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[mp3] Dirty Beaches - "Lord Knows Best"

“Lord Knows Best” is distant, decaying soul music by way of Montreal’s Dirty Beaches, the recording project of Alex Zhang Hungtai. The song made its way around the blogs earlier this week, but tonight I’m finally falling under its haunting spell as it just repeats in my headphones over and over (and over and over). It comes from Badlands, a mini-LP to be released by Zoo Music in March that is suddenly something I desperately want to hear more of.

MP3 :: Lord Knows Best

(from Badlands. Info here)


[video] Pandit - "Pack Your Bags"

Pandit - Pack Your Bags from Tyler T Williams on Vimeo.

Here’s a new video, which made its debut today over at Stereogum, for Pandit’s heartbroken “Pack Your Bags”. The track leads off their upcoming full length debut, Eternity Spin, and this appropriately somber string of visuals was directed by Tyler T. Williams. Just in case you missed it a few weeks ago, check out the shimmering dream-pop of “Artichoke” below, also from Eternity Spin.

MP3 :: Artichoke

(from Eternity Spin. Info here)


[mp3] Kurt Vile - "Jesus Fever"

After we got the breezy, West Coast indie-folk flavored “In My Time” last year, Matador has released another teaser mp3 from Kurt Vile’s upcoming Smoke Ring For My Halo. After the sharp sonic contrasts that marked Vile’s last full length, 2009’s excellent Childish Prodigy, I thought the next new Vile track to surface would either find him rocking out behind a wall of guitar noise or stripping things down to a back to basics lo-fi folk song – try to show another side to the man’s talent. Instead “Jesus Fever” surprises because of its similar melodic and sonic structure to “In My Time” – it’s practically a dead ringer actually. And that’s fine – Vile proves quite adept at this kind of laid back, chiming sound that would have fit right in on AM radio in the early 70’s. And by the way, that’s the updated album art up there. Neil Young anyone?

MP3 :: Jesus Fever

(from Smoke Ring For My Halo. Info here)


MP3 :: Kurt Vile – “In My Time”


[mp3] Tape Deck Mountain - "It Goes Down"

Lefse Records has had a handful of interesting releases over the past few months - from Love Remains, the spellbinding debut from How to Dress Well, to RIP JDS, the addictive dance/pop EP from Bikini. Add a new EP from San Diego’s Tape Deck Mountain to the list. Secret Serf will contain four new songs and drops next week. Take a listen to the surging lo-fi psyche of “It Goes Down” below, and keep an ear out for more from these guys this year.

MP3 :: It Goes Down

(from Secret Serf. Buy here)


[mp3] Beach Fossils - "Calyer"

Happy New Year everyone. Beach Fossils will release a new EP on January 11 through Captured Tracks with the full length follow up to last year’s excellent self-titled debut coming this spring. Hear “Calyer”, the jangly, reverb-laden lead single from the EP, below.

MP3 :: Calyer

(from the What A Pleasure EP. Info here)