Friday, December 23, 2011

The Top 50 Albums of 2011 (according to Tasty Ears)

TOP 50
Albums of
2011

We were going to do a Top 40 albums of the year but felt that it was too difficult to decide. Somehow 50 worked better so, here it is. Check them out. Buy them even. 


50. Austra - Feel It Break
49. Twerps - Twerps
48. Panda Bear - Tomboy
47. Radiohead - King Of Limbs
46. War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
45. Zola Jesus - Conatus
44. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
43. The Black Keys - El Camino
42. The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love
41. Yuck - Yuck
40. Deer Tick - Divine Providence
39. Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
38. Beirut - The Rip Tide
37. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
36. TV On The Radio - Nine Types of Light
35. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
34. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
33. Givers - In Light
32. Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
31. Pictureplane - Thee Physical
30. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
29. Twin Sister - In Heaven
28. Neon Indian - Era Extrana
27. Wild Beasts - Smother
26. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
25.Cut Copy - Zonoscope
24. Caveman - CoCo Beware
23. John Maus - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
22. Gardens & Villa - Self Titled
21. Braids - Native Speaker


20. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
19. Adele - 21
18. Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
17. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
16. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
15. Cults - Cults
14. Real Estate - Days
13. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
12. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
11. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
10. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
9. Washed Out - Within Without
8. The Antlers - Burst Apart
7. Atlas Sound - Parallax
6. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
5. Destroyer - Kaputt
4. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
3. tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L
2. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chllngr "Change" (video)


Chllngr premiered a new video today for the astro-dub track "Change" over at Wired. Directed by Ryan Todd and Chad Turner the video is a psychedelic animated odyssey.  Watch for a new EP from Chllngr out this winter on Time No Place.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kathryn Calder "Turn A Light On" (video)


Kathryn Calder began filling in for Neko Case with The New Pornographers and quickly became a full fledged band member. Now Calder is releasing her second solo album Bright And Vivid (out now via File Inder: Music). Check out the latest video for "Turn A Light On" (above) from the new album as it premiered over at Paste earlier today,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Darcys "Don't Bleed Me" (video)


Toronto rockers The Darcys released their self-titled debut album on Arts & Crafts earlier this year (grab the album for free here) and now have a video for "Don't Bleed Me" directed by Mike Portoghese. Hot off of tours with Deerhoof, Hollerado, and Tennis (to name a few) the band readies to hit the road again with Zeus and Eight and a Half (comprised of members of The Stills and Broken Social Scene (dates below).

The Darcys Live Dates
** w/ Zeus only

2/22 Boston, MA @ TT The Bear's **
2/23 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
2/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tennis Live at The Biltmore Cabaret December 13, 2011




Last week saw Tennis come to Vancouver to play the Biltmore Cabaret with Devon Williams. Although I went to see Williams based on the strength of his latest single "Revelations" and some very positive press I was also pretty stoked to see Tennis as I had managed to miss them the last couple of times they came through. I love the Biltmore and have seen many shows there in the past. I don't blame them for regularly starting shows rather late (I'd want to sell as many drinks as I could on a Tuesday if it were my place too) but for some reason this show was right on time. Which meant I was late, shit. Sorry Devon Williams, I completely missed your set.

The husband and wife duo Tennis were great. They played quite a long set for a band with really only one album (the set was fleshed out with several new numbers). Although singer Alaina Moore claims to have bad stage fright the audience found her quite engaging. The other half of Tennis, guitar player Patrick Riley, rocked some pretty sweet licks for us, head down and sleeves rolled up. The way he moved around the stage it looked as if he still had his sea legs.

The show left me psyched to hear the upcoming Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) produced album from Tennis titled Young & Old (out February 14 via Fat Possum Records). I'll leave you with the first single "Origins" and don't forget to check out the pics (above).
Tennis - Origins by All Tomorrows Parties

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sleigh Bells "Born To Lose" (new track)


Sleigh Bells are to release their sophomore album Reign Of Terror in February. Check out the first single "Born To Lose" (above) now and get psyched. You can also check out the teaser video for the upcoming album below.

