APRIL 2010 NEWS
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SONGS IN THE KEY OF BLOG: UPCOMING RELEASES MAY/JUNE

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This fortnight's installment of SITKOB takes on a bit of a difference. We've decided to look ahead as the next couple of months see an absolute smorgasboard of must have albums being released. In this light, we've collated a chronologically ordered selection of tracks from the best of them for your downloading pleasure. There are links to a massive 22 tracks below and due to the monster size of this installment of Songs..., it will the last one until late May.

*Take special note of the new Phosphorescent and Windsor Of The Derby singles both of which can be downloaded direct. While technically outside of SITKOB brief, we've snuck them in anyway. Enjoy.

 

Water In Hell

Broken Social Scene (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Forgiveness Rock Record', Arts And Crafts. Out on May 4.

Download here @ Spacetoasters

 

The Sweet Part Of The City

The Hold Steady (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Heaven Is Whenever'. Out on May 4.

Download here @ Certain Songs

 

The Crash Years

The New Pornographers (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Together'. Out on May 4.

Download here @ Devotion

 

Blue Blood

Foals (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'Total Life Forever', Out on May 10(UK/World), June 15 (N.Am.)

Download here @ popgoestheradio

 

Faded High

Gayngs (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Relayted', Jagjaguwar. Out On May 11.

Download here @ betterPropaganda

 

Mermaid Parade

Phosphoresecent (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Here's To Taking It Easy', Dead Oceans. Out on May 11.

Download here

Pre-order here

 

Anyone's Ghost

The National (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'High Violet', 4AD Records. Out On May 11.

Download here @ Dailybeatz

 

Blood Dries Darker

Woods (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Echo Lake, Woodsist. Out On May 11.

Download here @ Cities Of The Plain

 

Home

LCD Soundsystem (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'This Is Happening', DFA/Virgin. Out On May 18.

Download here @ Naive Harmonies

 

Summer Holiday

Wild Nothing (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Gemini', Captured Tracks. Out On May 25.

Download here @ Nasty Panda

 

Desire Be, Desire Go

Tame Impala (AUS
From the forthcoming album, 'Innerspeaker', Modular. Out in Aus May 22, US/UK Jun 8.

Download here @ Music From Go To Whoa

 

Baby Lee

Teenage Fanclub (SCO)
From the forthcoming album, 'Shadows', Merge Records. Out On May 31 (UK/World), Jun 8 (N. Am).
Download here @ Rjommin

 

What To Say

Born Ruffians (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Say It', Warp. Out on June 1.

Download here @ Winnie Cooper

 

Beverly Kills

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Before Today', 4A. Out on June 8.

Download here @ We Want To Wigoler

 

None Of Dem

Robyn (SWE)
From the forthcoming album, 'Body Talk Pt. 1. Out on June 8

Download here @ AW Music

 

Escape Velocity (BBC Radio Rip)

The Chemical Brothers (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'Further', Freestyle Dust/Parlophone. Out on June 8.

Download here @ Cause = Time

 

Destroyer Of The Void

Blitzen Trapper (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Destroyer Of The Void', Sub Pop. Out on June 8

Download here @ Tsururadio

 

Entire Empire

Viernes (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Sinister Devices', Merge. Out on June 8.
Download here @ Pitchfork


Jacqueline Sussan

The Pernice Brothers (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Goodbye, Killer', One Little Indian. Out on June 15.
Download here @ Mad Mackerel's Blog


Queen Of The Sun

Windsor Of The Derby (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Against Love', Jagjaguawar. Out on June 22.

Download here

 

Stupor

Baths (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Cerulean', Anticon. Out on June 22.

Download here @ FMLY

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SHIGETO GOES FULL CIRCLE WITH GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL

Shigeto

Zach Sanginaw goes by Shigeto, his middle name and his Japanese grandfathers name. Raised in the flatlands of Michigan in a house full of Mowtown and jazz vinyl, he started drums early and played the Ann Arbor and Detroit scene. Three years in NYC studying jazz and another three years in London saw Zach finding his place in electronic music. You can hear all the influences in there, mixed up in the multitude of layers you find yourself immersed in upon hearing his music. Going under the name of Shigeto and based in Brooklyn, he released EPs on the Moongadget label and remixed the likes of Tycho, Mux Mool and Beautiful Bells. Semi Circle, Shigeto's new EP is out on Ghostly International, a label he says was big influence on him over the last ten years.

The EP begins with a keyboard and a female voice over, speaking about the hardships and discrimination that faced early Japanese people in America. Track two 'There Is Always Hope', continues with more voice over at the start and then gives way to an envelope of sound full of synths, brass and keyboards. It's a real mix of ambient with elements of world music in there at times to add to the palette. 'Eternal Life' is a highlight for me, it brings in the percussion and salsa feel, then as he does so well, Shigeto takes it somewhere totally unexepected. Rich in texture, the production is superb with the twin vocal loops working together seamlessly despite being so different. 'Embrace The Cold' rounds off the EP with a piano intro and a soundtrack of rain falling. Two minutes in, the gear changes and it slides away into an electro abyss. The build up is awesome.

Semi Circle has the hallmarks of someone with musical intelligence. Shigeto's diverse range of influences come together beautifully and is a reminder of how strong the indie electro scene is becoming.

Shigeto myspace here 

 

Ann Arbor Is The Same

Shigeto (USA)
Visuals for live set

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TWELVE MONTHS IN THE MAKING, GEORGIA FIELDS DEBUT ALBUM HITS THE FINAL STRAIGHT

Georgia Fields

Still no title yet but mixing is set to begin on the debut album from Melbourne singer songwriter Georgia Fields. Having dropped the first single, 'One Finger' from the forthcoming record last year, Fields has now released the follow up, 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue', which plays like a cross between the sounds of childlike wonder and mature orchestration. The single is accompanied by yet another impressively shot video, again directed by Rohan Sprong. The album, set for release sometime in August features the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and multi-instrumentalist, Judith Hamann (cello, harp, piano) and has Greg Arnold (Things Of Stone And Wood) in the producers seat. It's been a long road for Fields, who only received funding from Arts Victoria to complete the album recently, a road that just illustrates how difficult things can be for independent artists. She is set to launch the single with her Mini-Indie-Orchestra this Thursday, April 29 at the Toff In Town in her home city. Go here for tickets or alternatively, you can get them at the door. Stream the new single via Soundcloud and check out the video below.

 

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Georgia Fields (AUS)
From the single,' Something Borrowed, Something Blue', Pop Boomerang.

Stream here

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

NEW TOP 30 JUST ADDED

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TOP 30 REVOLUTION: SEVEN NEW ENTRIES THIS WEEK

This week sees a massive turnover of the Indie30 chart with no less than seven new entries. Old is new and new is old, if you could call three months old as Caribou, Four Tet, The Radio Dept and Surfer Blood all combine to make their second foray into the Top 30. 'Sun' (8), 'Plastic People' (10), 'Never Follow Suit' (11) and 'Take It Easy' (15) all debut respectively. Three more acts saw debuts this week. Californian duo Badmammal (30) and Red Sparowes (29) debut at the lower end of the chart with a dose of electronica and post rock respectively. The final debut gong goes to Texan duo, Florene with their track, 'Deal With It', featured on the site a week or so back. Panic Bomber's' Discipline' remains at Number 1 for the third successive week while supergroup Gayngs chilled out number 'Gaudy Side Of Town' is right behind it at 2. Californian electronica wiz Baths climbs 6 spots to 4 while Holy Fuck's 'Latin America' climbed 5 to 12. Check out the chart by clicking here. All tracks are available for download at the links provided.

 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

FEATURE ALBUM:  SNAITH'S NEW DIRECTION HERALDS A TRIUMPH FOR CHANGE

Dan Snaith

Like Kieren Hebden, Dan Snaith has become a most vital cog in the machine that is 21st Century electro-dance music second decade in. The shimmering sophisication of Swim, his third album under the Caribou moniker is further evidence of an artist taking dance music to places hitherto unexplored. Where as Hebden took us to a terrestrial wonderland, Snaith takes us a subterranean equivalent. The theme of water abounds on the aptly titled Swim, but don't expect to just dip your toes in a small pond or simply tred water. If you aren't prepared to or simply can't swim to this futuristic tide, this album will engulf and drown you in its forward looking embrace. Sure, you'll find familiar nods to traditional dance sounds and techniques, but unless you are willing to swim with Snaith you'll fail to appreciate the full ramifications of what has been achieved here.

The strong opener 'Odessa', has been making waves since its appearance back in late January as an album taster. It's pulsating bass line, use of percussive elements and spiralling synths combine to gel in a cyclical way, the perfect way to begin an album that's trajectory is sonically circular rather than linear. 'Sun' continues the journey with its jazz beat backing up a expansive melody as Snaith repeats the title constantly in what almost sounds like an untouchable void. 'Kaili' is big on pitch control to lasting effect, a technique that allows Snaith's more than fallible voice to be the hook that holds the track together. The beat never matures and leaves you never wanting the constant build up to end.

The album's centrepiece is the clanging 'Bowls', a track illustrative of Snaith's preponderance to use global sounds fused with familiar dance elements. The irresistably catchy 'Leave House' with its woodwind inspired melody sitting alongside a wistful yet somewhat unsettling electro bass platform is an impressive piece of songcraft, combining a plthora of different percussive techniques and a myriad of synth sounds.

The dubstep dominated 'Hannibal', laden with stripped back guitar sounds and warped synths meld a style that is reminiscent of the recurring thematically contemplative Wim Mertens soundtrack to Peter Greenaway's 1986 film, Belly Of An Architect. Not content to rest on his laurels, at the three quarter mark, Snaith takes the song out of your navel and into the club leaving your head spinning before bring you back to introspectivity. Lalibela's reprise of Kaili is the perfect lead in to 'Jamelia', the album's closing track, a mini epic clocking in at a minimal three and a quarter minutes that leaves you wanting more.

Lyrically, the album contains the recurring theme of women wronged, trying to make sense of what life has dealt them and moving on. On 'Odessa', Snaith sings;

“tired of crying and she’s sick of these lies / She’s suffered him for far too many years of her life” and is now “Taking the kids / Driving away”

On 'Kaili';

“She can hold on to her own / If it comes to push and shove”.

On 'Jamelia', there's a frustration and confusion as Snaith laments;

“Did I not do enough to save the two of us? / What more could I give her? / What more can I do to see her point of view?”

There is a fullness to this record that makes it so good. That Swim equals if not betters its ultra-impressive Polaris prize winning predecessor Andorra is not only indicative of its quality but a celebration of Snaith's determination to change and grow as a songwriter, musician and producer. To be sure, Swim should assure the electro-dance master another place in end of year top album lists. Majestical.

James Stocker - April 24, 2010

 

 

Friday, April 23, 2010

THIS WEEKS RELEASES: CARIBOU, RADIO DEPT, THE APPLES IN STEREO

Impressive stuff in the new releases section this week. The ultra-impressive Indie30 Feature Album, Swim, by Canada's Caribou leads the pack followed marginally by the long awaited new album from Sweden's electro pop-rockers Radio Dept, Clinging To A Scheme. The quality keeps on coming with Elephant Six veterans The Apples In Stereo dropping their sixth record, Travellers In Time And Space and Plants And Animals releasing their second, La La Land. Long standing electro post rock outfit Trans Am appear with album Number 8, Thing, while Brooklyn's Inlets, Portland's Horse Feathers and Paris troubadours The Gotan Project put out Arbiter, Thistled Spring and Tango 3.0 respectively. Links to download tracks from each of these releases appear below.

 

Caribou

Sun

Caribou (CAN)
From the album, 'Swim', Merge Records.

Download here

 

 

radio dept

Never Follow Suit

Radio Dept. (SWE)
From the album, 'Clinging To A Scheme', Labrador.

Download here

 

 

apples

The Code

Dream About The Future

Hey Elevator

The Apples In Stereo (USA)
From the album, 'Travellers In Space And Time', Yep Roc.

Download here

 

 

 plants

Swinging Bells

American Idol

Plants And Animals (CAN)
From the album, 'La La Land', Secret City.

Download here

 

 

trans

Space Dock

Trans Am (USA)
From the album, 'Thing', Thrill Jockey.

Download here

 

 

inlets

In Which, I, Robert

Inlets (USA)
From the album, 'Arbiter', Two Syllable

Download here

 

 

gotan

La Gloria

Gotan Project (FRA)
From the album, 'Tango 3.0', XL Recordings

Download here

 

 

horse

Thistled Spring

Horse Feathers (USA)
From the album, 'Thistled Spring', Kill Rock Stars.

Download here

 

 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR TO CURATE ATP FESTIVAL IN DECEMBER

Empty studio

Will this studio (or any other) again experience the sounds of the post rock collective?

A couple of weeks back, Canadian post rock masters Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced they will return to the live stage to cultivate the All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas Festival in the UK this December. Announcing their recording arrival proper back in 1997 with the dark apocalyptic monologue that begun 'Dead Flag Blues', the first track on their 1997 debut, F#A#(infinity), the band went on to produce two more albums, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (2000) and Yanqui X.U.O. (2002) and an EP, Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada (1999) in addition to their 1994 limited edition cassette (33 copies only!), All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling. Lying dormant for seven long years, the nine piece from Montreal released this statement;

"after a decade's retreat, god's pee has decided to roll again. we are, as always, stoked, stubborn and petrified. between now and the live-dates, there'll be rivers of noise and distraction. and the internet is a petty tyrannical monster. please remember that really all that matters is the keep on keeping on. and all that really matters is the shows."

