New Release Update

Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Secretly Canadian / buy!

Odd Blood is the second studio album from Brooklyn’s experimental rockers Yeasayer. Fans haven’t seen a new LP from the group since 2007’s All Hour Cymbals, which received a slew of positive attention from all the “right” places. First single “Ambling Alp” was released by the band in late October.

Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Astralwerks / buy!

One Life Stand is the fourth studio album from London-based synth-pop quintet Hot Chip. The album has been held in pretty high anticipation after the success of 2008’s Made In The Dark, and is promised to sound more or less from the same vein.

Angelo Spencer – Et Les Hauts Sommets
K Recs / buy

If you aren’t quite sure why you recognize the name Angelo Spencer let me try and help – he is Kimya Dawson’s French Alp-born husband, who has opened for or been at any Kimya show you might have caught (especially during that wonderful Juno phase. Well, Angelo is more than capable of standing alone on his own two feet – which is obvious upon first listen to Et Les Hauts Sommets (translation: At The High Peaks), an instrumental piece you’ll be happy fell into your lap this month.

Also Out This Week:
Ben+Vesper – LuvInIdleness
The Besnard Lakes – Albatross
Best Coast – Something in the Way 7″
David Bowie – David Bowie: Deluxe Edition
Galactic – Ya-Ka-May
Georgia Anne Muldrow – King‘s Ballad
Hanoi Janes – Summer of Panic
Hunx and His Punx – Gay Singles
Kath Bloom – Thin Thin Line
Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose – Bridge Carols
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Pantha du Prince – Black Noise
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
Redman – Reggie Noble 9 1/2
Title Tracks – It Was Easy
The Watson Twins – Talking to You, Talking to Me

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This Week In Mixery: Animals

There’s a new ballot initiative to protect farm animals here in good ‘ol Ohio. Check out more info on the issue here, as well as some ideas on how you can help and get involved.

Animals Mixery [zip]

MP3: Headlights – We’re All Animals

MP3: Andrew Bird – Anonanimal

MP3: Great Lake Swimmers – The Animals Of The World

MP3: Neko Case – I’m An Animal

MP3: Karen O and The Kids – Animal

This Week In Mixery: Snow Day Mix

MP3:Real Estate –“Snow Days”

MP3: The Tallest Man On Earth – “The Blizzard’s Never Seen The Desert Sands”

MP3: Say Hi To Your Mom –“Blizzard”

MP3: Throw Me The Statue –“Snowshoes”

MP3:Why? –“Eskimo Snow”

News Briefs

New Joanna Newsom is 3 Disks?!

As we’ve recently learned, the new and highly anticipated Joanna Newsom album will be released February 23rd on Drag City. Well, the Aussie based label is starting to leak a few more delicious details, including the very-surprising, very-exciting news that Have One On Me will be THREE, I repeat, THREE disks long. That’s a lot of harp-rock, kids. Want to hear some now? First single “81” is streaming here.

Franz Nicolay Is Too Cool For The Hold Steady

You may know Franz Nicolay as the keyboardist for the Hold Steady. Well, you should sever that connection, as it seems Nicolay has abandoned the Hold Steady ship. In what seems to be the creative differences defense, Nicolay says…

“In the Hold Steady, I was kind of a fox in a hedgehog band. The Isaiah Berlin thing about the hedgehogs who have one defining idea and the foxes who have a lot of different ideas. So this is going to let me indulge a lot of those different ideas.They have their one big idea– making literate, wordy lyrics over big anthemic rock– and the last two records were about as good as I felt like I could do with that idea.”

Whatever you say, man.

The Bird and the Bee Love Hall and Oates

Everyone loves cover songs, so I guess that means everyone loves cover albums. Well, at least LA based synth-pop duo The Bird and the Bee do. On March 23rd they’ll drop a nine-track cover album of another poppy duo, Hall and Oates, called Guiltless Pleasures: Volume 1. Why not?

Stephin Merritt is Probably A Genius

If you’re like me, then you’re loving the Magnetic Fields most recent contribution to music-dome, Realism. If you’re really like me, then you think Fields’ puppet master Stephin Merrit is probably a genius. If you needed further proof, see his upcoming musical project: penning a live score for the 1917 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Long live creative, talented musicians!

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Smorgasboard!! – Volume III

Smor-gas -bord (smȯr-gəs-ˌbȯrd): an often large heterogeneous mixture.

Download: Volume III [zip]

MP3: She & Him – “In The Sun”

From Volume Two out 3/23 on Merge

MP3: The Tallest Man On Earth – “The King Of Spain”

From The Wild Hunt out 4/13 on Dead Oceans

MP3: Scout Niblett – “The Calcination of Scout Niblett”

From The Calcination of Scout Niblett out now on Drag City

MP3: Pit Er Pat – “Water”

From The Flexible Entertainer out now on Thrill Jockey

MP3: Caribou -“Odessa

From Swim out 4/20 via Merge Continue reading

Video Watch: Broken Bells + Solange/Of Montreal

Odd musical pairings are one of my favorite things. Like when Eminem and Elton John got together at the Grammy’s, or Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson stole some money. March 9th marks the release of a debut in the same vein, what some might (inaccurately, in my opinion) call this decade’s answer to the Postal Service – and that’s the Dangermouse/ James Mercer duo Broken Bells. We recently got a leak of the first track, “The High Road”, and now here comes the video.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

I thought I’d throw in a bonus odd collaboration, since it seems like I’m posting something about this love affair every week. Here’s baby Knowles, Solange, on stage with Athens, GA’s psychadelic-poppers Of Montreal covering the Jackson 5 classic, “I Want You Back”. Don’t you just love the Internet?

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