Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

MP3: Japandroids, The Men, Best Coast, Rose Cousins, and Silversun Pickups :: Friday 03.30.12

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Japandroids “The House That Heaven Built” [follow]

The Men “Open Your Heart” [follow]
from Open Your Heart

Best Coast “The Only Place” [follow]
[free download]

Rose Cousins “For The Best” [follow]
from We Have Made a Spark

Silversun Pickups “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) [follow]

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FNO NYC MP3s: Real Estate, Best Coast, Foster The People, Beach Fossils, and School of Seven Bells

If you’re in NYC the late-night, über-shopping extravaganza Fashion’s Night Out is tonight (9/8) with a grip of free shows, if you can beat past the hordes. Here’s a prêt-à-porter playlist with links to show info down below.

Real Estate @ 44 Mercer Street

Real Estate “It’s Real” from Days [follow]

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Best Coast @ Helmut Lang

Best Coast “Sunny Adventure”
from split 7” with Jeff The Brotherhood [follow]

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Foster The People @ Lacoste

Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks” from Torches [follow]

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Beach Fossils @ Bloomingdale’s

Beach Fossils “Sometimes” from Sometimes [follow]

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School of Seven Bells @ Treasure & Bond

School of Seven Bells “Connjur” (Acoustic) from
Stereogum Decomposed Session [follow]

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MP3: Dinosaur Feathers, Best Coast, Night Manager, Male Bonding, and The Chain Gang of 1974 :: Friday 06.17.11

This one time, on bandcamp …

This week I came across two killer bands thanks to the site bandcamp. And surprise, they’re from Brooklyn. The moddish Dinosaur Feathers and the super lo-fi, searing-with-potential Night Manager. Give ‘em some love. Along with the rest of this week’s Friday Five. Enjoy thoroughly.

Dinosaur Feathers “Please, Please George” [follow]

Best Coast “Gone Again”
from Adult Swim Singles Program

Night Manager “Pizza Pasta”
from Pizza Pasta 7″ [follow]

Male Bonding “Bones”
from Endless Now [follow]

The Chain Gang of 1974 “Undercover”
from Wayward Fire [follow]

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MP3: New Best Coast, DeVotchka, Peter Bjorn and John, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, and Dismemberment Plan :: Friday Five 1.21.11

Much to add to your list. Mostly new. Enjoy most thoroughly.

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Olenka and the Autumn Lovers “Sparrow”
from And Now We Sing [follow]

Peter Bjorn and John “Breaker Breaker”
from Gimme Some [follow]

Best Coast “Sunny Adventure”
from split 7” with Jeff The Brotherhood [order]

The Dismemberment Plan “The City”
from Emergency & I [follow]

DeVotchKa “100 Other Lovers”
from 100 Lovers [follow]

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Christmas MP3s: Banjo or Freakout, Best Coast, Tracy Jordan, Bishop Allen, Magnus Djurberg’s Last Christmas :: Friday Five 12.24.10

Enjoy thoroughly. [Click to hear past Friday Fives]

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Berlin Symphony Orchestra “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” (Red Baron Remix)

Bishop Allen “You’ll Never Find My Christmas”

Banjo or Freakout “Frosty The Snowman”

Best Coast x Wavves “Got Something For You”

Magnus Djurberg “Last Christmas” (8-bit)

Tracy Jordan “It’s A Jordan Christmas!” 30 Rock

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The Lagunitas Butterfly Beer Opener »

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MP3: The Top Last Christmas Covers + The Literal Version Video
Beer: Samichlaus Helles for the Holidays
Adv: What’s In Santa’s Beard?
Elfis: See The Christmas Elf Elvis
Röck: Sleigh’r Beer and Slayer Christmas Lights
Choir: Bra Sizes vs. Grolsch Bottles
Christmas Beer: Delirium Noël
Gift: Renegade Craft Fair with Blue Ribbon Salvage


Jingle: Best Coast x Wavves Christmas Song for … Target?!

Not the first time Best Coast has collaborated for a corporate-sponsored release. Remember the Kid Cudi x Best Coast track for Converse? Now they’re doin’ a holiday Christmas jingle.

Though I’m not a fan of Target, for me, gone are the days when musicians were considered sell outs for appearing on a big-business comp like this. It’s exposure. So now that you’re exposed, go buy their album at Mexican Summer records and see them live. (via Damien)

Download the entire Target Holiday Music comp FREE on November 28th.


Best Coast x Wavves “Got Something For You”
  from Target: The Christmas Gig

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MP3: Friday Fives with Best Coast
30 Rock: Tracy Jordan Seen a Blind Guy Bite a Police Horse
MP3: The Top Last Christmas Covers, The Literal Version Video, and Glee
Beer: Samichlaus Helles for the Holidays


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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MP3: Friday Five 03.12.10

If you’re going to SXSW, send me a postcard. To everyone else, enjoy a few less music nerds in your hood. For the time being. Have fun, y’all!

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Lawrence Arabia “Apple Pie Bed” from Chant Master

Best Coast “When I’m With You” from When I’m With You (single)

Two Door Cinema Club “I Can Talk” from I Can Talk

Truman Peyote “Magentadoor II” from Shake Some Action SXSW Sampler

Slow Six “The Night You Left New York” from Tomorrow Becomes You

Sparklehorse ft. Thom Yorke “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd)

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SXSW: Beer Labels x Indie Rock Mashup

Love the idea for this flyer promoting the fifth annual Pitchfork/Windish Austin Party. Not stoked on the execution.

Why not have Austin’s Neon Indian on a Shiner label? And why put LA’s Local Natives on a Brooklyn Brewery label? Lazy if you ask me. But I’ll give ‘em props for the Washed Out / Coors Light pairing. That’s almost Wacky Packs material.

See the full band/beer label flyer at Pitchfork »

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Japandroids “Young Hearts Spark Fire” (FF 05.01.09)
Neon Indian “6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know) (FF 06.12.09)
Surfer Blood “Floating Vibes” (FF 10.30.09)
Best Coast “Sun Was High (So Was I)” (FF 07.17.09)
Washed Out “Hold Out” (FF 09.04.09)
Local Natives “Airplanes” (FF 02.19.10)

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MP3: Friday Five 07.17.09


In all the craziness of this last week, here’s what’s managed to catch my ear.

Matt & Kim “Cutdown” from Grand

Fanfarlo “I’m A Pilot” from Reservoir

Smith Westerns “Be My Girl” from s/t

Revolver “Luke, Mike, and John” from Music For A While

Best Coast “Sun Was High (So Was I)” from self released

Rock out with the Umlaut every Friday.