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Islands: “The Arm”

Islands: “The Arm”

Ah, the delicious smoothness of a new Islands song. Well, actually not so smooth in this case. Unlike the pop shell that wrapped up Return to the Sea, this tune is more like eating something good for your musical development. It’s challenging, but still well orchestrated and melodic. Arm’s Way comes out this spring, with a tour to support.

MP3: Islands – The Arm
If this song’s first minute were stretched into ten, it could be an odd Ennio Morricone song. I’m not sure exactly what that means for the new record. The point is that it’s different, but in a good way.

Islands on Myspace

Here’s another new one for you to enjoy. It’s called “Paradise City,” but don’t get your GnR hopes up — it’s not a cover.

Islands – “Paradise City”

Also, Current TV has a sweet video up of My Morning Jacket playing with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. It’s made up of dozens and dozens of fan footage taken at the fest. Check it out: All Eyes on My Morning Jacket.

The Of Montreal Covers Archive :: 91 covers and counting!

The Of Montreal Covers Archive :: 91 covers and counting!

After hitting up the fine people at the E6 Townhall, I’ve assembled every recorded copy of Of Montreal’s covers that I could get my hands on. It’s no secret that I think Of Montreal is one of the greatest contemporary bands; so consider this one way of celebrating that. Here are 83 covers 89 covers that Of Montreal have done over the years. If you have any that I’m missing, please email me at matt(at)youaintnopicasso.com

The Of Montreal Covers Archive

MP3: Of Montreal – All Day and All of the Night (Kinks) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Alright (Supergrass)
MP3: Of Montreal – American Girl (Tom Petty)
MP3: Of Montreal – Baby I’m a Star (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Back to School (Royal Trux)
MP3: Of Montreal – Breaking Glass/Be My Wife (David Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Can’t Explain (The Who)
MP3: Of Montreal – A Cloud Crashes (Toastgirl)
MP3: Of Montreal – Colour Me In (Broadcast)
MP3: Of Montreal – Computer Blue (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
MP3: Of Montreal – Daniel (Bat for Lashes) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Day Man (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
MP3: Of Montreal – Days (The Kinks)
MP3: Of Montreal – Delinquency (V Twin)
MP3: Of Montreal – Delinquency / Metronomic Underground / I Can’t Stand It (V Twin / Stereolab / Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Disguises (The Who)
MP3: Of Montreal – Do You Remember Walter? (The Kinks)
MP3: Of Montreal – Ever Fallen in Love (Buzzcocks)
MP3: Of Montreal – Expecting to Fly (Buffalo Springfield) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Fell In Love With a Girl (White Stripes) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – The Final Countdown (Europe)
MP3: Of Montreal – Friends of Mine (The Zombies)
MP3: Of Montreal – F*ck the Pain Away (Peaches)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Green Typewriter Suite (Olivia Tremor Control)
MP3: Of Montreal – Hang Onto Yourself (Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Happy (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Of Montreal – Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
MP3: Of Montreal – Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain)
MP3: Of Montreal – Hey Bulldog (The Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – I Felt Like Smashing My Head Through a Clear Glass Window (Yoko Ono)
MP3: Of Montreal – I’m Beginning to See the Light (Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) [tease]
MP3: Of Montreal – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
MP3: Of Montreal – I’m So Tired (Beatles) *new
MP3: Of Montreal – Instant Karma (Lennon) [live, electric]
MP3: Of Montreal – Instant Karma (John Lennon) [piano]
MP3: Of Montreal + Solange Knowles – I Want You Back (Jackson 5) *new
MP3: Kevin Barnes – I Will (The Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – I Would Die 4 U (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Jimmy (M.I.A.) [studio]
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Jimmy (MIA) [live, acoustic]
MP3: Of Montreal – Judy is a Punk (Ramones)
MP3: Of Montreal – Jumping Someone Else’s Train (The Cure)
MP3: Of Montreal – Just What I Needed (The Cars)
MP3: Of Montreal – The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
MP3: Of Montreal – Kids in America (Kim Wilde)
MP3: Of Montreal – Know Your Onion (The Shins)

MP3: Of Montreal – Let’s Spend the Night Together (Stones/Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal + Janelle Monae – Love Hangover (Diana Ross)
MP3: Of Montreal – Love To Love You (Donna Summer)
MP3: Of Montreal – Make Out, Fall Out, Make Up (Love is All)
MP3: Of Montreal – Making Time (Creation)
MP3: Of Montreal – Melody Day (Caribou)
MP3: Of Montreal – Moonage Daydream (David Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – More Than a Feeling (Boston)
MP3: Of Montreal – My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms)
MP3: Of Montreal – New Year’s Day (U2)
MP3: Of Montreal – Nowhere Man (the Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – One Way or Another (Blondie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Pauline (The Minders)
MP3: Of Montreal – The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch (Brian Eno)
MP3: Of Montreal – Purple Rain (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Rain (The Beatles)
MP3: Of Montreal – Rapper’s Delight (Sugarhill Gang)
MP3: Of Montreal – Raspberry Beret (Prince)
MP3: Of Montreal – Rocks Off (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Of Montreal – the Secret Ocean (Elf Power)
MP3: Of Montreal w/ Robert Schneider – Seems So (Apples in Stereo)
MP3: Of Montreal – September Gurls (Big Star)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead)
MP3: Of Montreal – She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
MP3: Of Montreal + MGMT – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
MP3: Of Montreal – Spanish Dance Troupe (Gorky’s Zygotic Mincy)
MP3: Of Montreal – Spoonful of Sugar (The Gants)
MP3: Of Montreal – Starman / Hang Onto Yourself (David Bowie)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Story of My Life (Velvet Underground)
MP3: Of Montreal – Suffragette City (David Bowie)
MP3: Of Montreal – Sway (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Of Montreal – Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
MP3: Of Montreal – Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand)
MP3: Of Montreal – Tired of Waiting for You (The Kinks)
MP3: Kevin Barnes – Tonight (Sibylle Baier)
MP3: Of Montreal – Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight (Spinal Tap)
MP3: Of Montreal – Superman (REM / the Clique)
MP3: Of Montreal – Tropical Iceland / And She Was (Fiery Furnaces / Talking Heads)
MP3: Of Montreal – Trouble (Lindsay Buckingham)
MP3: Of Montreal – Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)
MP3: Of Montreal – Where Eagles Dare (Misfits)
MP3: Of Montreal – Wild Wild Life (Talking Heads)