Arcade Fire "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" (video)


Today the Arcade Fire posted two videos for "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)". Above is the traditional video, you can find the interactive version here. Both videos were directed by Vincent Morisset. You'll need a webcam and some dance moves (even just with your hands) for the interactive version.

Crushed Stars "Brighter Now" (new track)


Crushed Stars (Todd Gautreau) is preparing for the release of a new album In The Bright Rain on March 6th via Simulacra Records. The album was recorded by Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Cat Power) and features guests Jeff Ryan (War On Drugs, St. Vincent), Howard Draper (formerly of Okkervil River/Shearwater), and Buffi Jacobs (The Polyphonic Spree). American Songwriter premiered the first single "Brighter Now" off of the upcoming LP (check it out after the jump). Go!
Brighter Now by Crushed Stars

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Youth Lagoon "Goodbye Again" (John Denver cover)

Youth Lagoon recently covered John Denver's "Goodbye Again" for Sirius XMU (listen below). The band fronted by 22 year old Trevor Powers has also announced some tour dates for 2012 including a stop at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret on January 20th (all dates below). Today Youth Lagoon's debut album The Year Of Hibernation (out on Fat Possum) was named 50th best album of the year by this little site called Pitchfork. See you at the show.



YOUTH LAGOON
  
01/19: The Crocodile, Seattle
01/20: Biltmore, Vancouver
01/21: Doug Fir, Portland
3/10: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City 
3/11: Larimer Lounge, Denver
3/12: Jackpot Music Hall, Lawrence
3/18: Fitzgerald's, Houston
3/19: One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans
3/20: Club Downunder, Tallahassee
3/21: The Social, Orlando
3/22: Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta
3/23: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
3/24: Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington DC
3/26: Union Transfer, Philadelphia
3/27: Bowery Ballroom, New York
3/28: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
3/29: Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge
3/30: La Sala Rossa, Montreal
3/31: Lee's Palace, Toronto
4/02: Radio Radio, Indianapolis  
4/03: Firebird, St. Louis
4/04: Metro, Chicago
4/05: Turner Hall, Milwaukee
4/08: Indie O Fest, Mexico City
4/11: Porter's Pub @ UCSD, San Diego
4/12: Troubadour, Los Angeles
4/13: The Independent, San Francisco

Rich Aucoin "It" (video)


Halifax's Rich Aucoin is on a roll. Aucoin released "We're All Dying To Live" in late October on Sonic Records and has recently played Iceland Airwaves Festival, Electronika Festival in Brasil, toured with Lights, Arkells and he's about to head back out on the road (dates below). On top of all that he's recently managed to release an acclaim winning video for "It" (above) directed by Noah Pink and produced by Shut Up & Colour Pictures.

Rich Aucoin Tour Dates

December 29 -  Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
December 30 - Reykjavik, Iceland @ Nasa
January 12 - Guelph, ON @ E-bar
January 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake
January 14 - Montreal, QC @ SAT (Igloofest Afterparty)
January 17 - New York, NY @ Piano's
January 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
January 21 - New Orleans, LA @ La Maison
January 24 - Santa Monica, CA @ The Central
January 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dinowalrus "What Now" (new track)

Today Brooklyn's Dinowalrus released "What Now" (featuring Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus) a new single off their upcoming sophomore album Best Behavior (out March 6 on Old Flame Records). The track debuted over at Spin. But you can download it here.

