Thursday, August 6

New Release: Kings of Convenience: Declaration of Dependence


New Release: Kings of Convenience: <i>Declaration of Dependence</i>

Artist: Kings of Convenience
Album: Declaration of Dependence
Release Date: October 20
Label: Virgin

 

Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields) Reveal Cover, Tracklist


Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields) Reveal Cover, Tracklist

On October 6, Anti- will release the self-titled debut album from Dead Man's Bones, the collaboration between actors Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The album was recorded with the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir, a group of Los Angeles-area kids ranging in age from five to 17. As you can see right up there, the choir is front and center on the album cover.

We've also got the album's tracklist, which can be seen below.

For the full story of Dead Man's Bones, check out our interview with Gosling and Shields from January.

 

Wednesday, August 5

New Release: Radio Slave: Fabric 48


New Release: Radio Slave: <i>Fabric 48</i>

Artist: Radio Slave
Album: Fabric 48
Release Date: September 14 (international), October 20 (U.S.)
Label: Fabric

 

Hear Broken Social Scene Cover Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart"


The redo is to be featured on The Time Traveler's Wife soundtrack. Hear Broken Social Scene Cover Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

When you think "Broken Social Scene covering Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'," you probably imagine something hazy and beautiful and waltz-y and tortured. And that's exactly what the revamp-- to be featured on the upcoming soundtrack to The Time Traveler's Wife-- sounds like.

The Canadian crew tease things out while Kevin Drew pulls off an Ian Curtis impression that avoids parody while nailing the late singer's fraught sentiment. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered many (many) times, but never like this, exactly. Stream it below. (That's the original "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 12" Factory sleeve from 1980 pictured up there, btw.)

 

Vote on Carrie Brownstein's Video Blog Theme Song


Vote on Carrie Brownstein's Video Blog Theme Song

Since 2007, former Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein has maintained Monitor Mix, a blog on the NPR Music website. Lately, she has been doing more video posts, and she plans on starting a Monitor Mix video blog soon. A couple weeks ago, Brownstein announced a contest for readers to come up with the theme song for her new vlog.

Now that she's settled on ten lucky finalists, Brownstein has opened the contest to voters. Over on Monitor Mix right now, you can listen to all the potential theme songs and vote for your favorite. Personally, I'm rolling with Meg Ruddick.

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 5, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.

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News in Brief: Air France, Oh No, Euros Childs, FYF Fest


News in Brief: Air France, Oh No, Euros Childs, FYF Fest

-- Air France play hard to get. Acephale will soon release the first two Air France EPs, No Way Down and On Trade Winds, as a double 10" vinyl set. But Acephale says it'll be limited to 500 copies and that there will be no reprints, which is pretty intensely limited even as limited edition EPs go. Preorders are available right now.

-- In 2007, the crate-digging producer Oh No released Dr. No's Oxperiment, an album made from Turkish and Lebanese psych rock samples. He'll follow it up later this month with Dr. No's Ethiopium, where he'll flip music from Ethiopia. The album will be available exclusively on Stones Throw's website.

-- On September 7, former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs will release his new solo album, Son of Euro Child, for free on his website. The LP, which finds Childs playing a bunch of secondhand synths, will be the first record on his own label, National Elf Record Company.

-- The FYF Fest, more colorfully known as the Fuck Yeah Fest, will go down September 5 at downtown L.A.'s Los Angeles Historic State Park. $20 gets you the Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, No Age, Wavves, Kurt Vile, Convege, Times New Viking, Tim and Eric, the Thermals, Fucked Up, Glass Candy, and plenty more. Sounds like a deal to us.

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 5, 2009 at 3 p.m.

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Hear the New No Age EP in Its Entirety


Hear the New No Age EP in Its Entirety

No Age's new EP Losing Feeling isn't out until October 6, but you can hear the whole thing right now, streaming from Sub Pop's website. On the EP, the noise-punk duo try out what guitarist Randy Randall called "loop- and sample-based arrangements" when he talked to Pitchfork about it a few months back. That melty vinyl image above is the cover art.

An email address is required to hear the stream, and you can pre-order the EP right now. It will only be available digitally and on vinyl.

In other No Age news, the band will bring their live score for Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1989 film The Bear to the New Museum in New York City on October 16. It was premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in June.

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 5, 2009 at 1 p.m.

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Video: Deerhoof: "Jagged Fruit"


Earlier today, Pitchfork.tv premiered Deerhoof's video for "Jagged Fruit", from the band's latest album Offend Maggie. Trevor Shimizu, who did the cover art for the band's album The Runners Four, directed the clip. In a statement, he had this to say about it: "It's a sad, sad song. It just made me think of sad and nostalgic things, so I thought it might be better if I made the video with a different song in mind, like for the teenage girl pop group モーニング娘。The stuffed animal scene was as far as I got, but in the end, I pretty much stayed away from nostalgia and suicide."

Indeed, the resulting video has basically nothing to do with frothy Japanese pop. Instead, it's a hectic pileup of cut-up VHS insanity and night-vision creepiness, along with a few shots of a pretty girl rubbing food all over her face. There's also a 20-second stretch in the middle where the screen goes entirely blank except for the words "sorry, i ran out of ideas." You've been warned.

Check it out here:

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 5, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.

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Watch Footage from the Deerhunter/Deacon/No Age Tour


All three bands join forces in a high-quality YouTube clip. Watch Footage from the Deerhunter/Deacon/No Age Tour

The No Deachunter tour-- that's Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, and No Age playing together at the same time-- certainly sounds sweet on paper. (And that Octomom-themed t-shirt is so gross it's awesome.)

And according to this video of the 10-minute version of Deerhunter's "Cryptograms" performed at the tour's kickoff in Baltimore last weekend, it sounds sweet in reality, too. Check out the high-quality clip filmed by Metro Gallery's Guy Werner, as well as a list of the remaining four No Deachunter dates, below:

 

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch at Home After Cancer Surgery


Beastie Boy Adam Yauch at Home After Cancer Surgery

Good news: Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, aka MCA, is recovering nicely after surgery on a cancerous tumor in parotid gland. Rolling Stone reports that Yauch sent an email message out to fans this morning, saying his surgery went down a week and a half ago, and that he only had to spend one night in the hospital. He then went home to "have home cooked food and hang out with the family." He'll start radiation treatment, which Yauch calls "a torture", in a few weeks.

 

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