I’m From Barcelona to Release 27 Free Songs

If you’re indie Swedish Sensations, I’m From Barcelona, its safe to say that nothing you do is really shocking. The 27 piece band has decided to release 27 free songs via their website that started Wednesday, January 27th. Titled 27 Songs from Barcelona, The group will release one song daily for download, and if you haven’t caught on yet, each song will feature a member of the band seperately. I’m From Barcelona was inspired to do this from KISS’ solo releases in the late 70s. I guess we have to be grateful not all 27 put out full length records, right? Starting the 27th when the songs were released online, you will also be able to pick up the three vinyl records set of the project. The greatest thing about this project is you get a feel of everyone’s personality in the massive band, to see who exactly makes up I’m From Barcelona. Check out the tracklisting below as well as a short video the band made premiering the release. This surely is going to make for an interesting project.

27 Songs From Barcelona:

Side A
01 Daniel Lindlöf – Lower My Head
02 Anna Fröderberg – But Hey Even Though Your Horses Went Away
03 Tina Gardestrand – Baby Lets go
04 David Ljung – Silence
05 Mathias Alriksson – The Return of the Ape

Side B
06 Johan Mårtensson – What Should I Do
07 Cornelia Norgren – Pet Duet
08 Rikard Ljung – Nothin Like the Mornin
09 Henrik Olofsson – Make Me a Cowboy Again for a Day

Side C
10 Mattias Johansson – Be the Same
11 Marcus Carlholt – Tour de France
12 Emma Öhnell – Hej Hej Ivar
13 Erik Ottosson – Zapatista
14 Johan Aineland – Best Days Are to Come

Side D
15 Frida Öhnell – Morning Again
16 Jonas Tjäder – Göteborg
17 Christofer Olofsson – Alice in Wonderland
18 Olof Gardestrand – My BPM Might Be Off, But My Heart is Running Like a Clock

Side E
19 Kristoffer Ekstrand – UHOH
20 Tobias Granstrand – Troublemaking
21 Micke Larsson – To the Clouds
22 David Ottosson – The Wave
23 Jacob Sollenberg – Sick of Love

Side F
24 Martin Alfredsson – Kosmonaut
25 Emanuel Lundgren – Hang On
26 Jakob Jonsson – Matilda
27 Julie Witwicki Carlsson – Dreaming My Dreams


The Morning Benders Release New Single, Announce Tour

The Morning Benders broke onto the scene with their mid-2008 release, Talking Thru Tin Cans (Plus One), and now are back to show the world they weren’t just a sunny one hit wonder band. The group is set to release their second album Big Echo on their new home, Rough Trade on March 9th, but first they are giving out a little gift to the fans. If you head over to their website you can download their new single from the album titled “Promises” for free. The track picks up where thier debut album ended, but you can see a natural, more mature progression in the band. They still have their catchy hooks and California glow that we have come to know and love. The Morning Benders will also be taking the stage around the country on their first headling tour running from March to April. They are also taking The Miniature Tigers on the road with them so this is certainly going to be a tour not to miss!

Morning Benders Tour Dates

3.10. Philadelphia, PA @ Jonny Brenda’s
3.11. Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
3.12. Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
3.13. Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
3.15. Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
3.23 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room
3.25. Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
3.26. San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
3.27. Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
3.28. Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters
3.30. San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
4.1. Portland, OR @ Holocene
4.2. Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café
4.3. Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
4.5. Provo, UT @ Club Velour
4.7. Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
4.9. Des Moines, IA @ The Vaudeville Mews
4.10. Ames, IA @ The Maintenance Shop
4.11. Rock Island, IL @ Huckleberry’s Pizza – Presented by Daytrotter
4.12. Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
4.14. Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
4.15. Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
4.16. Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
4.17. Boston, MA @ TT The Bear’s
4.22. New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge

Spoon Announce U.S. Tour with Deerhunter

Last week another gigantic buzz album hit stores in the form of Spoon’s Transference (Merge). To celebrate the release of their record, the band is heading out on tour starting this March with friends, Deerhunter. Spoon will travel from Glasglow to California, and are also taking The Strange Boys and Micachu and the Shapes along with them with Deerhunter to take over as openers in the spring. The venues look pretty intimate for the tour, and very classy for the most part. Spoon will be hitting Radio City Music Hall when they come to New York City which is certainly a step up for the band who seems to get bigger and bigger everytime they release a new song. Check out the tour dates below!

