Friday, April 23, 2010

Indiephemera Friday, vol. 2

A busy week with indie heavyweights LCD Soundsystem, The Hold Steady, Broken Social Scene, and (today) The National making public their latest work.  While these four slug it out to determine who is the champ, a few things that my have flown under the radar.

*Indie producer Dan Snaith, better known as Caribou (previously Manitoba before being sued for breach of handsomeness) has returned after 2006's excellent Andorra with his follow-up, entitled Swim.  The new record is much more dance-floor oriented than the previous record but is equally enjoyable. Included below are first single "Odessa" as well as a remix by Junior Boys:

Caribou- Odessa

Odessa (Junior Boys Mix) by cityslang

* Fascinating new video from it-band The  XX this week for their song "Islands."  Pay close attention.

More on The XX next week in a mash-up centered post.  Some advance listening:

Wait What - Islands is the Limit

* We at FP were fortunate enough to see French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux perform for WNYC's Soundcheck program two weeks ago.  Absolutely tremendous.  Her debut album (in the US) will be released Tuesday; we'll have more to say about her next week.  In the meantime, enjoy her first single, "1977."

Ana Tijoux - 1977

*A lot of interest in Jack Rose after yesterday's post.  For those who don't know, Rose was part of noise band Pelt in the 90s prior to striking out on his own as an acoustic instrumentalist.  Sadly, he passed away at the age of 38 in December 2009 from a heart attack.  The tracks from yesterday's post were from posthumous Thrill Jockey release Luck in the Valley; another such track is included below.

Jack Rose - Woodpiles on the Side of the Road

That concludes the week of 19 April 2010.  Expect an increase in posting frequency next week.

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