Black Heart Procession

“Rats” MP3

Jul 01, 2009

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Mega-moody indie-folkies The Black Heart Procession are releasing their sixth album (and first in over three years) on October 6th. The appropriately titled Six is in line with Procession's other numerical LPs (see: 1, 2, Three) and is also the San Diego group's first longplayer for Temporary Residence Limited. Fourth track, "Rats," is a spooky preview of what's to come. Six's formats are as follows: CD, 2XLP, and Limited Edition USB. The pre-order begins August 1st.

Antony and the Johnsons

“Crazy In Love” (Beyoncé cover with the Metropole Orchestra)

Jul 01, 2009

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For those poptimists out there, this YouTube clip of Antony and the Johnsons performing Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" in Amsterdam will  make them beam with pride. This particular live rendition was with the Metropole Orchestra and features plenty of woodwinds, brass, strings, and harps. You know, an orchestra!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Heads Will Roll (Passion Pit Remix)” MP3 Stream

Jul 01, 2009

The original "Heads Will Roll" is an all-out synth dancefloor destroyer and is one of the many hallmarks on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' It's Blitz! LP. That lycanthrope from YYY's badass, Thriller-esque music video returns on the cover of the single (pictured above). After enlisting Animal Collective for a tepid "Zero" remix, the YYYs would get Passion Pit to rework "Heads Will Roll" for a British single. You can stream the whole thing over at Hype Machine. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Some ping-pong-y Casio tones and a bass heavy club beat subvert the original's intentions. The single is available right now on CD and 7-inch picture disc on the U.K. website Recordstore. The first 500 buyers get a free poster and 10 of those posters will be signed by the band.

MP3 Stream: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Heads Will Roll (Passion Pit Remix)"

Harlem Shakes

“Strictly Game” Video

Jul 01, 2009

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On the music vid for Harlem Shake's "Strictly Game," the Brooklyn quintet had their buddies at Supermarche contort the ususally crappy slideshow fan clip trope into something quite memorable. The video’s pretty engaging, as stop motion photos of the group slowly animate. Vocalist Lexy Benaim still reminds me of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman, Alec Ounsworth. Technicolor Health is out now on Gigantic Music and the band is embarking on a mini tour of the U.K. after their sold-out performance at The Bowery Ballroom with fellow Kings County denizens Motel Motel. If you want to hear more about Harlem Shakes, we featured the meteoric band in the Pleased to Meet You section of the Spring '09 issue.

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.