You wouldn’t normally pin a drag queen who models himself after “Blue Velvet-era Isabella Rossellini” as one of the most sought-after rock vocalists. However, Antony Hegarty draws concert hall-size crowds and has collaborated with notable artists such as Lou Reed and Bjork. Download his most recent masterpiece “Thank You For Your Love” for the price of an email (it’s free).
Compared to their debut album, Some Are Lakes, Land of Talk‘s latest single off their sophomore LP, Cloak and Cipher, reveals a sensitive side without compromising their post-punk ways. Elizabeth Powell (vocals/guitar) has sweetest voice in indie-rock, yet never comes across as sappy. Download “Quarry Hymns” below, then go to Saddle Creek Records to download “Swift Coin” as well.
The term “alternative” is not reserved for music. New school comedians (i.e. David Cross and Eugene Mirman) are admired like rock stars, and are even signed to the same record label that Nirvana and The Shins are on (Sub Pop). Cue this funny track up right in the middle of your latest, college-approved playlist.
As the most recognizable shivering voice in indie rock, it’s hard to associate Isaac Brock to anything but Modest Mouse. So the attempt at going undercover with John Orth as Ugly Cassanova only instigates more publicity. Case and point: this promo for the single from the 180° South soundtrack. More on Brushfire Records.
Although !!! (a.k.a. Chk Chk Chk) traveled to Germany to record their new album “in order to mainline the city’s legendary dark energy,” the song “AM/FM” isn’t so dark, after all. However, they did tap into their New Wave influences such as David Bowie, Depeche Mode and the Berlin hit-maker, Brian Eno. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. More !!! on Warp Records.
Not unlike Beck, Miniature Tigers‘ music comes across as both laid back and ambitious. The vocals on “Gold Skull” are mellow-gold, while the blips and beats keep you awake. Problem is, this catchy tune ends to soon (only two and a half minutes), so like-minded (lazy) listeners may not have the energy to press play again. Order their new album, Fortress.