The Morning Benders have changed their name to POP ETC.

After 5 years as the Morning Benders the band discovered on their first tour of the UK that “bender” is English slang for “homosexual”.

Not wanting to insult the gay community or continually distract from their music (basically “The Morning Fags” in Europe) the band has opted for a new name.

The now POP ETC has an entire mixtape of new songs on their website. Free download

“Everything is Gone” is from the mixtape.

Saint Etienne

The English trio known as Saint Etienne (Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs) has been creating delicate alternative rhythmic music since 1990.

They also write an abundance of particularly good Christmas music, a most difficult feat.

Words and Music by Saint Etienne will be their first new album in over 7 years due in late May.

“Tonight” is the single.


We know little about Vacationer save they are a band from Philly and have just released their debut album, Gone.

Their website is very clever and worthy of your exploration. And you can receive a free download.

Love the beautifully written song “Trip” from the album.

Lopside World of L

Jonathan L sets our week in motion with so much new music.

Lopsided World of L (Hour1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Air “Parade”
*Eisbrecher “In meinem Raum”
*Kid Savant “4 Years”
*THEESatisfaction “QueenS”
*The Horrors “I Can See Through You”
EMA “California” (Album Version) (replay)
*Tremor Low “2003”
*The Barbarellatones “Dolph Lundgren”
*Shira Gavrielov “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley cover)
*7Horse “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (live from Viper Room)
*7Horse “Little Red Riding Hood” (live from Viper Room)
*Balkan Beat Box “Political F**k”
*Little Barrie “Tip It Over”
*Danny Mccoy “Slip Away”
*RPA and The United Nations Of Sound “How Deep Is Your Man”
*Makeshift Innocence “Lights On”
*Secret Music “Ghosts In The Graveyard”
*Eisbrecher “Prototyp”
Shooter Jennings “When The Radio Goes Dead” (replay)
*Speech Debelle f/ Roots Manuva and Realism “Blaze Up A Fire”
*Foxy Shazam “Holy Touch”
*Prima Donna “Feral Children”
*Vlad In Tears “Redemption”
*Nightwish “Scaretale”
*The Cribs “Chi-Town”
*Six Hour Sundown “Shadow Of My Past”
One Model Nation “East Berlin” (replay)
Gina and the Eastern Block “This Is F**king Rock ‘N’ Roll” (replay)


We’ve been offline for a couple of weeks, save Jonathan L, as I have been off the grid in Myanmar: a country transitioning to democracy with primitive infrastructure and lovely people amidst stunning landscapes and temples.

We resume this week.

Lopsided World of L

Jonathan L begins our week anew with his musical ears.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Little Barrie “Now We’re Nowhere”
*EMA “California” (Album version)
*Tremor Low “Like Birds”
*Make Out “You’re So Party Tonight”
*Laura Wilde “Sold My Soul”
*Amir Lev “She Tells Me Everything”
Rebelution “Sky Is The Limit” (replay)
*Eligh & Amplive f/ Grieves and Blake Hazard “Beautiful Addiction”
Fancy Space People “Pyramids (Shoot Golden Rays)”(replay)
*Ministry Of Love “A Promise Forever”
*Vlad In Tears “At The End Of The World”
*Inure “This Is The Life” (Aesthetic Perfection mix)
*Wiley f/Cashtastic and Tereza Delzz “I’m Only Human”
*Dana International and Eran Zur “A Different Kind Of Sex”
*Lillian Axe “Gather Up The Snow”
*Immortal Technique “Mark Of The Beast”
Blue October “The Worry List”(replay)
*Imaginary Cities “Say You”
*The Love Me Nots “Cheap Knockoff”
*Dr. Dog “Vampire”
*Source Victoria “When You Say (Congratulations)”
*Redwood “Pop That Gun”
Eve 6 “Victoria” (replay)
*Standing Shadows “Struggle Of Our Lives”
*Imagine Dragons “It’s Time”
*Velvet Box “I’m Ugly ‘Cause You’re So Beautiful”
*The Beauty Of Gemina “Golden Age”
Rammstein “Rammlied” (2009 Kevin Townsend mix)

Arcade Fire

The Hunger Games film is due later this month.

Arcade Fire has contributed a new song to the soundtrack.

