“Tio Sam” MP3

Dec 20, 2010

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Honduran singer/songwriter Aurelio Martinez will release his new LP, Laru Beya, on January 18 via Sub Pop's Next Ambiance imprint. The release was inspired by the passing of Martinez's hometown mentor and friend, Andy Palacio. Download a free preview track called "Tio Sam," above (via P4k.)

Monster Rally

“Rainbow Rd.” MP3

Dec 19, 2010

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Monster Rally will issue yet another balmy suite of his sample-based pop next month via Gold Robot. The new LP's samples run the gamut from "African highlife to Bahamian Calypso," but please download standout cut "Rainbow Rd." as a sample (via Gorilla vs. Bear.) More mesmerizing, The Avalanches-meets-Madlib tunes can be found at Monster Rally's Bandcamp. The 16-track Coral drops January 11, featuring a nifty "opaque sea foam green" vinyl. Act quickly because it's limited to 250 copies. If you don't grab the physical copy, the whole thing is now available for download. (You name the price.)


“Evil” Video

Dec 17, 2010

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Grinderman's "Evil" is a scuzzy little piece of garage-rock and its new video is just as intense. The Road lensman and frequent Nick Cave cohort John Hillcoat directed the clip, which consists of disturbing footage of an orange bird and a slimy vampire squid. Weird. Check out the vid above. Grinderman 2 is out now via Anti-.

Julianna Barwick

“The Magic Place” MP3

Dec 17, 2010

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Asthmatic Kitty will issue Julianna Barwick's The Magic Place on February 22. It's the a cappella/chamber music singer's debut album. Download the release's ethereal, almost new age title track (via P4k.) The title of the song references an old tree Barwick fondly remembers from her childhood. The songwriter's gorgeous layered-vocal compositions just stab your heart.


“Grow Up” MP3

Dec 17, 2010

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Outré indie-pop ringleader Daniel Smith (aka Danielson and several other musical aliases) will release a new LP, called Best of Gloucester County, on February 22 via his own Sounds Familyre imprint. It sports guest spots from Jens Lekman, Sufjan Stevens, and Serena-Maneesh leader Emil Nikolaisen. It's also the first Danielson album in five years, for those counting such things. Download the album's somewhat punky third track, "Grow Up," above.

Bear Hands

“Crime Pays (Cereal Spiller Remix)” MP3 Stream

Dec 16, 2010

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Brooklyn indie-rock quartet Bear Hands scored earlier this year with their dancey single, "Crime Pays." Now comes a remix courtesy of the mysterious producer Cereal Spiller. He's recently redone A Place To Bury Strangers, Goldfrapp, and Film School. Bear Hands' debut full-length, Burning Bush Supper Club, is out now. Watch some downright illegal activities go down during the "Crime Pays" video below:

Iron & Wine

“Tree By the River” MP3

Dec 16, 2010

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Iron & Wine: "Tree By the River" MP3 Stream

Iron & Wine's website just unleashed a download of a new song called "Tree by the River." The best part is that the folksy '70s pop-rock tune only costs you a measly e-mail address.

The track will appear on the indie-folk outfit's fourth LP Kiss Each Other Clean, which streets January 25 on Warner Bros in the U.S. and January 24 via 4AD overseas. This is the radio edit. Awesome debut single "Walking Far From Home" was available on Black Friday at several independent record shops. See tour dates at I&W's official site.

ceo: "Halo (Beyonce cover)" MP3 Stream

The latest single from ceo's White Magic is "Illuminata" (we showed you its mysterious video yesterday). The Tough Alliance's Eric Berglund does an surprisingly full-sounding cover of Beyoncé's "Halo" for the B-side to the just-released Sincerely Yours single. Somebody give this guy a huge studio to play around in ASAP. Stream the track now (via Gorilla vs. Bear.)