[video] Architecture in Helsinki: “Escapee”

I heard next to nothing about Architecture in Helsinki’s new album prior to its release, so “Escapee” is my first listen to any of it. It’s nice. It sounds like a good mix of their first two LPs with their most recent. Enjoy the synth riff-pop of these Aussies!

[via MFR]

K Ishibashi from Of Montreal shares solo songs

Believe it or not, I’m not really up on all the backing members of Of Montreal at the moment. That’s why when I saw their facebook page announce something about “K’s solo project” I thought they meant Kevin’s and, uh, isn’t Of Montreal already his solo project? But after a quick trip to Wikipedia, I learned they meant K Ishibashi! Duh.

Stream Kishi Bashi’s new songs on Bandcamp

He’s also touring with Sondre Lerche this summer. Tour dates after the break.

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[mp3] the Weeknd: “Rolling Stone”

Toronto R&B wunderkind The Weeknd just let slip a new song on his official Tumblr. He posted it as a video (found below), but I felt like ripping it into downloadable format. Enjoy!

MP3: The Weeknd – Rolling Stone
For all the racy stuff from his House of Balloons mixtape, it sounds like this next one may be a little more tame. Well, as tame has smoking weed until you can’t sing any more can really be considered. “Rolling Stone” finds Abel Tesfaye getting wildly introspective while recounting a night spent smoking and singing about women.

The Weeknd on Tumblr

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CD Central locks down Memorial Day bands

CD Central has announced the lineup for their annual Memorial Day party/cookout. This year is an even split between bands I know are good (Trailblazer and All-American Werewolves) and bands I suspect will be good (Blist Bop and Last Duo). It is, of course, all ages, free and will happen no matter what the weather.

Noon: Blist Bop
1 pm: All-American Werewolves
2 pm: Trailblazer
3 pm: Last Duo

There a lot of other stuff going on as well: parking lot sale full of $1 CDs, vinyl and other stuff, dogs both hot and veggie will be grilled up and probably some sort of sale going on. The whole thing goes down from 11am-5pm. See you there!

[mp3 premiere] Idiot Glee: “Trouble at the Dancehall”

Super psyched to be premiering Idiot Glee’s “Trouble at the Dancehall” off his upcoming album Paddywhack. It’s had a special spot in my heart ever since I first heard him do it live. I just did an interview with him (I’ll post it soon) and he said the track was originally written around a loop of Sandy Nelson’s “Teen Beat” and then reworked for the album.

MP3 Idiot Glee – Trouble At The Dacehall
Though James couldn’t be further from a 50s greaser, that’s what I always picture when I listen to “Trouble at the Dancehall.” Its sad, soulful melody always makes me think of troubled teens in post-Rebel Without a Cause movies. And while James may not be a rebel, this is certainly a classic.

Idiot Glee on Bandcamp

Paddywhack is out June 7 via Moshi Moshi.

[mp3/video] Blues Skies for Black Hears: “Majoring in the Arts”

One of the people I trust the most with pop music recommendations is my buddy Ross of Hop Hop. He’s gotten me into a ton of great bands, the latest of which is Blues Skies for Black Hearts. And yeah, we both said the same thing “uh… their name makes them sound like an emo band.” Don’t worry, they’re not.

MP3: Blues Skies for Black Hearts – Majoring in the Arts

[video] Michael Kiwanuka: “Tell Me A Tale”

I cannot wait until I can sell Michael Kiwanuka’s album at the record store so I can suggest it to all the people who think music has been crap ever since the late sixties. Here’s a 23-year-old Londoner making some of the best R&B in decades. If you’re a fan of Bill Withers or Rodriguez, this guy may literally make you cry.

[video] Of Montreal cover “Fell In Love With a Girl”

It’s no secret that I love covers. And really, I doubt there’s a bigger debt owed by cover lovers in the 2010s than that to The Onion’s AV Club. This cover of the White Stripes’ “Fell In Love with a Girl” by Of Montreal is the product of that wonderful project. Thanks to Cover Me for the tip.

And as soon as someone gets me an MP3 of this, I’ll add it to the collection!

[video] Yeasayer debut new song on Conan

I was in the middle of two projects when I saw that Donewaiting posted this video of a new Yeasayer song. That’s a quick way to get everything else moved to the back burner. From the sound of “Devil and the Deed,” we can expect the next record to be a big change from the last one. With the first two LPs, they’ve done a great job maintaining a strong stylistic union between songs. If they can do that with this third album it sounds like it’ll be another favorite.