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July 29, 2010

{30 Days of Night: Dark Days}

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Based on the comic book series created by Steve Niles, who also co-wrote the script, Dark Days sees Stella Oleson (Kiele Sanchez replacing Melissa George) returning to her home in Los Angeles, a bitter and scarred women following the harrowing ordeal in Barrow, Alaska, that claimed the life of her estranged husband, Eben. Oleson begins lecturing about the existence of vampires in the hopes of drawing the blood-suckers out into the open and discovers that there are others who share her desire to destroy all vampires.

Look for it in select theaters July 8th.

View the Red Band trailer right here...



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{Last Train Home}

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Each year in China more than 130 million migrant workers travel home for the New Year's holiday—the one time they’ll reunite with family all year. The mass exodus constitutes the world’s largest human migration. Amid this chaos, director Lixin Fan focuses on one couple, Changhua and Sugin Zhang, who embark upon a two-day journey to see their children.

Last Train Home is the first documentary from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan. Look for it in select theaters September 3rd.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{Lovely, Still}

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Lovely, Still is a heart warming late-life love story starring Oscar winners Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn.

Look for it in select theaters September 10th.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{The Black Angels}

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Austin qintet The Black Angels premiered their catchy new single “Telephone” on Spin.com today, and they’ll be selling it exclusively on iTunes starting next Tuesday. “Telephone” is the second track that the psych-rock group has offered from their forthcoming third album Phosphene Dream, which hits U.S. stores September 14th from Blue Horizon.

Have a listen...

"Telephone"

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{Meridene}

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Eau Claire four piece Meridene are set to release their sophomore album Something Like Blood, which was recorded by Meridene at the home studio of Bon Iver. The power pop first single "Gone Baby Gone" was produced and mixed by Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier, and mastered by T.W. Walsh (Pedro The Lion, The Soft Drugs).

Have a listen...

"Gone Baby Gone"

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{Frazey Ford}

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Here's the first single from Frazey Ford's (of The Be Good Tanyas) debut solo record titled Obadiah (via Nettwerk).

Have a listen...

"Blue Streak Mama"

Order the album right here

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{Four Tet}

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Jon Hopkins remixed Four Tet's "Angel Echoes" awhile back, and now Four Tet have done a remix of one of his tracks to return the favour. The track will be released on 12" by Domino in a few weeks with a Nathan Fake remix on the other side.

Have a listen...

John Hopkins "Vessel" (Four Tet Remix)

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{Tallest Trees}

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Tallest Trees are a Nashville duo that have been mentioned with the likes of Animal Collective, YACHT and Yeasayer. Their debut The Ostrich or the Lark is due out August 17th.

Have a listen...

"Skinny Little Wrists"

"Alouette"

Watch the video for "Learn"...

Tallest Trees - Learn from Digital Bohemia on Vimeo.



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{Fran Healy}

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Travis frontman Fran Healy is set to release Wreckorder, his first solo album, October 5th. The star-studded affair features collaborations with Neko Case and Paul McCartney. Spin has the lead single, "Buttercups".

Listen to the single right here

Last year Fran Healy & Andy Dunlop of Travis performed a few shows billed as "A Chronological Acoustical Journey Through The Travis Back Catalogue". They recorded the album titled An Evening with Fran Healy & Andy Dunlop and I have pretty much had this thing on regular rotation since I got it.

Here's a couple of highlights. The first is the opening number and also the very first song they wrote. The other is one of my favs from later in their career...

"20" (Acoustic)

"Love Will Come Through (Acoustic)

Here's Travis playing 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me' live in Seattle...



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July 28, 2010

{Jens Lekman}

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Yay! Jens Lekman returns with a new single "The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love".

Listen below...



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July 27, 2010

{Arcade Fire}

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Montreal finest Arcade Fire prepare for their big August 5th concert at Madison Square Garden and they've decided to let fans who don't live in NYC see the show as well. Everyone will be able to check out the complete concert via live stream via Arcade Fire's Youtube. The band has hired director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam to direct the webcast.

Listen to a few ("The Suburbs", "Rococo", and "Ready To Start") from their forthcoming album courtesy of Treeswingers

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{David Dondero}

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Considered by some to be one of the greatest living songwriters the Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter David Dondero takes a shot at his own obscurity on his latest album, Number Zero With a Bullet (Team Love Records). The title suggesting that Dondero's years of hard work have catapulted him straight to the bottom.