Of Montreal also did a show that had over a dozen covers for New Year’s Eve 2009. The majority of those covers are above, but some were replaced by better quality recordings from other shows. You can download the full set here if you want the whole thing.

So that’s it! Sadly no audio from “Bat Macumba”, “Til There Was You” or “My Funny Valentine” yet. If you’ve got anything you don’t see here, feel free to leave a link in the comments or shoot me an email.

Gnarls Barkley: “Run”

Gnarls Barkley: “Run”

The new Gnarls Barkley song is absolutely fantastic. “Crazy” was no doubt crazy hard to follow up, but “Run” is easily one of the best songs I’ve heard in a while.

Do your ears and soul a favor and download the new Gnarls at Mission Freak

De Novo Dahl do WOXY session

De Novo Dahl do WOXY session

Here’s a nice way to perk up your Monday afternoon. De Novo Dahl did a WOXY session that you can now check out at WOXY.com. Stream, download or enjoy it however you want! Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound comes out March 25.

De Novo Dahl Tour Dates
Feb 8 Bread & Bagel Bowling Green, Kentucky
Feb 9 Billiken Club St. Louis, Missouri
Feb 15 Pilot Light Knoxville, Tennessee
Feb 17 Velvet Lounge Washington, Washington DC
Feb 18 Piano’s New York, New York
Feb 19 Piano’s New York, New York
Feb 20 Piano’s New York, New York
Feb 27 The Dame Lexington, Kentucky
Feb 28 JJ’s Bohemia Chattanooga, Tennessee
Feb 29 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 1 Tasty World Athens, Georgia

De Novo Dahl on Myspace

Belle and Sebastian: “Space Oddity”
(David Bowie cover)

Belle and Sebastian: “Space Oddity”
(David Bowie cover)

Let’s pause for a second to say thanks to Cody for emailing me 30+ Belle and Sebastian covers. I shall never go wanting again. And now here’s something that’s sure to excite as much as it did me: Belle and Sebastian covering David Bowie’s lonely space classic “Space Oddity.”

MP3: Belle And Sebastian – Space Oddity (David Bowie)
My favorite part about this cover is the crowd. You and I, we miss out on a bit of the magic here — we know they’re starting “Space Oddity.” The crowd lets off a few murmurs and yelps of acknowledgment, but as soon as the lyrics kick in they absolutely lose it. I mean really, it’s Belle and Sebastian covering Bowie.

On an unrelated note: Halfway to Forecastle was a blast. I look forward to editing the hundreds of photos I took of it and sharing my excitement with you all tomorrow.

Phosphorescent Announces Tour

Phosphorescent Announces Tour

If you’re into weird, low down dirty folk music (like I usually am), chances are that you probably already proudly display your Phosphorescent records next to your Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and even Jeff Mangum records. If you don’t, but enjoy those aforementioned bands, then, uh, check him out. Anyway, Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent just announced a HUGE tour taking him from Brooklyn in early February to Austria in May.

MP3: Phosphorescent – I am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)

Phosphorescent Tour Dates
Feb 2 Union Pool Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Feb 7 Terrace F Club Princeton, New Jersey
Feb 8 Terra Cotta Coffee House Alfred, New York
Feb 15 Dartmouth Hanover, New Hampshire
Feb 26 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 27 Union Hall Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York
Feb 28 Glasslands Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Feb 29 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Mar 1 Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts
Mar 3 Waldron Arts Center Bloomington, Indiana
Mar 4 Schuba’s Chicago, Illinois
Mar 5 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 6 Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Mar 7 Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 8 Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Mar 10 The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Mar 10 Good Records (In-Store, early, 6 or 7pm) Dallas, Texas
Mar 11 Monks Abilene, Texas
Mar 12 SXSW – tba Austin, Texas
Mar 13 SXSW – tba Austin, Texas
Mar 14 SXSW – tba Austin, Texas
Mar 15 SXSW – tba Austin, Texas
Mar 18 tba Tucson, Arizona
Mar 19 Che Cafe San Diego, California
Mar 20 The Echo Los Angeles, California
Mar 21 Muddy Waters Santa Barbara, California
Mar 22 Cellar Door Visalia, California
Mar 23 Independent San Francisco, California
Mar 24 Holocene Portland, Oregon
Mar 25 Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 26 Nectar Lounge Seattle, Washington
Mar 27 Department of Safety Anacortes, Washington
Mar 28 American Legion Post 3 Lewiston, Idaho
Mar 30 Aquarium Fargo, North Dakota
Mar 31 Project Lodge Madison, Wisconsin

European dates after the jump…

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