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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

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: Wye Oak side project Flock of Dimes, Ben Folds covers Ke$ha, Washed Out, Black Keys cover Buddy Holly, and Seapony :: Friday 05.06.11

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This new track from Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and her new side project Flock of Dimes almost makes up for the fact that Wye Oak is covering Dinosaur Jr on May 22nd—and it’s sold out.

Flock of Dimes (Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak) “Prison Bride”

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The idea of Ben Folds covering Ke$ha may not sound like a good idea, but think about it. Anybody doing Ke$ha is better than her, right? This case especially.

Ben Folds “Sleazy” (Ke$ha)

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You’re gonna love this new Washed Out until I lodge this in your head: Moby, Enya, and Caribou havin’ a baby. That is all.

Washed Out “Eyes Be Closed” from Within and Without

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The Black Keys warm up to a fairly restrained take on Buddy Holly. The upcoming tribute LP includes My Morning Jacket, Jenny O., Lou Reed, Modest Mouse, She & Him, and more.

The Black Keys “Dearest” (Buddy Holly) from Rave On Buddy Holly

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If you like your gals sun-drenched, sugar-coated, and covered in a light layer of fuzz (really, who doesn’t), Seapony is here.

Seapony “Blue Star” from Go With Me

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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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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.

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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 09.04.09

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Here’s a few tunes that fit our current space in time. That weird spot where Summer meets Fall. And where the 3-day weekend bleeds into the 7-day work week.

Grizzly Bear x Michael McDonald “While You Wait For The Others”
from the While You Wait For The Others single

My Morning Jacket “West End Girls” (Pet Shop Boys)
from Early Recordings, Chapter 2: Learning

Midlake “Roscoe” Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Remix
from Re-Animation Vol. 1

Sébastian Tellier “Le Long De La Riviere Tendre”
from Late Night Tales: Air

Washed Out “Hold Out” from Life of Leisure EP

BONUS: Fall’s comin
Donovan “Season of the Witch” from Greatest Hits

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