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Saturday, August 30, 2008

it's okay



You guys seemed to like that Fan Death stuff from the other day as much as I did, so here's another track that's available for free download on the group's myspace page. "When the Money's Right" is a pulsing, cinematic instrumental, and like the duo's exceptional first single, "Veronica's Veil," it's the live strings that really set it apart:

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I've been inexplicably singing this jam all day, so I thought I'd dig up the video, which I hadn't seen since it was in rotation on BET for like a week back in the day. In addition to the impossibly infectious hook, this song features one of Andre 3000's most absurd (and underrated) verses ever, and his cameo here is just ridiculous. Anyone know what happened to this guy?



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Banksy in New Orleans (via YANP)

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Friday, August 29, 2008

video: Lykke Li live on Conan

There was quite a bit going on last night, so chances are you missed Lykke Li's national television debut. Also, if you haven't heard the Punks Jump Up remix of this song that I posted the other day, I highly recommend it:



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radiohead + high places + the streets

If you missed the Radiohead webcast last night from Santa Barbara, here's Thom Yorke's solo performance of The Eraser standout "Cymbal Rush," which kicked off the first encore:



More from the webcast here.

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high places (photo)

High Places have gone and made the prettiest song on their forthcoming self-titled debut LP available for free download. Here's the dreamy album-closer, which has already become a staple on our Sirius Blog Radio show:

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high places :: from stardust to sentience

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Sounds like this new album from The Streets is shaping up nicely. Here's the new video for the title track, "Everything is Borrowed":



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Thursday, August 28, 2008

radiohead to webcast tonight's santa barbara show...


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...according to Colin's latest post on dead air space. This is the last show on the current U.S. tour (and probably the last U.S. date for quite some time), so anyone that missed the band this time around should probably check it out. I assume it will be streaming in a few hours at www.radiohead.tv.

EDIT: the broadcast is now live, the band took the stage just after 10:50 PM EST. Only about a 3 minute overlap with Obama's incredible speech.

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fan death



Some of my favorite online destinations have been raving about a sultry new disco-pop group called Fan Death. While the jams on their myspace are all pretty consistently sexy, "Veronica's Veil" is the obvious "hit" (12" coming soon): a string-laden after-hours gem with an authentic retro-disco feel, the song sounds like the most spellbinding Italians Do It Better single of the year. It's new(er), darker, vaguely Knife-like song "The Constellations," though, that's been on repeat all day, rendering me enamored with the mysterious duo. Hopefully we'll be hearing more from these two in the near future.

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fan death :: veronica's veil
fan death :: the constellations

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Looks like Radiohead may be planning some sort of webcast for later in the day. Stay tuned, if you care about that sort of thing.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

graceful, in the morning light

Two young girls from Sweden who call themselves First Aid Kit -- Klara is 15, and Johanna is 17, and they've recently signed to the Knife's Rabid Records -- cover Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" in a Swedish forest. I'm generally not a big fan of covers, but at the risk of being banished from Blogville, I think I like this better than the original. I like my pastoral folk to be mad pastoral (via):



And here's the mp3, apparently ripped directly from the video:

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first aid kit :: tiger mountain peasant song (fleet foxes cover)

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new walkmen video :: "in the new year"

P4k.tv had themselves a good week. First that 3-parter thing with Beach House in a basement, and now the premiere of this perfectly appropriate new video for the Walkmen's best single since "The Rat," with Hamilton Leithauser starring as the "I Like Turtles" kid in director Norman Coady's awesome old-timey horror flick:



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new Air France video :: "collapsing at your doorstep"

Not sure if this is the official video for Air France's sublime "Collapsing At Your Doorstep," but based on the imagery remaining pretty consistent with other Sincerely Yours vids, I'm going to go with a firm "probably." Either way, it's another chance to listen to one of the best songs of this year (if you're still not paying attention). Plus, I happen to find watching those wind turbine generator things pretty relaxing:



(watch hi-res version here)

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air france :: collapsing at your doorstep

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new lykke li :: "breaking it up (punks jump up remix)"



Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent in this new Lykke Li remix, which finds her latest single "Breaking It Up" transformed into a euphoric club anthem by London's Punks Jump Up, creators of that great "Young Folks" remix from two years ago (almost to the day). I feel like this is probably the most eminently danceable reworking of a Lykke Li track yet, including that solid DFA remix I posted a couple weeks back; step-by-step instructional video here:

