So yesterday NPR’s All Things Considered ran a great story on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and their explosion via MP3 blogs and on doing things their own way, independent of a record label. Good stuff about a good band. If you are not familiar with CYHSY, head over to their website and download the tracks they have posted. To listen, click on the ATC link above.
Brian from the great NYC band Beat Radio emailed me a short time ago to let me know that they had a new studio version of their song “Mexico” posted on their website and what was going to be just an EP has turned into a full-length album tentatively called “The Great Big Sea.” You can read the interview we (I) did with Brian last month right here.
Attractive just released their debut three-song EP. This is notable (at least to me) because the group features 3/4 of hardcore stalwarts Snapcase and singer-songwriter Joshua English of the Six Going On Seven. While their sound is closer to that of SGOS than Snapcase, they still manage to rock a little. With a catchy and almost 80’s new-wave(ish) post-punk sound, this little EP will leave you wanting more and waiting patiently (or not) for their eventual full-length release. The EP is out now on Welcome Home Records
The guys in Division don’t ever update their website. They do (however) have a split EP out with Open Heart Surgery on The Magic Spot. More trademark pop-punk that conjures images of The Smoking Popes or maybe Jawbreaker from this Chicago band that (in recent months) has seemed to vanish from the face of the earth.
MP3 | Beat Radio – Mexico Previously Unreleased
MP3 | Attractive – Mother Tongues ST EP
MP3 | Division – Defeatist OHS Split EP
MP3 | System Of A Down – B.Y.O.B. Mezmerize