Jul 31, 2011

Bruce Springsteen "Dancing In The Dark" Music Video Outtakes

A little birdie just clued me in on this near 13 minute video of... well, you can read the post title can't you. He looks kinda like he's auditioning for Stayin' Alive, or Flashdance, or something in the '80s. His dancing is nearly as bad as Britney Spears. Sorry, Bruce.

The Decemberists: Newport Folk Festival Live 2011 Stream + Download

           photo::Shantel Mitchell

Here's The Decemberists' set at the Newport Folk Festival, 2011. It's one hour and twenty minutes of music!

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Set List:
July, July!
Calamity Song
Down By The Water
Rise To Me
The Soldiering Life
We Both Go Down Together
Won't Want For Love
The Rake's Song
Rox In The Box
O Valencia
This Is Why We Fight
Mariner's Revenge
All Arise!
June Hymn

Hipstereo's MP3 Player Mix

bon iver calgary
okkervil river wake and be fine
richard youngs love in the great outdoors
julie doiron consolation prize
richard swift a song for milton feher
damian jurado gillian was a horse
jens lekman the opposite of hallelujah
antony and the johnsons crazy in love
foreign born vacationing people
bon iver holocene

All mp3s courtesy of Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar Records.

Tegan and Sara: Newport Folk Festival Live 2011 Stream

The famed Newport Folk Festival doesn't just pander to grey haired granola crunching eco-terrorists... they want their kids to come too! Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara played Saturday and will play Sunday as well. Here's a stream of their Saturday performance via NPR.

Set List:
Call It Off
Where Does the Good Go
Walking with a Ghost
The Con
Sentimental Time
The Cure
Living Room
Dark Come Soon
Feel It in My Bones

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Jul 30, 2011

Cat Martino: "Yr Not Alone" Stream

Cat Martino is set to release her new album, Yr Not Alone, in the fall. With one release already behind her, The Sea Closet (August 2009), she has now moved on from it's piano and guitar based sound to what feeds the upcoming release, loops.

"One day I started to play with my guitarists’ pedal board through a microphone. Harmonizing is the most natural thing in the world for me, so… At first I thought I was combining opposites, but I soon heard the sounds complement each other. Besides, I love contradictions."

What I recall about this song when somehow, some way, something reminds me of it, is how the background vocals sound like a horn section. Or, like they're trying to recreate the warmest and softest horn section possible. That's how this song sounds: soft, warm, and floating.

Listen to Brooklyn-based musician, Cat Martino.

Yr Not Alone by Cat Martino

Video: Arcade Fire a.k.a. Shark Attack

The east coast province of New Brunswick has it's own indie music fest, SappyFest, and it got off on the right foot last night with a surprise performance by Arcade Fire as Shark Attack.


Wu Lyf: "Brooklyn Girls" Maida Vale Session

"London Calling" 2012

London, one of the world's great cities, was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games on July 6, 2005. And that was very likely the last time that this fact crossed my mind. Until I learned that London's Olympic committee is using the title song from The Clash's classic 1979 album London Calling as the London Games 'jingle' in advertising. Where it seems odd that they'd use a song with lyrics like:

"London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared, and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls"


London calling to the zombies of death
Quit holding out, and draw another breath


The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

It, to me at least, seems equally odd that The Clash have allowed the song to be used. Although, since I can't find the commerical online to listen, I will wager a guess that these lines don't pop up in the advert.

Here's Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and Steve Van Zandt paying their respects to The Clash's Joe Strummer who had passed away in late 2002 at the 2003 Grammys.

London Calling (Live at 2003 Grammys) by hipstereo.blogspot.com

Daytrotter Session: The Lighthouse and The Whaler

The latest installment of Sean Moeller's Daytrotter Sessions is now live. Check out Ohio band, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, as they breeze through four songs, three of them unreleased.

Set List:
The Adriatic Sea
White Days

Jul 29, 2011

Photo Book of Beck: Out Nov. 9th

The book, comprised of photos of Beck taken by Autumn de Wilde, will cover 16 years of photographs. Published by Chronicle Books, it'll be out November 9th.

