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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

MP3: Sharon Van Etten, Atlas Sound, Wye Oak, Golden GRRRLS, and Karen O x Trent Reznor :: Friday 12.02.11

A grip of great tunes to add to your shopping list.
Best played back-to-back like a r-a-d-i-o.

Sharon Van Etten “Serpents”  [follow]
from Tramp

Atlas Sound “Mona Lisa”  [follow]
from Parallax

Wye Oak “Strangers” (The Kinks)  [follow]
from Strangers / Mother

Golden GRRRLS “Red Sea”  [follow]
from New Pop / Red Sea

Karen O x Trent Reznor x Atticus Ross “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin)
[follow] from OST The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo [free sampler]


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MP3: Tennis, The Drums, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Denim, and The Antlers (covering The xx)

Be sure to check out today’s 11.11.11 Mix. In the meantime, here’s today’s new five for your shopping and listening pleasure. Enjoy thoroughly.

Tennis “Origins” [follow]
from Origins

The Drums “I Can’t Save Your Life” [follow]
from How It Ended (b-side)

Bombay Bicycle Club “Lights Out, Words Gone” [follow]
from A Different Kind of Fix

White Denim “Handwriting” [follow]
from Takes Place In Your Work Space EP

The Antlers “VCR” (The xx) [follow]
from (Together)

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MP3: First Aid Kit, new Karen O, Nurses, Washed Out, and Superchunk :: Friday 11.04.11

Tons of goodies to go shoppin’ for this week. And a live sample from an album that’ll hopefully be out soon, a gorgeous duet off Karen O‘s “psycho opera” Stop The Virgens. Enjoy thoroughly.

First Aid Kit “The Lion’s Roar” [follow]
from The Lion’s Roar

Karen O “Duet” w/Jason P Grisell [follow]
from Live on WNYC 10.19.11

Nurses “Fever Dreams” [follow]
from Dracula

Washed Out “Call It Off” [follow]
from Amor Fati

Superchunk “Where Eagles Dare” (Misfits) [follow]
from Halloween ’11

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Adv: Grizzly Bear Lottery Commercial, Karen O Adidas
MP3: Karen O, Handsome Furs, Land of Talk
MP3: Wye Oak side project Flock of Dimes, Ben Folds covers Ke$ha, Washed Out, Black Keys cover Buddy Holly, and Seapony
MP3: Karen O Where The Wild Things Are
Beer+Vinyl: The Utica Club National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song 7″, 1968
Remix: Album Covers Recreated With DC Super Heroes
Video: Vanishing Point Is Abstract LP Cover Trip-Out

MP3: The Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie Remixed, Surfer Blood, Guided By Voices, and The National :: Friday 10.28.11

There’s a shit-ton of new music to add to your shopping list. But I’m only limited to sharing five every week. So enjoy thoroughly.

“Lonely Boy” The Black Keys [follow]

Death Cab For Cutie “Some Boys” (RAC Maury Remix)

Surfer Blood “I’m Not Ready”
from Tarot Classics EP [follow]

Guided By Voices “The Unsinkable Fats Domino”
from Let’s Go Eat The Factory [follow]

The National “Twenty Miles To NH Part 2 (The Philistines Jr.)”
from If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…
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MP3: Mariachi El Bronx, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Florence + The Machine, Birds & Batteries cover The Who, and Regina Spektor cover for Boardwalk Empire :: Friday 09.16.11

A bunch of tasty new tunes for your shoppin’ list. Plus one slightly older track, Odessa, a shout out to a customer of Blue Ribbon Salvage who just snatched up one of my favorite pieces. Enjoy thoroughly. Play past Friday Fives like a radio here.

Mariachi El Bronx “48 Roses” [ follow ]

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

Florence + The Machine “Shake It Out” [ follow ]
from Ceremonials

Birds & Batteries “Squeeze Box” (The Who) [ follow ]
thanks, The Bay Bridged

Regina Spektor “My Man” (Fanny Brice) [ follow ]
from Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack

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MP3: Willie Nelson covers Coldplay, Future Islands, St. Vincent, CSS w/RATATAT, and Elephant :: Friday 09.02.11

Who’da thunk it’d take Willie to make me like a Coldplay song? And how many times can you dance to this Future Islands track? Tons to add to your shopping list. Enjoy thoroughly.

