Monster Rally will issue yet another balmy suite of his sample-based pop next month via Gold Robot. The new LP's samples run the gamut from "African highlife to Bahamian Calypso," but please download standout cut "Rainbow Rd." as a sample (via Gorilla vs. Bear.) More mesmerizing, The Avalanches-meets-Madlib tunes can be found at Monster Rally's Bandcamp. The 16-track Coraldrops January 11, featuring a nifty "opaque sea foam green" vinyl. Act quickly because it's limited to 250 copies. If you don't grab the physical copy, the whole thing is now available for download. (You name the price.)
Grinderman's "Evil" is a scuzzy little piece of garage-rock and its new video is just as intense. The Road lensman and frequent Nick Cave cohort John Hillcoat directed the clip, which consists of disturbing footage of an orange bird and a slimy vampire squid. Weird. Check out the vid above. Grinderman 2 is out now via Anti-.
Asthmatic Kitty will issue Julianna Barwick's The Magic Place on February 22. It's the a cappella/chamber music singer's debut album. Download the release's ethereal, almost new age title track (via P4k.) The title of the song references an old tree Barwick fondly remembers from her childhood. The songwriter's gorgeous layered-vocal compositions just stab your heart.
Outré indie-pop ringleader Daniel Smith (aka Danielson and several other musical aliases) will release a new LP, called Best of Gloucester County, on February 22 via his own Sounds Familyre imprint. It sports guest spots from Jens Lekman, Sufjan Stevens, and Serena-Maneesh leader Emil Nikolaisen. It's also the first Danielson album in five years, for those counting such things. Download the album's somewhat punky third track, "Grow Up," above.
Brooklyn indie-rock quartet Bear Hands scored earlier this year with their dancey single, "Crime Pays." Now comes a remix courtesy of the mysterious producer Cereal Spiller. He's recently redone A Place To Bury Strangers, Goldfrapp, and Film School.Bear Hands' debut full-length, Burning Bush Supper Club, is out now. Watch some downright illegal activities go down during the "Crime Pays" video below: