Trials + Tribulations


I Wrote the Book
February 17, 2011, 6:03 pm
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March 8th Beth Ditto of Gossip will release a solo EP featuring collaborations with Simian Mobile Disco. She guested on their last album Temporary Pleasure so it’s a great mesh this time around, giving Beth a chance to strut her diva chords all over SMD’s skittering beats.

♫ Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (ft. Beth Ditto)

You can check out the video for standout “I Wrote the Book” over at Spin, and preview the entire EP on Soundcloud. The video was directed by Price James, who also directed Hercules & Love Affair’s “My House” video (he’s also done work for Peaches, Friendly Fires, We Have Band, and a lot more).

Perez Hilton has another song from the EP called “Open Heart Surgery” if you can stand all the exclamation points on his page.

Can’t believe I just linked to his site. My blog is ruined!



Cruel Intentions
July 28, 2009, 12:39 pm
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Guys, you should probably head over to LA Friendly, who have the new Simian Mobile Disco track featuring Gossip’s Beth Ditto “Cruel Intentions.” It’s totally a 70’s disco track, with Beth’s voice strutting all over synth stabs and ohhh man. It’s killer! I only wish it really went somewhere or Beth could use more of her voice if that makes sense.



Moments of a Crisis

There’s a record label called Here’s I’m a Cliché run by musician Cosmo Vitelli, and they’re putting out a two-disc compilation called Moments of a Crisis with songs by Simian Mobile Disco, Yuksek, Vitelli, and more. The first disc are some of the classic releases from the label, and the second features some new songs, including this one by the new Modular/DFA signing Canyons.

Canyons – Blue Snakes

Simian Mobile Disco – The Mighty Atom

The compilation is out digitally July 21st, and physically September 8th. Here’s a “trailer” they put together for it.



I’ll House You

Photo by Mark Weaver

Brand new week, here’s some new house-type remix tracks. Along with a lil description/opinion of each.

Friendly Fires – Jump in the Pool (Wild Geese Remix)

I actually like this remix better than the Thin White Duke one. It definitely has more of an 80’s house feel that feels more epic.

Junior Boys – Hazel (Ewan Pearson’s House Mix)

The name says it all. If the original is too soft to really dance too, this remix beefs the song up a lot.

Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (Chicken Lips Malfunction)

We debuted the original webrip of the first single from SMD’s guest-heavy album, and here’s a remix. I like how they change up the vocals on it, also making the undertrack feel a lot meatier. I don’t know why meat/beef is attractive on a song but it is to me. Okay. I must just be fat.

Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (James Rutledge Remix)

This is the best of the three “Triangle Walks” remixes I’ve heard. It almost sounds like something Charilift would make. I love the handclaps and it fits well with her voice, which is pretty hard to do.



Double Dutch Dinosaur Duplex
May 23, 2009, 8:29 am
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3534731590_cb10541a80_oWe mentioned Simian Mobile Disco‘s guest-crazy new album Temporary Pleasure a few weeks ago, and now we have our first preview from the album. This is the first single taken from the album.

Audacity of Huge (ft. Chris Keating of Yeasayer)

And don’t forget about the contest to win a copy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ It’s Blitz and poster!



Temporary Pleasure
May 6, 2009, 4:47 pm
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smd

“Cream dream” indeed.

1 Cream Dream (ft. Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals)
2 Audacity of Huge (ft. Chris Keating of Yeasayer)
3 10000 Horses Can’t Be Wrong
4 Cruel Intentions (ft. Beth Ditto of Gossip)
5 Off the Map (ft. Jamie Lidell)
6 Synthesise
7 Bad Blood (ft. Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip)
8 Turn Up The Dial (ft. Young Fathers)
9 Ambulance
10 Pinball (ft. Telepathe)

*sound of heads exploding*



I Feel Cream
March 6, 2009, 9:17 am
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3097441561_27d10ed497_bApparently according to NME Peaches is releasing her new album I Feel Cream May 5th in North America, the 4th in the UK. The album features contributions by Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, and Digitalism. That’s a lot of heavy-hitters! Hope the album is better than Impeach My Bush. She’s also heading on tour immediately afterwards to support the album.

Downtown (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)

May 15th – Philadelphia, PA Theater of the Living Arts
May 16 – New York, NY Webster Hall
May 17 – Boston, MA Paradise Theater
May 18 – Montreal, PQ Club Soda
May 20 – Toronto, ONT Phoenix
May 21 – Detroit, MI Majestic Theater
May 22 – Chicago, IL Metro
May 23 – Madison, WI Majestic Theater
May 25 – Denver, CO Gothic Theater
May 26 – Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
May 27 – Boise, ID Knitting Factory
May 29 – Edmonton, ALB Starlight
May 30 – Calgary, ALB Ballroom
May 31 – Vancouver, BC Commodore
June 1 – Seattle, WA Showbox
June 2 – Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
June 4 – Reno, NV 211 North
June 5 – San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
June 6, 7 – Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda
June 8 -Joshua Tree, CA Pappy’s
June 11 – Austin, TX Emo’s
June 12 – Dallas, TX Granada
June 13 – New Orleans, LA House of Blues
June 15 – Atlanta, GA Masquerade
June 16 – Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle
June 17 – Washington, DC9:30