Pre-order Jens Lekman ‘I Know What Love Isn’t’ July 30th 2012 By brooke

Pre-order Jens Lekman ‘I Know What Love Isn’t’

Pre-order Jens Lekman’s new album I Know What Love Isn’t  from the Spunk store here & you’ll receive a free copy of  last year’s EP, An Argument With Myself for a limited time. The title track from Jens’ new LP comes with a great story about his time spent in Melbourne, where much of the album was written last year. He recently stopped by The Guardian to perform this very sweet acoustic session, which follows our first taste of the album, ‘Erica America’. We’ll release I Know What Love Isn’t on Friday August 31.

Watch Andrew Bird’s ‘Give It Away’ Clip July 24th 2012 By brooke

Watch Andrew Bird’s ‘Give It Away’ Clip

Andrew Bird today revealed a new music video for Break It Yourself stand-out, ‘Give It Away’. As Stereogum said“this guy probably shouldn’t rent himself out for any more birthday parties.” The spirited Break It Yourself, Andrew’s sixth studio album, is available now via iTunes.

Ben Gibbard to release solo album this October July 24th 2012 By Aaron

Ben Gibbard to release solo album this October

Spunk Records are very pleased to announce the release of Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard’s debut solo record, Former Lives, on Friday October 12.

The album’s 12 songs were written over the course of eight years, though according to Benjamindidn’t reach their full potential until the songwriter moved from his native Seattle down to Los Angeles. The album was recorded at long-time friend Aaron Espinoza’s legendary Eagle Rock studio, The Ship.

Former Lives follows Gibbard’s most recent Death Cab For Cutie album Codes and Keys, which was released in May last year and followed by a world-wide tour. A full tracklisting, artwork & new music from Former Liveswill be revealed shortly.

Brand New Music from Menomena July 22nd 2012 By brooke

Brand New Music from Menomena

Portland’s Menomena will follow up their excellent 2010 album, Mines with a new LP this spring. Titled Moms, it’s Danny Seim & Justin Harris’ first record as a duo and follows the band’s downright stellar tour of Aus on last year’s Laneway Festival. Pitchfork had a great chat with the pair on what they’ve been up to since Mines; check it out here. Here’s ‘Heavy Is As Heavy Does’: the first taste from the record, out Friday September 14.

Youth Lagoon in Sydney & Melbourne July 18th 2012 By brooke

Youth Lagoon in Sydney & Melbourne

Following a handful of very gorgeous sold-out shows this February, Youth Lagoon return to Aus next week: performing Splendour In The Grass’s Mix Up Tent at 2.00PM on Friday, at Sydney’s Factory Theatre on Saturday with Bearhug + Sures, & on Sunday night at The Corner Hotel, Melbourne with Thrupence + Sures.  A super uplifting live show, we can’t wait to catch these guys again next weekend.

Out Now: Lawrence Arabia’s ‘The Sparrow’ July 1st 2012 By brooke

Out Now: Lawrence Arabia’s ‘The Sparrow’

We were very lucky to have Lawrence Arabia & band visit Aus a few weeks ago to preview the songs of their new album, The Sparrow. Released today, the record has received some incredible international press – 4 stars from Uncut & Mojo, 5/5 from the NZ Herald. See the band perform an album stand-out, ‘Early Kneecappings’ for Radio National below, and grab the album with a bonus track, ‘Perfect Specimens’ on iTunes here.

Out Today: DIIV’s Debut Album, ‘Oshin’ June 28th 2012 By brooke

Out Today: DIIV’s Debut Album, ‘Oshin’

DIIV, the nom de plume of Zachary Cole Smith’s Brooklyn 4 piece, today release their excellent debut album, Oshin. Recorded over the US summer of  2011 and awash with the kind of hooks and reverb that take you to another place, it’s been named Best New Music by Pitchfork & is next week’s RRR FM Feature Record. Stream the album in full below.

Jens Lekman’s ‘Erica America’ June 27th 2012 By brooke

Jens Lekman’s ‘Erica America’

We’re seeing a new side of Jens Lekman in ‘Erica America’, the first single from his forthcoming album I Know What Love Isn’t. Jens spoke to Pitchfork recently about having sequenced his last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala, with friends – likening I Know What Love Isn’t to his first ‘real’ album: one that’s more musically focused & complete. A gorgeous set of songs it is. We release I Know What Love Isn’t on August 31.