The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro


05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

Waxahatchee recorded this week’s Key Studio Session in anticipation of the release of her Cerulean Salt LP (out this week via Don Giovanni Records).  Katie Crutchfield performed three tracks from the album and a cover of 1950s country song “Dark Moon,” a video of which you can watch here.  Stream and download “Blue Pt. II” below and check out the full session here.

This month’s Shaking Through episode featured a collaboration between Brooklyn recording / visual artist Helado Negro and Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.  The two-day session at Miner Street Recording, made possible by Weathervane Music, resulted in the tropical and lushly layered electronic song “Mitad del Mundo.”  Stream and download the song below and watch the full episode here.  Helado Negro plays the North Star Bar on March 23rd; tickets and information can be found here.

The double sessions keep coming from the Folkadelphia camp, this week with Sera Cahoone and Zach Hurd.  Cahoone spotlighted three songs from her stellar 2012 record Deer Creek Canyon, including the title track, which you can stream and download below.  New York musician Zach Hurd, meanwhile, recorded a batch of acoustic poppy tracks perfect for late night bonfire chats on the beach.  Download both sessions here.

Local band Lantern take their fuzzy garage rock sound in a new direction with “Mr. Mars.”  This is partially due to the addition of Philly sax player David Fishkin, whose jazzy solos compliment the new production style very well.  “Mr. Mars” will be featured on a 7″ that will be released this summer on Sophomore Lounge.  Stream and download the song below, and check out the band live when they play Kung Fu Necktie on March 28th.  Tickets and information can be found here.



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