The 2 Bears "Work" (video)


The 2 Bears "Work" from DFA Records on Vimeo.
On January 31st DFA records will proudly launch The 2 Bears debut album Be Strong. Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Raf Daddy (Raphael Rundell) met while spinning at the same party and solidified their relationship in the studio shortly there after. Check out the single "Work" (above) for a taste of 2012.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Terry Malts "Tumble Down" (new track)

San Francisco three piece Terry Malts is set to release their debut LP Killing Time on February 21st via Slumberland Records. "Tumble Down" (below) is the first single to be released off the upcoming 14 track 34 minute album.
Terry Malts - Tumble Down by Slumberland Records

Young Magic "Sparkly" (video)


February 14, 2012 will mark the release of Young Magic's debut full-length album Melt (to be released via Carpark Records). The New York by-way-of-the-world three piece recently released a video for "Sparkly" off of the upcoming LP (above). Check it out.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend "The One You Want"

San Francisco's Weekend have been touring hard since the release of 2010's Sports pausing just long enough to release a new EP titled Red (out now via Slumberland Records). The band just finished up touring with The Kills and are excited to announce a few West Coast dates of their own. Check out the track "The One You Want" (below) and go catch them live.
Weekend - The One You Want by Slumberland Records


02/01 Oakland, CA The New Parish #
02/11 San Diego, CA The Loft at UCSD
02/12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo / Part-Time Punks

# = w/ The Soft Moon

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cloud Nothings "Stay Useless" (new track)

On January 24th Cloud Nothings will release their highly anticipated new album Attack on Memory via Carpark Records. Today the band released the second single via Rolling Stone titled "Stay Useless" (below) from the upcoming Steve Albini produced album. The young Cleveland band fronted by Dylan Baldi is showing some serious song writing chops. I for one can't wait to hear more.
Download "Stay Useless" here.

Cast - An Afternoon at The Zoo "For The Body's Sake" (new video)


Here it is, the highly anticipated conclusion to the Tasty Ears production of An Afternoon at The Zoo with Cast. This last performance is of the original track "For The Body's Sake" followed by some interview footage. If you somehow missed the first two parts of the series check out part 1 and part 2 now. We love this band, catch them live next time they're in you area.

Yukon Blonde Announce Tour Dates


Vancouver's Yukon Blonde has signed to Dine Alone Records and are prepping their sophomore album. In support of this upcoming LP the band has announced tour dates (below). Check out the video for "Water" (above) from the bands Fire/Water EP (streaming now on the bands website) and watch for the upcoming Stairway 7" (backed with a home recorded demo of another upcoming track) coming early next year.

Yukon Blonde Tour Dates

December 29 - Peats Ridge, Australia @ Peats Ridge Music Festival
December 31 - Brisbane, Australia @ No Years Festival
January 03 - Melbourne, Australia @ Northcote Social Club
January 05 - Sydney, Australia @ FBI Social Club
February 15 - London, England @ Brixton Windmill
February 16 - London, England @ Old Queen's Head
February 17 - Paris, France @ Fleche D'or
February 18 - Utrect, Netherlands @ Ekko
February 19 - Amsterdam, Netherlands  @ Paradiso (upstairs)
February 20 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kulturhaus III&70
February 22 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
February 23 - Copenhagen, Denmark @   Stengad
February 24 - Berlin, Germany @ Privat Club
March 13 – 18 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 22 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
March 23 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
March 24 - Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
March 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
March 27 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
March 28 - London, ON @ Call the Office
March 29 - Guelph, ON @ The Vinyl
March 30 - Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
March 31 - Kingston, ON @ Grad Club
April 02 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
April 04 - Charlottetown, PEI @ Hunters Ale House
April 05 - Fredericton, NB @ The Capitol
April 06 - St. John's, NL @The Rock House
April 07 - Halifax, N.S. @ TBA
April 10 - New York, NY  @ Pianos
April 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
April 12/13 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
April 14 - Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
April 16 - Sudbury, ON @ The Townehouse
April 18 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
April 20 - Regina, SK @ TBA
April 21 -  Calgary, AB @ Palomino
April 26 - Victoria, B.C. @ 9ONE9
April 27 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Porcelain Raft "Put Me To Sleep" (video)


Put Me To Sleep from Porcelain Raft on Vimeo.
As Porcelain Raft prepares for European and North American tour dates with Smith Westerns and M83 they also prepare for the release of their debut full length album Strange Weekends (out January 24th via Secretly Canadian). On top of all that the band managed to find time to release a video for the lead single "Put Me To Sleep" (above) from the upcoming album. I can't wait to hear more.

