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December 30, 2010

{The Smiths}


One last treat for y'all before the new year. I recently got my grubby paws on the bootleg Smiths album Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals. Naturally, I thought I'd share.

Here's a couple...

"There is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Demo)

"Untitled Marr Instrumental 1"

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British rockers the Klaxons have released Landmarks of Lunacy EP as a free download.

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You can stream or download Gorillaz new iPad-produced album The Fall over on their site.

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December 29, 2010



Swedish pop group jj released a free mixtape on Christmas Eve called Kills. The whole thing is available for download over at Sincerely Yours' website. This mixtape is a real treat, listen for Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Kanye samples.

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{Rose Elinor Dougal}


Apparently former member of The Pipettes Rose Elinor Dougall released a solo debut earlier this year called Without Why. I am only now absorbing it.

Have a listen...

"Come Away With Me"

Also hear "Carry On"...

05 Carry On - Rose Elinor Dougall by Scarlett-Music

Listen to "Find Me Out"...

Here's the video for "Carry On"...

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I can't get enough of Discodeine's single "Synchronize" featuring Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker.

The French producers Pilooski and Pentile have collaborated on remixes for Metromony, Yelle, Whomadewho, and Photonz. As Discodeine, they then set to work on their much-anticipated debut album of all original material, coming next year.

Have a listen... "Synchronize" (Radio Edit)

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I recently got a link to stream New York lo-fi indie duo Cult's 7" EP. They should have you at the first track "Go Outside".

Listen to the EP...

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{Madame Récamier}


Thanks to Ricky Garay over at Cosmica Artists for introducing me to Gina Récamier (aka Madame Récamier). I got a link to stream her debut album Chocolate. I recommend the tracks "Cancion por Pates" or "Ordinary Boy".

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

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{Brendan Losch}


I recently got this Sharon Van Etten cover of "Save Yourself" from Chicago singer/songwriter Brendan Losch, who also happens to run the excellent music blog Count Me Out.

Have a listen...

Save Yourself (Sharon Van Etten Cover) by Brendan Losch

Here's another demo called "On My Own"...

On My Own by Brendan Losch

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{LCD Soundsystem}


I recently picked up LCD Sonundsystem's London Sessions album and it's been on constant rotation.

Have a listen to "All I Want' (London Sessions)

Also hear "Daft Punk is Playing At My House" (London Sessions)...

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Gotta send some love out to Jason Kramer of KCRW's The Lab for turning me on to English acoustic singer/songwriter Fink.

Have a listen to "Sort of Revolution" (The Ciematic Orchestra Remix)...

Fink - Sort Of Revolution (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix) by Ninja Tune & Big Dada

Have a listen to "If Only" below...

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{Favorite Albums of the Year}


These are my twenty five Favorite Albums of the Year...

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (Key tracks: "Factory", "Laredo")


Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame (Key tracks: "Stranger", "Shadow People")


Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (Key tracks: "Futile Devices", "I Walked")


Julieta Venegas - Otra Cosa (Key tracks: "Amores Platónicos", "Bien o Mal")


Best Coast - Crazy For You (Key tracks: "Crazy For You", "When the Sun Don't Shine")


Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Key tracks: "The Suburbs", "Modern Man")


Wild Nothing - Gemini (Key tracks: "Live in Dreams", "Bored Games")


The Black Keys - Brothers (Key tracks: "Next Girl", "Tighten Up")


Rocky Votolato - True Devotion (Key tracks: "Lucky Clover Coin", "Red River")

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Beach House - Teen Dream (Key tracks: "Silver Soul", "Take Care")

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Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Key tracks: "Devil in a New Dress", "Runaway")


Alex Anwandter - Odisea (Key tracks: "Casa Latina", "Cabros")


Local Natives - Gorilla Manor (Key tracks: "Airplanes", "Sun Hands")


The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang (Key tracks: "American Slang", "The Queen of Lower Chelsea")


Jonsi- Go (Key tracks: "Go Do", "Boy Lilikoi")


Drake Thank Me Later (Key tracks: "Fireworks", "The Resistance")


Perfume Genius - Learning (Key tracks: "Learning", "Mr. Peterson")


Joanna Newsom- Have One On Me (Key tracks: "Easy", "81")

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The Walkmen- Lisbon (Key tracks: "Juveniles", "Angela Surf City")