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lykke li :: breaking it up (punks jump up remix)

[purchase the "Breaking It Up" single here]

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i'll find you and i'll kill you

Here's the surreal new video for Chad VanGaalen's "Molten Light" -- taken from his excellent new Soft Airplane LP -- featuring some disturbing visuals, brought to life by Mr. VanGaalen himself. If you're unfamiliar, the dude is obsessed with death, murder, and revenge:



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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

new TV On The Radio :: "dancing choose"

Here's the latest song to surface from TVOTR's new Dear Science LP (out Sept. 23). "Dancing Choose" finds Tunde Adebimpe essentially rapping frantically about a dude that "gets his ideas from a newspaper stand" and whose decisions are "underwritten by the cash in his hand." Rolling Stone calls the song the band's answer to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It." Unfortunately, I can't stand that song, and this one didn't blow me away upon first listen either. But, it is growing on me, and it sounds like it could definitely evolve into bona fide banger status when performed live, with Tunde's elbows flying all over the place as an accompanying visual. Stream it here before it's gone.

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mp3: radiohead covers neil young

Thom Yorke + Jonny Greenwood played Neil Young's classic "Tell Me Why" last night in Hollywood. The video would be slightly better if that kid would shut up, but still not a bad clip. EDIT: now with better quality video + mp3:



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(video + mp3 via ateaseweb)

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handsome furs added to monolith festival lineup



Montreal's Handsome Furs have just been added to an already stacked Sunday Monolith Fest lineup at Red Rocks, joining Justice, TV On The Radio, Band of Horses, Sharon Jones, CSS, Akron/Family, the Kills, and many others. I have sort of a newfound appreciation for Dan's genius after seeing Wolf Parade play a lot of his new material in Dallas recently, so I'm pretty excited about seeing his other band in such a beautiful venue. Handsome Furs go on at 3:45 PM.

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handsome furs :: what we had
handsome furs :: cannot get, started
wolf parade :: language city



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The Monolith Fest lineup also features Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy, Del, White Denim, Holy Fuck, the Muslims, and more. Buy tix here.

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beach house :: "holy dances" live in juan's basement

As you may know, I never get tired of Beach House live videos. Pitchfork.tv has posted the first two segments of their three part series with Victoria + Alex, featuring the band playing live in Juan's Basement. Here's Devotion standout "Holy Dances"; watch the clip for "Gila" here:



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new Vivian Girls :: "surfing away"


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NYC's Vivian Girls stopped in Indy recently to record a few live jams for MOKB's Sirius show, and Dodge kindly hooked us up with the premiere of this brand new song that the girls debuted during the session. This recording of "Surfing Away" sounds like a Spector girl-group bubbling up from the bottom of a well, which only adds to the charm of their timeless, spooky/sweet harmonies:

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Vivian Girls play the last show ever at McCarren Pool on Saturday with Sonic Youth. Download the rest of their MOKB/Blog Radio session -- including another new song, and two from their stellar debut LP -- here.

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The girls posted this video of their recent set at Brooklyn's Death By Audio on their blog:



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Here's the full new video for Yeezy's "Good Morning," featuring a sweet animated Delorean:

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Monday, August 25, 2008

gvsb sirius blog radio :: august 25

Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. New stuff this week from Department of Eagles, White Denim, VEGA, Empire Of The Sun, Blaqstarr, the Walkmen, Girls, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

gorilla vs. bear sirius blog radio :: august 25

1. Department of Eagles :: No One Does It Like You
2. Daniel Rossen :: Too Little Too Late
3. White Denim :: Sitting
4. VEGA :: All Too Vivid
5. Gang Gang Dance :: House Jam
6. Burial :: Archangel
7. Empire of the Sun :: Walking on a Dream
8. The Sleepy Jackson :: Good Dancers
9. Pnau :: Embrace feat. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke and Miami Horror remix)
10. RATATAT :: Mumtaz Khan
11. RATATAT :: Wildcat
12. Ghostface Killah :: Run (RATATAT remix)
13. M83 :: Kim & Jesse
14. The Tough Alliance vs. Taken By Trees :: Taken Too Young
15. Quiet Village :: Free Rider
16. The Cool Kids :: Pennies
17. Clipse :: Hello New World
18. Dr. Octagon :: Earth People
19. Deerhoof :: Matchbook Seeks Maniac
20. St. Vincent :: These Days
21. The Walkmen :: On the Water
22. Blaqstarr :: Bang Hard
23. Hollertronix :: Staring at the Sun
24. Santogold x Diplo :: LES Artistes (xxxchange remix feat. Movado)
25. Girls :: Lauren Marie
26. Ariel Pink :: Politely Declined
27. Karl Blau :: Mockingbird Diet

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madlib's dil cosby suite

Stones Throw keeps quietly dropping dope shit via their new webstore, with the latest gem being an advance digital release of the 5th installment of Madlib's esteemed Beat Konducta series. This one -- the awesomely titled Dil Cosby Suite -- is Madlib + J Rocc's tribute to the late, great J Dilla. I had this on repeat for hours last night, and if you like this flawless, album-closing jam, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll dig the whole record, which is made up of just over 30 minutes of one unstoppable Donuts-esque beat after another.

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madlib :: anthenagin (?)

Madlib's Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite is officially out on CD/LP on October 28, but you can get it now digitally in 320 kbps mp3 format here (and it's well worth the $8.99).

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

my morning jacket x erykah badu :: live in dallas

It's no secret that Dallas native Erykah Badu is a fixture at just about every respectable hip-hop show that rolls through town. I've seen her join in on performances by Outkast, Digable Planets, Common, the Roots, and others over the last 10 years or so. But if I would've known that Ms. Badu was going to show up at the Palladium last night to help out on My Morning Jacket's cover of her live fave "Tyrone," I totally would've actually gone. David was there, and he says Badu and the MMJs straight brought it. Check his photos, as well as a video & mp3 of the collab, below:


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jim james + badu

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unreleased del the funkee homosapien :: "30 30"


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Someone sent me a new Del "leak pack" with an unreleased track called "30 30" (not to be confused with "3030"). I hesitate to call this new, because, a. it sounds like he's just freestyling over a tossed-off beat from the mid '90s, b. i'm pretty sure some of these lyrics ended up on other Del joints, and c. he drops a Pinky & the Brain reference. Still, the flow is vintage Del, reminding me why I'm so psyched to see the guy at Monolith/ACL/here in Dallas next month.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

t.i. x kanye x jay-z x weezy x m.i.a. :: "swagger like us"


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After the novelty of hearing four of the world's best MCs rap over an M.I.A. sample wears off, turns out this isn't that great. Download the mp3 here.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

walking on a dream

As a huge fan of both the Sleepy Jackson's first record, and of basically everything I've heard from dynamic Aussie duo Pnau, I was happy to hear the two are collaborating on a side project called Empire of the Sun. They've got a record due in October; here's the colorful video (filmed in Shanghai) for lead single "Walking on a Dream," a blissfully dreamy dance-pop gem that'd make a nice addition to any late summer evening playlist:

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the cool kids :: live in dallas


the cool kids




sober x ricky blaze


chuck inglish




mikey





Photos by David. More after the jump...


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taken by sweetness



Sweden's Air France, architects of one of my favorite releases of 08, have reworked Taken By Trees' great new summer single "Sweetness." Not the first time an already beautiful song of Ms. Bergsman's has been enhanced by a Sincerely Yours band, as the Tough Alliance's version of "Too Young" was one of the best songs of last year. Listen to "The Sweetness of Air France" here, and buy the 7" here.

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air france :: collapsing at your doorstep

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Air France contributed a sweet little summertime "Roof Top Music" mix -- featuring songs from Quiet Village, St. Etienne, Aeroplane, and more -- to this site. Here's the mp3; check the full tracklist here. Highly recommended for your lazy August evenings:

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

new cool kids :: "the delivery man"



Reminder: The Cool Kids play tonight in Dallas at the Granada. Flosstradamus, Ricky Blaze, and Dallas' own the Party will be in the building as well. Also, it's free, and it looks like you can still RSVP here. In related news, the Cool Kids debuted a new song called "The Delivery Man" today on some new label that's somehow affiliated with Mountain Dew (extreme!), and you can download it for free here.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

gorilla vs. bear presents :: RATATAT



Last time these dudes rolled through town, we brought you the official afterparty, but this time, we're proud to present the real deal: RATATAT, live at Dallas' Granada Theater on September 16. The shit sold out last time the duo played in Dallas, but we've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this one, so hit us up at gorillavsbearcontests@gmail.com if you want 'em. If you're feeling unlucky, you can always buy tix here before they're gone.

