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Wichita Recordings, the record label that brought the world the likes of Bloc Party, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! have announced the release of a digital sampler which is available for free here. The sampler contains 15 tracks from the London-based label’s artists, and it’s also free, and available here.

The full tracklisting is below:

01. Tasty Boy – Those Dancing Days
02.Human Hair – Lovvers
03. Molten – Sky Larkin
04. How I Taught Myself to Scream – Los Campesinos!
05. Knifeman – The Bronx
06. Meet Me in the Dollar Bin – Les Savy Fav
07. I Dont Want To Die (In The Hospital) – Conor Oberst
08. Tell Me In Time – Peter Moren
09. Burn The Margins – Greg Weeks
10. Saving Up To Get Married – Euros Childs
11. Maiden in the Moor Lay – Meg Baird
12. Paint The Rust – The Dodos
13. Inland Empire – Peter Bjorn & John
14. I Got This Down (Invisible Conga People Mix) – Simian Mobile Disco
15. The Year In Review – Her Space Holiday

So that’s the summer sampler from Wichita, it’s free, and it’s here.

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Does It Offend You, Yeah?‘s debut album You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into has two types of song on it: the frenetic electro songs, and the pop songs. Dawn Of The Dead falls into the second category and is my favourite of the pop songs on the album. It’s due for release in about a month and can be pre-ordered from their website here. If you shell out a whole £5 you can get the CD, 2 x 7″ vinyl and a t-shirt in one package. Nice.

“One Day As A Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.”

If you haven’t already heard, One Day As A Lion is Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine‘s side project, accompanied by former The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. The terribly-talented twosome recently posted their first track on MySpace. Wild International sees trademark de la Rocha vocals over Theodore’s drums and some brutal-sounding synths laid down by de la Rocha. It’s damn good and there’s an EP on the way! Rumours of an album from de la Rocha under a different guise have been around since the last millenium, but finally we might have something a bit better than the stuff he did with DJ Shadow. Then maybe a new Rage album?

Bloc Party debuted their new single Mercury on Zane Lowe’s show on Radio 1 this evening. To listen to the band’s first track since Flux and hear them talk about the track, and their forthcoming third album, you can listen back on the bbc website here. It sees the foursome move further towards the electic sound that frontman Kele Okereke is looking for, and ventures away from the indie-rock of Silent Alarm.

You can preorder the Mercury Deluxe disk set from Bloc Party’s official site here.

Rory. x

This week, a host of bands announced they had bitten the musical dust. A moment of quiet reflection please for:

The only possible silver lining to this cloud of splitty-up-ness is that the remaining Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames recordings should be released still, so there’s those to remember them by. 😦

Just a few pieces of news form around the web.

autoKratz – free mp3

you can get a free mp3 from autoKratz via their label Kitsune here

MSTRKRFT remix Usher

MSTRKRFT‘s remix of Usher’s latest hit single Love In This Club can be heard on their myspace here

Download in good band shocker

The Haze have been added to the Download Festival line-up. Listen to them here

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With more bands being added to the line-ups of Glastonbury, Download and Leeds & Reading recently, The New Sound. has been picking out some of the best bands from the three festivals that we recommend you go see. First up, it’s Donington metal festival…

Download

Friday:

Disturbed

Disturbed will be bringing their own brand of novelty techno-infused-metal to Download this year, and a performance from these brutally cliché metal-heads is bound to be worth a see. Everybody’s favourite singalong-metal song Down WIth The Sickness will be worth the effort on its own.

Rise Against

Political punks Rise Against are one of the best bands on the Download line-up, which is one of the more “specialized” (restricted) line-ups on the festival circuit. They’re more interesting than most of the samey inbred punk metal bands at Download, and should not be missed.

The Dillinger Escape Plan

New Jersey hardcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan are another must-see band on the Download line-up. They’ll be headlining the third stage, meaning they’ll clash with Simple Plan and KISS (bovvered?).

Saturday:

Incubus

Incubus will be playing the main stage, just before The Offspring headline, and some might say they’re more worthy of that headline spot. I would. The Offspring are fun, but Incubus are just amazing. Pistola, Megalomaniac, Drive? These songs blow every scene metal band in Donington out of the water.

Skindred

Got reggae-metal? Download do in Newport’s own Skindred. If you’re not going to Download, you can also check them out on their May UK tour that begins in a couple of weeks. Once you hear Skindred, you won’t forget them. Ever.

Sunday:

Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria‘s music/anime comic combination idea freaks me out a little, as I don’t understand the whole story behind the music as a result. Luckily, the music is good enough on its own that I don’t really care. They’ll be worth checking out, just before our next two recommendations.

Jimmy Eat World

According to an interview I read somewhere, Jimmy Eat World weren’t exactly sure what Download is about when they signed up, but promised to play “their metal songs” to suit the occasion. Somehow I suspect they’ll stick with the impeccable pop-punk that made their name. After Jimmy Eat World, the headliners are:

LostProphets

We saw these welsh rockers at Leeds last year, and they are real performers, and that’s what you want in a festival headliner. Great tunes are a must, and are present with these guys, but for entertainment value, frontman Ian Watkins adds a little extra with his ramblings. Worthy headliners, and one of the few bands on this line-up worth seeing.

Stay tuned for our recommendations for Glasto and Leeds & Reading.

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Some sad news today, as I discovered about a week ago that You Remind Me of Rasputin, one of the best, in my opinion, up-and-coming unsigned bands in the Manchester area, have sadly split up after just two years. A young band, YRMOR, had already produced some brilliant pop songs, synthy indie with an air of early Panic At The Disco (I mean that in a good way). The silver lining to this sad story is that they’ve made 5 tracks available for free download from their myspace page which can be found here. They’re all good, but Dinosaur and the remix of it are particular favourites of mine.

R.I.P.

Rory. x

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