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MP3 & Video: The Tins – “The Green Room”

Earlier this year a track from Buffalo, New York-based band The Tins titled “The Green Room” took me by surprise when it came up on my iTunes. I ended up playing it 12 times in a row, which landed it on July 9th’s Top 5 Most Played Songs list.

The Tins, made up of Mike Santillo (keyboards, vocals), Adam Putzer (guitar, vocals), and Dave Muntner (drums) released their self-titled five-track debut EP a few months ago via V2 Benelux, and “The Green Room” is the first single off the EP.

The band has officially released their video for “The Green Room”, and it is described to us as “a charming, lo-fi affair depicting God as a clerk in an English mini-mart (you can’t miss the trademark Heinz Beanz). Turns out that even the Almighty’s existence is pretty mundane and fraught with difficult choices that don’t always produce the most desirable results!” The video was shot with a Sony A200 still camera by Stella Macdonald, who also directed the video. According to a comment by Stella on Vimeo, the video took five hours to film and three days to edit.

Take a look at the video below, and if you missed the MP3 the first time around, you can grab that in the Dig-It section below.

The Tins have a show coming up on November 19th at The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. If you’re in the area and can make it out, it’s sure to be a great time. For more info, music, and videos from The Tins, check out their MySpace page.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Green Room

The Tins on: [V2 Benelux] [MySpace] [iTunes]

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MP3: Kanye West – “The Joy” (feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi) + My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Tracklist


At the beginning of this G.O.O.D. Friday adventure, Kanye West said he wanted to release a new song each week until Christmas, and so far he’s on his way to doing just that. This week’s track is called “The Joy” and once again shows us that Kanye has got a LOT of friends. Contributors this week include Jay-Z, Pete Rock, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and Kid Cudi.

But in even BIGGER news, check out the latest straight from Kanye’s Twitter last night:

What is it we’re toasting, you ask? Take a look:

Say it with me, people: “WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!” The new album is DONE!!!! Check out the official tracklist below:

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Tracklist:

01. Dark Fantasy
02. Gorgeous
03. Power
04. All of the Lights (Interlude)
05. All of the Lights
06. Monster
07. So Appalled
08. Devil in a New Dress
09. Runaway
10. Hell of a Life
11. Blame Game/The Best Birthday
12. Lost In The World
13. Who Will Survive In America

Grab this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday track, “The Joy” below.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Joy – Kanye West (feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi)

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Video: Josh Ritter – “Monster Ballads” (Live in Studio Q)

Josh Ritter stopped by QTV’s Studio Q in Canada Thursday to promote his latest release, So Runs The World Away, and while there, he performed a live version of “Monster Ballads” off his The Animal Years album.

Click on the image below to watch video of the gorgeous in-studio performance.

As we told you earlier here, Josh has started a series on his blog about making a life in music, and just a couple days ago posted the fourth volume in the series. So far he’s covered the following:

1) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 1: “We’re All Gonna Die”
2) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 2: “Goals”
3) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 3: “Open Mics and The Glamorous Bottom”
4) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 4: “What the Hell a Manager Does”

If you’ve missed any of the series, you can click here to catch up.

Josh is currently on tour in Canada and will be heading to the US next week. To see if he’ll be playing a venue near you, check out his tour schedule here.

Josh Ritter on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: The Shondes’ New Single, “Lines & Hooks” + New EP News


The Shondes are getting ready to release a new EP that features b-Sides from their My Dear One sessions, and we’ve got the lead track off the EP for you to download today. The new EP, titled Lines & Hooks +3, will be available November 16th on Fanatic Records and includes “Lines & Hooks” and three other tracks. Check out the tracklisting below.

“Lines & Hooks” is also the new single off The Shondes’ sophomore album, My Dear One, which was released in May. The album was described to us as a break-up record that anyone could relate to. I haven’t had a chance to spin the record yet, but after checking out the tracks below, I look forward to doing so.

From doing a little research on the band, I can tell you that The Shondes are based in Brooklyn and are best known for potent political anthems and heartbreaking violin hooks. The band consists of Louisa Solomon (bass/vocals) Elijah Oberman (violin/Vocals), Fureigh (guitar), and Temim Fruchter (Drums). They are described as being outspoken and visible in their communities regarding issues of sexuality, gender, and religion. They self-released their debut album, The Red Sea in January of 2008 and toured nationwide in support of the album that same year.

Along with “Lines & Hooks”, we’ve also included a couple more tracks off My Dear One for you to check out below in the Dig-It section. Take a listen and let us know what you think.

The Shondes have already begun recording demos for their third album. For more info, music, and videos from the band, check out their MySpace page.

Lines & Hooks +3 Tracklisting:

01. Lines & Hooks (MP3)
02. Mourning Doves
03. Over The Noise
04. Something To Sing About

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Lines & Hooks
Download: My Dear One
Download: Make It Beautiful

The Shondes on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes


The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

I know I usually write about my pal Obama-san, but this week I’m afraid I have to shift the focus to Sarah Palin. In case you haven’t seen this, here’s the promo video to her upcoming reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Pretty incredible promo, huh? Are you going to watch this? I sent a text to Obama asking this very question, he replied with, “Who’s Sarah Palin?”

Here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

Burning Hell – Tom Jones

I got turned onto “Burning Hell” by Tom Jones thru my friend John Beard. He suggested that I watch Jones’ performance of this tune on Letterman via YouTube, which I did… I dug it so much I ripped the audio of the studio recording and played it for the remainder of the evening.

The Letterman performance had Jones and just a guitarist and drummer… a common practice nowadays. While I thought it was unique with The White Stripes, I’m finding it to be a bit of a bore now. Come on, Tom… how hard would it be to have a bassist in the mix?

People don’t give bassists enough credit. That low-end thump adds SO much!

But he’s Tom Jones and I’m not.

I played “Burning Hell” 12 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Burning Hell

[Amazon] [iTunes]

Long Black Veil – The Band

Every now and then I get re-hooked on The Band‘s music. I see it as a cleansing of sorts, and although I never know when it’ll hit, I always welcome it. So when I started playing “Long Black Veil” over and over again, I had a feeling that the moment had come again to play The Band‘s albums.

My favorite is their self-titled record, but “Long Black Veil” is off their debut, Music From the Big Pink.

The song is a 1959 country ballad that is told from the point of view from a man who is falsely accused of murder. It’s one of those classic narratives that has been covered by everyone… I wouldn’t be surprised if Ke$ha takes a stab at it someday. Wouldn’t THAT be something, folks?

No, I don’t think so, either.

She’d probably cover it and claim that she was “returning to her roots.”

I played “Long Black Veil” 9 times this week. Love this version.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Long Black Veil

[Amazon][<iTunes]

Trust – Generationals

“Trust” by New Orleans band Generationals is one of those songs that just creep into your playlist. It doesn’t shock you, it doesn’t hit you like a ton of bricks, it just sits in that comfort zone…

There’s nothing wrong with that, and I dug on the song for a while… but then I needed something that had more of a punch.

But you know what? I kept coming back to “Trust” just because it felt GOOD.

Their MySpace has a link for a free 5-song download. Go visit, listen to some more tunes, click the link, and get some free stuff.

What more can you ask for?

I played “Trust” 7 times this week. Those were 7 very comfortable moments.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Trust

[Amazon] [iTunes]

Lille – Lisa Hannigan

Lisa Hannigan‘s debut solo album, Sea Sew was a Spin of the Week here at TheFrontloader.com last year. Her voice is just staggeringly beautiful… I just can’t get enough of it.

“Lille” was the lead single from the record, and it remains one of the record’s highlights for me. The song’s a simple acoustic tune, but the melody is so adorable that it feels like a fairy tale song to sing for kids.

