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Sunday, September 30, 2007

new Radiohead album: in rainbows?

A day after some joker pulled off one of the more impressive Rickrolls of all time in the form of a cryptic, Internet-wide Radiohead LP7 pseudo event, the band has posted this to their official homepage at midnight GMT, October 1:

Hello everyone.

Well, the new album is finished, and it's coming out in 10 days;

We've called it In Rainbows.

Love from us all.



From the In Rainbows site:






The alleged tracklist:


MK 1
MK 2


Of course, this could all be a joke too, but it seems like a lot of work for a prank. If it is legit, this is one of the coolest ways in history to release an album.

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NPR's live concert series: animal collective

NPR is streaming Friday night's Animal Collective show at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club as part of their Live Concert Series. The highly excitable enthusiasts over at Collected Animals are calling it the best live recording of the band ever captured. Here are a few selected mp3s from the set, but you can hear the whole thing here.

Animal Collective Derek
Animal Collective Daily Routine
Animal Collective Brother Sport



Central Booking is offering up a few pairs of free tix for next week's !!! and Black Lips shows at The Loft.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

gorilla vs. bear presents

A huge week of shows coming up in Dallas next week, highlighted by a few gorilla vs. bear presented affairs. The party gets started on Monday at the Loft with !!! and special guests The Field and The Party:

flyer by david

!!! Must Be the Moon

Next week also brings the Black Lips (responsible for two of the year's best albums) and Devendra Banhart to town. Check the sidebar for flyers/details.

Black Lips Not a Problem
Devendra Banhart Seahorse



MOKB has footage of St. Vincent's performance at the Hot Freaks! after-party.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

beirut and edward droste: "cliquot"

Beirut performs one of the best songs from The Flying Club Cup, with an assist from Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste. These guys need to go ahead and make an album together immediately.

Beirut and La Blogotheque have teamed up to film a video for each track from The Flying Club Cup. Watch them here.

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Simian Mobile Disco remixes Celebration

celebration's katrina ford

Our friends over at Beggars Blog just posted this banging version of new Celebration tune "Hands Off My Gold," reworked by the purveyors of one of the year's finest dance albums, Simian Mobile Disco. They recommend it for "club people and Celebration fans alike."

Celebration Hands Off My Gold (Simian Mobile Disco re-jack)

And in other Celebration news, yesterday Spinner premiered the video for The Modern Tribe's first single, "Evergreen." The video has been described to me by at least one expert as "Superman meets Dune." Watch it after the jump...

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(more) new Bangers & Cash

The misogyny and cartoonishly offensive cover art continues. Just remember kids, it's a 2 Live Crew "homage." Collect 'em all:

Bangers & Cash Bitch

You can view the "Bitch" cover art after the jump, but I probably wouldn't do it if I was you...

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caribou: "after hours"

Here's the fourth in a series of live videos filmed in Caribou frontman Dan Snaith's home studio, which the band appropriately dubbed "the pink room." This clip, for Andorra favorite "After Hours," features Snaith's furious drumming and offers a glimpse of how the band'll sound on their upcoming North American tour.

Watch the other live Caribou "pink room" session videos at Stereogum, Daytrotter, and Pitchfork.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hotel Chevalier

Wes Anderson has released a free iTunes download of Hotel Chevalier, a 13-minute prequel/introduction for his upcoming film, The Darjeeling Limited. The short, which was shot in 2005 and stars Jason Schwartzman and a bruised-up Natalie Portman, was originally intended as a "working draft for the feature," according to the LA Times. Anderson also tells the Times that he hoped Chevalier "would play out like a piece of short fiction while Darjeeling would unspool like a novel." Plus, um, Natalie Portman's first nude scene. Get it here.

In case you're wondering what that one song was, it's Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go To My Lovely."

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Grizzly Bear: "knife" live at hot freaks!

Here's footage of Grizzly Bear performing "Knife" at our unrelated-to-ACL Hot Freaks! after-party at Club Deville. As you'll see in the video, the rocky backdrop of Deville's gorgeous outdoor stage couldn't have been any more perfect for the band's ethereal set, which was attended by members of both the Arcade Fire and the Killers. Thanks to our friends from Austin's Super!Alright! for the vivid images, and to Grizzly Bear for the jaw-dropping hymns.

