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October 30, 2007

{Yea Big + Kid Static}

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The duo of DJ Yea Big and emcee Kid Static bring the fun back in hip-hop! Yea Big and Kid Static's self-titled album brings sci-fi hip-hop to the masses. Have a listen...

"Duck Motherfuckers"

Hear more from Yea Big + Kid Static's MySpace

Purchase the album here

{Simian Mobile Disco - "Hustler}


Hang in til the three minute mark when things get all Aphex Twin!

October 29, 2007

{Oh Astro}

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The Illegal Art label is set to release Oh Astro's first full-length album Champions of Wonder on November 6th. Oh Astro's track “Hello Fuji Boy” features a sample from Lionel Richie’s ballad “Hello” immortalized in the super cheezy video featuring a blind sculptress creating a model of Mr. Richie’s oversized head. Jane Dowe and Hank Hofler’s first full-length as Oh Astro is comprised almost solely of sampled material. Have a listen...

"Snow Queen"

"Hello Fuji Boy

Hear more from Oh Astro's MySpace

Pre-order the album here

October 25, 2007

{Wristcutters}

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This indie dramedy is set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. The film stars Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, and Will Arnett. Look for Wristcutters in select theaters on Nov. 23rd.

View the Trailer

October 24, 2007

{Rubies}

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California electro folk trio Rubies are gaining quite a following in Sweden and Japan. It doesn't hurt that they have some talented friends lending a helping hand, including: Eirik Glambek-Boe (Kings of Convenience), Leslie Feist, Karl-Jonas Winqvist (Blood Music), Dan Judd (Sorcerer), Lars Skoglund (Peter, Bjorn and John), Maria Eriksson (The Concretes), and the up and coming electronic duo Studio.

There is no US release date yet for the forthcoming album titled Explode From Center, although the album should be available from Telle Records (Norway) and a single is to be released through Rallye Records (Japan) on October 18th.

Have a listen...

"Diamonds on Fire"

Hear more from Rubies' MySpace

{I'm Not There Soundtrack}

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*********UPDATE*************

Hear Sufjan Stevens and Jeff Tweedy tracks from the I'm Not There Soundtrack courtesy of Hypeful

The soundtrack to Todd Haynes forthcoming film I'm Not There, which loosely reflects the life of Bob Dylan depicted through seven distinct stages of his life by six different actors (Marcus Carl Franklin, Ben Whishaw, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and Cate Blanchett), boasts an all-star indie-rock line-up. The soundtrack features Bob Dylan covers from: Jeff Tweedy, Iron & Wine, Cat Power, Karen O, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Stephen Malkmus, Sufjan Stevens, Sonic Youth and more. You can stream a few tracks from Jim James and Calexico, Cat Power, and Sufjan Stevens on the official site now.

Stream a few tracks here

{Ian Ball}

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Ian Ball (one of the three frontmen for Gomez) found some time to put together a solo album titled Who Goes There. I love the new track “I Knew You Were Trouble”, which I've had on repeat all week long! I've heard a few other tracks from the album and they are alright, but this one has really got a hold on me. Who Goes There drops next Tuesday (October 30th).

Listen to “Elephant Pharmacy” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” courtesy of Hypeful

Hear another track ("Failure") courtesy of Stereogum

Also hear Gomez latest single "Moon and Sun", which they cut for the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack from Hypeful

Hear more from Ian Ball's MySpace

Pre-order Who Goes There here

October 23, 2007

{The Verve}

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As an early supporter of The Verve, the band has let NME offer a copy protection-free download of their first jam session together in over 10 years, as a great way of building excitement around their return. The first 14 minutes of music they created together is labled The Thaw Sessions and is available for free on NME!

Head over to The Verve download form here

{San Serac}

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I'm getting backed up on music submissions I've been recieving lately, so I'm gonna put the word out about San Serac's new album before it slips my mind.

Baltimore native San Serac is on the road to promote his new album Professional (Normals Welcome Records). His new album Professional is pure 80’s indulgence (a la Roxy Music) with some modern electro touches.

Here's the track I was asked to post...

"Professional"

This funky electro number is one of my favorites...

"Tyrant"

Hear more from San Serac's MySpace

Purchase Professional here

{Funny or Die}



Have you been over to Funny or Die lately? No, I didn't think so. In fact the site has lost 81% of its initial traffic four month's after airing the hilarious Landlord skit starring Ferrell and Adam McKay’s daughter Pearl. So they've called in Judd Apatow (Superfreak, Knocked Up) who has now signed on as a partner and will be contributing content to the site as well. This is a new clip. Head over to the site for more.

