Death Cab for Cutie will make history tomorrow night when they film the first-ever scripted single-take music video LIVE (for their new song “You Are A Tourist) tomorrow at 7 pm EST. Check out the link below tomorrow, because this shit is going to be bananas.
Contrary to the guyliner and oft-black or goth-esque tight outfits, AFI shouldn’t be restricted to the Hot Topic shelves and “Twilight” circuit. The alt-rockers have been together for a staggering 18 years, and their last effort — 2006′s “Decemberunderground” — broke through to mainstream and became their biggest hit to date. Singles “Miss Murder” and “Love Like Winter” are still played in heavy rotation by rock stations — mostly of the satellite radio variety — which is quite impressive considering the tracks are over three years old and have to compete with a million bands that sound like Deathcab for Cutie on Vicodin.
SUNBEARS! may have the best name for a group ever. I mean I’m just singing Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys” in my head, and just replacing it with Sun Bears. It’s fun – try it. Anywho, this indie electro pop duo from Jacksonville, FL (Black Kids country) are swell. Their EP “Dream Happy Dreams” is loverly. Check out “I’m Alive” off that album here.
A female Death Cab For Cutie? Could it be? Well maybe, but what I really love about East Hundred’s sound (so far anyway) is how retro-mid-90s this first single is with a slight homage to 80s groups like The Go Go’s. Can you hear that? Well, I can. Anyshit, the band’s self-released debut “Passenger” arrives January 13 and I’m actually pretty psyched out of my mind about it. Get the song here. Love it like I love it.
We told you about Nashville’s Paper Route a few months back. If you still don’t get what the fuss is (they’re kind of like Deathcab for Cutie meets The Outfield), check out their song “Empty House” for free by clicking here. Enjoy. Oh and pick up their EP Are We All Forgotten and catch them on tour, yo.
Paper Route’s third EP, Are We All Forgotten, shows the band still at work crafting intelligent indie synth-pop that will no doubt continue to draw comparisons The Postal Service’s music. But while the two bands sound somewhat similar, Paper Route has clearly marked out a territory of its own within its genre. High energy without being overly peppy, Paper Route is excellent at mixing pathos with a confident performance. This performance highlights the band’s clear-voiced vocals and showcases its unique brand of music in a way that relegates the electronica influence to the background and places the band’s actual playing in the forefront. Lyrically earnest, these guys not afraid to also be clever, including a generous number of double meanings and word play in their songs. Even on such a short disc, there are some standout tracks. “Are We All Forgotten” and “You Kill Me” both show up the songs the come before them, while “Waiting for the Final Leaf to Fall,” the closing track, is probably the EP’s weakest song. But even with this slight unevenness, Are We All Forgotten, shows a surprisingly high level of consistency and quality. It’s definitely a worthy addition to this band’s quickly growing catalog.
- Heather Horn-Mitchem