That's about all you'll hear from them. Always wary of the feeding frenzy the press and indeed this medium, the internet, can unleash there will be no more press releases or interviews with regard the reformation. Fair enough too!

Given which, our attention will turn to what acts the band have curated for its festival audience. The first announcement includes Philadelphian psych-rock band Bardo Pond, Dutch post-punk veterans The Ex, psychedelic art rock outfit Deerhoof, Tim Hecker, Scout Niblett, and alternative rocker Mike Watt et al. Standby for more to come.

The ATP Nightmare Beofre Christmas Festival will be held between December 3-5 at Butlin's Holiday Camp, Minehead, England. Check out the website here. To whet your appetite, here's a link to a two and a half hour live performance in Sweden back in 2002. Enjoy.

 

Intro - Gathering Storm
12-28-99
Tazer Floyd
World Police
Motherfucker=Redeemer pt.1+2
The Cowboy
The Sad Mafioso

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (CAN)
Live at Merjeriet, Lund. April 3, 2002

Download here

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2010

REMIX FIX - MID APRIL

remixfix

 

Mid month already and April sees some fine remixes as you can check out below. Starting off with Mew's epic eight minute 'Beach' remix, they are loved in their native Denmark with this album (with a name longer than that of the Icelandic volcano) going to numer one there upon its release last year. This remix adds minutes to the original and takes it to swirling new places that is something to be experienced, with the synths and vocals echoing into their own world they have created around this track. The brilliant Panic Bomber track 'Perfection And Grace' has been reworked by fellow Miami brothers ANR (Awesome New Republic) with a slick job on the already tightly produced second release from the EP. Brooklyn's Neon Indian are here with the short and sweet 'Pyschic Chasms', a drum laden pop gem still keeping the essence of the original. Owen Pallett has 'Lewis Takes Off His Shirt' mixed by New Yorker, Dan Deacon, bringing something unique to the amazing vocals and soaring music. The build up on this seven minute track is worth sticking around for. And, finally, Swede's Peter Bjorn and John have done their thing with The Golden Filter's 'Hide Me'. A mellow electro sweeping beauty, it takes a while to kick in, but once it does, chances are you will be having it swimming around in your head all day. Get clicking below and check them out yourself.

 

mew.2

Beach (Trentmoller remix)

Mew (DEN)
Original from the album 'No More Stories....' Sony Music,

Download here

Mew webiste here

Buy here

 

 

 

panic bomber

Perfection And Grace (ANR remix)

Panic Bomber (USA)
Original from the EP 'Discipline' XYZ Records

Download here

 

 

 

neon indian

Pyschic Chasms (Brahms Remix)

Neon Indian (USA)
Original from the album 'Pyschic Chasms' Lefse Records

Download here 

 

 

 

owen pallet

Lewis Takes His Shirt Off (Dan Deacon remix)

Owen Pallet (CAN)
Original from the album 'Heartland', Domino

Download here

 

 

 

Golden filter

Hide Me (Peter Bjorn and John Hortlax Cobra remix)

The Golden Filter (USA)
Original from the album, 'Voluspa' ,Brille Records. (out this week)

Download here

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

THIRD ANNUAL RECORD STORE DAY SPINS UP A STORM 

rsd

From humble beginnings, the success of Record Store Day has spun out of control in just three years. As it states on its own website, "Seriously, Record Store Day started three and a half years ago, when a hungover bunch of record store folks sat around a hotel lobby talking "what if?...". Not bad at all, considering the love it is getting from the indie music world who have embraced it with open arms and hearts. New tracks and limited edition releases abound by Blur, Them Crooked Vultures, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Gorillaz, Devo, The Hold Steady, LCD Soundsystem, and yes, even that history making ground breaking fab four and half dead group from Liverpool...The Beatles. Impressive.

Maybe this day is one of the best ideas to come out of a hangover, and there are many, (such as) "I'll never drink again!" and "Let's join that gym!", but "Let's start a day each third Saturday in April to celebrate the art of music!"... You gotta love good follow through. The 2008 inaugural event was opened by Metallica and had ten special releases including those by REM, Death Cab For Cutie and Vampire Weekend. Since then it has grown into a monster.

Concieved by Chris Brown from the indie record store Bull Moose, it came to represent the uniqueness of visiting the independently owned local record store, which is a polar opposite to venturing into a Mega Store of (insert multi national brand name here) which can be a hellish experience at the best of times.

Blur's offering, a 7" single 'Fool's Day' sold out in a heartbeat (1000 vinyls had been pressed) so it is now available as a free download on their website. It's their first track in seven years. Also on limited release was a Metallica / Black Sabbath split vinyl, in there amongst 150 other special vinyl releases.

RSD is an international event taking in the 700 stores across the USA and hundreds more in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, Brazil, and Europe. With the number and calibre of the acts playing in-store gigs it would have to be one of the strangest, biggest and coolest music festivals around.

Canadian indie band Metric have put it nicely..."The independent record store is a reflection of people's deep love and commitment to music. These are places where all can gather and share our diverse interest in a common theme, music. The owners of such take pride in their ability to lead us, while fighting hard to survive"

If you didn't catch RSD somewhere near you, you know the date for next time (that's April 16) so stick it in your diary and get along to support your local record merchant. They'll appreciate it, and so will you.  

Check out this week's Indie30 feature album artist Caribou play for RSD in London

 

Odessa 

Caribou (CAN)
From the album, 'Swim', Merge.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATE TEN YEARS WITH DOUBLE CD RELEASE 

GHOSTLY INTL

Michigan based electro-indie music label Ghostly International began in 1999, and has released this double cd offering to compile ten rimixes of artists who have called the label home over the last decade, and another ten unreleased tracks to showcase their future directon. The first cd, Horizon Line, sees the ambient San Franciscan, Tycho get his track 'Adrift' reworked by Shigeto, Copenhagen orchestral pop project Choir Of Young Believers 'Claustrophobia' mixed by Peter Antlers and Mux Mool's 'Wolf Tone Symphony' gets the Paul White treatment.

These are not thumping bass and piano driven dancefloor anthems, these can be found on Ghostly International's spin off label 'Spectral Sound' which is dedicated to this genre and often features some of the same artists found on Ghostly, such as James T. Cotton (aka Dabrye).

