You can't help but admire the D.I.Y. success behind Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Through self-promotion, blogger buzz and a bit of sweat equity, the Brooklyn art-rock outfit managed to sell more than 100,000 copies of its self-titled debut without ever signing a record deal (though it did have to outsource its overseas demand to Wichita Records). The band won't be pressing copies of its sophomore release, Some Loud Thunder
, until the end of January, but you can get your clap-happy hands on album tracks "Love Song No. 7" and "Underwater (You and Me)" for free on the band's Web site
No applause necessary.