Watch – Bon Iver : Deluxe Edition with Track-By-Track Film

Tomorrow, November 29, Jagjaguwar is releasing a deluxe edition of Bon Iver‘s album Bon Iver on iTunes, with a limited edition DVD coming in early December.  As a special treat, you can watch a sneak preview of, one of the track-by-track short film accompaniments, that will be included in the package.  Isaac Gale and David Jenson direct this warm, glowing video for the track  “Hinnom, TX”; an atmospheric synth-pop ballad, which finds Justin Vernon dreaming of a burial place for strangers near Jerusalem, and relocating the bodies to the heart of the Texas desert. But for a song about burying strangers, this is also a song about buying the stranger within yourself and starting anew;  as much about the end of life, as it is about the beginning.


The Vaccines recently went into the studio to record with Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes and Gus Oberg. The product of that session is the band’s latest track “Tiger Blood.”  Watch the official new video for the track right here. “Tiger Blood” and The Vaccines b-side “Tuck and Roll” will be available digitally December 13th on Columbia Records. The band are currently on tour in Europe through the end of the year. For more on The Vaccines visit: Winning!


The holiday season, like it or not, is about to descend. And of course the big kick-off is Black Friday, when everyone shakes off the food coma to head out to the stores and forage for gifts. Traditionally Black Friday has been dominated by large corporate retailers promoting mass produced items at super low prices, but this year, Record Store Day is getting in on the Black Friday action, subverting the model and creating pieces of art in the form of limited special edition vinyl,  from some really cool, impressive artists.

You can find a list of all the US titles RIGHT HERE  in a handy wish list format.


Watch some Record Store Videos HERE



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Part one (Day) of a two part short film series, shot in August/ September 2011,  provides a short glimpse into the “Burning Man” experience.  Shot entirely with a (very dusty) Canon 7D with 70-200 f.40L, a 50mm 1.8, and a 10-24mm Tamron and using music from “Layers of Generation Without Number” by Bichi.  Part Two (Night) coming soon…


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Click image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays).

Music tourism (visiting a city or town to see a gig or festival) is on the rise. But why stop at gigs and festivals? Why not visit the birthplace of your favourite genre and follow the actual journey various music genres have taken as one style developed into another.

To make it easier to trace the threads of music history, Thomson Blog has created an interactive map detailing the evolution of western dance music over the last 100 years. The map shows the time and place where each of the music styles were born and which blend of genres influenced the next.

About the Research (From Thomson Blog):

The map shows the evolution of top level dance genres only, and does not delve into all possible sub-genres.

It is often difficult to pin-point the beginning of a genre to a single year, so we have placed the birth of each genre within 5-year periods.

When the explosion of dance music arrived in the 80s, many genres arrived in the same 5-year period as the genres they influenced. In this situation, the ‘influencer’ genre starts to fade in on the map at the time the influencing line appears.

Non-dance music genres which influenced dance music are also included, but their own influences are not shown.

Often where a genre was first born was not the location it eventually gained most popularity.

The sources used to create the map include Bass CultureLast Night A DJ Saved My Life,The All Music Guide to Electronica, and Wikipedia.

This is a fairly complex subject and much debate exists not only around how you define various genres of music, but also where they initially came from. If you’d like to share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Last night  at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, Academy-Award winning filmmaker (and DOC NYC advisory boardmember) Michael Moore, whose films ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story,’ ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and ‘SiCKO’ are among the top ten grossing documentaries of all-time, moderated a casual but thought provoking discussion with filmmaker Jon Shenk (Lost Boys of Sudan) after the screening of Shenk’s new film, The Island President.

With stunning cinematography and an emotional soundtrack by Radiohead, the film tells the story of globe-trotting President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced– the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. 

The archipelago nation of the Maldives, off India’s coast, looks like a Waterworld paradise. But the country risks becoming submerged underwater before the end of the century, unless climate change is reversed. That sets a clear mission for the charismatic, passionate, unfettered and sometimes scrappy President Nasheed, who fought a dictatorship for twenty years to be elected at age 41.  Nasheed is still fighting, only now, to bring climate change awareness to the World in more imaginative and creative ways – Nasheed made World headlines in 2009, holding the world’s first subaqueous cabinet meeting. Jon Shenk follows Nasheed in his first year in office as he strategizes to keep his threatened homeland at breathing level, while lobbying other countries to help.

The Island President is a well deserved, recent recipient of the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Documentary Award.