The second cd is called Ghostly By Night, featuring Deastro in an atmospheric track 'Mowgli The Lynx', with a chilled analog loop fitting perfectly behind his vocals. Pale Sketcher (Justin K. Broadrick) began his life in music in UK grindcore band Napalm Death in the '80s, and has flipped that on its head, now making synth laden textured tracks such as 'Plans That Fade' also on disc 2. Michna, Solvent, The Sight Below are here too. All up it's twenty tracks of unique ambient, smooth and layered high end electro.

The Horizon Line / Ghostly By Night was released on April 13th digitally worldwide and the two cd edition will be out May 4 (USA only). This progressive label embraces the whole package and is known for innovative cover art and design. The nature of the label game has changed profusely over the past ten years, it's good to see an at times eccentric, indie label embrace it all and look confidently into the future.

Ghostly International website here 

 

Tracks below can be right clicked to download free MP3

From Horizon Line (disc one) 

Adrift (Shigeto's Adrift A Dream Remix)

Tycho (USA)

Download here

 

Claustrophobia (The Antlers Remix)

Choir Of young Believers (DEN)

Download here

 

Wolf Tone Symphony (Paul White Remix)

Mux Mool (USA)

Download here

 

From Ghostly By Night (disc two)

Mowgli The Lynx

Deastro (USA)

Download here

 

 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

NEW TOP 30 JUST ADDED

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BIG DEBUT FOR TAME IMPALA, GAYNGS TO 3, PANIC BOMBER STILL NO 1.

 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

TEXANS FLORENE SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM IN JUNE

June 8 is set to be a cracker of a date for new album releases. With names like Ariel Pink, Teenage Fanclub, Blitzen Trapper, Chemical Brothers, Here We Go Magic, Casiokids and Florene set to release their long players. Now did you spot a name you don't recognise in that lot? Well, Chemical Brothers are a duo from London, England.... Well, Florene are an electronic duo from North Texas that have self-released a combination of six EP's, singles splits and live recordings and have appeared on a myriad of compilations and mixtapes since coming together a couple of years back. The album, Homemade Extacy contains ten tracks and will be released on the Waaga label on the auspicious aforementioned date. Having just embarked on a ten day midwest US tour, attention now turns to fulfilling their commissioned remix of London punk metal band Comanechi for Merok Records with a west coast tour to follow. Check out their myspace site for more info about the album release. To whet your appetite, Florene have kindly made a track from the album, the powerful 'Deal With It', available for free download below (unlike most mp3s we link to, this one's direct, so right click)

Florene - Homemade Extacy

Tracklisting

1. Homemade Extacy
2. Street Caring
3. Invitation To Sailing
4. Deal With It
5. Depth
6. What's A Rave?
7. Cool Runnings
8. Breath
9. Towelled Cial
10. Space Cadets

Deal With It

Florene (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Deal With It', Waaga Records

Download here

Friday, April 16, 2010

FEATURE ALBUM: RIGHT NOW MUSICALLY, MATSSON IS THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

Kristian Matsson

In the folk genre generally, much if what is released these days follows a predictable vein where your hard pressed to find any artist that stands above any other. Outside of the strange worlds of Bill Callahan and Will Oldham who largely march to the beat of their own extremely talented drums, there is little to differentiate one from the other. So much so, that it's been a while since a piece of folk music has done more than just endear itself to me. 'Oh that's nice' kind of thing. So I come to Sweden's Kristian Matsson, the first folk artist to get my musical veins pumping for a very long time. On his second album proper, Matsson's musical genius has come to full fruition. Shallow Grave pointed in that direction, but The Wild Hunt is ripe fruit indeed.

The Wild Hunt contains nine acoustic guitar and banjo based tracks and a piano laden closer with each containing carefully and perfectly crafted chord structures that are laced with heart-tugging emotion, each chord change knowing exactly where to go on from the last. Matsson's gravelly  southern tinged vocals together with the sparse yet strangely pregnant guitar make for a surprisingly big sound that matches his Tallest Man On Earth moniker. While he may sound American on the surface, a close listen to his diction and the words and meaning of his lyrics  will transport you to the Swedish countryside far from modern civilisation where the freshness  of nature pierces and envelops the musical soul. Its like Matsson has got away from it all  while he contemplates the difference between romance and realism and the fragile nature of  existence itself.

On the title track opener he sings;

"And I will sleep out in the glade just by the giant tree, just to be closer when my spirit's pulled away, I left a nervous little boy out on the trail today, He's just a mortal to the shoutin' cavalcade"

and in the chorus there is a resignation to insignificance and fate;

"I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin, I live until the call, And I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone, Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall"

On the standout track, 'Love Is All', Matsson seems to be assessing the worth of love, relationships and social expectation;

"Well I walk upon the river like it's easier than land, Evil's in my pocket and your will is in my hand, Oh, your will is in my hand"
"And I'll throw it in the current that I stand upon so still, Love is all, from what I've heard, but my heart's learned to kill, Oh, mine has learned to kill"
"Oh, I said I could rise, From the harness of our goals, Here come the tears, But like always, I let them go, Just let them go.

It seems spurious to highlight any of the ten tracks above any other such is the consistency of the record but nonetheless the wistful beauty of 'The Burden Of Tomorrow', the vibrant picking on 'Troubles Will Be Gone' and the structural strum behind 'You're Going Back' are worthy of mention. Additionally, 'King Of Spain' possesses a powerful optimism while the piano laden escapism on 'Kids On The Run' is the perfect way to end a near perfect album.

Lyrically and musically Matsson has put the listener in another space with both up for and open to self-interpretation. Words and music as intelligent and powerful as this album exemplifies come along rarely and must be celebrated. Matsson's lyrics, sung with gusto, interchange emotionally between light and dark with ease while the mastery of his guitar work means he can straddle the line between carefully constructed picking and violent, visceral strumming just as easily. While there's little doubt that The Wild Hunt has well and truly put its hat in the ring for album of the year, there is also a feeling that it will achieve the status of being an album for the ages.

James Stocker - April 16, 2010

 

INFANTREE SET TO RELEASE SIX TRACK EP 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT'

Californian four piece Infantree made waves at the recent SXSW music conference and are set to back up the buzz with the release of Food For Thought, an EP containing six tracks. Set down for May 4th release date, the EP got a guernsey with Vapor Records which will see the multi-instrumentalists gain some much deserved recognition. The track available for download, 'Speak Up' has an almost film noir sound in the vein of the The Black Heart Procession and very much highlights their vast musical ability but to pigeon hole them would be a mistake as all band members bar the drummer take on writing and vocal duties making for a diverse listen. Check out the track below.

