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Friday, September 10, 2010

Altered Freebies: Belle & Sebastian; Sufjan Stevens; Crocodiles

What's better than music? Free music. Producer Nick Jackson has scoured the internet to bring you the best free downloads featured on this week's Altered Fridays, 4-7 p.m.

Belle & Sebastian, “Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian return with a great new track off their upcoming Belle & Sebastian Write About Love. The album is set to be released October 11, but you can grab their first single, “Write About Love” below. You do have to be one of the first 10,000 to sign up for their mailing list in order to get the mp3, so hurry!

Sufjan Stevens, “I Walked”/“Too Much

The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) will be Mr. Steven's first full-length in five years. Here is a taste to hold you over until its release on October 21st. Stick around on the second track, the best stuff is later in the song. Grab them both below.

<a href="http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/track/too-much">Too Much by Sufjan Stevens</a>

Crocodiles, Fires of Comparison EP

Before they release their full length album next week, Crocodiles have posted a free EP via their label. If you aren't familiar with Joe Arpaio, the opening track is dedicated to him.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Beach House on Morning Sessions

Tune in at 9:20 a.m. Friday as we get ready for this Beach House's homecoming show at Merriweather Post Pavilion with an encore edition of a lively conversation and in-studio performance by the Baltimore-based duo.

Their major-label debut, Teen Dream, is one of morning show host Erik's favorite records of the year. He's a sucker for dream pop music, and Alex Scalley’s echo-driven guitar and Victoria Legrand’s bouncy, narcotic keys and sensually husky voice put me in a blissful trance. It's destined to grace more than a few year-end, best-of lists.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Attend a Live Taping with Fools & Horses

Baltimore Unsigned welcomes back Fools & Horses as the band previews songs from their self-titled album at The Bunker Recording Studio in Cockeysville, MD, on Wednesday, September 22nd.

Space is limited, so we're holding a random drawing for a few listeners to join us. Register by 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 14th, to enter a drawing to win a pair of tickets to attend the performance and interview.

Fools & Horses perform at the Recher Theatre on Saturday, October 9.

Eric Lindell's Acoustic Stop at WTMD

Hours before New Orleans-based blues rocker Eric Lindell takes the stage at the Recher Theatre on Thursday, September 9th, he'll return to WTMD for a special acoustic set with afternoon host John Mathews. 

A longtime friend of the station, Lindell always delivers an incredible live set, as witnessed during his Morning Sessions performance earlier this year. 
Tune in at 5 p.m. Thursday as Lindell previews selections from his new album Between Motion and Rest. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mr. Moccasin Steps Into Baltimore Unsigned

Mr. Moccasin, a songwriting partnership between instrumentalist Jared T. Fischer and vocalist Hanna Badalova, started in 2003. "We came up with our mascot before we had a name for a band," says Badalova. "Jared and I are both very visual people, and we both have an affinity for animals . . . . so we came up with a character named Mr. Moccasin. It's a bunny with a bow and arrow and a pair of moccasins on."

The indie rock sound came later, evolving from a collective of area musicians with Fischer and Badalova at the core. In 2007 the band released its debut album, Deer Eyes Bunny Eyes, a collection of songs about animals, fruits, vegetables and foreign locales. 

Tune in at 8 p.m. Tuesday,
with an encore at 9 a.m. Saturday, as Mr. Moccasin previews selections from their forthcoming second album You Will Take a Trip to the Sea.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

CD of the Week: Catching a Tiger

Last year Lissie released the critically acclaimed E.P. Why You Runnin'. Recorded with Band of Horses' bassist Bill Reynolds, the Illinois-based country folk singer established herself as an artist to watch. Her full-length debut Catching a Tiger fulfills the promise. 

Tracks such as "In Sleep" showcase her guitar chops while "Stranger" could be a b-side from a 60's girl group. 
With admirers that include Katy Perry and David Lynch, Lissie is poised for a major breakthrough.

Lissie performs at the 
9:30 Club on Wednesday, October 20.