Daytrotter Session: The Black Swans

New session at Daytrotter: The Black Swans, led by Ohioan Jerry DeCicca, bring the dark, dark shadows out into the light and you can't help but look... and listen, as they burn and drift away.

I thought the name, The Black Swans, seemed vaguely familiar and then I saw Jerry's name, I wrote about these guys several years ago on *sixeyes. Just found it and here's what I wrote in 2005:

Jerry DeCicca, of The Black Swans, has a darkness in his voice, a ghostly quality. Not sinister, more like a blue fog, sad grey veils which are delivered in contrast to the sweet, and yes... also sad, violin of bandmate, Noel Sayre (a member of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia). The languid sounds of the band may stir memories of British band, Tindersticks, but they move in a decidedly more sinister and romantic arena then The Black Swans. DeCicca may also bring to mind Nick Cave, that is if Cave moved forward out of the bowels of his 'cave' towards the cloud streaked mid-western sky.

Their song, "Blue Skies", on their debut, Who Will Walk In The Darkness With You? (Delmore Records/Nov. 23 2004) is a lovely melody, pulled along by DeCicca's 'ghost-with-the-blues' voice and lifted above most bluesy rural-folk by Sayre's tasteful performance on violin. Throughout, "Blue Skies", a tinkling bell reminds the songs narrator, and us, that happiness still exists, that it's always there and will come back to those who survive through the blues.

Video: Feist: "1,2,3,4" With The Muppets

Just trying to keep the Muppets theme going strong. You're welcome.

Video: Seth Avett Covers Elliott Smith: Live

A week ago in Oakland Jessica Lea Mayfield joined Seth Avett on stage for a faithful rendition of Elliott Smith's bittersweet "Twilight".

Jul 28, 2011

Andrew Bird Covers The Muppets: MP3 Stream

Andrew Bird has taken part in a Muppets tribute record called The Green Album. Tackling "Bein' Green", Bird's version might as well be the original because I don't know any other version.

andrew bird - bein green by hipstereo.blogspot.com

Feist: Fall 2011 Tour Dates

The album arrives October 4th and the woman herself starts arriving Nov. 2nd. The contest to colour the album cover began today... check that out here.

Feist 2011 Tour Dates:
11/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Howard Gilman Opera House
11/04 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/08 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/16 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/17 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

Eleanor Friedberger: "Stare At The Sun" Unreleased MP3

Eleanor Friedberger recorded a session for Brightest Young Things when she was in Washington. Performing two songs, including a new piece she played at a Toronto in-store. I posted the new song previously (find the lyrics via this link) and took a stab at the title, but it turns out to be titled "Stare at The Sun".

Stare At The Sun (unreleased) by hipstereo.blogspot.com

Watch video of the songs here.
See her fall tour dates here.

Daytrotter's Barnstormer 5 Tour

Just found this at Paste magazine's website. If you aren't familiar with Daytrotter, pay them a visit and check out the sessions.

"Setting up in barns up and down the Atlantic before heading back to the Midwest, bands such as White Rabbits, Deer Tick, We Are Augustines and Blood Orange will play what are sure to be memorable shows.

From horse barns at the site of a former insane asylum to barns where it is believed that cults worship, these hay lofts have seen the likes of Dawes, Local Natives, Ra Ra Riot and Justin Townes Earle."

26 — North Hampton, N.H. (w/ White Rabbits, Deer Tick, We Are Augustines, Blood Orange, Doug Paisley)
27 — Ghent, N.Y. @ Sunnyview Farm Barn (w/ White Rabbits, We Are Augustines, Blood Orange, Doug Paisley, Christopher Paul Stelling)
28 — Central Valley, N.Y. @ Falkirk Farm Barn (w/ White Rabbits, Deer Tick, We Are Augustines, Blood Orange, Doug Paisley)
30 — New Wilmington, Pa. @ Chaseland Barn (w/ White Rabbits, Doug Paisley, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda and Christopher Paul Stelling)
31 — Akron, Ohio @ Conrad Botzum Farmstead Barn (w/ White Rabbits, Doug Paisley, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda)

