What's up, Dig Nation? It was a long week battling a cold for me, but the weekend was fun and I've got some great music to share in the newest Weekly Roundup.
-British indie band Butterflies On Strings released a new EP called A Boy Named Crow a few weeks ago. Check out the single "Keep Our Heads," it's catchy and rocking. I like the chorus, "Let's just keep our heads cause we won't get them back." Good advice.
-I don't often share a lot of electronic dance music in this column but I have something this week I've been enjoying. It's called "Bastard Baby" from the Rochester duo KOPPS. It's got a great beat and just the right amount of darkness to keep things murky. I like the horn part near the beginning a lot, too. This comes from the recently released EP Fuck Jams.
-Here's a moody track from Cemeteries called "The Wilderness." Cemeteries is a Buffalo, NY musician Kyle Reigle with a new album due 10/23, on which this track is the title cut. It certainly has a nocturnal vibe, and it provides me a brief welcome mental escape from the large, bustling city where I am. I always dig the ability of music to transport you elsewhere.
[Having embed issues, here's the link: http://soundcloud.com/crashave/the-wilderness]
–Santah is a Chicago band with a new EP You're Still a Lover coming out 10/16. I am really enjoying the track "Indigo." It's sort of a throwback pop song with the rhythmic groove of the bass and drums, but there's also plenty of guitar noise, a mixture that makes for a great listen.
-Catching up with some previously featured artists, we have a new video from Future Islands for "Grease." The band has made some wonderful videos in the past. This new one is a black-and-white clip that uses panoramic rotating shots to share a look at touring life. Very cool.
–Trails and Ways have an EP of covers out, which includes M83, Miike Snow, and this cut from Miguel called "Sure Thing." I think the infusion of R&B into their typically dreamy sound makes for a really potent combination. I dig it.
-It's a little bit corporate, but Sharpie presented a music video for the California Wives' song "Purple" using fan-submitted drawings and it's pretty cool. The winners appear as images on TV screens while the band plays their very good track.
-After such an impressive 2011, it's pretty much a given that I'm going to share whatever e-dubble finds himself involved in. So here's a remix for fellow rapper iSH's track "Demons" that features e-dubble dropping a powerful verse.
-Finally, Ugly, Ugly Words are getting ready for a new EP and they released a very cool live studio performance video of the track "Shoot The Moon." It's a performance that expertly straddles the line between raucous and tight. Also, the drummer is only playing with his hands.