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Philadelphia/Brooklyn band Bottom of the Hudson suffered a serious van wreck on Sunday, July 29th, while returning home after the final date of a short East Coast tour to promote their new album, Fantastic Hawk, released just two weeks ago on July 17.  While on I-40 near Clinton, NC, a tire blew out sending the van out of control and flipping it multiple times.  Bassist Trevor Butler was killed in the accident and drummer Greg Lytle is currently in ICU in Chapel Hill, NC.  The other members of the band, Eli Simon, Michael Prince and William Chesterton Chambers, suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital.  We will update this page as news comes in.

We didn't have an opportunity to get to know Trevor Butler as well as we would have liked, but he was a great guy and a great musician.  He was instrumental in the evolution of the band's sound over the years.  In addition to playing in Bottom of the Hudson for the last several years, Trevor also was a founding member in fellow-Philadelphia group Coyote.  He was utterly devoted to music and helped many, many bands set-up shows in Philadelphia.  We are devastated by his loss and he will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the band and their families. Thanks to everyone who has sent condolences and well-wishes.

We are currently accepting donations via Paypal (the address is both@absolutelykosher.com) provided on behalf of Trevor's family and for Greg's medical bills resulting from the accident.  Your generosity in this difficult time is appreciated.

Cory Brown and everyone at Absolutely Kosher Records

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While trekking across the US on their current tour, Tokyo Police Club managed to sign a deal with Saddle Creek Records. No word on when exactly the album will drop, but an educated guess would be early next year. In the meantime, there's always some more B-sides...

Tokyo Police Club - Swedes In Stockholm

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Check out the new track "Debbie" from Heart It Races due out August 21st. It's a little glossier and tighter than their previous efforts, and damn catchy! I guess horns are indie rock now.

Architecture In Helsinki - Debbie

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Hailing from Bushwick, the up and coming neighborhood of Brooklyn, the White Rabbits are preparing to take the indie world by storm. Fusing sounds of their NYC contemporaries (The Walkmen, The French Kicks) with 70's prog (Supertramp anyone?) these boys have stumbled upon a familiar but interesting sound.

For a small band on Sey Hey Records (The Occasion, Shy Child), they somehow already managed to score a slot on The Late Show With David Letterman! Impressive.

White Rabbits - The Plot
White Rabbits - Kid On My Shoulders

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LSF reporter Predatory Wasp was at The Decemberists show at the Edgefield Winery in Oregon last night when Colin Meloy and company decided to cover "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band. Check it out - it seems like a pretty faithful cover!

The Decemberists - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)

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Ok guys, on the way home from my trip today. Gotta dash to the airport, as usual. Cue theme-appropriate song!

Ghosthustler - Busy Busy Busy

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So today on LSF we've got Calvin Harris, Amiga-jockey extraordinaire. His hit single "Acceptable In The 80's" stayed in the UK top 10 singles chart for 15 weeks and now he's here to conquer America! Granted, his plans don't currently entail touring the USA, but I'm sure that will change after his album drops on September 4th. The $1,000,000 question: what does he sound like? I'm going to have to go with 80's Herbie Hancock meets Tom Vek.

Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80's
Calvin Harris - Colours

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It's the funniest thing, I was sitting in a conference room earlier today and "Carouselle" popped into my head out of nowhere. I hadn't heard the song since February but my mind demanded that I hear it again. So here it is! The part that specifically popped into my head was the seasick interlude between the chorus and verse. "The Way It Is" is a change of pace - think Nancy Sinatra meets The Crystals.

Nicole Atkins - Carouselle
Nicole Atkins - The Way It Is

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The Cribs are back this Tuesday with a new album entitled Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever. Produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and recorded in Vancouver, the new cd finds the Jarman brothers trading lo-fi production for more gloss and a little more straight-ahead pop. However, don't be fooled, the trio's trademark bizzaro-Strokes sound and dueling sing-song vocals remain intact.

Initial impressions? Sounds like the boys are moving forward and growing as songwriters. Check 'em out live when they come to SF on 25th of July.

The Cribs - Our Bovine Public

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The National stopped by for a Daytrotter Session recently. They performed a few songs they never get to play live, like "Lucky You", "Gospel", and "Slow Show". However, we also have a bonus track! A cover of the classic Psychedelic Furs song, "Pretty In Pink". Hit up Daytrotter for the rest of the tracks...

The National - Pretty In Pink (Daytrotter Session)

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Band of Horses kicked off the show with a cautionary greeting - Ben Bridwell mentioned that he was going to "try not to barf" because of the amount of people in the audience. They powered through some old favorites from the album and a couple new tracks from their recently recorded second album.

Andrew Bird upped the ante with a spinning phonograph and impressive whistling (giving Peter Bjorn and John a run for their money). Quote from an audience member, "He doesn't even need the philharmonic!"

The Decemberists took the stage in their best Polyphonic Spree attire. Been hanging out with Conor Oberst too much recently?

Colin looking kinda messianic in front of the L.A. Phil.

Colin got into the crowd for some close up guitarwork - he said he wanted to get out into the audience to do a solo but that his cord wouldn't reach that far. Instead, he decided to mime the solo and have Chris Funk do the real work.

Video Clips:

The Decemberists @ Hollywood Bowl 1, "The Perfect Crime 2"

The Decemberists @ Hollywood Bowl 2, "Los Angeles, I'm Yours"

The Decemberists @ Hollywood Bowl 3, "I Was Meant For The Stage"

- msquared

Bonus B-Side:

The Decemberists - After The Bombs

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Man, Rob Crow is having a hell of a time. A solo album, a "side" project and a new Pinback album, all in the same year! I think he's starting to catch up to Rob Pollard in terms of his prolificness... anyways, we have a new track here courtesy of Touch and Go records, so dig in! It's a really propulsive and urgent track, not unlike songs from his Thingy project, but with less time changes. Pretty fun!

Autumn of the Seraphs drops September 11, 2007.

Pinback - From Nothing to Nowhere

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Austin just keeps churning out quality bands. The latest? Peel. It's like Pavement got some of the synths from Grandaddy and just decided to go nuts. Stylistically sloppy guitar + needling synths = anthemic noise-rock. Check it...

Peel - Oxford
Peel - Navy Waves

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So, song of the summer so far for me has got to be "D.A.N.C.E." by Justice. Sorry Spoon! It's been gracing my playlists for BBQs and summer picnics left and right. It's got that laid back and funky groove - a brilliant homage to old school MJ. Conveniently, MSTRKRFT also seems to have whipped up a kick ass remix.

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix)

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Looks like The Shins turned over their master tracks for "Australia" to Peter Bjorn and John for some remixin' action. The remix doesn't stray too far from the original - the structure remains intact with Peter Bjorn and John dropping in modified bass lines and guitar parts. For the most part, I'd say it was pretty successful in adding a PB&J twist to the song, except for the slightly weak bridge. You guys had a chance to throw in more whistling and you blew it!

The Shins - Australia (Peter Bjorn And John Remix)

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