Nick Cave : Stagger Lee : Murder Ballads (1996)
- 9th album
- One of Cave’s best and darkest albums
- Album is all about crimes of passion.
- Cave's latest releases were two with side project Grinderman.
Mark Lanegan : On the Steps of the Cathedral : Here Comes That Weird Chill EP (2003)
- EP that led into the release of his 6th and final solo album.
- Man of many projects and styles… most of them dark.
- Initially the leader of Seattle grunge band Screaming Trees.
- Member of QOTSA
- Collaborations with: Greg Dulli in the Gutter Twins; Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell; Soulsavers.
Deerhoof : Sexy, But Sparkly : Deerhoof/Half Waif (split single) (2012)
- Latest single release.
- San Fran catchy noise rock band.
- 12 full lengths out since 1997.
PAPA : Put Me To Work (2012)
- New single!
- Debut EP was on my Best of 2011 list.
- Led by the drummer for the band Girls.
- There is something triumphant in their tracks that really draws me in.
Local Natives : Breakers : Hummingbird (2012)
- First single off forthcoming album.
- debut album was 2010's L'Aventure.
- Check out their DayTrotter Session Here!
Fang Island : Asunder : Major (2012)
- 2nd full length album.
- Their 2010 s/t debut was excellent.
- They describe their music as 'everyone high fiving everyone.'
- Very high energy, frenetic pop/rock
Christopher Owens : Lysandre's Theme / Here We Go : Lysandre (2012)
- Solo debut from the former leader of Girls.
- I've loved his solo releases far more than his stuff with Girls… same goes for Girls; drummer's side project PAPA.
- This track has a 60's folk rock vibe to it. Very pleasant track
The Amazing : Flashlight : Gentle Stream (2012)
- 2nd full length
- Swedish 60's-ish folk rock.
- Founded by two members of the band Dungen
Lord Huron : She Lit a Fire : Lonesome Dreams (2012)
- Debut full length from a band that has made a significant mark already with only 2 EPs
- Rich, easy going tropical feel to this track.
- Very reminiscent of Fleet Foxes.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra : Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) : Tour 7" Single (2012)
- 2nd full length, II, is due out on Jagjaguwar next year.
- Debut album, 2011's s/t, was a huge critical hit.
Fidlar : American Steel (2010)
- Older single. Video HERE.
- Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
- So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
- FIDLAR = Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk.
- SXSW 2012
Tame Impala : Music to Walk Home By : Lonerism (2012)
- 2nd album
- Australian classic psych outfit.
- Members also responsible for the excellent band POND.
Thee Oh Sees : Putrifiers II : Putrifiers II (2012)
- Title track from their13th album.
- San Fran garage psych band.
Twerps : Dreamin : Twerps (2011)
- Debut Album
- A spacey brand of indie pop.
- CMJ 2012
Titus Andronicus : My Eating Disorder : Local Business (2012)
- 3rd album.
- 2nd album The Monitor was my pick for best album of 2010 and one of my all time favorites.
- A Rolling Stone ‘Best new band of 2010’ even though their debut came out in 2008.
- SXSW 2012
Field Mouse : Falling (Twin Peaks theme) : How Do You Know (single) (2012)
- Cover of the theme from David Lynch's cult classic tv show.
- I admit to being a sucker for all things Twin Peaks and this is no exception.
- Field Mouse was a band that I caught twice at CMJ this year and enjoyed a lot!