Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Instruments

Download: The Instruments -- "Ode To The Sea"

Download: The Instruments -- "Sounds Electric"

Led by Japancakes and Circulatory System (among others!) member Heather McIntosh, The Instruments' lush psych-folk album Dark Småland was created with the help of a number of fellow E6 alums. In other exciting news, Heather McIntosh has joined Gnarls Barkley (and played cello on their new record) as the touring bassist (with some cello).

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Broken Letters

Download: The Broken Letters -- "Another Morning"

Download: The Broken Letters -- "Licht"

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, The Broken Letters exist as the primary medium for the songwriting and vocal lyricism of David Hickox. With a crooked craft of melody and a penchant for dark and Biblical delivery, the Broken Letters create songs of love and death, birth and pain, of the moon and of a great fire. This is mournful, committed music from an exciting new duo, in the vein of early My Morning Jacket or Magnolia Electric Co.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Daniel Ahearn

Download: Daniel Ahearn -- "Down For The Count"

Daniel Ahearn, of the electro-acoustic folk rock band Ill Lit, is releasing his solo EP, Pray For Me By Name, on Riparian Records. Late in 2007, Daniel was robbed; his electronics, boom box, keyboards, and pedals—all stolen. All the songs on his new EP were written to be songs that Daniel felt like he could play with just an acoustic guitar and his singing. These songs are about traffic, drugs, hookers, the gymnastics of relationships and a fascination with the West Coast. Every one of them is a love song.

Careless Whisper

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mass Solo Revolt

Download: Mass Solo Revolt -- "The Site..."

Download: Mass Solo Revolt -- "Hoka Blast"

Mass Solo Revolt's intelligent, clever songwriting butts up against tough hooks and ringing production. A strong, compact debut with roots in the mid-90s, Easy Mark, channels the sounds of Bob Pollard, The Grifters, and Superchunk. Mass Solo Revolt's guitarist/songwriter/producer Martin Brummeler, along with bassist Jim Frye, migrated to Athens, GA from Ypsilanti, Michigan where their previous bands, Data Cadet and Propeller, released records with the help of Fred Thomas' (Saturday Looks Good To Me) West West Side Records and Makoto Recordings, respectively.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Anthem In

Download: Anthem In -- "Down"

Download: Anthem In -- "Hold On To Me"

Anthem In's fantastic self-titled debut overflows with sneaky rhythms and powerful melodies. It's a confident debut from these New York City transplants, filled with danceable indie-rock tunes that share a sense of layering and depth reminiscent of fellow travelers Rogue Wave, Death Cab for Cutie, or Pinback, while following its own path.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Unicycle Loves You

Download: Unicycle Loves You -- "Highway Robbery"

Unicycle Loves You was formed in the Summer of 2006 in Chicago by Jim Carroll (vocals, guitar), Jon Pollock (guitar, vocals), and Nicole Vitale (bass, vocals); practicing a variety of songs Jim had previously recorded solo under the moniker Unicycle. Shortly thereafter, Adam Labrada (keys, harmonica) and J.T. Baker (drums) were added to the roster and the band played their first show in November 2006. A pop music chimera influenced by music from the 50s, the psychedelic 60s, and rock of the 80s, Chicagoan rising stars will release their self-titled debut album on Highwheel Records (Airiel, Dragged By Horses)!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gregor Samsa

Download: Gregor Samsa -- "Jeroen Van Aken"

In their third full-length album in seven years, Gregor Samsa takes a new approach to composition, both in process and instrumentation. The result is Rest; nine pieces composed over e-mail during the course of nine months by key members in New York, Chicago, Boston, DC and Richmond, VA. The album, being released by The Kora Records, was mastered by Mark Christensen at Engine Room Audio in NYC. This May they are touring Europe, partially with experimental Brooklyn band Kayo Dot.

