Wolf Parade Gives First Taste of “Expo 86”

Wolf Parade - Expo 86

The most famous indie rock outfit from Montreal not named Arcade Fire is back.  Wolf Parade revealed the name (EXPO 86) and cover art (above) of their forthcoming third album a few weeks ago, and earlier today Sub Pop, who released each of their previous LPs, announced the new album’s street date (June 29) and posted two new songs from it on the web.  The two tracks, “What Did My Lover Say” and “Ghost Pressure,” can both be downloaded below.

Lest I offend Spencer Krug fans with my oversimplified, Arcade Fire-referencing first line, I must point out that with this release we’re going on 5 consecutive years of new LPs from either Wolf Parade, or Krug’s other group Sunset Rubdown, who released last year’s criminally underrated Dragonslayer, with no decline in quality in sight.  In fact, these two new tracks suggest this may be the best Wolf Parade album to date.

Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say

Wolf Parade – Ghost Pressure

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The Best Album of the Year So Far

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Teen Dream
(Sub Pop) 2010

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Merriweather Post Pavilion was released on January 6, 2009.  The year wasn’t even a week old and people were already calling it the best album of 2009.  It seemed crazy, but sure enough, come December the bigger question was where to put it on your  Best of the Decade list.  January 2010 is a tad early to talk about Best of the Decade, but as we entered the New Year something seemed eerily familiar.  A highly anticipated January release, Teen Dream by Beach House, was already being projected as a potential album of the year.

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Jimmy Morris is a fellow music blogger that I follow on Twitter (check out his excellent site Head Underwater) and his bite-sized review on the eve of the album’s official release directly addressed a question that, while premature, was definitely on my mind.  I didn’t hear the album until the next day, and I’m still not sure if I agree with his statement, but they are close enough in quality that I think it boils down to taste rather than superiority.  Pink Floyd has been my favorite band since grade school, and I’ve seen Phish more times than I care to admit in a public forum, so it’s safe to say that I’m pre-disposed to loving Animal Collective.

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Video: The Black Keys “New Girl”

The Black Keys - Brothers

Thanks to the similarity in their names, musical influences, hometowns, and number of group members, The Black Keys have endlessly been compared to fellow blues rock revivalists The White Stripes.  But when it comes to career trajectory, the similarities stop.  Unlike the overnight success of their Detroit counterparts, The Black Keys (Akron, Ohio natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney), have enjoyed a slower, but steady, rise to prominence that culminated in the release of 2008’s Attack and Release, their critically acclaimed fifth album that debuted at #14 on Billboard.

Two years, one excellent solo album (Auerbach’s Keep It Hid), and one mediocre hip-hop collaboration later (Blakroc), the Keys return with Brothers, due out May 18th on Nonesuch.  That’s the ultra-literal album art above.  “Tighten Up,” which was produced by Danger Mouse (who helmed Attack & Release), was the first track released to the web, but now there’s a video for an additional track, “New Girl,” which I actually like better.  The viral marketing influenced clip features a puppet t-rex chilling poolside, lip syncing the song, while surrounded by babes in bikinis.  In other words, it’s awesome.  Check it out below.

Sleigh Bells Announce Debut, New Single

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Sleigh Bells were one of the breakout acts from last year’s CMJ Music Marathon, and were named one of 2010’s Top Artists to Watch in many publications.  The duo recently signed with M.I.A.’s N.E.E.T. imprint and last week she announced the release of their debut LP via her Twitter, which has quickly become her preferred method of communicating with the press.  The album is called Treats and will be out May 11.  “Tell ‘Em” is the first single and it’s currently available as a free download over on what appears to be their official website, which judging by the look of things, may have been designed by M.I.A.’s art team (epileptics beware).

Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em

Dead Weather Stream New Album (Sorta)

The Dead Weather

Weird? Jack White? Noooooo. So the new Dead Weather album (Sea of Cowards, due out May 11) is now officially streaming online as of 1pm EST. Except, get this, it’s a live video feed of listening parties in Los Angeles and Nashville, and the camera is pretty much just pointed at a turntable playing a vinyl LP of the album the whole time! The feed is supposed to be up for the next 24 hours. You can check out the Ustream embed below.

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Video: Bear In Heaven “Dust Cloud”

Icelandic Volcano

Brooklyn krautrockers Bear In Heaven, who released 2009’s excellent Beast Rest Forth Mouth, were one of the many artists stranded overseas due to the Icelandic volcano eruption (pictured above). You may have heard about it. Anyway, while stuck in the Madrid airport one of the band members got bored enough to put a video camera on the baggage carousel. The resulting clip was obviously a bit boring but then they paired it with their track “Dust Cloud” (get it?) and the results are oddly hypnotic. Check out the video below.

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Interpol Is Stirring

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In a cryptic email sent to the music press yesterday, Interpol made it known that they are “stirring,” presumably gearing up for the release of their fourth as-yet-untitled studio album. The message coincided with the posting of a new track (“Lights”) at the band’s website, which you can download below in exchange for your email address.

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