Listen to "Wherever You Go"

Stream the album right here

Hear more from David Dondero's MySpace

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{Adam Haworth Stephens}

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received the new song from Adam Haworth Stephens (of Two Gallants) called The Cities that You've Burned, which is from Adam's upcoming debut album We Live On Cliffs (out September 28th on Saddle Creek).

Stephens recruited My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster and Patrick Hallahan, ex-Whiskeytown member Mike Daly, Atoms For Peace/Beck drummer Joey Waronker, Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, former Nine Inch Nails touring bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato, and others for a solo record. Download below (for price of an email).



Or listen right here

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{Diplo & Don Diablo}

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The (co)producers behind two of the biggest underground hits of 2009, Pon di floor (Diplo) and Hooligans (Don Diablo), get together to make the instant club smash 'Make You Pop'. They are sharing Don Diablo's Dubstep Mix.

Stream the song here

Download the song right here

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{Clubfeet}

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Filter wrote- "Comparisons are widely drawn between Clubfeet and Hot Chip, The Teenagers and Junior Boys, the parallels short change the band’s salient ability to knock a pop song out flat."

Download five free Clubfeet tracks (for the price of an email) right here

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July 26, 2010

{Ali Love}

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Ali Love has just released his infectious dance club single as a free download, along with a brand new Bottin remix. Ali Love releases his anticipated debut album Love Harder in August.

Have a listen...

"Smoke and Mirrors" (Radio Edit)

"Smoke and Mirrors" (Bottin Remix)

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{Junip}

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Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez's band Junip are streaming a new song titled "Always" over on their MySpace.

Listen to the new song right here

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{Don Diablo's Klassroom Mix}

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Don Diablo takes you on a trip down memory lane! Last week Don did an interview with BBC Radio 1 and dropped a Klassroom mix for Kissy Sell Out's radioshow. Check out what Don was bobbing his head to in highschool! From Massive Attack to The Smashing Pumpkins and from Prince to Bruce Springsteen and way beyond that...! In short: 40 classics in 20 minutes.

The tracklist (although most are just snippets):
1 Ace of Base - All that she wants
2 Melodie MC - Dum Dam Dum
3 Yello - Oh yeah
4 Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
5 TQ - West side
6 Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
7 Kriss Kross - Jump
8 Jurassic 5 - What's golden
9 Moby - Honey
10 Smash Mouth - All Star
11 Felix - Don't u want me (Classical Cover)
12 The prodigy / Lisa Stansfield - No good (Start the dance)
13 Oasis v.s. Queen - Wonderwall will rock u (Don Diablo MashUp)
14 Moby - Feeling so real (Don Diablo Remix)
15 Marusha - Over the rainbow
16 Sunbeam - Outside world
17 Bertocucci Feranzano - XTC Love
18 Westbam - Mayday Anthem
19 Soul II Soul - Back to life
20 Daft Punk - Aerodynamic (Don Diablo Refix)
21 Skee-Lo - I wish
22 New Radicals - You get what u give
22 Salt-n-Pepa - Push it
23 Prince - I wanna be your lover
24 De la Soul - Me, myself & I (Don Diablo Refix)
25 Wildchild - Renegade Master
26 Massive Attack - Unfinished symphony
27 Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia
28 System of a down - Chop Suey
29 EMF - Unbelievable
30 Weirdo & Sim - Go get busy
31 Mainx - 88 to Piano
32 Natural Born Chillers - Rock the funky beats
33 Roni Size - Brown Paper Bag
34 Fatboy Slim - Don't let the man get you down
35 Dr. Dre - Keep their heads ringin'
36 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg - Regulate
37 Eric B & Rakim - Pump up the volume
38 2Unlimited - Let the beat control your body
39 Michael Jackson- Remember the time (Don Diablo Remix)
40 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Stream the mix here or in mp3 format right here

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{Daft Punk}

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Listen to six Daft Punk instrumentals from the upcoming soundtrack to Tron Legacy.

listen via the Official Site or in mp3 format right here.

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{Cheyenne Marie Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy}

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Cheyenne Marie Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are releasing Among the Gold, their rendition of a collection of 19th Century American parlor music handpicked by the duo, and it is available to enjoy for everyone for free.

Download the album right here

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{The Walking Dead}

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AMC premiered an exclusive trailer for the small screen adaptation of The Walking Dead at Comic Con.

Based off the graphic novel of the same name, the story opens with a police roadblock and shootout that leaves deputy Rick Grimes hospitalized. When he wakes up, the hospital and city are deserted (28 Days Later style), his family is missing, and he learns that zombies have overrun Atlana.

Director Frank Darabont also hinted that they may try to get some well-known horror directors for season two.

Watch the trailer right here...



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{The Avengers}

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So, I was at this little thing called Comic Con over the weekend and I thought the announcement of the cast of The Avengers was a great place to start mentioning some of the cool stuff that went down. Below is a link to the panel, which introduced the cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson) Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (replacing Edward Norton as The Hulk).

Watch the clip right here...



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{Au Revoir Taipei}

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Writer/director Arvin Chen Kai has picked up some festival awards for his independent film Au Revoir Taipei. The film revolves around Kai and Susie who are in the pre-romantic stage of a relationship. As well as the exploits of Brother Bao, a gangster who longs to retire, and his incompetent nephew, who wants to rip his uncle off to prove his manhood.

No US release date just yet, but when we know more so will you.

View the trailer right here...



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{Udaan}

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Udaan is an interesting film that revolves around around teenager (Rohan). After being in a boarding school for eight years, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur (in Jharkhand) and finds himself living with an authoritarian father and a half brother who he didn’t know existed.

Forced to work in his father’s steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he strikes to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer.

Udaan is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{Following}

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Many think that Christopher Nolan's big break-out film Memento was his first, however it was actually a super low-budget black & white indie film called Following. Based on the recent success of all of Nolan's movies, IFC Films has decided to re-release Following in theaters and on-demand to give audiences and fans of Chris Nolan the opportunity to see a film that most have probably never seen.

Following is currently playing on demand via IFC In Theaters, so check your local listings.

View the trailer right here...



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{You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger}

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Sony Pictures Classics just debuted the official US trailer for Woody Allen's forthcoming film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The quirky comedy stars: Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch and Ewen Bremner.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger will release in select theaters September 22nd.

View the trailer right here

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{Ra Ra Riot}

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Last month, Ra Ra Riot teased fans eagerly anticipating their forthcoming LP, The Orchard, with a two-minute preview of the album-closing “Keep It Quiet.” Yesterday, the band added yet another vignette to RaRaRiot.com, this time previewing the propulsive pop of “Too Dramatic.” The brief preview – directed by Taryn Gould and Emily Kowalczyk – couples live footage of the band performing the track with images of muddy boots, peach trees and picaresque scenery from the orchard where the album was recorded. The album will release August 24th on Barsuk Records. Today Stereogum premiered the first song titled"Boy"!

Listen to "Boy" right here

Ra Ra Riot will be heading out on the road to promote their new album. Get the tour dates, listen to a preview of "Too Dramatic" right here

Previously mentioned, here's a preview of "Keep it Quiet"...

Ra Ra Riot "Keep It Quiet" (Preview) from Barsuk Records on Vimeo.



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{Amanda Palmer}

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Stream Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele. Nuff said.

Have a listen to the EP below...

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{FYF Fest}

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The festival goes down September 3rd in the Los Angles Historic State Park and will feature: The Rapture, Panda Bear, the recently reunited Sleep, the not retired Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, !!!, Dead Man’s Bones, Unbroken, Man Man, Delorean, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, AA Bondy, The Mountan Goats, Wavves, Best Coast, Abe Vagoda, The Soft Pack, Washed Out, School of Seven Bells, Titus Andronicus, Warpaint, Magic Kids, Let’s Wrestle, and many more.

I put a little mix together of some of my favorite acts.

Have a listen...

Best Coast - "When the Sun Don't Shine"

Dead Man's Bones - "My Bodies A Zombie for You"

The Mountain Goats - "Woke Up New"

AA Bondy - "There's A Reason"

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - "Round and Round"

Warpaint - "Billie Holiday"

Washed Out - "Belong"

Man Man - "Top Drawer"

!!! - "AM/FM"

The Soft Pack - "Nightlife"

Visit the official site for more info.

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July 19, 2010

{Alex Winston}

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21 year old singer/songwriter Alex Winston's The Basement Covers EP (available for an email) consists of five covers of tracks from; Mumford & Sons, Teddy Bears, The Rolling Stones, Jack Penate and Francis and the Lights. She has just finished putting the finishing touches on her debut, Choice Notes, to release on on August 2nd.

Download The Basement Covers EP (for the price of a working email_ right here

Hear more right here

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{Savoir Adore}

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After releasing their limited edition debut UK single 'Bodies' earlier this year (receiving support from Radio 1 and NME Radio), Savoir Adore announce their debut album In the Wooded Forest will be released through Cantora Records (the New York label who helped launch MGMT, Violens and Bear Hands) and their next single 'We Talk Like Machines'. I was recently sent the B-Side to the single to post for all to share!

Have a listen...

"The Cave of Good Secrets"

Also, download three tracks off the forthcoming album (for the price of a working email) right here

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{Kelis}

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I tuned in to Kelis' new album (her first in four years) half expecting to hear some new hip-hop driven sexy romps like "Blindfold Me" or "Bossy", but instead she's moved into electronic/dance territory. Kelis worked with plenty of producers to helm her sound (Boyz Noize, Switch, David Guetta, DJ Ammo, Jean Baptiste, Diplo). I just got this club remix of "22nd Century" to post!

Stream "22nd Century (Blaze Tripp Remix)"

Download "22nd Century (Blaze Tripp Remix)"

Also, here's one of my favs off the album...

"4th of July (Fireworks)"

Here's the video for "Acapella"...



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{Alejandro Escovedo}

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The 59-year-old singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo signed on with Bruce Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau, and it seems to have had an effect on his music. My favorite comes on the album opener, with it's happy, life-affirming , “I’m in love with love” chorus on on “Anchor.”

Have a listen...

"Anchor"

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{Inception}

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For no other reason than it was featured during integral parts of Christopher Nolan's Inception!

Have a listen (and get ready for the kick out)...

Edith Piaf- "Non Je Ne Regrette Rien"

View the trailer again right here...



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July 15, 2010

{The Social Network}

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Oh, wait a minute...a full trailer for The Social Network recently popped up online! The film is a story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook. It should come as no surprise that the film is not allowed to advertise on Facebook, seeing as co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely portrayed in a less than flattering light (other posters for the film have the tag line ”You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”).

David Fincher directs, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake star.

Look for The Social Network in select theaters October 1st.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{Howl}

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Starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, Howl is the story of how the young poet’s seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation – recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to Howl, the most timeless work of his career. The film interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.

Howl is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.

Howl opens in New York and San Francisco on September 24th and in Los Angeles on October 1st.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{Jens Lekman Mix}

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Last week Swedish crooner Jens Lekman made a new great mix perfect for summer.
In his words: “I got the opportunity to remix my favourite song from Au Revoir Simone’s beautiful album ‘Still Night, Still Light’ . While listening to the song I realised how nice it’d be to transform their straight 4/4 time synthpop into a whirlwind waltz or maybe a barcarole if you will. It took a long time to chop up all the syllables and the tiny tiny samples, but I think the result got the song into a whole swirling new direction. While making the remix, my mind started working in 3/4 and 6/8 time. I started looking around for tracks in that time signature to make a mix, I wasn’t intending to but I couldn’t help it. It was all a big swirl. After a while I heard it everywhere. In soul ballads, in polyrhythmical african pop, in old movies. In the ocean waves tumbling in against the shore, in the beat of a lovers heart. One two three, one two three…”

Have a listen:

‘Summer in 3/4 Time Mix’

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{DJ Jazzy Jeff & Questlove}

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This is a live performance featuring drummer/producer ?uestlove & DJ Jazzy Jeff. Recorded at The Roots Picnic is an outdoor festival in Philadelphia the hometown of The Roots, on June 05th. The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff spins classic Hip Hop while Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson plays some funky drum patterns with Mad Skillz on the mic. Yeah, I'd call it a must listen.

Have a listen:

"The Roots Picnic Mix"

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July 14, 2010

{The Gaslight Anthem}

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Working class rock band The Gaslight Anthem just released a new video for the title track of their new album American Slang.

Here's the video...



Have a listen:

"American Slang"

Also, have a listen to one of my other favs off the album...

"Bring It On"

Hear more from The Gaslight Anthem's MySpace

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{My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done}

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I just got a release date for Werner Herzog and David Lynch's psychological thriller starring Michael Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, and Willem Dafoe. The feature will be available on DVD with Special Features on September 14th.

Inspired by a true story, My Son opens in a a typical middle-class neighborhood in San Diego. The suspect has barricaded himself inside a home and appears to have taken hostages.

Then, in a series of flashbacks, the bizarre story of Brad Macallam begins to emerge. After an ill-fated kayaking trip in a distant land, Brad finds readjustment to suburban life increasingly difficult. As his disaffection grows and his relations with those around him become strained. The detectives try to penetrate the mystery of his story, but the questions only multiply as Brad's unfolding personal and family drama leads to an obsession with an ancient Sophocles play that finally drives him to murder.

View the Trailer Right Here...



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{Eyes Lips Eyes}

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LA based band Eyes Lips Eyes are releasing a new single every month for the next 11 months as part of a no-album concept. "Pretty" is the catchy first dance pop track, which kind of reminding me of an Elefant song.

Have a listen...

"Pretty"

Get more info Right Here

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{It's Kind of A Funny Story}

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I just got a link for the trailer of the upcoming dramedy It's Kind Of A Funny Story. The film is about a teenager who checks himself into a mental health clinic and learns that the youth ward is closed – and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. He forms a friendship with one of the patients, and is drawn to another 16-year-old.

The film is directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half-Nelson) and stars Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, and Jim Gaffigan.

Look for It's Kind of A Funny Story in select theaters September 24th.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{DELS}

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I got a sweet remix of 'Shapeshift' to share with y'all. The beat is courtesy of long-time collaborator Joe Goddard, better known for his work as part of Hot Chip. Kieren Dickens (aka DELS) has been creating a buzz ever since John Peel heard him as a teenager and put him on the radio.

Have a listen...

"Shapeshift" (Eli T Remix)

Here's the video for "Shapeshift"...



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{Ola Podrida}

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I just got a catchy little remix of a track from Austin-based musician David Wingo. The track is "Monday Morning of his recently released Belly of the Lion album. Belly of the Lion follows up the textured acoustic melodies of his self titled debut and expands on them a little. His music is often compared to M. Ward, Bon Iver, or Iron & Wine so if you like them, then give this one a listen.

Have a listen...

"Monday Morning" (Remix)

Also, previously mentioned...

"The Closest We Will Ever Be"

"Sink or Swim"

Hear more from Ola Podrida's MySpace

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{dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip}

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I just got a free download of RuN RiOT's Remix of dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip 'Great Britian'

Stream the remix Right Here

Download the remix Here

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{Piratas de Sudamerica}

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Piratas de Sudamérica is a new series of limited edition EPs, for which El Guincho will rearrange and record various South American standards and lost classics. I recently received a link to stream the first volume, which finds Julieta Venegas and Adrián de Alfonso assisting El Guincho.

Tracklist:

1. Hindou (originally by Orefiche y Valdespi)
2. Cuerpo Sin Alma (traditional)
3. Mientes (originally by Miguel Matamoros)
4. Frutas Del Caney (originally by Felix Benjamin Caignet)
5. Marimba (originally by Miguelito Valdés & Norosbaldo Morales)

Stream the EP "Right Here

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{Reflection Eternal}

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Reflection Eternal (rapper Talib Kweli + producer Hi-Tek) dropped their latest album Revolutions Per Minute awhile back. They just put out a video for "Ballad of the Black Gold".The song is about the tension and struggle that oil drilling has brought to Africa, directly inspired by a trip Kweli took to Nigeria.

Have a listen to a couple of standouts...

"Midnight Hour"

"Just Begun" (ft. Jay Electronica, J Cole And Mos Def)

Watch the video for "Ballad of the Black Gold"...



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July 13, 2010

{Owen Pallett}

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Owen Pallett's new Lewis Takes Off His Shirt EP is available as a complimentary download.

Downlaod the EP "Right Here

Here's the video for "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt"...



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{Cherry Ghost}

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Cherry Ghost are set to release the follow up to 2007's masterpiece Thirst For Romance. The album is darker than their previous work.

However, the first single ‘Kissing Strangers’ has soaring vocal and string arrangement making it hard not to draw comparisons with Richard Hawley.

Here's the first single...

"Kissing Strangers"

Here's the video for "4am", a standout from their first album...



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{Best Coast}

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Urban Outfitters is streaming the debut album Crazy For You from lo-fi pop duo Best Coast. This album is filled with insanely catchy pop tunes that all clock in around the two minute mark.

Here's one of my favs...

"When the Sun Don't Shine"

Stream the album in it's entirety "Right Here

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{Scissor Sisters}

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I just can't get enough of the Scissor Sisters new sleazy disco album, Night Work. This album is just plain naughty fun! My favorite bit comes near the end of "Any Which Way", when Ana Matronic says that she's looking for "A man that smells like coccoa butter and cash".