1 — Dexter, Mich. @ Lakeview Farms Barn (w/ White Rabbits, Doug Paisley, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda)
2 — Monticello, Ill. @ Kalyx Center Barn (w/ White Rabbits, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda, Hundred Visions)
3 — Maquoketa, Iowa @ Codfish Hollow Barn (w/ White Rabbits, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda, Madi Diaz, Hundred Visions, Keegan DeWitt, Nona Marie & The Choir)

Here's an example of Daytrotter's Sessions:
Bill Callahan: Daytrotter Session (27.04.11) by Ragged Words

Help Feist Design 'Metals' Album Cover

Feist wants YOU to design her new album cover. Use the colour key or even create your own... if you do your own you may win something special.

Metals will see release October 4th.

Feist w/ Kevin Drew
Kevin Drew + Feist - Safety Bricks by hipstereo.blogspot.com

Sufjan Stevens: Live "Futile Devices" Stream, MP3, Lyrics

Stevens and a few friends paid a visit to WNYC to be interviewed and record a couple of songs. Here is "Futile Devices" from The Age Of Adz live at WNYC

Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices by hipstereo.blogspot.com.

Watch the performance on youtube.

They also performed "Pleasure Principle", the ending piece of Stevens epic "Impossible Soul". Go here for that.

"Futile Devices"
It's been a long, long time since I've memorized your face
It's been four hours now since I've wandered through your place
And when I sleep on your couch I feel very safe
And when you bring the blankets I cover up my face
I do love you
I do love you

And when you play guitar I listen to the strings buzz
The metal vibrates underneath your fingers
And when you crochet I feel mesmerized and proud
And I would say I love you, but saying it out loud is hard
So I won't say it at all
And I won't stay very long
But you are the life I needed all along
I think of you as my brother
Although that sounds dumb
Words are futile devices

Jul 27, 2011

Richard Swift: "Broken Finger Blues" MP3 + Stream

Richard Swift goes Motown on the song "Broken Finger Blues". The Motown sound, when it's beautiful and sad, is pure nostalgia. A bittersweet longing. Nothing better describes this song and what many Motown artists did so well.

Swift said this about the song:
A year and a half ago i broke my finger. Never got it back. This is a song I made a few days after getting the cast taken off.

Broken Finger Blues by Richard Swift

From his 4th album Atlantic Ocean:
lady luck [mp3]
From Dressed Up For the Letdown (2007)
kisses for the misses

Wild Beasts: "Bed Of Nails" Video

Brit band Wild Beasts' latest single from the album ,Smother, "Bed of Nails", is now a video directed by Daniel Brereton. In a refreshing change of pace the band play instruments and perform the song itself. What a concept....

The Features: 'Wilderness' Stream + MP3

      photo: marv watson

The Features, who I have written about in the past (2004) look poised to finally start buzzing and buzzing hard. Tapes n' Tapes-like hard. They made an impressive splash on Jimmy Kimmel last night (whoever that is), to promote the new record Wilderness... here's the evidence (not that the sound is very good, in fact it sucks... wtf, Kibbel).

You can download the first track off the record, "Content", here.

STREAM THE ENTIRE RECORD: Released July 26, 2011 on Bug Music/Serpents And Snakes.

And a treat, here's how they sounded way back in 2004.
the beginning [MP3]

07.29.11 - The Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
08.19.11 - Cosmic Charlies - Lexington, KY
08.25.11 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
08.26.11 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
08.27.11 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
09.06.11 - Club AE - Pittsburgh, PA
09.07.11 - Musica - Akron, OH
09.08.11 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
09.09.11 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
09.10.11 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
09.11.11 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
09.13.11 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
09.14.11 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
09.16.11 - El Corazon Lounge - Seattle, WA
09.17.11 - Bunk Bar - Portland, OR
09.19.11 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
09.20.11 - The Wire - Upland, CA

Mystery Pills: They've Got the Hooks, You've Got the Cash

I heard from a musician early this morning via email, a fella who calls Rapid City, South Dakota home. He told me that I had written about his previous band around five years ago, probably closer to six. He had only signed his first name in the message and that name was Jason. Now, it didn't take me very long to figure out who he and his previous band were, but they would like to remain anonymous (and mysterious, I presume).

