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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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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: 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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News Briefs: New Arcade Fire, Rivers Crashes, Tour Dates and More

Cuomo & Co. in Tour Bus Accident; Doesn’t Travel With Bandmates?

Rivers Cumo, his wife, baby daughter, nanny, and driver were in a fairly serious tour bus accident that lead to some broken ribs and cancelled shows. Apparently the van hit black ice and the bus crashed into a ravine, harming mostly Rivers and his wife. Although this is definitely distressing news, and I hope nothing but a speedy recovery to all involved, it made me wonder: do many bands travel in separate tour buses? Am I the only one surprised none of the Weezer band-mates were in the bus with Rivers?

KEXP Join The iPhone Craze; Life Continues To Be Good For Apple Users

iPhones have been getting better and better with the release of various Apps for your favorite music streamers. Cincinnati-gone-Austin Internet-only radio station WOXY have an App, as do Chicago-based Daytrotter. Next to join the list? Your favorite (not your) Community radio station, KEXP in Seattle. Go get you some of that, and while you’re at it check out that one iPhone App where you point your phone at music and it tells you what’s playing…crazy!

Arcade Fire Talks New Album; World Becomes Better Place

If you’ve been crafting a best-of-the-decade list, then you’ve probably got Arcade Fire on the brain. You might not be sure how you’ve survived since 2007 without a new release from the Canadian Orchestral sensations, but trust me when I say you only have to wait a little bit longer. There’s no album cover, or track listing, or sample mp3’s (yet), but word on the digital-street is that Arcade Fire’s third release is set for a May birthdate. The only other savory detail as of yet is that Markus Dravs is producing (see: Engineer for “Neon Bible”) and has apparently gone on the record saying that these new songs are “better”. Commence hyperventalation.

CSS and Tilly Make A Porno; Er…Live Concert DVD

Your favorite tap-dancer-backed indie band Tilly and the Wall hit the road with CSS last year, and someone taped it! The resulting 73-minute DVD hits shelves January 12th with behind the scenes footage and on-stage antics of the music making variety. For a full set list, click here.

Tour Dates: The Antlers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, A Place To Bury Strangers Continue reading

Video Watch: Sufjan Stevens – “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever”

If there’s one thing I love, it’s indie rock bands covering Christmas classics. If there’s one thing I uber-love, however, it’s indie rock bands penning their own Christmas hymns. Which is why the multi-album, Sufjan Stevens Christmas collection is my holiday go-to for merry music. To get us in the spirit, let’s check out my favorite of his originals, “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever”, which – as it so happens – is not too merry, after all.

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New Release Update

Here’s What’s Hitting The Shelves This Week

Ad Explorata
1320 Records->

Sound Tribe Sector Nine (or STS9 to their best of friends) is an instrumental “post-rock dance” 5-piece that’s been around since 1998. Ad Explorata is their 6th studio release on their self-run label, 1320 records. If you like their multi-sound infusion, be sure to check out one of their many side projects. In the meantime, stream “Oil and Water” below. [I’ll buy that!]
MP3: STS9 – “Oil & Water”

The King of Rocksprings->
The Milkman Vs. The Postman Problem

The Milkman Vs. The Postman Problem is the debut EP from Brooklyn artist and musician Scott Sosebee. Sosbee has drummed for bands all across the board, including (most notably) Athens, GA’s Little Red Rocket. After relocating to New York and getting in a pretty serious trapeze accident, Sosbee decided it was time to release some solo work. Sample “The Perfect Guy”, opening track from The Milkman VS. The Postman Problem, self-released tomorrow. [I’ll buy that!]
MP3: The King Of Rocksprings – “The Perfect Guy”

Yuuki Matthews ->
Music For Savage Imagery
Asthmatic Kitty ->

It’s pretty rare that Sufjan Stevens backed Asthmatic Kitty Records puts out an album that I’m not a fan of, which is why I’m not surprised to be digging the debut release from Yuuki Matthews. Music For Savage Imagery is a part of Asthmatic Kitty’s “Library Catalogue Music”, a collection of instrumental albums being released by the label. Seattle-based Matthews released this album in hopes that it may be used as the background of movies or digital projects in the future. Check out track “Conquerors”, below. [I’ll buy that!]
MP3: Yuuki Matthews – “Conquerors”

Also Out This Week
30 Seconds to Mars – This Is War
Abbo Abbas – Abbo Abbas
Lowell Brams – Songs For Insomnia
M. Bison – M. Bison
Roberto Carlos Lange – Music For Memory
We The Kings
– Smile Kid
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Video Watch: Dodos: “Longform” + Tegan and Sara “Hell” (Acoustic)

Pitchfork just posted the newest video from San Francisco trio The Dodos. “Longform” is the second track on their Frenchkiss release Time To Die. How badly do you wish you were living inside this music video? Seems nice.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

If you’ve been missing their acoustic styles after the October release of Tegan and Sara‘s electrical Sainthood, consider this a treat. Here they are performing single “Hell” in some hallway for Fly TV…acoustic.

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