(YouTube version)


Video featuring each of the Hot Freaks! performers (including St. Vincent, the Rosebuds, Art Brut, White Denim, and more) will be posted every day for the next week or so at Brooklyn Vegan, Chromewaves, MOKB, YANP, Aquarium Drunkard, and La Blogotheque.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

song of the night

"Jeremiah" is a beautifully warm and wistful pop song that the Archivist made in his bedroom, and I've had it on repeat all evening. It drifts away too soon though, fading into some disorienting yet hypnotic found sounds about the stars that make you forget what you were listening to in the first place. Promising, and recommended.

The Archivist Jeremiah

If you liked that song you can (and should) download The Archivist's whole EP for free here.

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new Grizzly Bear: "Blackcurrant Jam"

...well, it's not the whole thing, just a gorgeous 53-second preview of their upcoming contribution to Worried Noodles, a 39-track collection of songs based on the work of Scottish artist David Shrigley. Blackcurrant jam is the nicest jam. The nicest jam you can have. Thanks to YANP for the tip:

Worried Noodles is out October 23 on Tomlab. Other contributors include David Byrne, Liars, Hot Chip, Deerhoof, TVOTR, Dirty Projectors, and more.

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fun fun fun

We're psyched to be one of the sponsors of this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. This is only the 2nd year for the young festival, which will take place November 3-4 in Waterloo Park, and features over 50 bands on 3 stages. Our friends at Transmission Entertainment did an amazing job putting together an eclectic lineup this year: Cat Power, Diplo, the New Pornographers, Explosions in the Sky, Girl Talk, Of Montreal, Final Fantasy, Busdriver, Battles, White Denim, and way more. This will sell out, so get your tickets here now.

Diplo Bart So So Krispy
Celebration Evergreen
Busdriver The Troglodyte Wins
The New Pornographers Myriad Harbour



We're documented fans of The Cave Singers' debut LP, Invitation Songs, which comes out today on Matador. You can get it -- along with an exclusive non-album bonus track -- with a 25-download trial on eMusic. Here's the first single from the record:

The Cave Singers Seeds of Night

The Cave Singers are also playing the Fun Fun Fun Fest. See I told you it was a good lineup.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

"meg white sex tape" not actually meg white

That "Meg White sex tape" that's been floating around for a week or so that everyone is just now posting about? Clearly not Meg White (NSFW). In other news, click the "read more" link for this week's playlist for our Sirius Blog Radio show, complete with a bunch of assorted mp3s. The show airs at noon EST, and again at midnight. Listen for free here.


1. Grizzly Bear--Alligator (feat. Dirty Projectors + Beirut)
2. Cass McCombs--Petrified Forest
3. Brazos--Mary Jo (mp3)
4. Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear--Deep Blue Sea
5. Marissa Nadler--Diamond Heart (mp3)
6. Animal Collective--#1
7. Hot Chip--Shake a Fist
8. Simian Mobile Disco--I Believe
9. The Tough Alliance--Silly Crimes (mp3)
10. Bangers & Cash--Shake That (mp3)
11. Bangers & Cash--BOOTAY (mp3)
12. Lil Wayne--I Feel Like Dying
13. Bangers & Cash--Loose (mp3)
14. J Dilla--Workinonit
15. Ghostface Killah--Block Rock
16. Bodies of Water--I Guess I'll Forget the Sound
17. St. Vincent--These Days
18. Beirut--A Sunday Smile (mp3)
19. Zach Condon of Beirut--Venice
20. The Tough Alliance vs. Taken By Trees--Too Young (mp3)
21. The Besnard Lakes--For Agent 13
22. Celebration--Heartbreak
23. Yeasayer--2080 (mp3)
24. The Black Lips--Off the Block
25. Caribou--Melody Day (Four Tet Remix)
26. Panda Bear--Untitled
27. Devotchka--How It Ends

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lions + limes

Thanks to my favorite UK blogger for sharing the title track from Jonquil's upcoming LP, due out next week on Try Harder. I'd never heard of this band, but "Lions" is a perfectly soaring and achingly sincere (if a little too short) introduction that, upon first listen, evoked admittedly hasty comparisons to Beirut and the Arcade Fire.

