Friday Bridge

“This Case is Closed (Johan Agebjörn Remix)” MP3

Jun 03, 2009

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The '80s-influenced electro-pop of Friday Bridge is pretty much a household name in Sweden but the musical vehicle for Ylva Lindberg and Niklas Gustafsson barely register a blip here in the States. Here's a short history lesson. Friday Bridge was founded in 2004, and quickly grew a fanbase after the release of The Lady Julie. The following year, Friday Bridge released an EP and the single It Girl, which received extensive airplay in Sweden and elsewhere. Friday Bridge’s debut album Intricacy was released on But is it Art? in 2007 and this past March the duo saw the release of their sophomore album, Bite My Tongue. Thankfully they're friends with Sally Shapiro songwriter/producer and fellow Swede, Johan Agebjörn. This crisp, 320 kbps remix of the Tongue track has that distinctive Italo-Disco sound he's perfected with Shapiro. Loungey keyboard washes and synth lines fill in the grooves between that steady dance beat and Lindberg does her best ice queen impression. "This Case is Closed" is a lock for any self-respecting electro fan...case closed.

YACHT

“Psychic City (Voodoo City)” MP3

Jun 02, 2009

Summer jam contender number one is the bubbly YACHT's "Psychic City (Voodoo City)." Perfect soundtrack for inner-tubing down the river or playing Frisbee on the beach. The Portland electro duo have rarely impressed this much. Got to love that wordless chorus and those bass-y snyths. The new single is taken from Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans' forthcoming album, See Mystery Lights. YACHT took the lyrics to "Psychic City" from Two Million Years, an early K Records cassette tape release by Rich Jensen and then laid down a synth part inspired by Althea and Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking." See Mystery Lights appropriately drops July 28th on DFA and the pair is on a U.K. tour with Patrick Wolf in the meantime.

Regina Spektor

“Eet” Video

Jun 02, 2009

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Still trying to decipher (read: Google) the meaning behind "Eet" but I thankfully don't have to. Regina Spektor makes is too easy on the ears with yet another lush piano-led single off her forthcoming fifth album Far. If you recall, the "Imagine"-esque ballad "Laughing With" was the last surreal video to premiere from the Spektor camp. "Eet" has a Kate Bush atmosphere to the video as Spektor plays a typewriter like a piano in the middle of the desert. Far's 1.21 gigawatts of production power (Jacknife Lee, Mike Elizondo, David Kahne, and ELO's Jeff Lynne) is already pushing the new tracks quickly up the Billboard charts. Far comes out June 22th, via Sire.

What’s Up?

“Harper” MP3

Jun 02, 2009

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They've got a somewhat unfortunate name but Sacramento, Calif. natives What's Up? bring the old school contrapuntal rock en masse. Here's "Harper" from the now-Portland, Ore. trio's debut Content Imagination, which is out now on Obey Your Brain. The single sounds like if Battles and fellow Sacramentans The Advantage had a prog-loving baby. Robby Moncrieff, Brian Marshall, and Teddy Briggs are hitting the road soon in support of the west coast leg of the Dirty Projectors' tour. Dates are below.


Jun 04 Holocene Portland, OR
Jun 28 SUPERFEST @ Rotture Portland, OR
Jul 02 Richard's on Richards Vancouver, BC *
Jul 03 Chop Suey Seattle, WA *
Jul 04 Holocene Portland, OR *
Jul 07 The Independent San Francisco, CA *
Jul 08 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA *
Jul 24 PDX Pop Now! Portland, OR

* = w/ Dirty Projectors

The Thermals

“Now We Can See” Video

Jun 01, 2009

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Post-power-pop anyone? Here's the Lance Bangs-directed video for the title track off The Thermals' third studio release, Now We Can See (out now on Kill Rock Stars). This crew sure make playing-in-a-room vids look novel. The Portland trio are on the road this summer (dates at Pitchfork Fest and Red Rocks Amphitheatre's Monolith Fest too!). Single day tickets are still available. But also keep checking Under the Radar for the music video for their next single, "We Were Sick" (out July 7).

Wale

“Chillin” (Live on Carson Daly) Video

Jun 01, 2009

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"Chillin" borrows a ton from M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" and Wale knows it (just listen to those lyrics before he drops the McLovin reference). "Chillin" may not be his best foot forward but here in this clip from last Friday's Last Call with Carson Daly, the Washington, D.C. rapper is thankfully sans Lady GaGa. UCB is in the house though. The enthusiastic crowd sure doesn't care either way once the sampled "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" chorus starts up. Wale's debut album, Attention: Deficit, is due out this summer and he's going on tour. If you didn't notice already, he's sorta blowing up. Can't say the same thing for Eminem. Low blow...low blow.

Datarock

Red Album Stream

Jun 01, 2009

Myspace is doing an exclusive premiere of Datarock's Red. Starting today everyone's favorite Norwegian electro act is streaming their entire new album from their player. Frontman Fredrik Saroea also took some time to record a video where he talked about some of the inspirations and references behind the group's sophomore release. Check that out here. Red will be in stores next week in the U.K., Europe, and will be available online in the U.S. (CD release is September 1.)

The Cave Singers

“Beach House” MP3

Jun 01, 2009

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The Cave Singers are prepping their sophomore LP, Welcome Joy for a August 18 release on Matador. Here's a sneak peak from the follow-up to 2007's Invitation Songs. "Beach House" is a morning slow-burner (hello hangover!) for fans of folk-rock acts like Deer Tick. Welcome Joy will feature the Webber sisters from Lightning dust, who will join the Seattle band on their fall tour. More details at the Matablog.