Trials + Tribulations

November 30, 2009, 11:39 am
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If you were to ask me something I’m really excited about, I would probably say seeing my dog Cola again in December. If you were to ask me about something I’m really excited for next year, I’d probably say the new Spoon record, Transference.

Cop the cool album cover, the tracklist, and listen to the first single “Written in Reverse” done live. “Reverse” will be on iTunes tomorrow.

01 Before Destruction
02 Is Love Forever?
03 The Mystery Zone
04 Who Makes Your Money
05 Written in Reverse
06 I Saw the Light
07 Trouble Comes Running
08 Goodnight Laura
09 Out Go the Lights
10 Got Nuffin
11 Nobody Gets Me But You

Drunken Maria
November 23, 2009, 11:29 am
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How’s this for cool news? Gossip and groundbreaking band The Raincoats share this slab of 7″ vinyl to cover the phenomenal The Monks.

1. Gossip – Drunken Maria
2. The Raincoats – Monk Chant

If you don’t know anything about the Monks, they were a group of GI’s stationed in Germany in the 60’s who decided to form a band and made some way-before-their-time sounds.

♫ The Monks – Drunken Maria
♫  The Monks – Monk Chant (Live)

You can download the mp3s on iTunes or order the 7″ from PlayLoud.

Red Tide
November 18, 2009, 1:55 pm
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I’ve already watched this three times in about ten minutes.

♫ Neko Case – Red Tide

November 18, 2009, 12:25 pm
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You might have heard Solange Knowles’ cover of Dirty Projectors’ indie-r & b smash hit “Stillness is the Move” but now White Rainbow, ex-label mate of the Dirty P’s presents his “double-dipped, flanged and screwed,” slowed-down version of the Solange cover. You can check it out on his Tumblr, it’s pretty great.

And you might have recognized the beat on Solange’s cover is taken from Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady,” which is below if you haven’t heard it (you should).

I Can’t Wait
November 18, 2009, 11:12 am
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So here’s a little bit of news for all you Hercules & Love Affair fans desperate for any news (there isn’t a lot).

You might remember that they put together a mix of a bunch of obscure disco songs but also snuck in their own new track “I Can’t Wait.” At the beginning of December they’re going to release that song as an exclusive single to celebrate their upcoming tour in Mexico and Europe. These are the first live dates in a long time for the band, so if you’re in any of these cities, don’t hesitate to go.

Thu 19 – Salon Covadonga – Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, MX
Sat 21 – Antigua Aceitera  –  Juan Manuel Vallarta, Guadalajara, JA

Fri 4 – Casa da Musica – Porto, Portugal
Sat 5 –  Club Lux – Lisbon, Portugal
Sun 6 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland
Wed 9 – Hafen 2 – Frankfurt, Germany
Thu 10 – Berghain – Berlin, Germany
Fri 11 – Fabric – London, UK
Sat 12 – Tripod – Dublin, Ireland

Also, Andy of H&LA put together this remix of Lady Gaga’s so-awful-it’s-catchy “Bad Romance” so check that out too (if you dare).

♫ Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (Hercules & Love Affair Remix)

November 17, 2009, 12:14 pm
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Check out the first “single” from Beach House’s upcoming Sub Pop debut Teen Dream.

♫ Norway

Harvest Festival
November 16, 2009, 2:56 pm
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goddardI haven’t mentioned Joe Goddard of Hot Chip’s solo project yet, have I? Well I don’t know much about it except that his album Harvest Festival is out featuring the first single “Apple Bobbing.” I haven’t heard anything from the album except this remix by Four Tet of the single.

You can buy the Apple Bobbing 12″ or digital download from Greco-Roman Records.

PS sorry about the lack of mp3 downloads/new artist posts. I haven’t been feeling like blogging lately! This is what cold weather does to me.

Four for Friday
November 13, 2009, 1:22 pm
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St. Thunder
November 12, 2009, 3:15 pm
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thundervincentYou might have heard of the comedy duo ThunderAnt, aka SNL’s Fred Armisen and ex-Sleater-Kinney/current NPR blogger Carrie Brownstein. They’ve done several hilariously quotable videos, and now it looks like they’re ready for a music video!

According to their Facebook page, St. Vincent played at the Women and Women First bookstore (from ThunderAnt’s videos “Feminist Bookstore” which you can see on their website).  This was back in September, so hopefully the video will surface one of these days.

♫ St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work

Fred isn’t a stranger to music videos, check out the hilarious video he and Paper Heart star Charlene Yi did for Man Man’s “Rabbit Habits.”

Dear God, I Hate Myself
November 12, 2009, 11:25 am
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deargodihatemyselfHere’s some more info about Xiu Xiu‘s new album Dear God, I Hate Myself out next year. That’s the cover art and the tracklist is below.

1. Gray Death
2. Chocolate Makes You Happy
3. Apple for a Brain
4. House Sparrow
5. Hyunhye’s Theme
6. Dear God, I Hate Myself
7. Secret Motel
8. Falkland Rd.
9. The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10. Cumberland Gap
11. This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12. Impossible Feeling