Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sad Day for Puppets - Unknown Colors

Sad Day for Puppets was one of my favorite discoveries last year. Reminiscent of that great early nineties noise-pop like Cranes and Curve...a little like The Sundays.

Their first EP "Just Like Ghosts" is so pristine and light...I have listened to it countless times. Makes me float...

"Unknown Colors" is out now and such a fine effort. Enjoy one of my favorites tracks here:
Sad Day for Puppets - Mother's Tears (source: It's a Trap)

And one from the EP:
Sad Day for Puppets - Set Alight

Remember to BUY IT HERE!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Anni Rossi - Rockwell

Anni Rossi's debut full-length album "Rockwell" is due out via 4AD March 10th.
I love her EP "Afton" which immerses the listener in beautiful strings that range from quirky plucks to gliding soundscapes. Anni's vocals are pleasingly reminiscent of Regina Spektor's strange noise-acrobatics and her rhythms halt and race with a pop-modernist pace.

I love anything out of the ordinary and am so eager to hear more tracks from the new CD.

Here is a track that was on the EP and has been re-worked a bit to serve as the first single from "Rockwell":
Anni Rossi - Ecology (source: Beggars Group)

Here is another track from the EP that will also be on the new CD (I am assuming in a revised form):
Anni Rossi - Wheelpusher

Also check out this video of Anni covering Radiohead's "Creep":


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Anya Maria - Slow & Steady Seduction Phase II

The dozen songs on Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II are a mixture of Liz Phair sex appeal and Boswell Sisters cabaret with a dash of Jung.

I have been looking forward to this week's release of Slow & Steady Seduction Phase II from Anya Marina for a few months now.
I love her gritty little-girl/whiny crooner vocals and a few of the tracks are real stand-outs. I am still listening to the album as a whole and am enjoying it a bit more with every listen.
Grey's Anatomy recently featured her catchy new single:

Anya Maria - Move Me (right-click to download or stream via

I have also included another album track below.

Anya Marina - High On The Ceiling

If you enjoy it, BUY IT HERE!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sarah Fimm - White Birds EP - FREE Download!

The amazing Sarah Fimm is offering her newest ep "White Birds" as a FREE download! (Select the music tab and download away...)
Thanks Sarah...and to Collected Sounds for the info.

The Endless - Soliloquy

It's a gothic/etherealpop gem. It has all the old skool elements involved. Dead Can Dance meets The Changlings.

The Endless has just released their fourth album "Soliloquy" this month.
Lead vocalist Adriana Roze (pictured) seems to channel many of my favorite alt-goth-pop singers; she seems to range from the heights of This Mortal Coil to the low grovel of P.J. Harvey. The band cites The October Project as an influence and the depth of orchestration and sepia-toned lyrical theatrics on "Soliloquy" favor comparison.
Thanks to Wears the Trousers for a great album review.

The Endless - Merge (right-click the link to download) (Source: Insomnia Radio)
You can purchase MP3s with self-determined pricing HERE!
Be generous...


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Howling Bells - Radio Wars

“The sound of PJ Harvey hitching a ride with the Velvet Underground through Twin Peaks.”

Bella Union is releasing "Radio Wars", ,a new album from Howling Bells, on February 10th, which will be available as an import in the US.
Get "Into the Chaos",one of the tracks from the new album, as a free download here.
Their self-titled debut is a favorite of mine, so in anticipation of the new release, I'll share one of my favorite tracks from the 2006 release.

Howling Bells - In the Woods (right-click the link to download.)