UPDATE: The Weeknd also tweeted a direct link to download the mixtape here. See the comments section on that page for more re-uploads.
Thursday is the much-anticipated web album/mixtape from R&B craftsman The Weeknd. Download it now at Abel Tesfaye's website. The site will most likely be sluggish or offline tonight due to the demand. Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye has plans to drop another LP, Echoes of Silence, later this year. That brings his grand total to three after this and House of Balloons.
Apparat (a featured artist in Issue #37’s “Pleased to Meet You” section) dropped this video today for The Devil’s Walk cut, “Black Water.” It’s a slow-moving, beautifully lensed piece featuring found art sculptures. Check it out. The album streets September 27 via Mute.
Twin Sister: "Gene Ciampi" MP3 Stream
Twin Sister's In Heaven is coming out September 27 (and one day earlier in Europe) via the Brooklyn/Long Island band's new imprint, Domino. Stream the indie-pop gem, "Gene Ciampi," below. Watch the party video for debut single "Bad Street" here.
Just when we thought Cass McCombs was done for the year, today the earthy troubadour announced his second entry of 2011. Titled Humor Risk, the disc drops November 8. No joke! Take a listen to first single “The Same Thing," or check out the tracklist over here.
Future Islands crafted some fairly manic "post-wave" tunes on their 2010 debut, In Evening Air. The Baltimore outfit's third full-length, On the Water, will street October 4 through Thrill Jockey. Download and/or stream that release's latest preview track, below. "Balance" is a hopelessly romantic track that sees the craggy-voiced/heart-holding frontman Samuel T. Herring singing about real change taking time over sparkling keyboard, distant steel drums, and a New Order-esque bass groove. Herring's voice has evolved into a pleasant and honeyed growl and this song is all the better for it.
Herring, bassist William Cashion, and keyboardist J. Gerrit Welmers wrote and recorded the new album in March of this year at the waterfront Andrew S. Sanders House in Elizabeth City, NC. They kept Fleetwood Mac's Rumours spinning on the turntable in between sessions. Naturally, you can hear field recordings of the ocean waves at the beginning of "Balance."
Today, Low released the video for “Especially Me,” the second tune to receive the visual treatment from recently released album,C’mon. (Revisit the Stamos-approved “Try to Sleep” here.) In the Philip Harder-directed clip, the band rides the New York rail system. Check it out, above. See upcoming tour dates here.