Tracklisting

1. Speak Up
2. Mourning Glory
3. Euphemism
4. Feet of Clay
5. Rubbed Raw
6. Oil Can

 

Speak Up

Infantree (USA)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Food For Thought', Vapor Records. Out on May 4

Download here

 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

NEW ALBUM RELEASES: TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, DOSH, PRINS THOMAS, RAFTER

Vinyl

This week saw some interesting and worthy new releases. The obvious standout by a fair way is The Tallest Man On Earth's, The Wild Hunt which as you can see from the adjacent panel is Indie30's current feature album of the week. Martin Dosh, who lends percussion to Andrew Bird continues his impressive catalogue of releases with his fifth full length album, Tommy. Norway's Prins Thomas dropped his psychelectronic paws on the US this week with the release of his self titled debut solo album while San Diego's Rafter dropped their new one, Animal Feelings. London's We Have Band finally released their debut album WHB. Disappears and Sightings released some hardarsed psychedelia this week in the form of LUX and City Of Straw respectively. Lisbon's Blasfemea saw a stateside release with their new album, 'Galaxia Tropicalia' while the elephant in the room this week is undoubtedly MGMT's Congratulations. Links to download a track from each appear below. 

The Tallest Man On Earth The Wild Hunt

Burden Of Tomorrow

The Tallest Man On Earth (SWE)
From the album, 'The Wild Hunt', Gravitation/Dead Oceans

Download here

 

 

Dosh - Tommy

Subtractions

Town Mouse

Dosh (USA)
From the album, 'Tommy', Anticon

Download here

 

 

Prins Thomas

Orkenvandring

Prins Thomas (NOR)
From the album, 'Prins Thomas', Full Pup.

Download here

 

 

Rafter  Animal Feelings

Paper

Rafter (USA)
From the album 'Animal Feelings', Asthmatic Kitty.

Download here

 

 

We Have Band

Divisive

We Have Band (ENG)
From the album, 'WHB', Naïve Records

Download here

 

 

Disappears - LUX

Magics

Disappears (USA)
From the album, 'LUX', Kranky.

Download here

 

 

Sightings - City Of Straw

Weehawken

Sightings (USA)
From the album, 'City Of Straw', Jagjaguwar.

Download here

 

 

Blasfemea - Galaxia Tropicalia

Maria

Blasfemea (POR)
From the album, 'Galaxia Tropicalia', La Lisbonera

Download here

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MGMT -  Congratulations

Flash Delirium

MGMT (USA)
From the album, 'Congratulations', Columbia

Download here

 

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SONGS IN THE KEY OF BLOG: MID APRIL

An impressive array of music can be be found across the global blog scene at present. Each fortnight Indie30 attempts to save you some time and provide links of the best tracks going around. 'Songs...' kicks off this week with a track from Chicago's Yawn, an electronic outfit who have put out an impressive self titled EP and have been getting some Pitchfork love. Broken Social Scene have an album coming out in a few weeks and more tracks are leaking out to download. We have a link to the dual release 'All To All' and 'Forced To Love'. The seemingly eternal wait for the on again off again new Radio Dept. album, Clinging To A Scheme' is finally over next week. In addition to the former Indie30 Top 10 listed track, 'Heaven's On Fire', another track has been made available on the blogosphere, 'This Time Around'. Why's Josiah Wolf brought out his new album, Jet Lag' last month and of the many tracks available, we've chosen the link to our fave track 'The Apart Meant'. Ontario's Tokyo Police Club have a new album surfacing in June and 'Breakneck Speed' has popped up as a free download. Mysterious dupstep producer, Joker has been getting much blog love with his new single 'Tron'. Spain's Delorean are set to unleash some new Balearic sounds with the release of their debut album and have a couple of tracks spinning around the blog orbit - both are linked below. Californian outfit Baths, like Yawn have been getting some attention over at Pitchfork and while the track 'Halls' is currently in the Top 30, the other track 'Maximalist' is equally good. We finish this week with Aloe Blacc's soulful number 'I Need A Dollar' the theme song to the excellent TV series on HBO, the New York based How To Make It In America. We hold out for and hope for a second series. Enjoy.

 

Empress

Yawn (USA)
From the EP, 'Yawn', Close/Far Records.

Download here

 

Forced To Love
All To All

Broken Social Scene (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Forgiveness Rock Record', Arts And Crafts. Out on May 4.

Download here

 

This Time Around

The Radio Dept. (SWE)
From the forthcoming album, 'Clinging To A Scheme', Labrador. Out on April 20.

Download here

 

The Apart Meant

Josiah Wolf (USA)
From the album, 'Jet Lag', Anticon.

Download here

 

Ghost In A Landscape

Flotilla (CAN)
From the album, 'One Hundred Words For Water', Self Released. 

Download here

 

Breakneck Speed

Tokyo Police Club (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Champ', Saddle Creek. Out on June 1.

Download here

 

Tron

Joker (USA)
From the single, 'Tron' Kapsize.

Download here

 

Stay Close
Simple Graces

Delorean (SPA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Subiza', Mushroom Pillow/True Panther. Out on June 8.

Download here

 

Maximalist

Baths (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Cerulean', Anticon. Out on June 22

Download here

 

I Need A Dollar

 Aloe Blacc (USA)
From the single, 'I Need A Dollar', Stones Throw Records.

Download here

 

FOALS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE

Foals - Total Life Forever

Oxford five piece are set to release their much anticipated follow up to Antidotes next month and last week released a new video to accompany the debut single, 'This Orient'. The track continues the new more expansive direction the band seem to have taken given the sound of this and 'Spanish Sahara', the first advance track from the album released a month or so ago. It will be interesting to see how the move away from the spiky angular sound of the previous effort is received. Total Life Forever is out through Transgressive in the UK and Sub Pop in the US on May 10 and 11 respectively.

This Orient

Foals (ENG)
From the forthsoming album, 'Total Life Forever', Transgressive/Sub Pop. Out on May 10/11.