02-14 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s
02-15 Manchester, England – Academy 3
02-16 London, England – Electric Ballroom
02-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-19 Cologne, Germany – Luxor
02-20 Berlin, Germany – Frannz Club
03-17 Austin, TX – Stubbs (NPR SXSW showcase) %
03-18 New Orleans, LA – Republic %@
03-19 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage %@
03-20 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle %@
03-22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %@
03-23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %@
03-24 Richmond, VA – The National %@
03-26 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall %@
03-27 Boston, MA – House of Blues %@
03-29 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy %@
03-30 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater %@
04-01 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom %^
04-02 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue %^
04-03 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue %^
04-05 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater %^
04-06 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater %^
04-07 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue %^
04-09 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater %^
04-10 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater %^
04-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theater %^
04-13 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater %^

% with Deerhunter
@ with the Strange Boys
^ with Micachu and the Shapes

Pavement’s Greatest Hits Gets a Tracklisting

The contest and wait is finally over. Matador Records has just released the winner of the Pavement’s greatest hit’s contest, and have revealed the tracklist. The winner who was announced early this week is Flavio Seixlack of São Paolo. He managed to get 17 out of the 23 tracks correct, and won a nice trip to New York City to see Pavement play in Central Park. Quarantine the Past will be out March 9th, with a limited edition vinyl release out on April 17th for Record Store Day. Check out the tracklisting below as well as ALL of the Pavement reunion dates. It’s going to be a long summer, babe.

02 “Frontwards” (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
03 “Mellow Jazz Docent” (PERFECT SOUND FOREVER EP)
05 “In The Mouth A Desert” (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
06 “Two States” (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
08 “Shady Lane” / “J Vs. S” (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
11 “Grounded” (WOWEE ZOWEE)
12 “Summer Babe (Winter Version)” (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
16 “Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)” (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
17 “Spit On A Stranger” (TERROR TWILIGHT)
18 “Heaven Is a Truck” (CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN)
19 “Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17” (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
21 “Box Elder” (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
22 “Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence” (NO ALTERNATIVE COMP)
23 “Fight This Generation” (WOWEE ZOWEE)


03/01 Auckland, New Zealand @ Town Hall
03/04 Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
03/05 Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
03/06 Meredith, Australia @ Supernatural Amphitheatre (Golden Plains Festival)
03/07 Adelaide, Australia @ Thebarton Theatre
03/08 Perth, Australia @ Metro City
03/10 Brisbane, Australia @ Tivoli
03/12 Melbourne, Australia @ Palace Theatre
03/14 Melbourne, Australia @ Palace Theatre
04/07 Tokyo, Japan @ Studio Coast
04/08 Tokyo, Japan @ Studio Coast
04/10 Osaka, Japan @ Zepp Osaka
04/12 Nagoya, Japan @ Zepp Nagoya
04/18 Indio, CA (Coachella)
05/04 Dublin, Ireland @ Tripod
05/05 Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland
05/07 Paris, France @ Le Zénith
05/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
05/10 London, England @ Brixton Academy
05/11 London, England @ Brixton Academy
05/12 London, England @ Brixton Academy
05/13 London, England @ Brixton Academy
05/15 Minehead, England @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/18 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
05/19 Berlin, Germany @ Astra
05/20 Prague, Czech Republic @ Palac Akropolis
05/21 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
05/22 Munich, Germany @ Muffathalle
05/24 Rome, Italy @ Atlantico Live
05/25 Bologna, Italy @ Estragon
05/27 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
05/29-31 Quincy, Washington @ Sasquatch! Festival
06/25 Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theater (Just added! On sale Thurs. Thanks for the tip, Kyle.)
07/01-04 Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
09/21 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
09/22 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
09/23 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
09/24 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage

Secondhand Sunday: The Elected “Not Going Home”

This Secondhand Sunday is perfect for a rainy afternoon in New York. Riding off the coattails of Rilo Kiley, former “Salute Your Shorts” member Blake Sennett, went for a new approach a few years ago with his new band, The Elected. It’s always nice to see Blake move to the front of the microphone and take charge. The most successful song on the album Sun Sun Sun was a haunting track called “Not Going Home.” Watch out for the owl costume. You may want to steal it.

