Modest Mouse

“Whale Song” MP3 Stream

Jun 20, 2009

Now this is more like it. Modest Mouse's "Whale Song" ditches the Ugly Casanova sound (banjos and the like) for the a B-side guitar epic to the just OK "Autumn Beds." The six-minute behemoth is very Moby Dick-like, as it slips in and out of the groove, drones, and thrashes about. The small bridge is where Isaac Brock's multitracked vocals come in briefly before a coda that wouldn't sound of out place on MM's debut This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About.

The single "Autumn Beds" b/w "Whale Song" comes out June 23, in preparation for the group's forthcoming EP No One's First and You're Next, due out in August on EpicNo One's First will feature unreleased tracks and B-sides from the band's previous two studio albums, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004) and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007). Tripwire is streaming "Whale Song" at the link below.

Stream: Modest Mouse: "Whale Song"

 

Phoenix

“1901” (Live on “Late Show With David Letterman”) Video

Jun 20, 2009

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French rockers Phoenix, who we interviewed for our Spring '09 issue, dropped by Ed Sullivan studios for a live jaunt through one of 2009's premier singles, "1901." The track is from the amazing Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, out now on Glassnote and the band's own label, Loyauté.


 

 

Beck

“Sunday Morning” (The Velvet Underground cover - Record Club) Video

Jun 20, 2009

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On Thursday, we reported about Beck's new Record Club venture. You know, where Beck and his buddies pick an album to cover in its entirety, spend one day recording it, and catalog the whole endeavor by posting a video track-by-track. Beck and his crew are starting off Record Club strong with their rendition of The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, and today he posted the first song from the project, the quintessential opening cut, "Sunday Morning." You can hear/see it now, in all its intentionally grainy glory on Beck's website.

It's not too shabby for an ad-hoc session without rehearsal or arranging. One would hope the susequent posts show the songwriter's experimentative side though. "Sunday Morning" sounds almost like a carbon copy of the original, which isn't neccesarily a terrible thing. On Beck's website, he noted that the other folks in the studio included actor and fellow Scientologist Giovanni Ribisi, producer Nigel Godrich (who's also cover-happy these days with Supergrass), Icelandic singer-songwriter Thorunn Magnusdottir, session drummer Joey Waronker, and somebody that goes by the name Yo. Beck also noted that The Digital Underground's Sex Packets was originally on the docket so hopefully it'll be coming later? We hope so!

 

Air France

“GBG Belongs to Us” MP3

Jun 19, 2009

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Air France recently recorded a aural paen to their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden entitled "GBG Belongs to Us." This is pure dub-Balearic Disco that shouldn't be slept on. The Nordic duo even recorded a little "teaser" clip for the song, which can be viewed at the "Part III" link below. Follow "Part II" for a .zip file with the track or download it from our site. Christina Roos (of The Light Bulb Project, CAT5, ROOS) supplies lead vocals. "Part I" seems to be a very detailed travel guide/love letter to GBG.

Travel Guide (Part 1)/Video (Part 3): Air France: "GBG Belongs to Us"

 

Summer Cats

“Hey You” MP3

Jun 18, 2009

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Slumberland Records sure has the corner market on indie pop. Australia's Summer Cats is their latest signee after likeminded groups such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Liechtenstein. "Hey You" is from Cats' debut full-length, Songs for Tuesdays, out July 14th. The C86-cribbing Melbourne quintet add some serious crunch and feedback to their keyboards-guitar onslaught. Think of a less folksy version of The Go-Betweens. The 2:39-minute mark comes quickly as lead vocalist Scott Stevens clicks off the usual warm-weather signifiers: "burning rubber," taking "cute" girls to the movies, and scoring on the first date all blur past appear in the rear-view mirror. Summer Cats make ecstatic jangle-pop made for your next trip to the beach.

Polvo

“Beggar’s Bowl” MP3

Jun 18, 2009

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The former Touch and Go/Quarterstick math-rock quartet Polvo signed with Merge recently and they're prepping their first new album since 1997's ShapesIn Prism won't be out until September 8th, but first single, "Beggar's Bowl," picks up right where the North Carolina indie-noise rockers' left off. That means plenty of Slint-like guitar blasts and classic contrapuntal noodling. "Bowl" is the condensed soup version of '90s indie intelligentsia.

Japandroids

“Crazy/Forever” and “Heart Sweats” (Live on KEXP) Video

Jun 18, 2009

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Vancouver's Japandroids recently stopped by the Seattle's KEXP studios to play a few garage-y jams from this year's excellent Post-Nothing, including "Crazy/Forever" and "Heart Sweats." 

Fever Ray

“Triangle Walks” Video

Jun 18, 2009

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Yesterday we posted about the capable remix of "Triangle Walks" by Rex the Dog, and now the third Fever Ray single has its own spooky video, filmed by Mikel Cee Karlsson, who's collaborated with frequent Knife visual stylist/associate Andreas Nilsson on videos for Bonde do Role and José González. Nilsson will also be designing Fever Ray's stage show for her North American tour this fall. Like many Knife and Ray videos before it, the setup is hauntingly creepy, with only the light of a few flickering lamps or green lasers. A war-painted Karin sings accordingly. The "Triangle Walks" single is out next week on Mute. There was a feature on Fever Ray in the Spring '09 issue of Under the Radar. (via Stereogum)