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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

upside down



Banjo or Freakout's new Upside Down 12" EP comes out soon on Half Machine Records, and all pre-orders get a free exclusive cd-r featuring a handful of remixes, including this one by St. Louis producer Phaseone. Like most of Banjo or Freakout's work, it's dark and brooding and has a ghostly quality that's best suited for late night listening. The last 2:20 or so is especially great, as the song takes on a vaguely familiar '80s vibe:

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banjo or freakout :: mr no (phaseone remix)

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previously:

Coincidentally, both artists have offered their own takes on Burial's transcendent dubstep joint "Archangel" in the past, and we've posted both on separate occasions. Grab them both here:

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banjo or freakout :: archangel (burial cover)
burial :: archangel (phaseone remix)

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Really loving this Atlas Sound live jam (found here, via here), in which Bradford Cox utilizes a great looped sample from the Dovers' 1965 nugget "What Am I Going to Do?" in somewhat Panda Bear-esque fashion:

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atlas sound :: dovers jam (live)

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danger mouse + sparklehorse present: dark night of the soul

Just received this poster in the mail for Danger Mouse + Sparklehorse's upcoming project, Dark Night of the Soul. Features visuals by David Lynch, and guest spots from Julian Casablancas, the Flaming Lips, James Mercer, Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega, Gruff Rhys, Nina Persson, and more...coming Summer 2009.

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bride of the spirits



This song is taken from the new 7" from Mehdi Ameziane, aka twinsistermoon, one half of the duo Natural Snow Buildings. You could've probably convinced me that this hushed, haunting folk ballad was an old Vashti Bunyan demo from the late '60s, if Mehdi wasn't actually French, and a dude:

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twinsistermoon :: bride of the spirts

Twinsistermoon's Bride of the Spirits 7" is out now Dull Knife Records; sold out.

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elsewhere:

woxy has Harlem's SXSW session available for free download here.

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Joanna Newsom, performing as "The Beatles's," debuted new songs over the weekend at the Fernwood Resort in Big Sur:
"It was also interesting to note throughout the set the way Joannas voice has evolved with her fluttering vocal inflections varying between the completely unrestrained and more smoothed over than ever before with the harmonies she preformed being some of the most diversely interesting she’s written. The multi-part harmonies she shared with her band mates (and self for that matter, what an amazing and capable voice) outpace anything she’s recorded yet by far." [more]
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Monday, March 30, 2009

mp3: polly scattergood x the golden filter dub


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The Golden Filter were one of the best acts we saw at SXSW '09 (twice), and while the mysterious crew kept the packed house(s) moving with some pretty great tunes of their own, they're also becoming extremely proficient at banging out phenomenal official remixes for the likes of Cut Copy, Peter Bjorn and John, Little Boots, Empire of the Sun, and others. Here, they work their magic on London pop chaunteuse Polly Scattergood's forthcoming single, "Please Don't Touch," with three different, equally glittering takes:

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polly scattergood :: please don't touch (the golden filter dub mix)

Download the Golden Filter's main remix of Polly Scattergood's "Please Don't Touch" at Pitchfork, and grab the "pop mix" Stereogum.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

strangling good guys



One of our favorite blogs/labels/curators of radness, No Pain In Pop, recently sent over their excellent new compilation album, the aptly titled No Pain In Pop (due out April 6). The comp is meant to serve as an "introduction to all that No Pain In Pop is," by highlighting various bands that are related to NPIP in some degree, including HEALTH, Nite Jewel, Abe Vigoda, Banjo or Freakout, Telepathe, and more. NPIP calls it "an archive of the last twelve months in painful, post-generic pop," and it's all pretty out-there and wonderful, but the track I can't stop listening to is this dreamy, swirling, reverb/hiss-drowned number from London newcomers Trailer Trash Tracys:

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trailer trash tracys :: strangling good guys

The No Pain In Pop compliation is out April 6. Pre-order here. NPIP will also release a single from TTTs on May 18, so look for that.

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elsewhere:

woxy.com just posted the session they recorded with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at SXSW 2009 -- including new song "103" -- for free download here.


