Talbot Tagora

“Ichthus Hop” MP3

Jul 03, 2009

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The sweet, yet acerbic "Ichthus Hop" is the first sample of Seattle trio Talbot Tagora's forthcoming release, Lessons in the Woods or a City, out July 21st on Hardly Art. The noise-pop band apparently didn't take their name from the executive car developed by Chrysler Europe during the '80s but instead some cat they knew. The group's currently on a U.S. jaunt with tropical L.A. punks Abe Vigoda, noiseniks Bipolar Bear, and garage rockers/labelmates Golden Triangle.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s Last Rehearsal (AP Release) Video

Jul 03, 2009

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The AP released a clip that they claim is the last known performance footage of Michael Jackson, supposedly recorded on during a June 23rd rehearsal for his forthcoming O2 shows. The video doesn't feature much singing, but it does have a lot of dancing, which certainly runs contrary to the reports that Jackson was too frail to walk during his final days. [NahRight]



“Femme Fatale” (The Velvet Underground cover) Video

Jul 03, 2009

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Beck's Record Club project chugs along with a third track from The Velvet Underground & Nico (previous efforts include "Waiting For the Man" and "Sunday Morning"). "Femme Fatale" gets a percussive reworking, lending the cover a decidedly different aesthetic from the smoky Nico-helmed original. In other Record Club news, Beck and pals now have a weekly DJ section on his website called Planned Obsolescence. Beck says P.O. is a mix of what's been in heavy rotation on his and guest DJs' iPods. Mix No. 1 is called "Autobahn Hologram."

Music Video: Beck: "Femme Fatale" (The Velvet Underground cover)

The Twilight Sad

“In the Blackout” MP3 Stream

Jul 02, 2009

"In the Blackout" is the B-side of The Twilight Sad's new single "I Became a Prostitue." Like much of their forthcoming sophomore LP Forget the Night Ahead, there's plenty of feedback and reverb slathered all over this one. "Blackout" is much darker than the more melodic "Prostitute." The single (cover above) arrives August 3rd, via FatCat.

Stream: The Twilight Sad: "In the Blackout"

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Tyondai Braxton

“Uffe’s Woodshop” MP3 Stream

Jul 02, 2009

Central Market is the forthcoming solo LP from Battles guitarist/keyboardist/chipmunk vocalist Tyondai Braxton. It drops September 15th in the States (September 14 in the UK) via Warp. That's the multiple personality disorder album cover above and the tracklisting is below the stream link. This week, Pitchfork premiered a stream of the first song off Market, called "Uffe's Woodshop." It's a highly kinetic and meticulous instrumental piece that was composed, arranged, and produced (like the rest of the 7-song set) by Braxton. "Woodshop" features a flurry of kazoos, violins, violas, piano, guitars, choir vocals, synths, and a stitch of whistling. It's also a marked departure from Braxton's work with Battles, instead harkening back to his work as a guitarist for Glenn Branca's Hallucination City: Symphony for 100 Guitars

MP3 Stream: Tyondai Braxton: "Uffe's Woodshop"

Central Market:

01 Opening Bell
02 Uffe's Woodshop
03 The Duck and the Butcher
04 Platinum Rows
05 Unfurling
06 J. City
07 Dead Strings

Franz Ferdinand

“Can’t Stop Feeling” Video

Jul 02, 2009

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Here's another simple, yet memorable music clip from Franz Ferdinand, this time for their brand new single "Can't Stop Feeling", available via Domino on July 6th. I think my favorite screen wipes are the hair dryer, push-ups, and slapping bits. The single also features the band's cover of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends". The Glaswegian lads were featured in our Winter '09 issue.

Riverboat Gamblers

“Victory Lap” Video

Jul 02, 2009

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Austin, TX punk unit Riverboat Gamblers have a new music video from director José Jones. The sand paper punk the group have recently honed on the road with Rise Against and Rancid are on full display here. Single, "Victory Lap" is the focal point, as the footage shows rousing live shows and behind the scenes tomfoolery. "Victory Lap" is off the fivesome's latest album, Underneath the Owl (Volcom Entertainment). The group is heading overseas for a Euro tour, including dates at Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Diane Birch

“Nothing But a Miracle” Video

Jul 02, 2009

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Former Seventh-day Adventist pastor's kid, Diane Birch has a soulful debut album out that's coyly titled Bible Belt. On it she blends enough rock, blue-eyed soul, gospel, and pop to make the heads of Adele and Duffy spin. Belt actually hit the Top 10 album chart on iTunes and #7 on Amazon. Much of that sucess is due to Birch's runaway radio hit / Aretha Franklin-esque first single "Nothing But A Miracle." The clip flies through "The 5 Stages of Grief": Birch denies her plight over morning coffee, bargains with an unpictured man, angrily cuts up her former lover's favorite shirt, pounds out depressive chords on her piano, and finally accepts her fate on a twilighted street. The remarkable singer's first TV performance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson re-airs this week. Appearances at Late Show With David Letterman on July 22 and Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 31, will follow. Birch has already hit up Last Call With Carson Daly, so Conan O'Brien looks to be the next late-night comedy show in her sights.