The California trio, Foster The People, dropped by the BBC’s Radio 1 earlier this week and performed a cover of “Machu Picchu” by The Strokes. Their take on it is, not surprisingly, quite a bit different from the original. They said they wanted to take the song and “flip it on its head.” And that, they did. Listen to their psychedelic rendition below.
Guards killed it in their incredible Yours Truly performance for “I See It Coming”, taken from their 2010 self-titled EP (which you can download for free here). The video was shot in a mortuary in San Francisco, with the Magik Magik Orchestra. They definitely took an already awesome track and took it to a whole new level with this live session. Check it out below.
[Mp3] Guards – “I See It Coming”:
Watch the new video for “Top Bunk” by Gauntlet Hair, taken from their acclaimed self-titled debut LP, out now via Dead Oceans. The avant garde pop duo show some love to Arnold Schwarzenegger, by using footage from a couple of his films to create the video. Check it out below.
[Mp3] Gauntlet Hair – “Top Bunk”:
Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is pretty damn awesome. She recently announced that her new album, Tramp (her follow-up to last year’s Epic) will be released on February 7th via Jagjaguwar. And what makes these news even sweeter is the fact that the LP will be produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner and will feature contributions from such distinguished musicians as Bryce Dessner (The National), Zach Condon (Beirut), Julianna Barwick, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman). Very, very impressive stuff. In the meantime, here’s our first taste of Tramp: listen to “Serpent” below.
Here’s the latest video by The Naked and Famous, for the track “No Way”, taken from their debut album Passive Me, Agressive You. The visuals are absolutely stunning, with an artful use of slow motion shots of things shattering. And they also keep things interesting with a scary, sword-wielding masked samurai chasing a bride. Watch below.
Florence and The Machine have released a mesmerizing new video for their third single off their sophomore album, Ceremonials, entitled “No Light, No Light.” And, of course, both the song and video are stunning. In the visuals, Florence Welch seems to find herself in a struggle between the Christian Church and some sort of voodoo. No clue. But then again, who cares when it looks and sounds this good? Watch below.
The amazingly talented UK singer songwriter, Michael Kiwanuka, just premiered “Home Again”, an acoustic gem and the title track of his forthcoming third EP, set to be released on January 1st 2012. His sound is soulful, warm and tinged with just the right amount of nostalgia. Perfect for fall, I say. Listen to the gorgeous track below.
Michael Kiwanuka – “Home Again”:
The Big Pink have just premiered their latest single, “Hit The Ground (Superman)”, on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1. The track is taken from their upcoming sophomore album, Future This, due out in January. In case you missed it, you should also check out the first single to be released from the new LP, “Stay Gold.” Listen below.
Here’s the video for “Hello Sadness” by Los Campesinos, the title track from their latest album, which will be out tomorrow in the US. The video features masked people doing all sorts of annoying things to the band members, like forced spaghetti eating, being dragged across the floor or cleaning up a never-ending pile of trash. And then it all ends in a wedding, because you know, why not? Check out the video below.
The Black Keys will release their new album, El Camino, December 6th via Nonesuch. You’ve already heard the first single, “Lonely Boy“, and today they’ve premiered a second track, titled “Run Right Back”; a brilliant Southern rock piece to keep us excited about El Camino. It’s so damn good. Listen to a radio rip below.