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the tough alliance covers the zombies



Not sure how I missed this last week (oh yeah, sxsw), but on Friday, Modular gave away this magical cover of one of my favorite songs from one of the best albums of all time. As Modular puts it, "sweeter than a fistful of fairy floss delivered by a friendly liger":

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the tough alliance :: hung up on a dream (the zombies cover)

thanks to Butter Team for the tip

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songs of shame



I've already mentioned how much I love Woods' latest Captured Tracks 7" -- the b-side in particular -- and the band's stellar new full-length, Songs of Shame, is more of the same simple, breezy, and consistently awesome lo-fi pop (the label calls it road worn/windblown "skeletal psychedelia"). Highlights include the group's killer Graham Nash cover, and the fuzzy, pensively sad backwoods psych-folk ballad "Rain On":

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woods :: rain on

Songs of Shame comes out April 14 on Woodsist. You can also purchase their 7" here; in case you missed this one the first time around:

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woods :: the dark

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

gorilla vs. bear x sirius/xm :: blog radio

Our weekly Sirius XM Blog Radio show airs today at noon Eastern (and again at midnight) on Sirius XMU. This week's episode features brand new music from Phoenix, Night Control, Dum Dum Girls, St. Vincent, Kurt Vile, CFCF, Crystal Stilts, and more. You can listen online with a free trial here. Check this week's playlist + some mp3s after the jump...

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gorilla vs. bear blog radio :: march 26

1. st. vincent :: the strangers
2. night control :: star 131
3. white denim :: wet sand
4. phoenix :: girlfriend
5. fever ray :: when i grow up (version by lissvik)
6. the golden filter :: hide me
7. grizzly bear :: two weeks
8. grizzly bear :: cheerleader
9. here we go magic :: fangela
10. kurt vile :: beach on the moon (recycled lyrics)
11. kurt vile :: my sympathy
12. grouper :: rising height
13. crystal stilts :: love is a wave
14. harlem :: come back jonee (devo cover)
15. king khan & saba lou :: past and gone
16. dirty projectors :: stillness is the move (live at sxsw 2009)
17. the mayfair set :: already warm
18. dum dum girls :: it only takes one nite
19. night control :: no making
20. ariel pink's haunted grafitti :: can't hear my eyes
21. dum dum girls :: baby don't go
22. la roux :: in for the kill (skream remix)
23. burial :: archangel
24. the streets :: blinded by the lights (unknown dubstep bootleg)
25. DOOM :: that's that
26. bullion :: time for us all to love
27. CFCF :: you hear colours
28. grizzly bear :: while you wait for the others

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

where the wild things are x the arcade fire

Featuring a different (new?) version of "Wake Up":



UPDATE: watch in HD here (recommended, obviously)

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Q-Tip is giving away the new remix for "We Fight/We Love," featuring Consequence and a rapping Kanye West:

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q-tip :: we fight/we love (remix feat. kanye + consequence)

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video: department of eagles :: "no one does it like you"

Directed by Patrick Daughters, who also helmed Grizzly Bear's upcoming "Two Weeks" video:



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department of eagles :: no one does it like you

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grizzly bear + victoria legrand :: "two weeks" (live at sxsw)

One of the more memorable moments we experienced at SXSW '09: Grizzly Bear is joined by Beach House's Victoria Legrand on Veckatimest standout "Two Weeks," live at Cedar Street Courtyard:



[via YANP]

Previously: photos from the evening

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celebration decides to give away all their music for free



Baltimore's Celebration have decided to cut out the middle man (4AD, in their case) and release all of their music for free. In the band's words:
We as Celebration, have felt the continual growth of web culture's need for barrier-free exchange. We also feel that the traditional methods of releasing music have put too much distance between us...Our plan and experiment is to post new songs monthly, as we create and record them. Under the creative commons attribution non-commercial share alike license, all of our new music will be free to download on our new website. When we have enough music for an album, we will release it on vinyl for those who want to have something to hold. As artists we can only stand for our music, our art, our creation. So here it is--laid bare.
Read their entire manifesto and download two new songs, including "I Will Not Fall," here.

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celebration :: i will not fall

[via beach house]

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

you hear colours

Here's the new video for CFCF's "You Hear Colours," taken from his awesome, extremely limited double A-side white vinyl 7" single that we mentioned a while back (out now on Acephale). The fitting clip was put together by Dallas' own Tommy Boy, using footage from Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, NASA, and National Geographic.