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“As I stared up into the bright blue sky that was near the end of what felt like a trillion years, I was visited by a horrible sense of claustrophobia. A claustrophobia that sets in only when no space is great enough to contain you. Cause you have all this stuff inside you that refuses to leave. All those useless stupid things from the past.”
… a female voice whispers in the beginning of the film.
Things talk relationships. This is the premise for THE GAME OF THINGS, Cristian Straub’s latest fashion short film for German fashion label Ethel Vaughn. A woman is haunted by her past, by things and moments she once shared with someone. As the film unfolds we get a grasp of the romantic relationship that is no more. The woman is determined to clean up her life – by setting all the “useless, stupid things” from the past on fire. In the meantime, a mysterious rider appears. And it looks like he’s up to no good…

Once again, director Cristian Straub was joined by director of photography Jakob Suess in his journey for new forms of visual expression. Heavily inspired by the cinema of the late 60s & early 70s (like Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t look now” or Polanski’s “The Tenant”), they crafted a film that emanates not only the aesthetic feel, but also embraces the courageous spirit and the cinematic curiosity of that particular era in film history.

For THE GAME OF THINGS Fashion Film House Riese Farbaute teamed with Metrosafari Locations, both aiming to set new standards in forward thinking fashion film productions.



The Black Key’s first new single “Lonely Boy” off the forthcoming album El Camino is out today. The album co-produced by the Black Keys and Danger Mouse, officially hits stores Dec. 6th but on November 25th, as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday series, it will be released on 12″ viny. As a bonus, if you pre-order the album today to get an instant download of Lonely Boy. Preview the track through the band’s new viral video . Pretty sure this guy stole my dance. 


M83 has released an official video for “Midnight City”the first single from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Directed by Fleur & Manu and Produced by DIVISION, “Midnight City” is the soundtrack for a pack of gifted kids with telekinetic powers who escape from an institution to be free and run wild on the outskirts of LA. Having recently relocated to Los Angeles, the video reflects Anthony’s ongoing love affair with the magical escapism of film and the city itself.


Oct. 15 – Mexico City – Corona Capital Festival

Oct. 28 – Washington DC – Black Cat (early show) (Sold Out)

Oct. 28 – Washington DC – Black Cat (late show) (Sold Out)

Oct. 29 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade (Sold Out)

Oct. 30 – Asheville, NC – Moog Fest

Oct. 31 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

Nov. 1 – Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room

Nov. 2 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre (venue change)

Nov. 4 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

Nov. 5 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

Nov. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom

Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box (Sold Out)

Nov. 10 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine (Sold Out)

Nov. 11 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

Nov. 12 – Vancouver, BC – Venue (Sold Out)

Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (early show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (late show)

Nov. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (early show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (late show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON – Lees Palace (Sold Out)

Nov. 19 – Montreal, QC – Le S.A.T.

Nov. 20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

Nov. 22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (Sold Out)

Nov. 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Sold Out)





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Iceage: New Brigade
Label: What’s Your Rupture
Release date:  June 21, 2011

Anger, anxiety, maladjustment and nihilism are all impulses that legions of teenagers combat daily. In Copenhagen,  four teens are not merely scrapping against these demons, but waging an outright war on them.

Meet Iceage: a Danish punk outfit, whose rowdy live shows have delineated them the poster children for a “new cult of violent youth” – just have a scroll through the bloody post-show photos on their blog.But their new album New Brigade, substantiates the band as much more than a group of gashed-head exhibitionists and young, brash, noise makers. In a musical climate so over-run with baby-soft indie pop, New Brigade  is a refreshingly angry, visceral exercise in contained chaos and high-octane energy output. The album is a post-punk call of arms for loners and anarchists, alike, and easily one of the best punk records I’ve heard in years.

You only need listen to the exhilarating “feedback made to sound like galloping” first few seconds of opener “White Rune”, to get immediately drawn into the relentless, dark, fast-paced grip of this record.  Singer Elias Rønnenfelt belts out jumpy modernist angst ridden chants “I am White Rune!”, rioting the song into a furious Gang of Four-esc bounce that burns itself out in just two minutes,  before the listener even has time to catch their breadth.


Running just about 23 minutes, buried beneath scowling layers of heavy distortion and sloppy garage noise, New Brigade is, at it’s core, a faithful re-interpretation of early Joy Division, and New York No Wave. But for an album brimming with such over-worked post-punk , atmospheric goth and hardcore, New Brigade manages to infuse all three genres with a raw, new energy. The result of which, naively sounds as if the foursome discovered their “new” sound all on their own,  independent and oblivious to the last 30 years of music. And, for a band whose average age is seventeen, maybe, I even believe this.

David Bowie lionized on New British Pound…Keep the Ch-ch-ch-change

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Maybe if the United States started printing rock legends on our dollar bills, the economy might pick up.  Over the great pond,  the Brixton district in London has been experimenting with it’s own alternative to the sterling pound to promote local commerce.  The newest, and hands down, the most fun to funky cycle of this British currency features David Bowie, wearing ‘Aladdin Sane’ makeup from the 1973 album following up ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.  Bowie is the first musician to be included on the currency and we are excited to see who Brixton will come up with next. Keep the ch-ch-ch-change.




