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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

new Panda Bear video: "Comfy in Nautica"

Here's the second video from -- spoiler alert -- our album of the year, Person Pitch. The clip, directed by Patrick O'Dell and Sam Salganik, is essentially a typical skate video, except it features a dude emerging from the sea on his skateboard. And it has a much better soundtrack than most skate videos. This is exactly the video I had hoped for, but for the wrong song ("Take Pills," with the skateboard sample laced throughout, would've been the obvious choice):



mp3:
Panda Bear Comfy in Nautica

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elsewhere:

David took in Devotchka's annual "Day of the Dead Gala" in Denver this past weekend. Here's what he had to say:



"The costume-infused Day of the Dead Gala was a festive, if not commanding testament to Devotchka's much, much deserved, yet irretrievably odd control over the diffuse audiences they woo. In a night where the band executed an absurdist pre-Halloween bacchanalia with dangling trapeze artists and ritualistic Mexican death ceremonies, throngs and throngs toasted and reciprocated in droves. This merely speaks a ton about the strength of a sound that reminds us that fine music simply cuts through. Multi-instrumentalist Shawn King freely admits that the foursome are "a stange anomaly," and if it wasn't all too apparent after such an impressive performance and baroque conceptual display, then perhaps it will be ever more clear when we're graced with their new batch of tunes sometime next year."


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shawn and tom of Devotchka


shawn king of devotchka




Nick Urata of Devotchka


Jeanie Schroder of Devotchka

Polaroids by David and Tamara Gallegos. Drop by here for more coverage, live shots, etc.

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new sigur ros video: "Gitardjamm"

Spinner has our first look at Sigur Ros' upcoming film, Heima. Here's a Dean DeBlois-directed clip of the band performing "Gitardjamm," in their native Iceland:

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dead moon

Here's the Halloween-themed video for Sam Champion's "Dead Moon." The Bridget Palardy-directed clip was shot in one take on a rooftop in Prospect Heights, and features our friend Adam's "acting" debut. He's the ice cream cone.



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tonight in Denton:



HEALTH plays at 8th Continent in Denton this evening. Read We Shot J.R.'s interview with the band here.

mp3:
HEALTH vs. Crystal Castles Crimewave

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finally:

Happy Halloween, everyone. Here's some undead zombie kids:

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new marissa nadler



You may recall us mentioning once or twice that Marissa Nadler has a thing for Neil Young, which works out well for us, because she recently posted her rendition of his classic "Cowgirl in the Sand" on her myspace page. Yet another heartbreakingly beautiful Neil Young cover by Ms. Nadler, which makes her 3 for 3 (if you're scoring at home).

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Marissa Nadler Cowgirl in the Sand (neil young cover)

In other Marissa Nadler news, here's the brand new video for her song "Bird on Your Grave," directed by and starring Portuguese artist Joana Linda:



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unrelated:

Here's another stellar jam from Alabama's Paper Route Recordz crew, featuring a conspicuous sample of this notorious guilty pleasure. I never understood why he says "wrapped up like douche" though.

mp3:
Jackie Chain Blinded by the Light

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

voodoo festival: new orleans


common at voodoo fest

I made my way to New Orleans this past weekend for the Voodoo Music Experience. I was more excited about my first post-Katrina trip to the city than the actual fest, but Voodoo turned out to be one of the more enjoyable festival experiences of the year. Saw great sets from Spoon, Common, M.I.A., Boots Riley of the Coup and Chali 2na (with Galactic), Smashing Pumpkins, and more, and got to hang with some of my favorite blogger people. And of course, the city itself was amazing; friendly people, ridiculous food, creepy cemetaries, gorgeous French and Spanish architecture, and rad bars from the 18th century. Despite a couple of Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz sightings, it was a great time. Check some Polaroids from the weekend after the jump (thanks to Dodge for helping out with the shots), and go here and here for live shots from the fest.


britt daniel and spoon in a golf cart


weezy: downtown NOLA


crucia mausoleum


little girl at voodoo


picasso and drummer on the mississippi river


girls at ghostland observatory's set


ben harper at voodoo


miss lena: french quarter


guy in french quarter


m.i.a.'s hype woman with friend in the quarter


new orleans' city park: voodoo festival grounds


sinead at voodoo


girl cranks dat soulja boy


rotge-toga mausoleum

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the trees community

One of the stranger albums to reemerge in the freak-folk revival of psychedelic artifacts...this 1975 LP is one of the few that genuinely qualifies for the much-abused "lost masterpiece" designation.
--The Big Takeover on The Christ Tree


the trees community

Today, Stylus lists the best reissues of 2007 here. At the top of the list is The Trees Community's 1975 LP, The Christ Tree, which was reissued by Hand/Eye earlier this year. Stylus (which originally gave the album an A+ back in January) tells it like this:

"Unlike the Arcade Fire, who thump their bibles until they're neon, the Trees Community open the book and absorb the pages, and in so doing chronicle their discovery by displaying its worldliness, adorning it in sitars, kotos, hand drums, flutes, harps, and the most frail, HUMAN voices heard in eons."
What they fail to mention is that it's totally unsettling and eerie upon first listen(s), but can be quite rewarding if you're into the more peculiar side of what is now unfortunately referred to as "freak folk." Highly recommended.

mp3:
The Trees Community Psalm 42

The Christ Tree 4-CD box set has long since sold out, but you can get the single CD version here.

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photo by lizeth santos

Thanks to Rafter, Susanna Waiche of Dirty Projectors, and Asthmatic Kitty for this: a kickass official gorilla vs. bear theme song, featuring "a G vs. B battle/an old school/new school duet between rafter and susanna waiche from dirty projectors."

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Rafter (feat. Susanna Waiche) gorilla vs. bear (monsters)

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Monday, October 29, 2007

man man on blog radio


man man at the loft :: dallas, TX

During his brief stay in Dallas, Honus Honus of Man Man was kind enough to talk with Garrison for our SIRIUS Blog Radio show. The show airs today on Sirius at noon and midnight, EST. Check the full playlist, with assorted mp3s, after the jump...

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While we were in Austin for ACL/Hot Freaks last month, we had a chance to meet up with the La Blogotheque guys. They told us about an adventure filmed the prior day with Red Hunter and Sparrow House's Jared Van Fleet. The outcome shows the guys in a van making music and driving around outskirts of Austin, eventually finding a weird looking farm house owned by lo-fi musician Jad Fair.




Blog Radio with Man Man's Honus Honus:

1. Marissa Nadler--Diamond Heart (Daytrotter Session)
2. Angel Deradoorian--Grey Teeth (mp3)
3. Feu Therese--Nada (mp3)
4. Man Man--Skin Tension*
5. Man Man--Van Helsing Boombox (mp3)
6. Shelly Duvall--He Needs Me*
7. Animal Collective--Safer
8. Moondog--Bird's Lament*
9. Liars--Protection*
10. Ernest Tubb--Drivin' Nails in My Coffin*
11. James Brown--Please Please Please*
12. Man Man--I'd Rather Go Blind
13. Pas Chic Chic--Sur les Ecrans Statiques (mp3)
14. Arcade Fire--Poupee de Cire Poupee de Son
15. Panda Bear--Untitled (live)
16. Final Fantasy--Hey Dad (Feat. Beirut)
17. Grizzly Bear--Blackcurrant Jam
18. Girl Talk--Bounce That (mp3)
19. Busdriver--The Troglodyte Wins (mp3)
20. Kid Sister--Let Me Bang (XXXChange remix)
21. Celebration--Heartbreak
22. Black Lips--Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo remix) (mp3)
23. White Denim--Paint Silver Gold
24. Cat Power--I Don't Blame You
25. The New Pornographers--The Bleeding Heart Show
26. Battles--Atlas

(* = Honus Honus pick)

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Girl Talk for free



You may have noticed that we're presenting Girl Talk's Dallas debut this coming Friday at the Loft. We have five pairs of tickets to give away. This one's easy: in the comments, tell us your favorite mashup of all time.

We know there's a chance you think that you think that mashups are lame, but we all know you still love them.

mp3:
Girl Talk 'Knife' Remix

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Unrelated:
Blender has posted a second video from White Denim's CMJ performance. Watch the video of the band performing "Shake Shake Shake" after the jump...








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Thursday, October 25, 2007

it's gonna hit

This post is about two bands from Montreal that don't particularly sound like the Arcade Fire or Wolf Parade, and apparently sing exclusively in French. Still, both are extremely promising, and worth looking into.

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I'd never heard of Montreal's Feu Therese before this week, and to be honest, I only checked out their new LP, Ca Va Cogner ("It's Gonna Hit"), because of that cover art. It's actually a pretty decent representation of what was to come, because this album definitely contains its share of adventurous and potentially off-putting elements, from the "overwrought faux primitivism" (the band's words) of the synths, to the seemingly out-of-left-field (but exceedingly awesome) utilization of a children's choir on the title track. But, as it turns out, those are the very things that make this such an engaging and exciting listen. Here's more on the album, from their label:

"Feu Therese aims to recuperate and re-cast a "synthetic" music that intentionally eschews the codified elements of 21st-century electro nostalgia: the "cool" analogue keys, the heavy bass & drum mix, the overwrought faux primitivism...some will no doubt find the whole package impenetrable, while others will wonder what brilliant alternative reality (Cannes ca. 1985 in a parallel universe?) they somehow missed."
This track may or may not be the best representation of Feu Therese's sound (they've been compared to everyone from Air to Bowie to Neu! to M83), but I like it quite a little bit:

mp3:
Feu Therese Nada

Ca Va Cogner was released this week in the U.S., and I highly recommend it. Read a pretty solid review of the album here.

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As far as I can tell, Montreal's Pas Chic Chic (not to be confused with !!!) only has one extremely limited and probably sold-out-by-now 7", but luckily for us, both songs are available for download on the band's website. It's hard to peg a band based on only two songs, but it's safe to say these guys are big fans of Tropicalia and '60s French pop:

mp3:
Pas Chic Chic Sur les Ecrans Statiques
Pas Chic Chic Tes Cliches Declenches

Pas Chic Chic on myspace.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

cool rock

I've been digging Holy Hail's "gospel-hop-electro-country" for a while now, and Cat Hartwell's post-Fannypack band just finished a rather rad new video for their ridiculously catchy single, "Cool Town Rock." Here it is. Shapes and colors are pretty:

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White Denim: Live at CMJ

The Fader magazine had quite the lineup for their "Sideshow" at CMJ, including "buzz" bands Yeasayer, the Cool Kids, Santogold, Health, Atlas Sound (Bradford of Deerhunter) and more. But from the looks of these videos, TX's own White Denim stole Fader's show. Not that I'm surprised or anything. Here's footage of the band playing one of my favorite songs of theirs, "All You Really Have To Do." Not the best sound quality, but you get the picture. Now you know, New York:



Check out Blender's interview with the band after the jump...








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chromatics + jason schwartzman


ruth radelet of chromatics

Chromatics are at it again with the myspace gift-giving, this time offering up one of the better songs from their recently BNM-honored LP, Night Drive. Perfect listening for the transition from late night to early morning, which is why I'm posting it at 1 AM:

mp3:
Chromatics I Want Your Love

Go here to download some new demos and to purchase Night Drive. And, because I can't get enough of this song/video, here you go:



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Jason Schwartzman stopped in Dallas earlier tonight for a Q & A following a special sold-out screening of The Darjeeling Limited, preceded by its "companion" piece, Hotel Chevalier. The short session turned into a 90 minute conversation with the audience, during which he was genuinely enthusiastic, open, and engaging (and at times, hilarious). He revealed his love for Animal Collective, Emitt Rhodes, Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie, and Steve Martin (among other things), talked a little about his solo recording project, Coconut Records, and about the role music played in the writing/creative process for The Darjeeling Limited (check the iTunes playlist that Schwartzman, Wes Anderson, and Adrien Brody put together here). He also shares our appreciation for outdated and obsolete picture machines, and was nice enough to take some Polaroids for us to share:


jason schwartzman self-portrait


schwartzman, obscured (photo presumably taken by owner of feet)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

new (free) menomena remix



In case your memory needed refreshing, Menomena's early 2007 record deserves a spot on your year end list. And, as a subtle reminder, the band has posted a new remix of Friend and Foe standout "Weird," and it's available for free download on their myspace page for the next 9 hours. According to the band:

"Immediately after this NINE-hour period (which just started NOW, dude), it shall return it to its "streaming only" state. So get there pronto and have a total dance-party-freak-out with us! In freshly reformatted 4/4 tempo!"
Sweet. Grab it there. Or here.

mp3:
Menomena Weird (Dekoder remix)

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elsewhere:

Anybody need a version of "Paper Planes" that they can play at their next church gathering? Cool, because Diplo posted the original chorus version here, so, according to him, "yall can play it at like elementary schools now." Thanks man.

