Soon the concept of new music Tuesday will be dead. Just in case you missed the music industry’s big news last week, as of this summer the international release day for all albums will move to Friday. I’ve seen a lot of indifference towards the announcement, sprinkled with some disappointment in the decision. (Like one of our local record stores pointing out how difficult this will make ensuring releases arrive by their actual release day…)
Personally, I’m in the indifferent-if-not-slightly-sad crowd. For as long as I can remember, Tuesdays have been album release day. New music gave Tuesdays something to cheer for and made them a little more special. I know I’m in the millennial minority here, but I still love getting my hands on a physical album and flipping through the liner notes so I have a hard time buying the IFPI’s logic about digital releases impacting this decision. I also second the notion that this move has the potential to further marginalize truly independent (ie not “indie”) and local music releases.
But I’m getting away from the point of today’s post – new music.
Forgive a girl for letting a weather-induced headache get her down all weekend and skipping her first true “New Music Monday” post. For today, we’ll relish in finding new music to love on a Tuesday for just a bit longer.
Here’s some of the new stuff I’ve been checking out:
These are up-and-coming bands I’ve fallen in love with lately. Take a listen if one catches your eye!
Drew Holcombe & The Neighbors
For fans of: Ben Rector, The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow, Americana rock ‘n’ roll
How I discovered them: #bestsongallweek is very quickly becoming my favorite way to pick up new bands to love. Drew Holcombe got mentioned by Danielle a few weeks back, and she specifically recommended her pick because of the lyrics. (This was shortly after my “Am I too old for music” mini-crisis…) I immediately fell in love.
Why I like them: Drew is like this fantastic modern mash up of everything I love about James Taylor and Jimmy Buffet. (How’s that for an outta-left-field comparison? I love both of them, for the record.) Amazing songwriting combined with this perfect mellow groove. “American Beauty” is one of those albums you can dig into deep when it comes to lyrics, but it’s also perfect for throwing on while doing dishes on a Sunday afternoon – which I may or may not be doing a lot of lately.
Songs to check out: “Here We Go”, “Shine Like Lightening”
Find ’em online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
Home: The Desert
For fans of: Gold Motel, Eisley, Beach House, dream pop
How I discovered them: Bless Luis for being a good music friend who always keys me in when he runs across new stuff our favorite artists – in this case, Greta Morgan of The Hush Sound and Gold Motel – are doing.
Why I like them: I adore pretty much everything Greta does. As a fan of The Hush Sound way back when, I’ve followed her from project to project, band to band, always drinking in every last ounce of her gorgeous voice. If I could sing, her voice is what I’d want to sound like. Smooth and golden and dreamy. I just can’t get enough of her vocals or the beautiful pop/rock music she creates and Springtime Carnivore is no exception.
Songs to check out: “Name On A Matchbook”, “Creature Feature”
Find ’em online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
For fans of: Sondre Lerche, old school Ben Kweller, Rufus Wainwright, jazzy singer/songwriters
How I discovered him: When I started up with blogging this year, my friend Tiffany sent a few bands my way and Andy was one of them. (Are you seeing a pattern here? So thankful to know so many people who share good music with with!)
Why I like him: Andy’s singer/songwriter vibe paired with hints of jazz influence is the perfect music for this drawn-out, dreary winter we’re having. There is absolutely nothing better in my world than a quiet little record like his that you can listen to while wrapped up in the covers on a rainy Sunday morning.
Songs to check out: “Hometown Hero”, “I’m Not Falling Asleep”
Find him online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
These bands might not be new on your radar, but they’re bands I’ve really taken to in the last few weeks. Love one of them? Let me know what song I absolutely HAVE to check out!
But seriously, that Krissie knows ALL the good bands guys and is the very best cheerleader for the music she loves. Last Saturday when I was in Austin at Quiet Company’s release show “Wild Adriatic” caught my eye on the band’s merch. Why does that sound so familiar? I kept wondering. Then it hit me – that’s one of Krissie’s bands! After a quick DM exchange over Twitter, I ventured back over to the band’s merch table to introduce myself and grabbed a CD. Even though I missed the band’s set (shame on me!) I’m hoping to catch them during my SXSW jaunt.
These bands are some of my very favorites who have recently released new songs or albums.
Saints of Valory
I ran across this little band from Austin years ago trying to see a completely different band from Austin whose name I can’t even remember now. But SOV’s music stuck with me. A few years back, they got signed by Atlantic Records and tour like crazy these days (which means you should see them next time they’re in your city). Their new song “Fighting” was release within the last few weeks. It’s a departure from the sound I’m used to, but at the same time I’m totally intrigued and interested to see what’s next for them.
I have loved this man’s voice and songwriting since The Format days in 2004. Though fun. has left me with mixed emotions, when Lauren alerted me to Nate releasing a solo album and I dug up the teaser video…everything faded away and I was reminded how much I love his damn voice. Cannot WAIT to hear the rest of his record.
I know it seems like I’m always talking about these guys…but it’s only because I truly love the music so, so much. And I’m super excited and proud of these guys for their release of “Transgressor”. Seriously, THIS is the album to check out if you haven’t listened to Quiet Company before now. It’s hard to capture a band’s live energy on a record, but QC has managed to do just that. Pair it with some heartbreaking, gutwrenching lyrics that are sure to become mantras for your life and you have pretty much a perfect album.
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