Listen here to “Abraham’s Daughter”.

Andrew Bird

Break It Yourself is Andrew Bird’s 6th solo album.

Violinist and multi-instrumentalist, Bird is also found of whistling.

“Eyeoneye” is the first single and a free download from Noise Trade.

“Lusitania” features St. Vincent.



Lopsided World of L

Jonathan L fills our lives with new music every week.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Lana Del Ray “Video Games”
*Winstrong “Rude Boy” (remix)
*Vlad In Tears “Circus On The Moon”
*Dragonland “Lady Of Goldenwood”
*Little Barrie “How Come”
*Wiz Khalifa f/ Too $hort “On My Level”
*Eve 6 “Victoria”
*Redwood “One Trick Ponies”
*Mark Lanegan Band “The Gravediggers Song”
*Gemma Ray with Sparks “How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall?”
*Bash The Band “Angel”
*Rusko “Somebody To Love” (Sigma remix)
*Buck Satin and the 666 Shooters “I Hate Every Bone In Your Body”
*Mind.In.A.Box “Not Afraid”
*Victorian Halls “Dear, This Is Desperate”
*Jamie Woon “Lady Luck” (Hudson Mohawke’s Schmink-Wolf remix)
*Blue October “The Flight (Lincoln To Minneapolis)”
*Balkan Beat Box “What A Night”
Shirley Levi “Cross The Line” (replay)
*Wiley “Customs”
*Wiley “Life At Sea”
*Aaron David Gleason “Progress”
*Mark Lanegan Band “Riot In My House”
Black Sabbath w/Dio “Die Young” (1980)
*Iron Fire “The Final Odyssey”
*DJ Premiere f/ Nas and The Berklee Symphony Orchestra “Regeneration”

SXSW: more free music

More free downloads of Indie bands performing at SXSW, today courtesy of Spin.

There are a few dups from yesterday but most will add to your collection.

A number of these bands from the past two days have been featured here in the past couple of years. Pleased to see that they are being recognized.

2:54 – “Scarlet”
Ava Luna – “Ice Level”
A.Dd+ – “Sh*t Got Crazy”
Bear in Heaven – “Sinful Nature”
Bleached – “Searching Through The Past”
Blondes – “Wine”
Blue Sky Black Death – “Sleeping Children Are Still Flying”
Chelsea Wolfe – “Tall Bodies”
Cities Aviv – “Jaguar”
Class Actress – “Weekend”
Cloud Nothings – “No Future/No Past”
DaVinci – “D.R.E.A.M.”
Django Django – “Default”
Dope Body – “Lazy Slave”
Hospitality – “Betty Wang”
Hull – “In Death, Truth”
Jacques Greene – “Arrow” ft. Koreless
King Tuff – “Wild Desire”
La Sera – “Break My Heart”
Main Attrakionz – “Bossalinis & Fooliyones pt. 2”
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “The Gold Watch”
Natural Child – “Ain’t Gonna Stop”
Screaming Females – “It All Means Nothing”
Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents”
Spoek Mathambo – “Let Them Talk”
St. Lucia – “We Got It Wrong”
Star Slinger – “Dumbin’” ft. Reggie B
The Coathangers – “Smother”
The War on Drugs – “Baby Missiles”
Thee Oh Sees – “The Dream”
Thundercat – “For Love I Come”
Torche – “Kicking”
Tycho – “Hours”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “FFunny FFrends”
Xray Eyeballs – “Four”
White Fence- “Swagger Vets and Double Moon”
Widowspeak – “Harsh Realm”
Youth Lagoon – “July”
Zola Jesus – “Seekir”

SXSW 129 Free downloads

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film and Interactive Festival begins tomorrow in Austin, Texas.

The music portion takes place from the 13th to the 18th.

Over 2000 bands and artists will perform!

For a very large taste of some of the best, spinner.com is offering 129 free downloads of participating bands. Yes, you read it right: 129.

Here is the list: download at your pleasure.

