JudyJams (semi) weekly picks #6: Chief, Suckers, BLK JKS, Jungol

June 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

So, internet world, I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is just not shaping up to be a weekly column. I apologize! I will do my best to be prompt with the picks but it might end up being semi-weekly. To make up for it, I have packed this week’s picks with a bunch of extra-goodness. First choice is Chief, who are releasing their debut album Modern Rituals on Domino in August, but are giving a few sneak peeks out now!

Photo of Chief via Domino Records

You can get a preview of their classic rock inspired indie-pop tunes when the band releases a 3 song 10″ teaser on June 22nd. A track from that album, called “Night & Day” is available for download here. They are playing Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 5th, if you’d like to check them out in person.

Second choice of the week is Suckers, who are releasing their debut full length Wild Smile on French Kiss records June 8th. The band plays a brand of wild “tribal indie-rock,” and you can get a taste of that by downloading their new single “A Mind I Knew” on their website or here via Spinner.com. The artwork for the new album is kind of amazing:

Cover art for Wild Smile via Suckers.com

Suckers will be playing three dates in NY at the end of June (June 18th, record release party at Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 29th at Prospect Park Bandshell, and June 30th at Governor’s Island). For those of you not in NY, their website has the rest of their dates!

A record I have been excited about forever is the new BLK JKS ep, Zol! The South African band has been recording since 2000, but only made their US album debut officially in 2007. They’ve received critical acclaim here and abroad for many years, and received a SAMA (South American Music Award) for the best Alternative Music album. They were recently awarded a huge honor: they are playing at the first ever FIFA World Cup Kickoff Celebration Concert, live from Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Thursday June 10, 2010!

Photo of BLK JKS via Secretly Canadian

You can check out the title track Zol! here, and the entire album is currently streaming at KCRW.com! I hope you enjoy as much as I do. Check out my full review of it here.

My last pick, Jungol, after the jump.

Last pick of the week is Jungol, an Atlanta based electronica band who just self-released their sophomore album Over the Sun and Under the Radar. The album is fun and you can check out a song “Two People” from it here.

Image of Jungol via jungol.net

You can view a ton of live videos and check for upcoming tour dates (right now there are only Atlanta and other regional dates) here.

More picks to come soon, I promise!

Entry filed under: Bands We Like, Jams, JudyJams.

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