05/16 - Milano, Italy @ Leoncavallo
05/17 - Italy @TBA
05/18 - Roma, Italy @ Traffic
05/19 - France @ TBA
05/20 - San Sebastian, Spain @ la Casa de Cultura de Okendo
05/21 - Spain @ TBA
05/22 - Barcelona, Spain, Be Cool
05/23 - Lyon, France @ La Marquise
05/24 - Bièvre, Belgium @ TBA
05/25 - Brugge, Germany @ Cactus
05/26 - Paris, France @ Mains d'Oeuvres *
05/27 - Amiens, France @ Le Grand Wazoo *
05/28 - Luzern, Switzerland @ Treibhaus *
05/29 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Elfer *
05/30 - Luxembourg @ D:qliq *
05/31 - Münster, Germany @ Gleis 22 *
06/01 - Duisburg, Germany @ Steinbruch *

* with Kayo Dot

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Lodger

Download: The Lodger -- "The Good Old Days"

Resurgent indie-pop label Slumberland Records (Velocity Girl, The Swirlies, Hood, and many, many more) is bringing Leeds pop dynamos The Lodger's highly anticipated second album, Life Is Sweet, to American fans of ringing, catchy English pop. Drawing on influences like the Go-Betweens and Orange Juice, Life Is Sweet (driven by amazing first single "The Good Old Days") will see release this May.

Friday, May 09, 2008


Download: Ghosty -- "Dumbo Wins Again"

Download: Ghosty -- "You Are A Big Screen"

Ghosty's new album Answers, harnesses the band's talents in a masterful display of avant-pop songcraft. Andrew Connor's mercurial song structures are brought to life by his vocal harmonies and guitar interplay with Jake Blanton, while David Wetzel's keyboard textures, Nolte's rich bass lines and Adams' complex counterpoints give the album a resounding depth. It's intelligent, slightly askew pop that compares favorably to Field Music or Rogue Wave in its unexpected complexity.

Stunt Rock

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Pattern Is Movement - All Together

Download: Pattern Is Movement -- "Right Away"

Download: Pattern Is Movement -- "Bird"

Today you can officially get your hands on what we here at Team Clermont think is one of the finest releases so far in 2008. Chris and Andrew of Pattern Is Movement have crafted a darn fine album, and we strongly encourage you to pick it up here. Also, PIM's got some East Coast dates with Helio Sequence on the horizon, do stop in and say hello.

Fri. May 16 @ Metro Gallery - with Wye Oak

Tues May 20 @ Black Cat, Washington DC - with Helio Sequence

Weds May 21 @ Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia - with Helio Sequence

-----and Ravens & Vultures -----"All Together" record release party!

Thur May 22 @ Great Scott, Allston, MA - with Helio Sequence and Pretty & Nice

Fri. May 23 @ Iron Horse, Northampton, MA - with Helio Sequence

Monday, May 05, 2008

Slaraffenland announce US tour with Efterklang! Plan to release EP...

May 6 begins Slaraffenland's coast-to-coast North American tour with fellow Danes Efterklang. The tour features dates with Subtle, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and others - AND it will be the first place you can hear and get your hands on Slaraffenland’s new Sunshine EP. Made manifest by Hometapes for the month of May as a scrappy-but-still-exquisitely-packaged limited edition CDR pressing, it will soon put on its Sunday Best and find its way to stores, complete with the A-Ha cover you will be soon be listening to, uncontrollably, on repeat. More on the EP officially in the coming weeks, but for now, here is the track listing and an MP3...

Sunshine EPTrack List
Download: I'm a Machine
The Trick
Take on Me
Dust (Me as a Monster)
Paranoid Android

And here are the tour dates!

05.06 - Denver, CO @ Lorimer Lounge
05.07 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05.09 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
05.10 - Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
05.11 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
05.12 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
05.13 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
05.14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
05.15 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05.16 - Tucscon, AZ @ Plush
05.17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
05.19 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's
05.20 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05.22 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
05.23 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 505
05.24 - Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
05.26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Sanctuary
05.27 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
05.28 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
05.29 - Boston, MA @ TT The Bears
05.30 - Montreal, Quebec @ Zoobizarre
05.31 - Toronto, Ontario @ El Mocambo
06.02 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06.03 - Kansas City, MI @ Record Bar

* with Efterklang