Indie/Rock MP3s – Jenny O, Northern Youth, Lord Huron

Jenny O‘s new album Automechanic won’t be out till February 2013 but luckily she’s offering up the title track for free! Automechanic was produced by Jonathan Wilson, who lent his guitar skills to a cast that included Jake Blanton (The Killers, Sia) and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers). And if you’re lookin’ to make the 5 hour drive to Seattle, Jenny O is playing with Father John Misty at Neumos this Friday, the 21st.

You’re not an indie-rock band unless you reference California in at least one song. Or at least that’s how it seems to me. Northern Youth has wasted no time doing so with his track Los Angeles, which he’s offering up on Bandcamp. According to his Facebook page, after the demise of his LA-based band Mississippi Man in late 2010, Southern California native Luke Messimer packed his things and travelled North for Seattle. After a short stint as a keyboardist for a promising local singer/songwriter and a falling out between bandmates, he headed for a family cabin the woods of Northern Arizona where he began to write and record his own music for the first time in over a year. Knowing that he wanted to stay solo, Luke decided to not use other musicians on the record and play everything himself in order to keep it as honest and true as possible. When searching for a name, the phrase “Northern Youth” constantly flashed in his mind when he was living in Seattle. It was a feeling of creativity and childlike freedom. It only seemed right to name his new project after that feeling. Now, back in LA, Northern Youth has a backing band of 6 incredible musicians, a debut album out Fall 2012, promising local shows, and an extensive West Coast tour planned for January, 2013.

Finally, let’s talk about a band whose debut album I am really (like really, really) looking forward to, Lord HuronLonesome Dreams won’t be out till October 9th but the band has been offering up a number of free MP3s, as well as a kick ass video (see below). If you’re not familiar, this L.A. indie-rock band began as the solo venture of Michigan native Ben Schneider but has come to include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). But beware: listening to these expansive, cinematic Americana tracks might really make you want to watch an old John Wayne spaghetti Western. Or just eat spaghetti. Either/or.

– Jasmine

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