Fleet Foxes

“Grown Ocean” Video

Apr 20, 2011

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Fleet Foxes stopped by the British late night show Later...With Jools Holland last night, and played through a rousing take of Helplessness Blues closer "Grown Ocean." These dudes are set to take over the world in 2011. Enjoy! See upcoming tour dates over here. (via Prefix)

Washed Out

“You and I” [ft. Caroline Polachek] MP3

Apr 19, 2011

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Chillwave maverick Ernest Greene (aka Washed Out) is on the move again. Greene recently inked a deal with Sub Pop and the Seattle label will issue his first LP, Within and Without, on July 12. The long-player was co-produced by indie guru Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), and a U.S. trek will be announced later this year.

One of the LP's hazy cuts is dubbed "You and I" and a track by the same title was released by Washed Out and Chairlift's Caroline Polachek for last year's Adult Swim singles series. Check it out, above, and read our in-the-studio report with Greene from last fall over here.


Brian Eno: "Glitch" MP3 Stream

Brian Eno released the fine Small Craft on a Milk Sea last year on Warp, and now he's getting ready to drop another LP via the electronic imprint. The new song suite is called Drums Between the Bells and it streets July 5. It also sees Eno collaborating with poet Rick Holland. Check out a driving electronic jam entitled "Glitch," below.

According to Eno's website, he's been working with Holland since 2003. Drums sports guest vocals from a mix of artists reading Holland's words, including Holland on one track, and Eno on five. The full-length will be available as a CD, digital download, 12-inch double vinyl, and as a hardback 2CD edition with a 44-page booklet and a disc of instrumentals from the same studio sessions. Eno did the artwork and Nick Robertson designed the album.

Com Truise

“Polyhurt” MP3

Apr 19, 2011

Com Truise's next full-length, Galactic Melt, is set to drop July 5, and the 1980s synth master Seth Haley is previewing the release with "Fairlight." The physical single streets May 3 via Ghostly International. Download the other warped track on the release, called "Polyhurt."

The Ladybug Transistor

“Clutching Stems” MP3

Apr 19, 2011

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Merge veterans The Ladybug Transistor have announced an 11-date East Coast and Midwest tour in support of their new LP, Clutching Stems, their first release since 2007's Can't Wait Another Day. The new set of songs drops June 7 and the tour kicks off June 29 in New Haven, CT and wraps July 16 in Raleigh, NC. Download the playful indie-pop title track, above.

Acid House Kings

Premiere: “Would You Say Stop? (Invisible Twin remix)”

Apr 19, 2011

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The Acid House Kings were kind enough to allow us to premiere the remix to Music Sounds Better With You single, “Would You Say Stop.” Under the hand of Invisible Twin, the previously chipper track turns dubby, contemplative, and (dare we say it?) a bit melancholy. If the original is pre-heartbreak, this remix—filled with ghostly flutes and slow-motion club beats—is post. Check out the track above. (www.acidhousekings.com)


Grouper: "Alien Observer" Video

Grouper's brand new pair of mini-LPs, Alien Observer and Dream Loss, were self-released this month. This sorta creepy, Hamish Parkinson-helmed vid is the visual counterpart to Alien Observer's title track. Thank you, Liz Harris. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)


John Vanderslice: "Overcoat" (Yours Truly) Video

NPR premiered John Vanderslice's Yours Truly video for "Overcoat" from the White Wilderness recording sessions. Vanderslice, Minna Choi, and her Magik*Magik Orchestra were filmed by YT at Berkeley, California's Fantasy Studios.

Click here to watch the black-and-white video and read anout JV's experience. John Vanderslice kicks off a U.S. tour today. The majority of the dates are with folk singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. He's dubbed both April and May "Audience Participation Month" and said the following on his website about the trek:

So, as you may have heard, April is Audience Participation Month. We kindly ask you to be part of our live show in one of the following ways. 
- You can sing lead or harmony vocal on "Trance Manual"
- You can play a solo on "Exodus Damage" with an instrument of your choice, the weirder the better. 
- You can trigger that cool squiggly sound in "Underneath The Leaves". 
- You can also choose your own adventure. Again, the stranger the better. 

Email JV with your cool ideas.

Also, the June 17 concert at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre will include special instrumentation by 30 Magik*Magik Orchestra members.