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 .