WATCH: Bradford Cox Covers Leonard Cohen’s “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy”

6 Feb


In celebration of the release of Leonard Cohen‘s newest LP Old Ideas, Columbia has put together a new video series “Old Ideas With New Friends” in which bands perform in-studio covers of Leonard Cohen songs. Following in the footsteps of Cults and Cold War KidsDeerhunter frontman Bradford Cox took to the studio to perform a cover of Cohen’s “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy,” which you can watch above.


Listen: Way Yes – “Singing”

6 Feb

In March, Columbus-based indie trio Way Yes will be releasing their debut album Walkability, and below you can hear one of the tracks from the forthcoming album titled “Singing.” Premiering yesterday on Stereogum, the song is simply upbeat and fun, giving off an almost Animal Collective vibe, albeit with natural instrumentation. You can listen to and download the song below.

Walkability is out on March 27th via Lefse.

New Build Announce Debut Album ‘Yesterday Was Lived and Lost’

6 Feb

With The 2 Bears‘ debut album Be Strong having dropped only a few days ago, it seems appropriate that Hot Chip‘s other side project would enter the spotlight. New Build, which consists of Hot Chip’s Al Doyle and Felix Martin alongside composer and engineer Tom Hopkins, have announced that their debut LP is titled Yesterday Was Live and Lost, and will see an official release on April 3rd via Lanark Recordings. For those don’t remember, the group’s first single “Finding Reasons” was released in September of last year, and, along with the announcement, the group have put forth a four-track preview of the upcoming studio release. If the preview displays anything, it is that New Build knows what they want to sound like, and they’re doing a damn good job of doing so. You can stream the four-track preview below, and look forward to more news regarding New Build and their debut album in the coming months.

Real Estate Announce 2012 Spring Tour

6 Feb

With an already busy 2012 touring schedule, New Jersey rock trio Real Estate have announced even more tour dates in support of their sophomore studio album DaysFollowing a performance in Istanbul, the indie outfit will be heading to the U.K. for five shows before heading to France and Belgium. From there, the group will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand before making their way back to North America, where they will be touring from April 3rd to May 1st. As well, included in the North American tour are performances at both weekends of this year’s Coachella Music Festival. Take a look at all of Real Estate’s tour dates after the jump.

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Listen: Yalls – “Settle Down”

6 Feb

Oakland’s Dan Casey, aka Yalls, has been perfecting his electro-funk sound over the past year, and it’s only getting better for the solo artist. On February 21st, Yalls will be dropping a brand new 3-song 7″ EP titled Fantasy, which includes the track “Settle Down.” Premiering earlier this week on Ears of the Beholder, “Settle Down” displays the artist’s awesome combination of distorted vocals, catchy synth work, and groovy funk-oriented beats. You can listen to and download the track below.

Along with a digital release, Fantasy will be released on 500 limited edition bone coloured vinyls, which you can pre-order here. The digital release of the 7″ will include remixes by Monster Rally (Gold Robot), Naytronix (Nate from Tune-Yards & Beep), & Elephant and Castle.Fantasy is out on February 21st via Gold Robot Records.

WATCH: Nicolas Jaar – “Materials” (Official Video)

6 Feb


For being only 22-years-old, American-Chilean musician Nicolas Jaar has taken his music to a highly conceptual and experimental level, a plane that a lot of musicians tend to reach only once they’ve exhausted what they did best in the first place. Sure, Jaar’s music may seem weird or eccentric upon first listening to it, but since when was weird or eccentric ever a bad thing? Not only that, but Jaar has a knack for taking simplistic ideas or concepts and running with it in exciting ways. Sounds that you may have thought would not work do just the opposite in Jaar’s world of ambient instrumentation, they just seem to fit beautifully. What is even more impressive is that he put out not only two EPs last year, but a full length LP, titled Space Is Only Noise, on top of that.

Now, Jaar has released a brand new video for his song “Materials,” which comes across as a strange move considering the song comes from his 2010 EP Mark & Angels. Nonetheless, the music video fits perfectly into Jaar’s bizarre world, with a young version of himself succumbing to a dark and twisted nightmare. You can watch the Pondr-directed video and all it’s nightmarish goodness above, courtesy of The Fader.

Listen: Wild Nothing – “Wait”

6 Feb

Last week, Wild Nothing returned after a long absence with a brand new track titled “Nowhere” and plans to release the song as a 7″ single on February 21st via Captured Tracks. Also reported was that the single would include a b-side titled “Wait,” and today, you can listen to that very song. Much like it’s a-side counterpart, “Wait” is a welcome departure from Wild Nothing’s studio debut Gemini, with a more vibrant and live feel combined with an almost psychedelic quality. Give the track a listen below.

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