Jonquil Lions


the limes

Our friends in transatlantic pop collective The Limes sent us their newest gem over the weekend, all the way from France/North Carolina. I'm not sure how Limes contributor Mina Tindle isn't a household name by now, but this can only speed things along:

The Limes Beyond Blue

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Deerhoof + Bloc Party: Live in Dallas

While I was enjoying the sights and sounds of White Denim, Peter and the Wolf, the Books, Pinback, Midlake, etc. at the Wall of Sound Festival last night at LaGrave Field, David took in the sold-out Deerhoof + Bloc Party show at Dallas' House of Blues. Post and photos by David:

Bloc Party commanded the audience with noble poise, exuding humble British earnestness, and were accompanied by rather appropriate and tasteful visuals. Not my favorite band by any stretch, but they made an impressive, skilled statement to the sold out crowd, and I might say it was somewhat difficult to not walk away a bit more enthused about Bloc Party than before. Kele's an impressive frontman, and the fellas all have their own differentiated purpose as they stand as silhouettes in the backlit haze.

kele rocking his finest jorts


Openers Deerhoof were taut as always and proved, yet again, why they remain one of the better bands of the decade. Admittedly, the children of the night might have been somewhat aghast by this admittedly very strange trio, but that's ok. It's thrilling to see such a vividly gifted band have the opportunity to play before fresh ears. They covered quite a bit of ground, yet Friend Opportunity was distinctly absent among the older classics. Deerhoof are ill as sin.


Satomi catches some air

In related news, Deerhoof recently made a bunch of unreleased mp3s available at their website, and here are a few of the highlights:

Deerhoof Kidz are So Small
Deerhoof Holy Night Fever
Deerhoof Milkman

(view the full Deerhoof + Bloc Party set here)

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Friday, September 21, 2007

the monks

Thanks to our friend Bill for telling me about The Monks, a band of 5 American GIs stationed in Germany during the mid-'60s, whose short-lived career resulted in some of the weirdest recordings ever and a bunch of confused German kids. They've been called "the first free-floating building in the history of rock 'n' roll," and while it'd be obvious to say that a band this innovative and weird was ahead of their time, it's almost unfathomable to me that these guys existed in 1966.

The Monks Monk Chant (live)
The Monks Oh, How to Do Now

Read more about the band's history here.

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new peter and the wolf

To very little fanfare, Red Hunter has quietly self-released the new Peter and the Wolf album, The Ivori Palms. Inspired by a dream featuring one of his heroes and recorded mostly during late nights/early mornings spent squatting and drinking Scotch with panhandlers, vagabonds, and other assorted bums in a condemned Canadian warehouse, the album finds Red returning to the lo-fi homemade sounds of his earlier recordings. And while the record does contain its share of beautifully traditional folk songs, it also hints at Red's (possible) boredom with that genre, as he experiments with new arrangements and instruments -- most obviously on the badass kalimba jam, "The Bike of Jonas." For me, songs like "Better Days" and "Sparks" sort of embody The Ivori Palms' theme of hope and optimism in the face of uncertainty, and like most of the record's best moments, they're an ideal soundtrack to those nights that -- for whatever reason -- you're still up at 4 AM.

Peter and the Wolf Better Days
Peter and the Wolf Sparks (live recording)

Purchase The Ivori Palms directly from Red here.



LaGrave Field

Peter and the Wolf plays at 8:15 at Saturday's Wall of Sound Festival in Fort Worth along with some really great bands, including Explosions in the Sky, Ghostland Observatory, Midlake, Pinback, the Books, White Denim, Ghosthustler, the Paper Chase, Brothers & Sisters, and the list goes on. I've never seen a show at a minor league ballpark, but I'm really looking forward to it.


not related. at all:

We posted a track from Huntsville, Alabama's Paper Route Recordz crew a while back (to decidedly mixed reactions). They're starting to get quite a bit of play on hip-hop blogs and message boards, and seem poised to be the next thing to blow up in Southern hip-hop. Oh man, I hope this happens, mainly because these guys are insane. Listen to this track, which features this off-the-charts-unlikely sample, to get an idea of how bizarre these guys are, mostly thanks to Mali Boi's slow-motion production:

Paper Route Recordz Rollin'

Buy more Paper Route Recordz tracks at their myspace.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

new bangers & cash: "loose"

Spank Rock and Benny Blanco are serious about this 2 Live Crew homage, huh? This is the third track from the EP, and these things are getting progressively dirtier (check "Shake That" and "B-O-O-T-A-Y"). This is probably my favorite one yet, and again, NSFW or anywhere else really. Can't wait to play this on Sirius to test the limits of that whole "uncensored" thing:

bangers & cash loose (feat. amanda blank)

Check the "Loose" artwork after the jump...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

glory hope mountain

I haven't talked about Ottawa's The Acorn in nearly two years, but I figure it's about time I mentioned that they have a pretty gorgeous new album coming out next week on Paper Bag Records. The band's first full-length, Glory Hope Mountain, is a beautiful tribute to and recounting of the life of lead singer Rolf Klausener's mother, Gloria Esperanza Montoya. I was immediately drawn to the album's closing track, "Lullabye (Mountain)," which Klausener says best sums up the relationship he had with his mother. In his mother's native Honduras, lullabyes are traditionally sung by women, so Klausener recruited the heartbreaking vocals of Ohbijou's Casey Mecija, and the results are stunning.

The Acorn Lullabye (Mountain)

Glory Hope Mountain comes out September 25 on Paper Bag Records. Pre-order here and get a free poster.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

celebration's campfire songs

Here is the first in a series of "Campfire Songs" that Celebration will release in advance of their wonderful new LP, The Modern Tribe. The song is a stripped-down version of album standout "Tame the Savage;" filmed in the woods around a virtual campfire, starring a little deer and Katrina Ford's inimitable voice:

The Modern Tribe will be released on October 9th, and like we said before, best new music. Have a song:

Celebration Evergreen



Panda Bear like whoa.

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ACL 2007 in Polaroids

my morning jacket at ACL '07

This year's trip to Austin for the ACL Festival was all about the extracurriculars. That's not to say the festival didn't have it's fair share of highlights, however. Although slightly depressing, Sound Team's final show was really great, providing a bittersweet end to the band's way-too-short career. At least two-thirds of us* are now officially My Morning Jacket fans after their stellar set before a radiant sunset. A small suggestion for the esteemed ACL Advisory Board: more hip-hop next year? Common and M.I.A.'s sets were fun as hell, and both were among the most energetic and well-received of the entire festival. We were also impressed by bits and pieces of several other sets, including Bloc Party, Regina Spektor, and LCD Soundsystem. Our lone regret of the weekend: no Bjork sightings. Seems like everyone but us bumped into her at our hotel pool, and her set was one of the most unanimously lauded of the fest. We did run into a bunch of other people though:

maya arulpragasam

win butler

jeff tweedy

kele okereke

james murphy

bill baird (after he and murphy swapped sunglasses)

farmer jim james of mmj

andrew bird

The Hot Freaks! after-parties were even better than we'd anticipated. Friday's performances by Crazy Sexy Rainbow, Brazos, and Grizzly Bear were all outstanding. As YANP mentioned, the cliffs of Club Deville provided the ideal backdrop for Grizzly Bear's ethereal jams, and the Super Alright! dudes did an amazing job of hooking up the complementary visuals. We missed Art Brut, instead opting to check out last-minute addition Car Stereo (Wars)' killer DJ set. Members of the Arcade Fire were in attendance, and even the Killers stopped by to check out Grizzly Bear, which Ed Droste dubbed "the most random thing ever." I think Brandon Flowers' mind was slightly blown by GB's incredible set, and rightfully so:

brandon flowers (with that other guy from the killers)

edward droste

eddie argos

Saturday's Hot Freaks! bill delivered as well. Locals Sparrow House and Yellow Fever had the misfortune of competing with the Arcade Fire's festival set, but both won over the gradually-building crowds. The Rosebuds were up next, and as per usual with them, a dance party broke out on stage. The joint was packed by the time St. Vincent took the stage at the Mohawk, and she didn't disappoint. She played solo at the fest, but this was a full-band affair, and the packed house fell in love.

annie clark

daniel rossen + edward droste

Check out more random Polaroids from the weekend after the jump...

(*Most shots by David, with a few by Garrison and myself. I'm not just using the "royal we" this time. Thanks to JBeau, Michael Feferman, Fresh & Clean, and everyone else who was nice to us.)

peter bjorn and john (with big guitar)

drew barrymore

tom hagerman of devotchka

colin meloy

chris bear of grizzly bear

joseph arthur (by tamara gallegos)

alex turner of the arctic monkeys (with other monkeys in distance)

britt daniel (by micki lile)

Sound Team bid the world adieu in fitting fashion

the fire

ben kweller

chris taylor of grizzly bear

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