All you guys (and trust me, you are all guys) who are bummed about David Berman’s Silver Jews implosion and Bill Callahan’s ruination of your hopes for a pre-release leak, buck up. Because: a) your girlfriend especially doesn’t want to hear that music today, and b) Chicago singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth (a.k.a. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone) has an elegant bummer of a track from his forthcoming album (Vs. Children, out April 7 on Tomlab) available for free download here.
“With the money in the backseat, baby, we could buy a house,” sings Ashworth. “And raise a little family on Schlitz and Mickey Mouse.” And they said romance was dead. Stream below.
“Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In)”:
Brett and Rennie Sparks, the Southern-gothic country duo known as the Handsome Family, will release Honey Moon in April, a month in which they will also celebrate 20 years of marriage. Anyone who’s seen the loving spectacle that is the Handsome Family’s live show/comedy act/spousal insult marathon realizes that these two asylum escapees (Rennie paints pet portraits; we suspect Brett is on heavy medication) know more about love than any of us ever will. Brett and Rennie are weirder and more wonderful than any characters in a Tom Waits song, so when they give you a valentine, you should take it and bury it in a patch of land in the center of a corn maze. Download an mp3 of album track “Darling, My Darling” here or stream the song below.
The members of Brooklyn synth-rock outfit Mobius Band aren’t just going to give you a free mp3 that they already had lying around; no, they’ve recorded a six-song Valentine’s Day-themed covers EP and are all but placing it on your hard drive. These guys are like overconsiderate, extra-thoughtful boyfriends, and for that we should kill them, but we’re merciful and slow to complete tasks. Click here to get Empire Of Love, the aforementioned EP. What songs are covered on it? Why, that information is right here:
Empire Of Love Tracklist:
1. Say You Will (Kanye West)
2. Love Hurts (The Everly Brothers)
3. Lullaby (Dixie Chicks)
4. Satellite (TV On The Radio)
5. At My Window (Townes Van Zandt)
6. You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty)
This Valentine’s Day weekend, barely legal mp3s will run wild and free across the Internet. Many bands are offering free downloads of songs from upcoming albums, and we’ll be compiling and posting them here as they roll in. On deck so far is new material from Aidan Moffat (from Arab Strap), the Handsome Family, Mobius Band and Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (how apropos). Remember: You’re never alone if you have a killer mixtape (and maybe some ditchweed and an Xbox).
Aidan Moffat was, and is, a miserable Scottish bastard best known for his membership in Arab Strap, the drunk, evil, foul-mouthed and generally more fun cousin of Glasgow mates Belle And Sebastian back in the Scottish-pop golden era. How To Get To Heaven From Scotland (Chemikal Underground), his latest LP under the name Aidan Moffat And The Best-Ofs, is out next month. Download an mp3 of album track “Big Blonde” here or stream the song below.
Ever wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? They let musicians onstage! Here are tonight’s notable performers:
Late Night With Conan O’Brien (NBC): They Might Be Giants
TMBG (pictured) recently won a Grammy for last year’s kids’ album Here Come The 123s. In your face, Here Comes Little Brady Rymer And The Band That Could!
Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC): The Sounds
The high-energy Swedish pop/new-wave band will debut “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake” from its forthcoming album. You know the Sounds via their song “Hurt You,” from this Geico caveman commercial.
They Might Be Giants’ “Withered Hope” (live version) from 2007’s The Else (download here): http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/WitheredHopeXMLive.mp3