Death from Above, “Freeze Me”
Single (Last Gang)
Recommended If You Like: Unexpected name changes
No, I didn’t leave the “1979” off the band’s name. It appears that Seb and Jesse have reverted back to their original name (est. 2001). The numerical appendage appeared in 2005 when James “LCD Soundsystem” Murphy’s record label, also called Death from Above, filed a cease-and desist order. Since then, though, both Toronto’s DFA and LCD Soundsystem have both broken up and reformed, so maybe the name legally went up for grabs. Or something like that. Whatever.
The Shins, “Half a Million”
RIYL: Philosophical ponderings
Third single from The Shins’ fifth album (the first record from them in five years) offers more extensional musings from singer James Mercer. The band is currently on tour, which included a stop this past weekend at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Apparently, the definition of “folk” seems to have changed slightly in Manitoba.
Goodbye Honolulu, “Typical”
Single (Fried Records)
RIYL: Geographical dislocation
There’s no evidence that this Toronto garage band has been anywhere near Oahu, but put that aside. Produced by ex-OLP guitarist Mike Turner, these four guys who met in high school (and played in five different bands) before coming together to form this band and to establish their own indie label.
Barns Courtney, “Golden Dandelions”
RIYL: Artists who take their time when it comes to releasing albums
We’ve been hearing about Barns for a couple of years now through a series of singles along with opening slots for everyone from Ed Sheeran to The Who. He even landed a gig at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix—all without releasing a debut album. Hey, whatever works, right?
Goldfinger, “Put the Knife Away”
The Knife (Rise Records)
RIYL: Your skate punk years, Twinkie abuse
Album number seven will be out July 21. Goldfinger will be playing selected Warped Tour dates (making them the elders of the tour) plus Montebello Rockfest in Quebec (with Rammstein, QotSA, Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Good Charlotte and the Offspring) June 23.