Fleet Foxes

“Blue Spotted Tail” (Live On BBC 6) MP3

Jul 01, 2009

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Under the Radar's favorite band from 2008 (or, at least, our the band behind our album of the year), Seattle's Fleet Foxes played Glastonbury's famed Pyramid Stage last Friday, but before that, lead singer Robin Pecknold gave BBC a nascent preview of a new FF track, "Blue Spotted Tail."  It's an acoustic, Neil Young-like song that shouldn't disappoint fans of the kings of year-end accolades. (via BBC 6 Music)

 

Slaraffenland

“Meet and Greet” MP3

Jul 01, 2009

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Danish rockers Slaraffenland have a new album coming down the pipeline. It's titled We're On Your Side and you can expect it to arrive September 7th. This week we've got the less-atmospheric-than-normal first single, called "Meet and Greet." The single also has a B-side, "My Bad Ways." The group recorded the 10-track LP in Copenhagen and Mexico City with the Danish producer Fridolin. You can download the single and the exclusive B-side at the Rumraket Shop and iTunes.

The Gaslight Anthem

“The ‘59 Sound” (Live at Hard Rock Calling with Bruce Springsteen) Video

Jul 01, 2009

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Fans of New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem know very well about the group's heavy debt to Bruce Springsteen, so when the American rock legend joined the scrappy upstarts for a rousing rendition of "The '59 Sound" at London's Hard Rock Calling this past Sunday, nobody was too surprised. The '59 Sound is out now on SideOneDummy.

Dirty Projectors

“Stillness Is the Move” Video

Jul 01, 2009

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This brand spankin' new clip for Dirty Projectors' hot single "Stillness Is the Move" was released this morning. There's synchronized dance moves in blue pantsuits, druid hoods, a dozen Siberian Huskies, and Dave Longstreth coaxing llamas through the mountains. Mariah Carey would be proud of Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, and Haley Dekle's smooth dancing and singing. And for such a straight-ahead pop number, the images are delightfully strange. The Matthew Lessner-directed music video was shot in between the band's recent collaborations with David Byrne and Björk by Adam Newport-Berra on location on Mount Equinox in Vermont, beside The Charterhouse of the Transfiguration monastery and an abandoned underground cryonics receptacle. "Stillness" was produced by Justin Lundstrom for Greencard Pictures and features clothing styles by J.W. Anderson. Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca is out now on Domino, and we featured the group in our Summer '09 issue.

Bat For Lashes

“Daniel” (Live on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”) Video

Jun 27, 2009

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Natasha Khan and band brought single-of-the-year-contender "Daniel" to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Bat For Lashes' Two Suns is out now via Astralwerks. Khan graces the cover of Under the Radar's current Spring 2009 issue.

Wilco

“You Never Know” (Live on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien”) Video

Jun 25, 2009

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Wilco (the band) stopped by Conan O'Brien desk last night to perform the folksy "You Never Know," a cut from their seventh studio LP, Wilco (The Album). The lyrics of the breezy track discuss how each generation thinks the world will end in their lifetime and the protagonist reveling in proclaiming, "I don't care anymore." O'Brien closes up the night by asking Jeff Tweedy to "hook [him] up with a suit." The Nudie-suit-loving Chicago group are now starting Wilco (the summer tour). Wilco (The Band) is out next Tuesday on Nonesuch. (via Prefix)

Golden Bloom

World Premiere: “Doomsday Devices (Ruby Isle Remix)” MP3

Jun 25, 2009

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Magnet Magazine kicked off what they aptly christened "Summer of Golden Bloom" with The Lemonheads-like outlier, "E.H.M." from debut album, Fan the Flames. That's the ghostly album artwork down below. If you're not familiar, nine music magazines and websites (including yours truly) are premiering Golden Bloom tracks every week until the album drops on August 18th. Today, we've got an exclusive download remix of runaway single "Doomsday Devices." The original track had sort of a Wilco-lite aesthetic going on (like much of the summery debut). This retooling, by the Athens, Georgia electro-rock threesome Ruby Isle is an auto-Tuned freak show. The remix could easily slot in well with the rest of Kindercore's stable of dance-pop bands. Side note: Ruby Isle bandmate Dan Geller is the co-founder of Kindercore. The Ruby crew mutate the apocalyptic Casiotone sing-a-long into a schizophrenic banger. I guess if you're facing the end of the world the best distraction is sweating it out on the dance floor. Golden Bloom is spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Fogel (pictured) and features drummer Michael Azerrad, a music journalist who wrote Our Band Could Be Your Life. Other band mainstays include Deleon frontman Dan Saks, Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine member Ryan Ball, Brooklyn guitarist Jeff Patlingrao, and Guster sideman Josh Cohen. The power-pop group is touring the Eastern seaboard this summer. Fan the Flames was recorded with Ryan Ball at The Gearbox and produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State). Fogel also retinkered with Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller) and Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek)

Here's the official schedule of "The Summer of Golden Bloom."

 

Golden Bloom Album Promotion - 'Fan The Flames' Song By Song

19th June "E.H.M" @ magnetmagazine.com26th June "Doomsday Devices (Ruby Isle Remix)" @ undertheradarmag.com
3rd July "Fan the Flames" @ tuneraker.com10th July "She Leaves Me Poetry" @ bagofsongs.com
17th July "The Fight at the End of the Tunnel" @ consequenceofsound.com
24th July "Dead Petals" @ ryanssmashinglife.blogspot.com
31st July "If You Believe" @ spin.com
7th August "The Mountainside Says" @ popwreckoning.com
14th August  "Theme For an Adventure at Sea" @ fensepost.com

 

Mew

“Repeaterbeater” MP3

Jun 25, 2009

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Danish prog-rock band Mew are giving away a second song from their forthcoming album, the very long titled No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away, which is out on August 25th via Columbia. Spinner's got the MP3. "Repeaterbeater" continues the Danes' penchant for melodious prog but add a pulsating dancefloor beat. For the impatient Mewites, the band is releasing a No More Stories EP this coming Tuesday. It featues "Repeaterbeater" and several non-album cuts. The tracklist is below.

No More Stories' EP Tracklist

01. Introducing Palace Players
02. Repeaterbeater
03. Owl
04. Start
05. Swimmer's Chant