As a mysterious spokesperson for Mystery Pills said:

“If we come right out and tell people who's playing what, their brains immediately begin to mentally arrange people on a stage and put instruments in their hands. If we use the standard indie rock storyline and tell people about how we recorded in the attic of our grandmother's cabin on the beach, those are just more visual details that peoples' brains start to fill in that distract it from the sonic elements we're hoping they will focus on."

“No one really knows who we are or what to expect from a band from South Dakota anyway.”

His new project for the past year, or so, has been Mystery Pills. They've got two songs produced by the band and mixed by Stuart Sikes (Walkmen, White Stripes, Cat Power), and now, at the tail end of a campaign to raise money to press some 7 inch singles, they need a little help. The campaign for "Anti-Pattern" and its B-side "Vital Signs" wraps up August 5, 2011 at 3pm MDT.

GO HERE to learn more about Kickstarter and to help out the band.

Now we've got the cash part out of the way, now on to the hooks. A-Side "Vital Patterns" is punchy, catchy, and percolates until you're ready for the sugar and cream. Something is happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear... until I read this from the mysterious spokesperson again:

"Even though we're trying to make things sound electronic, we're generally using real instruments... We really only use samplers and synthesizers to approximate some instrument or machine that is too impractical to use or too expensive or hard to find."

Mystery pills - anti-patterns by hipstereo

Neon Indian: "Fallout" MP3 + Stream

Neon Indian's upcoming effort, Era Extraña, comes out September 13 on Neon Indian Chief Alan Palomo's Static Tongues label. But you can check out the track "Fallout" right now.

Check tour dates here.

fallout [mp3]

Neon Indian - Fallout by hipstereo

Jul 26, 2011

Gem Club: 'Breakers' + 'Acid And Everything'

Boston's Gem Club make music which is minimal and atmospheric. But to me that phrase, 'minimal and atmospheric', is relative, for I feel that the more minimal something is the stronger the atmosphere which it creates. I should add the caveat that minimalism, minimalism which is striking, desires strength in it's parts. Those parts should have a distinct personality, and they should compliment each other... so to make a long idea short; minimalism is not easy to do well. Gem Club not only do it easily, they do do it well. So well in fact that they create not only the atmosphere, but the tiny planet on which the listener stands (if only for the length of a song); and that is no mean feat.

This is the title track off the full length, Breakers, out Sept. 27th on Hardly Art.

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And this is their full length from last year (July 2010).

Tribute to The Strokes: Is This It feat. Peter Bjorn & John and More

There is a free download album called Stroked: A Tribute To Is This It, now available at Stereogum. With contributions from Owen Pallett, Peter Bjorn & John , Austra, Frankie Rose, Wise Blood, the morning benders, Heems, Computer Magic, and more.

Here's what you can expect to find:

Owen Pallett - "Hard To Explain"
Owen Pallett - Hard To Explain by hipstereo

Peter, Bjorn, and John - "Is This It"
Peter Bjorn And John - Is This It by hipstereo

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "Maniac" New MP3

Yes, this will get you up and out of bed. "Maniac" is the cup of coffee you need, or possibly never had before. This should have come out at least a month ago, a great track for summertime.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah -- Maniac by hipstereo

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's upcoming release, Hysterical, will arrive in stores September.

Hysterical Track List:
Same Mistake
Misspent Youth
Into Your Alien Arms
In a Motel
Yesterday, Never
Siesta (For Snake)
Ketamine and Ecstasy
The Witness' Dull Surprise
Adam's Plane

Bjork: "Crystalline" Video

The first sounds we heard from Bjork's upcoming album, Biophilia (September 27 on Nonesuch/One Little Indian), was the song Crystalline. So, it only stands to reason that the first video is also Crystalline. It may be directed by Michel Gondry, but it is unmistakably from the world of Bjork.

Jul 25, 2011

Lykke Li: Summer and Fall Tour dates 2011

Lykke Li has plans to tour in support of her latest, Wounded Rhymes, straight through until late November. If you haven't given this album a chance... here's your, uh... chance.

Lykke Li - "Get Some" x 3

Lykke Li 2011 Tour Dates:
07/29 – Ostersund, SE @ Storsjo Yran Festival
08/01 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage !
08/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
08/05 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues ^
08/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/12 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/13 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
08/20 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/21 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
08/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Popaganda
08/28 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
09/02 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/03 – Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/24 – Melbourne, AU @ Parklife Festival
09/25 – Perth, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/01 – Brisbane, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/02 – Sydney, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/03 – Adelaide, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/30 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
10/31 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
11/01 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/05 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater #
11/09 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
11/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater #
11/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
11/15 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy #
11/17 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater #
11/19 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
11/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater #
11/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s #

! = w/ Timber Timbre
* = w/ Best Coast & Fool’s Gold
^ = w/ Foster the People
# = w/ First Aid Kit

Ted Leo: Fall Tour Dates 2011

Ted Leo's fall tour starts off September 23rd in Philadelphia. It's an odd tour as it concentrates on the eastern half of the continent, save for a fest in Portland. And only one Canadian date? There's got to be another tour to come. Keep your eyes and ears open for that.

Ted Leo - "The Mighty Sparrow"

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 2011 Tour Dates:
07/26 – Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl
07/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Earth House
07/29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
08/07 – Halifax, NS @ Alderney Landing
09/08-11 – Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW 2011
09/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/25 – Newark, DE @ Mojo Main
10/26 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
10/27 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
10/29 – Gainesville, FL @ The Venue
10/30 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
11/01 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
11/02 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
11/03 – Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
11/04 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11/08 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
11/09 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
11/10 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
11/12 – Washington, DC @ Sacred Heart Church

Sufjan Stevens: "Pleasure Principle" Stream + MP3

"Pleasure Principle" is the ending piece of Stevens epic "Impossible Soul" off of his latest album, The Age Of Adz, and he and some friends, including Bryce Dessner of the National, played the song live at New York's WNYC radio.

Sufjan stevens - pleasure principle (live at wnyc) by hipstereo

Here's the interview and performances at WNYC:

Here are the lyrics:

"Pleasure Principle"
I never meant to cause you pain
My burden is the weight of a feather
I never meant to lead you on
I only meant to please me, however

And then you tell me
Boy, we can do much more
Boy, we can do much more
Boy, we can do much more together
Boy, we can do much more together

I'm nothing but a selfish man
I'm nothing but a privileged peddlar
And did you think I'd stay the night
And did you think I'd love you forever

And then you tell me 
Boy, we can do much more 
Boy, we can do much more
Boy, we can do much more together
Boy, we can do much more together

I gotta tell you
Girl, I want nothing less
Girl, I want nothing less
Girl, I want nothing less than pleasure
Girl, I want nothing less than pleasure

And then you tell me
Boy, we made such a mess
Boy, we made such a mess
Boy, we made such a mess together
Boy, we made such a mess together
Boy, we made such a mess together
Boy, we made such a mess together

Feist announces new album: 'Metals' Due October

On October 4th, Feist will release Metals on Cherrytree/Interscope. The 12 track album was recorded in Toronto and California with Bjork producer Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Watch and listen:

Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor: CANT "Answer" - Stream

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Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor will release, Dreams Come True, his debut as CANT on September 13. You'll find it on Taylor's label, Terrible Records, and on Warp.

CANT - "Answer" by hipstereo

Tour Dates:
10-01 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10-02 Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club
10-03 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
10-05 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10-07 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10-08 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10-11 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10-12 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10-14 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
10-15 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10-16 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
10-18 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10-19 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10-21 Toronto, Ontario – Garrison
10-22 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End
10-24 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
10-25 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10-27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
10-28 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
10-29 Asheville, NC – Moog Festival

The Arcade Fire: The Suburbs Deluxe Edition Out August 2nd - Stream

The deluxe edition reissue of Arcade Fire's Grammy winning album, The Suburbs, hits shelves August 2nd via Merge (pre-order). Along with the two previously unreleased tracks, “Speaking In Tongues” and “Culture War”, the special edition also includes an extended remix of “Ready to Start” and a demo of “Sprawl I”. But that's not all... there's also an extended version of "Wasted Hours," Spike Jonze's short film, Scenes From The Suburbs (the short was directed by Spike Jonze and co-written by Jonze, Will and Win Butler), plus an 80-page booklet.

This is how Merge Records describes the package on their website:

* CD: The Suburbs album, including an extended version of "Wasted Hours" and two non-album tracks "Speaking In Tongues" feat. David Byrne and "Culture War."
* DVD: Scenes From The Suburbs (30 minutes), a behind the scenes documentary and the official video for The Suburbs' title track.
* An 80-page booklet featuring stills from the film, behind the scenes photographs from the film's production, and lyrics.

Stream both the demo for “Sprawl I” and the extended remix of “Ready to Start” below.

"Ready To Start" Extended Remix:

“Sprawl I” Demo:

Jul 24, 2011

Bon Iver Covers Feist: "The Park" MP3

A couple of years ago, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon covered Canadian chanteuse Feist's "The Park" on Australia's Triple J radio. This goes rather nicely with his cover of Bjork currently making the rounds... and it sounds fantastic in comparison to the audio quality of the youtube rip. In fact this song suits Mr Vernon much better than the Bjork composition. Maybe he prefers the Canadian women, as I've heard his current squeeze is Ottawa girl, Kathleen Edwards (whose upcoming album he is co-producing with Portishead and Arcade Fire studio whiz Craig Silvey).

Bon Iver - The Park (Feist Cover) by hipstereo

Why would he come back through the park
You thought that you saw him, but no you did not
It's not him coming across the sea to surprise you
Not him who would know where in London to find you

Sadness so real that it populates
The city and leaves you homeless again
Steam from a cup and snow on the path
The seasons have changed from the present to past

The past...
There's hope to have
In the past...

Why would he come back through the park
You thought that you saw him, but no you did not
Who can be sure of anything through
The distance that keeps you from knowing truth

Why would he think, the boy could become
The man who could make you sure he was the one
The one...
My one...
My one...

Bjork: 'Biophilia' Cover Art

Here are the different covers for Biophilia, Bjork's upcoming album... as found on bjork.com.

(this is the cover unveiled on bjork's website on august 17th, 2011)

Biophilia 'The Ultimate Edition' and Digipack CD Cover:

"Cosmogony (serban ghenea mix)" Cover:

The Crystalline Series Cover:

James Vincent McMorrow - Tour Dates

I posted about McMorrow and his music before and now I've got tour dates! He's coming to North America and I hope to see him perform.

07/24 - Dublin, IRE
07/28 - Cambridge, ENG
07/29 - Dorset, ENG
07/31 - Cornwall, ENG
08/07 - Kilkenny, IRE
08/19 - Crichowell, Wales
09/03 - Vlieland, NL
09/04 - Strabally, Laois

Canada + US
09/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/09 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/10 – Boston, MA @ Bright Music Hall
09/11 – Montreal, QC @ Sala
09/13 – Toronto, ON @ Elmo
09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout
09/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
09/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
09/21 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
09/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
09/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg

Bon Iver Covers Björk - Stream + MP3

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Bon Iver covered Björk's “Who Is It (Carry My Joy On The Left, Carry My Pain On The Right)" during the encore of Friday night's show in Milwaukee.

Bon Iver - “Who Is It (Carry My Joy On The Left, Carry My Pain On The Right)" shared by Alan Williamson - hipstereo

Jul 22, 2011

The Monthly Spotlight: Allo Darlin' "Darren"

OK, this is the first monthly spotlight. The idea just came to me when I was listening to Allo Darlin' for the first time. A band will be highlighted, more or less monthly, in the sidebar by a streaming player and be blogged about in a 'The Monthly Spotlight' post.

