To celebrate their debut album by Korallreven, 'An Album By Korallreven', the Swedish duo have put out a free mixtape titled A Dream Within A Dream. There's a Brittany Spears remix, a Velvet Underground remix, as well as some lesser known tunes.
Download the mixtape (or purchase the album) right here
With simple melodies and slow building lo-fi anthems Youth Lagoon gets comparisons to something of a cross between Perfume Genius and Washed Out. Fat Possum signed the Boise-based singer/songwriter (Trevor Powers) and are set to re-release his full-length debut, The Year of Hibernation, on September 27th. This album sort of sneaks up on you, and it just might land in my top ten of the year.
They are giving away two tunes "July" and "Cannons"...
Springfield, Missouri indie pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have released a new double album called Tape Club (via Polyvinyl Records). It's a 26 song collection of unreleased songs, B-sides, and remastered rare recordings that span the length of their 10-year career. You can stream the whole album over on SSLYBY Bandcamp page.
NY post punks The Rapture are set to release In The Grace Of Your Love (via DFA Sept.25th). I've spent some time with the album and it's grown on me quite a bit. There are however, a few standouts for me that I feel compelled to mention.
There’s the house piano driven single “How Deep Is Your Love?”...
The Chilean pop army continues with Francisca Valenzuela, who has gotten less rock and more pop on her latest album Buen Soldado. The album is a mix of Fiona Apple influenced ballads and really great Chilean pop (in the last few years, Chile has become a breeding grounds for incredibly good pop music). Have a listen to some songs from what might be one of the best pop albums released this year.
San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album and third record Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 13th. The album comes two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club). It's got a more of a psychedelic vibe than anything they've done, but there's still some of their signature pop tunes ("Saying I Love You", "Magic", "My Ma").
Volume 3 of the True Blood soundtrack includes a reworking of The Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” recorded by Neko Case and Nick Cave and a new version of the True Blood theme song “Bad Things” re-imagined by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Here's the track listing:
1. “Season Of The Witch” - Karen Elson featuring Donovan
2. “Me And The Devil” - Gil Scott-Heron
3. “Te Ni Nee Ni Nu” - Slim Harpo
4. “She's Not There” - Neko Case and Nick Cave
5. “Hitting The Ground” - PJ Harvey and Gordon Gano
6. “Spellbound” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
7. “9 Crimes (Demo)” - Damien Rice
8. “Cold Grey Light Of Dawn” - Nick Lowe
9. “Hell's Bells” - Cary Ann Hearst
10. “Gonna Be A Darkness” - Jakob Dylan and Gary Louris
11. “What You Do To Me” - BlakRoc
12. “Paradise Circus” - Massive Attack
13. “And When I Die” - The Heavy
14. “Bad Things” - Jace Everett
15. “Bad Things” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
16. “She’s Not There” Dick Isreal And The Soothsayer
17. “She’s Not There” L’Avventura
18. “She’s Not There” Paper Pilots
Have a listen to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's version of "Bad Things"...
I've got Pallers hypnotic single 'Come Rain, Come Sunshine' on repeat. The song is off the Swedish duo's forthcoming album, The Sea of Memories, out Sept. 28 via Labrador. They refer to their sound as “dance music for the lazy, the blazers and for the slightly depressed”.
Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his post-‘90s band The Jicks are back with a brand new album, titled Mirror Traffic, which was produced by Beck (to release August 23rd via Matador Records).
French dreamy electro band M83's catchy new single ‘Midnight City‘ ain't your typical summer anthem. The song is off the forthcoming double album titled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (to be released on October 18th on Mute Records).
This is a documentary following the story of Pulp and the wider Sheffield music scene from around 1984 through to Pulp's success with Common People and their triumphant headlining appearance at Glastonbury in 1995. Themes covered include the miners' strike, industrial decline and the mass unemployment of the 80s; the band Chakk and the establishment of the FON studio and label; Warp records and the early techno/house scene. Richard Hawley's former band, The Longpigs, are also featured.
Hey locals, our friends over at Mucho Music are throwing their Visionary Sounds Music Festival on August 20th at The Echoplex in LA with acts ranging from electro-cumbia to hip hop to indie rock, to roots reggae. The lineup includes: Upground, Torreblanca, Master Blaster, Ninca Dioz, Orlando and the Shantelles, Viirey, Street Spirit, Andrea Balency, Josh (of Yellow Red Sparks) and more to be announced.
Here's a few tracks from a few of the artists headlining.
Nina Dioz "Prefiero El Asfalto"...
Orlando and The Shantelles "Solo Dios Sabe" (live basement version)...
Kind of on the fence on this one, I'll let you be the judge. The world of Bunraku is past and present, shadow-play fantasy, Samurai and Western all combined. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, and Kevin McKidd.
Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.
Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome meticulously cared for by her mother in Buenos Aires. One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed.
Joann Sfar (comic book artist) delivers a biography of French singer Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). The film follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar, as well as his many relationships.
Ximena Sariñana has just released her self-titled English language debut album. I was skeptical at first, but Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Bird and the Bee) does a great job of playing to her strengths. Plus, she's unbelievably adorable.
Frightened Rabbit are currently on tour with Death Cab For Cutie and they released a tour EP simply titled A Frightened Rabbit EP. You can listen to all three tunes courtesy of Listen Before You Buy. I think it's worth my money for 'The Work' alone.
I read and loved Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go. I put off seeing the film adaptation because I feared they would not do it justice. It wasn't horrible, but it was nowhere near as good as the book. The film did however feature what was only previously noted as a fictional song ('Never Let Me Go') by a fictional singer (Judy Bridgewater). The song is actually sung by Jane Monheit. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear this in the film and I've had it on repeat lately. Sorry if this is old news to some of you, surely this is news to someone!
NPR is offering a free music sampler through eMusic. This sampler is available for free to U.S. residents only. The offer expires August 23rd. You do not have to be an eMusic subscriber to enjoy this sampler.
The sampler features tunes from: Washed Out, A Tribe Called Quest, Gaby Moreno, Little Dragon, Brian Eno,and more.