Cass McCombs

“You Saved My Life” Video

Jul 13, 2009

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Indie-folkie Cass McCombs' "You Saved My Life" has a new Eric Fensler-directed, slow-motion clip. In the video, footage of the twangy songsmith wandering through an outdoor soiree are interspersed between images of a wistful couple (think "Harvest Moon") dancing in a shadowy room flanked by circuit board-like lights. Ryan Adams would kick himself if he heard that high lonesome pedal steel. McComb's Catacombs (it rhymes!) is out now on Domino.

 

Mission of Burma

“1, 2, 3 Partyy!” MP3

Jul 13, 2009

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The Matablog announced this morning that Matador will release The Sound The Speed The Light, Mission of Burma's third album since their 2002 reunion, fourth overall. The Sound... roars into your inner ear canal October 6th. The group recorded with current Burma tape manipulator/live engineer/producer, et al Bob Weston. The badass album cover is to the right. Also, Matablog mentioned that the album is "more or less divided into 4 sets or suites of 3 songs. Each suite explores a set of moods or colors, across the usual dizzying array of lyrical topics, from alcoholism to fleshly concerns." The first track on offer, opener/party anthem "1, 2, 3, Partyy!," can safely be cataloged under "alcoholism." Despite the jarring count-offs, the track has the trappings of a classic Burma rocker like "That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate." Maybe there's a teensy bit of "fleshly concerns" in there too. Other new jams include "Feed", "Forget Yourself', "Slow Faucet", and "Good Cheer."

 

Robin Pecknold

“Two-Headed Boy” (Neutral Milk Hotel cover) MP3

Jul 13, 2009

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Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold played a benefit for the all-ages Seattle venue The Vera Project this past weekend at The Emerald City's Neumos. Sandwiched between covers of B.B. King, Bob Dylan, The Magnetic Fields, and Fleetwood Mac, and more traditional covers, the Seattle native tackles the indie-folk sacred cow of Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy," and lives to tell the tale. Despite a few flubbed lines, Pecknold pulls it off swimmingly. The rest of the soaring setlist is downloadable at the blog Chocolate Bobka.

 

 

Sally Shapiro

“Love In July” Video

Jul 13, 2009

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Italo-disco queen Sally Shapiro melts hearts with this adorable animated music video for second My Guilty Pleasure single, "Love In July." The Johan Agebjörn & Roger Gunnarsson-penned single is available as a Paper Bag digital download on July 14 (North America) / July 17 (Europe) with remixes by Parker Lewis, CFCF, Bostro Pesopeo, and Le Prix. My Guilty Pleasure is out August 14th. Paul Leeny & partner David Loom directed the lovelorn tale of a trapped whale and an adventurous goldfish. Previosly, Leeny made an unofficial "Time to Let Go" clip, which Shapiro and Agebjörn liked so much they asked him to make an official one. In the video the two fishies fall in love, get encased by ice, but the summer sun melts away the ice floe and makes love possible. Awwwww... Shapiro and Agebjörn are interviewed in the current Summer 2009 issue of Under the Radar, now on stands.

The Clientele

“I Wonder Who We Are” MP3

Jul 10, 2009

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Clientele's new album, Bonfires On The Heath, is set for an October 6th release date on Merge Records. Here, we have the opening track for the album, "I Wonder Who We Are." 

Hope Sandoval

“Blanchard” MP3

Jul 10, 2009

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"Blanchard" is the first single from the new album by Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. The album is entitled Through the Devil Softley and is due out on September 16th on Nettwerk.

Eels

“In My Dreams” Video

Jul 10, 2009

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In this pretty new Eels video for "In My Dreams" a boy werewolf and a young woman search for a lost frog in the forest. The song is taken from Eels new album Hombre Lobo. Check out an interview with Eels in the current Summer 2009 issue of Under the Radar.

Calvin Harris

“Ready for the Weekend” Video

Jul 10, 2009

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Check out this fun video for Calvin Harris' new single, "Ready for the Weekend," which is also the title track to his forthcoming new album (due out in the U.K. on August 17th). (Via Stereogum)