Foreign Born

“Winter Games” Video

Jul 15, 2009

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LA indie-rock acts Fool's Gold and Foreign Born both employ the township music of Africa in some shape or form and occasionally share band members. FB is the more traditional of the two but this danceable video for "Winter Games" doesn't really bear that argument out. While they've shown their cosmopolitan side on some of the tracks off their recent Secretly Canadian LP, Person to Person, the shuffling two-step of "Games" merges the denizens of West Mali with LA's sprawl. After all, everyone looks the same on the dancefloor.

Os Mutantes

“Teclar” MP3

Jul 15, 2009

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The O.G. Brazilian crew Os Mutantes are getting ready to release Haih September 8, their first album in 35 years. If anyone thought the originators of Tropicália would sound rusty after all these years, "Teclar" proves us mostly wrong. The sun-dappled track opens with what sounds like castanets, but slowly reforms into a pastoral affair with hints of Eastern melodies and sawing percussion. Sergio Dias Baptista's light lead vocals show his age in a good way. (via Pitchfork)

Wilco

“You & I” (Live on Late Show with David Letterman) Video

Jul 15, 2009

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Wilco fans in LA and New York City already caught an eye and earful of Leslie Feist and Jeff Tweedy recreating their Wilco (The Album) vocal duet. Last night's Letterman performance was for the rest of the world. Jeff and Leslie revel in their obvious camaraderie and their onstange grinning meshes well with the even keel vibe of the folk-rock track. Before settling into listening, Dave is quite tickled with his jokes about (The Album)'s camel party cover art.

Black Moth Super Rainbow

“Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise” Video

Jul 15, 2009

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The somewhat Air-y lead single from Pittsburgh psychedelic mongers Black Moth Super Rainbow's now has a murderous clip. "Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise," from the collective's fourth longplayer, Eating Ushas plenty of aural sunshine to deliver, equally set off by dollops (nay gobs!) of macabre images. Vocoders, a lush instrumental overlay, and a Wall-of-Sound drum kit typify the strange video. It also comes with this equally odd description: 

"Directed by Team Tobaxxxo, the video captures a day in the life of a besuited fellow whose big thrills in life are practicing good dental hygiene and toasting hot dogs. With a big day ahead, he's recruited the friendly girls from next door to give him a hand. Lucky for him, the girls know just what it takes to put smile on a man's face." Bloody masacre juice anyone? Eww...

Vivian Girls

“When I’m Gone” MP3

Jul 14, 2009

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Today on RCRD LBL Brooklyn lo-fi mavens Vivian Girls premiered a new cut from their forthcoming sophomore LP, Everything Goes Wrong, due out September 8 on In the Red. (via RCRD LBL)

WHY?

“This Blackest Purse” MP3

Jul 14, 2009

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Pitchfork had the exclusive first listen of fourth Why? album Eskimo Snow earlier today. "This Blackest Purse" holds true to Yoni Wolf's anti-rap schema for the follow-up to 2008's Alopecia. The Bay Area indie-rapper's lead track has a straightforward and stately piano melody that sounds more like an Arcade Fire song. There's plenty of Wolf's signature lyrical wordplay to ground the shift in aesthetics though. Eskimo Snow is due September 22 in the U.S. from Anticon and October 5 in the U.K. from Tomlab. (via Pitchfork)

Ramona Falls

“Russia” MP3

Jul 14, 2009

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Ramona Falls is the stage moniker for Menomena's Brent Knopf, whose solo debut, Intuit, is out August 18 on Barsuk. The new project sees the Portland native inviting a bevy of Northwest indie musicians, including members of The Helio Sequence, Mirah and Talkdemonic. "Russia" is an adroit production full of flitting strings and shifting time signatures that make one pine for a new Menomena release.

The Dodos

“Fables” MP3

Jul 14, 2009

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Now fans of The Dodos can give a long, hard listen to Time to Die, the followup to one of UTR's top 2008 releases, Visiter. The San Francisco indie trio is combating last week's leakage by offering a 320kbps stream of the whole album. "Fables" is the ebullient, strum-y third track off the forthcoming album. Time to Die will be released on Frenchkiss September 15. In a video on the site, singer/guitarist Meric Long explains: "We want you to hear it, and we want you to feel it." Though the physical LP's is unchanged (it drops August 31 in the U.K.), the digital release has been moved way up, to July 27 in the U.K. and July 28 in the U.S. For a week, the album will be available for digital download in the U.S. only at Amazon. (via Pitchfork)