My buddy David just turned me onto this clip that is apparently almost 2 years old. Regardless, it's pretty awesome to see Andrew Bird, as Dr. Stringz, on the kid's show Jack's Big Music Show.
Also, you can stream Andrew's new collection of instrumental works, titled Useless Creatures here. You can only get the album by ordering the deluxe edition of his upcoming album, Noble Beast.
Gentle Friendly has put together a nice little fifteen minute mixtape of songs that inspired their Night Tape EP. It is appropriately titled Nite Tape. Tracklist in the image above, mixtape as mp3 below.
MP3 :: Gentle Friendly - Nite Tape mixtape
Hmm, so Dodge over at MOKB has unearthed this neat little cover/remix of Kings Of Leon's "Knocked Up". Apparently he found the track labeled as the "Rodeo Mashup Remix", but Dodge feels it is a cover and not a remix. After listening I'd have to say it is both. It features some of the original elements from the song combined with Lykke Li assisting on vocals and even soloing some parts. Either way, it is definitely a fantastic listen, so check it out.
MP3 :: Lykke Li - Knocked Up (Kings Of Leon Cover) OR Kings Of Leon - Knocked Up (Rodeo Mashup Remix Ft. Lykke Li)
Yesterday The Octopus Project posted a free mp3 of their cover of "I.O.I.O.", originally by the Bee Gees. It's pretty swell, and I definitely love these guys, so check it out.
MP3 :: The Octopus Project - I.O.I.O. (Bee Gees Cover)
Elsewhere in Christmasland:
Ok, this is one of the coolest things I've found on the internet. I'm still not entirely sure just what a Buddha Machine is, but I am loving this site. It is a digital wall of Buddha Machines. You click on one of the machines, pick one of the little tokens, and let it play. Then move on to another, select a token, and let it play. Keep doing this until you have some amazing lo-fi, ambient sounds pulsing from your spekers.
Daytrotter has been putting up one amazing session after another the past couple of weeks. I'm not even gonna put up any of the tracks here. Just go check 'em out. In particular: Dear And The Headlights, Crooked Fingers, Annuals, Noah And The Whale, and Dr. Manhattan. All are amazing.
Vivian Girls have posted up a "Surf's Up Funpack" that features a cover of "Girl Don't Tell Me" by the Beach Boys. It's not a bad cover. The lo-fi thing doesn't usually do it for me, but I dig this a good bit. Just listen to the video above. I'll probably buy the funpack, so if you wanna be cool you better do the same!
So it seems Grizzly Bear is in Cape Cod working on the new album, which I can't wait for, and in their downtime hanging out with some other awesome musicians. Ed posted on their blog today with music from grizzly friend Hisham Bharoocha's project titled Soft Circle. Check out the track below, and see some more awesome shots like the one above at Grizzly Bear's blog.
MP3 :: Soft Circle - Avalanche
Eugene McGuinness has released a free two-track Christmas EP titled Snow On Snow On Snow. It's a pretty little thing, and you can get it free over at Domino's webstore now, or just grab it below.
Eugene McGuinness - In The Bleak Midwinter
Eugene McGuinness - Scented Soap
Oh my, there may just be a music god. Abeano posted a cover of Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" done by Hot Chip with Peter Gabriel on the vocals. It was apparently supposed to be the b on the single for the original song, but never happened. Well now we get to listen anyway. Abeano brings up the lyric in the song "It feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel, too," and I love the Gabriel follows the lyric with "It feels so unnatural to sing your own name."
MP3 :: Peter Gabriel x Hot Chip - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend Cover)
In related news, Hot Chip is releasing a brand new 4 track EP titled Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese. You can get a free download of one of the tracks titled "Made In The Dark" here, and they will also send you "We're Looking For A Lot Of Love" on December 19.
Fleet Foxes performed "English House" last night on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and sounded amazing. I can't find a video of just the song, but if you go here and skip ahead to about 33:30 you can catch the boys in action. Also, it seems the band is a part of myspace's "50 Albums You Should Know From 2008". This means you can visit the band's myspace and stream the entire album right now, so if for some reason you have yet to hear the entire thing, go check it out now.
Neon Gold is finally giving us a taste of their work with the delightful Marina & The Diamonds. You can check out the video for the song "Obsessions" above. It was made by Tim Brown, apparently with no real budget to work with. You can also cop the mp3 for the song below.
MP3 :: Marina & The Diamonds - Obsessions
No Pain In Pop just put up a digital split single today featuring Bedford, Indiana's Natural Numbers and London's A Grave With No Name. You can check out all four tracks below. There is also a physical copy available on cassette here.
Natural Numbers – Sleep Through Today
Natural Numbers – The Tapes Inside My Closet
A Grave With No Name - Silver
A Grave With No Name - The Underpass
The amazing Weird Tapes put up two new songs last night. The first is a remix of Personal Best by Faux Fox, and the second is a little Christmas jam he put together himself.
Faux Fox - Personal Best (Weird Tapes Version)
Weird Tapes - Christmas Break
01. In Ear Park by Department Of Eagles
MP3 :: Department Of Eagles - Classical Records
02. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
MP3 :: Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood
03. Skeletal Lamping by Of Montreal
MP3 :: of Montreal - Plastis Wafer
04. Devotion by Beach House
MP3 :: Beach House - Gila
05. No Way Down EP by Air France
MP3 :: Air France - Collapsing At Your Doorstep
06. Microcastle by Deerhunter
MP3 :: Deer Hunter - Agoraphobia
07. Furr by Blitzen Trapper
MP3 :: Blitzen Trapper - Furr
08. LP3 by Ratatat
MP3 :: Ratatat - Mirando
09. A Kid Named Cudi by KiD CuDi
MP3 :: KiD CuDi - Down & Out
10. The Very Best Mixtape by The Very Best
MP3 :: The Very Best - Kamphopo
11. Santogold by Santogold
MP3 :: Santogold - You'll Find A Way
12. Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound by De Novo Dahl
MP3 :: De Novo Dahl - Heartbreaker
13. The Virgins by The Virgins
MP3 :: The Virgins - Rich Girls
14. This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That by Marnie Stern
MP3 :: Marnie Stern - The Package Is Wrapped
15. Workout Holiday by White Denim
MP3 :: White Denim - I Can Tell You
16. At Mount Zoomer by Wolf Parade
MP3 :: Wolf Parade - Bang Your Drum
17. Los Angeles by Flying Lotus
***Los Angeles Game***
MP3 :: Flying Lotus - SexSlaveShip
18. Fearless by Taylor Swift
MP3 :: Taylor Swift - Love Story
19. Matador Singles '08 by Jay Reatard
MP3 :: Jay Reatard - Always Wanting More
20. Youth Novels by Lykke Li
MP3 :: Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance