Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" (Sufjan Stevens cover) MP3 Stream

A song-by-song cover album tribute of Sufjan Stevens' 2004 LP Seven Swans will be released tomorrow, March 29, courtesy of blog On Joyful Wings' Bandcamp. All proceeds from the project go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Half-Handed Cloud, DM Stith, The Gregory Brothers (aka the "Bed Intruder Song" people), and Bonnie "Prince" Billy contributed to the tribute. The latter's cover of Seven Swans opener "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" is now streaming at TwentyFourBit. It's pretty good.

Will Oldham's take was put to tape by Danielson's Daniel Smith and features Espers' Meg Baird and The Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly. On TwentyFourBit, Oldham writes, "I can't for the life of me remember how or where I came upon Seven Swans. It was in my possession by the early aughts, and on tour each night I'd smoke a bowl deep and lay in my sleeping bag and listen to 'The Transfiguration'. I've never listened to another of Stevens' records. I'm not sure about the source of the faith expressed in the lyrics of the record. In the end it doesn't matter; it's just music. 'Trees Clap' is a quiet introduction. I could not try 'Transfiguration' as I find the rendition on Seven Swans to be flawless."

Okkervil River: "Wake and Be Fine" Video

NPR's All Songs Considered blog posted the clip for Okkervil River's "Wake and Be Fine." The track is the debut single off I Am Very Far (streeting May 10 via Jagjaguwar). Daniel Gibbs lensed the largely black-and-white vid and it features the band (and some friends) performing the rowdy tune. The big and bold lyrics make singing along very easy. Watch it below. Tour dates can be found here.

J Mascis

“Not Enough” Video

Mar 25, 2011

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The trippy and colorfully animated video for J Mascis' "Not Enough" debuted on Stereogum today. The acoustic track is off the Dinosaur Jr. leader's brand new solo LP, Several Shades of Why. Indie rocker Chad VanGaalen directed the vid, which features a dog-like creature eating some potato chips and vomiting up various things. Yeah, it's kind of weird.

Fleet Foxes: "Bedouin Dress" MP3 Stream

Here’s another promising taste of Fleet Foxes' sophomore LP, Helplessness Blues. The rambling fiddle tune, “Bedouin Dress," is a '70s folk-influenced gem that seems to drop references to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. Fans can stream it now over at Stereogum. Also, listen to the already posted "Battery Kinzie" and "Helplessness Blues" while you're at it. Download "Bedouin Dress" here. Yes, the album leaked. Please be a kind music listener and consider pre-ordering it via Sub Pop.


“Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)” MP3

Mar 25, 2011

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Synth-pop duo YACHT will issue Shangri-La, their follow-up to 2009's See Mystery Lights, on June 21 via DFA. The ten-song LP was produced by Bobby Birdman with band members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans. Download "Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)," above. YACHT will tour this spring.

Fucked Up

“The Other Shoe” MP3

Mar 25, 2011

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In anticipation of the June 7 release of their third full-lenth, David Comes to Life, Toronto-based hardcore outfit Fucked Up unleashed today "The Other Shoe," the first of four singles via Matador's Matablog. As the official release site points out, the other singles are "A Slanted Tone," out April 15, "Ship of Fools," out April 26, and "One More Night," out May 3.

According to the blog, David Comes To Life is an 18-song, 78-minute "rock opera" that is "far more melodic than their breakthrough The Chemistry of Common Life." It's evident from the track's elegant female vocals juxtaposed with the Damian Abraham's guttural rages that David Comes to Life sees the band stepping outside their hardcore confines, weaving together punk riffs and Britpop flare—somehow, it works seamlessly. Download the first charging epic single, "The Other Shoe" (via Matablog).

Little Dragon: "Nightlight" MP3 Stream

Swedish experimental-pop band (and Gorillaz pals) Little Dragon will issue their third album Ritual Union on July 12 via Peacefrog/EMI. Stream album track, "Nightlight," over at Pitchfork). The band will tour Europe in May. Watch the band play the new album's title track live on Jimmy Fallon over here.

The Strokes

“Taken for a Fool” (Live on Letterman) Video

Mar 24, 2011

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Following their recent live show at SXSWThe Strokes made their next high-profile stop last night on the set of Late Show with David Letterman. This performance was a bit more livelier than their Saturday Night Live gig, with frontman Julian Casablancas swinging his microphone like a rope and stepping out from behind the stage monitors. The band played "Taken for a Fool" off their fourth LP, Angles, which finally saw release yesterday. Watch the video below (via The Audio Perv).