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Sharon Van Etten: “Serpents”

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It’s fun to sit back and watch the increasing amounts of love Sharon Van Etten is getting these days.  Not in a “we knew about her before youuuuuu” way, but rather in a “finally! she deserves it!” kind of thing.  She’s been sharing her past through public music since 2009, often giving us wonderfully and painfully open stories of a terrible love; unrequited and tortuous.  Her abusive relationship with a boyfriend during her college days is what initially drove her to write her first album, Because I Was In Love.  Ever since then, she’s been opening up the flood gates, using ever increasing amounts of electric guitars and bombastic percussive tremors.  You only need hear the opening salvos from her sophomore album Epic to know that Van Etten has become comfortable meshing the honest with the open.

We were promised amazing things on her third record, and today we were not disappointed by the brand new “Serpents.” It’s a gut punch to the old flames, rattling them by their shirt collars, showing and explaining exactly what they did to our girl.  The song is grand in collaborative scale, featuring the twin Dessners from The National, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, the Walkmen’s Matt Barrick, and Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett.  If ever you wanted a huge opener for a new record, “Serpents” is definitely for you.

 
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents by Pretty Much Amazing

Sharon Van Etten’s third album, Tramp, will be released February 7th, 2012 by Jagjaguwar Records.  It was/is being record in the garage studio of Aaron Dessner, and is rumored to feature further collaborations with Beirut’s Zach Condon.  No verifications on that yet, but we’re praying it’s true.  Heck of a start though.  We’re already counting down the days!

 

And here are some other unreleased Van Etten songs we’re hoping are included in all their studio recorded glory on the new collection:

“Give Out” will be on the new record as well. Other confirmed tracks include, “Mohawk” and “Life of His Own”.

 

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The Black Keys: “Run Right Back”

We are less than three weeks away from The Black Keys bestowing their second album in a two-year span, with El Camino set to hit stores on December 6, just in time to make a run at people’s Best of 2010 lists and all the cool kids’ holiday wishlists for Santa Claus. A short time ago, we brought you the new album’s first single “Lonely Boy,” and just a couple of days ago the grooviest dudes from Akron uploaded the single’s B-side, a rollicking fuzzy blues number called “Run Right Back.” What causes more blues than the fickle nature of a pretty lady, the kind who always pulls you back in. It fits — stylistically and thematically — with “Lonely Boy,” and I still can’t wait for El Camino to be under my tree very soon.

The Black Keys – Run Right Back by The Black Keys

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Saint Motel: “At Least I Have Nothing”

Los Angeles band Saint Motel have gotten an impressive amount of mileage out of their wonderful first single “Puzzle Pieces,” garnering blog and mainstream buzz for the song and getting an mtvU premiere for its quirky and inventive video. For what feels like forever, we’ve been waiting for a new track, and today quartet have obliged with the song “At Least I Have Nothing,” a far more guitar-driven number than “Puzzle Pieces,” which immediately drew me in with its piano hook. By the title, one would think this new song is a tongue-in-cheek rant, and really it is. The upbeat tone just disguises it for awhile:

At least I have nothing, nothing to tie me down…
I had such high hopes for the minds of our generation,
if we had some goals we could reach out and take them.
Except we’re apart, no movement to follow.
We are just stuck inside their business model.

I can’t wait for a full-length from these guys. For now, download “At Least I Have Nothing” below for a real treat.

SAINT MOTEL – At Least I Have Nothing by saintmotel 


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The Ting Tings: “Silence (Bag Raiders Remix)”

The Ting Tings have tip-toed, then burned their way back onto the scene with a few new tracks and remixes in the past month. I’ll always have a soft spot for their debut album We Started Nothing, which had the awesome funky hits “Great DJ” and “Shut Up And Let Me Go,” and the quirky and memorable “That’s Not My Name.” Katie White and Jules De Martino have are all about packing as much attitude and fun into their music as possible, and what we’ve heard with these new singles is no exception. The latest addition to the handful of new tracks they’ve unveiled is the Bag Raiders Remix of the song “Silence,” which builds up and busts loose like every good remix should. Check out the remix below, and download “Hang It Up” — a loud, clattering dose of the band’s evolving sound — as well.

The Ting Tings – Silence – Bag Raiders Remix by the-ting-tings

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Farewell Republic: “Wake”

Farewell Republic Live (credit Rob Migrin)

With a mammoth start that only curls and builds after, Sivan Jacobovitz  (Guitar, Vocals), Ryan Sloan (Bass, Keys), Bobby Matson (Drums), and Brian Trahan (Keys, Vocals) of the Brooklyn via Ann Arbor grand band Farewell Republic deliver a huge punch to your ear’s gut.  “Wake” is the first track off of their debut album, Burn the Boats, out this January.  There’s a real intelligence behind the structure and path the song takes, and it speaks well to what the album holds.  Sample the single below, then trek over to the band’s BandCamp site for a free download of the 7” B-side, “Come Irene” and fellow album mate, “Gliss”.

Farewell Republic – Wake by The Wounded Jukebox

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Garvy J: “Celebrate”

cover Boston artist Garvy J. (and the Secret Pockets of Hope and Resistance) has made a fun song.  So fun in fact, that I can’t see past the chorus and the hand clap drum ricochets.  “Celebrate” could be the next song featured in some commercial with attractive youngins running around on a beach wearing jeans and smiles.  The man that’s been at it since the 90’s seems to have found a bit of the lighter side of life and wants to share it with everyone.  It’s a sincere sentiment: be happy!

“Celebrate” – Garvy J by PlanetaryOnlinePR

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Video: General Fiasco — “Waves”


I appreciate the energy that courses through General Fiasco’s music. It takes me back to my wilder, younger days. We featured their single “The Age You Start Losing Friends” on our end-of-summer mix, and these four dudes from Bellaghy, Northern Ireland are back with a video for their second single “Waves.” Judging by all the cool onstage and behind-the-scenes clips that make up the video, I’m betting that seeing General Fiasco live would be a pretty damn good time. The Waves EP will be out November 14 on Dirty Hit.

General Fiasco – Waves by Dirty Hit 

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