The Elected “Not Going Home”

Getting Crafty with Dan Werb of Woodhands

This week, I caught up with Dan Werb of the Canadian duo, Woodhands. Don’t try to pigeonhold these guy’s sound. Drawing their influences from everywhere imaginable, they prove not to be a one trick electro indie group. Only a few weeks away from releasing their third album, Remorsecapade(Paper Bag), Werb is more excited than anything. And he has reason to be. This is truly a brilliant record filled with tunes that will have your ass out of the seat in no time. Here’s what Werb had to say:

MM:  How did you come up with the name for the new record, Remorsecapade? Is there any specific meaning behind it?

WERB: For us, Paul and I, when you’re a band of two pieces, you do things to pass the time. We like to make portmanteaus which is putting together two words to form one. I like ‘Disastery,’ which I came up with when we were eating unwieldy tacos at the same time. We’re really excited about them. We wanted the new album title to be hilarious. I like to think of it as a remorsing ice capade or a strange ride you’d take at a shitty theme park. It can also be heartbreaking, serious and somber, that also links to the record.

The two of you met in Henry Faberge and the Adorables. What made you decide to start a collaboration on your own?

We met in that band, but we were both into our solo stuff. We passed each other on stage and just mutually expressed our admiration for each other as musicians. Then we started jamming, and we didn’t really know each other. It was like the first day jitters the first time.

What is the main inspiration of the songs on the new album?

Obviously relationships. You know break up, get back together, break up again. We tend to write music first and then fill in the blanks with lyrics and melodies. With lyrics, I’m inspired by the way the song sounds. We’re going for a darker and lush sound on the record, more provocative lyrics. Evoke a certain mood. It’s a very specific feeling you get in a place about relationships kind of. That feeling, that’s on the sidelines of a main event. It could be you having an amazing night, with a small moment, and then you’re alone. It’s fascinating.

When it comes to songwriting, do you write together, or bring in different ideas?For this album, songs started as kernels from things on the road. Piano songs, soft, slow ballads, and then turning into bangers. A lot of songs were jams tested on the audience live….the heart of the song live. If you can mix up how you write songs, you get all different sounds.

Does it bother you when people refer to you as an Indietronica band? Do you think you can be defined in one genre?

YEAH! Paul and I have totally diverse musical interests. We’re not part of a genre, we’re a genre of band. Like we engage with our crowds, get a ton of sound to get people moving. We move far away from electro. Our influences differ. I love hip hop and how MCs can own a room, hip hop producers….we take pianos, composers, etc. into our little empire.

 How did you end up having Maylee Todd helping out with vocals, “Dissembler”?We both were in (Henry Faberge and) the Adorables. She also appeared on Iour last album, Heartattack, and is a good friend of ours.

What is your favorite song on the record and why?I really like that one with Maylee. It’s great. It’s a really personal song to me. I think we effectively achieved that song.

What do you like most about being in the recording process?

I love it all. I love being in studio with a million synths and drum machines. I’ll hear something and think “That’s amazing!” I don’t care if it’s of time. It’s an exploration for us. It’s exciting not knowing. I know what it took to make it, what it felt like, and when it’s done, I get to rediscover it.

What do you like most about playing in front of a live audience?

For us, we’re really about creating an immediate connection to an audience. They give us support. It doesn’t fucking matter what happens or is going to happen. If my voice gets destroyed or Paul breaks a snare drum, it doesn’t matter. It’s a shared beautiful experience in a room of vibes like that. It’s fucking incredible. It’s amazing.

Are you more nervous or excited about releasing the new album?

Excited! Definitely. Nerves, well we’re releasing our baby to the world. We’ve had a break since December, which really isn’t long. We’re excited about how this is going to do. We have a new live setup with lasers too. We’re crazy for lasers!