Thought on Tracks favorites Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO) announced the plans for their sophomore LP today. The release will be the band’s first on Bloomington, IN label JagJaguwar. The release is titled simply: //. Yes, a double backslash. The release comes on the back of UMO’s debut, self-titled LP. Check out the track listing below and listen to the debut single “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).” // drops on February 5.
01 From the Sun
02 Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
03 So Good at Being in Trouble
04 One at a Time
05 The Opposite of Afternoon
06 No Need for a Leader
09 Faded in the Morning
10 Secret Xtians
Local favorite Hotfox is busy at work and I can’t wait to hear how their sophomore LP sounds. If you are a regular of Thought on Tracks, you know that we gushed over their debut You, Me, and the Monster. This record not only gained a lot of attention from this blog, but several others outside of Indianapolis. Coming fresh off their selection to be part of the JanSport/Sonicbids SXSW Showcase. The band will also be one of 24 bands featured in the State of Music Showcase at J.Black’s on Wednesday, March 14. Hotfox has been extremely busy at work recording their next project. This week the band released a list of new songs that they have recorded.
Sex Bitten Dogg
Time of release is unknown, but I can promise you that we will keep you posted with any further information that we receive. Until then, go insane with “Tombstone Teeth” off their debut. Bloomington residents may look for Hotfox at a house party near 2nd and Henderson this evening.
Written by Brett McGrath
To put it mildly, I have been head over heels for Jessie Baylin since the release of her free Pleasure Center EP in late November. The EP, of mostly covers, has been a weekly listen and my go-to before bed spin. January 17th will serve as the release date for her full length album Little Spark. My guess is that you won’t find Baylin gaining much coverage across the indie blogosphere. Her pop music upbringing and marriage to Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill make her too un-hip for the likes of Pitchfork. This is an outright shame, because Little Spark has the potential to contend for one of the top releases of the first half of 2012.
Baylin reached out to some seriously talented folks to add their touch to the album. Richard Swift, of The Shins, served as multi-instrumentalist and played an integral role in Little Spark‘s arrangements. (Pleasure Center EP was recorded in a single day on a four-track in Baylin’s living room, with Swift at the helm.) Legendary composer and three-time Grammy winner Jimmie Haskell played the role of conductor, while Kevin Augunus rounded out the squad as producer. Augunus has worked with a wide range of artists from Sinead O’Connor to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Watch the trailer for the album below, and prepare yourself for one of the pleasant surprises of 2012.
For a limited time, Amazon is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the track “Hurry Hurry.” Stream below.
Written by Rob Peoni