The Phantom Band

Premiere: Tour Diary Video

Jan 13, 2011

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The Phantom Band recently recorded an exclusive video tour diary for Under the Radar. The footage comes from their recent U.S. tour with Plants and Animals and Frightened Rabbit, and, well… a description would probably only ruin it. Needless to say, going on tour looks a lot more Godard than we could have ever imagined. Check out the amazing clip. The Glaswegian outfit's sophomore effort, The Wants, is out now.



Rainbow Arabia: "Without You" MP3 Stream

On March 1, L.A. Middle Eastern-inspired electro-pop tandem Rainbow Arabia will issue their debut LP, Boys and Diamonds, via Kompakt. Stream the thumping, Knife-like "Without You," below (via Gorilla vs. Bear). It will featured on a 7-inch single on February 22. Stream more tunes at the band's Bandcamp page.

Det Vackra Livet

“Viljan” MP3

Jan 13, 2011

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The new Jönköping, Sweden indie-pop duo Det Vackra Livet (English translation: "The Beautiful Life") are Philip and Henrik Ekström from The Mary Onettes. The brothers will release the dreamy soft jazz/new wave single "Viljan" on February 2. (Disclaimer: It's in Swedish.) You can download it above. Det Vackra Livet's self-titled debut will drop May 4 via Labrador.


Iron & Wine: Various Songs (Daytrotter Session) MP3s/Video

Hirsute indie-folk luminary Sam Beam played some new Iron & Wine tunes at Daytrotter's studios earlier this month. He was supported on vocals by Rosie Thomas. Beam performed three cuts from Kiss Each Other Clean ("Tree By the River," "Godless Brother in Love," "Glad Man Singing") and the Our Endless Numbered Days classic, "Naked as We Came."

Added bonus: This session also has video. Click over here to watch the bearded master at work.

Beans

“Mellow You Out [ft. Tunde Adebimpe]” MP3

Jan 12, 2011

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Anti-Pop Consortium MC Beans will drop a solo LP, dubbed End It All, on February 15 via Anticon. The album features guest spots from Four Tet, Interpol's Sam Fogarino, Tobacco, Bumps (Tortoise's percussion), and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe. The latter artist sings on "Mellow Me Out," which you can download above. It was produced by In Flagranti. Also, check out the DJ Nobody-produced "Deathsweater" (via RCRD LBL.)

Mogwai

“San Pedro” MP3

Jan 11, 2011

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Mogwai's latest LP of post-rock punishment is called Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will and it streets February 14 in Europe through the band's Rock Action imprint and February 15 in North America via Sub Pop. Download the Scottish band's new download preview, "San Pedro," above (via P4k). It's an ear-pummeling instrumental that will get your heart pumping. Also, be sure to download Hardcore's lead single, "Rano Pano."

On January 18, Sub Pop will issue "Rano Pano" as a 7-inch single, with non-album cut "Hasenheide" on the flipside. Rock Action is readying a "Mexican Grand Prix" single for February 7, backed by the B-side "Slight Domestic." If you pre-order the full-length, you'll get a kick-ass pair of Mogwai earplugs. How appropriate. You're going to need them when the quintet tours Europe and North America. Check out those dates here.

“Internet Connection (Huoratron Rum Aid Remix)” MP3

Jan 11, 2011

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M.I.A.'s "Internet Connection" originally appeared as one of the bonus tracks on the limited edition of /\/\/\Y/\ (aka Maya). The original "digital ruckus" cut was recorded with a group of Filipino Verizon workers. Now get prepared for Finnish chiptune/electro producer Huoratron (aka Aku Raski). The thick-bearded Huoratron (pronounced "whore-a-tron") approaches electronic music in M.I.A.'s punky style here, so it makes sense that the occult-like artist was pegged for the re-rub. Download the raucous track above  (via URB).

/\/\/\Y/\ is out now. Maya's remix EP, Internet Connection (The Remixes) available now digitally via Interscope and features other remixes from Buraka Som Sistema and Flux Pavilion.

Okkervil River: "Wake & Be Fine" (Live on Jimmy Fallon) Video

Okkervil River unleashed another preview of their forthcoming LP, I Am Very Far, in grand style last night on Jimmy Fallon. As we reported earlier, the core band was indeed joined by The New Pornographers' A.C. Newman and The Roots' ?uestlove and Damon Bryson. Watch frontman Will Sheff share ragged, Black Sheep Boy-like shouts with Newman, below (via The Audio Perv.) By the way, I Am Very Far drops May 10. So far away, indeed. It's Okkervil's sixth full-length.