The lost notebooks of Hank Williams were discovered after he died in 1953.   Jack White, Bob Dylan and a bunch of other artists have gotten together to complete the collection of previously unheard songs, adding a little lick of their own style with a lot of Hank’s raw energy to make  The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams.  Stream the standout track “You Know That I know” from White Stripes frontman Jack White HERE


In preparation of a double-disc deluxe edition of their self-titled debut album (out October 11), Yuck are now streaming a new track called “Soothe Me”; sounding less like Dinosaur Jr. and more like a band trying to forge their own direction.  The re-issue will include “Soothe Me” along with 5 other  B-side tracks. Listen here.

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For the 10th anniversary of it’s original release, Stereogum presents STROKEDa track-for-track cover album of the Strokes first album Is This It. If you have ever wondered how Real Estate, Owen Pallett,  Peter Bjorn & John, Austra, Heems, The Morning Benders, and others might sound offering their spin on Strokes songs, download this album now.

Click here to download.

Read the Liner notes from Stereogum below: 

Peter Bjorn & John – “Is This It”
The only time I have agreed with some of the many, many stupid music journalists in Sweden was when “The Strokes” appeared on a Swedish website about 10 years ago. On of the most stupid journalist said that this new band for New York was the rebirth of rock or something and when I for the first time listened to three of their tracks on this swedish web-page I almost wanted to hit myself in the head with the computer. It was kind of a new thing for me to listen to music on a computer machine and this was the very first time I remember getting goosebumbs from hearing music on such a thing. It´s a strong memory believe it or not and It felt like magic that something this good had been created maybe just some month ago and that I could hear it on my computer at work. The idiot journalist was right, this was amazing and for me it was almost like when I heard “Jump” with “Van Halen” for the first time back in 1984. When we recorded our cover of “Is This It” we didn’t want to do anything crazy or weird like turning the song into a acid jazz P-funk power ballad. We just wanted to play it as good as we could.
– John Eriksson
Chelsea Wolfe – “The Modern Age”
I didn’t know this song well before I was given it to cover, so I listened to it a few times in a row and then started just focusing on the words. This song has great lyrics. I decided to pretend it was an old folk song. When I recorded my cover I was really sick and had taken lots of heavy cough syrup. I sat down with my classical guitar and just played it out, then my bandmate Ben (Chisholm) and I added layers of vocals, drums and juno until it felt slow and heavy like the medicine.
– Chelsea Wolfe
Frankie Rose – “Soma”
To be honest this was the first time had ever actually sat down and listened to the strokes! Maybe that sounds crazy like I have been living in a bush or something, but true! The trick was how best to make the song my own. I decided slowing it down and taking out some of the garage elements might be interesting. Adding a synth was helpful. The harmonies keep the chorus moving forward like the original, and yet totally different. Take note, there is a little homage in the guitar at the end. Can you guess for whom?
– Frankie Rose
Real Estate – “Barely Legal”
Matt, Alex and I – as well as all of our friends – were pretty much obsessed with this band when we were 15. We formed a Strokes cover band and played at Cassie (Ramone)’s sweet 16. When Alex got his first electric guitar, he opted for the white Stratocaster like Albert Hammond Jr. He even had the red lightning bolt strap. The approach to doing this cover was to not make it sound like the original, pretty simple. However, these songs are all arranged so well already that it’s pretty hard to come up with something new. We did a half-time drum beat thing, and then the rest of it just kind of fell into place.
– Martin Courtney
Wise Blood – “Someday”
I was psyched and terrified to get “Someday.” I decided to try and stick with the way the song develops, which I think is 4 parts that progress, fall apart, then start over again. Everything else I sort of switched up, and I tailored the lyrics a tiny bit to better suit me.
– Chris Laufman
Austra – “Alone, Together”
This song was really hard for me to cover because in my opinion the greatest things about it are the performance and the production. It took a while, but ultimately I just made it sound like an Austra song, which is to be expected!
– Katie Stelmanis
the morning benders – “Last Night”
Back when Is This It was released everyone was going crazy over how much The Strokes sounded like VU and Television and Iggy Pop. But to me, there first single “Last Nite” always felt like a Beatles song. The way the rhythmic elements always stay out of the way of the vocal, that one note guitar line a la George Harrison, even Julian’s vocal has that combo of snotty grit and melody that reminds of Lennon. But beyond all that, the reason it really feels like a Beatles song is the structure. It’s classic early-Beatles Lennon, and an approach to pop structure that still hasn’t really been tapped into. There’s no clear verse or chorus, just one main hook and melody. The only other section is a short bridge, that really just acts as a kind of propeller for the main melody, giving it the momentum it needs to come back over and over and over again. That’s good pop! And of course the middle eight is replaced by a guitar solo because, well, they’re the Strokes. For our cover we turned that structure on its head. The sections still occur in the same order, but we have re-imagined them. The main “Last Nite” melody/lyric becomes a proper verse, and the section that used to be a short bridge becomes the proper chorus/hook. At the end everything intersects with each other and we have a melodic party. Pretty fun, right?
– Chris Chu
Owen Pallett – “Hard To Explain”
Is This It is one of my favourite records of all time. I like a band when they’re metronomic with zero dynamics, and they never play the chorus more than twice, and when the vocals are buried. It sounds like efficiency. I read a quote, once, from Regina Spektor, in reference to Is This It:
The thing that blew my mind first hearing the Strokes was that they were the closest I had heard rock come to classical. Their music is extraordinarily orderly and composed.
I post on several message boards — less these days, but still on occasion. Spektor’s statement, which made instant sense to me, was the source of lively online debate. Essentially, people disagreed with Spektor’s quote. What followed was a firestorm of criticism, and many things came into question, from Spektor’s familiarity with rock music to begin with, to the worth of “classical training” in the pop context.
A user named Nabisco posted this in Spektor’s defence:
So far there’s like one person on the thread who’s actually bothered to spend half a second thinking about what [Spektor] seems to mean. (…) As of the first couple albums, at least, there is something almost insanely orderly about the Strokes’ eighth notes, in a way that’s pretty much the opposite of the “raw sloppy rock” tag they once got. I seem to remember Tom Ewing saying it was no surprise to have a drum machine on “Hard To Explain,” since the band always played like they were machined and sequenced anyway. It makes sense that this would be what Spektor means when she says the band is “like Mozart”. (…) It would be nice if there were ever any pull on [this message board] to look at something with the expectation that maybe — just maybe — it will be useful for something better than eye-rolling.
When I was asked to cover “Hard To Explain,” I remembered Spektor’s comment and Nabisco’s response. I re-imagined the Strokes as a piano quintet, and had us all playing hard, fast and mechanical. I can’t sing it as well as Julian, but he’s a really good singer — I think he had might have had lessons — not that it matters.
– Owen Pallett
Heems – “New York City Cops”
Michael Stewart, Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Alberta Spruill, Timothy Stansbury, Abner Louima, Sean Bell, Ousmane Zongo, Randolph Evans, Anthony Baez, Clifford Glover, and Fermin Arzou were senselessly beaten or killed by the NYPD while unarmed.
– Himanshu Suri
Deradoorian – “Trying Your Luck”
I was psyched to have a different type of challenge within my daily writing routine. It was nice to have a project that could be viewed more objectively and focus more on what kind of sound I wanted it to have. I love the production of dub/reggae and thought I’d give my own interpretation of that for “Trying Your Luck.” It took a couple of tries to get on the right wave, but I feel it came together in the end. I usually don’t add environmental sounds to songs, or use that kind of instrumentation, so it was fun to put that all in there.
– Angel Deradoorian
Computer Magic – “Take It Or Leave It”
I grew up listening to Is This It in middle school and high school. I think everyone my age did. “Someday” was my ringtone for my old Nokia light up phone for at least three years. I love the Strokes, but I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t. “Take It Or Leave It” has a pretty level headed obvious message to it, it’s one of my favorites.
– Danielle Johnson



