1. Family Records is giving away a free SXSW mixtape. You can download it here. Highlights are track 8 (“Home” by Lightyear) and track 13 (“Dead Oaks” by Now Now).
2. Hanson recently stopped by New York to do an interview with Fuse:
3. You can read a good interview on Eisley and their new EP/tour here.
I’m Having Fun Now by Jenny and Johnny doesn’t come out until August 31st, but you can listen to the entire album as many times as you want here.
If you’ve already heard “Scissor Runner,” “Switchblade,” and “Big Wave,” be sure to listen to “My Pet Snakes,” “Just Like Zeus,” “New Yorker Cartoon,” and “Committed.”
Also, head over to Spin here to watch an interview with Jenny and Johnny at their house!
Shazam, a free iPhone application, helps you identify songs anywhere you go. Just hold up your phone to the music, wait 10 seconds, and Shazam tells you the artist, song, year, and gives you links to download it. You can learn more about Shazam here.
Three of ATS’s best Shazam discoveries of recent are:
1. “Back of the Van” by Ladyhawke. Location: NYC Jamba Juice
2. “Why Can’t I” by Liz Phair. Location: LA Movie Theatre
3. “Hey There Ophelia” by MC Lars. Location: Princeton, NJ
Pandora Post #1
The following list is the 5 best songs I’ve discovered by listening to Pandora radio stations. If you don’t know what it is, read about it here.
Pandora plays you new music based on the bands and songs you already like, and it’s totally free.
1. Song: “Relator”
Artist: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
Station: Rilo Kiley Radio/Pete Yorn Radio
2. Song: “They Bring Me To You”
Artist: Joshua Radin
Station: Maria Taylor Radio
3. Song: ”Elevator Love Letter”
Station: Rilo Kiley Radio
4. Song: “Just a Faint Line”
Artist: Azure Ray
Station: Maria Taylor Radio
5. Song: “Baby Please Don’t Go”
Artist: Nancy Sinatra
Station: The Like Radio
Head over to Pandora and enter “The Like” radio.
Visit The Like’s MySpace to download a free, brand new song called “Fair Game.”
While you’re there, check out some brand new photos of the band.
As a young teenager, Ben Lee recorded grunge-rock music and released a few albums with his band Noise Addict. After 14 years, Lee has released a new Noise Addict album, called it was never about the audience. Click here to download your free copy.
Featuring 15 songs, this lo-fi album is a great antidote to slick, overproduced records that value Protools over talent. Lee collaborates with Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow and longtime friend/backing musician Lara Meyerratken (check out her band El May). Lee discusses the very indie nature of the album: almost all the songs were recorded quickly, after they were written, in a bedroom.
The best songs on it was never about the audience are “Hey Baby,” “Faster Side of Normal,” “That’s How It Goes,” and “Do I Know You.”
For those of you who are familiar with Noise Addict’s work from the 90s, it was never about the audience is much softer, more mature sounding than the teenage anthems of Noise Addict’s past.
Ben Lee as a 14 year old on the far right