“Surgeon” by St. Vincent

Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, launched a campaign on Twitter, requesting her fans to tweet #strangemercy to unlock a track from her album.

On Friday, that track, “Surgeon,” was finally unlocked. Download your free mp3 of “Surgeon” here.

The album, Strange Mercy drops September 13.

You can also watch the video for “Cruel” here.

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“Surgeon” by St. Vincent

Image courtesy of Pretty Much Amazing

“All Your Friends” by Meekos and Me

Building on my previous post, an unreleased track from the debut album of an acoustic-folk duo named Meekos and Me, is available below for your listening pleasure. The track, from the album Anxious Little Turtles, is titled β€œAll Your Friends.”

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“All Your Friends” by Meekos and Me

mp3 courtesy of Sara Roadnight of MT Press.

“Calamity Song” by The Decemberists

The Decemberists’ “Calamity Song” from the album The King Is Dead premiered on Monday, August 22nd on NPR. It portrays a game of Eschaton (a global thermonuclear crisis recreated on a tennis court, invented by David Foster Wallace in his book Infinite Jest). The New York Times published interviews with Colin and Michael here.

mp3 courtesy of a digital download, included with purchase of the electronic version or vinyl LP version of The King is Dead.

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“Calamity Song” by The Decemberists

While you’re at it, check out WILDWOOD, a book that Illustratrix, Carson Ellis, and The Decemberists,’ Colin Meloy, have been cooking up for many years. It hits bookstores (e- and otherwise) on August 30th. You can pre-order it here.

You may also receive a free download of the first four chapters by signing up for the WILDWOOD MAILING LIST by visiting the official Wildwood Chronicles site.

“I Get By” by King Washington

The Los Angeles-based band, King Washington, was started in 2005 by singer and songwriter Tyson Kelly. Tyson is also a film-maker and a graduate of the New York Film Academy (2007). In addition, he is the son of songwriter, Tom Kelly, who is famous for co-writing Madonna’s, “Like A Virgin;” Cindy Lauper’s, “True Colors;” and The Pretenders’, “I’ll Stand By You,” among others. The rest of the band consists of Dylan Cronin, bass and vocals; George Krikes, lead guitar; and Kyle Turek, percussion. Together they provide “complex harmonies” and “intelligent chord progressions.” King Washington’s influence lies in 60’s and 70’s rock n’ roll – a time when they believe it was a songwriter’s game.

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“I Get By” by King Washington

mp3 available on King Washington’s Facebook BandPage.

Image courtesy of King Washington’s Kickstarter campaign.

PR provided by Sara Roadnight of MT Press.

“Exit Ghost” by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies

Seattle, Washington-based Kasey Anderson & The Honkies will re-release their debut full-length, Heart of a Dog, on September 27, 2011 via Portland, Oregon-based indie Red River Records and New York-based Red Parlor Records.

The digital re-release will also include a re-recording of Kasey Anderson’s “Don’t Look Back,” found on 2007’s The Reckoning. See a live version of Kasey Anderson performing “Don’t Look Back” at SxSW for MusicFog.com. Plus, listen to his Daytrotter Session here.

Heart of a Dog features guest appearances by The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee (accordion), Richmond Fontaine’s Dave Harding (bass), and several other friends and fellow Northwest musicians.

Please have a listen to “Exit Ghost” below.

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“Exit Ghost” by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies

Image courtesy of Kasey Anderson media photos

“Taxidermy” and “How To Make A World Class Gymnast” by Rachel Taylor Brown

Portland, Oregon-based Rachel Taylor Brown will release her seventh full-length, World So Sweet, on September 20, 2011.

“I can never come up with anything pithy when someone asks me that. I hate when people ask me that,” grumbles Taylor Brown, when asked to describe her music. “As a joke, I sometimes say pith-rock; sharp ‘n’ pointy! Or spongy and permeable! Or maybe pith ‘n’ vinegar rock! No, wait: there’s that horrible thing they do to frogs in a lab, that’s pithing. Maybe igneous-rock is better.”

Talk to those who know her music, though, and other descriptions come up. “Unsettling but addictive.” “Good stories.” “Unpredictable.” “Arresting.” “Dark, funny, sweeping, panoramic, pretty, ugly, complex, moving.” And, “You can dance to it.”

~ ‘In Music We Trust’ tag by Music Blog: Covering Indie Music

Please have a listen to “Taxidermy” and “How To Make A World Class Gymnast” below.

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“Taxidermy” by Rachel Taylor Brown
“How To Make A World Class Gymnast” by Rachel Taylor Brown

mp3s courtesy of Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust PR

Image courtesy of opbmusic: Music Blog

“Broken Arrows” by The Ross Sea Party”

The Ross Sea Party is an LA-based band composed of five friends: Brady Erickson on vocals & guitars; Will VanderWyden on Bass & vocals; Michael Baumer on drums, etc.; Jacquelyn (Jacquie) Thropay on keys, glockenspiel, and vocals; and Mark Tillman on guitar & vocals. The RSP was formed in 2009 and quickly gained exposure on several radio stations, including Santa Monica College’s KCRW. They graced several stages in Austin, Texas for SXSW in March of this year. Have a listen to “Broken Arrows” below and check out the Plains of Id EP on The RSP bandcamp.

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“Broken Arrows” by The Ross Sea Party”

Image courtesy of the band’s press photo download

“I’ll Be Waiting” by Terra Naomi

Singer-songwriter, Terra Naomi, announced her partnership with 1band1brand, a new site that pairs an emerging artist with an emerging fashion brand.

She also made a video for “I’ll Be Waiting” from her june released album To Know I’m Ok. Check out the video on YouTube.

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“I’ll Be Waiting” by Terra Naomi

Image courtesy of Terra Naomi’s Photo Album

“Satellite” by Brandon Schott

LA based Singer-songwriter Brandon Schott will release his 4th album on October 25, 2011. He calls it “A true satellite project” as it features his good friend (and drummer) Billy Hawn from Pennsylvania and mix/ master collaborations by Jason Wormer, flown in from Portland and New Hampshire.

“Satellite” is the first single off Schott’s new release, 13 Satellites. Schott has just launched an IndieGoGo campaign and he needs your help! Click here to contribute and spread the word.

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“Satellite” by Brandon Schott

Image and mp3 courtesy of Sera Roadnight at M T Press.

Sara Van Buskirk: White Linen Nights

In collaboration with the Fresh Arts Coalition, Fitzgerald’s hosted an after party following the White Linen Nights celebration in The Heights on Saturday, August 6. Singer-songwriter, Sara Van Buskirk was one of the performers. She and her cellist, Val Young, often perform solo. On Saturday, however, they brought the band. They performed an excellent cover of “Piece of My Heart” as well as several songs from Buskirk’s album, The Place Where You Are. Please have a listen to “I Wish I Was His Wife” below.

The show included a performance by Benjamin Wesley and DJ Sets from Ceeplus Bad Knives as well. Both are pictured below with Sara Van Buskirk.

Photo courtesy of my iPhone

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“I Wish I Was His Wife” by Sara Van Buskirk