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.

Monsters at Work

“Magic Morning” (from A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island) MP3

May 30, 2009

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Here's a track to gnaw on from the latest volume of Pete Fowler's Monsterism island compilation series, A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island. The song is entitled "Magic Morning" by Monsters at Work and has a breezy beach cocktail vibe to it. It's perfect music for your next Tiki hut bash/videogame showdown. The rest of Monsterism Island aggregates cuts from Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, The Specials' Jerry Dammers, Jonny Trunk, Luke Vibert, Circulus, Wolf People, Cherrystones, and members of The Future Sound of London, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve. For more info, take a canoe ride to www.monsterism.net.

Metric

“Sick Muse” Video

May 30, 2009

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The big budget music video era is largely over so naturally Metric's "Sick Muse" culminated from a bunch of friends tinkering with an HD camera in a Toronto apartment. The Fantasies single gives fans a glimpse into the New Wave/indie band's backstage antics and was directed by Justin Broadbent and Michael Leach of HotDogGarbage. Best line in the song has to be this snarling/sexy lyric: "Watch out Cupid/Stuck me with a sickness/Pull your little arrows out/And let me live my life." Fantasies is out now and full of such juicy lyrics. Just as a reminder, frontwoman Emily Haines was featured in Under the Radar's new Self-Portrait section in the Spring '09 issue. Also, Metric just came home from their sold out Euro tour, but they have several dates in the States this summer. For more information about those and other Metric-releated news, you can hit up www.ilovemetric.com.

Doves

“Kingdom of Rust” (Live on Carson Daly) Video

May 29, 2009

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Like Rodney Dangerfield, Doves just don't get much respect over here in the U.S. Carson Daly agrees and sent a film crew to record their recent show at L.A.'s Wiltern, as they blazed through the excellent, Southwestern-tinged title track from their current album, Kingdom of Rust. I may not watch too much Last Call but you've got to appreciate Daly's continual support of rad music. His show is like a mini-MTV now and MTV is...yeah, let's not get into that... Rust is out now. There's a feature on the underappreciated Doves in Under the Radar's current Spring '09 issue. 

Bat For Lashes

“Pearl’s Dream” Video

May 29, 2009

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It looks like Bat For Lashes' second single from the astonishing Two Suns is "Pearl's Dream." Our curernt cover feature artist faces a big bad wolf and a visually taps into the duality that the album title implies when a doppleganger of herself pops up in the background. Natasha Khan (sans wolf) will be hitting a town near you this summer. I hope she brings plenty of dry ice.

School of Seven Bells

“My Cabal” Video

May 29, 2009

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Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells are on a co-headlining tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow but they've recently released the third single from their Ghostly International debut Alpinisms. The music video for "My Cabal" takes the atmospheric dream-pop anthem and gives it an apporpriate visual roller coaster ride. The David Mullett-directed clip seems like a typical band performance video filmed in a ispacked soundstage but the lone fisheye lens flips and corkscrews throughout. Ex-Secret Machines dude Benjamin Curtis is saturated in light as sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza prepare for a MBV-like liftoff.

Magnolia Electric Co.

“Josephine” MP3

May 28, 2009

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Magnolia Electric Co.'s Josephine is coming to your local record store July 21st in the U.S. and July 20th in the U.K. You still go to those right? Anyway, Jason Molina's first Magnolia album in three years is starting to sound rather promising if the single that shares its name is any indication. The Songs: Ohia/Magnolia legend's forthcoming Secretly Canadian release was inspired by the tragic Oakland-fire death of touring bassist Evan Farrell. The band recorded once again with Steve Albini and "Josephine" certainly goes for the minimalistic sound they were talking about in previous interviews. The album and song were recorded at Albini's Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago. 

The Rentals

“Story of a Thousand Seasons Past” MP3

May 28, 2009

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Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp started The Rentals in 1994. You know, way back when you could blast "Say It Ain't So" in your two-door without the paralyzing weight of all the terrible Weez tracks that came after it. Sharp's group have a new self-released EP called Songs About Time. The Rentals aren't exactly prolific, so this new one is a welcome sign for their fans. The last time they heard a Rentals album was 1999's Seven More Minutes and more recently, 2007's The Last Little Life EP. "Story of a Thousand Seasons Past" is the title track from the new EP, the first of three musical chapters from The Rentals' yearlong online multimedia project Songs About Time. It's a breezy bit of alt-rock about the strangeness of our Web 2.0 life. The EP also features a guest appearance from Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago. Rental-holics can purchase the new joint at www.therentals.com.