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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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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 Mergehttp://drop.io/download/public/mok1bnstisen9fyifilq/94f434c56b315d84ca68ccd88abb3e7992216dd5/40f86390-edcd-012c-8966-f64c92aa2c0a/5de86630-edcd-012c-ff20-fd30210092ca/v2/content

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

From The Wild Hunt out 4/13 on Dead Oceanshttp://drop.io/download/public/mok1bnstisen9fyifilq/bd0a2ddf3efc7de74ff27a2069bdd1c6bd4f52e8/40f86390-edcd-012c-8966-f64c92aa2c0a/8c4ceeb0-edcd-012c-80de-f2752c6c10dc/v2/content

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

From The Calcination of Scout Niblett out now on Drag Cityhttp://drop.io/download/public/mok1bnstisen9fyifilq/2d472c6685d89f523314f63528e91f29ae5ff3a4/40f86390-edcd-012c-8966-f64c92aa2c0a/6a31c530-edcd-012c-39c1-f71bf932b869/v2/content

MP3: Pit Er Pat – “Water”

From The Flexible Entertainer out now on Thrill Jockeyhttp://drop.io/download/public/mok1bnstisen9fyifilq/dcc5a95a628b567cc4cb0ec6a6d4325f26e9567b/40f86390-edcd-012c-8966-f64c92aa2c0a/7b05ceb0-edcd-012c-f4f6-fa21ac020c15/v2/content

MP3: Caribou -“Odessa

From Swim out 4/20 via Mergehttp://drop.io/download/public/mok1bnstisen9fyifilq/fafffae9091ecc9120ec7300002af101412227da/40f86390-edcd-012c-8966-f64c92aa2c0a/ae7114a0-edcd-012c-42bf-f36517bd49b0/v2/content Continue reading

News Briefs

Jay Reatard Dies at 29

Memphis based garage musician Jay Reatard passed away in his sleep Tuesday night. Under the birth name Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr., the musician was found at 3:30 AM and local police officials have opened an investigation into the cause of death, which is really the only details I’ve been able to find on the matter. Reatard was signed to Matador records, and released his last album Watch Me Fall in August of last year. He was 29 years old, and will be missed by the music community for his infamous antics.

Joanna Newsom Album Details

If you’re like me, rumors of a new Joanna Newsom have been the reason you get out of bed in the morning. Earlier this week we finally got some hard evidence, when a pretty odd comic was released by Newsom’s label Spunk that suggested the album would be released February 23rd. Afterwards the label confirmed that Newsom’s new album, her 3rd LP to follow up 2006’s Ys, will be called Have One On Me and is set for the US release date listed on the comic. Come on, Spunk, throw us an early MP3!
Side Note: She’s been dating Andy Samburg for, like, a few years…anyone else think that’s weird?

Sub Pop March Releases means MP3’s Now

We know, Sub Pop is one of your favorite indie labels, and I guess there’s a reason, those guys are behind tons of the 2010 releases flooding your iPods. In March we’ll see new stuff from the the Seattle label’s signee’s Ruby Suns, Happy Birthday, and Dum Dum Girls, and because they’re just so darn nice, there’s samplin’ MP3’s for all of them!
MP3: Happy Birthday – “Girls FM”
MP3:The Ruby Suns – “Cranberry”
MP3:Dum Dum Girls – “Jail La La”


This is a music blog, but, just in case you were trapped in a closet this week, there’s something sad happening in Haiti.

New Clogs Album to Ft. Sufjan and Shara

March 2nd marks the release of the new Clogs album, the collaboration of the National’s Bryce Dessner and Aussie composer Padma Newsome. Their fifth album will be entitled The Creatures in The Garden Of Lady Walton and apparently will feature My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden and Sufjan Stevens’s Sufjan Stevens. Check out a teaser, below!
MP3: Clogs – “On The Edge”

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Have You Met… The Lighthouse and the Whaler?

I’ve always said that the extensive Metroparks system is one of the best things about Cleveland, and now – along with never-ending bike trails, families of deer, and more pavilions than you can count – we can add the birthplace of one of Cleveland’s catchiest up-and-coming local bands to the list. The Lighthouse and the Whaler are a collection of strapping Cleveland lads who met in the park one day to “jam” and ended up falling in love with the music they could make.

I was introduced to the heartwarming folk stylings of TLATW this Friday when they were featured at the Beachland Ballroom thanks to Scene Magazine, and was immediately blown away. The similarity to Bon Iver and all the other stringed folkies out there was imminent, but there was a creative energy and love for performing on stage that reminded me a lot of one of my favorite NC groups, Lost in the Trees (The use of bells and cello could also be to blame). Although I know many music fans are getting sick of the folk re-revival, I think anyone can decide pretty early on into their debut, self-titled record that The Lighthouse and the Whaler are on to something.

I have a feeling we won’t be enjoying a locals-only-fan experience for much longer on these guys, they’ve been featured on Filter and soon an upcoming Under the Radar compilation. Check them out around town, soon!

MP3: The Lighthouse and the Whaler – “White Days”
MP3: The Lighthouse and the Whaler – “Of The Heavens And The Earth”
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Video Watch…Islands – “No You Don’t”

“No You Don’t” is the latest video from Montreal, Canada’s Islands off their 2009 release Vapours. Arrested Development fans (or, I guess, Juno and stuff, too) might want to pay attention to this one, as it stars the ever-awkward but endearing Michael Cera. The lesson here, I think, is not to do drugs or not to hang out with Canadians. Or, listen to more Islands…I’m not quite sure.

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Video Watch: NME’s Best of ’09 Video Playlist

Best of the year lists are out with a vengeance, and I thought it was great to see NME put some videos along with it. Check out their youtube playlist, playing their top 50 songs of ’09 by clicking over to youtube through #50 on their list by Bombay Bicycle Club.

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Get Out, CLE! – Week Of December 14

Concerts and Other Alternative Cultural CLE-vents Happening This Week

Mon, Dec 14

Movie Monday @ Cedar Lee / all day
Cleveland Olde World Christmas Party @ Reinecker’s Catering and Bakery Center / 6:30 p
Josh Hoge @ Peabody’s / 7 p
30 Seconds to Mars @ House Of Blues / 7 p
Chucklefuck Holiday Showcase @ Bela Dubby / 8 p
Kate Voegele + Howie Day + Josh Radin @ House of Blues / 8 p
FREE show – Dry Spell + Sports Bras @ Now That’s Class / 9 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p

Tue, Dec 15
Free popcorn Tuesday @ Capitol Theatre / all day
Rice and Beans Latin Jazz @ Jazz 28 / 5 p
Marduck @ Pebody’s / 6 p
Lix and Kix Poetry and Music Extravaganza @ Bela Dubby / 7 p
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s @ House Of Blues / 7 p
Jesse Cook @ Nighttown / 7 p
Tremont Fibers Club @ Visible Voice Books / 7 p
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art @ Beachland Ballroom / 8 p
Vegan Cheesesteaks + Mac n’ Cheese @ Now That’s Class / all night
The Hot Seats + The Amazing Rotini Bros @ Beachland Tavern / 8:30 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p

Wed, Dec 16
Alternative Energy Gala @ Great Lakes Science Center / 6 p
Meet Local Lakewood Author John H. Tidyman @ Bela Dubby / 7 p
Rock and Roll Night School: History of Holiday Records @ Rock Hall / 7 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p

Thu, Dec 17
Big Beer Night @ Rocky River Brewing Co. / all day
Movie Night: Gremlins @ Bela Dubby / 8 p
End Of The Year Party @ Now That’s Class / all night
Suede Brothers + Oxford Cotton @ Beachland Tavern / 8:30 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p

Fri, Dec 18
Fridays in the Garden @ The Holden Arboretum / 10 a
Free Sushi @ Touch Supper Club / 5 p
Astronomy Night @ Shaker High School / 5:30 p
Festival of Lights @ Cuyahoga Valley National Park / 6 p
The Promise Hero + Everything Zen + Hot Mess Electric @ The Grog Shop / 6 p
Festivus! Art Opening @ Wall Eye Gallery / 6 p
Mushroomhead @ Peabody’s / 7 p
The Wonder Of It All @ The Cleveland Museum Of Art / 7 p
Helen Welch @ Nighttown / 7 p
Iron Oxide + The Light Boys + Powerhead Kis @ Bela Dubby / 7:30 p
FREE show Random Stereo, Bethesda, Eclyptic, Joey P. and the Two Timers @ The Robin Hood / 8 p
The Woovs @ Beachland Ballroom / 8:30 p
Ugly Radio Rebellion @ The Winchester / 9 p
Mr. Gnome @ Beachland Tavern / 9 p
FREE show Loose Dudes + The Wooly Bullies + Neon Tongues @ Now That’s Class / 9 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p
The Macpodz @ The Grog Shop /10 p

Sat, Dec 19
Countryside Winter Farmers’ Market @ Happy Days Lodge / 9 a
Cleveland Handmade Market @ The Screw Factory / 10 a
Cleveland Pop Culture: The Book @ The Learned Owl Book Shop / 1 p
Ten Count Fall + Hey Victory + My Son The Cheerleader @ The Grog Shop / 6 p
BENEFIT SHOW: Adam Klopp + Superb Bird of Paradise + Richard Wehrenwolf + Jordan Castro (poetry) + Alexis Spanos (poetry) + Vegan Potluck @ 732 Coventry Rd Apt #1 / 6 p
Trans-Atlas + Sea of Bears + J Buckner @ Bela Dubby / 7:30 p
Waterband Canjam @ Kent State Stage / 8 p
The Hot Rails @ Beachland Ballroom / 8 p
7 Deadly Sins @ The Garage Bar / 9 p
Music Saves Holiday Get Down: Casual Encounters + Walkies +  Shiny Penny + Talons @ Beachland Tavern / 9 p
Joshua Jetsy @ The Winchester / 9 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p
Filmstrip + The Kyle Sowashes + All Dinosaurs @ Now That’s Class / 9 p

Sun, Dec 20
Rockin’ Brunch @ Beachland Ballroom / 11 a
19 Action News + Stella Park + Run Run Addington + The Stereo Riot @ The Grog Shop / 8 p
Sainthood Reps @ Beachland Tavern / 8:30 p
FREE show Gelatinous Cube + Fillmore Jive + SOFB + Summit Trip @ Now That’s Class / 9 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p

Mon, Dec 21
FREE show Rotten Reasons + Iron Minds + Setbacks + Disposal @ Now That’s Class / 9 p
True Value Vintage Art Show @ Pop Shop Gallery / 9 p
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