It's been a while since I've reported on Foreign Born. Luckily, they happen to have a new album coming out on June 23 entitled, Person To Person. It's kinda dreamy and contemplative, and probably wouldn't have been out of place on last friday's mini mix! Also, the horns that come in at the end really give the song a satisfying conclusion.
Foreign Born - Vacationing People
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A little behind here, but Animal Collective released a new album in January entitled, Merriweather Post Pavilion. The album finds them experimenting more with the "beats" that the darn kids seem to enjoy so much these days, while keeping their distinctive sense of melody and song structure.
Animal Collective - My Girls
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Animal Collective on MySpace
It's officially the first day of spring. Let's thaw this mofo out, ok?
01. Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses (My Dear Disco Remix)
02. Funeral Party - Carwars
03. Nickel Eye - Brandy of the Damned (Mark Ronson Remix)
04. The Thermals - Now We Can See
05. Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader
Photo by Sam Javanrouh
I went to see ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead last night for the first time in 7 years and had a better time than I thought I was going to. What was the recipe for success? Trail Of Dead played a bunch of stuff off Source Tags And Codes and I enjoyed the opener, Funeral Party. They were very disco, but also dirty and messy. I'd like to imagine this is what a baby of At The Drive In and The Rapture (the old days) would sound like!
Funeral Party - Car Wars
Last week Neko Case released a new CD entitled, Middle Cyclone. The title track is a mainly acoustic affair, with sparse music box accompaniment! Oh yeah, and some warm reverb. It's a nice song to gaze out the window and daydream to.
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
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St. Vincent is Annie Clark, a multi-instrumentalist songwriter that has also spent time in Sufjan's band and The Polyphonic Spree. "Strangers" is our first taste of Actor (due out May 5), and it finds us floating somewhere between Regina Spektor, a 50's Disney soundtrack, and some good ol' 70's prog.
St. Vincent - The Strangers
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When I went to check out Cut Off Your Hands a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasant surprise of catching Telekinesis as the openers! Telekinesis is the brainchild of Michael Benjamin Lerner, and also a recent signee to Merge Records! It kind of reminds me of Death Cab For Cutie, but a little chunkier. Coincidentally, the album was produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab...
The self titled album is due out April 7th.
Telekinesis - Coast Of Carolina (Demo) [Stereogum]
Telekinesis on MySpace
Telekinesis at Merge Records
The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture has a side project entitled "Nickel Eye". Recently, they released their debut, The Time of The Assassins. Not surprisingly (in this day and age), we've already got a fresh remix of the lead single! Here we have Mark Ronson taking the laid back ska-lite of "Brandy of the Damned" and laying it back further with his signature "soul horns" treatment...
Nickel Eye - Brandy of the Damned (Mark Ronson Remix)
Nickel Eye on MySpace
After releasing a critically acclaimed EP only last fall, the Crystal Antlers are already dropping a full length entitled Tentacles on April 7th! It's a crazy mishmash of genres...a little garage, a little psych, a little surf...but quite compelling listening.
Crystal Antlers - Andrew
Crystal Antlers at Touch And Go
Crystal Antlers on MySpace