A Classic Education , ‘Forever Boy’
Alice Russell, ‘Got the Hunger’
Andrew Bird, ‘EyeonEye’
Apparat, ‘Sayulita’
Balkan Beat Box, ‘War Again’
Band of Skulls , ‘Blood’
Beach Fossils, ‘Youth’
Bear Hands, ‘What A Drag’
Bear in Heaven, ‘Fake Out’ (Glass Ghost Remix)
Beat Connection, ‘In The Water’ (E Russell Remix)
Big Deal, ‘Chair’
Blitzen Trapper, ‘Heaven and Earth’
Cassettes Won’t Listen, ‘Dirt on Purpose’ (Remix)
Sally Shapiro, ‘Time to Let Go’ (CFCF Remix)
Chad Valley, ‘Fast Challenges’
Chairlift, ‘Evident Utensil’
Choir of Young Believers, ‘Claustropho’ (Peter Antlers Remix
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, ‘Statues’
Cloud Nothings, ‘Should Have’
Com Truise, ‘Cathode Girls’
Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons, ‘Home in the Woods’
Cotton Jones, ‘Glorylight and Christie’
Crocodiles, ‘Sleep Forever’
Crooked Fingers, ‘Phony Revolutions’
Crystal Antlers, ‘A Thousand Eyes’
Dark Dark Dark, ‘New York Song’
Deleted Scenes, ‘The Days of Adderall’
Diamond Rugs, ‘Mellow Doubt’
Dirty Ghosts, ‘Ropes That Way’
El-P, ‘Flyentology’ (CWL Remix)
Elizabeth & the Catapult, ‘Taller Children’
Emil & Friends, ‘Prescriptions’
Eternal Summers, ‘Pogo’
Fake Problems, ‘Soulless’
Family of the Year, ‘St. Croix’
Flosstradamus, ‘Big Bills’ Feat.CAROLINE POLACHEK (Flosstradamus Power House Remix)
Fort Lean, ‘Sunsick’
Mexicans With Guns, ‘Highway To Hell’ Feat Freddie Gibbs and Bun B
Freshkills, ‘Positive Vibes’
Futurebirds, ‘Nearsayerfive’ (Eddie the Wheel Cover)
Ganglians, ‘Sleep’
Gemma Ray, ‘Fist of a Flower’
Girl in a Coma, ‘Smart’
Guards, ‘Do It Again’
Gypsyblood, ‘My RKO is MIA’
GZA and Blacklips, ‘The Drop I Hold’
Harriet, ‘I Slept With All Your Mothers’
Hey Marseilles, ‘Rio’
Horse Feathers,’ Curs In Weeds’
Hunters, ‘Brat Mouth’
Indian Jewelry, ‘ Oceans’
Ivan & Alyosha, ‘Glorify’
Jennifer O’Connor, ‘Here With Me’
Jukebox the Ghost, ‘Empire’
Julia Nunes, ‘I Think You Know’
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, ‘Between the Concrete and Clouds’
Korallreven, ‘As Young As Yesterday’
Laura Gibson, ‘La Grande’
Lee Fields and The Expressions, ‘Love Comes and Goes’
Lightouts, ‘The Eloise Suite’
Lily & the Parlour Tricks, ‘The Good One’
Lissy Trullie, ‘Madeline’
Lovedrug, ‘Pushing the Shine’
Lushlife, ‘Meridian Sound [Part Two]’ (Abacus Remix)
M. Ward, ‘Never Had Nobody’
Madi Diaz, ‘Gimme a Kiss’
Magic Wands, ‘Black Magic’ (The XX Remix)
Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s, ‘Lunatic, Lunatic, Lunatic’
Miike Snow, ‘Animal’
Mind Spiders, ‘No Romance’
Miniature Tigers, ‘Cannibal Queen’
Miracles of Modern Science, ‘Eating Me Alive’
Motion City Soundtrack, ‘Her Words Destroyed My Planet’
Motopony, ‘King of Diamonds’
Neon Indian, “Should Have Taken Acid With You’ (Future Rock Mix)
Niki & The Dove, ‘The Fox’
Nite Jewel, ‘Am I Real?’
Oberhofer, ‘Gotta Go’
Papa, “I Am the Lion King’
Pennywise, ‘We’re Gonna Fight’
Plants and Animals, ‘Lightshow’
Princeton, “A Rememberance of Things to Come’
Pujol, ‘Mayday’
Reptar, ‘Stuck in my ID’
Rubblebucket, ‘Michelle’
Saint Motel, ‘Puzzle Pieces’
Santigold, ‘Creator Main’
Savoir Adore, ‘Dreamers’
Say Hi, ‘Devils’
Screaming Females, ‘Wild’
Sean Bones, ‘Dancehall’
Sepalcure, ‘I’m Alright’
Sharon Van Etten, ‘Serpents’
Shearwater, ‘Leviathan Bound’
Shout Out Out Out Out, ‘Dude You Feel Electrical’
Slam Donahue, ‘It’s Scary’
Slow Club, ‘It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful’
Strange Boys, ‘Me and You’
Talkdemonic, ‘Revival’
The Big Pink, ‘Velvet’
The Big Sleep, ‘Pinkies’
The Black Angels, ‘Telephone’
The Drums, ‘Down By the Water’
The Ettes, ‘No Home’
The Good Natured, ‘Be My Animal’
The Heavy, ‘That Kind of Man’
The Henry Clay People, ‘Your Famous Friends’
The Spinto Band, ‘Pumpkins and Paisley’
The Ting Tings, ‘Hands’ (Passion Pit Remix)
The Wooden Sky, ‘Child of the Valley’
Titus Andronicus, ‘Titus Andronicus’
Toddla T, ‘Cherry Picking’
Tribes, ‘We Were Chosen’
Tristen, ‘Baby Drugs’
Two Gallants, ‘Seems Like Home to Me’
Tycho, ‘Hours’
U.S. Royalty, ‘Equestrian’
Ursula 1000, ‘Baby Laser love’ (DJ Love Remix)
WATERS, ‘O Holy Break of Day’
White Rabbits, ‘Percussion Gun’ (Live)
William Elliott Whitmore, ‘Hope for You’
Y La Bamba, ‘Juniper’
YACHT, ‘Dystopia’
YAWN, ‘Acid’
Young Buffalo, ‘Only We Can Keep You From Harm’
Young Magic, ‘Sparkly’
Yukon Blonde, ‘Choices’
Zola Jesus, ‘Sea Talk’

