Guards are currently on tour in Europe but before they make their way back to the US for a few dates at Austin’s South by South West festival, the band is giving out new songs out for free on their bandcamp page. Well, they’re not technically new songs; they are covers, but they are not any less inventive.
Below is one of the tracks you can download: a cover of M.I.A’s “Born Free”. The others (covers of Vampire Weekend and Metallica, no less) can be found HERE.
While on the same Winter tour, Tokyo Police Club took it upon themselves to give you a mashup of one of their own tracks, “Breakneck Speed”, and one of their tour mates’ – Two Door Cinema Club – “Something Good Can Work”. The names of the track alone give a pretty good idea of what to expect from this pairing. At little under two and a half minutes, the track opts for reckless and relentless fun – even throwing to the forefront a summery little jam. At points, it sounds about as hectic and muddled as playing two songs at the same time can be, but it’s over before that becomes a bother. Try this link to download.
This isn’t much of a news story, more so another outlet to herald Louis Jones’ project, Spectrals — but this time with some stamps of approval. Yes, people are currently digging the UK band’s coyly titled debut EP, Extended Play. Spectral’s dreamy, romantic 60s pop could be well-received nearly anywhere (including your parent’s prom). Your parents wont be telling you to turn this shit down. If you’re new to Spectrals, here is a salvo of tracks and a video to whet your palate.
“I Ran With Love But I Couldn’t Keep Up”
“Chip A Tooth (Spoil A Smile)”
Not to take anything away from Soda Shop, but they sound exactly like their name would lead you to believe. Imagine an Utopian 50’s diner, where half a decade of hindsight has allowed Soda Shop to go back and doctor up the ideal atmosphere with “Farewell” — where everyone is smoother than the Fonz, with even the next generation’s hippies wishing they could be this chill. Washed out Chuck Berry guitar licks go a long way to accomplishing this lofty vision. Add bells, a tambourine, and kind vocals awash in reverb and Soda Shop make it seem natural and fun. The Brooklyn duo features Drew Driver from Horse Shoes and Maria Usback from Selebrities. Look for the “Farewell” 7″ out January 18th and pick up the song at this link. The accompanying video puts the archetypal images in place to round out the experience. Enjoy!
Tame Impala – “Lucidity” (Pilooski Remix) by ModernMystery3
Tame Impala Tour Dates:
Tuesday Nov 16th || Black Cat || Washington, DC*#
Thursday Nov 18th || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY*#
Sunday Nov 21st || First Unitarian Church || Philadelphia, PA*#
Monday Nov 22nd || Paradise Rock Club || Boston, MA*#
Tuesday Nov 23rd || La Sala Rossa || Montreal, QC*#
Wednesday Nov 24th || The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern || Toronto, ONT*#
Friday Nov 26th || Double Door || Chicago, IL*#
Saturday Nov 27th || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN*#
Monday Nov 29th || Jackpot Music Hall || Lawrence, KS*#
Wednesday Dec 1st || Emo’s Alternative Lounge || Austin, TX*#
Thursday Dec 2nd || The Loft || Dallas, TX*#
Saturday Dec 4th || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO*
Monday Dec 6th || Urban Lounge || Salt Lake City, UT*
Tuesday Dec 7th || Neurolux || Boise, ID*
Thursday Dec 9th || The Biltmore Cabaret || Vancouver, BC*
Friday Dec 10th || Neumos || Seattle, WA*
Saturday Dec 11th || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR*
Monday Dec 13th || The Independent || San Francisco, CA*
Tuesday Dec 14th || Echoplex || Los Angeles, CA*
* = with Stardeath and White Dwarfs
# = with Kuroma