Nneka "My Home" (video)


On February 28th Nigerian songwriter Nneka is set to release Soul is Heavy via Yo Mama's Recording/Decon. Check out the video for the first single "My Home" (above). The soul artist puts her own modern spin on songwriting and a guest appearance from Black Thought (of The Roots) doesn't hurt either.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CREEP "Animals" (feat. Holly Miranda) (video)


CREEP - "Animals" (Feat. Holly Miranda) from stereogum on Vimeo.
CREEP the production duo from Brooklyn have teamed up with Holy Miranda for a new single/video titled "Animal" (above). The haunting track has a very cool string arrangement over sparse beats. The video was directed by Greko Slavounos . The single drops January 17th.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band "The Unknown Faces At Father James Park" (video)


The Phenomenal Handclap Band is set to release their sophomore album Form & Control on February 14th via Tummy Touch Records. Check out the debut single "The Unknown At Father James Park" (video above).

AU "Solid Gold" (new track)

Portland's AU is set to release their third album Both Lights this coming spring, this time on Hometapes (Leaf Label in Europe). The first single "Solid Gold" (below) is out today. Grab it on limited edition transparent yellow orange vinyl before it's gone.

Baron Von Luxxury "Rosebud Was The Name of his Sled" (video)


LA's Baron Von Luxxury is appropriately set to release a new full-length album The Last Seduction on Valentine's Day via Manimal Vinyl. The next single off of the album is (SPOILER ALERT if you have somehow managed not to see Citizen Kane) "Rosebud Was The Name Of His Sled" and has already been given the video treatment. Smooth!

Choir of Young Believers "Patricia's Thirst" (new track)

Denmark's Choir of Young Believers released their debut album to great critical acclaim. Now the band is set to release a new album titled Rhine Gold on March 20th via Ghostly International. Led by song writer Janis Noya Makrigiannis and borrowing from chamber ensembles and avant-garde composition this pop act continues to grow. Check out their latest single "Patricia's Thirst" (below) from the upcoming album.
Choir of Young Believers - Patricia's Thirst by ghostly

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christopher Paul Stelling "Mourning Train to Memphis" (new track)

On February 21st Mecca Lecca Recording Co. is to release Christopher Paul Stelling's debut album Songs of Praise & Scorn. I'm sure you, our dedicated readers, are already familiar with CPS (as we've posted about him before) but I don't mind telling you again that we are big fans. The New York performer has relentlessly toured the Northeast with his immaculate finger-picking and vocal wail. Imagine something like Shannon Hoon's best vocal delivery meets The Tallest Man On Earth's guitar work all while managing to tell a tale. Blah, blah, check it out for yourself below. Go!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Chemical Brothers Don't Think (movie trailer)


Don't Think is a new film by Adam Smith starring The Chemical Brothers. Filmed at Japan's Fujirock Festival with 20 cameras the movie is a unique document of a Chemical Brothers live experience. To see an Exclusive Advanced Screening (on January 26th) of Don't Think follow the link. The band mixed the audio themselves using Dolby 7.1. Here's the official description:
"You blink awake and find yourself halfway up the side of a Japanese mountain. It’s night time, right at the sticky middle point of summer. You’re in an opening in a darkened wood surrounded by – say – 50,000 other revelers, each of them frenzied; delirious from an all-encompassing psychedelia that seems to be emanating from a stage somewhere in the near distance. Above you, lights swoop and strafe across armies of marching toy robots and galloping deconstructed horses; paint balls explode in front of borderline psychotic clowns. You’re in the thick of it, consumed by the spectacle, absorbed into the crowd, surrendering to the noise and the visuals. Stunned by the jaw-dropping intensity of what you’re witnessing, just one thought flashes through your febrile mind."

