piano opening to 'It's gettin easy'. Dear and the headlights have a bit of an Okkervil river feel with great instrumental arrangements.

Dear and the Headlights - It’s Gettin’ Easy
Dear and the Headlights - Sweet Talk

Dear and the Headlights - Skinned Knees & Gapped Teeth (video)

Friday, 6 July 2007

Minus story

On the same label as Okkervil River (Jagjaguwar), Minus Story produce an awesome sound which is both big and delicate at the same time. There is a likeness to Okkervil with a hint of Mercury Rev.

Minus Story - Little Wet Head
Minus Story - Stitch Me Up
Minus Story - Time Wastes Itself

Black before Red

Black before Red are from Austin, Texas. They are a four piece and they write really smart stripped down indie tunes with great rhythmical bass lines. Good lyrics too.

Black Before Red - Underneath Gold
Black before Red - Goddess in trauma
Black before Red - Matagorda

Arab Strap

I'm well behind on this one.. I was in the car flicking through Mp3's and came across Arab Strap's 'Elephant Shoe' album again. Great stuff! I got to work and went to their web site and found out they have stopped making music! December 06! Lets remember them...

Arab Strap - There Is No Ending
Arab Strap - Dream Sequence
Arab Strap - Confessions Of A Big Brother

Arab Strap - Cherubs (Video)

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Kid Dakota

I first listened to Kid Dakota about two or three years ago. It was some tunes from 'So Pretty' which included the excellent song 'Smokestack'. I think it's the amazing use of quiet and loud that sets them apart from the crowd.

Kid Dakota - Smokestack
Kid Dakota - The Overcoat
Kid Dakota - So Pretty

Kid Dakota - Pilgrim (Video)

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

The Silent League

I'm probably really behind the times with The Silent League But they have just released a new album "Of Stars And Other Somebodies". Great sound with amazing strings and VU style vocals but what would you expect from ex Mercury Rev keyboardist Justin Russo.

The Silent League - Let It Roll
The Silent League - Kings & Queens
The Silent League - Victim of Aeroplanes

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos

I am really liking Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos from Indiana, United States. I think it's the mix of guitar and strings which makes me like them. Good vocal too.

Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos - Skeleton Key
Listen to new stuff at Myspace

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's -Skeleton Key (Live video)

Monday, 2 July 2007

Cajun Dance Party

Once again I don't know too much about Cajun Dance Party except that they are a five piece from North London. Good catchy indie pop with memorable guitar licks and intelligent lyrics.

Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable
Cajun Dance Party - Colourful Life

Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable (Video)