Download here

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ARIEL PINK ANNOUNCES TITLE, COVER AND TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

A little over a week ago, the forthcoming long player from the freakish and prolific Los Angeles musician and songwriter Ariel Pink had some flesh added to its bones. Before Today will see the light of day on June 8 through 4AD Records who signed Pink last year. With Round and Round currently entrenched in the top third of the Indie30 chart, the album is much anticipated. Rather than reinvent the wheel here, if you're not really familiar with Pink's past work, pop over to the excellent music website, Obscure Sound and ready yourself for the new album by reading an exhaustive review of his career as well as downloading a selection of pivotal tracks in the Pink pantheon. Download 'Round and Round' here and three other tracks from the new album at the link below.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

Tracklisting

1. Hot Body Rub
2. Bright Lit Blue Skies
3. L'estat (Acc. to the Widow's Maid)
4. Fright Night (Nevermore)
5. Round and Round
6. Beverly Kills
7. Butt-House Blondies
8. Little Wig
9. Can't Hear My Eyes
10. Reminiscences
11. Menopause Man
12. Revolution's A Lie

 

Can't Hear My Eyes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Before Today', 4AD Records. Out on June 8

Download here

 

Bright Lit Blue Skies

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Before Today', 4AD Records. Out on June 8

Download here

 

Fright Night (Nevermore)

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Before Today', 4AD Records. Out on June 8
Download here


ONEIDA EXTENSION PEOPLE OF THE NORTH SET TO RELEASE 4 TRACK MONSTER

Kid Millions and Bobby Matador, both of Brooklyn based experimentalists Oneida have been releasing music and playing live under the People Of The North moniker since 2003 and are set to release their latest effort, Deep Tissue on April 27. Containing just four tracks and clocking in at around 36 minutes, Deep Tissue is a sprawling journey that takes in many musical reference points including the prog-rock sound of the 70s that is evident on the keyboard heavy opener, 'Tunnels', available for download at the link below. Deep Tissue was recorded early last year, features efforts from all members of Oneida and will be released on Oneida's own label Brah Recordings.

Tracklisting

1. Tunnels
2. The Vastest Island
3. Summer Leaves
4. Over Me

 

Tunnels

People Of The North (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Deep Tissue', Brah Records. Out on April 27.

Download here


 

Sunday, April 11,2010

NEW TOP 30 JUST ADDED

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SIX MORE DEBUTS THIS WEEK, PANIC BOMBER AT NUMBER ONE

 

 

FEATURE ALBUM: FANG ISLAND HIGH FIVING ALL THE WAY WITH NEW LP

Fang island

Opening and closing with bursts of pyrotechnics, Fang Island's new album "Fang Island" is a short lived but highly worthwhile venture. At only thirty one minutes in length, we get a good dose of indie post-punk rock without the self centred embellishments. Hailing from Rhode Island and now based in the indie music Mecca of Brooklyn, Fang Island have two EPs under their belt, the self released 'Day Of The Giant Leap' (2007) and 'Sky Garden' (2008) on the Corleone label. The eponymous debut long player sees them on Sargent House, who also have the likes of Red Sparowe, Daughters and Native.

Consisting of guitarist Jason Bartell, bassist Michael Jacober, guitarist Chris Georges, guitarist Nicholas Andrew Sadler and drummer Marc St. Sauveur, they all share vocal duties and have described their music as "everyone high-fiving everyone", a very fitting quote. Fang Island was born from their time at Art/Design school in Providence, RI in 2005.

Kicking of the album after the aforementioned sounds of fireworks, the first track 'Dream Of Dreams' builds up the energy with four part harmonies easing in, declaring "They are all within my reach/they are free"...before mixing seamlessly into the instrumental track 'Careful Crossers'. This track serves to build the anticipation of what you know is going to a fun listen over the next half hour.

'Daisy' has an organ intro, chanting vocals and no formal structure. MTV liked it enough to use in a series of ads promoting a reality show "The Buried Life', whose premise is about crossing off the list of things you want to do before you die. The upbeat feel of 'Daisy' is a perfect fit. The video for this track features a group of face painted and mask wearing guys and girls dancing around like they are making up the moves on the spot, and again fits beautifully with the exuberance and rollicking good fun vibe of the song. Never has it seemed that a cameraman has had such a good time shooting a video, or been as involved, in this gonzo style clip. You can spot him in the mirror of the dance class space it's filmed in and sense the fun as he runs around high fiving the others. A clip thats works well and could have had basically zero budget. Similarly the 'Life Coach' video, also directed by Carlos Charlie Perez, seems like a bunch of friends running amuck after raiding the props room at art school.

'Treeton' has the harmonies and chanting vocals happening again amongst the blaring rocking guitars before it all gives way to the converse sounds of 'Davey Crocket' with its mellow acoustic opening and uplifting atmosphere slowly building, bringing in the electric guitars, percussion, hand claps and "whoa whoa whoa whoa" vocals. it's uplifting stuff, perfect for the approaching summer (if you are in that part of the world). The music is is stilted at times, off kilter and extremely infectious.

So, "Fang Island?" Where the hell is that I hear you ask? The name came from an article in the fantastic American tongue-in-cheek news source 'The Onion', claiming the island was Donald Rumsfeld's secret hideaway. Guitarist Jason Bartell thought it was a good place to imagine their music was played on.

Full of aggressive sounds, power chords, high energy and a free spirit, Fang Island is a breath of fresh air. The at times fractured nature of the album is refreshing in its unpredictability and the call and response between the beautiful harmonies of the guys and the music is sublime. Rumsfeld should be so lucky to have them play on his island.

Dave Roberts - April 9, 2010

They are touring North America over the next month, check 'em out if you can.  

Fang Island Myspace here 

Fang Island website here

 

 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

THIS WEEKS RELEASES: HACIENDA, HARLEM AND SALLY SELTMANN

Vinyl

Texan retro pop/rock outfits Hacienda and Harlem lead us out with their impressive debut records this week, Big Red And Barbacoa and Hippies respectively. They are joined by Melbourne native Sally Seltmann's (formerly New Buffalo)  debut album, Heart That's Pounding for Canadian label Arts And Crafts. The album is out through Shock in her home country. Other notable releases this week include the ambient music of Seattle's The Sight Below, It All Falls Apart and the slow burning indie post rock of Los Angeles outfit, The Red Sparowes with the most cerebral album title of the year, The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer. veteran electro popsters Monster Movie have released their fifth album to celebrate the onset of their second decade together while at the other end of the spectrum longevity wise, Minneapolis pop/rock outfit Communist Daughter released their debut, Soundtrack To The End. Finally, Chicago based Low Skies frontman Christopher Salveter released his second solo album under the Judson Claiborne moniker, Time And Temperature while Champaign, Illinois duo Common Loon dropped their album, The Long Dream Of Birds. The Fratellis Jon Lawler's side project Codeine Velvet Club's debut saw the light of day in the US while finally, Chicago experimental electro-pop outfit Javelin dropped their new album, No Mas, two weeks earlier than expected Links to download a track from each appear below.

Hacienda - Big Red And Barbacoa

I Keep Waiting

Hacienda (USA)
From the album, 'Big Red And Barbacoa', Alive Records.

Download here

 

 

Harlem - Hippies

Friendly Ghost

Harlem (USA)
From the album 'Hippies', Matador.

Download here

 

 

Sally Seltmann - Heart That's Pounding

Harmony To My Heartbeat

Sally Seltmann (AUS)
From the album, 'Heart That's Pounding', Arts And Crafts.

Download here 

 

 

The Sight Below - It All Falls Apart

Fervent

The Sight Below (USA)
From the album, 'It All Falls Apart', Ghostly International.