But I guess lines like, “I went to war every morning,” and “Now it’s dead and gone and I am free,” don’t really play all that well for a fairy tale. I can’t imagine saying the second one to a group of kindergarten kids.

Me: “Now it’s dead and gone and I am free.”
Kids: “What does that mean, Mr. Louie?”
Me: “Well, ‘it’ refers to all of my deepest, darkest secrets… the kind that keeps me awake at night and makes me scared to look at myself in the mirror… sometimes I have a friend lock me in an iron box just to be sure that I don’t harm anyone. Want a cookie?”

I played “Lille” 6 times this week. Great song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Lille

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

Zum Wohl – Cluster

Here’s a song that I totally forgot about. My iTunes played Cluster‘s beautiful instrumental, “Zum Wohl,”, after I set it on “shuffle,” and I liked it so much that I played it again and again.

The song is off their 1976 record, Sowiesoso, and is simply a repeated synth pattern with embellishments…. but it creates such a mood around it that made me feel like I was wrapped in the arms of a loved one.

Cluster has been around since the early 70’s and is essential listening for any electronic music fan. Sowiesoso was a record that a friend of mine recommended to me after learning of my complete fascination with Depeche Mode… I remember playing it one day in the living room… my dad came through the kitchen and asked me, “Is this really that interesting to you?”

I didn’t know what to say, so I played it cool and replied with, “Yeah, it’s cool.” When my dad wanted more than that, I was unable to elaborate… so I just kept saying, “It’s cool, dad. You know, man? Cool.”

That was YEARS ago. I think if my dad asked me that same question again this week, I’d probably answer with those exact words again.

I played “Zum Wohl” 5 times this week. Cool, man… you know?

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Zum Wohl

[Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Twin Shadow – “Slow” + Bonus MP3: Hooray for Earth vs. Twin Shadow – “A Place We Like”


Each day we open our inbox to find a plethora of emails from PR firms, labels, bands, artists, fans of artists, and porn sites… needless to say, our tagline, So Much Music… So Little Time… is no exaggeration.

Yes, there is music in porn.

Anyway, this morning I opened an email from one of our favorite labels to work with, 4AD, and along with updates on 4AD artists Iron & Wine, Deerhunter, The National, Broken Redhead, and more, I was introduced to Twin Shadow.

Twin Shadow is George Lewis Jr. He grew up in suburban Florida and later moved to Brooklyn, New York, where over several months, his debut album, Forget was born.

Of the album, George Lewis Jr. says, “I can say without shyness, Forget was and is a product of the hardest work I’ve ever put into anything. Please listen closely to the last song [title track ‘Forget’] on the record, as I wrote it for you.”

Forget, was co-produced by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and will be out November 15th on 4AD. To get a taste for what’s to come on the album, check out “Slow” below in the Dig-It section, along with a bonus track from Twin Shadow and Hooray for Earth, “A Place We Like”.

For more about Twin Shadow, including tour dates and a stream of the album, stop by his official site. To check out the official video for another track off the album, “Castles in the Snow”, click here.

Forget Tracklisting:

1. Tyrant Destroyed
2. When We’re Dancing
3. Slow
4. Shooting Holes
5. At My Heels
6. Yellow Balloon
7. Tether Beat
8. Castles In The Snow
9. For Now
10. I Can’t Wait
11. Forget

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Slow
Download: A Place We Like

Twin Shadow on: [Official Site] [4AD] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Youth Sounds – “As Strangers Would”

I woke up this morning to an email about Youth Sounds, a band that got its start in New Orleans back in 2009. As always, I took a listen, totally dug what I heard, and am now sharing my good fortune with you.

Youth Sounds‘ debut offering, The Bit Parts, is a 3-song EP that held my attention from beginning to end. For a young band, their songs aren’t lost in a jumble of attempts to be diverse… they’re focused, clean, and sound as if they’ve been doing this for years.

