The Folks Below

The Folks Below is another musical project from the exotically stunning Holly Brewer.

While her band HUMANWINE is on hiatus, Holly’s evocative songwriting and striking voice are showcased on this self-titled record crowdfunded via Indiegogo.

“Eat Your Face” is a love song like none other.

The Folks Below

Volcano Choir

Volcano Choir is another project of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame.

Collaborating once again with members and former members of the Milwaukee instrumental band Collections of Colonies of Bees, the 2nd album Repave is due in September.

“Byegone” is our first taste.

Volcano Choir

Austra

Austra, the electronic trio from Canada, have a new album, their 2nd, entitled Olympia.

Austra is lead vocalist Katie Stelmanis’s middle name. Austra, the goddess of light in Latvian mythology.

“Painful Like” is the current single.

Austra

Lopsided World of L

My friend Jonathan L‘s weekly podcast from Berlin.

Lopsided Word of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Deeper Upper “Trapping In”
*Volbeat “My Body”
*G.L.A.S.S. “Der Erlkönig”
*Black Star Riders “Bound For Glory”
*Youthkills “Time Is Now”
*Vs The Earth “Alligator Shoes” (interlude)
*Vayden “Rosanna”
*Ballerina Black “Squeeze Through”
*Fler “German Dream”
*Big Country f/ Mike Peters “Home Of The Brave”
*Suicide Commando “Unterwelt”
*Sayknowledge “HEEM!”
*Ghost BC “Idolatrine”
*!!! (Chk Chk Chk) “One Boy/One Girl”
*SixInch “Difficulty Of Life In Art”
*Van Wolfen “Galileo On The Moon”
*Brain Dead Symphony “Something New”
*Jane Woodman “Particles”
*Villagers “Earthly Pleasure”
*Camilla Sparksss “You Are Awesome” (replay)
*On An On “Panic”
*The Weeks “Dear Bo Jackson”
*Trillium Vein “The Sickness”
*FraZic “Horde Duel”
*White “Pretty Creatures”
*The Diamond Light “Never Enough” (replay)
JOAN JETT SONG OF THE WEEK: “A Hundred Feet Away”
*The Black Sleep “Bleed”
*Bryant Dope “Champion Sound”
*Cora Lee “Rocket To The Moon”

Sigur Rós

When you think of music from Iceland, Björk immediately comes to mind.

As does Sigur Rós.

Both create exquisitely beautiful sounds.

The new Sigur Rós album is entitled Kveikur.

“Ísjaki” is currently the featured song.

Sigur Ros

PAPA

PAPA is a LA-based band formed by childhood friends Darren Weiss (vocals/drums) and Danny Presant (bass).

Weiss is best known as the former drummer for Girls before frontman Christopher Owens went solo.

PAPA released an EP in 2011.

“Put Me to Work” is new and powerful.

PAPA - PMTW

Lopsided World of L

Monday and Jonathan L including some LWOL most popular.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Live Footage “Van Damme”
*Ghost BC “Secular Haze”
(LWOL classic) Ayreon “Ride The Comet” (2008)
*Fler “Skit #1”
*Fler “Biggest Boss”
*The Rebel Light “Wake Up Your Mind”
*White “Wet Jets”
*Van Wolfen’s Guitar Junkie “Slidin’ & Slippin”
*She & Him “Baby”, *K-OS “Blondes”
(LWOL classic) UNKLE f/ Ian Astbury “Burn My Shadow”
*FraZic “On Till Infinity”
(LWOL classic) HIM “Dead Lovers Lane” (2007)
*Tom Odell “Another Love”
*Tricky f/ Francesca Belmonte “Nothing’s Changed”
(LWOL classic) Black Francis “All In My Mind” (Love & Rockets cover 2009)
(LWOL classic) Emigrate “My World” (2007)
*Perfect Dilemma “Barbie Dolls With Batteries”
*Nico Vega “BEAST”
*Jon Byrne “Voices”
*Juno Reactor “Shine”
*Slow Earth “Change Nothing”
*Fler “Skit 2”
*Fler f/ Jihad “Produkt Der Umgebung”
*The Heavy “Just My Luck”
*Sorrow “Flowerchild”
(LWOL classic) kBrandow “Punk Rock Belt” (2007)
(LWOL classic) Tuff “American Hair Band” (2001)
JOAN JETT SONG OF THE WEEK: “Riddles”
(LWOL classic) Rammstein “Du Hast” (2009 Electro house mix)

