Before we put on the kids glove, I wanted to separate the men from the boys: When you think of Mountain Man, you think of burly bearded hunters wearing animal furs.... but Mountain Man is a an all-girls band
The Babies' EP, Cry Along with the Babies, comes out tomorrow (January 10th), physical CD comes out on the 24th.
I did get a chance to listen to a sneak preview of the EP, which is a little too lo-fi for my liking, but fans of boy-girl acoustics would enjoy this. Plus the band does feature members of Woods and Vivian Girls (the latter, I do have a crush on), so it can't be all that bad. Their best/strongest song, "Hey Mama", which I did read that the song just warped into "Sick Kid" from their self-titled album. I liked the rhythm and tambourine, I wish more of their songs sounded like this track.
The Babies are currently on tour with Real Estate (with the exception of the last date):
Mon-Jan-16 Providence, RI Met Cafe
Tue-Jan-17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed-Jan-18 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
Thu-Jan-19 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
Fri-Jan-20 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
Sat-Jan-21 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sun-Jan-22 Washington, DC Black Cat
Tue-Jan-24 Asheville, NC Warren Wilson College
California's Castle Kids has a free EP, Long Live Castle Kids (although the album artwork looks like "Long Live the Rook and Pawn"), on their website. That's pretty much all the details that was given to me.
Most of their track sounds like laid-back electronic, except "Ancient Hymns" which suggest they're into world music too.
Kid Massive is threatening a forthcoming album soon from Transmission Records. In the meantime, his latest song and various remixes for "Yawn" is available for download on Soundcloud.
The Silcox & Eyes remix that I listened to is a little too house/rave/loud for my taste. In case you were wondering, the singers of the track are Sam Obernik (the lady) and Jay Colin (the rapper).
"Flowers For Peace" is a protest song from The Caretakers. It was written for their forthcoming sophomore album, Love War and Propaganda, and it was released on 11/11/11 - Remembrance Day.
The song is a free download at Bandcamp, and the video was made by using Sudan refugee camp footage from War Child Canada (donations can be sent to War Child).
I like their song a lot, you should definitely give it a listen. And if you were wondering what "C.O.D." stands for, it's "credit on delivery".
SAD BABY WOLF
If I lived in San Francisco, you know I will probably be attending Noise Pop Festival on February 21-26. Since I don't live there, I'm going to have to get one of my contacts to attend for me.
Cursive, Built to Spill, Archers of Loaf, and Die Antwood, are among some of the headliners. They recently announced that Sad Baby Wolf will be opening up for the Hold Steady's Craig Finn at the Bottom of the Hill on the 21st.
I did get a chance to listen to their song, "8th Level", it sounds like Sugar/Bob Mould, which is not bad at all. You can listen to the song on Under the Radar.