First Aid Kit

Stay Gold is the title of the next album from the Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit.

Mike Mogis
of Bright Eyes will once again produce as he did on 2012’s The Lion’s Roar.

“My Silver Lining” is the gorgeous first track.

First Aid Kit

Damon Albarn

In the manufactured battle in the 90’s between Blur and Oasis, I was a Blur man.

And I have always been a Damon Albarn fan, from Blur to Gorillaz to his opera Dr Dee.

His debut solo album, Everyday Robots, will come out at the end of this month.

Here is the title track/first single as well as the second single “Lonely Press Play”.

Damon Albarn

“Everyday Robots”

“Lonely Press Play”

Just Friends

Just Friends is the collaboration between producer Nicholas Jaar and Sasha Spielberg (the daughter of filmmaker Steven Spielberg).

Both attended Brown University.

They have recorded only two songs together.

The seductive “Don’t Tell Me” is being released on Record Store Day, April 19th

Just Friends

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Band of Skulls

Himalayan is the just released 3rd album from Band of Skulls.

This trio from England, Southampton to be exact, rock on “Asleep at the Wheel”.

Band of Skulls

Jamie xx

Jamie Smith aka Jamie xx is one of the members of the famed band The xx.

He is also a producer, remixer and solo artist.

His latest solo release is the double-sided single “She/Sleep Sound”.

Jamie xx

“Sleep Sound”

Hamilton Leithauser

While The Walkmen are on “extreme hiatus”, lead singer Hamilton Leithauser has recorded his debut solo album.

“Alexandra” is the lead single from the forthcoming Black Hours.

Hamilton Leithauser

Future Islands

Future Islands, the band now based in Baltimore, has just released their 4th album, Singles.

A daring title, but the first single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” is one of the best songs of this young 2014.

Future Islands

and the video of their live Letterman performance is amazing:

Suzanne Vega

For those of us who prefer a black wardrobe, this is our song.

“I Never Wear White” by the wonderful Suzanne Vega (from her recent record Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles).

Suzanne Vega

Incan Abraham

2 ½ years ago we highlighted the EPs from the Los Angeles indie quartet Incan Abraham.

Next week the band with the unusual name will finally release their debut album entitled Tolerance.

“Concorde”, the first single, exceeds expectations.

Plus a free download of the song here.

Incan Abraham

Elbow

The Take Off and the Landing of Everything is the title of the new album from Elbow.

These former Mercury Prize winners lead with the beautiful melancholy of “New York Morning”.

Elbow

Skrillex

Skrillex is one of the biggest names in electronic dance music.

He has given us numerous EPs, singles, and remixes to date but has only recently released his debut album.

Recess includes the song “Stranger” as heard in the film Divergent.

Skrillex

Lykke Li

Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li will present her 3rd album I Never Learn in early May.

We so loved Wounded Rhymes from 2011.

“No Rest for the Wicked” is the lead single.

Lykke Li

tUnE-yArDs

Eccentric, unique and wonderful, the music of tUnE-yArDs.

She gave us one of the best in 2011 with Whokill.

Nikki Nack is due in May with the new song “Water Fountain”.

tUnE-yArDs

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon is Mark Kozelek’s project following the breakup of Red House Painters, his acclaimed band from San Francisco in the 90’s.

He now records with a variety of musicians or solo.

Benji, his 6th, is his latest album.

There are so many good songs on this album it’s hard to choose just one, so here is the last track “Ben’s My Friend”.

Sun Kil Moon

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is a new captivating and beguiling talent from Melbourne.

She has only released 2 EPs thus far to date: I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris and How To Carve a Carrot Into a Rose.

The two have now been combined entitled: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

“Avant Gardener” is our introduction to the world of Courtney Barnett.

Courtney Barnett

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