Boy Friend "Egyptian Wrinkle" (new track)

After best buddies Christa Palazzollo and Sarah Brown's old band Sleep ∞ Over broke up the Texas girls started Boy Friend. The duo's album Egyptian Wrinkle is to be released February 6th 2012 via Hell, Yes!. Check out the title track now (below).
BOY FRIEND - Egyptian Wrinkle by HellYes

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Pack A.D. "Haunt You" (video)


On January 28th The Pack A.D. make a triumphant return to Vancouver for a hometown album release show at the Rickshaw Theatre (tickets are on sale now). Unpersons came out in September via Mint Records and the band has been incredibly busy touring since. While you impatiently wait for The Pack A.D. to come back home check out the very cool video for "Haunt You" directed by Mike Roberts and grab your tickets for what is sure to be a sold out show of pure rock n' roll.

Woods "Christmas Time Is Here" (Vince Guaraldi cover)

Woods heads out on tour (dates below) in less than a week's time to support their latest album Sun & Shade (released earlier this year via their own Woodsist label). As an early holiday gift the band has released their own rendition of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" for free download (below). No matter how you feel about holiday cheer you should really get out to a show. Go ho ho!
WOODS- Christmas Time is Here by WOODSIST

WOODS

12/07 Burlington, VT Monkey House * 
12/08 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern @
12/09 Gambier, OH Kenyon College / Horn Gallery @
12/10 Chicago, IL Subterranean @
12/11 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie's #$
12/12 Nashville, TN The End #
12/13 Birmingham, AL Bottletree #
12/14 Athens, GA 40 Watt #
12/15 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade ^
12/16 Richmond, VA Strange Matter ^
12/17 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel ^ !
12/18 Baltimore, MD Ottobar ^
12/19 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands Gallery %

* = w/ MV & EE 
@ = w/ Wet Hair
# = w/ Jovontaes
$ = w/ Wooden Wand
^ = w/ MMOSS
! = w/ Purling Hiss
%= w/ Steve Gunn, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks

Yacht "I Walked Alone" (video)


YouTube celebrity Mitchell Davis has 666,345 followers on his channel from which he makes his living vlogging. Davis has vlogged about his experience at Yacht concerts and used their music in some of his posts which caught the attention of the band. Yacht contacted Davis and invited him to direct his first music video for their track "I Walked Alone" (above). Check out Yacht's I Walked Alone EP available now via iTunes.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Devon Williams "Revelations" (new track)

Slumberland Records recently released Devon Williams' sophomore album Euphoria. This is pop music that wouldn't be out of place in the sixties and yet it is so clearly current. Check out the second single "Revelations" (below) and then catch Devon Williams live at Vancouver's Biltmore on December 13th. See you there my moustache-less friends. Bring back the beards.
Devon Williams - Revelations by Slumberland Records

Bright Moments "Travelers" (new track)

You've probably heard Kelly Pratt's trumpet and harmonies on some of Beirut's tracks, his flute or flugelhorn on Arcade Fire's Neon Bible or in LCD Soundsystem's horn section and now you can hear the multi-instrumentalist's own songwriting as Bright Moments. On February 21st Pratt's debut album Natives will be released via Luaka Bop. The nine song LP includes the single "Travelers" (below). Pratt takes all the experience of working with some of indie music's greats and rolls them into a unique new blend of awesome. Get into it.
Bright Moments 'Travelers' from Natives Luaka Bop by Luaka Bop

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fionn Regan "For A Nightingale" (live acoustic video, new track)


Fionn Regan - For a Nightingale from Sebastien Dehesdin on Vimeo.
On January 31st, 2012 Fionn Regan's 100 Acres of Sycamore will be released via Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music/Downtown. Above is an acoustic rendition of "For A Nightingale" from the upcoming release. According to Regan the beautifully orchestrated album is "the story of a couple dancing between the gutter and the chandelier." The above video is just a taste of what's to come from the Irish songwriter's upcoming album.

