Stream & Download The Unknown & Unheard Show 116 Right Here, Right Now! The Hold Steady – Atlantic City (Springsteen Cover) – War Child: Heroes (2009) - they sound like if they were around first, Springsteen’s version would be the cover - playing Bloomington at Jake’s - latest album is Stay Positive - I can say without hesitation this is one of the greatest bands of out time. Official Site: www.theholdsteady.net Myspace: www.myspace.com/theholdsteady Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Bruce Springsteen – Johnny 99 – Nebraska (1982) - first solo acoustic album and is a compilation of demos… makes for a raw, pure music experience - There are two albums that stand far above the others in Springsteen’s catalog, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Nebraska. - State Trooper is another great song off this album. Official Site: www.brucespringsteen.net/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/brucespringsteen Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon The Listening Party – Little Tender Hearts – Who Are We Missing? (2008) - this is their full length debut - they brought so much energy to their live show I fell in love with them instantly. - You don’t know the words but you can’t help but sing along Myspace: www.myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomlisteningparty Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon The Acorn – Flood Pt. 1 – Glory Hope Mountain (2007) - 2nd full length - New album, Heron Act, came out in February ‘09 Official Site: http://theacorn.ca/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/theacorn Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream and Download The Acorn’s DayTrotter Session Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Gomez – Airstream Driver – New Tide (2009) - forthcoming album - this is the classic big Gomez sound… a song with a swagger, but with smooth catchy vocals. - They have three lead signers, this track features the most pop sounding of the three. Official Site: www.gomeztheband.com/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/gomez Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game – Technicolor Health (2009) - debut full length is on its way this month - a lot of layers to this track, upbeat and hard not to enjoy… leans towards indie pop Official Site: www.harlemshakes.com Myspace: www.myspace.com/harlemshakes Stream Song on HypeMachine The Press – Master – Master (2009) - debut album (I think) - really not a lot out there about this band yet, but if this is the sound their album brings, there will be. - Big anthems, high energy and reminds me of The Listening Party a lot… and since not many bands do that… it’s a very good thing. Official Site: http://thepressthepress.com/ Myspace: http://myspace.com/thepress Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream and Download on RCRDLBL.COM Benjy Ferree – The Grips – Come Back To The Five And Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee (2009) - 2nd album - very very cool concept album about Bobby Driscoll - He was the actor who played Peter Pan for the Disney movies in the 40’s and 50’s up until he hit puberty and had acne problems and was fired by Disney. After that he struggled to find work, turned to drugs and died broke and homeless in NYC at 31. - Ferree deftly showcases his unique and considerable songwriter talent around this tragic story.
Official Site: www.benjyferree.com/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/benjyferree Stream Songs on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Bishop Allen – Don’t Hide Away – Grrr… (2009) - 3rd full length - They always have steady, well constructed lyrics that seem to fit perfectly with the plodding bounciness of their music. - The hype monster is surrounding this band like never before because of this album Official Site: www.bishopallen.com/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/bishopallen Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Jared Mees & The Grown Children – The Tallest Building In Hell – Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine Money (2008) - first album with this backing band - self-titled debut out in 2007 - this album, along with Benjy Ferree’s are the first two to even begin to challenge M. Ward’s domination of my itunes.
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Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – Mysterious Power – DayTrotter Session (2009) - 2 albums out, Banging Down the Doors & Inside the Human Body. - Happy sounding, upbeat tracks regardless of the lyric’s subject matter. - He sounds a bit like Dylan, but still really maintains a personality that is unique - Even a little Buffalo Springfield sound to this song. Official Site: www.ezrafurman.com/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/ezrafurman Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream and Download Ezra’a DayTrotter Session Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Delta Spirit – Trash Can – Ode To Sunshine (2008) - debut album and it exploded last year. The Hype Monster sunk it’s claws in deep. - I admit to not being totally sold on these guys, but the quality of this track is undeniable. - If you get into the Cold War Kids you should like this band. Official Site: www.deltaspirit.net/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/deltaspirit Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Black Lips – Take My Heart – 200 Million Thousand (2009) - 5th album… out February 24th - This is an album that may sound like some other bands but the sum of the parts results in something truly unique to the Black Lips. - Velvet underground/Guided By Voices - Known for their wild live shows Official Site: www.black-lips.com/ Myspace: www.myspace.com/theblacklips Stream Songs on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon
Crystal Antlers – Andrew – Tentacles (2009) - forthcoming full length debut - ‘A Thousand Eyes’ is a great track off their debut EP, out in 2008. - Harsh vintage sound, but that’s what they are going for and that’s what will draw you in. - They sound like a more serious version of King Khan, not that King Khan’s immense talents aren’t serious. Official Site Myspace: www.myspace.com/crystalantlers Stream Song on HypeMachine Stream Samples and Buy on Amazon Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Despair – Keep It Hid (2009) - solo debut - done a bunch of producing since last Black Keys’ album - best guitar riff I’ve heard in a long time. Reminds me of some of the great ones Nugent is famous for. Official Site: www.nonesuch.com/artists/dan-auerbach Myspace: www.myspace.com/danauerbachmusic Stream Songs on HypeMachine