Dan Raper said of Fujiya & Miyagi’s Transparent Things (2007), “you get the feeling Fujiya & Miyagi would be appealing no matter what genre they chose to write in, but they’ve chosen what has been called ‘whisper-electro’, or what you could also call electro-twee.” Here’s the latest single, “Sore Thumb”, from their most recent album, Lightbulbs.
Swedish popsters Don’t Be a Stranger formed back in 2002, but 2009 has shaped up to be their year. They’ll be featured in the February 1st episode of The United States of Tara on Showtime and their new record, Don’t Be a Stranger (Cheap Lullaby), hits US shores in April. They’ll be touring throughout the US during Spring as well. Here’s the first track off Don’t Be a Stranger.
Lafayette Afro-Rock Band was a funk band formed in the US that moved to France in the early 1970s. Not really fitting into the soul scene of their time, they were subsequently discovered by rappers and their beats deployed by heavyweights such as Jay-Z, Public Enemy, and Wu-Tang Clan. Strut Records is re-releasing an out-of-print collection of their work on February 17th titled Darkest Light: The Best of Lafayette Afro-Rock Band.
Always timely and occasionally kooky, Neil Young has both covered in his latest single, the title track for his upcoming, uh, electric-car-themed concept album Fork in the Road. The record drops on March 31 (why not wait the extra three weeks and release it on Earth Day?), but until then, enjoy the song’s no-budget video, complete with Neil on air guitar and a none-too-subtle (as if anything else about the song is) iPod joke.
Grails are due to release a DVD on April 7th through Temporary Residence containing videos from their full career. Acid Rain
also features nearly two hours of live concert footage and a host of extras. Check out the trailer, as well as an MP3, “Reincarnation Blues” from their latest album, Doomsdayer’s Holiday. Upcoming tour dates are below.
Feb 19 @ Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA w/ James Blackshaw
Feb 20 @ The Fernwood, Santa Cruz, CA w/ James Blackshaw
Feb 21 @ Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA w/ James Blackshaw
Feb 22 @ Casbah, San Diego, CA w/ James Blackshaw
May 8-10 @ ATP Festival, Minehead, UK w/ Devo, Spiritualized, The Jesus Lizard, Sleep