Trials + Tribulations

Sweat Dreams 4

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High Places – You in 40 Years
Universal Studios Florida – Moon Bungalow (ft. Blind Man’s Colour)
Balmorhea – Elegy
The Fresh & Onlys – I Saw Him
The Mantles – Look Away
Bosque Brown – Phone Call
JJ – Me & Dean
Kings of Convenience – Scars on Land
Thee Oh Sees – The Sun Goes All Around
Ah Holly Fam’ly – Rainstick
Phoenix – Rome (Neighbors remix)

July Flame
September 30, 2009, 9:46 am
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julyflameWe’re dying to hear more about (and from) Laura Veirs’s seventh (!!!) record July Flame, to be released sometime in 2010. With artwork by Carson Ellis (of Decemberists’ fame) and these rave reviews, it will surely be a record to compete with next year.

“Laura’s like the queen bee and my ear is her hive; she nests and makes honey in the hairs of my cochlea.”
-Jim James of My Morning Jacket

“The best album of 2010.”
-Colin Meloy of the Decemberists

When the World Comes to an End
September 29, 2009, 11:34 am
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You’ve undoubtedly seen this clip already this morning, but in case you haven’t, it’s the Dirty Projectors playing a new song called “When the World Comes to an End.” There’s some amazing harmonies happening between the girls so be sure to check it out.

Sweet Serenades
September 28, 2009, 12:01 pm
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How could I not post on these guys? The Sweet Serenades have an awesome picture, they’re from Sweden, and their music is infectious. The Stockholm duo recently released their album Balcony Cigarettes on Leon Records. The first single “On My Way” is a rollicking foot-mover reminiscent of White Denim.

♫ The Sweet Serenades – On My Way

You can listen to the whole album on MySpace, which I definitely suggest you do if you want to start this week off right.

Buy Balcony Cigarettes on iTunes

Real Estate
September 23, 2009, 11:21 am
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realestateNew Jersey’s Real Estate is a band turning heads lately with their hazy pop riding the coattails of summer. The guys all have a few different bands, but together they’re releasing their self-titled debut LP on Woodsist, November 17. Take a listen to one of the tracks off the album, which is really making my day.

♫ Beachcomber

Free Rakes
September 23, 2009, 10:19 am
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Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited about The Rakes’ upcoming US tour in support of Klang! the other day it was announced that DFA upstarts Free Energy will be coming along for the ride.

Free Energy just released their debut EP on iTunes yesterday, so go and grab that!

Expect lots of dancing going on at these dates:

09/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Phi Lam
10/02: Haverford, PA @ Lunt Basement
10/07: Beijing, China @ Modern Sky Festival (w/The Futureheads & British Seapower)
10/21: New York, NY @ Santos Partyhouse – CMJ Oh My Rockness Showcase
10/22: New York, NY @ Pianos – CMJ Windish Agency Showcase
10/24: London, UK @ Cargo (DFA Night)
10/26: London, UK @ Barfly
10/27: London, UK @ Rough Trade Records (Hoxton) In-Store (Early Show)/Waterats (Late Show)
10/28: London, UK @ Windmill
10/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy*
11/01: San Francisco, CA @ Slims*
11/03: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge*
11/04: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird*
11/06: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock*
11/07: Chicago, IL @ Double Door*
11/09: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club*
11/10: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus*
11/11: Boston, MA @ Great Scott*
11/12: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom*
11/19: Dallas, TX @ The Cavern
11/20: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11/21: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/23: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/24: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/25: Washington, DC @ DC9, set TBA
11/27: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

* w/ the Rakes

September 22, 2009, 7:06 pm
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kidsisterI assume you’ve all heard about Kid Sister, from her collab with Kanye “Pro Nails” or her own stuff like “Get Fresh” and “Family Reunion,” she’s makin’ a name for herself.

But what she didn’t have was an album. It’s been delayed since early this year, and renamed, but it’s finally coming. Ultraviolet is due November 17th, and the tracklist looks something like this:

♫ Right Hand Hi
2. Life On TV
3. Big n Bad
4. Step (feat. Estelle)
5. Let Me Bang 2009
6. Pro Nails (feat. Kanye West)
7. Daydreaming (feat. Cee-Lo)
8. Switch Board (feat. DJ Gant-Man)
9. 54321
10. Get Fresh
11. You Ain’t Really Down
12. Control