Monday, January 25, 2010

She & Him New Album Details, Tour Dates

"Borrowed" from Chartattack

She & Him

Folk-pop duo She & Him, a.k.a actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and indie golden boy M. Ward, have released the track listing for their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2008's Volume One.

Their appropriately titled Volume Two sophomore album will be released March 23 through Merge. It contains 11 original tracks along with covers of NRBQ's "Ridin' In My Car" and Skeeter Davis' "Gonna Get Along Without You." The record was written by Deschanel and produced by Ward.

The duo are scheduled to play a handful of American dates, including a set at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in April.

Ward released a new solo album called Hold Time last February and also spent 2009 touring with folk supergroup Monsters Of Folk, rounded out by My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist Jim James, Conor Oberst and producer Mike Mogis.

Deschanel married Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and starred in the flick (500) Days Of Summer alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Third Rock From The Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You).
You can see She & Him here:

March 15 Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
March 25 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
March 27 Savannah, GA @ Trustees Theatre
March 29-30 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
April 15 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
April 16 Indio, CA @ Empire Polo Field (Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival)

Here's the track listing for Volume Two:

"In The Sun"
"Don't Look Back"
"Ridin' In My Car"
"Lingering Still"
"Me And You"
"Gonna Get Along With You Now"
"I'm Gonna Make It Better"
"Over It Over Again"
"Brand New Shoes"
"If You Can't Sleep"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Peter Gabriel Covers Arcade Fire and More.

"Borrowed" from Stereogum.
thubmnail icon: Peter Gabriel Covers Arcade Fire (Stereogum Premiere)

The concept behind Peter Gabriel's forthcoming indie rock covers project is an intriguing one: it's a song swap, Peter singing over orchestral reinterpretations of songs from a staggering list of artists -- Bon Iver, Lou Reed, the Mag Fields, Radiohead, Bowie, Talking Heads, etc. -- with the intention of creating "a dialogue with the writers," paving the way for a companion piece in which a string of artists would return the favor. The first installment is Scratch My Back, which Peter put together with Bob Ezrin and John Metcalfe. Our first full listen is this take on Arcade Fire's "My Body Is A Cage," and unsurprisingly, its gothic bombast is a fine foil for Metcalfe's symphonic arrangement. It's the only song from the collection to feature a choir. Gabriel spoke in depth about the cover in this podcast, calling Arcade Fire a "self-contained" universe, and explaining both his take on the song and intention in reworking it. Here it is in Peter's words, along with the song itself in Peter's voice, which is something you should listen to fairly immediately:

It took me awhile to really get what [Arcade Fire] were doing, and I think sometimes that's a sign of quality ... I love this [song] title. I have no idea what Win was writing about here. Whatever they were talking about, for me, I got this picture of The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, and it also made me think about relationship moments when you feel totally unable to go into your body properly, and you feel trapped inside and you can't communicate the way you need to....

It was a big opportunity for John to throw a lot of paint on the canvas, and I was encouraging him to extend some of the big instrumental sections and add some of these crazy triplets, just really push it to the extreme. It's the only use of the choir on the record, but I think it's quite a moody color coming in at the end. But it's a great piece of writing, and I am now a firm Arcade Fire fan, and this was a great way to get to know their work.

The podcast where Peter discusses the project in depth is located here (.xml). Also, you can watch a video trailer for the record featuring select moments from the podcast , an interview with John Metcalfe, and footage from the sessions by clicking this link.
Tracklist aka yes, please:
01 "Heroes" (David Bowie)
02 "The Boy in the Bubble" (Paul Simon)
03 "Mirrorball" (Elbow)
04 "Flume" (Bon Iver)
05 "Listening Wind" (Talking Heads)
06 "The Power of the Heart" (Lou Reed)
07 "My Body Is a Cage" (Arcade Fire)
08 "The Book of Love" (The Magnetic Fields)
09 "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (Randy Newman)
10 "Après moi" (Regina Spektor)
11 "Philadelphia" (Neil Young)
12 "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (Radiohead)

Backstreet will have the album in on (or around) February 16th (pre-ordering w/ us is a good idea)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another nail in punk's coffin.

Thanks to Nick Stillwell for bringing this to our attention.

Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Police Drummers Band Together for Peace in Sudan

 "Borrowed" from Paste Magazine. 

Drummers, placed at the back of the stage, typically get the least glory of all the band members. But with Sudan365 Beat for Peace campaign, drummers are stepping into center stage to highlight the perilous situation in Sudan. They’re calling on world leaders to spend the next year working to prevent civil war from being unleashed there again.

Drummers from Pink Floyd, Elbow, Radiohead, The Police and Faithless appear in a YouTube video alongside beatmakers from 18 countries, exemplifying myriad styles and musical traditions.
The film was organized by Faithless drummer Jamie Catto, who told the BBC, "The drum is the oldest communication and music device. It’s something anyone can join in with. Anyone can add a beat to show that everybody in humanity feels that making sure horrific atrocities and millions of murders don’t kick off again in Sudan – to make sure it is a priority.”

Despite the recently-passed five-year anniversary of the signing of a peace deal in Sudan, where civil war raged for 22 years, millions are still displaced in camps in the western region of Darfur, and conflict is on the rise as next January’s referendum on southern Sudanese independence approaches.
In addition to calling on world leaders to take action, Sudan365 has invited concerned members of the citizenry to upload videos of their beats for peace, allowing anyone with a computer to show solidarity with the people of Sudan.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

R.I.P. Kate McGarrigle

The descriptors "Canadian icon" and "national treasure" are often used as lazy shorthand to refer to those artists who've made some sort of impact on our country's music scene. But Kate McGarrigle was one of the awe-inspiring few who truly deserved those epithets -- and then some. McGarrigle, who passed away Monday after a drawn-out battle with clear cell sarcoma (she was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in 2006), was one of Canada's legendary voices, a woman who celebrated and elevated the rich history of our country's musical traditions throughout a career that spanned more than three decades.

