Dirty Projectors are giving away a brand new single. The band announced on their MySpace page that they’re giving away a digital download of the A-side “Ascending Melody” as well as B-side “Emblem of the World.” All you’ve got to do is register and give them your important deets. The band’s label Domino will also sell the single as a 7-inch.
If you’re just dying to hear the new Spoon album (and who isn’t?), you can now stream Transference in its entirety over at the NPR site. The album hits shops on January 19th.
M.I.A. is getting ready to drop her third album. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Maya Arulpragasam said most of the album was recorded with producer Blaqstarr. As for the music, she said the goal was “to be real, whatever that is” and to avoid making music that is “gimmicky or silly or hipstery.” The untitled album is set for summer.
Industrial noise merchants Swans have reunited. According to a MySpace blog posting, the band are working on a new album and have posted an acoustic demo for a song called “Jim.” Leader Michael Gira will be releasing an acoustic version of these songs on CD as well as a live DVD in a limited edition, hand-packaged set titled I Am Not Insane as a way of paying for the studio album.
Pavement are looking like the (obvious) headliners for this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival. News has leaked online that the seminal indie rockers will indeed be one of the influential website’s evening closers over the weekend event, which usually occurs in mid-July .
Lykke Li is giving away a free MP3 of her covering the Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” It’s pretty spectacular.
Magnet has contemplated what they feel are the most overrated (“Kool Thing”) and underrated (“Swimsuit Issue”) Sonic Youth songs. It’s pretty subjective, y’know, not at all like what you’d read on this blog.
Speaking of subjective, Rough Trade Records (the shop, not the label) have chosen their favourite albums of the year. #1? The xx. Can’t argue that. They do a top 60 and link to them all so you can buy them. Smart.
Harp-stroking folk goddess Joanna Newsom, who is dating Andy Samberg of all people, has “recently finished work on a new album.” The news was confirmed by W Magazine, of all sources, who were shooting her dressed in Armani for a recent fashion spread. Hopefully the album will be sans any Lonely Island dick jokes.
Last night the Dirty Projectors were joined on stage at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC by not only David Byrne but also three members of The Roots. Sadly no YouTube footage has surfaced yet, but someone please post ?uestlove keeping time to “Stillness Is the Move”!
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Sonic Youth have selected their 12 favourite films from the esteemed Criterion Collection vault. No surprise, their taste in cinema is as arty as their music. How many of them have you seen? I’ve seen only two.
It’s official: The xx are now a trio. The hot UK band announced that guitarist/keyboardist Baria Qureshi has left the band over “personal differences.” The remaining members will hopefully keep it together to make it to Canada for their three shows: Vancouver on November 26th, Toronto on December 2nd and Montreal on December 3rd.
John Lydon says the advertising campaign he starred in for Country Life butter is what will fund the Public Image Limited reunion tour. He tells the Camden New Journal, “I’m promoting a British product which I’m very proud of. Anything I can do to help British industry is fine by me and in return you’ve got PiL.”
Beyonce’s little sister Solange has covered Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is The Move.” It may seem weird, but her version really exposes the Brooklynites’ as a true R&B act by emphasizing their deep guitar grooves and soaring falsettos. Apparently, so influential has Solange been on Jay-Z’s taste in music (he’s all about indie rock now, didn’t you know?), that he’s gone and hired the Projectors and Grizzly Bear to help record his next album.
A trailer for the highly anticipated Serge Gainsbourg biopic, Serge Gainsbourg: Vie Héroïque, is now available to watch. And as you can guess, it only takes seconds for an adolescent Serge to see his first breast. That sounds pretty accurate.
Hot Chip have revealed that their fourth LP will be titled One Life Stand and will see a release on February 9th. The band are streaming the first track “Take It In” over at Pitchfork.
My Morning Jacket will be making a guest appearance on Fox’s animated series American Dad. In the episode lead character Stan Smith will become an obsessed groupie of the band. You can see some revealing images over at Stewie’s Playground.
New York Magazine presents “a highly subjective ranking of the songs that define the sound of right now” in Brooklyn. What song defines the city best? Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move.” Better luck next time Grizzly Bear.
4AD is now hosting “an ongoing series of video recordings with various acts from the label’s roster.” The first 4AD Session is by New England’s tUnE-yArDs.
Pet Shop Boys are prepping a new Christmas EP aptly titled Christmas. The five-song set will include their 1997 fan-club single “It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas” as well as a cover of Madness’ “My Girl” and a mash-up of PSB’s “Domino Dancing” with a cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”
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