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Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013
Another song off of MGMT’s third self-titled album, due September 17 via Columbia Records.

The MGMT duo that is Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser has released a video for “Your Life Is a Lie”. It’s a trippy collage of visuals both mundane (birthday cake, boy choir and band flyer) and bizarre (singing skeletons and an early fax machine) full of colorful characters as directed by Tom Kuntz. As the words of this solid psych rock song are spelled out on various surfaces, a playful accent beat is illustrated by kicking things, bouncing a playground ball and even eating a banana.


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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
The Australian duo known as Jagwar Ma released their debut album, Howlin, just last month, but it’s already being buzzed about as a possible choice for end of the year “Best of 2013” lists.

According to their label, Mom + Pop Music, Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma went about “creating a sound that would capture their love of contemporary electronica and classic American Soul”. The album was recorded last year in an empty farm two hours south of Paris, with an 808 (a low tech drum machine), a Fender Jaguar, a pair of vintage Neve console channels and a laptop.


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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
Athens, Georgia-based Elf Power will be dropping a new album titled 'Sunlight on the Moon' on October 1, marking the band's tenth studio album release.

To coincide with the album’s release, the band will be touring with reunited Neutral Milk Hotel.


Last week, Elf Power released a single from the album also named “Sunshine on the Moon“. The track is a succulent, accessible pop melody comprised of the band’s signature jangly guitars and psychedelic overtones. Like a lot of Elf Power songs, the track is immediately catchy, which is no easy feat for a band that has been composing melodic gems since 1994. Give it a listen. You will be singing along in no time.



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Monday, Jul 29, 2013
"Skylarking" is an exciting piece of electronic music that has me salivating for BT's forthcoming album A Song Across Wires.

Though I’ve found new electronic artists like Robert DeLong and Disclosure to be exciting, I tend to follow the same electronic musicians now as I did a decade (or more) ago. So that means if there are new songs by artists like Moby, Underworld or Deadly Avenger, I’d like to know.


BT is another one of those artists that I keep tabs on. And he’s putting out a new album, A Song Across Wires (ASAW) in August. Although PopMatters’ didn’t do an official review of his last major release, These Hopeful Machines, I felt that album was an incredible glimpse inside the auteur’s mind. At times brilliant, it challenged a lot of listeners in part due to it’s length and some tangential moments. That album still finds it way into my rotation to this day, but now I’m salivating for #ASAW based on the first track on the album “Skylarking”. Other tracks have been debuted including “Tomahawk”, “Surrounded” (which as Aqualung as a guest) and “Must be the Love”. You can view the tracklist here but you should listen to “Skylarking” below.


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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013
A reconfigured Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have released an EP, Little Moments, ahead of a new album to be released next January.

Just one year ago the band’s demise seemed inevitable during a show during the CBGB Festival in Times Square, shortly after it was announced that Robbie Guertin was leaving the band along with twin brothers Lee and Tyler Sargent. That left vocalist Alec Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhaulgh (also a multi-instrumentalist and music producer) to either pick up the pieces or continue their solo projects, as dabbled in over the years since the band began.


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