Trials + Tribulations

April 27, 2010, 6:42 pm
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I’ve been kicking around the new Caribou record Swim and I gotta say it’s one of my favorites this year, and that’s saying a lot for this year! Can’t believe it’s only April. Anyway, here’s the lead-off track from the album as reinterpreted by Junior Boys.

Caribou – Odessa (Junior Boys Remix)

Swim is out now on Merge Records.

Drunk Girls
April 26, 2010, 9:05 pm
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Love it or hate it, LCD Soundsystem’s “Drunk Girls” is the first single from This is Happening. It’ll be getting the remix treatment when the single is released (Juno lists a 7″ and 12″ due out May 17th, the same day as the album release). Labelmates and peers Holy Ghost! gave the track a glossy electro makeover, replacing the punky guitars with shimmering synths.

LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls (Holy Ghost! Remix)

If you haven’t heard This is Happening you can stream the whole album on DFA’s website now. The video for the song is below, directed by Spike Jonze.

April 21, 2010, 9:39 am
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You’re probably already very aware that this last Saturday was annual Record Store Day, a virtual holiday for music enthusiasts. There were lots of exclusive by everyone’s favorite bands on all different formats. Vinyl was king, with several bands releasing exclusive 7″s and 12″ singles to whet your appetite. Brooklyn’s Yeasayer took the opportunity to release the 12″ single “O.N.E.” from this year’s album Odd Blood backed with an xxxchange remix of the track, an instrumental and, most interesting to me, a demo.

The demo version of O.N.E. isn’t just a crappy quality, 4-tracked version of the song, but an entirely different direction. The song follows a more direct line of sound from their debut All Hour Cymbals, before all the wonky electronic sounds were layered over the song. Give it a listen, and you’ll probably be as fond of it as you were of anything from AHC.

O.N.E. (Demo Version)

They’re on tour in the US now, and you can read their tour blog or see them when they roll through your town (they hit here in SLC on Friday!)

All That You Have is Not What You Own
April 20, 2010, 6:17 pm
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Out today, the second single from YACHT’s album See Mystery Lights is “The Afterlife.” Remixes come courtesy of DAT Politics, Andrew WK and The xx. Check out the xx remix below, and check out the video if you haven’t already.

1. The Afterlife (Radio Edit)
2. The Afterlife (DAT Politics Remix)
3. The Afterlife (Andrew WK Remix)
The Afterlife (The xx Remix) (via)
5. The Afterlife (Joy Electric Remix)
6. The Afterlife (May Ling Version)

You can buy the whole package on iTunes, or go over to Beatport and sample all the songs and buy them. If you’re in Europe they’re opening for LCD Soundsystem so definitely go see them!

04-23 London, UK – O2 Academy ^
04-24 London, UK – O2 Academy ^
04-26 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy ^
04-27 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy ^
04-28 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands ^
04-29 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands ^
05-01 Manchester, UK – O2 Academy ^
05-02 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy ^
05-04 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso ^
05-05 Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique ^
05-06 Berlin, DE – Münze ^
05-07 Luxembourg, LU – den Atelier ^
05-08 Paris, FR – Bataclan ^
05-09 Paris, FR – Bataclan ^

^ w/LCD Soundsystem

When I’m With You
April 15, 2010, 1:38 pm
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New video for Best Coast’s awesome song “When I’m With You” by Pete Ohs.

Shed Skin
April 14, 2010, 1:40 pm
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LA’s Vice Cooler aka Hawnay Troof is giving away a new EP with several remixes by bands like Kid 606, No Age, and more for FREE on his website! Download it here.

Body Destruction (No Age: Destruction Remix)

PS I’m really sorry for not having updated the blog the last couple weeks. The semester is drawing to an end and I had several huge projects due. Now I just have to get past finals and I’m done! Regular posting to follow.

Thistled Spring
April 1, 2010, 10:05 am
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Just in time for spring, Horse Feathers are releasing a name album, Thistled Spring.  Download “Belly of June” below and get the album April 20th on Kill Rock Stars.

♫ Belly of June