{Late Night Sounds Sept. 07 Mix}

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The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.

A month too late, this Sept. mix was made, but never fully uploaded through my server. The error has been corrected and a new monthly mix is also on it's way! The poptastic LNS Sept. Mix 07 features: Swedish pop from from Jens Lekman, a reggae flavored tune from Mano Negra, Brit-pop from Richard Hawley, soul from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, 60's inspired pop from The 1900s, bluesy garage rock from Hot Boogie Chillun, funky electro from Cassius, and more pop from The Thrills. Give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Sept. Mix 07

Tracklisting:

1. Jens Lekman - "You Put your Arms Around Me" (Get the download from Carl Sandburg Visits Me in A Dream)

2. Mano Negra - "Out of Time Man"

3. Mexican Institute of Sound - "Para No Vivir Desesperado"

4. Richard Hawley - "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" (Get the download from Listening Posts)

5. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - "Nobody's Baby" (Get the download from Audiversity)

6. The 1900s - "When I Say Go" (Get the download from Caffeine-Headache)

7. Hot Boogie Chillun - "Come With Me"

8. Cassius - "The Sound of Violence" (Cosmo Vitelli Remix) (Get the download from Attorney St.)

9. The Thrills - "The Midnight Choir" (Get the download from My Little Ghost friend)

{LCD Soundsystem}

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Stream LCD Soundsystem's Someone Great EP in it's entirety!

Stream the Someone Great right here.

October 22, 2007

{Twin Peaks Gold Box}

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David Lynch's cult classic tv show Twin Peaks gets the gold treatment! Not only will the Twin Peaks Gold Box unite Season 2 with the now out of print Season 1 set, but it will include the Pilot Episode that had been missing from that first season set. All we need now is for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me to get the star treatment, so you can round out your Twin Peaks catalogue.

Look for the Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Edition on Oct. 30th. Watch the trailer right here...



Pre-order the Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box here

October 18, 2007

{The Octopus Project}

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Fanatic Promotions recently sent over Austin electronic rockers The Octopus Project's third album Hello, Avalanche, which is a perfect blend of high-end studio trickery and lo-fi home experimentation. Have a listen...

"Truck"

"Bees Bein' Strugglin"

"An Evening With Rrtha"

"I Saw The Bright Shinies"

Stream the album in it's entirety here

Purchase Hello, Avalanche here

October 16, 2007

{A Brief Smile}

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Wrecking Ball Music is offering A Brief Smile's new album Now We All Have Horns as a FREE download this week only (Monday, 15 October through Sunday, 21 October) as part of CMJ's Weekly Exclusive. The download is a zip file containing stereo mp3 files. Listeners may order a material copy of the record in digipak format for a price of $10 through the same website.

Download Now We All Have Horns right here

{Dave Gahan}

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*********UPDATE**********

You can now stream the album in it's entirety from Dave Gahan's MySpace!

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has just released "Kingdom", the first single to be released from second solo album, Hourglass.

Here's a link to the "Kingdom" (Digitalism Remix) courtesy of The Beeb Blog

Stream Kingdom from Dave Gahan's MySpace

Here's the video...

{Sarah Silverman Program}

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ICED Media sent over a hilarious new clip of from this weeks Sarah Silverman Program, which airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm EST. This clip is called Hate Crime...


Sarah Silverman - Hate Crime - Watch more free videos

Also, here's a clip from last week entitled Sarah Lick's Her Dog's Ass...

October 15, 2007

{The Kite Runner}

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Here's a trailer for the forthcoming film The Kite Runner, which is based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The story follows Amir, who returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend whose son is in trouble. There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the film (read about it here), which looks like a real tearjearker. Look for The Kite Runner in theaters Jan. 17th.

View the Trailer

{La Blogothèque}



I get emails informing me of updates over at La Blogothèque Take Away Shows. Iv'e been meaning to post something alot sooner, but it usually slips my mind. So here's a few recently added performaces that I like. The first is Jose Gonzalez performing "Fold". The performance was filmed at a 360 degree view atop the county courthouse in West Texas. After that is Beirut performing "Nantes" while walikng down a stairway and Beirut performing "Cliquot" (featuring Edward Droste from Grizzly Bear on vocals).