Lopsided World of L

We had a bit of “technical difficulties”. Seems the provider didn’t recognize my posts from Asia. But all is corrected now.

This week’s addition from Jonathan L is a little late but as solid as ever. Enjoy!

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L Hour 2)

*The Beauty Of Gemina “Seven-Day Wonder”, *Wiley “Can I Have A Taxi Please?”, *Shirley Levi “Cross The Line”, *The Misfits “Curse Of The Mummy’s Hand”, *Lana Del Ray “Radio”, *Potluck “Forbidden Love”, *Vlad In Tears “After All”, *Almah “Late Night In ’85”, *Mind.In.A.Box “Cause And Effect”, *The Blue Van “Fame & Glory”, *The Love Me Nots “He Doesn’t Share Well”, *Wiley “Immigration”, *Lost Reality “Discoboy”, *The Oz “Fire In The Brain”, *Girl In A Coma “Rubber Ring” (Smiths cover), *Joker “On My Mind” (Goldie remix), *JoanOvArc “Say Sayonara”, *Standing Shadows “Just A Part Of Me”, *DJ Shadow f/ Posdnous & Talib Kweli “Stay The Course”, *Elika “No One Gets Lost”, Frogg “Shut Tha F**k Down”, *Deborah Iyall “A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)” (2012 new version), One Model Nation “East Berlin”, *Gangrene “Vodka & Ayahusca”, *Aaron David Gleason “Be Your Fool”, *Gina And The Eastern Block “This Is F**king Rock ‘N’ Roll”, *The Love Me Nots “The Girl Lights Up”, *Fancy Space People “Pyramids (Shoots Golden Rays)”

Gorillaz Supergroup

The animated group Gorillaz has teamed up with Andre’ 3000 (from OutKast) and James Murphy (from the now defunct LCD Soundsystem) for a one-off. Sort of a Gorillaz supergroup.

“DoYaThing” is a free download from Converse. You can view the video here as well.

There’s even a Chuck Taylor Gorillaz Collection.


We’ve waited 4 years since the impressive debut of Santogold.

In the meantime, she has changed her name to Santigold.

Master of My Make-Believe, album #2, comes out May 1st.

“Disparate Youth” is the first single.