The Fiery Furnaces

“The End Is Near” MP3

Jun 11, 2009

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On July 21, Thrill Jockey and the Friedberger siblings will release the eigth Fiery Furnaces album, I'm Going Away. This super simplified first single "The End Is Near," (released June 23) has that apocaplytic sitcom feel going on. Eleanor Friedberger will be in the Self-Portrait section of Under the Radar's Summer issue. The single artwork is below.

 

Violens

“Doomed (MGMT Remix)” MP3

Jun 10, 2009

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Brooklyn's Violens are giving away MGMT's remix of their song "Doomed," off their debut EP (Cantora Records). The two acts met last year after MGMT asked Violens' Jorge Elbrecht about remixing their hit "Time to Pretend." This MGMT remix keeps Violens' sunny Zombies-like beat, while highlighting their atmospheric harmonies. The rock rhythm section is replaced with whirring keyboards and drum machines. You can also watch the music video for the original track here (directed by Mateo Ramirez, produced by Cantora Creative).

An expanded take of  Violens' self-titled EP is out via Static Recital/Cantora. Check out a new U.K. Chess Club Records 7" A-Side "Lightning Lightning" at the band's MySpace. A proper debut full-length is expected this fall.


Céu

“Bubuia” MP3

Jun 09, 2009

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Brazilian music is having a healthy resurgence in popularity here in the U.S. Brazilian chanteuse Céu is at the forefront of that burgeoning movement. She stole our hearts with her self-titled debut album in 2007, her follow-up release has been widely anticipated and finally has a release date. Vagarosa, which translates to "slow, easygoing, and leisurely," comes out on July 7th, via Six Degrees. Vagarosa lives up to its name on "Bubuia." The skittering percussion plays lightly in the background, like a jungle beat heard from far off. Céu's silken croon keeps it at midtempo. Vagarosa was produced in mid-2008 at Sao Paulo, Brazil's Ambulante Studios. Céu teamed up with her old friend and producer Beto Villares for the new tracks. She also teamed up with Curumin producer and engineer Gustavo Lenza (Céu's touring engineer for the past four years) and soundtrack producer Gui Amabis, who has collaborated with Céu on the Sonantes project.

BLK JKS

“Molalatladi” MP3

Jun 09, 2009

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You can hear some major riffage on this new single from South African quartet BLK JKS. The first taste of the group's debut Secretly Canadian full-length, "Molalatladi," translates to rainbow in Zulu. The colorful, Soweto-infused track will be on After Robots, which is out September 8th on SC. After Robots was produced by The Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis.

Under the Radar @ E3 2009 DJ Hero demo

Jun 09, 2009

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DJ Hero wasn't playable on the floor of E3 but there were several live demos. You're watching one right now.

The Field

The Field (live at Control) “The More That I Do” wider clip

Jun 08, 2009

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A wider view of The Field doing "The More That I Do" live at Control 6/5/09.

The Field

The Field (live at Control) “The More That I Do” clip

Jun 08, 2009

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The Field doing "The More That I Do" live at Control 6/5/09.

Rock Plaza Central

“(Don’t You Believe the Words of) Handsome Men” MP3

Jun 08, 2009

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Toronto septet Rock Plaza Central are giving away a free MP3 of "(Don't You Believe the Words of) Handsome Men" in lieu of their sophomore release on Paper Bag Records, At the Moment of Our Most Needing, or if Only They Could Turn Around, They Would Know They Weren't Alone, which drops June 16th. The longplayer is the makeshift group's follow-up to their critically-lauded 2006 debut, Are We Not Horses?. At the Moment of Our Most Needing is also loosely based on William Faulkner's Light in August.