Will Oldham's take was put to tape by Danielson's Daniel Smith and features Espers' Meg Baird and The Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly. On TwentyFourBit, Oldham writes, "I can't for the life of me remember how or where I came upon Seven Swans. It was in my possession by the early aughts, and on tour each night I'd smoke a bowl deep and lay in my sleeping bag and listen to 'The Transfiguration'. I've never listened to another of Stevens' records. I'm not sure about the source of the faith expressed in the lyrics of the record. In the end it doesn't matter; it's just music. 'Trees Clap' is a quiet introduction. I could not try 'Transfiguration' as I find the rendition on Seven Swans to be flawless."
Synth-pop duo YACHT will issue Shangri-La, their follow-up to 2009's See Mystery Lights, on June 21 via DFA. The ten-song LP was produced by Bobby Birdman with band members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans. Download "Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)," above. YACHT will tour this spring.
In anticipation of the June 7 release of their third full-lenth, David Comes to Life, Toronto-based hardcore outfit Fucked Up unleashed today "The Other Shoe," the first of four singles via Matador's Matablog. As the official release site points out, the other singles are "A Slanted Tone," out April 15, "Ship of Fools," out April 26, and "One More Night," out May 3.
According to the blog, David Comes To Life is an 18-song, 78-minute "rock opera" that is "far more melodic than their breakthrough The Chemistry of Common Life." It's evident from the track's elegant female vocals juxtaposed with the Damian Abraham's guttural rages that David Comes to Life sees the band stepping outside their hardcore confines, weaving together punk riffs and Britpop flare—somehow, it works seamlessly. Download the first charging epic single, "The Other Shoe" (via Matablog).
Little Dragon: "Nightlight" MP3 Stream
Swedish experimental-pop band (and Gorillaz pals) Little Dragon will issue their third album Ritual Union on July 12 via Peacefrog/EMI. Stream album track, "Nightlight," over at Pitchfork). The band will tour Europe in May. Watch the band play the new album's title track live on Jimmy Fallon over here.
Following their recent live show at SXSW, The Strokes made their next high-profile stop last night on the set of Late Show with David Letterman. This performance was a bit more livelier than their Saturday Night Livegig, with frontman Julian Casablancas swinging his microphone like a rope and stepping out from behind the stage monitors. The band played "Taken for a Fool" off their fourth LP, Angles, which finally saw release yesterday. Watch the video below (via The Audio Perv).