Download here

 

 

Red Sparowes - The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The  Answer

Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors

Red Sparowes (USA)
From the album, 'The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer', Sargent House.

Download here

 

 

Monster Movie - Everybody Is A Ghost

The World Collapsed

Monster Movie (ENG)
From the album, 'Everyone Is A Ghost', Graveface.

Download here

 

 

Communist Daughter - Soundtrack To The End

Not The Kid

Communist Daughter (USA)
From the album, 'Soundtrack To The End', Grain Belt Records. 

Download here

 

 

Judson Claiborne - Time And Temperature

Twilight Spirit

Judson Claiborne (USA)
From the album, 'Time And Temperature', La Société Expéditionnaire.

Download here

 

 

 

Common Loon - The Long Dream Of Birds

Mexico

Common Loon (USA)
From the album, 'The Long Dream Of Birds', Hidden Agenda.

 

Download here

 

 

Codeine Velvet Club

Hollywood

Codeine Velvet Club (SCO)
From the album, 'Codeine Velvet Club', Island/Dangerbird.

Download here

 

 

Javelin No Mas

Vibrationz

Javelin (USA)
From the album, 'No Mas', Luaka Bop

Download here

 

 

 

Friday, April 9, 2010

CANADA'S STARS ALIGN - NEW TRACK 'FIXED' RELEASED AS FREE DOWNLOAD

Stars  - The Five Ghosts

Now into their second decade, Stars, the Toronto bred and now Montreal based indie electro-rock band led by founders Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman and sporting the silky vocals of Amy Milian are set to release their fifth album, The Five Ghosts, through their own label Soft Revolution in Canada and Vagrant globally on June 22. The album is the culmination of an effort where for the first time according to Milian, all five members have taken time to pen songs together. The first taste from the new long player is 'Fixed' which the band are offering as a free download from Stereogum in exchange for your e-mail address. It's a four to the floor, synth driven, stargazing number that is sung by Milian and the perfect lead out track to an album that, by all reports, is suggested to be an improvement on the last release, In Our Bedroom After The War. Download 'Fixed' at the link below

The Five Ghosts - Tracklisting 

1. Dead Hearts
2. Wasted Daylight
3. I Died So I Could Haunt You
4. Fixed
5. We Don’t Want Your Body
6. He Dreams He’s Awake
7. Never Been Good With Change
8. The Passenger
9. The Last Song Ever Written
10. How Much More
11. Winter Bones

 

Fixed

Stars (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'The Five Ghosts', Soft Revolution/Vagrant. Out on June 22.

Download here

 

 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

FEATURE ALBUM (MARCH 29): LOFTY HEIGHTS FOR HIGH PLACES AS THEY TAKE ON MANKIND

Alternating between a full on club experience, albeit one that's not your usual fare and the experience of a morning after comedown, the second album from Los Angeles via Brooklyn duo, High Places is a confounding yet exhilirating journey, especially for those unfamiliar with their first efforts, the impressive self titled debut and the brilliant, but at times difficult to access compilation of singles and ep tracks, 03.07-09.07. Beginning as it does with two tracks full of dance sensibility, High Places vs Mankind can trick you into thinking the quirkiness of that first album is gone. But lurking beneath the veneer of both is that signature tribal feel, weaving its way in and out leaving the listener with a feeling of being unsettled and indicative that neither 'The Longest Shadows' or single 'On Giving Up' is entirely comfortable as straight ahead dance music. The former combines Mary Pearson's haunting vocals with a tribal beat and a spiked out funky guitar riff which gives way to a carousel sounding synth while the Indie30 chart staple possesses a otherworldly chiming synth that sits perfectly alongside the other similarly alien, yet organic sounds that abound on the track.

'She's A Wild Horse' takes you from the club to the jungle. You almost feel your being transported across by sea to a deserted tropical island as the looped beat and Pearson's vocal herald an unsettling destination, almost the calm before the veritable storm. The track then has you there tracking your way through the foliage, all the while never certain where you're going or where you'll end up. 'The Channon' is where you stop and take stock, the surrounding jungle enveloping you as breath is caught and predicament assessed. Then all of a sudden your out of danger, and on the icy tundra in 'Canada', the northern lights firing across the clear night sky. 'Constant Winter' keeps you there although now the wonderment is gone and the fight with the cold is on in earnest, the big beats hitting you like that storm aforementioned, just that this is of the snow variety.

Just when you think the album is never going to let you off the snowy wastelands with the experimental orchestration of the hypnotic 'Drift Slayer' (is this that comedown track?), Pearson's luscious echoed voice and the chilled out beats that make up 'The Most Beautiful Name' allows your escape. It is the perfect lead in for the album's final track, 'When It Comes' which perfectly bookends High Places vs Mankind where it began, with a superb off kilter dance number that heralds a tribal return and combines 80s sounding funk and the slightest hint of shoegaze.

This recording sees Pearson and her musical partner, Rob Barber continue their ever growing reputation for crafting an expansive yet concise original sound. That reputation is fully deserved as multiple listens to High Places vs Mankind will testify. They are needed and well and truly rewarded as with each spin a new journey begins that's resplendent with unexpected twists and turns that both surprise and excite. Exceptional.

James Stocker - April 8, 2010

 

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

YOUR APRIL REMIX FIX

REMIX FIX

Some remixes fit for a king this week, so load 'em up, kick back with the headphones firmly implanted and crank the volume. Alternatively share with loved ones and neighbours.

Starting with Caribou (Dan Snaith, formally 'Manitoba') we have a track from the eagerly awaited album 'Swim' due in a few weeks. The Odessa remix sees some nice synth working in early in this stripped back incarnation thanks to L.A.'s Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez). She loses the repetition of vocals in the original to make it even more languid and fluid.

Moving across the Atlantic to London, Seams (James Welch) has the bpm's up amongst piano loops and other layers of delicate electro sounds. The single Nightcycles, is out April 26 with four remixes plus original on limited edition 12" vinyl. It's the kind of track to get lost in, and enjoy again through the different interpretations offered on this single.

The Baltimore 'dream pop' (as they have been dubbed) duo Beach House, have a dreamy, beautiful reworking of Zebra, thanks to San Franciscan 'Ring Trick'. This first track from the much anticipated third album, 'Teen Dream' is wildly atmospheric with haunting vocals. It builds up nicely over the first minute before we hear any of those vocals, and like many remixes these days is a somewhat minimal take.

And that leaves us with the phenomenal Spanish Sahara. This Foals track strikes a chord; play it and people will want to know 'who is this?!' It's warm, embracing, low key and introspective. Mt. Kimbie are Londoners Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, who met at Uni and like many others started with a laptop at home, have crafted a beautiful thing with this version.  It's not often a remix is shorter than the original, but here you have it, by almost three minutes.