Which is probably true… Youth Sounds co-founders, siblings Erika and Federico Mejia, got their start singing in church choirs. As Frederico explains, “There are important memories that we all have, that for some reason or another are tied to whatever music spoke to us the most at that particular time. It’s always the music of our youth, past loves, past successes and past failures and that’s what the name and our music encompasses.”

So I guess it makes sense that their music came out of the womb as adults.

Take a listen to the opening track, “As Stranger Would.” Trust me when I say that if you like this song, you’ll dig the entire EP.

Your Dig-It But Sorry Can’t Download:

As Strangers Would – by Youth Sounds
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Youth Sounds on: [MySpace] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Christina Perri Set to Release Debut EP on November 9


It’s amazing how much of an impact television is for music nowadays. I’ve discovered so many excellent songs through various commercials and shows… it’s staggering. Right off the top of my head, I can name a few: Jet‘s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” U2‘s “Vertigo,” 30 Seconds to Mars“Kings & Queens,” and Christina Perri‘s “Jar of Hearts.”

If you recall, Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” exploded in popularity months ago after appearing on the television show, So You Think You Can Dance. Since then, the song has sold more than 350,000 copies, hit #28 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs charts, and landed her a record deal with Atlantic Records.

The music video hit the VH-1 Top 20, and she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. All from a television show about dancing.

Pretty spectacular.

And now, her debut live EP, The Ocean Way Sessions, is set to drop on November 9th. According to the press release, it “features a new piano-only version of ‘Jar Of Hearts’ as well as four new original compositions that she recorded with her band – ‘Bang Bang Bang,’ ‘Black + Blue,’ ‘Daydream,’ and ‘Tragedy.’ In addition to the audio, the entire session was captured on film, resulting in stunning live videos that accompany each track when purchased on www.christinaperri.com.”

Funny, I thought the original “Jar of Hearts” single was pretty much piano-only. I wonder why they had her redo it? Ohhhh, right… to make more money.

This must be an exciting time for the former waitress… in an July interview on EW.com, Perri describes the day she got the news that her song was to appear on the dance show:

The Friday before the show, I was having the worst day ever at work. I was getting yelled at, and there were terrible things happening, almost to where I thought I was in some show. I’m like, “Okay, this isn’t real.” I quit in my head like 17 times. I imagined this big, grandiose storming into the office and quitting. Which I didn’t do. But I got in my car at the end of the shift, and was really defeated. And I got the call that they’re using the song on that Wednesday’s episode

Often times you have to know what it feels like to scrape the bottom in order to have somewhere to go.

And television is the new radio.

Christina Perri on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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New: Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”


Last Friday Kanye West released a G.O.O.D. Friday track that, among others, featured Lupe Fiasco. If you missed it, you can grab the track here.

Anyway, Fiasco announced a new single “The Show Goes On” via his Twitter the other day, and it’s a cool track, so we wanted to share it with you here. “The Show Goes On” was produced by Kane Beatz and is the first single off Fiasco’s upcoming album, Lasers, which is slated to be released in March of 2011.

Take a listen to “The Show Goes On” below. For more info on Fiasco and to pick up a download of the “The Show Goes On”, stop by his official site.

Your Dig-It But Sorry Can’t Download:

The Show Goes On

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Lupe Fiasco on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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New: Crystal Castles – “Not In Love” (feat. Robert Smith)


Crystal Castles released a new version of their cover of Platinum Blonde’s “Not In Love”, and this latest version features the vocals of The Cure‘s Robert Smith.

How cool is that?

“Not In Love” appears on Crystal Castle’s latest album, Crystal Castles II, which was released earlier this year.

According to Pitchfork, this version of “Not In Love” is the A-side of a single due out December 6th on Fiction.

Dig it.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Not In Love

Crystal Castles on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
The Cure on: [Amazon] [iTunes]