{Shaolin Girl}

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Here's the first Japanese teaser for Stephen Chow's Shaolin Girl, which judging from the teaser it looks as though this should have been titled Shaolin Lacrosse! Shaolin Girl is the officially sanctioned follow up to Shaolin Soccer, though obviously not a direct sequel. The film is a full Japanese production with Chow on board as a producer and lead character. No word on an official US release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

View the Trailer right here...

October 11, 2007

{Daft Punk}

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Daft Punk released their DVD Electroma last month (read about it here) and are getting set to release their forthcoming live album Alive on Nov. 19th. You can now stream a new track from the French duo's MySpace!

Stream “Too Long/Steam Machine” from Daft Punk's MySpace

Get the download courtesy of Culturebilly

October 10, 2007

{Jumper}

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There's now a trailer online for Doug Liman's forthcoming film Jumper. The film is based on the Steven Gould novel and follows a young man (Hayden Christensen) who discovers that he has the ability to teleport. The story revolves around the boy's quest for the man he believes is responsible for the death of his mother. You may be familiar with Doug Liman's action films such as The Bourne Identity or Mr and Mrs Smith, but I'm a huge fan of his comedies like Go and Swingers. No offical release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

View the Trailer

{Artperformance}

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This Sunday (Oct. 14th) Artperformance will take place in Old Town Pasadena from 11am-6pm. The event features art and is a free live outdoor music festival!

Headlining acts scheduled to perform at Artperformance are:
Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever and Ceci Bastida (former vocalist of influential Spanish rock band Tijuana No and keyboardist/backup singer for Julieta Venegas).

Also performing:
Meiko, Culver City Dub Collective, Jessica Fichot, Sara Lov of Devics, and Tijuanos.

Visit Pasadena Art Weekend for more info.

{Radiohead}

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Today Radiohead released In Rainbows via their website. If you (like other latecomers) are having trouble getting logged into their site, you can download the BitTorrent or head over the Hype Machine. Now go listen happily for the rest of the day!

October 09, 2007

{Morrissey}

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Morrissey is still doing his stint at The Palladium! I very much enjoyed The Smiths and early solo material he played at last friday's performance! I believe tickets are now being offered at a discount price. Tomorrow night (Oct. 10th) Moz will perform a "mini-show" on Carson Daly.

Here's a clip of Morrissey's very first live appearance on American television...

October 08, 2007

{Tin Man}

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The Sci-Fi Channel is doing a new take on The Wizard of Oz? I know, I know this doesn't exactly sound like the best idea in the world, but checkout the trailer and see for yourself how this could be interesting. The six-hour miniseries stars Zooey Deschanel, Richard Dreyfuss, Alan Cumming, and Neal McDonough. The Tin Man is slated for a December 2007 premiere.

Checkout the trailer here or right here...

{Arcade Fire}

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Checkout the incredibly neat Arcade Fire interactive music video for "Neon Bible" right here.

{Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities}

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Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities (formerly known as Skeletons And The Girl-Faced Boys) new album titled Lucas (from Ghostly International) is an ambitious concept album revolving around a beauty obsessed king and hair??? Skeletons latest is a noteworthy effort with a plenty of pop sensibility to go with it's oddness.

Have a listen...

"What They Said"

Stream the album in it's entirety here

{Lupe Fiasco - "Dumb it Down"}

{Sweeney Todd}

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The trailer for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, based on the hit Broadway musical, is now online. The story follows Sweeney Todd (a.k.a Benjamin Barker) who returns to London after being sent away by Judge Turpin and opens a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pie Shop were she sells "the worst pies in London." With the help of Mrs. Lovett, Todd tries to rid of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Joanna, who is now Judge Turpin's ward. Depp is joined by Helena Bonham Carter and Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen. The film hits theatres in December.

View the Trailer

October 03, 2007

{The Real Tuesday Weld}

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I've had The Real Tuesday Weld’s new album The London Book of The Dead on regular rotation lately. The Real Tuesday Weld's (aka Stephen Coates) music has been described as “Serge Gainsbourg and Cole Porter on Absinthe creating an old-fashioned radio play.”

The first thing you notice about any album by The Real Tuesday Weld is that the compositions seems to be drawn from vintage sounds complete with hissing vinyl, but with the addition of samples, loops, and glitchy beats to create a signature sound he calls "antique beat" to create something completely new.

Don't take my word for it, have a listen...

