Many of my good friends from the great state of Texas have been creating some pretty noteworthy music as of late --and the best part is it is all free. This morning's post is dedicated to these friends.
Last year when Austin band The Unbearables called it quits, some members of the oversized collective decided they would stick together a keep making music. The resulting band was One Hundred Flowers, whose decision to nix instruments like saxophone, trumpet, and flute in lieu of more typical instruments like synthesizers and guitars migrated their sound away from the Sufjan Stevens end of the spectrum, but still has managed to keep a heavily lush, cinematic arrangements. Their debut album Mechanical Bride will be released in June, but until then folks can start to familiarize themselves with the band by downloading some free songs from the band's website.
While at SXSW we got to play a much buzzed about show on the Lamar pedestrian bridge, but Mount Righteous was not the only band Bill Murray caught that night. Fellow Texans The Numerators from Lubbock also beguiled his ghost-bustin' ass. I've seen their sister band One Wolf more times than I can count on one hand, but this was my first live Numerators experience. Not too shabby; In fact, I will argue that if they weren't so good Mr. Murray might not have decided to stick around for MR at all. They offered up their new Human Blanket EP this morning for free download here, or you can hit up Burgers records to get one of the limited edition cassettes. The word is getting out on The Numerators too, as our friends over at Weekly Tape Deck posted the video to their "City of Gold" video this morning as well. Catch them live over at The Schoolhouse on 4/18, should be fun.
It hasn't been talked about much yet, but Joey Kendall actually has two releases this week. His experimental electronic project Family Circuits has a new album called BERZERCKUITS that is available for free download here, or on limited edition mini-CD's for just $1. The CD's are playable in your computer, or according to my buddy Mason in some car CD players, although when I had last talked to him he had not tried to eject the disc yet.
Lastly our pal Ben Kweller (I use the term 'pal' loosely, but hey we've hugged before so I think it counts) participated in a challenge put forth by Esquire magazine to write a song that contains the phrase 'Somewhere in Mississippi'. His offering "It All Happened" is available as a free download for the next 24 hours. Looks like he's sticking with the whole country thing for the time being, but I suppose that is probably the easiest way to shoehorn that phrase into a lyric. I applaud Kweller for at least not copping out like some of the other contestants and titling his song "Somewhere in Mississippi" and using it over and over in the choruses.
MP3: One Hundred Flowers - Make Marx
MP3: The Numerators - GREEN
MP3: Family Circuits - SOUND 1