[stream] Arcade Fire: “Speaking in Tongues” & “Culture War”

BBC radio DJ Zane Lowe premiered two new Arcade Fire songs on his program today. We got “Speaking in Tongues,” a quick interview with Win Butler and then “Culture War.” The internet being what it is, we didn’t have to wait long for them to pop up again.

Arcade Fire: “Speaking in Tongues”

Arcade Fire: “Culture War”

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[mp3/video] St. Vincent covers Big Black’s “Kerosene”

MP3: St Vincent – Kerosene (Big Black; live)

There are many reasons to live in Big Cities. One is that Sonora, Kentucky is never going to have a show like what happened last night in New York. All sorts of critically acclaimed indie/alternative bands got together to cover punk classics to honor the 10th anniversary of Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991. There are some expected covers like Ted Leo covering Minor Threat, Dirty Projectors doing Black Flag and Titus Andronicus doing the Replacements… but this cover of Big Black’s “Kerosene” by St Vincent takes the cake. I could sleep for the next ten hours and have had a fantastic day just from this video. Cute little Annie screaming out “there’s kerosene around, find something to do” is just insanely great.

Watch a bunch of other videos from the night over at Cover Me.

[video] Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: “There Is No God” // charity single out in June

Maybe it’s the crazy side of me, but I just love that Will Oldham is putting out a single called “There Is No God” to benefit some charities. Sure, he’s pairing it with the b-side “God Is Love,” but it still makes me laugh inside.

“There Is No God” / “God Is Love” will be out 6/21 via Drag City.

[video] Ben Sollee plays for the Subway Sessions

Ben’s kept busy ever since he left our fair state. Here he is performing “Captivity” for the Subway Sessions. If nothing else, it’s worth watching for Ben’s ability to hold the cello off the floor for the entire song.

Ben’s also giving away a free remix. Just go like him on Facebook to snag that.

[video] Little Scream: “Red Hunting Jacket”

If only I hadn’t had a relaxing three-day trip to Atlanta, this wouldn’t be going almost back-to-back with my last Little Scream post. But hey, totally worth it. Here’s the official video for Little Scream’s “Red Hunting Jacket.” So watch the stop-motion beauty and then go pick up one of the year’s best records.

[mp3] COOLRUNNINGS: “Fool Moon” & “Rusk” (demos)

In the wake of how fantastic Dracula Is Only the Beginning was, I’d already started jonesing for my next COOLRUNNINGS fix. Luckily WTD stepped up by sharing these two new tracks.

MP3: COOLRUNNINGS – Rusk (demo)
MP3: COOLRUNNINGS – Fool Moon
Both of these tracks are a bit different from what DIOTB led me to expect. “Rusk” is a slow guitar rocker that borders on drone at times, while “Fool Moon” is a relaxing keyboard dream-pop song. Good to have both in the iTunes library; now if only I could start buying their stuff on wax…

COOLRUNNINGS on Bandcamp

Gotta get down on Friday: 3 great shows tonight!

Matt duncan
Matt Duncan (Photo by Jaime Lazich)

If indecision is your strong suit (like me) then you may just want to stay in tonight to avoid having to choose between the three stellar shows going on this eve. Local legend Matt Duncan and indie rock troupe Santah (Champaign, IL) will get down at Cosmic Charlie’s, followed by Bumpin’ (Cosmic’s free weekly dance party hosted by DJ John the Baptist).

The north side will be host to a gaggle of electro enthusiasts with Skeleton Hands (Cincinnati, OH) and Ellie Herring (Lex, KY) serving up a bevy of ambient / house goodness at Al’s Bar. DJ Templeton will be spinning some “minimal techno, deep house, and other sorts of music for robots” according to the facebook event for the show.

And as you already know (because Matt dropped the knowledge on yo’ ass) Oh My Me, Palisades, and Nativity Singers will be lighting up The Green Lantern.

GET OUT.

Matt Duncan
w/ Santah
at Cosmic Charlie’s
Friday, May 20th
9:30pm | 21+

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Skeleton Hands
Ellie Herring
Templeton
at Al’s Bar
Friday, May 20th
10pm | 18+ | $5

[mp3] Little Scream: “Heron & the Fox”

Little Scream will probably go down in history as the most I’ve ever been impressed by an opener. Her set was incredible, start to finish. And though it’s been a long time since her show at MusicNOW, now’s the fun part: this is when I get to dive right into her album.

MP3: Little Scream – Heron & the Fox
What immediately struck me about Little Scream’s live show and record was the great dynamic range that she makes seem effortless. On “Heron & the Fox,” she shows off her softer side. In addition to perfectly capturing the delicate nature of folk music, she’s also got that roving spirit down on lock. I’d read an On the Road style book written by Little Scream if she could keep this level of writing up.

Little Scream on Bandcamp

Deerhunter coming to Cosmic in August!

DEERHUNTER
Cosmic Charlie’s
Thursday, August 25
$15 adv/$18 at the door. On sale Monday, May 23.

I won’t go into the number of backstage attempts and frustrating (borderline heartbreaking) misfires that have occurred in attempt to bring Deerhunter to Lexington over the past couple of years. Let’s focus instead on the fact that it’s actually happening; that their live show is even better than their increasingly amazing albums; and that getting to see these dudes in an intimate, accessible and kickass local venue such as Cosmic Chuck’s at this point in their career will be undoubtedly be one of our fair city’s biggest treats this fall. Halcyon Digest continues to get better with each listen, in case ya didn’t know. And if you sleep on this one, we’re not friends anymore.

Deerhunter: “Revival”