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September 28, 2011

{Bjork}

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Bjork returns with Biophilia, her first record of new material in over four years. Not only does the Icelandic pop star continue to push musical boundries, but she is also at the forefront of technology, releasing the album at the same time she releases each song as an “app” from Apple. Fans can hear the songs, explore their origins and, in some cases, remix the tune itself.

Have a listen to "Virus", "Cosmogony" (courtesy of Consequence of Sound), or my fav "Moon" (courtesy of Pick Up the Headphones)

Get the app right here

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{Los Rakas}

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I recently picked up Oakland hip-hop duo by way of Panama Los Rakas' latest EP Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada.

Have a listen...

"Vengo de Panama"


Los Rakas - Ta Lista by isaray

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{Feist}

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Feist's new album Metals ( the follow-up to her 2007 breakout The Reminder) is now streaming on her site. Nuff said.

Listen to the album right here

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September 27, 2011

{Outrage}

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Outrage is the latest film, directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano, about the power of several yakuza clans in the Japanese underworld.

Look for the film in select theaters December 2nd.

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{The Lie}

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The Lie is about a young couple that have an unplanned baby, and a lie that spirals out of control. The film is base on the story by T.C. Boyle.

Look for the film in select theaters November 18th.

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{American Teacher}

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This documentary is about America's underpaid and overworked teachers. This is from filmmaker Vanessa Roth and produced by Dave Eggers (best-selling author) and Ninive Calegari (of the literacy non-profit 826 National), so I'm betting some folks will watch it just because their names are attached to the project.

Look for the film in select theaters September 30th.

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September 26, 2011

{Modeselektor}

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Spin magazine is streaming Berlin-based electronic duo Modeselektor's new album Monkeytown, which features Thom York on a couple tracks.

Listen to the album right here (Note that the album plays as one single track)

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{Dum Dum Girls}

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Dum Dum Girls new album Only In Dreams is streaming online. Give it a listen below.


Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams by subpop


Here's the video for "Bedroom Eyes"...

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{Zola Jesus}

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You can listen to goth pop sensation Zola Jesus new album Conatus over on The Guardian.

Listen to the album right here

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{Ryan Adams}

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Alt country troubadour Ryan Adams' excellent new album Ashes & Fire (due out on Oct. 11th) is now streaming over on NPR.

Have a listen to "Lucky Now"...


Lucky Now by ryanadams

Listen to the album right here

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{Mariachi El Bronx}

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Mariachi El Bronx is the alter ego of L.A. punk band The Bronx. Their new album titled Mariachi El Bronx II could have easily come off as gimmicky, however they manage to prove they've studied up on mariachi music.

Have a listen to some standouts...

"Great Provider"






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September 21, 2011

{Lisa Hannigan}

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Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan returns with her sophomore album Passenger.

I can't get this song out of my head...

"A Sail"

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{Twin Sister}

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New York dream pop band Twin Sister will release their debut full-length In Heaven through Domino Records on September 27th, but the album is currently streaming in its entirety courtesy of Stereogum.

This one was my instant favorite song...

"Stop"

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{The-Dream}

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The-Dream’s next album, The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man) has now been pushed back, but fear not, the r&b whiz released an “internet album” called 1977 for free. He released this break-up album under his real name, Terius Nash, due to record label conflicts.

Here's the new video (with plenty of bad acting) for "Long Gone"...



Here's a couple of standouts...

"Wake Me When It's Over"

"Long Gone"...



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September 15, 2011

{13}

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13 is a remake of the 2005 French film 13 Tzameti. It’s directed and written by Géla Babluani, who directed and wrote the original film. A naive young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men. The remake stars Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, 50 Cent and Mickey Rourke.

Look for the film in select theaters October 28th.

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{Best Exotic Marigold Hotel}

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John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) directs Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel in this dramatic comedy that follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India.

Look for the film in select theaters March 9th.

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September 14, 2011

{Bei Maejor}

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Bei Maejor has produced for some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B and now he's making his own musical creations. He has just put out his fourth mixtape, maejorMaejor, which features original tracks, remixes, and others such as Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” (“Swim Well”) and Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” (“Little Haters”).