This song inspired me and that's what good music does, it inspires the listeners, at least the listeners who enjoy what they're hearing, in a myriad of ways. Rapid-fire hand claps open the song, soon the oddly Nico-shaped and twee vocals rise up with a thumping bass and the magnetic crunchy guitar. "Darren" rushes along like mainlined sugar. Pop that gets you high for three and a half minutes, or so? Yes, please.

Allo Darlin's "Darren" can be streamed in the right sidebar.

Tori Amos Announces 2011 North American Tour

Tori Amos has announced the US leg of her Night of Hunters tour. Beginning November 29, at Atlanta ‘s Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center, and concluding December 22 at Dallas’s Verizon Theatre, the tour will support her upcoming release in September of Night of Hunters.

2011 Tour Dates:
09/28 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall
09/30 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Oktyabrsky Hall
10/02 – Moscow, RU @ Crocus Hall
10/04 – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
10/05 – Paris, FR @ Le Grand Rex
10/07 – Milan, IT @ Teatro Arcimboldi
10/08 – Rome, IT @ Auditorium Parco della Musica
10/10 – Hamburg, DE @ Laieszhalle
10/11 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
10/13 – Warsaw, PL @ Sala Kongresowa
10/15 – Eindoven, NL @ Muziekgebouw
10/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Carre
10/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Carre
10/20 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
10/21 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Royal Theatre
10/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Royal Theatre
10/24 – Lucerne, CH @ KKL
10/25 – Vienna, AT @ Stadhalle F
10/26 – Frankfurt, DE @ Alte Oper
10/28 – Antwerp, BE @ QEH
10/29 – Brussels, BE @ Bozar
10/31 – Essen, DE @ Philharmonie
11/02 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
11/03 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
11/04 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
11/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
11/08 – Belfast, UK @ Waterfront
11/09 – Dublin, UK @ Grand Canal Theatre
11/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center
12/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/02 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/03 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/05 – Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
12/06 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
12/08 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
12/10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpehum Theater
12/14 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
12/16 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
12/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/21 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
12/22 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie


Check out this new video of Joan as Policewoman’s new single "Chemmie". Taken from her latest album The Deep Field, the single is out August 1st. Joan’s says this about "Chemmie":

‘Chemmie’ describes “the undeniable chemistry that soars past logic” existing between lovers - a sultry, carnal lyric wrapped up in the form of ‘60s Philly soul.'

Sultry is what informs most of Joan Wasser's music, there is often a dark, sparkling mood churned up by her songwriting and performance.

Joan hits the road for a month long European tour, US shows, then back to the UK for a run of headline shows and festivals including a return to Shepherds Bush Empire on September 9th .

31st – EDINBURGH – Fringe Festival
1st – YORK – Duchess
2nd – END OF THE ROAD Festival – Dorset
4th – ELECTRIC PICNIC Festival – Stradbally, Ireland
5th – GATESHEAD– The Sage -
6th – SALFORD – St Philips Church
7th – BIRMINGHAM – Institute
9th – LONDON – Shepherds Bush Empire

Radiohead - 'From The Basement' US Broadcast + MP3

Radiohead's performance on Nigel Godrich's show From The Basement, will be shown on Palladia this Saturday the 23rd at 9PM. A repeat showing will be on MTV2 the following week.

This note can be seen on the band's Dead Air Space:

"Apologies for the delay getting From The Basement shown in the UK: the original broadcaster decided not to show it, but we are working on it getting it shown on another channel."

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the performance and a stream/mp3 download of the band playing "The Daily Mail".

Jul 21, 2011

Megafaun Tour Dates 2011

Megafaun, RollingStone.com's "Band To Watch" this week, have confirmed North American and European tour dates in support of their imminent self-titled album, out September 20 on Hometapes.

