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by Tyler Gould

25 Sep 2009


Mittens on Strings
Let’s Go to Baba’s
(SOUNGS)
Releasing: October 6

Mittens on strings, the hand-warming items, seem like a silly idea until the first time you let a mitten dangle from your sleeve while doing precise finger work, only to retrieve the mitten seconds later from its convenient position mere inches away from your hand.

Mittens on Strings, the band, have a song called “Big Brother” that seems like standard lo-fi rock at first, until the gang vocals kick in and demand your attention, and the guitar solo combines notes that surely have been combined before in a way that seems like they’ve crossed galaxies to meet in a totally unique formation, and a second listen reveals that the entire song is silly-awesome. Slawesome?

The album will be for sale on vinyl and as a DRM-free download via the pay-what-you-want model.

SONG LIST
01 M2 (Big Black Car)
02 Big Brother
03 Hearts and Mines
04 Lumbering Giant
05 The Flaming Pig
06 Fireball’s Revenge
07 The Middle Ages
08 Lou Reed Says
09 Thanks, Vern
10 The Incensed Sleeper
11 Mountain of Light
12 Vacation

Mittens on Strings
Big Brother [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

25 Sep 2009


Holopaw
Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness.
(Bakery Outlet)
Releasing: 3 November

John Orth’s voice has this quivering quality that’s a refreshing antidote to all the auto-tune found on the radio. “The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion” is a good song to enjoy a sunny day with, or to play on a rainy day in protest to the weather. The song has a crisp sound to it, making me wish I knew the words so I could sing along.

SONG LIST
01 The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion
02 Black Lacquered Shame
03 Boys on Motorbikes
04 Cherry Glow
05 The Conductor and the Hobbyist (Avalanche)
06 The Last Transmission (Honeybee)
07 The Lazy Matador
08 Little Stallion with a Glass Jaw
09 Oh, Glory
10 P-a-l-o-m-i-n-e
11 Snow-packed Hush

Holopaw
The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion [MP3]
     

 

by Tyler Gould

25 Sep 2009


“Selfish Gene”, along with all the other songs on the Jimi Tenor/Tony Allen collaboration, Inspiration Information Vol. 4, came together in under a week, but the loose vibe feels exquisitely seasoned. Allen’s stumbling drum beat owns the track, gathering everything else into a beautiful tumbleweed of a jam.

Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen
Selfish Gene [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

25 Sep 2009


School of Seven Bells
Alpinisms Deluxe Edition
(Vagrant)
Releasing: 3 October

School of Seven Bells is releasing a deluxe edition of their debut album, Alpinisms, October 3rd. In this case, “deluxe” means a digital-only version with all the original songs plus 9 bonus tracks of reworkings, remixes, and alternate takes of tracks from the critically acclaimed album.

Their new version of “Iamundernodisguise” sounds like an estrogen-laced version of Fleet Foxes, only what that band does with guitar strings, sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza do with their voices.

School of Seven Bells kick off their first North American headlining tour tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA. Depreciation Guild, Phantogram, Warpaint, and The xx are among the openers on the tour. Check out the rest of the tour dates after the jump .

SONG LIST
01 Iamundernodisguise
02 Face to Face on High Places
03 Half Asleep
04 Wired for Light
05 For Kalaja Mari
06 White Elephant Coat
07 Connjur
08 Sempiternal/Amaranth
09 Chain
10 Prince of Peace
11 My Cabal

BONUS TRACKS
01 Wired For Light (Live Drum Version)
02 Half Asleep (Alternate Version)
03 White Elephant Coat (Early Demo Version)
04 Caldo (Live on Stereogum’s Decomposed)
05 Sempiternal (Alternate Version)
06 Iamundernodisguise (Vocal Mix I)
07 My Cabal (Early Mix 07)
08 Connjur (Alternate Version)
09 For Kalaja mari (Drum Outtake Mix)

School of Seven Bells
Iamundernodisguise (Vocal Mix I) [MP3]
     

 

by Tyler Gould

24 Sep 2009


Asobi Seksu
Rewolf
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 10 November

Asobi Seksu’s Acoustic at Olympic Studios, once available exclusively at shows, is seeing a name change and a legitimate release as Rewolf this November. Their lovely cover of the Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star) song, “Suzanne”, is available for you to download as many times as you want, and it doesn’t cost a thing. What a world.

01 Breathe Into Glass
02 Walk on the Moon
03 Meh No Mae
04 New Years
05 Blind Little Rain
06 Bossa
07 Suzanne
08 Gliss
09 Familiar Light
10 Thursday

Asobi Seksu
Suzanne [MP3]
     

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