Fleet Foxes and Wilco. Before you've even had time to process those, there's more to hear.
First off is Modest Mouse. Since their 2007 album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, these guys have been touring the U.S. and (quietly) releasing some new songs. The band has recently posted a song called "Satellite Skin" which is soon to be released as a single on vinyl (woot!). It sounds a lot like their other songs, but I'll let you decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.
Stream: Modest Mouse - "Satellite Skin"
Next up is Iron and Wine. Sam Beam (above) and friends are getting ready to release a "rarities compilation" in the next week or so. It's called Around The Well. The album is a double CD release, also available on 3 vinyl LP's. The whole thing is free to listen to on the band's MySpace. If you're not familiar with the group, they're known for making quiet acoustic songs with some southern heart. Take a listen! So far I'm really liking Around The Well.
Stream: Iron and Wine - Around The Well
Phew! That about does it for the new stuff at the moment, I'm sure there'll be more to come. Let the summer begin! So far, 2009 is turning out to be a year of great music, and it can only get better.