Willie Nelson “Scientist” (Coldplay) COMMERCIAL RIP
[buy on iTunes]

Future Islands “Balance”
from On The Water [out 10.11]

St. Vincent “Cruel”
from Cruel [out 9.13]

CSS “Red Alert” feat. Ratatat
from La Liberacion [follow]

Elephant “Actors”
from Allured / Actors [download]

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Drugs: Ratatat’s Stock Footage Mindfork Music Video
MP3: Friday Five 05.07.10 Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Shout Out Louds, Tame Impala, and Jeff Mangum
MP3: New Neon Indian, St Vincent, Dum Dum Girls, Richard Buckner, and Waters (ex-Port Obrien) (ex-Port Obrien) 
MP3: Andrew Bird covers Kermit, Fruit Bats, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Future Islands, and Four Tet 

MP3: Bon Iver x James Blake, Tokyo Police Club cover Jimmy Eat World, The Quakes cover Echo & The Bunnymen, Male Bonding, and SF’s Girls :: Friday 08.26.11

What a week of surprises. An earthquake rattled NYCSteve Jobs terminated himself. And a hurricane’s coming out of nowhere to slap the NE somethin’ fierce. So why not some equally unexpected collaborations, covers, and other tunes? Damn right. Enjoy thoroughly.

Bon Iver x James Blake “Fall Creek Boys Choir”

Tokyo Police Club “Sweetness” (Jimmy Eat World)
feat. Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

The Quakes “The Killing Moon” (Echo & The Bunnymen)
more at Cover Me

Male Bonding “Tame The Sun” from Endless Now

Girls “Honey Bunny” from Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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MP3: Andrew Bird covers Kermit, Fruit Bats, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Future Islands, and Four Tet :: Friday 08.05.11

Greetings from NYC. Again. Here’s some brand spankin’ new and some old(ish) tunes to add to your shopping list. Enjoy thoroughly.

Andrew Bird “Bein’ Green” (Kermit the Frog)”
from Muppets: The Green Album

Fruit Bats “You’re Too Weird” from Tripper

Cymbals Eat Guitars “Definite Darkness”
from Lenses Alien

Future Islands “Long Flight”
from In Evening Air

Four Tet “Locked” from Fabriclive 59

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MP3: New Wilco, Tallest Man on Earth, Pat Jordache, Other Lives, and Bon Iver Covering Bonnie Raitt :: Friday 07.01.11

A rompin’ stompin’, and very promising, new Wilco tune. Plus, some mellow-vibed lovelies to ease into the weekend. Enjoy thoroughly.

Wilco “I Might”
from I Might b/w I Love My Label

The Tallest Man on Earth “In The Pockets”
from s/t EP (Vinyl re-release)

Pat Jordache “Phantom Limb”
from Future Songs

Other Lives “For 12”
from Tamer Animals

Bon Iver “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt)

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MP3: Nick Cave x Neko Case cover “She’s Not There” for True Blood

A Zombies cover for a vampire show

Both big fans of True Blood, Neko Case and Nick Cave teamed up to cover the Odessey and Oracle classic for the show’s 4th season. Full story at KCRW. Buy it on iTunes after True Blood premieres tonight (6/26).

Neko Case x Nick Cave “She’s Not There” (The Zombies)

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You simply must vatch this WTF video:
Richard Belzer’s Vampire Music Video Extravaganza

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Poster: Neko Case by Chuck Sperry/Firehouse (+bonus live MP3s)
Bloopy: The Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” 8-Bit Chiptune
MP3: Adele Covers The Cure, The Strokes
SF: Headin’ to the Bay Bridge? Honk If You Love Zombies
Listen: M. Ward Covers Joanna Newsom, Led Zeppelin
MP3: Friday Five 04.03.09 Double-LP Covers Edition
Epic: Fly Through the New Bulletstorm Trailer

Gorgeous: Watch Disney “Bloom” Remix by Pogo

Dreamy. From the same musical meister who created “Upular” entirely from Pixar Up samples, Nick Bertke AKA Pogo. Bloom has the same hypnotic effect, too. Made more beautiful by the emotive and timelessly sweet Disney princesses. And that guy’s moustache. (via)

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It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s Nevermind. Here’s a terrific and lesser-known cover by fellow Wilmette, IL -ian, Jonny Polonsky:

Jonny Polonsky “In Bloom” (Nirvana)

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Remix: “Upular” Made Entirely From Pixar Up Samples
MP3: Friday Five 04.03.09 Double-LP Covers Edition
Premake: Pixar’s Up! Remixed as Swingin’ 1960s Disney
WTF: Don Draper vs. Samwell “What What (In The Butt)”
TRON: New Clip “Quorra Saves Sam,” Daft Punk “Derezzed” Music Video and NTEIBINT Remix
Remix: Kanye Tweets as New Yorker Cartoons
TRON: Uprising Animated Trailer Looks Sick!

MP3: Painted Palms Cover Dirty Projectors

Hear the San Francisco duo’s dizzy take on the glitch opera standout:

Painted Palms “I Will Truck” (Dirty Projectors)

Snag their killer Canopy EP on 12″ vinyl June 21st via Secretly Canadian.

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New: The Ferocious Few Attack SF with Video Projections, iPhone App
MP3: New Tommy Guerrero, Hey Sholay, Painted Palms, The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads, Ducktails and Edison
MP3: Friday Five 07.02.10 Dirty Projectors + Björk, Tom Jones covers Bob Dylan, Wild Nothing, Minks, and Sea Exchange
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