On Sunday night, the retro-pop twosome Cults performed their bonafide blog hit "Go Outside" at their first show at NYC's Mercury Lounge. OK quality footage is now on YouTube and it looks like the duo is now backed by a full ensemble. The summery track sounds even better in the live setting. (Via Prefix Mag.)
The National: "Terrible Love" (Pitchfork.tv Special Presentation) Video
Stockholm indie-poppers The Concretes come back with a new full-length this October. According to their Bandcamp page it's called WYWH and the first track released is a two-steppin' disco track entitled "Good Evening." The band also has a Tumblr for more release information. (Via P4k.)
Wolf Parade: "Ghost Pressure" / "What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)" MP3 Streams
Wolf Parade's third LP, EXPO 86, is coming out June 29 through Sub Pop. Stream two songs fom the full-length below. First up is the Dan Boeckner-led rocker "Ghost Pressure," and then a T. Rex-like jam from co-frontman Spencer Krug, "What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)." Both are very danceable. Looks like the indie quartet's plan worked. Check them out on tour at these dates.
What Did My Lover Have To Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)":
01 “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain” 02 “Palm Road” 03 “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” 04 “Little Golden Age” 05 “In the Direction of the Moon” 06 “Ghost Pressure” 07 “Pobody’s Nerfect” 08 “Two Men in New Tuxedos” 09 “Oh You, Old Thing” 10 “Yulia” 11 “Cave-o-Sapien”
Brooklyn twosome Class Actress recently debuted a "VSFW (very safe for work)" clip for "Adolescent Heart." It's directed by Jessica Lauretti and has a soft-lit, '80s haze over it. Rob Corradetti and CA vocalist/frontwoman Elizabeth Harper play Twister, Backgammon, and cards in a New York apartment. Harper's Journal of Ardency EP is now available via Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and Ethan Silverman's Terrible imprint.
Venice is Sinking's third album, Sand & Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions, was recorded live in the now-destroyed Georgia Theatre by producer/engineer David Barbe (Sugar, Drive-By Truckers, etc) using just two mics. The record drops June 15 via One Percent Press, a year to the week after the historic Athens venue burned to the ground. All proceeds from album sales will go to funding reconstruction efforts. (Additional donations are also being accepted through Georgia Theatre’s website.)
In anticipation of this historic music project we have "Falls City" on offer. It's a slow-burner made for a midnight drive through the fog. Also, check out the Athens, GA band's cover of Galaxie 500's stone-cold classic, "Tugboat."
Midnight Juggernauts: "Vital Signs" Video
The guy down the hall from me in college loved Midnight Juggernauts, and I immediately thought of him when this new single and accompanying video crossed my desk...err inbox. The Melbourne, Australia synth-rockers have a new LP, The Crystal Axis, coming out May 28 on the band's Siberia imprint (via Inertia). It was produced by the band and engineered by Chris Moore (TV on the Radio, Yeasayer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars).
Download the MP3 for "Vital Signs" here. It injects some '70s AM gold into the proceedings. Also, the house-of-mirrors video takes visual cues from the cover artwork. The clip was co-directed with fellow Aussies, Krozm. While we're at it, download the B-side, "Get Connected."
The latest video for The Black Keys' Brothers is now up on the interwebes. The blues-rock-y "Next Girl" features a lip-synching dinosaur hand puppet named Frank and bikini-clad ladies fighting for his affection. Scrolling, XTC-like commentary makes fun of the clip and Nonesuch for OK-ing such a ridiculous music video. Chris Piliero directed all the very tongue-in-cheek silliness. Note: Frank the Dinosaur also appeared in the video for "Tighten Up."Brothers drops May 18.