Tallest Man on Earth- The Wild Hunt (Key track: "Burden of Tomorrow", "Troubles Will Be Gone")


Foals - Total Life Forever (Key tracks: "Blue Blood", "Miami")


Shout Out Louds -Work (Key track: "1999", "Fall Hard")

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El Guincho - Pop Negro (Key tracks: "Bombay", "Ghetto Facil")


Jeremy Messersmith -The Reluctant Graveyard (Key track: "A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard", "Toussaint Grey, First in Life and Death")


Drums of Death - Generation Hexed (Key tracks: "Won't Be Long", "Science & Reason")

Here's thirty five more (damn me for only having one set of ears) noteworthy releases that you should run out and buy, if haven't done so already...

Hot Chip - One Life Stand

The National - High Violet

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Vampire Weekend - Contra

The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - I Learned The Hard Way

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Harlem - Hippies

Darkstar - North

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Sade - Soldier of Love

Javiera Mena - Mena

Badly Drawn Boy - It's Not What I Am Thinking

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon

Cotton Jones - Tall Hours in the Glowstream

Wolf People - Tidings

Girls - Broken Dreams Club EP

Scissor Sisters - Night Work

Surfer Blood - Astrocoast

Toro y Moi - Causers of This

Junip - Fields

The Radio Dept - Clinging To A Scheme

LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening

Stornoway - Beachcomber's Windsill

Villagers - Becoming A Jackal

Atmosphere - To All My Friends, Bloody Makes The Blade Holy

Chromeo - Business Casual

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo

Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard

Manuel Garcia - S/T

Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws

Gepe - Audiovision

Josh Ritter - So Runs The World

Audio Bullys - Higher Than The Eiffel

Abe Vigoda - Crush

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December 23, 2010

{A Familyre Christmas - Volume 3}


More Christmas cheer!

Have a listen...

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December 21, 2010

{Beach House}


Also, in case you missed it Beach House tweeted a new holiday song titled “I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun”.

Have a listen...

“I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun”

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{Kanye West}


In case you missed it Kanye put out a holiday-themed tune called "Christmas in Harlem".

Have a listen...

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{Sufjan Stevens}


Years ago Sufjan Stevens and The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner recorded a Christmas EP (also featuring Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry) in Sufjan's attic in Brooklyn. The Dessner brothers played a couple of songs when they were on BBC 6 Mix, and now the whole EP is online.

Have a listen...

Sufjan Stevens - Gloria! Songs for Christmas, Vol. 6

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December 20, 2010

{Ben Ottewell}


Ben Ottewell (of British rock band Gomez) will release his first solo album “Shapes and Shadows” via Eat Sleep Records on 7th February 2011.

Have a listen to the first track to be released...

Ben Ottewell 'Lightbulbs' by Eat Sleep Records

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{The Veils}


I've been listening to a few tracks from The Veils forthcoming six-sing EP The Troubles of The Brain (available as a digital download from 24th January 2011 via Rough Trade Records).

Have a listen...

The Veils - The Troubles of The Brain EP (Sampler)

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{Girls Names}


I can't get enough of Girls Names cover of Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti's "Falling" (Twin Peaks Theme)

Have a listen...

The song is featured on the Tough Love's compilation Young & Research, a free to download 15 track sampler.

Listen to the album below...

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{Standard Fare}


I been digging Sheffield indie-pop band Standard Fare's new album The Noyelle Beat.

Listen to the album below. I recommend "Love Doesn't Just Stop", "Philadelphia", "Let's get back together", "Married", or "Dancing"...

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December 15, 2010

{The Weeknd}


Right now I'm obsessed with The Weeknd's track "Loft Music". All I know is he's an up-and-coming electronic musician from Vancouver and that he recently signed to Warp Records. Canadian beatmaker Cameron Reed (aka Babe Rainbow) slowed the song down and chopped it up for a remix.

Here's the original...

Here's the remix...

The Weekend - Loft Music (Babe Rainbow Drag Remix) by Babe Rainbow

Here's another tune. This one's called "What You Need"...

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{Little Dragon}


I got Sweden’s Little Dragon's new Blinking Pigs EP in my inbox and I've got DJ Craze's remix of "Runabout" on constant replay.

Listen to "Runabout" (DJ Craze's Carribean Refix) below...

Little Dragon - Runabout (DJ CRAZE CARIBBEAN REFIX) by loudat

Here's the video for "Blinking Pigs"...

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I got a link to stream Belgian downtempo electronic act Hooverphonic's latest album The Night Before.

I haven't really gotten into this one, but I really like the first track "Anger Never Dies".

Listen to the album right here

Here's the oldie-but-goodie "Mad About You"...

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{Loch Lomond}


Portland folk band Loch Lomond's forthcoming album Little Me Will Start A Storm is due out Feburary 2011

Here's my two favorite tracks...

"Elephants & Little Girls"

Here's "Blue Lead Fence"...

Here they are performing "Elephants & Little Girls"...

Loch Lomond - Elephants & Little Girls (Toad Session) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

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December 13, 2010

{The Go! Team}


It's been three and a half years since The Go! Team last album. Now they return with a new full-length Rolling Blackouts.

Highlights include the two-minute opening slammer of "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." or the album's title track featuring Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast). Tampa rapper Dominique Young Unique dominates the psych hip-hop on "Voice Yr Choice" and Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki is featured on "Secretary Song".

Here's one of my favs...

"Secretary Song"

View the album teaser...

The Go! Team - Rolling Mash Up from memphis industries on Vimeo.

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Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) is the latest hip-hop act to tackle remixing tracks from the Beatles catalogue for his I Don't Need Love EP.

Have a listen to “The World” (featuring Oh No) courtesy of "Potholes in My Blog

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Look at What the Light Did Now is a documentary that chronicles Feist's making of her album The Reminder. The DVD contains a bonus CD of 13 songs from the film, including live and studio takes.

Here's one of my favs...

"My Moon My Man"

View the trailer...

Here's Feist (w/ Little Wings) performing "Look What The Light Did Now"..

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December 09, 2010

{Jens Lekman}


Last saturday night Jens Lekman played poolside at the Mondrian SkyBar in LA to a small crowd, but lucky for you someone over at the Rawkblog recorded much of the show.

Be sure to checkout the four new songs "Waiting for Kirsten" (about trying to meet Kirsten Dunst), “The Dandruff on Your Shoulder”, or my favs “An Argument with Myself” and the untitled last song (check how it morphs into "The Opposite of Hallelujah" and then the sample of Angela Clemmons "Gimme Just a Little More Time" slips in).

Watch the clips right here

Here's Jens' latest single "The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love"...

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{Versions of Joanna}


The Joanna Newsom tribute album Versions of Joanna features covers by M. Ward, Owen Pallett, Billy Bragg, and many more.

Stream the album below...

Versions of Joanna by VersionsofJoanna

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December 08, 2010



I got a link to stream Chilean indie-pop band's new EP Le Disc De Astrou.

I especially like this song...

Stream the whole EP below...

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{Basement Jaxx}


London duo Basement Jaxx just released a dark pounding piece of electro house called “Dracula”.

Stream it below...

Dracula - Basement Jaxx by Atlantic Jaxx Recordings

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I got a link to stream Toronto indie rock band Wildlife's new album Strike Hard, Young Diamond

Stream the album below...

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Generationals are a New Orleans 3-piece release who are about to release their Trust EP. For the price of an email you can hear the highly infectious pop tune "Trust", as well as remixes of “When They Fight They Fight” by Ra Ra Riot, The Little Ones, and Richard Swift.

Stream the tracks below...

Download below...

Here's my favorite track off the Trust EP...

"Carrying the Torch"

Here's the video for "Trust"

Generationals - Trust from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.

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I got this link in my inbox about Mesita, who is a guy from Colorado that makes dreamy pop music and gives it out for free!

Here's the title track off his Living/Breathing EP..:

Living/Breathing by Mesita

Here's one off his No Worries EP...

"Missing Out"

Download his EP's, as well as his album right here

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A friend sent me this BEARHAUS Head Underwater Mixtape. Enjoy!

