Camera Obscura

“French Navy” (Live on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”) Video

Jun 16, 2009

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Last night on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Camera Obscura played the charming single "French Navy," a song from their equally charming recent album, My Maudlin Career. There's a Camera Obscura Detection feature in the current issue of Under the Radar. It's funny watching Craig get all excited when he announces that the Camera Obscura crew is from Glasgow, Scotland, his cherished homeland. The swinging seven-piece is currently wrapping up the final leg of their U.S. tour.

Modest Mouse

“Autumn Beds” MP3 Stream

Jun 16, 2009

Modest Mouse are keeping up the recent stream of new tracks. After their recent post-Record Store Day single "Satellite Skin"/"Guilty Cocker Spaniels" here's another, a 7-inch featuring "Whale Song" and "Autumn Beds", the latter of which you can hear below at Spinner. "Autumn" harkens back to the group's ramshackle banjo jams on break-out smash Good News for People That Love Bad News. The 7-inch will be available in independent record stores this Saturday, June 20, for the Record Store Day's Vinyl Saturday.

Stream: Modest Mouse: "Autumn Beds"

Blur

“Parklife” (Live at East Anglian Railway Museum, June, 13, 2009) Video

Jun 15, 2009

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Blur is back folks and they sound great. The Britpop stars returned to the spot of their very first concert way back in 1988 to kick off their reunion tour. Though they haven't announced any U.S. concerts yet their first gig as a four-piece in nine years seemed to have plenty of energy at the East Anglian Railway Museum gig. The two-hour, 28-song set has made its way onto YouTube. Here's a pretty neat clip of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, and company playing "Parklife." There's a whole slew of high-quality videos up on the Tube chronicling the laddish performance.

Bowerbirds

“Under Your Tree” MP3

Jun 15, 2009

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Bowerbirds' second track from Open Air may not be as instantly memorable as "Northern Lights" but it has its own merits. Lovelorn plaudits switchback between lead singers Phil Moore and Beth Tacular on "Beneath Your Tree." The Open Air cut also features Moore's accordion and light acoustic guitar and percussion.
  
If you want to know what the duo are singing about, the sad lyrics are below: 

"I could bleed, bleed, bleed for days, but my heart would still beat for you dear. Yet we carry on like a storm, like we've no idea where we're coming from. But the rain will subside by the morning. I could drag my legs across the desert, but my lips would still thirst for you dear. Yet I feel your gaze like a furnace. Though it burns, I go on; I keep crawling. And the moon will rise in the evening, and I'll fall to sleep beneath your tree, and the wind will howl through your leaves and serenade me. You don't own me, but I'll take your lead down a gnarly thicket in the trees. And we're soon lost, and we're terrified, but I'll always find my way to your eyes. And the moon will rise in the evening, and I'll fall to sleep beneath your tree, and the wind will howl through your leaves and serenade me."

The Releigh, NC nu-folkies are touring with Megafun throughout July and August and have a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 18. Upper Air is now available for pre-order from Dead Oceans on CD/LP. Fans pre-ordering the album will receive an immediate download code, before the physical release floats into their mailbox. Also included with the physical copy will be a limited 17"x 22" Bowerbirds poster. Open Air will be available in stores on July 7 in the U.S. and July 6 in the U.K.

We Have Band

“You Came Out” Video

Jun 15, 2009

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Here's the stop-frame animated, sort of eerie collaboration between London's We Have Band, Blinkink Productions and Ida Gronblom and Fabian Berglund from Wieden + Kennedy London. The "You Came Out" clip was composed from 4,816 photographic stills of the electro trio, all of which are apparently being uploaded to WHB's Flickr, "allowing people to re-edit the sequence as they see fit in order to make their own video." The slow process involved WHB lying stock-still for two consecutive days in a studio. The manic, casket-like framing of the faces matches up well with the track's party-gone-horribly-wrong lyrics. The music video for robo single "Oh!" had a similar visual leitmotif. If you're interested in the arduous directorial process for "You Came Out," a "making-of" video can be found here. It's really quite fascinating. We Have Band was interviewed for our Fall '08 Pleased to Meet You section.

Anti-Pop Consortium

“Capricorn One” MP3

Jun 13, 2009

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As far as postmodern hip-hop goes, the New York foursome Anti-Pop Consortium are in a league of one. The boundary-pushing experimenters reunited a few years ago. The blazing "Capricorn One" is the first fruits of their fall recording Fluorescent Black. The highly-antcipated LP is the crew's first full-length since 2002's ArrhythmiaBig Dada is releasing the 17-track black hole on October 13th. South London rapper/labelmate Roots Manuva (Rodney Smith) spits some verses on "NY to Tokyo." Check out the spacey album artwork to the right; and here's the tracklist.

Fluorescent Black:

01 Lay Me Down
02 New Jack Exterminator 
03 Reflections 
04 Shine
05 C Thru U 
06 Volcano 
07 Timpani 
08 The Solution 
03 Get Lite 
10 NY to Tokyo [feat. Roots Manuva]
11 SuperUnfrontable 
12 Born Electric 
13 Apparently 
14 End Game 
15 Capricorn One 
16 Dragunov 
17 Fluorescent Black

 

The Knife

“Colouring Pigeons” (from Tomorrow, in a Year) Video

Jun 13, 2009

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Swedish brother-sister duo The Knife are scoring an "electro-opera," inspired by naturalist Charles Darwin. It's set to premiere in Copenhagen September 2nd but here's a truncated sampler. "Colouring Pigeons," assumably a segment from the larger stage piece, Tomorrow, in a Year. Par the course, it sounds like a hollowed-out Knife track. Karin Dreijer's wordless, clipped vocals bound back and forth sort of like Atari's PONG. Jungle drums and spectral snyths interplay in the background. I can't wait to hear more. Karin aka Fever Ray was featured in our Spring '09 issue.

Animal Collective

“Summertime Clothes” Video

Jun 12, 2009

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Remember those amoeba-y dancers that flailed around Animal Collective during their Letterman performance in May? Well, they're back and they brought veiny plastic bubbles with them. The official video for “Summertime Clothes,” is a strobe-lit wonder, with a creepy ice sculpture overseeing the proceedings. Get prepared to have your mind blown folks. The amoebas are from the Brooklyn-based FLEX dance troupe, and the video was directed by longtime AC conspirator Danny Perez. Panda Bear, Geologist, and Avey Tare aren't in the clip at all but the Collective were featured in Under the Radar's Winter '09 issue. If you haven't listened to Merriweather Post Pavilion yet you should be ashamed of yourself! It's out on Domino now.