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November 28, 2011

{Bon Iver}

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Bon Iver is set to release a deluxe edition of his self-titled album that will feature video accompaniments for each of the 10 songs on the album. This one got my nod for album of the year, so I'd call this a must listen if you haven't yet done so.

Here's the video for "Hinnom, TX"...



Order the deluxe edition of the album right here

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{The Weeknd}

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If you didn't hear Toronto-based R&B project The Weeknd's mixtape House of Balloons then you're missing out on one of the best albums of the year. He just put out a trippy video for the atmospheric album closer "The Knowing".

Watch the video...

Download the mixtape right here

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{Okkervil River}

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Austin indie rock band Okkervil River have just released a free-for-download, five-song covers EP called Golden Opportunities 2.

Download the EP right here

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{The Black Keys}

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I've pretty much secured a spot for The Black Keys' forthcoming seventh studio album, El Camino, in my top ten albums of the year list. Stream a couple of tracks below. El Camino officially hits stores on December 6th via Nonesuch Records.

Have a listen to "Gold on the Ceiling" and "Hell of A Season" right here

Pre-order the album here

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November 16, 2011

{Big Troubles}

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Big Troubles latest album Romantic Comedy is likely to be one of my top ten albums of the year. It's lo-fi pop with bursts of jangly guitars, feedback, with some early ’90s alternative rock flavor. They just released the single "She Smiles For Pictures" with the b-side “Polyommatus Blue”. Have a listen below.

Have a listen...






Big Troubles, "Polyommatus Blue" by matthewschnipper

Stream the album in it's entirety right here

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{Fred Falke}

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French House legend Fred Falke is set to release his debut artist album, Part IV, on December 5th.

Here's a few highlights...

"Back To Stay"

"Last Wave"


Fred Falke - 808pm At The Beach by Fred Falke



Order the album right here

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{Kimya Dawson}

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Anti-folk veteran Kimya Dawson (half of The Moldy Peaches) tackles motherhood on her latest album Thunder Thighs. The album is half children's songs and half self-reflection and it's got it's share of gems. The album features guest performances by rapper/producer Aesop Rock plus members of the Strokes, Mountain Goats, and more.

Here's one my favs...

"Driving Driving Driving"

Hear "Same Shit/Complicated"...



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November 15, 2011

{Snow Patrol}

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Irish pop band Snow Patrol have just released their latest album Fallen Empires.

Have a listen to a couple of standouts...

"This Isn't Everything You Are"

Here's the video for "Called Out In The Dark"...



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{Kathleen Edwards}

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I've been digging Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards' new album Voyageur. The album was produced by Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver).

Here's one my favs...

"A Soft Place To Land"

Hear "Change The Sheets"...




Kathleen Edwards - Sidecar by Kathleen Edwards

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{Crystal Stilts}

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Brooklyn moody rockers Crystal Stilts new EP, Radiant Door, is now streaming online.

Have a listen...


Crystal Stilts - Radiant Door by sacredbones


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November 09, 2011

{Eames: The Architect and the Painter}

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The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Remembered best for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

Look for the film in select theaters November 18th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{My Week With Marilyn}

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In the early summer of 1956, 23 year old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week.

Look for the film in select theaters November 23rd.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Inni}

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Inni focusses on the band's performance at Alexandra Palace over two nights, which is artfully captured by French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire's Miroir Noir).

The film is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer here or right here...



Download "Festival" for the price of an email...



Hear "Lúppulagið"...



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{Painted Love}

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Check out French electronic duo Air’s new video for Cartier titled Painted Love. (become a fan on facebook to view)

Watch the video here

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November 07, 2011

{Drake}

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Canadian rapper Drake's new album Take Care will release November 15th. The album features guests: Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Andre 3000, Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross. In addition, four of the tracks were co-written with Toronto singer the Weeknd, and he is featured on one.

Have a listen to a few of the opening tunes...

"Over My Dead Body"

"Shot For Me"

"Crew Love" (featuring: The Weeknd)

Pre-order the album right here

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{Blouse}

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Portland's Blouse are streaming their shoegazer/synth pop self-titled debut album.

Have a listen...


Blouse's S/T LP by The FADER

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{Jens Lekman}

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Swedish pop artist Jens Lekman is the latest participant in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

Watch the Tiny Desk performance right here

Here's a couple tunes from Jens' latest EP...

"An Argument with Myself"

"Waiting for Kirsren"

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{Band of Bees}

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British psych-folk band A Band Of Bees have just released their new album Every Step’s A Yes. Stream it below!

Have a listen...


The Bees/A Band Of Bees - Every Step's A Yes (Deluxe Edition) by Consequence of Sound

Here's a couple of downloads...

"Winter Rose"

"I Really Need Love

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November 02, 2011

{Goodnight Gun: A Fall Mix}

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Fall mixes are amongst my favorite to put together. They are arguably gloomier than other mixes, so it gives me a chance to put something different together. I'm hoping I didn't overdo it with the moody tunes. I think I'm trying to tell a story, but I dare call this a 'concept mixtape'. I'll save that for another time. Get comfortable for a half an hour, grab a seasonal pumpkin ale and enjoy!

Have a listen...

"Goodnight Gun: A Fall Mix"

Here's the track listing:
Timber Timbre - "Black Water"
The National - "Think You Can Wait"
John Maus - "Hey Moon"
Frightened Rabbit - "The Work"
Richard Hawley - "Born Under A Bad Sign"
Los Amparito (feat. Carla Morrison) - "Cuatrocienegas"
The Raveonettes - "Last Dance"

(Reprise)

Radio Dept. - "Me and You Then?"


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November 01, 2011

{Lila Downs}

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Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Downs is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sanchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. Her latest album Pecados y Milagros is a mix of original folk songs with newly remade Mexican classics. The album is currently streaming over on NPR.

Listen to the album right here

Purchase the album here

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{Immanu El}

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This Swedish band's new album, In Passage, is full of atmospheric pop. Give it a listen below.


Immanu El "In Passage" (2011) by Immanu El

Purchase the album here

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