Some of the remixes we see today are almost un-remixes, in the way we used to think of them anyway. Not all just geared for the dancefloor, but something more than that. With some great albums on the way, such as the Foals' 'Total Life Forever', it is nice to know more quality tracks will be out there to have dedicated and talented artists such as those listed below work their magic on them.   

 

Caribou remix

Odessa (Nite Jewel remix)

Caribou (USA)

Original on the album 'Swim'

Download here

Fancy having a go at remixing Caribou yourself? A competition is running for the best remix of the track Sun from the upcoming album 'Swim'. Prizes up for grabs, entries close May 7. Check out details here

 

 

Seams

Nightcycles

Seams (ENG)

Original and remixes from the forthcoming 12" single 'Nightcycles'

Download here

 

 

 

Beach House remix

Zebra (Ring Trick remix)

Beach House (USA)

Original on the album 'Teen Dream'

Download here

 

 

Foals remix

Spanish Sahara (Mt. Kimbie remix)

Foals (ENG)

Original on the forthcoming album 'Total Life Forever'

Download here 

Mt. Kimbie Myspace here

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

FUTUREHEADS TO DROP FOURTH ALBUM LATER THIS MONTH

The Futureheads

2004 was a watershed year for bands like The Futureheads. Their fresh brand of spiky post punk and jilty pop was everywhere that year accompanied by countrymen Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand and the try hard Razorlight. They inspired further forays into the same territory in subsequent years as Maximo Park, Kaiser Chiefs and the more funky Hard Fi waded into the mix. The British invasion was on again. Six years later, the Sunderland quartet for no lack of trying have fallen somewhat short of the mark of that brilliant debut album over their second and third releases, News And Tributes (2006) and This Is Not The World (2008). Not that they haven't been noteworthy additions to the genre but such was the spontaneity and uniqueness of that self titled effort, following it up was always going to be near impossible. The Futureheads return this month with the latest addition to the catalogue, The Chaos. Set to be released in the UK on April 27, the disciplined approach that characterised albums number two and three is still evident, but the first single 'Heartbeat Song' harks back to that first album's punk sensibilities so it remains to be seen what the rest of it will bring. Download the single below and check out the new video. Cover and tracklisting also follow.

The Futureheads - The Chaos

Tracklisting

1. The Chaos
2. Struck Dumb
3. Heartbeat Song
4. Stop The Noise
5. The Connector
6. I Can Do That
7. Sun Goes Down
8. This Is The Life
9. The Baron
10. Dart At The Map
11. Jupiter

 

Heartbeat Song

The Futureheads (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'The Chaos', Nul Records. Out in UK April 26. Out in US June 1.

Download here

Official Video

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SECOND SINGLE FOR THE UPCOMING HOLD STEADY ALBUM DOING THE BLOGS

The Hold Steady

The amazing consistency or stubborn stickability of The Hold Steady, (whichever way you look at it, we'll take the former) knows no end with the second track doing the music blogs, 'Rock Problems' from the upcoming album, Heaven Is Wherever, following the same trajectory as the first, 'Hurricane J'. Sporting the same lyrical elasticity and straight ahead rock, 'Rock Problems' is a more than satisfactory addition to the Hold Steady catalogue. Going one better in our opinion though, there is also a third song, 'The Weekenders', from the album available for stream at the link below (for those of you trying to avoid commerical radio or television at all costs, apologies for the mindnumbing voiceover and ad. at the beginning - we think the result will be worth it though). Heaven Is Wherever is due out on May 11.

 

Rock Problems

The Hold Steady (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Heaven Is Wherever', Vagrant Records.

Download here

 

The Weekenders

The Hold Steady (USA) 
From the forthcoming album, 'Heaven Is Wherever', Vagrant Records.

Stream here

Sunday April 4, 2010

NEW TOP 30 JUST ADDED

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SIX DEBUTS THIS WEEK, PANIC BOMBER WITH A BULLET TO NO. 2

This week's Top 30 sees a shake up of sorts with six new entries into the chart. The debuts are led by Brooklyn's lo-fi retro rockers Beach Fossils, 'Daydream' in at 17 foillowed closely by the new single by Germany's electro dance outfit Lali Puna, 'Remember' at 18. Debuts also went LA's Dum Dum Girls, 'It Only Takes One Night' (22), Canada's Holy Fuck, 'Latin America' (24), the project of Andrew Bird's percussionist, Dosh, 'Number 41' (25) and England's Tuung, 'Hustle' (30). Big moves this week came from England's now retro dance veterans Goldfrapp, 'Dreaming', up 11 from 30 to 19 and American indie supergroup Gayngs, 'The Gaudy Side Of Town' up 11 from 21 to 10. Scottish indie pop/rock legends Teenage Fanclub's 'Baby Lee' went from 22 to 13, Brooklyn's Fang Island's 'Daisy' went from 8 to 4 while Florida DJ Producer Panic Bomber's blitzkrieg of a track, 'Discipline' jumped all the way to Number 2 from 10. Audio downloads, official videos and live performances available here.

 

 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

THIS WEEKS RELEASES: DUM DUM GIRLS, JEN OLIVE, HOLLY GOLIGHTLY

Just a few albums of note this week. Los Angeles based Dum Dum Girls released their debut record, I Will Be. Albuquerque's Jen Olive did likewise with Warm Robot while gunslinging British songstress Holly Golightly released her fourth album with The Brokeoffs, Medicine Country. This week also saw US releases for England's Tuung, ...And Then We Saw Land and the Indie30 featured album from a couple of weeks back, The Go Find's Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight. A track from each can be found at the links below.

Dum Dum Girls

Rest Of Our Lives
Jail La La

Dum Dum Girls (USA)
From the album 'I Will Be', Sub Pop/Ho Zac

Download here

 

 

jEN oLIVE

Wire Wire

Jen Olive (USA)
From the album 'Warm Robot', Ape Records

Download here

 

 

 Holly Golightly

Forget It

Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs (ENG)
From the album 'Medicine Country', Damaged Goods/Transdreamer

Download here

 

 

Tuung

Hustle

Tuung (ENG)
From the album '...And Then We Saw Land', Full Time Hobby/Thrill Jockey

Download here

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The Go Find

It's Automatic

The Go Find (BEL)
From the album 'Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight', Morr Music

Download here

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JULIA HOLTER (USA)

Have You In My Wilderness

Domino

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TRACK OF THE YEAR

LOWER DENS (USA)

Your Heart Still Beating

Ribbon Music

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EP OF THE YEAR

KELELA (USA)

Hallucinogen 

Cherry Coffee/Warp Records

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