Have a listen to the first track...

"They Call Me"

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September 13, 2011

{Craft Spell}

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A little late on this one, but I recently picked up Idle Labor, the debut album from Stockton, Calif. bedroom pop duo. The album has a synth-heavy '80s indie sounds that might appeal to fans of Wild Nothing or Twin Shadow

Here's some standouts...


You Should Close the Door by CraftSpells


Scandinavian Crush by CraftSpells


Beauty Above All by CraftSpells


The Fog Rose High by CraftSpells

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{Drake}

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Toronto's own Drake is set to release his forthcoming album Take Care (due in October). He recently released the slow burner “Club Paradise” and the banger “Free Spirit”.

LIsten to both songs courtesy of Stereogum.

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{Ryan Adams}

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We heard the excellent first single "Lucky Now" off the alt. country singers' forthcoming album Ashes & Fire (due out on Oct. 11th). Next was an acoustic version of the title track, and now the song "Invisible Riverside" was featured on KCRW today.

Have a listen to "Lucky Now"...



Or listen right here. Watch him perform an acoustic version of "Ashes & Fire" right here

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{Yuck}

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UK 90's rock revivalists Yuck are releasing a deluxe version of their self-tiled album, which will include six extra tracks.

Have a listen to five of them...

"Coconut Bible"


Cousin Corona by Yuck


Milkshake by Yuck

The Base Of A Dream Is Empty by Yuck


Doctors In My Bed by Yuck

Pre-order the deluxe edition of their self-titled album (out October 10th via Fat Possum) right here

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September 12, 2011

{Satellite Stories}

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Satellite Stories are an unsigned indie-pop quartet out of Finland. They currently have four tracks available and they are all upbeat and catchy as hell.

Have a listen to the songs on the EP...

"Family"


Satellite Stories - Kids Aren't Safe In The Metro by satellitestories


Satellite Stories - Mexico by satellitestories


Satellite Stories - Helsinki Art Scene by satellitestories

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{Jay Sean}

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UK R&B singer Jay Sean just released a free mixtape titled The Mistress, before dropping his forthcoming album Freeze Time. The mixtape features guest spots from Lupe Fiasco, Birdman and Tyga.

Stream the mixtape below...



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September 08, 2011

{Jens Lekman}

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Swedish pop maestro Jens Lekman released the song "An Argument with Myself" off his forthcoming EP of the same name (out Sept. 23rd). Now I'll pass along another funny little gem about Jens trying to meet Kirsten Dunst.

Have a listen...

"An Argument with Myself"

Here's another standout...

"Waiting for Kirsren"

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{Connected}

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Connected is a eye-opening documentary from Tiffany Shlain, which takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century.

Look for the film in select theaters September 16th.

View the trailer here or right here...


CONNECTED trailer HD by myfilm-gr

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September 07, 2011

{Happy, Happy}

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This dramedy by Anne Sewitsky is about a perfect couple that move in next door and open the neighbor girl to a whole new world, with consequences for everyone involved. This one won the World Cinema Jury Award at The Sundance!

Look for the film in select theaters September 16th.

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{Martha Marcy May Marlene}

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Martha Marcy May Marlene stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories while trying to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult. The film also stars John Hawkes.

Look for the film in select theaters October 21st.

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{The Skin I Live In}

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A full length trailer for Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) has finally surfaced. The film is the story of a plastic surgeon interested in creating a new skin for his wife, who was burned in a car crash.

Look for the film in select theaters October 14th. .

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{Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow}

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Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow is a unique documentary about artist Anselm Kiefer by Sophie Fiennes

Look for the film in select theaters October 15th. .

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{Ryan Adams}

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After hearing Ryan Adams' first single "Lucky Now" off his forthcoming album Ashes & Fire (due out on Oct. 11th), and now, this acoustic version of the title track I am excited to hear the rest of the album

Have a listen to "Lucky Now"...


Lucky Now by ryanadams

Watch him perform an acoustic version of "Ashes & Fire" right here

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{Jose Conde}

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on Jose Conde's new self titled album shows that he experiments with rumba, salsa, and funk. In addition he plays multiple instruments, and he sings in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Tsonga (a South African language). "El Vestido" (Le Katz Remix) is a sexy tango set to a trip-hop beat, I just can't enough of this tune

Have a listen to "El Vestido" (Le Katz Remix)...



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{M83}

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i've been digging French electropop band M83's forthcoming double album titled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (to be released on October 18th on Mute Records).

Here's a couple of standouts...

"Midnight City"

"Reunion"

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{The-Dream}

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The-Dream’s next album, The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man) has now been pushed back, but fear not, the r&b whiz released an “internet album” called 1977 for free.

Here's a couple of standouts...

"Wake Me When It's Over"

"Long Gone"...



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{Clap Your Hands Say Yeah}

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Brooklyn indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are set to release their first album in more than four years with Hysterical (due out September 20th).

Here's a couple of standouts...

"Same Mistake"

"Misspent Youth"...


Clap your hands say yeah -03 Misspent Youth by wilcow

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September 06, 2011

{Yuck}

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UK indie rockers Yuck just released a catchy new B-side called “Cousin Corona".

Have a listen...


Cousin Corona by Yuck

Pre-order the deluxe edition of their self-titled album (out October 10th via Fat Possum) right here

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{Kurt Vile}

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On November 8th Matador Records will be releasing Kurt Vile's new EP titled So Outta Reach, featuring 6 brand new tracks taken from the Smoke Ring For My Halo album sessions, including a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Downbound Train".

Have a listen...

"The Creature"

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{Neon Indian}

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NPR is streaming Neon Indian's (aka Alan Palomo) forthcoming electropop album Era Extraña (to release September 13th).

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September 01, 2011

{Pequena Orquesta de Trovadores}

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I've had Buenos Aires indie-folk band Pequena Orquesta de Trovadores' new self-titled album on repeat lately.

Have a listen to the album right here...



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{Matthew Vincent McMorrow}

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I been digging Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow's debut album Early In The Morning. Here's a couple of standouts.

Here's "We Don't Eat"...


James Vincent McMorrow - We Don't Eat by Vagrant Records

Here's "Hear That Noise That Moves So Soft and Slow"...


James Vincent McMorrow - Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft And Low by rslblog.com

Also, he's giving away a cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love"...

"Higher Love"

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{Lo-Fi-Fnk}

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Swedish indie/electro-pop duo Lo-Fi-Fnk have just released their latest album The Last Summer. Pretty darn catchy stuff. Have a listen to a few standouts below.

Here's "Last Summer"...


Last Summer by Lo-Fi-Fnk by musicmasala

"U Can Have It"...


Lo-Fi-Fnk - U Can Have It by Arsène

Here's "Boom"...


Lo-Fi-Fnk - Boom (Out now on iTunes!) by Lo-Fi-Fnk

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{Owen}

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Owen's (Mike Kinsella) forthcoming album Ghost Town will release November 8th (pre-order limited edition 180-Gram Clear or Black Vinyl / CD / T-Shirt + MP3 through Polyvinyl Records). The first single, "I Believe", is a slow building tune about spiritual longing and introspection that seems to be centered around the verse- “Have I been saved? ‘Cause I feel the same”. Ghost Town also includes live favorites “The Armoire” and “O, Evelyn”.

Listen to the album below...



Here's "The Armoire" (Nervous Energies session)...



Pre-order the album right here

Here's the track listing:
Toomy Disco - "Outstanding" (Gap Band)
Los Rakas - "Abrazame"
(Uproot Andy Remix)
Alfonzo - "Don't Stop"
Cicada- "Psycho Thrills"
Liquid Liquid - "Cavern"
Artful Dodger (ft. Craig David)- "Re-rewind"
Mike & Cody - "Let's Go"
Adrianigual - "Me Gusta La Noche"


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