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CFCF :: you hear colours

Like Acephale's first release (SALEM's debut 7"), the single is almost sold out, so get it here before it's gone.

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panda bear x gang gang dance

A "shit-res" video for Panda Bear's "Take Pills," with visuals and weird reversed/pitch-shifted sounds by Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw:



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stillness is the move



We ran into our friends from Stereogum down at SXSW, and they couldn't stop raving about the new jams they'd just heard from GvsBooze alums Dirty Projectors during the Pitchfork/Windish Bash at Emo's earlier in the week. Turns out the gushing was warranted, at least based on this NPR live recording of oddly accessible and moving R&B jam/upcoming first single from Bitte Orca/current set closer, "Stillness Is The Move" [via]:

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dirty projectors :: stillness is the move (live at sxsw)

Stream the Dirty Projectors' full set from the group's March 19 SXSW showcase at the Parish here. The Stillness Is The Move single is out April 21 on Domino, with the LP to follow in June.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

mp3: new dum dum girls :: "it only takes one nite"

Here's another new driving buzzsaw of a tune from L.A.'s Dum Dum Girls, who, despite being m.i.a. from SXSW, was the subject of more than one overheard conversation down in Austin last week. She tells me this is a song about being left behind, so while her infectious melodies and sublime girl-group harmonies are still in full effect here, they're a little more desolate and further down the well:

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dum dum girls :: it only takes one nite

No word on when this song will be officially released, but DDG still has a limited number of her excellent Yours Alone 12" EP available here. "Catholicked" and "Yours Alone" sound particularly awesome on vinyl.

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unrelated:

Essential listening for this balmy spring evening: Italians Do It Better/Troubleman label-head Mike Simonetti just posted up a new African Connection mix, made up of "mostly African disco lps and 45's mixed with some Caribbean and Jamaican tunes in there for good measure..." No tracklist available, but there's some incredible stuff here, and Simonetti's offering up any 3 Italians releases if you can name all the tracks (you can't):

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mike simonetti :: african connection mix (70 mb)

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takeaway show :: sigur ros



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sxsw 2009 :: photo recap


black lips x andre williams


the golden filter @ gorilla vs. booze


king khan


vivian girls @ hot freaks


the rosebuds @ hot freaks


girls @ gorilla vs. booze


harlem @ hot freaks


nite jewel @ wsjr x gvsb party


the black lips


wavves


harlem @ gorilla vs. booze


fight bite @ wsjr x gvsb party


wavves @ gorilla vs. booze


king khan + the shrines


dog @ wsjr x gvsb party

sxsw 2009 photos by david and pooneh ghana. more after the jump...

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girls @ hot freaks


harlem @ hot freaks


late of the pier


har mar superstar


vivian girls @ hot freaks


nite jewel @ wsjr x gvsb party


white denim @ gorilla vs. booze


eugene mirman


the grates @ hot freaks


the strange boys


girls @ hot freaks


joe :: black lips


vivian girls @ hot freaks

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

wavves vs. the british railway council

Thanks to whomever left this in the comments: Wavves' "No Hope Kids" soundtracks a creepy British railroad safety PSA from 1977, in which the moral of the story appears to be that playing on the tracks is really fun until everyone dies:



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related:

HRO blogs about Wavves, a "chill bro who plays gigs in comfortable sports wear."

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the chameleon


glass candy [photo]

Sweden's Johan Agebjörn sent us his new remix of Glass Candy's "The Chameleon," which is slated to appear on Lo Recordings' forthcoming Milky Disco 2 compilation, featuring the likes of Nite Jewel, CFCF, Soft Circle, Windsurf, and more. Agebjörn tells us this is the first official remix of any song from the cosmic disco duo, and while it starts off very similar to the original, things get interesting just after the 2:00 mark as the song begins to evolve into what Agebjörn calls "dubby ambient-disco."

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glass candy :: the chameleon (johan agebjörn remix)

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Here's the second new video from French eccentric/perv Sebastien Tellier in as many weeks. These two screen caps provide a pretty accurate summary of the whole clip. Good song, but I'd stay away from the "Sebastien Milk Flavour" yogurt:



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Saturday, March 21, 2009

sxsw photos :: grizzly bear + beach house | live at cedar street courtyard





















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