jj

“From Africa to Malaga” MP3

Jun 24, 2009

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Here's a new song from the mysterious Sincerely Yours signees jj, the Nordic dudes who released "My Life, My Swag" and "My Swag, My Life" earlier this year. "From Africa to Málaga" is another breezy Balearic cut, for hitting up your local body of water this summer. That's the blood-splattered wedding artwork below.

You can also download the song from Sincerely Yours' website: jj: "From Africa to Málaga"

 

Sally Shapiro

“Miracle (Bogdan Irkük Remix)” MP3

Jun 24, 2009

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Sally Shapiro is touring this fall! No, just kidding with you. The Swedish Italo-disco maven does have the first remix of her excellent "Miracle" single on offer. The Vocodered reworking was crafted by Bulgarian producer Bogdan Irkük (aka BULGARI), and is in support of Sally's sophomore LP, My Guilty Pleasure, coming out August 25 via Toronto's Paper Bag.

BULGARI also reworked Jens Lekman's "Sipping On the Sweet Nectar" into a similar dance-oriented remix last summer. Love those dark disco beats. The "Miracle" single was recently released in the U.S. and Europe. Expect an interview with Sally Shapiro in Under the Radar's forthcoming Summer Issue.

Sonic Youth

“No Way” (Live on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”) Video

Jun 23, 2009

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Sonic Youth follow-up their Letterman appearance with a performance slot at "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." The seminal band is in the midst of their tour for their debut Matador LP, The Eternal.

Cymbals Eat Guitars

“Tungunska” MP3

Jun 23, 2009

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Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars have a brand spankin' new 7-inch coming out from Transparent in the U.K. on July 20th, and only Pure Grooves will be exclusively selling the release. The single even comes with a free prize for the first 300 purchasers: the sometimes lethal 1990 children's novelty item known as the slap bracelet! Remember those? The non-album B-side "Tungunska" is available to download (more free stuff). It references slap bracelets and shifts time signatures like no other. It even has a slight Wilco vibe before the main melody line kicks in. Click on over to the quartet's Myspace where you can download the track, in exhange for your email address. At the same spot you can check out Cymbal's upcoming tour dates with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In other Cymbals news, debut Why There Are Mountains is getting a re-release from Sister's Den Records on September 22nd. That's the reworked album artwork down below. They're also hitting the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 18th. Expect an article on the band in Under the Radar's forthcoming Summer Issue.

Wale

‘Back to the Feature Mixtape’ Download/Stream

Jun 23, 2009

RCRD LBL is offering a download and stream of Wale's banging Back to the Future-inspired mixtape, Back to the Feature. Wale’s are rarely misfires (remember The Mixtape About Nothing?). Feature was recorded with 9th Wonder. Mainstay collaborator Daniel Merriweather is here again but is joined by a stellar cast of characters, including, Lady GaGaBeanie SiegelJoe BuddenTalib KweliJoell OrtizBun B, and Warren G. Mark Ronson does some knob twiddling, Nick Catchdubs mixes, and even Peter, Bjorn and John drop in for one track.

Download/Stream: Wale's Back to the Feature Mixtape

Phil and the Osophers

“We Have All Summer” MP3

Jun 23, 2009

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Brooklyn three-piece Phil and the Osophers make indie-pop with Nuggets-like twist. Think of a cuddlier version of The Black Lips or King Khan and the Shrines. The philosophy-spouting indie-pop band are releasing their sixth full-length, Parallelo, digitally and on CD August 4th on Factual Fabrications, Phil’s own label. Here's Phil's choice line from the jangly summer single "We Have All Summer" on offer today: “No begging for divine help, this overture is gonna write itself.” Sounds about right. The summer anthems keep rolling in. Also, the track's grainy music video can be found here.

The Fiery Furnaces

Interview with The Fiery Furnaces (‘Breakfast at Sulimay’s’) Video

Jun 23, 2009

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Breakfast at Sulimay's" is hilarious. There I said it. If you're not familiar, the Woodshop Films web series finds three Philly (Fish Town) diner patrons reviewing new indie cuts. This week the lovably grouchy trio is back with an interview with The Fiery Furnaces siblings. In the clip elder reviewer Joe, the lover/hater of all things drums, revealed that he used to sing with a band who produced a few novelty records and that he was an Army actor during World War II. He also sings to the duo, reminisces with Matt about Johnny Mercer, and gushes over lobster rolls when they play Cape Cod. In other videos, Joe is joined by the Paula Abdul of the group, Ann, and the terminally grumpy Bill. This time, they're doling out their one liners/hilarious verdicts on new tracks from Yo La Tengo ("I could lay a number on this one! That's a humpin' song!"), Wilco ("11th release, they haven't learned much"), and Dirty Projectors ("I'm waiting for the geisha girls to come in"). Plus, the closeups on Joe's face are priceless. The links to the rest of the clips are below:

Wilco and Dirty Projectors

Yo La Tengo and Raphael Saadiq

Love Is All

“Last Choice” Video

Jun 23, 2009

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Here's Love is All's manic and very colorful music video for "Last Choice." The stop motion clip about the singer Josephine Olausson's autobiographical one-night stand opts out of the seaside cityscapes the single evokes, instead opting for a whimsical box-head man and his accordion. The track is taken from the Swedish band's amazing 2008 sophomore LP, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night. It's out now on What's Your Rupture?