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ratatat :: shiller
ratatat :: mirando
notorious b.i.g. :: party & bullshit (ratatat remix)

[flyer by david]

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new gang gang dance :: "house jam"



I've been pretty anxious to hear the album version of "House Jam," the first single from Gang Gang Dance's upcoming Saint Dymphna LP, since hearing what xxxchange did with the song a few weeks back. I mentioned then that this is what it might sound like if Timbaland produced the Knife, and I'm happy to report that the original is just as danceable (and immediately infectious and accessible) as xxxchange's banger. Download it over at fluxblog.

And, in case you missed the remix the first time around:

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gang gang dance :: house jam (xxxchange remix)

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shake

Okay, let's try this again. Here's the new video for White Denim's latest UK single, "Shake Shake Shake," featuring a new and improved (and significantly dirtier) tripped-out mix of the song. Hopefully it's up for good this time:



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white denim :: mess your hair up

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

new Department of Eagles :: "no one does it like you"



Department of Eagles' new LP In Ear Park has been on repeat around here over the last few days, and apparently Ed Droste is into the record too (although he might be a little biased). The new album version of "No One Does It Like You, which we've blogged numerous times over the last year or so in its various incarnations (hell, the rough demo version was one of my favorite songs of last year), is amazing, and hints at the warm, nostalgic glow that Fred Nicolaus + Daniel Rossen have cast all over In Ear Park:

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department of eagles :: no one does it like you

In Ear Park was recorded by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, and is out October 7 on 4AD. Pre-order now and receive the No One Does It Like You 7" (pictured above), which comes complete with Rossen's great JoJo cover on the B-side.

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daniel rossen :: too little too late (jojo cover)


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Clipse, St. Vincent, The National, more to play Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest


st. vincent, ostensibly preparing for Fun Fun Fun

Also, motherfucking Kool Keith! Yes. GvsB is unbelievably psyched to be a media sponsor of Austin's FFFFest for the second year in a row. Other highlights include Deerhoof, Bad Brains, Atmosphere, Islands, and the list goes on...Our good friends over at Austinist have the incredibly diverse full lineup.

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the walkmen :: "on the water" (live on Fox News)

Awkward...but helpful, if you weren't sure what the Walkmen are...



Watch it here.

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Also, I found this clip of the band playing "In the New Year" in some dude's basement. No further information on when/where this video was filmed, but man, I can't wait to see the band play their new stuff live in October...



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the walkmen :: in the new year

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new TV On The Radio :: "golden age"

One of the bands I was already pretty psyched about seeing at next month's Monolith Festival is TVOTR, and the first jam from their upcoming Dear Science LP (streaming over at their website) only adds to my excitement. The first thing about "Golden Age" that grabbed me is that filthy-ass bassline, but after reading a couple writeups on the track, I've yet to see anyone mention that it sure sounds like that's Kyp singing lead on this one, not Tunde. Then again, I'm wrong a lot. Anyone? [EDIT: it's definitely Kyp.]

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Monday, August 18, 2008

premiere: VEGA :: "all too vivid"



VEGA is the brand new project from Alan Palomo, ex-Ghosthustler frontman, and the kid mostly responsible for that group's small but impressive body of twinkling '80s Euro synth-pop jams. He's off to a swimming start on this first VEGA joint, which will be released in 12" format on new Austin/NYC label Vogue College Records. For me, Palomo's work sits head and shoulders above most of the run-of-the-mill "blog house" (WTF is bl0g house?) that's cluttering up the electro-blogosphere, thanks in large part to his self-assured, unstoppable signature vocal delivery, his legit retro-futuristic production steez, and most importantly, an uncanny and consistently tight pop songwriting sensibility. Alan hooked us (and our homies at Discodust) up with this, the cinematic and unabashedly romantic first single:

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VEGA :: all too vivid

Look for future VEGA contributions on upcoming projects from Todd Edwards, as well as the upcoming Miami Horror EP.