Here's a couple of my favs...

"Any Which Way" (*Warning this one is explicit)

"Running Out"

Here's the video for "Fire with Fire"...



Purchase the albumRight Here

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{Beautiful Islands}

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This documentary looks at three beautiful islands, shaken by climate change: Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Venice in Italy, and Shishmaref in Alaska. The islands all have different climates and cultures, but the people all love their native lands.

It portrays festivals that foster ties among the people, traditional crafts which have been passed on for generations, and peaceful lives by the water. They are all disappearing by climate change. When these people lose their homelands, their cultures and histories face “death.” Their lives in the midst of all the changes suggest where our future leads. I read that director, Kana Tomoko purposely decided not to put any narration or music in this film because she really wanted the viewer to feel what we are going to lose as climate change really (threatens) hits our planet.

Beautiful Islands is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer Right Here

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{Tim Chad & Sherry}

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Tim Chad and Sherry (comprised of members of Silver Jews and Lambchop) are set to release their album Baby We Can Work It Out and have sent a preview track. The Nashville Scene described their sound as "lightning bolts of dadaist funk-rock like Zeus in a leisure suit on a lazy summer afternoon".

On a side note lead singer and drummer, Brian Kotzur, played a main character in Harmony Korine's (Kids, Gummo, etc) latest movie, Trash Humpers.

Have a listen...

"The Love I Make"

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July 12, 2010

{The Social Network}

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A second teaser trailer for The Social Network recently popped up online! The film is a story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook. It should come as no surprise that the film is not allowed to advertise on Facebook, seeing as co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely portrayed in a less than flattering light (other posters for the film have the tag line ”You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”).

David Fincher directs, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake star.

Look for The Social Network in select theaters October 1st.

View the second teaser trailer Here or right here...



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{The Dry Land}

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This independent film is about a U.S. soldier returning home from war, struggling to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family in Texas.

The film stars America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Wilmer Valderrama, and Jason Ritter

Look for The Dry Land in select theaters July 30th.

View the trailer Here or right here...



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{Kevin Devine}

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Kevin Devine has just released She Stayed As Steam EP. The four-song EP culls together two previously unreleased songs, title track "She Stayed As Steam," and "Big, Bad Man" alongside remixes of "Hand of God" ("Breathe, Breathe Deep") and "Another Bag of Bones." The vinyl version is presented on translucent coke bottle green and includes two live acoustic European radio performances, "Ballgame" and the Leonard Cohen cover, "Chelsea Hotel No. 2," not found on the digital release

Have a listen to the EP in it's entirety below...



Download the track "She Stayed As Steam" below...



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{Dawes}

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LA's Dawes recently conducted a studio session, performing their crowd favorite "When My Time Comes" as well as the track "If You Let Me Be Your Anchor" off their 2009 debut album North Hills. Dawes recorded this studio session with pals The Morning Benders.

Have a listen...

"When My Time Comes"

Watch the studio session Right Here

Order the album Here

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{R.E.M.}

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of R.E.M.'s third album, Fables of the Reconstruction, MOG is now streaming the entire 2-CD reissue exclusively on their site. The album officially releases tomorrow (July 13th).

The new edition features the digitally remastered original album, plus 14 previously unreleased demo recordings, cut prior to the album's studio sessions, including one long-sought track that has never been released. The album will also be released on 180g vinyl.

Stream the double album in it's entirety Right Here

"Turn of the Tides"

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{C-Mon & Kypski}

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Dutch electronic act C-Mon & Kypski return to the States for a string of co-headlining shows with Nobody Beats the Drum. They don't make the trip so often, so be sure to check them out when they're in your city!

Have a listen...

"Bomba" (Daniel Haaksman Remix)

"Turn of the Tides"

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{Aleon Craft}

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Aleon Craft - The Stargazing Soundtrack (SMKA and Craft, hosted by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban) have been working on an album titled The Solar-Hop Chronicles. It's still very much a work in progress, but I got this funky, southern, spacey song to post.

Have a listen...

"Stargazing"

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{Ariel Aparicio}

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Rocker Ariel Aparicio has just released his latest EP, the bEdRoom tapes. The first single, “People Who Died” is a catchy rendition of the Jim Carroll Band’s 80’s classic, paying homage to the late-great Jim Carroll himself.

Have a listen...

"People Who Died"

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