Teeel’ s Amulet (Remixed) is now available everywhere! You can stream the whole album here or grab it on itunes.  To promote the album, Teeel has also released a new video for the opening track/ Datassette Remix of  “Corduroy Swell”. 

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Dan Mountford Doubles his Exposure

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At just 20 years old, revealing little background information, English photographer/ graphic designer Dan Mountford has created a professional portfolio which already includes clients like EMI Records. His series of portraits titled The Worlds Inside of Us, is a surreal visual journey into the minds of his subjects, using the process of double exposure and photoshop to create thoughtful, captivating and superbly composed images. You can purchase prints through Dan’s shop or see more of his work on flickr.


Stream Geoffrey O’Connor’s soaring and arch pop statement, Vanity is Forever, now! The album will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 27th via Chapter Music but you can give it a listen today and dare to be hypnotized.  Make sure to check out the very David Lynch, Twin Peaks soundtrack reminiscent “Thing’s I shouldn’t Do”.



Also, listen to these previously released tracks off the record:

“Whatever Leads Me To You”

“Now and Then”

Geoffrey released a remix EP of “Whatever Leads Me To You” as well, including reworkings by Expensive Looks, Lawrence Arabia, and WORNG. All the remixes can be downloaded here for free.


Focus Creeps, the director duo behind Waaves “King of the Beach”and Girls ““Lust for Life” have teamed up once  again to direct another Arctic Monkeys video. This time around for the title track off their new album “Suck It And See”.  Interesting title, interesting American Graffiti style video, interesting nipple appearance…unfortunately not so interesting song.