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New Download: Architecture in Helsinki – “Contact High”

I am ecstatic to hear the news today that there’s a brand new single out from Architecture in Helsinki. Can you believe it’s been 4 years since their last album?

The band’s upcoming hook-laden, magnetic, and lush new album, Moment Bends will be released on May 3rd through V2/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records.

Click here for a free download of “Contact High” courtesy of Pitchfork!

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Highly Anticipated: New Pete Yorn!

On September 28th, Vagrant Records will release the latest studio album from Pete Yorn. This collection follows Yorn’s two 2009 releases. Rolling Stone said, “Yorn has found his voice on Back and Fourth, a mostly acoustic beauty.” It was followed in September by Break Up, a collaboration with Scarlett Johansson.

Pete Yorn’s forthcoming album, a self-titled volume with a plain black cover, was recorded on the spur-of-the-moment, in the summer of 2008. Yorn was in the middle of making (his last album) Back & Fourth in Nebraska when he got an email from Frank Black (The Pixies) suggesting that they record some tunes. Intrigued by the notion of experimenting with Frank, Yorn hopped a plane to Salem, OR, where the two set up an impromptu studio. They recorded the album in a mere five days even though the singer-songwriter-guitarist came down with the flu two days into the process.

“Frank didn’t give a shit about getting sick, so we stayed in the flow,” recalls Yorn. “He has an incredible ability to distill a song down to its core.”

Frank recalls, “Pete told me he wanted to better define himself as an artist. I think he just wanted to rock out. But as we headed down a path of realization I stripped him down a whole bunch. We battled in the best sort of way. I tried to get the session into a fearless and raw place, and to his artistic credit Pete took his songwriting to a fearless and raw place. This listener will find his or herself sitting right next to Pete on the couch. And the record totally rocks out.”

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New Music Tuesday: We Are Scientists

The new We Are Scientists album Barbara is out today. It says something when I immediately purchase an album with out even previewing it. That’s what I did just a few minutes ago. Maybe because one of the songs is titled “Pittsburgh”.

UPDATE: Aaaaaaaaaaand they are coming! We Are Scientists are playing a show at Brillobox on Sunday, August 15th. 9:30 pm. $15

Get tix here

Check it out over at Amie Street (and get it for $5 while you still can)!

Track List:

1. Rules Don’t Stop

2. I Don’t Bite

3. Nice Guys

4. Jack & Ginger

5. Pittsburgh

6. Ambition

7. Break It Up

8. Foreign Kicks

9. You Should Learn

10. Central AC

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Holy Ghost! Debut EP

The duo Holy Ghost! is one of the most talked about remixers for the last few months. They’ve released a string of hit remixes for artists such as Cut Copy, Moby, MGMT and Phoenix.

Now they’re just about set to release their EP Static on the Wire (DFA Records). And you can catch a preview of the disco-pop track “Say My Name” here AND go have a listen to their latest remix of LCD Soundsystem’s “Drunk Girls” streaming on their website.

And for the first time ever you’ll be able to see them live, performing as a full live band (guitars, drum kit, keys, the works!) this spring and summer, including US dates opening for LCD.

Static on the Wire EP Tracklisting:

1.) Static on the Wire

2.) Say My Name

 3.) I Will Come Back

4.) I Know, I Hear

 

05/20: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *

05/21: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *

05/22: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *

 05/23: New York, NY @ Terminal 5*

05/24: Montreal, BC @ Metropolis *

05/25: Toronto, BC @ Koolhaus *

05/26: Chicago, IL @ Metro *

05/29: Portland, OR @ Roseland *

05/31: Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl *

06/03: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore *

06/04: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium*

06/05: Pamona, CA @ Fox Theater*

06/08: Austin, TX @ Stubbs *

06/09: Dallas, TX @ Palladium *

06/18: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

06/19: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

06/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time

07/02: Calvi, Corse @ Calvi On The Rocks

07/08: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

07/09: Lisbon, Portugal @ Optimus Alive Festival

07/10: London, UK @ Fabric

07/15: Arvika, Sweden @ Arvika Festival

07/16: Winchester, UK @ Glade Festival

07/17: Berlin, Germany @ Melt

07/18: London, UK @ Lovebox

08/04: New York, NY @ Summer Stage, Central Park (with Hot Chip and Hercules & Love Affair)

* = shows with LCD Soundsystem

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NEW ALBUMS released TODAY!

Here are 2 albums that you should look into getting immediately:

Four Tet There Is Love In You

 

AND Citay Dream Get Together

 

 

You’re welcome.

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Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer is Sunset Rubdown’s (technically) fourth album, but I’d consider it their third because their first LP was more of a solo project by lead singer Spencer Krug released in 2005. Their second album is when the project became more of an actual band, with their album Shut Up I Am Dreaming. Despite their status as comparatively venerable on tributes to the indie scene, Sunset Rubdown doesn’t get very much attention.

I wasn’t sure what I thought about the album when I first listened to it. Actually, I’m still not sure. I enjoy it, and there’s no doubt that it’s good, but it isn’t likely to fall into my music rotation this summer.

The first song, “Silver Moons”, features a piano and is a good starting point. “Idiot Heart” is quickly becoming one of the most listened to tracks on Dragonslayer. It’s one of the better songs on the album, and some parts even remind me of The Cars. Tracks three and four both sound the same to me and I can skip over them without hesitation. “

“You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)” is another very likeable song that’s worth mentioning, but my favorite is “Nightingale/December Song.” It begins with drums and sounds just like Mahjongg.

Then, we get a few electro-pop sounds before Krug’s voice bursts onto the scene. You’d never expected this sound to emerge when the song began. At the end of the second verse, Krug croons, “You need the one who slowly burns/and burns to stay alive/In this way you will come find me in December.” Then, we have an instrumental intermission before the third verse that is so riveting you’ll want to play it over and over.

Another point to mention that may (or may not) draw you to have a listen, is that Spencer Krug is also the lead singer in the more widely-known band, Wolf Parade. If you’re a fan of Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, you especially should give Sunset Rubdown a chance.

 

 

*This article is also found at Pop Damage

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