Real Estate "It's Real" (video)


Recorded over five months in a New York barn Real Estate's latest album Days is indie pop at it's finest. The band has set out on an extensive tour (dates below). Check out the Weird Days directed video for "It's Real" above.

REAL ESTATE 
     
Wed-Nov-30    Barcelona, Spain       KGB
Thu-Dec-01    Valencia, Spain         Wah Wah
Fri-Dec-02     Madrid, Spain         El Sol
Sat-Dec-03    Lisbon, Portugal     LZB
Mon-Dec-05   Clermont Ferrand, France   La Cooperative De Mai  
Tue-Dec-06   London, England    Scala 
Fri-Dec-09    Copenhagen, Denmark     Vega
Sat-Dec-10    Gothenberg, Sweden    Henriksberg
Sun-Dec-11   Stockholm, Sweden    Slussen
Mon-Dec-12   Oslo, Norway   John Dee  
Sat-Jan-14    New York, NY   Terminal 5 # 
Sun-Jan-15    Boston, MA            Brighton Music Hall
Mon-Jan-16    Providence, RI            Met Cafe
Tue-Jan-17    Burlington, VT            Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed-Jan-18    Montreal, QC            La Sala Rossa
Thu-Jan-19    Ottawa, ON            Mavericks
Fri-Jan-20        Toronto, ON            Lee's Palace
Sat-Jan-21    Cleveland, OH            Beachland Ballroom
Sun-Jan-22    Washington, DC        Black Cat                   
Fri-Mar-09    Sydney, AUS            The Standard
Sat-Mar-10    Meredith, AUS            Golden Plains Festival
Mon-Mar-12    Melbourne, AUS        Corner Hotel
Tue-Mar-13    Brisbane, AUS            The Zoo
Thu-Mar-15    Auckland, NZ            Kings Arms
Fri-Mar-16    Wellington, NZ            San Francisco Bath House  

# = w/ Girls 

Austra "Believe Me" (live acoustic video) "Crying" (Roy Orbison cover)


Toronto's Austra recently recorded a live, acoustic version of several tracks including "Believe Me" (above) for their label Paper Bag Records (also watch part 1 "Lose It" and part 2 "The Choke"). Today Paper Bag Records (and Domino Records outside of Canada) is releasing Feel It Break (Deluxe Version) featuring an entire disc's worth of music including previously released and unreleased b-sides, remixes, and a cover Roy Orbison's "Crying" (below). Grab this limited edition release while you can.
Austra - Crying by DominoRecordCo

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" (new track)

Sharon Van Etten - Serpents by Pretty Much Amazing
Sharon Van Etten's Tramp will be released on February 7th via Jagajaguwar. The fantastic first single "Serpents" (above) features The National's Aaron Dessner's and his brother Bryce, The Walkmen's Matt Barrick, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, and Doveman's Thomas Bartlett. Other artist who contributed to the album include Beirut's Zach Condon and Julianna Barwick.

Bon Iver "Hinnom, TX" (video)


Tomorrow (November 29th) Jagjaguwar is set to release a Deluxe Edition of Bon Iver self-titled album including accompanying videos for each track. Above is the Isaac Gale and David Jensen directed video for "Hinnom, TX".

Leonard Cohen "Show Me the Place" (new track)

Show Me The Place by leonardcohen
Leonard Cohen is set to release his first album in eight years on January 31st 2012 via Columbia Records titled Old Ideas. The album, including a collector's package of limited edition (5500 digitally numbered copies) featuring a lithograph of Cohen's artwork, can be ordered here.
Cover art by Cohen himself

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Stepkids "Suburban Dream" (video)


The Stepkids released their self-titled debut album via Stones Throw earlier this year to critical acclaim. The band teamed up with director Chris King for the funky video to match their neo-electro-soul sound. For a true sense of The Stepkids you have to see them live, check the dates below.

THE STEPKIDS Tour Dates
11.24 Paris, France - Le Petit Bain
11.26 Toulon, France - Midi Festival
11.29 London, UK - Old Blue Last
11.30 London, UK - Notting Hill Arts Club
12.03 Cologne, Germany - Weekend Festival
12.06 Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Paradiso
12.07 Porto, Portugal - Plano B
12.08 Lisboa, Portugal - Music Box
12.23 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
01.14 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
01.25 Perth, Australia - The Bakery
01.27 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Festival @ Keystone Festival Bar
01.28 Melbourne, Australia - East Brunswick Club

Caveman "Easy Water" (video)


Brooklyn's Caveman recently teamed up with Bianca Butti and have released a beautiful new video for "Easy Water" from the bands debut album CoCo Beware that dropped via Magic Man! Records/ORG Music earlier this year. Check it out and catch them live (dates below).

Caveman live shows:
11/22/11: New York, NY @ Other Music (free @ 9pm)
12/05/11: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
12/08/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
12/11/11: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1/13/12: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
1/20/12: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom(ticket info HERE)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Neon Indian "Hex Girlfriend" (For No One TV)


Shot at Chicago's Lincoln Hall the video, produced by For No One TV, catches Neon Indian performing "Hex Girlfriend". Kind of makes you want to see them live eh? Details below.


NEON INDIAN 
     
November 17 - Hare & Hounds / Birmingham, UK
November 18 - Day & Night / Manchester, UK
November 19 - Cooler / Bristol, UK
November 21 - Paradiso / Amsteram, Holland
November 22 - Point Ephmere / Paris, France
November 23 - Silencio / Paris, France
November 24 - Magnet / Berlin, Germany
November 25 - Meat Factory / Prague / Czech Republic
November 26 - Radio on3 Festival / Munich, Germany   
December 01 - Bardot / Art Basel Miami, FL
December 31 - Lights All Night / Dallas, TX    
Februrary 24 - Prince Bandroom MELBOURNE, Australia
February 25 - Rocket Bar ADELAIDE, Australia
February 26 - Perth International Arts Festival PERTH, Australia
February 29 - Neverland Bar GOLD COAST, Australia
March 1 - Woodland BRISBANE, Australia
March 2 - The Standard SYDNEY, Australia
March 3 - Playground Weekender 2012 Festival Del Rio Riverside Resort, NSW Australia 

Bon Iver Deluxe Edition of 'Bon Iver'


On November 29th Jagjaguwar will release a digital only Deluxe Edition of Bon Iver's self-titled album featuring a short "film" to accompany each track. With contributions from Dan Huiting, Isaac Gale, JoLynn Garnes, and Justin Vernon himself. Check out the trailer above.

Cast "You For Me" (from An Afternoon at The Zoo)



Here's part II of An Afternoon at The Zoo with Cast. The name of this track is "You for Me" and finds the duo adding a little guitar to their sound. If you missed part one or for more about this rad new band check here. Part III coming soon. Thanks again to Knuckleduster Music for recording and mixing the audio, Shaine Jones Photography for the camera work (check out some behind the scenes photos here), The Kozmik Zoo for the great sounding space, and most of all to Cast for the good times.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Rapture "Sail Away" (video)


The Rapture - Sail Away (short version) from DFA Records on Vimeo.
"Sail Away" is the second single from The Rapture's latest album  In The Grace of Your Love (out now on DFA records) and their first video in five years. The video was directed by Kris Moyes and features a silver pillow. The Rapture is also having a re-mix contest on for "How Deep is Your Love?" over at their website here, check it out to download the stems and for more details.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Black Lips "Raw Meat" (video)


Black Lips - "Raw Meat" from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.
The Black Lips released their best album to date this year with Arabia Mountain (out now via Vice Records). The latest video is for the track "Raw Meat" and features the band along side Leo Fitzpatrick, Janell Shirtcliff, and Tennessee Thomas. The video was made as a collaboration between Black Lips, Vice Records, Urban Outfitters, and director Phil Pinto. Super-rad!