Read rest of article at arts/

Monday, January 18, 2010

From the desk of Magnet Magazine

MP3 At 3PM: Robert Pollard
Robert Pollard has yet another amazingly prolific year planned. While his ’90s indie-rock peers are busy cashing in on the reunion circuit, Pollard continues to record and release new music at an astonishing clip. First up is the “Silk Rotor” seven-inch with two exclusive b-sides (January 26), and then the fun begins. There’s solo album We All Got Out Of The Army (February 23), Circus Devils’ Mother Skinny (March 30) and a Boston Spaceships’ EP (Camera Found The Ray Gun; April) and LP (Our Cubehouse Still Rocks; May). Pollard is currently working on another solo album (Moses On A Snail) as well as collaborations with Gary Waleik of Big Dipper (Mars Classroom) and ex-GBV guitarist Doug Gillard (ESP Ohio). MAGNET is proud to premiere “Talking Dogs” from We All Got Out Of The Army below.
“Talking Dogs” (download):

More @Magnet

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pavement and Broken Social Scene to Co-Headline Toronto Island Concert; Indie Minds Blown Around the World

If the Toronto Island Concert were a person, they'd probably be clad in tight pants, a snug flannel, thick-rimmed glasses, a beard, Nietzsche in their back pocket, and plenty of advice for the best ways to get around NYC's pesky no-smoking-in-bars ban. But seriously, all rotten stereotypes aside, this is some exciting news. Press releases have been a-flowin', chock full o' news about the Toronto Island Concert's latest lineup. This year, you can expect to see Toronto's very own alt-popsters, Broken Social Scene (the atom from which all Toronto indie bands divide), PAVEMENT (girlish squeal!!), and the ever-dependable indie rockers Band of Horses.

More at TinyMixTapes

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Download the best mashups of 2009 for free!

Mashups are the next best thing to puppy snuggies and they're just as omnipresent. Thanks to the kids on "Glee" and YouTube addicts, we're all rocking our favorite pureed pop stars.
The adorable DJ-couple over at San Francisco-based Bottie and PopWrap pal Sheena Beaston have both made my iPod 22 songs fatter, fulfilling my appetite for new jams. From a Miley vs. Notorious B.I.G. mix that swept me off my tween feet to an amazing Titus Jones chop-up featuring Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and M.I.A., this one is a must click, and more importantly absolutely free.

Download Album - Best of Bootie 2009
1. A Plus D - Bootie Intro
2. Mad Mix Mustang - I Got More Than A Feeling (Boston vs. Black Eyed Peas)
3. Titus Jones - Good Girls Burn Miami (Sean Kingston vs. Cobra Starship vs. Lady Gaga vs. Shakira vs. LMFAO)
4. Hathbanger - Party & Bullshit (In The USA) (Notorious B.I.G. vs. Miley Cyrus)
5. DJ Schmolli - Bulletproof Radar (La Roux vs. Britney Spears)
6. DJ Lobsterdust - NirGaga (Nirvana vs. Lady Gaga)
7. A Plus D - Don't You Want My Bad Romance (Lady Gaga vs. Human League)
8. CjR - Call Me Uprising (Blondie vs. Muse)
9. A Plus D - Stardust Kids (David Bowie vs. MGMT)
10. Rhythm Scholar - Any Way You Want It (Syntax Error Remix) (Journey vs. Rhythm Scholar)
11. LeeDM101 - Womanizer On Fire (Kings Of Leon vs. Britney Spears vs. Jason Nevins)
12. Dan Mei & Marc Johnce - My Life On The Crazy Train Sucks (So What?) (Kelly Clarkson vs. Ozzy Osbourne vs. Pink vs. Daft Punk)
13. Titus Jones - A Circus of Heartbreakin' Divas (Pat Benatar vs. Beyoncé vs. 3Oh!3 vs. Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera vs. M.I.A.)
14. The Kleptones - Voodoo Sabotage (Beastie Boys vs. The Prodigy vs. Pendulum)
15. DJ Y Alias JY - Shut Up And Take Me Out (The Ting Tings vs. Franz Ferdinand vs. Aretha Franklin vs. M/A/R/R/S)
16. Party Ben - Single Ladies (In Mayberry) (Beyoncé vs. The Andy Griffith Show)
17. Glee Cast - It's My Life Confessions, Pt. II (A+D Bootie Edit) (Bon Jovi vs. Usher cover)
18. Dunproofin' - Groove Is In The Girls (Deee-Lite vs. The Prodigy)
19. A Plus D - Krazy Day N Nite (Pitbull vs. Lil Jon vs. Kid Cudi vs. Crookers)
20. DJ Tripp - Just Stop Believin' (Lady Gaga vs. Journey)
21. Mighty Mike - Use The Same Old Song (The Four Tops vs. Kings Of Leon)
22. Dan Mei & Marc Johnce - Chasing Cars That Way (Backstreet Boys vs. Snow Patrol)

"Borrowed" from NY Post

Free Mixtape : DFA Records : Holy Ghost! The Remixes Vol.1

DFA Records offered up a free mixtape to ring in the New Year. Download both sides of Holy Ghost! The Remixes Vol.1 below...

"Borrowed" From My Old Kentucky Blog.