"Last Words"

Stream the album in it's entirety here

Purchase The London Book of The Dead here

Here's the video for another standout "Cloud Cuckooland"...

{Astroboy}

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No trailers yet folks. This barely went into pre-production, but if you saw the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that released earlier this year, then you're already familiar with the work that Imagi Animation Studios does. All we have right now is this incredibly detailed poster! Warner Brothers and The Weinstein Company will distribute the film and are aiming for release sometime in 2009.

Astroboy tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction.

The Astroboy CGI film is being directed by Colin Brady. When we know more so will you.

{Kanye West on SNL}

Part 1 of SNL performance last saturday - "Stronger"/ "Good Life"...

Part 2 - "Champion"/ "Everything I Am"...

{Stereogum's Automatic For The People Tribute}

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If you haven't been over to Stereogum lately then you may have missed the post on their R.E.M. Tribute to Automatic For The People album, which is available as FREE download!

It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since R.E.M. released the claasic album! Read all about it here

you should see the stereogum.com drive xv player here if you have flash

{Radiohead}

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By now you've all heard the news about Radiohead's forthcoming album (if not go here) and have signed in on their website.

If you're dying to hear a few tracks though, then jump over to FoeWeel for live versions of "Reckoner", "House of Cards", and " Jigsaw Falling Into Place".

October 02, 2007

{Morrissey}

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Ahh! Morrissey cancelled his concerts for tonight and thursday night of his 10-night stay at The Palladium in L.A.

I recently tracked down a setlist from his Santa Barbara show last weekend (which included classics like: "Tomorrow", "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself", "Sister I'm A Poet", "The Loop", "Stop Me", "Stretch Out and Wait") and I got incredibly excited that I will be seeing him on friday night! I'm gonna go ahead and keep my fingers crossed that he doesn't cancel that gig too.

In other Moz news, he will perform a "mini-show" on Carson Daly on October 10th.

Track down some Morrissey tracks on Hype Machine

Obligatory Moz clip...

{There's Only One Sun}

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Wong Kar Wai's Lust, Caution premeires in select theaters this coming week, but Philips has commissioned (and is hosting) a short film from the director as part of their new website for their Ambilight televisions. There’s Only One Sun stars Amelie Daure as a secret agent who is blinded in order to protect another's identity. The cinematography by Phillippe Le Sourd is a futuristic neon canvas that looks straight out of Wong Kar Wai's last film 2046. As with most of his films the story explores themes of unrequited longing. The best example of this theme can be found in Wong Kar Wai's 2000 masterpiece In The Mood For Love. Also on the website is a free download of the orchestral music used in the film, which you may also recognize from 2046.

View the trailer (in cyrstal clear format) here or right here...

{DeVotchka}

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I caught an amazing performance from DeVotchka at The Swerve Festival this past sunday. You may already be familiar with their music from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack, and if you have never seen the four-piece (three of whom play two instruments) perform live I highly suggest you do so! The Swerve Festival took place at Lawnsdale Park in L.A. and aside from live music and feature films the fest also featured artwork, video game consoles, and some pretty neat listening trees! I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed that the festival comes back next year! Search the Hype Machine for some great tracks.

Track down some DeVotchka on Hype Machine

Purchase DeVotchka albums here

Here's a clip of a DeVotchka performance in London...

October 01, 2007

{Enon}

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Last week Touch & Go Records sent over Enon's forthcoming album Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds (due out Oct. 9th). This is the bands long awaited fourth album. The first single off the album will be “Mirror On You”. Have a listen...

"Mirror On You"

Stream the album in it's entirety here or download the bittorrent right here

Here's a few really neat Enon videos...

"In The City"


"Daughter in the House of Fools"


"Mikazuki"

{Juno}

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Juno is the coming of age dramedy about a teenage girl (Ellen Page) who gets pregnant after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), then proceeds to find the unborn child a suitable home. Along the way Juno comes in contact with Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), an affluent suburban couple who have been unable to conceive a child of their own. The film comes from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman and is due in theaters Dec. 14th.

View the Trailer here or right here...

{The National}

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I caught an amazing performance from The National last friday at The Wiltern in L.A. and I hereby recommend you check 'em out when they come to your town. If you have not yet heard their latest album Boxer then you are truely missing out on one of the best albums of the year! Search the Hype Machine for some suggested listening.

Hear more from The National's MySpace

Purchase Boxer here

Here's a clip of The National performing on Letterman...

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