Wu Lyf "We Bros" (video)


On November 18th the UK's Wu Lyf will be at Vancouver's Electric Owl for what is sure to be a sick show. Just in time for the upcoming live gig is this new video for Go Tell Fire To The Mountain highlight  "We Bros". Get psyched.

Parenthetical Girls "The Privilege" (video)


Parenthetical Girls: The Privilege from Parenthetical Girls on Vimeo.
Don't get me wrong, I think music is an incredibly valuable commodity but, with the unavoidable advent of the digital release, the CD isn't worth the physical materials it's made from. The CD can be duplicated virtually infinitely not to mentioned the unlimited availability of digital downloads which, by the laws of supply and demand, renders them arguably worthless. It seems that perhaps The Parenthetical Girls have solved this problem in a unique way. The latest album from The Parenthetical Girls titled Privilege will be released as 5 limited edition EPs (500 physical copies each numbered in the blood of a different band member), dropping one a quarter over the next 15 months via they're own Slender Means Society imprint. The fifth and final instalment will come in an LP box designed to hold all 5 12"s. Now that's value. Especially with a song like "The Privilege" (video above) as part of the package. The four track fourth instalment Privilege, pt IV: Sympathy for Spastics dropped on the 1st of November 2011. Once again The Parenthetical Girls have re-invented the wheel. Keep it going!

Monday, November 14, 2011

An Afternoon at The Zoo with Cast

Vancouver's music scene is constantly evolving. One relatively new band that we're excited about is Cast. The two piece band made up of Ben Brown and Jessica Leger revolves almost exclusively around percussion and voice. Although both members have played (and in some cases still play) in many different projects in the city it is the first time they have collaborated. Cast takes two of the oldest instruments (voice and drum) and connects them in ways never quite heard before. The concept almost sounds too easy but anyone who's ever tried can tell you it takes some serious chops to pull off.

We caught up with Cast at Vancouver's Kozmik Zoo for an Afternoon at The Zoo. The band performed three songs for our camera's as well as having a conversation with us. We have documented it all for you and will release part 1 today. The name of the track is "Whitehorse"(a cover of an instrumental track by The Airplane Trio to which Leger added lyrics).The following two tracks and more footage of their conversation will follow later this week. Go!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cloud Nothings "No Future/No Past" (new track)

Cleveland's Cloud Nothings are set to release their sophomore LP Attack on Memory via Wichita Recordings on February 6th, 2012. Front man Dylan Baldi (who played everything on the debut album) put together a strong live band to tour with and that's who is heard on this new album. This new direction is propelled even further forward by producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies). Check out the first single "No Future/No Past" below and get stoked.
Cloud Nothings - No Future / No Past by Wichita Recordings

Band of Skulls "The Devil Takes Care of his Own" (video)


On February 12th, 2012 Band of Skulls will release (via their own label Electric Blues Recordings) their sophomore LP Sweet Sour. The band is also set to support The Black Keys on the UK leg of their tour in February. Check out the video for the first single off of the upcoming album.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Coathangers 'Huricane/Johnny' 7"

October 24th marks the very special release of The Coathangers double A sided transparent, hand-numbered 7" 'Hurricane/Johnny' via X-Ray Recordings. Buy the record here.
'Hurricane'/'Johnny' Flexidisc by WorkItMedia

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Felice Brothers "Fire at the Pageant" (video)


The Felice Brothers - Fire at the Pageant from Ravenhouse LTD. on Vimeo.
The Felice Brothers are the balls! Tomorrow night (October 21st) they will take Vancouver's Venue hostage for their amazing live show. If you hate being impressed and having a good time then you should stay home. I love these guys so much my wife and I performed one of their songs at our wedding. Check out their new video for "Fire at the Pageant" above and another track "Ponzi" (below) also from their latest album Celebration, Florida out now via Fat Possum. If you don't yet have this album, why not? Catch them live on their Celebration, Tourida tour and thank me later.
The Felice Brothers "Ponzi" by fatpossum