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blaqstarr + rye rye

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premiere: White Denim :: "Sitting"


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After releasing their stellar Workout Holiday LP in the UK to unequivocally glowing reviews, then proceeding to tear up clubs all over Europe, TX's White Denim is finally set to release their self-produced Exposion LP here in the states in November on Austin's young Transmission label. I might've gone on enough about how much I love these dudes over the last couple years, so let's just say that Exposion fully embodies this band's raw power and earnest, soulful approach, and is undeniably one of the best records that will be released this year. Here's the album's glorious closing anthem:

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white denim :: sitting

Exposion arrives November 3 on Transmission. The band will play both the Monolith and ACL festivals in September before heading abroad for the Iceland Airwaves fest in October.

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Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. New stuff this week from High Places, Fight Bite, The Cool Kids, Harlem, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

gorilla vs. bear sirius blog radio :: august 18

1. The Walkmen :: On the Water
2. White Denim :: Sitting
3. Harlem :: South of France
4. Arch M :: 21st Union
5. Grouper :: Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
6. Burial :: Shell of Light
7. El Guincho :: Fata Morgana
8. J Dilla :: Last Donut of the Night
9. Air France :: Collapsing at Your Doorstep
10. Gang Gang Dance :: House Jam (xxxchange remix)
11. Terror Bird :: Shame is on Your Side
12. The Knife :: Silent Shout
13. Women :: Black Rice
14. Adrian Orange :: While You Live
15. Chairlift :: Planet Health
16. Quiet Village :: Free Rider
17. RATATAT :: Mumtaz Khan
18. Mujava :: Township Funk (edit)
19. The Cool Kids :: Pennies
20. Department of Eagles :: No One Does it Like You
21. Chad VanGaalen :: Willow Tree
22. Panda Bear :: Untitled (Song for Ariel)
23. High Places :: From Stardust to Sentience
24. Fight Bite :: Widow's Peak
25. Tenlons Fort :: Ghost on a Hill
26. Kleerup feat. Lykke Li :: Until We Bleed (cello version)
27. Sufjan Stevens :: Redford
28. Sufjan Stevens :: Vito's Ordination Song
29. Fight Bite :: Swissex Lover

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

new atlas sound :: "holiday"



Thanks to the commenter who alerted me to Bradford Cox's updates on the Deerhunter blog, including a new virtual 7" that features a pretty, but perversely dark, little pop ditty called "Holiday." The real news, though, is Bradford's response to a kid who apparently raided his Mediafire folder (which Bradford mistakenly left unprotected) and leaked the demos from Atlas Sound's upcoming Logos LP, as well as Deerhunter's Weird Era Cont., which was the "surprise" that Cox hinted would be included with the physical release of Microcastle. Oh, and there were apparently some childhood photos of Bradford in there too. Ouch. The Weezy-quoting Cox has some choice words for the offender(s), which he drops in a pair of uncomfortable and intensely personal blog posts. Lost in all this, of course, is the fact that "Holiday," although fucked up and a little scary, is actually a really good song:

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UPDATE: In a post titled "Logos (R.I.P.) 2007-2008" that has since been removed, Bradford posted a link to download Logos and basically says he's going to scrap the album altogether: "Fuck this shit. I can just make another album. It's not finished and now it never will be."

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Friday, August 15, 2008

beach house on black cab sessions

A beautiful new Black Cab Session, in which B-more's Beach House plays a stark acoustic version of Devotion standout "Heart of Chambers; no further description required:



(this new player they're using might take a minute to load, but it's well worth it)

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oddities



I already mentioned this thing briefly about a month ago, but Ariel Pink's weird-as-all-hell rarities compilation ODDITTIES SODOMIES VOL. 1 is available now here on black/pink vinyl. Or, for a little more $, you can order straight from Ariel, and get a one-of-a-kind handmade cover like the one pictured above, crafted by Geneva Jacuzzi. While the compilation -- made up mostly of demos and outtakes, with a few unreleased jams mixed in -- probably isn't an ideal starting point for non-fans, I personally can't get enough of this guy's haunting and often unexpectedly affecting experiments in lo-fi AM pop.

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ariel pink :: suicide notes

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Here are a couple more of those custom covers...view them all here.



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