The Pastels

The Scottish ensemble The Pastels have not released an album in 16 years.

Stephen McRobbie, (also known as Stephen Pastel) along with Katrina Mitchell now remain as the heart of the band.

Slow Summits is easy-listening indie pop as heard on the single “Check My Heart”.

The Pastels

Divine Fits

Divine Fits is a supergroup of sorts consisting of former Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks and keyboardist Alex Fischel.

Their debut album A Thing Called Divine Fits came out last year.

They return with a double-sided single. Here we hear “Chained to Love” which is currently a free download from the Divine Fits website.

Divine Fits

Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger is one-half of the brother/sister duo The Fiery Furnaces.

While the band is on extended hiatus, Eleanor has recorded two solo albums, Last Summer and Personal Record, the later just released.

“When I Knew” is a jaunty romp.

Eleanor Friedberger - Cover

Washed Out

One of my favorite albums in recent memory is the debut from Washed Out. Within and Without came out in 2011 and has remained a staple of mine for two years. It is a complete album, from start to finish, so rare these days.

Sub Pop will release Paracosm, the new Washed Out album in August.

Our appetites are teased with the song “It All Feels Right”.

Washed Out

Lopsided World of L

Mondays belong to Jonathan L.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Zion I & The Grouch f/ Brother Ali “Invitation”
*Clan Of Xymox “Creep” (Radiohead cover)
*The Cult “A Pale Horse” (2012)
*OMD “Decimal”
*K-OS “Alone In My Car”
*The 69 Eyes “If You Love Me The Morning After”
*Juno Reactor “Guillotine”
*Van Wolfen “Model”
*Volbeat f/ Sarah Blackwood “Lonesome Rider”
*The Darkness “Concrete”
*Camilla Sparksss “Precious People” (replay)
*Tricky f/ Francesca Belamonte “Does It”
*Twisted Sister “The Kids Are Back” (1983)
*Krief “Simple Lives”
*High As A Kite “Son Of A Bitch”
*Hockey “Wild Style” (replay)
*The Enemy UK “Gimme The Sign”
*She & Him “I’ve Got Your Number, Son”
*Major Lazer “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)”
*Jon Byrne “The Bitch And Her Greed”
*Doro “Metal Tango” (2004)
*Daughter “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk cover)
*Mount Fabric “Fault”
*Skinny Puppy “ParaGun”
*Young Hines “Young Again”
*The Hush Sound “Scavengers”
*Tony deKaro “Book Of Deception”
*Bruise “Jennifer”
JOAN JETT SONG OF THE WEEK: “Make Believe”
*TXL “Scheiß Drauf”

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails has been on hiatus for the past 5 years while Trent Reznor performed with How to Destroy Angels and created notable film soundtracks for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Now NIN returns with a new label and a new album.

With Hesitation Marks due in September, “Come Back Haunted” is the first single that will haunt us all summer.

NIN

The Olms

Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn has a new collaboration. This time with J.D. King, a photographer and musician from southern California.

Together they call themselves The Olms.

Their self-titled album came out yesterday.

“Wanna Feel It” is currently a free download.

the Olms

Veronica Falls

We first heard from Veronica Falls, the London-based band in 2011.

They have just released their 2nd album Waiting for Something to Happen.

Veronica Falls continue with their charming indie pop heard here in the single “Teenage”.

Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen

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