Following last year’s fuzzy 12-track Night Cows, Cambridge psych-rock trio FEDAVEES return with a new 7-inch single, Solar Flower, due out in early 2012. Until the wax is pressed, its two spooky, psyched-out tracks (recorded by Carter Tanton of Lower Dens and, formerly, Tulsa) are available for free on their Bandcamp, backed by the local Middlesex-night-turned-music-blog-turned-DIY-label pRIMORDIAL SOUNDS
Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (possibly the first of many). The song is called "Monster," and it also features verses from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. Vernon is barely recognizable at first listen, but his heavily distorted vocals bookend the track (that is him, right?).
DOWNLOAD: Ryan Walsh, "Famous Last Words (Faces on Film cover)" [mp3]
DOWNLOAD: Mike Fiore, "Nurses 5 Float Past (Hallelujah the Hills cover)" [mp3]
We couldn't have been more surprised, or delighted, when this ultra-exclusive two-fer landed in our email a couple of days ago: a matched pair in which the respective frontmen of Hallelujah the Hills and Faces on Film, longtime friends, perform solo covers of each others’ songs, perfectly timed to coincide their show together (on a bill with Dear Leader) at the Paradise this Friday.
Download: Midatlantic, "Shine"
When you’re a four-piece Boston rock band in part imported from Dublin and called the Bleedin Bleedins, you’re pretty much telling potential show attendees, “Your face will be punched.” Since their jaggier and more punkified days, however, the Bleedins have done a bit of ironing and straightening up, and they’ve changed their name to Midatlantic
Download: Lisa Bello, "Remix"
Unless you’re Mark Wahlberg, it’s tough being the younger sibling of a Boston song-and-dance dignitary. Still, Louie Bello’s kid sister Lisa is on a mission to lasso her brother’s loyal frosted-tip and visibly gellin’ following with an onslaught of dance-floor smokers that ring realer than cliché soul and hipster fare.