Here's the tracklisting:

1. Craft Spells - Party Talk
2. Lord Huron - Might
3. Young Galaxy - Peripheral Visionaries
4. White Denim - Shy Billy
5. Sunset - Moonlight
6. Figurines - Hanging from Above
7. Fredrik - White on White
8. Chrome Sparks - I’ll Be Wait For Sadness Comes Along
9. Brothertiger - Wind at My Back
10. Casa del Mirto - Jacket and Shoes
11. Young Mountana? - Sacré Cool
12. Painted Palms - Falling Asleep
13. Panda Bear - Alsatian Darn
14. Secret Mountains - Rejoice
15. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
16. Lower Dens - Hospice Gates
17. Benoît Pioulard - Lasted
18. We Are Each Other - This is Not Our Home

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December 07, 2010

{Parenthetical Girls}


Portland indie-pop band Parenthetical Girls are back with a christmas album.

Here's one of my favs...

Listen to the album in it's entirety...

Here's a creepy cover of The Smiths "Handsome Devil"...

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{Perfume Genius}


Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas’ (aka Perfume Genius) music reveals itself early on the opening title track of his astonishing debut:
"No one will answer your prayers/Until you take off that dress No one will hear your crying / Until you take your last breath'.

Learning is a collection of songs that are largely based around simple piano melodies which explore death, abuse, and addiction. Hadreas had told press that these songs were written as a means to understand his troubled life, and originally only ever intended for close friends to hear.

Have a listen...

'Learning' (Courtesy of Stereogum)

'Mr. Peterson' (Courtesy of Pitchfork)

Here is a live version of "Mr. Peterson"...

Here's a live version of "Lookout, Lookout"...

You can stream the album in it's entirety right here

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December 06, 2010

{Boy Least Likely To}


Let's have a twee christmas with The Boy Least Likely To's latest album titled Christmas Special!

Here is a personal note from the boys about the album:
'Christmas makes me so happy. but it makes me so sad sometimes too. i think that's why i find it so magical. making a christmas album might seem like an odd thing to do, but for us it seems like the most perfect thing. some of my favourite songs are christmas songs. we've always been drawn to them and we've always written them, with the thought that someday we would have enough christmas songs to fill a whole album. and at last we have, so here it is. the boy least likely to christmas special. the christmas album we've always dreamed of making.
merry christmas and a happy new year.'

Have a listen...

“Christmas Isn’t Christmas” (Courtesy of Stereogum)

“Blue Spruce Needle” (Courtesy of My Old Kentucky Blog)

Watch the video for "George and Andrew" (which finds them reuniting the duo Wham!) right here

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{Ben Folds & Nick Hornby}


Lonely Avenue is the new album with music by Ben Folds and lyrics by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About A Boy, How to Be Good). The album comes in three different packages: cd and mp3, the vinyl package, or the deluxe package with book of four stories by Nick Hornby.

"Levi Johnston's Blues" has been the much talked about track from the album which tells the story of Sarah Palin's almost son-in-law, using his own words from his defunct MySpace page against him in the chorus.

Hear "Levi Johnston's Blues" right here

Here's one of my favs...

"Picture Window"

Here's the video for "From Above"...

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December 02, 2010

{Another Year}


Another Year is a film from Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake) about a couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons (of one average year) by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Look for the film in select theaters December 29th.

View the trailer here or right here...

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{And Everything is Going Fine}


And Everything Is Going Fine is an intimate documentary (by Steven Soderbergh) of master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray.

Look for the film in select theaters December 10th.

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December 01, 2010

{Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows}


Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: The Songs of John Prine features new music from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, The Avett Brothers and more.

Here's one of my favs...

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Go Live is a film/album featuring tracks from Jónsi's debut as well as four new ones — “Stars In Still Water,” “Saint Naive,” “Icicle Sleeves,” and “New Piano Song”.

Have a listen to “New Piano Song”...

Here's the preview for the ‘Go Live’ dvd + cd...

'go live' preview from Jónsi on Vimeo.

Here's 'Icicle Sleeve' (KCRW Radio Sessions 2010)...

Here's 'Stars In Still Water' (KCRW Radio Sessions 2010)...

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Coldplay also released a Christmas tune today. You can purchase via iTunes

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{The Killers}

The Killers are releasing a Christmas song in benefit of the (RED) foundation. Starbucks will donate 5¢ for every time the video is viewed via the Starbucks Share Program.

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{The Pains of Being Pure at Heart}


This song, "The One", is the B-Side to “Heart In Your Heartbreak” off the band’s forthcoming album Belong (set to release in March).

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- The One (side B) by Anorak London

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