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Brooklyn’s Minerva Lions are a young band, having formed less than a year ago, but in that short time they have made some good friends, gaining the admiration of artists as diverse Nicole Atkins and members of Wilco and Antibalas. Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen likes the group’s contemporary-psych accented pop so much, he let them record their debut EP Great Strides, Priestess & Queen at his studio and also remixed the lead-off tune “For R.A.” Great Strides, Priestess & Queen will release this June via Dubshot Records, meanwhile those New Yorkers reading this can check out the group on April 27th at Union Pool in Brooklyn.
Joaquin “Joe” Claussell is one of New York’s hottest producers and his Nuyorican pedigree combined with his mastery of the house genre made him the ideal choice for a remix project featuring old classic Fania Records tracks. On Hammock House ‘Africa Caribe’, releasing May 17th, Claussell reworks ‘60s and ‘70s tunes from the like of Lou Perez, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, and Mongo Santamaria, as you hear on the example below. Working with the original tapes, Claussell fully captures the energy of the originals, while adding a modern club vibe into the stew. His enthusiasm for the music is evident in the work and like any true crate digger, he throughly geeked out on working with the old recordings. “When the carrier came to my place with all these boxes, I had an Indiana Jones moment, like when he opens the treasure chest and the glow of gold light shines up on his face. It was miraculous that they were still around, and the history of this stuff is just amazing,” says Claussell.
The Antlers’ new album Burst Apart is one of the most eagerly anticipated May releases and the band helped build the early buzz by playing the record in its entirety at NPR’s SXSW party this March. You can catch that performance online and/or head out to one of Antler’s upcoming gigs (listed below).
This week, the Antlers’ premiered a new song, “Parantheses”, from the album. You can stream this at the group’s site.
This week Gang Gang Dance released the second free MP3, “MindKilla” from their upcoming album Eye Contact, which is slated for release May 9th in the UK and May 10th in the US. Also, in a busy week for the band, they have unleashed the new video for “MindKilla” directed by Shoji Goto. Check out upcoming tour dates and the video after the jump.
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