The Late Night Sounds is a monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar bands, both past and present. The April '06 Mix is finally up...
I've inserted links to bands' sites and Mp3's (if I could find 'em), so feel free to give it a listen or checkout the artists on your own...
"Late Night Sounds April Mix"
1. Baby Dayliner - "Go On Baby"
I don't know a whole lot about Baby Dayliner (aka Ethan Marunas), I know he's from New York, this song is off the album Critics Pass Away, and it reminds me of some of the synth pop I used to listen to as a teen. Hear more from Baby Dayliner's MySpace.
2. Danielson - "Trumpet" (Mp3 courtesy of Secretly Canadian Records)
Well, this song already made it's way around the music blogs, but I had already thrown it in this mix, so give it a listen again. This track from Danielson's forthcoming album Ships...hear more from Danielson's MySpace.
3. Shugo Tokumaru - "Light Chair"
Shugo Tokumaru makes melodic lo-fi folk music in Japanese. This song is from the 2004 album Night Piece. Fans of Iron & Wine might enjoy this one. You can hear this track and others from Shugo Tokumaru's MySpace.
4. Peggy Honeywell - "Faint"
This track is from Peggy Honeywell's 2005 album Faint Humms. She has drawn comparisons to Cowboy Junkies or Mazzy Star. Listen to samples here.
5. Kelley Polar - "Tyurangalila"
This song is from Kelley Polar's 2005 album Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens. It was easily one of my favorite albums of 2005. I love the hook towards the end, where Polar repeats the verse "I can't wait til your back here in the dark with me". Fans of Erlend Oye might want to pick this one up. Hear this song and others from Kelley Polar's MySpace.
6. Los Bunkers - "Te Vistes Y Te Vas"
This South American Spanish rock band have drawn comparisons to The New Pornographers and Weezer, but I think they've got a few more things in common with (the now defunct rock band) Zudrok. They make catchy indie-rock...hear samples from eMusic or visit their Official Site.
7. The Blood Arm - "Can I Unwind" (Mp3 courtesy of band's website)
The Blood Arm are an L.A. underground garage rock flavored quartet...they are not to be missed when they come through your town. Hear more from The Blood Arm's MySpace.
8. El Perro del Mar - "God Knows" (Get the Mp3 from El Perro del Mar MySpace)
El Perro del Mar is from Gothenburg, Sweden. She released a split vinyl single with Jens Lekman a few years back...it has since sold out. This track is from the EP entitled You Gotta Give To Get. On the 10th of April her self-titled album will finally be released in UK and Europe (in France on the 9th of May) on the British label Memphis Industries.
9. Vic Thrill - "Circus of Enlightenment"
Vic Thrill & The Saturn Missile are the definition of an underground band. Despite their allegiance to the sub-culture, they have been discovered by major promoters and publications with recent shows in Italy opening for Iggy & The Stooges, they opened for Devo at The Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC), The Amsterjam (NYC) w/Peaches, Snoop Dogg, Gogol Bordello, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The group’s last record CE-5 (Circus Clone Records) was ranked Top Ten of 2003 by The Washington Post and received praise from many respected publications such as NME, which described it “Like Bentley Rhythm Ace and The Boggs covering songs from Oh Brother Where Art Thou...clever catchy space-funk fusions of everything from Eastern European folk to world music rhythms...weird.”
*From NPR - Vic recently signed a movie deal with Paramount Pictures and a book deal with Random House, telling the story of his life from 1998-2004 when he was living in an old gas station that served as band headquarters and “…a thrift shop version of the Warhol Factory”, known as The Vic Thrill Salon. The book, due September 1st, is forecasted for release in the winter of 2006 and the movie sometime soon after. Producing the movie are Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn with Tina Fey (SNL, Mean Girls) writing the screenplay. The story is set around the Salon and focuses on Vic's friendship with a young Hasidic man who, under Vic's guidance, morphed into something of a cult hero on the Brooklyn underground music scene (this story aired years ago on This American Life). The film will feature much of the band’s music and Vic himself will play a large role in the production as Co-Producer, Co-Music Supervisor and Executive Producer of the soundtrack album.
This track is from their album Circus Of Enlightenment...hear more from Vic Thrill's MySpace.