Let's have Owen Pallett do the explaining on this post: "For my birthday last year I had a big open party in Toronto with all my favourite bands. It was the best birthday ever. Sorry if your invitation was "lost in the mail." This year I decided to include you. Domino's putting out a four-song 10-inch this month called A Swedish Love Story. For all you people who still listen to MP3s, here's a freebie." (You can also download it above.)
"A Man With No Ankles" is a dancier brand of piano-and-strings track than what we've grown accustomed to, but the classical-pop maestro gets the job done. Before you go on your merry way, peruse some tour dates and more info on the release here.The gist: it's out September 28.
Belle and Sebastian have made available the title track from their new album Write About Love via their official website. An upbeat, rollicking number in the vein of "Lazy Line Painter Jane," it features guest vocals from actress Carey Mulligan, who duets with frontman Stuart Murdoch.
The first 20,000(!) people to sign up for the band's mailing list get the download for free, while the unlucky rest will have to settle for a stream or shell out a dollar for the song on iTunes, so act fast. Write About Love is due to be released Ocotober 12 via Matador on gatefold vinyl, CD, and MP3 formats. The full tracklisting can be found here. (Via Belle and Sebastian.) - John Everhart
During the summer, Swedish folk musician The Tallest Man on Earth recorded a five-song EP, entitled Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird. Download the stately acoustic guitar/piano track via our handy download link. A plethora of YouTube clips feature the tune, so it's becoming a live favorite. “Like the Wheel,” and four other new cuts, make up the short release. Exciting news: “The Dreamer" sees Kristian Matsson performing on electric guitar.
The EP is only available via iTunes right now, but the physical release is November 9 in the U.S. on Dead Oceans. TMoE is touring the U.S. now. Check out all the dates here. The Dylan acolyte will definitely amaze your ears. The new EP's tracklisting can be found below:
Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird EP:
01 Little River 02 The Dreamer 03 Like the Wheel 04 Tangle in This Trampled Wheat 05 Thrown Right at Me
DJ/tech-house producer Matthew Dear's latest full-length, Black City, is a slow-burning electro-dance joint that pays large dividends back with each consecutive listen. Check out the fresh remix of "Slowdance."
Belle and Sebastian: "I Want the World to Stop" / “I Didn’t See it Coming" Video
Belle and Sebastian continue their unique publicity blitz for ...Write About Love, with a half-hour video that contains two new songs. Released today on the Matablog, the program includes performances of, “I Want the World to Stop,” and “I Didn’t See it Coming," in addition to a Q&A with fans, and a few chuckles. Watch the entire broadcast below:
Not enough? (Is it ever?) Then how ‘bout this? Belle and Sebastian want you to be the first to own “Here About Love.” After the video, the blog goes on to explain, “We will mail an mp3 of the song to a randomly selected [Twitter] follower on Monday (6th) and they will be the only person outside the band and those closest to them to hear/own a digital copy of the song for 24 hours.
It will be the winner’s choice what to do with it ahead of release. They can keep it to themselves in the knowledge that no-one else has it; share it with their friends; hold a listening party at their home or they could let the world either hear it or hear all about it online (and see if we get upset in the process!) – the choice is entirely theirs. . . .” The catch? They want a twitter from you, markedwith #writeaboutlove. Loyal followers, have at it. - Laura Studarus (via Pitchfork.)
Labor Day weekend is almost upon us. The BBQ is prepped. The sun tan lotion is at the ready. And Anoraak's Technicolor re-rub of Neon Indian's "Psychic Chasms" will be the soundtrack to many shenanigans. Anoraak's Wherever the Sun Sets drops October 26 (physical) and September 21 (digital). The French producer goes big in the synth department, adding even more layers to the reverb-heavy tune. Enjoy it via the stream below. Anoraak's dance-y redo and many others will appear on, Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed, the second disc of the deluxe edition of Psychic Chasms. That streets September 28 via Static Tongues / FADER Label / Lefse. Check out NI's live dates over at MySpace.
01 Heart is Strange (radio edit) 02 Heart Is Strange (Pantha du Prince Remix) 03 ILU (Phantogram Remix) 04 Dust Devil (White Sea Remix)
Zola Jesus: "Sea Talk" Video
Zola Jesus has released a video for new goth-pop single, “Sea Talk” from upcoming EP, Stridulum II. The tune will also appears on the B-side of Valusia, out October 12 via Sacred Bones. The video sees Zola (Nika Roza Danilova) sleepwalking though an appropriately dark and creepy atmosphere. Check it out below. The creepy vid was directed by Jacqueline Castel (who also lensed the clip forStridulum EP single, "Night"). Watch at NME. - Laura Studaru