European Tour
08/31/11 - Deventer, Netherlands @ Burgerweeshuis
09/01/11 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
09/02/11 - London, UK @ The Lexington
09/03/11 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
09/04/11 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End Of The Road Festival
09/05/11 - Paris, France @ Cafe de la Danse
09/06/11 - Middelburg, Netherlands @Avonduren
09/07/11 - Cologne, Germany @ King Georg
09/08/11 - Hamburg, Germany @ Astra Stube
09/09/11 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Musik Loppen
09/11/11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
09/12/11 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ Incubate

North American Tour*
9/22 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
9/23 - Washington, DC @ Red Palace
9/24 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/25 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9/28 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
9/29 - Madison, WI @ High Noon
9/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10/01 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
10/04 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor
10/05 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
10/06 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
10/07 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe DuNord
10/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite
10/09 - Santa Monica, CA @ McCabes
10/10 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

* Doug Paisley to support on all dates from 9/24 - 10/10

Turntable.fm Now Licensed by ASCAP

Turntable.fm, the social media website that allows users to interactively share music, is now licensed by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). This is a major step along with it's allowing Facebook users access to the site. Well, American users at the least... I'm in Canada, so I have no idea if the site is worth your time or not.

If you do visit, tell 'em Canada sent you.

Damon Albarn Collective To Record in Congo

Damon Albarn will lead a collective in recording an album in a space of seven days. To be recorded in the Congo, the album, which is being recorded to benefit Oxfam’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will see Albarn teaming up with a collective of producers... including Gorillaz collaborator Dan the Automator, XL label chief Richard Russell, and London DJ Darren Cunningham (aka Actress). Amongst the others contributing will be Jo Gunton, Marc Antoine, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jneiro Jarel, and Kwes.

This is Albarn's second effort to aid Oxfam. A decade ago, in Mali, he whipped up Mali Music, in aid of the African nation.

Mali Music - Makelekele by Tumbleweave

Jul 20, 2011

Eleanor Friedberger: New Song + MP3

Eleanor Friedberger was in Toronto Tuesday night to perform songs from her great debut solo album, Last Summer. She made a stop late afternoon at Soundscapes on College St. in Toronto to play a couple of songs including this new song not found on the album. I'm not sure of the song's title, so I tried transcribing the lyrics and then took at stab at a possible title. BTW, after several listens to try to get the lyrics straight, I now love this song and wish it had been on the new record.

The song can be downloaded via the soundcloud player, it's the downward facing arrow on the right.

"Stare At The Sun"

"Stare At The Sun"
In the back of the taxi, you turned off the TV
and read me a book on your phone
here's the return of your skeleton key
oh, baby, the places we've gone
if that was goodbye then i must be high
you know i'll be seeing ya soon
if that was goodbye it'll snow in july
like it hailed in the middle of June

Give me your toothpaste
give me your ointment
give me your body in bed
keep this in amber
keep our appointment
remember the things that we said
if that was goodbye
then i must be high
you must be the sugar i need
if that was goodbye
then i am a fly
the future is guaranteed
because when i'm with you
everything's treasure
i forget what it's like to be gone
we're far from the town
in the suburbs of your pleasure
? in exile so long
try not to stare at the sun
try not to stare at the sun
try not to stare at the sun

cooperative coffee and synchronized showers
try not to look at the clock
goodbye to your castle
wave from the tower
then drop me a line from the dock
if that was goodbye
then you must be high
and maybe i'm losing the thread
if that was goodbye
the sea has run dry
so bitter with tears instead
whenever i'm with you everything's treasure
i forget what it's like to be gone
far from the town
in the suburbs of your pleasure
? in exile so long
try not to stare at the sun
try not to stare at the sun
try not to stare at the sun

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VHS or Beta: Stream "Breaking Bones" MP3

Brooklyn's VHS or Beta have a new album, their first in four years, called Diamonds and Death, Krian Music Group/Chromosome Records will get it on shelves September 27th. Electro-pop isn't typically my thing, but this sounds damn good to this ears.

VHS or Beta - "Breaking Bones"

.. and here's another track:
VHS or Beta - "I Found A Reason"

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