Saint Etienne

“Just Friends (Amy Winehouse Cover)” MP3 Stream

Jul 13, 2012

 

We’re coming up on a year since Amy Winehouse’s untimely death. To memorialize the occasion, Q Magazine has launched a special tribute album to the fallen singer. Among artists they’ve tapped to turn in cover songs of the musician’s work is Saint Etienne, who applied their pop powers to Back to Black track, “Just Friends.” Take a listen below. 

 

(www.amywinehouse.com)

(www.saintetienne.com)

The Spring Standards

Premiere: “Heavy Home” MP3

Jul 12, 2012

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We got a first listen to new The Spring Standards cut, “Heavy Home.” Hailing from their newly released album yellow//gold, the track is a melancholy tune, filled with soaring vocal harmonies and a gentle—but effecting—ambience. Check out our premiere above

(www.thespringstandards.com

 

 

Mike Birbiglia

“Sleep Walk With Me Trailer”

Jul 12, 2012

 

Announced via a hilarious short film with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, on August 24 This American Life contributor Mike Birbiglia will release his first feature film, Sleepwalk With Me. Based on his own adventures in sleepwalking, the film features the trials and tribulations of a comedian as he navigates muddy emotional waters and sleepwalking strolls. Check out the trailer below. 

 

(www.sleepwalkmovie.com)

Nite Jewel

“Clive” Video

Jul 12, 2012

You know the drill—an artist makes a video, mimes along to their song, and a good time is had by all. That is, unless you're Ramona Gonzalez. In that case, you sing someone else’s song in your video. Check out the video for One Second of Love cut, “Clive” where the mismatch creates a strange, visceral thrill. 

 

(www.nitejewel.com)

The Blank Tapes

Premiere: “I’m Back” MP3 Stream

Jul 11, 2012

Closing out the day, we’ve got a premiere from Los Angeles-based collective (Matt Adams and friends), The Blank Tapes. Full of lo-fi rock refrains you can get down to, “I’m Back” is the perfect tune to soundtrack your beach party,. Check out the stream below. Like what you hear? You can grab the 7” version on July 17. 

 

(www.theblanktapes.com)

Big Wave Riders

“Sunny Season” MP3

Jul 11, 2012

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The description is already in the title. “Sunny Season,” a cut from Big Wave Riders forthcoming sophomore album Life Less Ordinary, this track is a big ol’ slice of seasonal synth joy. Take a listen to the Finnish band’s gleeful offering above.

(Via: Ja Ja Ja Music)

(www.facebook.com/bigwaveriders)

 

Florence and the Machine

“Hitchin A Ride (Green Day Cover Featuring Blood Orange)” Video

Jul 11, 2012

 

BFFs Florence Welch (she of Florence and the Machine) and Dev Hynes (he of Blood Orange) recently joined the forces to cover Green Day’s 1997 track, “Hitchin A Ride.” Punk may be dead, but damn, if it hasn’t sound more soulful. Don’t miss Welch’s creditable scream at 2:09—homegirl has some serious pipes! 

 

(www.florenceandthemachine.net)

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Teengirl Fantasy

“End” MP3 Stream

Jul 11, 2012

Take a listen to “End,” the newest from Teengirl Fantasy. Their debut album Tracer hits shelves on August 21 via True Panther—and judging by this dreamy track—will play well with Teen Daze and early Toro Y Moi.

(teengirlfantasy.angelfire.com)