A blow to the head, a bloody telephone, and some seriously styling senior portraits—these are all just elements of the new Sleigh Bells’ video for infectious Treats cut, “Rill Rill.” Put, ‘em together and what do you get? A high school musical no one would dare ever make. Check out the video below. - Laura Studarus
Cass McCombs: "County Line" MP3 Stream
Alt-country singer-songwriter Cass McCombs released one of the best albums of 2009 with Catacombs. On April 12 in the U.S. and April 11 in the U.K., Domino will street its much-anticipated successor, WIT'S END. McCombs put the full-length to tape in cities around the U.S., co-producing it with Catacombs collaborator, Foreign Born's Ariel Rechtshaid. Stream WIT'S END's opener, the organ-heavy soul tune, "County Line."
Bright Eyes' eighth LP, The People's Key, is streeting February 15 via Saddle Creek. We already heard a preview of the new-wave-esque "Shell Games" and today Spinner has a download for "Haile Selassie." Check it out via the widget below. (Price: one e-mail address.) The title of the song is the name of the the longtime Ethiopian Emperor. Conor Oberst's crew will tour soon. Check out those dates here. Pre-order the album here.
London imprint Something in Construction is celebrating its 100th release today with a gratis compilation, called Love SIC. You can stream and download the comp at The Guardian, and it features cuts from artists such as The Concretes, Kele, Loney Dear, Memoryhouse, Gruff Rhys, and Memory Tapes. The latter artist's tune, "Today Is Our Life," is an airy five minutes of '80s electro-pop. Check it out via the link above. (Memory Tapes also remixes Clare McGuire's "Ain't Nobody" on the digital collection.) According to Something in Construction, "Today Is Your Life" is slated for a proper release on MT's sophomore (as-yet-untitled) effort. (Via P4k.)
Haledon, New Jersey post-punk mavens The Feelies haven't made a record in over 19 years. (For super-fans, that release was 1991's Time for a Witness.) The rock vets return on April 12, when Bar/None drops their much-anticipated reunion LP, Here Before. Today, you can download the full-length's second cut, a (sorta) lyrically self-referential and jangly tune dubbed "Should Be Gone." Not much as changed in the fivesome's sonic world since 1991. Pre-order details are coming soon.
Iron & Wine: "Tree By the River" ("TheTake-Away Show") Video
French website La Blogothèque's infamous "Take-Away Shows" are usually awesome beause they're filmed in such strange and interesting locations. The latest episode doesn't stray far from the tested formula, as Iron & Wine leader Sam Beam tastes some wine cellar bottles and performs his new single, "Tree by the River." The '70s AM Gold cut is off his group's fourth LP, Kiss Each Other Clean. Watch it below (via P4k). See upcoming tour dates here.
Hercules & Love Affair: Blue Songs Full Album Stream
The new Hercules and Love Affair album sticks to the group's accustomed dance bump, but takes some interesting detours into laidback, soft jazz. Blue Songsstreets next week in the U.K. via Moshi Moshi. Today, has a full album stream for eager fans. The eleven-track LP showcases Hercules' typical mash-up of house, disco, and '80s electronica styles. Also, a few guest vocalists aide the band's cause, including Shaun Wright, Aerea Negrot, and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke ("Step Up"). The Guardian. Blue Songs is streaming in full for a limited time. Listen below: