[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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[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.

[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] 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.

[mp3] Stephin Merritt: “Forever and a Day”

Given my general disappointment with the last Magnetic Fields record, a Stephin Merritt rarities album is just what I need. Our first sampling is a song that Merritt says is better than “Book of Love” for weddings.

“From The Song from Venus, my unfinished science fiction musical with Daniel Handler. When people use “The Book of Love” as a wedding song I want to scream, ‘But I have a better one!” Now I decree that everyone can get married.’

MP3: Stephin Merritt – Forever and a Day

Obscurities is out 8/23.

[stream] the Flaming Lips/Prefuse 73 collaborative EP

This is seriously a golden time to be a Flaming Lips fan. Wayne and the guys are using their time to do a lot of experimenting, including collaborations that sound like something from out of a dream. Case in point, this work done with Prefuse 73.

Stream the four songs from the Flaming Lips + Prefuse 73 collaboration

After the break, check out a live video of what I consider to be the best Wayne Coyne collaboration.

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