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Welcome to Leakage, a BYT column dedicated to listening to your favorite band’s releases weeks before the street date. Every week I’ll be giving you brief reviews of said leaks with an MP3 to sample. If you want us to take down your song, holla back ([email protected]).

(Sorry guys, I’m not posting the album in it’s entirety or giving you something other than the single. Plus if you don’t know how to use Google by now, you’re shit out of luck anyway.)

Some parting words: if you like the band, buy the record. You don’t want to be that guy.


The Morning Benders, Big Echo (Release date: March 9, 2010): Filled to the brim with lush, airy pop tunes, Big Echo elevates this Berkley band from a local act to something bigger. Co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, The Morning Benders manage to take ’60s pop nostalgia and turn it in to 10 stunning tracks meant for a great pair of headphones. Watch the video. Like it?: Pre-order Big Echo.


High Places, High Places Vs. Mankind (Release date: March 23, 2010): I didn’t like their self-titled release, but High Places have taken a turn for the better on High Places Vs. Mankind. If you need proof just listen to the mega-jam “On Giving Up”.  This is easily their most complex and interesting material to date. Keep it coming.

Listen: High Places — “On Giving Up” | Like it?: Pre-order High Places Vs. Mankind


Lali Puna, Our Inventions (Release date: April 1, 2010): It’s been a long time since the last Lali Puna release. Too long in fact. Composed of Valerie Trebeljahr and members of The Notwist and Tied & Tickled Trio it would make sense that it take some time between releases. But luckily it was worth the wait.

Listen: Lali Puna — “Remember” | Like it?: Pre-order Our Inventions

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