Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

MP3: Ex-Port O’Brien, Arcade Fire covered by Mr. Little Jeans, Chad VanGaalen, Dan Mangan, and So Many Wizards (ex-Morning Benders) :: Friday 06.03.11

Summer craziness is starting to ramp up. Take this moment to rock out in one window while you order some music in another. As always, enjoy thoroughly.

WATERS (ex-Port O’Brien) “For The One”
from Out In The Light [follow]

Mr. Little Jeans “The Suburbs”(Arcade Fire) [follow]

Chad VanGaalen “Sara”
from Diaper Island [follow]

Dan Mangan “Sold”
from Nice, Nice, Very Nice [follow]

So Many Wizards (feat. Chris Chu of Morning Benders)
from Inner City / Best Friends 7″ [follow]

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MP3: New Handsome Furs, Arcade Fire x David Byrne, O’Death, The Shivers, and Fool’s Gold :: Friday 05.27.11

Hot damn there’s a lot of good schtuff comin’ out. Prepare your wallets, purses, and doubloon bags. Enjoy thoroughly.

Handsome Furs “Repatriated”
  from Sound Kapital

Arcade Fire “Speaking In Tongues” (feat. David Byrne)
  from The Suburbs [deluxe]

O’Death “Bugs”
  from Outside

The Shivers “Love Is In The Air”
  from More

Fool’s Gold “Street Clothes”
  from Leave No Trace

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MP3: New Arcade Fire (Acoustic), Generationals, The Strokes, Raveonettes, and J Mascis :: Friday Five 02.11.11

Enjoy thoroughly. Best when back-to-back with last week’s tunes.

Arcade Fire “Ready To Start” (Acoustic)
Live on KROC Studio R [watch video]

Generationals “Greenleaf” from Actor-Caster

The Strokes “Under Cover of Darkness”
from Under Cover of Darkness

The Raveonettes “Forget That You’re Young”
from Raven In The Grave

J Mascis “Is It Done” (feat. Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell)
from Several Shades of Why

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Arcade Fire: Remix and New Burlesque Print
Arcade Fire: Sprawl II and Animated Suburbs Cover
MP3: The Go! Team, Panda Bear, Telekinesis, Wye Oak, and J Mascis
Twitter: Lou Barlow is Staying on Top of the Ümlaut


Arcade Fire: Burlesque Video and Silkscreens

For the latest Arcade Fire print (the sixth, I believe) from Burlesque Design North America, they created this video. The show is Wednesday night in St. Paul. All those who aren’t attending can snag the 4-color print on their site Thursday, September 23rd. (via UP)

Arcade Fire “Ready to Start”

Check out these other Arcade Fire / Burlesque silkscreens still available:

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MP3: Friday Five 07.30.10 Kid Cudi x Best Coast x Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Built to Spill remixed as The Electronic Anthology Project, Dept. of Eagles, live Arcade Fire, and Bowerbirds

This week’s Friday Five comes to you from sunny LA. Enjoy thoroughly.

“All Summer” Kid Cudi x Best Coast x Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij from Converse

The Electronic Anthology Project (Built to Spill) “Eels” (Else remix) from s/t [order here]

Department of Eagles “While We’re Young” from Archives 2003-2006

Arcade Fire “No Cars Go” (live) from Impossible Music Fest 2010

Bowerbirds “Northern Lights” from Upper Air

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Arcade Fire: Sprawl II and Animated Suburbs Cover

It’s like the Voltron of collectors album covers. Roll over above to check out the animation of all 8 Suburbs album covers together in action. [via BlahBlahBlahScience]

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
from The Suburbs asdf


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Arcade Fire: 8 Suburbs Covers and 4 Tracks

Why is Arcade Fire releasing The Suburbs with eight not-so-different album covers? Pitchfork thinks it’s commentary on the suburbs themselves. I think it’s commentary + shrewd marketing towards music completionists like myself. Damnit.

Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”

Arcade Fire “Ready to Start”

Arcade Fire “Month of May”

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

UPDATE: Check out this Suburbs animation

Out August 3rd: pre-order The Suburbs »

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MP3: Friday Five 06.18.10 new Arcade Fire, Julian Casablancas demo, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Peter Wolf Crier

Nice to be back after a batshit-busy stint in LA. Here’s what’s been bouncin’ between my ears since last week. Enjoy.

Arcade Fire “Ready to Start” from The Suburbs

Julian Casablancas “I’ll Try Anything Once” (Demo)
» See it in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere trailer

Dr. Dog “Shadow People” from Shame, Shame

Phantogram “When I’m Small” from Eyelid Movies

Peter Wolf Crier “Crutch & Cane” from Inter-Be

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MP3: Friday Five 06.04.10 Calexico covers Arcade Fire, School of Seven Bells Remix, Fanfarlo on Twilight Soundtrack, She & Him, and I’m not a Band

A bunch of new tunes and an old cover by Calexico that’ll hopefully tide you over ’til more new Arcade Fire. Enjoy!

I’m not a Band “I’m not a Band” from self released

School of Seven Bells “Windstorm” (A Place To Bury Strangers Remix) from Windstorm Single

Calexico “Ocean of Noise” (Arcade Fire)
from Intervention 7”

Fanfarlo “Atlas” from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST

She & Him “Fools Rush In” (Johnny Mercer / Rube Bloom)
from Levis Pioneer Sessions 2010

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MP3: Friday Five 05.28.10 New Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Protistas, Toro Y Moi, Beach Fossils, The Tallest Man on Earth cover Paul Simon

What’s your soundtrack for the three-day weekend?
All the Friday Fives back-to-back:

Click here, hit Play, then rock out with the Ümlaut …

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Toro Y Moi “Leave Everywhere” from Leave Everywhere 7”

Beach Fossils “Sometimes” from Sometimes

Arcade Fire “The Suburbs” from The Suburbs single

Wolf Parade “Palm Road” from Expo 86

Protistas “Mi Pieza / Atrapo en el Supermercado”
from EP1

The Tallest Man on Earth “Graceland” (Paul Simon)
from King of Spain b-side

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Trailer: Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are

This trailer did two things for me: 1) Got me giddy-as-a-schoolgirl to see the flick, 2) Reminded me what a fanfreakingtastic album Funeral is. I never forgot, but it has slipped in my rotation for sure.

Watch the trailer in HD at Apple. Peep the poster at The Movie Blog.