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speaking of Diplo:

Here's footage of our current obsession (musically speaking, of course), Santogold, performing the Diplo-produced "Unstoppable" at the Fader Sideshow at CMJ:

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grey teeth


young angel deradoorian with monkey (via here)

Angel Deradoorian is, for now, best known for her work in other people's bands (Dirty Projectors, mainly, and also Inlets). If you've seen Dirty Projectors play in the last year or so, then you know she's one of the reasons their live show is so captivating in its most recent incarnation. Well it turns out Angel also makes her own music, and it's really something, as evidenced by the four demos on her myspace page. They're all stellar (if slightly lo-fi), but the haunting and sad "Grey Teeth" is my current favorite:

mp3:
Angel Deradoorian Grey Teeth

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All of the songs on Angel Deradoorian's myspace page are available for download, so if you like this one, you should go get the rest. These are her other bands:

mp3:
Dirty Projectors No More
Inlets Roots on Sidewalks

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elsewhere:

Here's the impossibly fitting video for the new Glass Candy jam we posted last week (see below):



And here's that jam, but it really sounds better when played with the accompanying visuals (see above):

mp3:
Glass Candy Digital Versicolor

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Final Fantasy feat. Beirut: "Hey Dad"



Final Fantasy has a new 7" single due out on Tomlab on November 6, as part of the label's Alphabet Singles Series. The beautiful a-side, "Hey Dad," features Owen Pallett's good friend Zach Condon, and his band, Beirut. Listen here.

edit: Did he just say, "But I got a plan for a miracle/I'll shit it out and put it on the table"?? I think he did.

Mr. Pallett will also be playing the Fun Fun Fun Fest. Win tix here.

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diplo vs. black lips


black lips

In a violent collison between two of my favorite artists, Black Lips fan Diplo has remixed Diplo fans the Black Lips. Here's his take on the BLips' woozy, slow-burning garage psych jam "Veni Vidi Vici." As a fan of both, I am pleased with the results. Thanks to our friends at Viceland for the hookup:

mp3:
Black Lips Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo remix)

The Veni Vidi Vici single comes out on Vice UK on December 3.

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fun fun fun free

I'm sure by now you've seen the impressive lineup for the 2007 Fun Fun Fun Fest, featuring some of our very favorite bands: Cat Power, Diplo, Cadence Weapon, Busdriver, Celebration, White Denim, Battles, New Pornographers, and the list goes on. We're one of the sponsors of this fine event, which means we have a pair of free tickets to give away. Email us at gorillavsbearcontests@gmail.com, and let us know why you want to go. We'll pick a winner one week from today.

mp3:
New Pornographers Myriad Harbour
Busdriver The Troglodyte Wins
Cadence Weapon Sharks
Celebration Hands Off My Gold (SMD remix)
Cave Singers Seeds of Night



We'll have news about an after-party or two with some very special surprise guests in the near future, so stay tuned.

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elsewhere:

We're also presenting the Girl Talk/Busdriver show here in Dallas on the Friday before Fun Fun Fun. We'll have some tickets to giveaway soon, but for now here's a new Girl Talk jam:

mp3:
Girl Talk Let's Run This

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

st. vincent: live at the modern


the modern

St. Vincent capped off a perfect evening of music and art Friday night at the Modern in Fort Worth. A couple things: if you ever get the chance to see Ron Mueck's "hyper-realistic" human sculpture, do it. Unreal. Also, the Modern's rooftop sculpture garden was the ideal setting to see acts like Doug Burr, Peter and the Wolf, St. Vincent, et. al, and the fall weather couldn't have been better. Lullabyes.net posted the entirety of St. Vincent's wonderful set, including this crowd pleasing Beatles cover:

mp3:
St. Vincent :: Live at the Modern Dig a Pony (Beatles cover)

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related:

Watch Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) and friends cover St. Vincent's "Marry Me" after the jump...

Amanda Palmer (and friends) "Marry Me" (St. Vincent cover):


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panda bear's people party



Remember that free Panda Bear DVD? It was never officially released for various legal reasons, but magically, it's made its way to YouTube for our viewing pleasure. Here's part I, featuring "Take Pills," "Song for Ariel," "Good Girl," and more:



Watch part II ("Comfy in Nautica," "Bros," "#1," "Chores," more) and the bonus footage/interview after the jump...

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unrelated:


the pase rock

mp3:
Pase Rock + Diplo The Motherfucking Rave is Over

(via Discobelle)


People Party part II:



People Party Panda Bear interview:


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Friday, October 19, 2007

tonight

Two must-see shows tonight here in DFW: we've mentioned the GvsB presented Man Man show at the Loft, which promises to be insane. We also plan on hitting up this event at the Modern in Fort Worth. Go for the frighteningly life-like sculptures by Ron Mueck, and stay until midnight for the bands/DJs, including St. Vincent, Peter and the Wolf, Sleeping States, Mom, Sober, and more:



mp3:
St. Vincent These Days
Mom Josh Likes Me
Peter and the Wolf Sparks


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marissa nadler on daytrotter



Before you do anything else this morning, head over to Daytrotter.com to download Marissa Nadler's stunning 4-song session, which includes 3 songs from her Songs III: Bird on the Water LP (one of the best of 2007), as well as an unreleased song. Marissa Nadler's album is out on Kemado; here's the record's perfect opening track:

mp3:
Marissa Nadler Diamond Heart

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

lost and found

In a week of fucked up and totally bizarre videos, the new one for Ola Podrida's "Lost and Found" takes the cake. Directed by Todd Rohal (Guatemalan Handshake), and described to me by Ola Podrida frontman David Wingo as "completely fucking insane and demented." I would say that's fair, if a bit of an understatement. David, play for the guy because he loves it, okay?



