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- Posted on Oct 19th 2009 6:00AM by Benjy Eisen
HERE WE GO MAGIC
For the evening's masters of ceremony, Here We Go Magic, the Spinner showcase will not only be a chance to show off material from their acclaimed debut, 'Western Vinyl,' but they may have a few new cards up their sleeves as well. Following a successful year in which they toured with kindred spirits like Grizzly Bear and the Walkmen, Here We Go Magic has plans to release their sophomore album early next year on Secretly Canadian records. Guess the secret is out.
Download: Here We Go Magic, 'Fangela' feat. Luke Temple (MP3)
When Titus Andronicus released their debut CD, 'The Airing of Grievances,' last year, they bucked an industry trend -- the response from record-buyers was so great that it was picked up by XL Recordings in January. Employing a melting pot of cultural references (the band name comes from one of Shakespeare's tragedies while the album title comes from an episode of 'Seinfeld'), it's little wonder that the band hails from New Jersey. And they sound like it, too.
Download: Titus Andronicus, 'Titus Andronicus' (MP3)
When Woods formed in 2005, they had made both a habit and a ritual out of going into the woods with friends to strum instruments and create spooky, campfire-ready folk music. Hence, the name. But the one-time duo has been known to morph into a trio or even a quartet and, technically, they hail from Brooklyn. So in other words, they make woodsy music in brownstones for urbanites who long for the ol' dusty trail. Sounds like the perfect Tuesday night staycation.
Download: Beach Fossils, 'Daydream' (MP3)
Another band of Brooklynites who sing about other locales (such as, you know, coastlines and road trips), Beach Fossils might be the only band on MySpace to list "nature" as their one and only influence. We tend to think that's only partially true, given their reverb-friendly indie sound.
Download: Woods, 'To Clean' (MP3)
CSS' DJ LUIZA
Perhaps "tired of being sexy" -- which is what her band's CSS's full-name (""Cansei de Ser Sexy") literally means in Portuguese -- multi-instrumentalist Luiza Sa hits up the ones and twos for her side-gig as DJ Luiza.
Download: CSS, 'Rat Is Dead' (MP3)