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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: 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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Beer Güt Shirt

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: Empress Hotel, new My Morning Jacket, Bill Callahan, TV On The Radio, Santigold x Karen O :: Friday 04.15.11

Gonna ease you in with the first few tracks, nice ‘n laid back, before bangin’ the new bootyshaker from Santigold (she’s back!) and Karen O (she’s back!). Enjoy thoroughly.

Empress Hotel “Bells Ring” from Red Book

My Morning Jacket “Circuital” from Circuital

Bill Callahan “Drover” from Apocalypse

TV On The Radio “Keep Your Heart”
from Nine Types of Light

Santigold x Karen O “GO”

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MP3: Friday Five 09.17.10 Superchunk, Tiger Choir, Lower Dens, The Radio Dept., Maximum Balloon with Karen O

Lots of killer albums out recently (and soon) to put on your shopping list. Some tastes below. Enjoy thoroughly.

Superchunk “My Gap Feels Weird” from Majesty Shredding [follow]

Tiger Choir “Young Loving” [myspace]

Lower Dens “I Get Nervous” from Twin-Hand Movement [follow]

The Radio Dept. “The New Improved Hypocrisy”
from The New Improved Hypocrisy [site]

Maximum Balloon “Communion” (feat. Karen O) from s/t [follow]

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Adv: Grizzly Bear do Lottery Dream Commercial

Patrick Daughters, who directed the Grizzly Bear‘s crazily-eyed Two Weeks video, handled this spot for Washington’s Lottery. Their second commercial appearance since VW PunchDub.

Although the effects merit repeat viewings, there’s something off about the editing of the music and visuals. Sure, they’re both gorgeous. They’re just not so great in bed together. (via Stereogum)


Karen O x Squeak E. Clean‘s “Hello Tomorrow” for Adidas Spike Jonze. Dreamy indeed.

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MP3: Friday Five 10.16.09

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Couple great soundtracks hitting the market you should definitely pick up. Plus, a couple bands you may not have heard enough of. Yet.

Sea Wolf “The Violet Hour” from The Twilight Saga: New Moon OST

Bon Iver x St. Vincent “Roslyn” from The Twilight Saga: New Moon OST

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down “Know Better Learn Faster”
from Know Better Learn Faster

Karen O and the Kids “Hidaway” from Where The Wild Things Are OST

ArpLine “Rope” from Test

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