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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

MP3: 80s Synth Redux of Dinosaur Jr., plus The Shh, Golden Grrrls, The Shins (Acoustic), and Beach House :: Friday 03.23.12

A whole record of 80s synth-pop redux-tions of Dinosaur Jr. tunes? Yes, please. It’s being released on Record Store Day (4/21) and done by the same project that remixed Built to Spill into 80s songsThe Electronic Anthology Project (Brett Nelson of Built To Spill). Here’s a stream of one of ‘em. Plus, four others to add to your shopping list. Enjoy thoroughly.

Dinosaur Jr. “Tarpit” (EAP Redux) [stream/buy]
from The Electronic Anthology Project

The Shh “So Over” [follow]
from The Burning Love

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

The Shins “Simple Song”(Acoustic) [follow]
from Port of Morrow Acoustic Bonus

Beach House “Myth” [follow]
from Myth

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MP3: Built to Spill remixed as The Electronic Anthology Project
MP3: Beach House Does Not Care For The Winter Sun
MP3: Golden GRRRLS and Karen O x Trent Reznor
MP3: The Shins cover Squeeze 


MP3: The Shins, Hospitality, Of Montreal, Sharon Van Etten, and White Denim :: Friday 01.13.11

Enjoy thoroughly.

The Shins “Simple Song” [follow]

Hospitality “Friends of Friends” [follow]
from s/t

of Montreal “Dour Percentage” [follow]
from Paralytic Stalks

Sharon van Etten “Mike McDermott” [follow]
from Serpents

White Denim “No Real Reason” [follow]
from Takes Place in Your Work Space

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MP3: Friday Five 06.11.10 The Shins cover Squeeze, The Dodos live, Washed Out w/ Caroline Polachek, Wild Nothing, and Julian Lynch

Here’s what’s been swirlin’ round the Ümlaut this week. A lot on the chill side. Why? ‘Cuz I’m freakin’ exhausted. That’s why. Get some rest, folks.

The Shins “Goodbye Girl” (Squeeze) from Levis Pioneer Sessions 2010

The Dodos “Red and Purple – Eyelids” from Live from Akropolis, Prague

Wild Nothing “Chinatown” from Gemini

Washed Out “You and I” (feat. Caroline Polachek)
from Adult Swim Singles Project

Julian Lynch “Droplet on a Hot Stone” from Born 2 Run

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MP3: Friday Five 01.08.10

Enjoy a tune from last year and a bunch to get excited about from the coming months. 2010′s going to kick arse.

Foreign Born “Vacationing People” from Person To Person

Broken Bells (The Shins’ James Mercer x Danger Mouse) “The High Road”
from The High Road

The Album Leaf “Falling From The Sky” from A Chorus of Storytellers

Besnard Lakes “Albatross” from Are The Roaring Night

Blah Blah Blah “Why Am I The Only One Laughing”
from self released

BONÜS: Happy Birthday Mr. The King!

Elvis Presley “Pocketful Of Rainbows” (Alt. Take)
from Collectors Gold – Hollywood

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MP3: Friday Five 04.17.09


Some new tunes this week. And a couple older ones to prep for tonight’s Devendra show at the Mystic in Petaluma. Enjoy.

Superchunk “Misfits And Mistakes” from Leaves in the Gutter EP

The Hold Steady “Chips Ahoy” (live) from A Positive Rage

The Shins “Plenty Is Never Enough” (Tenemant Halls cover)
from Score! 20 Years of Merge, the Covers

T. Rex “Cosmic Dancer” from Electric Warrior

Devendra Banhart “At The Hop” from Niño Rojo

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