School of Seven Bells

“My Cabal” Video

May 29, 2009

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Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells are on a co-headlining tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow but they've recently released the third single from their Ghostly International debut Alpinisms. The music video for "My Cabal" takes the atmospheric dream-pop anthem and gives it an apporpriate visual roller coaster ride. The David Mullett-directed clip seems like a typical band performance video filmed in a ispacked soundstage but the lone fisheye lens flips and corkscrews throughout. Ex-Secret Machines dude Benjamin Curtis is saturated in light as sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza prepare for a MBV-like liftoff.

Magnolia Electric Co.

“Josephine” MP3

May 28, 2009

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Magnolia Electric Co.'s Josephine is coming to your local record store July 21st in the U.S. and July 20th in the U.K. You still go to those right? Anyway, Jason Molina's first Magnolia album in three years is starting to sound rather promising if the single that shares its name is any indication. The Songs: Ohia/Magnolia legend's forthcoming Secretly Canadian release was inspired by the tragic Oakland-fire death of touring bassist Evan Farrell. The band recorded once again with Steve Albini and "Josephine" certainly goes for the minimalistic sound they were talking about in previous interviews. The album and song were recorded at Albini's Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago. 

The Rentals

“Story of a Thousand Seasons Past” MP3

May 28, 2009

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Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp started The Rentals in 1994. You know, way back when you could blast "Say It Ain't So" in your two-door without the paralyzing weight of all the terrible Weez tracks that came after it. Sharp's group have a new self-released EP called Songs About Time. The Rentals aren't exactly prolific, so this new one is a welcome sign for their fans. The last time they heard a Rentals album was 1999's Seven More Minutes and more recently, 2007's The Last Little Life EP. "Story of a Thousand Seasons Past" is the title track from the new EP, the first of three musical chapters from The Rentals' yearlong online multimedia project Songs About Time. It's a breezy bit of alt-rock about the strangeness of our Web 2.0 life. The EP also features a guest appearance from Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago. Rental-holics can purchase the new joint at www.therentals.com.


 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Heads Will Roll” Video

May 27, 2009

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Brooklyn's Yeah Yeah Yeahs don't take the lyrics of "Heads Will Roll" lightly on this new official music video. As Karen O sings the great chorus line, "Off with your head," dismemberment ensues. There's certainly an influence from "Thriller" with a wolf man tearing up the dancefloor in front of the trio. The video was directed by Mighty Boosh's Richard Ayoade. "Heads Will Roll" is off Yeah Yeah Yeah's great third LP, It's Blitz!, which is out now from Interscope.

Regina Spektor

“Blue Lips” (Live on Jools Holland) Video

May 21, 2009

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Regina Spektor had what they call in the biz a "crossover hit" with Begin to Hope. She's hoping to keep in the good grace's of her audience with her cuter follow-up. Here she performs "Blue Lips," the first single from her upcoming fifth album, Far, on Jools Holland. The song has a somber tone, so no googly eyes and dolphin imitations from Spektor. The Brooklyn chanteuse is accompanied only by a really soft string quartet and her piano filigrees. "Blue Lips" is likely not a great representation of Far, but what single is these days? Spektor worked with heavyweight producers Jacknife Lee, Mike Elizondo, David Kahne, and ELO's Jeff Lynne. Far is due June 22nd via Sire. [Culture Bully]

Amazing Baby

“Bayonets” MP3

May 20, 2009

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Amazing Baby's debut album, Rewild isn't out for another month, but here's the first official leak. "Bayonets" has some pretty strings going on in the background and a Patrick Wolf-meets-T. Rex vibe. If this track is any indication the Brooklyn quintet really stepped it up in the studio. We interviewed Amazing Baby in our Year End 2008 issue. Rewild comes out June 23rd in the U.S. and June 24th across the pond in the ol' U.K. There's a music video for "Headdress" on the band's official site as well. (www.theamazingbaby.com)

Blind Man’s Colour

“Never Hope For Treasure” Video

May 20, 2009

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Kanine Records sure knows how to pick 'em. After signing Brooklyn's Chairlift in the fall (they now jumped ship for a reissue on Columbia) here's Blind Man's Colour from Saint Petersburg, Florida. This older (but still awesome) video for "Never Hope For Treasure" was filmed by a high school friend of the band as his digital film imaging class final. Though its not on their forthcoming LP, the group's natural influences shines through the haze. Kyle Wyss and Orhan Chettri and already released an EP Wooden Blankets through Kanine and their full-length debut, entitled Season Dreaming, is out August 18th. The electronic duo is still trying to shake the "you're biting Animal Collective" accusations but Blind Man's Colour plan to set it straight in the Pleased to Meet You section of Under the Radar's Summer Issue. Did I mention they're both 19-years-old? Hot diggity damn!

Florence and the Machine

“Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” (Video)

May 19, 2009

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NME darlings Florence and the Machine have a spring-themed music video for single "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)." In the clip Florence and other prancing friends turn a Victorian lawn party into a Bacchanalian romp. Oh, and there's a watery funeral in there too. The song is a Kate Bush-like bit of atmospheric pop, and is slated for the U.K. group's debut LP, which is being distributed by Island. Regardless of the hype, Florence Welch possesses some beautific pipes. The album is due out on July 6th and if you couldn't catch everything in the vid the band's Myspace recently posted some quality stills of the shoot by photographer Alex Lake. Florence and the Machine will be featured in our Summer '09 issue. (www.florenceandthemachine.net)