Ola Podrida are playing CMJ. Check their dates here.

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elsewhere:

Go here to listen to Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Tweedy, and Jim James/Calexico cover Bob Dylan.

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ghostland on conan

And you thought Animal Collective had trouble translating to late night TV. I wonder if the Ghostland dudes felt as weird and awkward doing this as I felt watching it. Regardless of how you feel about these guys, I think we can all agree that 30 Rock is not the time nor place. It's just not the same without the fog and the throngs of screaming girls. At least Conan seemed to love the shiny cape:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

College + new Sigur Ros and Daft Punk singles



The song of the night comes to us from purveyors of dreamy French house, College, with a reworking by London's Russ Chimes. I don't know anything about either of these dudes (aside from the obvious Daft Punk worship), and while this jam is maybe slightly derivative of you know who, it's got some '80s heart that'll make you nostalgic for the days when everyone drove a Countach and rocked a Zack Morris phone.

mp3:
College Teenage Color (Russ Chimes remix)

Via Disco Dust. Hear more from College and Russ Chimes on myspace.


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speaking of daft punk:



Discobelle has the incredible live version of "Harder Better Faster Stronger," taken from Daft Punk's upcoming Alive 2007 live LP, prompting us to further lament missing their North American tour.

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Hopefully you've forgiven Sigur Ros for that whole NPR debacle, because their new single single, "Hjomalind," is beautiful. Written in 1999 during the "Agaetis Byrjun era," it wasn't recorded until earlier this year. It will be released on heavyweight 7" vinyl on October 29, but you can hear it now at the band's myspace.

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we miss you in the summertime

Here's the brand new video for Black Moth Super Rainbow's Air-meets-Strawberry Fields single, "Sun Lips." We've been listening to Dandelion Gum in fairly heavy rotation since we first heard it back in April, so it's already been established that these guys are a little out there -- the record is "loosely based on witches who make candy in the forest" -- but this video is off the charts bizarre. The visuals match the whimsical yet eerily dark nature of the song, though, and floating animal ghosts are always cool.



mp3:
Black Moth Super Rainbow Sun Lips

Download more Black Moth Super Rainbow mp3s here.

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gorilla vs. bear presents: Man Man


photo by Matt

The unstoppable force that is Man Man rolls through Dallas on Friday night, stopping briefly to rock The Loft (check that flier to your left). We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this; if you'd like to attend, shoot us an email at gorillavsbearcontests@gmail.com with "Man Man" in the subject line, and we'll pick 5 winners at random.

mp3:
Man Man Zombie (live)
Man Man Van Helsing Boombox

Other shows at the Loft this week include Earlimart and Caribou. Get tickets here.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

i saw you dancing

This Worried Noodles 2x LP is shaping up to be pretty promising, with great contributions from Grizzly Bear, Liars, Hot Chip, David Byrne, TVOTR, and more. Here's a preview of YACHT's jam on the record, which sounds pretty sweet based on this 40 second snippet. NSFW, if your work frowns upon primitive drawings of boobs:



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elsewhere:

The tracklisting for Cat Power's upcoming Jukebox LP (part of which was recorded here in Dallas) has been announced. Check it here. Although I'm pretty disappointed their version of "Tracks of my Tears" was left off after seeing her perform it in Dallas recently, the cover art more than makes up for it:

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yet even more new Glass Candy again



2007's most generous band, Glass Candy, is offering yet another two more roller-disco anthems for free download on their myspace page. Seems like the duo is posting new songs every week for free, which wouldn't mean much if they weren't so damn consistent. These will appear on their Beatbox Tour CD. Now where's the LP?

mp3:
Glass Candy Life After Sundown
Glass Candy Digital Versicolor

Glass Candy's fall North American tour (including some dates with Architecture in Helsinki) starts Friday in Chicago. They'll hit TX in mid-November.

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Tonight at CMJ:



Two of Austin's finest will be playing over at the Galapagos art space, along with Cheeseburger, Juiceboxxx, and more. This is White Denim's NYC debut, and all their shows are like this, so you should probably go:

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