New Sounds Goin' Round....

Stars is set to release the follow up to 2004’s critically acclaimed Set Yourself On Fire. In Our Bedroom After The War will be released on September 25 through Arts & Crafts. The first single, and one of the most blogged songs of the past week, is called “The Night Starts Here” - and like some of the best songs from the last album features duel vocals from Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell. In Our Bedroom After The War was recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC and was mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Shins, The White Stripes).

MP3 :: The Night Starts Here
(from In Our Bedrooms After The War)

Thanks to Oceans Never Listen for the heads up towards Johnny And The Moon. Yet another side project of Wolf Parade (seriously, how many sides projects can one band have??), this one is Dan Boeckner/Spencer Krug free. Johnny And The Moon is the work of Dante Decaro and sports a decidedly more indie-Americana (by way of Canada, of course) feel to go along with an ear for spirited, quirky melodies. Decaro spent time in Hot Hot Heat, as well as Wolf Parade. The self-titled album saw release in Canada last year, and in the U.S. earlier this year through Kill Devil Hill Records.

MP3 :: Green Rocky Road
(from Johnny And The Moon)

I was introduced to the music of Ben Weaver through a song called “Voice In The Wilderness” that appeared on Uncut Magazine’s Americana CD a few years back. That song hypnotized me with its combination of cracked-voice poetics, sleepy pedal steel/organ interplay, and kitchen sink percussion. It actually sounds like a song born in the wilderness it mentions, but with the rush of the interstate just a few hundred yards away. Since then I’ve been waiting to hear what Weaver would do next. Paper Sky was released back in May and was produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone). It slipped right under my nose, and if not for Muzzle of Bees being a better fan than me I may have missed it completely.

MP3 :: Grieve All You Want
(from Paper Sky)

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