Cut Off Your Hands Announce Release Of New Album In August

New Zealand band Cut Off Your Hands have announced that they will be releasing the follow up to their 2008 album later this summer.  The album entitled Hollow will be a mixture of new sounds and a rediscovered passion for playing music from band front man Nick Johnston.  After 2008’s release of You & I, the band embarked on a three year tour and endured many personnel changes within the band, all of which left Johnston feeling a little disillusioned about music and wondering what his future would be.

“Something clicked in the time off between records,” says Johnston. “As I stopped worrying about what we should be doing, I began listening to records out of pure fun again and they ended up really influencing my writing.”

The result is a masterful sound of melancholic guitar riffs and melodies influenced by bands such as Echo & the Bunnymen, the Byrds, Bob Dylan and fellow countrymen the Bats and Bird Nest Roys.  This time out, the band knew which direction they wanted this album to go and how they wanted this album to sound. 

“A big thing for me was getting out of that songwriting slump,” explains Johnston, “realizing that making music is still meaningful for me.”

Hollow will be released on August 16th via Frenchkiss Records.  There are plans for a US tour following the release. 


You Should Do Better
Hollowed Out
Fooling No One
By Your Side
All It Takes
Oh Hell
Down and Out

Freelance Whales Announce 2011 Tour Dates


Nearly a year after their release of their critically acclaimed Weathervanes, the Freelance Whales are continuing to tour the world, bringing their jaunty electro-pop to the U. S. and Canada this spring. Along with the British band Foals, the Freelance Whales will work their way across North America throughout much of April and May. The Queens, New York band has been compared to such indie greats as The Postal Service and Broken Social Scene, receiving high praise from such critical luminaries as NPR’s All Songs Considered, Stereogum, Paste [R. I. P.], and Entertainment Weekly.

Spring Tour 2011
4/10 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC*
4/11 – The Showbox at The Market – Seattle, WA*
4/12 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR*
4/14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA (co-headlining with Foals)
4/19 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX*
4/20 – The Loft – Dallas, TX
4/21 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX*
4/23 – The Firebird – St Louis, MO*
4/25 – The Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN*
4/26 – Metro – Chicago, IL (co-headlining with Foals)
4/27 – Outland Live – Columbus, OH*
4/29 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
4/30 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON*
5/01 – Le National – Montreal, QC*
5/02 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA*
5/04 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY (co-headlining with Foals)
5/05 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA*
5/06 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (co-headlining with Foals)
5/07 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD*
5/08 – The Met – Pawtucket, RI*

*Foals & The Naked & The Famous

Jimmy Fallon Welcomes Local Natives

2010 has been a particularly good year for Frenchkiss Records’ Local Natives. Under the Radar Magazine named their album Gorilla Manor the year’s greatest debut and Daytrotter said their music evokes a feeling “that you can only attain if you’re head over heels with the very thought of maximizing all that’s in your heart.”

Local Natives surely hope to use that momentum to propel them forward in 2011, and they’ll get a chance when they play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 4th. Beyond that, the band also has a remix album in the works.

New Tracks From Young Man

This past week saw the release of some new music from Colin Caulfield and his band Young Man.  The tracks are part of the single called “Strangers” which was an outtake from the band’s Boy EP which was released earlier this year.  Although Boy was released earlier this year on Frenchkiss Records, “Strangers” was not recorded until recently.    

“Strangers” premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog recently, and Web site I Guess I’m Floating featured the song’s remix, done by NY-based remixer Phil Tortoroli, also known as The Great Red Shark, last Tuesday.  Young Man also debuted the video for the song “Up So Fast”, a lovely song about the joys of growing up, on AOL Spinner.    

You can check out “Strangers” here.

Les Savy Fav Release New Album and Video


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Les Savy Fav: their 2007 release, Let’s Stay Friends, earned them critical buzz and highly coveted spots on many year-end lists. The Brooklyn band has picked up where they left off with critics, receiving rave reviews for their latest LP, Root For Ruin, released in September on Frenchkiss Records. Unlike the roster of guest stars included on Let’s Stay Friends, Root For Ruin finds the band working as a quintet once again. Guitarist Seth Jabour described their latest recording as revelatory, explaining that “it turns out we enjoy making love to one another more than with a group of strangers.” The raw energy and jangled guitars that Les Savy Fav are known for are still there, and on Root For Ruin you can actually hear the guys getting comfortable with their own legacy as indie rock veterans.

The lead single from Root For Ruin, “Let’s Get Out Of Here” now has an amazing video to accompany the track. Check it out below, along with a handful of tour dates to close out the year:

2010 Tour Dates
November 15 – Komedia – Brighton, UK
November 17 – Gebäude 9 – Cologne, DE
November 18 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE
November 19 – Trouw – Amsterdam, NL
November 20 – Nouveau – Paris, FR
November 21 – Trix – Antwerp, BE
November 22 – Electric Ballroom – London, UK
December 4 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
December 5 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA

Young Man Invades CMJ

Frenchkiss Records’ Young Man, whose debut EP hit stores on October 12th, announced last week that he’ll be doing 5 CMJ shows. Described by Altered Zones as “juvenile in only the right ways, provoking images of wide-eyed  innocence, shy giggles behind Mommy’s skirts and gangly, swinging legs that don’t quite yet reach the floor,” Young Man’s shows will occur between October 21st-October 23rd. Dates and venues are below.


CMJ Shows

THU, Oct. 21 4:30pm – I Guess I’m Floating party at Pianos (158 Ludlow St, New York, NY)
THU, Oct. 21 7:30pm – Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY)
FRI, Oct. 22 9:15pm – Yours Truly Party at Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
SAT, Oct. 23 12:30pm – Bowery Presents party at Pianos (158 Ludlow St, New York, NY)
SAT, Oct. 23 3:30pm – Baeble Music party at Bowery Electric (327 Bowery, New York, NY)