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[mp3] Blood Orange: “Sutphin Boulevard”

[mp3] Blood Orange: “Sutphin Boulevard”

Blood Orange offers us a first look at his upcoming record Coastal Grooves.

MP3: Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
This song’s lack of decisiveness in genre is only surpassed by its decidedly awesome nature. As much as a cringe when “chill” is used as an adjective, it really does seem the appropriate way to describe a song that’s 1/4 R&B sly cool and 3/4 sparse rock music.

More details on Coastal Grooves

[mp3] Of Montreal: “Fell In Love With a Girl”

[mp3] Of Montreal: “Fell In Love With a Girl”

Some kind readers send me the rip of Of Montreal’s cover of the White Stripes as soon as I posted a request for it. You guys are great. Too bad I spaced on posting it until today. But better late than never. Here’s Of Montreal tackling the classic White Stripes song.

MP3: Of Montreal – Fell In Love With A Girl (White Stripes Cover)

Grab dozens of other Of Montreal covers in my covers collection.

[mp3] Other Lives: “For 12”

[mp3] Other Lives: “For 12”

I’m not that familiar with Other Lives’ past works, but Tamer Animals has been a fantastic record to listen to for the last week. I doubt this one will turn into a mega hit given that I haven’t seen much press about it, but know that it’s a huge hit in my headphones.

MP3: Other Lives – For 12
After many listens, I finally figured out what band “For 12” reminds me of: Seawolf! I went through a huge Seawolf phase in around 2006 and this reminds me of everything I loved about that band: subtle-yet-quick percussion, orchestral folk production and great vocals. With that said, I still have to give the edge on the album to the title track. It sounds like an orchestral version of the National. Check out a live video of that one below.

Other Lives: “Tamer Animals” on KCRW

[mp3] the Weeknd: “Rolling Stone”

[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”

[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”

[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

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

[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.

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

[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.