Friday, August 31, 2012

The Presets - Ghosts Video!

Ghosts, the new single by The Presets. New album 'Pacifica' is out September 7 [AU] / 10 [US] / 16 [GB] Modular Recordings.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Moonface - I'm Not the Phoenix Yet Video!

Pitchfork debuted Moonface's latest video from their phenomenal Heartbreaking Bravery album. Check it out, it's great.

The Fresh and Onlys - Pressence of Mind Video!

Today The Fresh & Onlys share a video for "Presence of Mind" from their upcoming LP, directed by Dawn Carol Garcia. The band just announced a full North American tour in support of the album, Long Slow Dance, due Sept. 4th on Mexican Summer.

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #31

Podcast version of the live Viva Indie Rock Radio show. Feel free to stream or download VIR #31 at your leisure.

Track List:
1) TEEN  In Limbo  Better
2) Departures  Still and Moving Lines  Pillars
3) The Hermit Crabs  Time Relentless EP  Stop This Now
4) Making Marks  Hard to Be Good
5) Trin Tran  Dark Radar  Dark Radar
6) Dan Deacon  America  True Thrush
7) Dots Will Echo  Drunk Is the New Sober...  I Like It
8) Fierce Creatures  Catacomb Party  Babbity Abbot
9) Hannah Georgas  Hannah Georgas  Elephant
10)  Dinosaur Jr.  I Bet On Sky  Pierce the Morning Rain
11) Lightning Love  Blonde Album  Together 
12) Yeasayer  Fragrant World  Demon Road
13) Dark Dark Dark  Who Needs Who   How It Went Down
14) The Music Tapes  Mary's Voice  Saw and Calliope Organ on Wire
15) The Music Tapes  Mary's Voice  Takeshi and Elijah

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Melody's Echo Chamber - I Follow You Video!

Melody's Echo Chamber's self titled debut album is due out Sept 25th on Fat Possum. Here's the great video for I Follow You, which made its debut on Pitchfork.

The Mudders - Jeep Safari Video!

Swedish trio The Mudders sent me this fantastic video for their track Jeep Safari! They are currently recording their debut album. If this track is any indication, it's gonna be great.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ESP - Serenade Video!

Great video for ESP's track Serenade! The concept is an homage to Yellow Magic Orchestra. If you have mushrooms on hand, you might want to eat them now.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Making Marks - Hard To Be Good MP3 & Video

Making Marks is a great indie pop band from Norway. The debut single from Making Marks, Ticket Machine, will be released by Fika Recordings in October 2012 on 7″ vinyl.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Only In My Dreams Video!

The first video from the Mature Themes album, out now. Anything with a mime is ok by me!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The National Rifle - Coke Beat MP3!

Philadelphia band The National Rifle is gearing up for a new release towards the end of 2012 titled Almost Endless. Coke Beat is the first preview track off the record and it's not too shabby!

The Hermit Crabs - Stop This Now MP3!

Charming track from equally charming Scottish band The Hermit Crabs. Stop This Now is off their Time Relentless EP due out in September on Matinee Recordings!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Men - Candy MP3!

The Men are kind enough to share the track Candy off their latest album Open Your Heart! Having played well over 50 shows in the states (about 50 overseas) so far this year, from Pitchfork Music Festival to The Smell, The Men will continue bringing their anthemic rock n roll across the globe with even more tour dates. If you get a chance, check them out live!

9/01 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
9/02 San Francisco, CA- The Independent*
9/04 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey  %
9/05 Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel #
9/06 Portland, OR - Musicfest Northwest
9/13 Rouen, FR - 106
9/14 Paris, FR - Trabendo
9/15 Groningen, NL - Vera
9/16 Tilburg, NL - Incubate Fest
9/17 Anvers, BE - Trix
9/18 Bruxelles, BE - VK
9/19 Geneve, SW - Usine
9/20  Milan, IT - Ligera
9/21 Rome, IT - Teatro Spazio
9/22 Padova, IT - Loop
  • 11/08 Buffalo, NY- Mohawk Place
  • 11/09 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton (Not Dead Yet Festival)
  • 11/10 Montreal, QC- Underworld
* Destruction Unit, CCR Headcleaner
# White Lung
% Broken Water, Hurry Up

The Music Tapes - Mary's Voice & Kickstarter Campaign for The Traveling Imaginary!

The Music Tape's Mary's Voice comes out on Merge Sept 4th. This is the most original, interesting and poignant album I have heard in more than a decade. All the songs are brilliant, but the song Takeshi and Elijah evokes such powerful feelings of loneliness and yearning with its distant, passionate tone, that I actually teared up a bit. If you don't take a chance on Mary's Voice, you will be missing out on something special.

Also, The Music Tapes have started a Kickstarter campaign for The Traveling Imaginary.

"The Traveling Imaginary is an invitation into The Music Tapes’ world. We will tour the United States in a circus tent, transforming spaces into cozy, dreamlike environments for evenings’ worth of music, games, stories, films, and amusements. The Traveling Imaginary is a long-dreamt-of undertaking on a grander scale than anything we have ever done. You, the audience member, will be an honored guest in The Music Tapes’ world – the one in which Julian has lived and recorded in for years."

This video should explain it all:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dinosaur Jr. - Watch the Corners Video!

Funny Or Die premiered their poignant and hilarious music video for "Watch the Corners" today starring Tim Heidecker of Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and the R. Alverson film The Comedy. "Watch the Corners" was directed by The Director Brothers and produced by Sean Boyle and also stars Olivia Crocicchia, Jordan Martin, and Melanie Hawkins. Dinosaur Jr.'s new album, I Bet On Sky, will be released on September 18th, 2012

Stream Dan Deacon's America in It's Entirety Courtesy of NPR!

Thanks to NPR, you can hear Dan Deacon's upcoming release America in it's entirety! America is due out August 28th! Don't miss this record.

Monday, August 20, 2012

King Tuff - Alone and Stoned Video!

Hilarious video for King Tuff's Alone and Stoned! Great track. I can't stop watching.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Animal Collective - Today's Supernatural Video!

"Today's Supernatural" from Animal Collective's new album Centipede Hz, out Sept. 3rd. Directed by Danny Perez.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Pauses/Great Deceivers Split 12"

New Granada Records set to release split EP for The Pauses and Great Deceivers on September 11th! If these preview downloads are any indication, this will be a must have for any vinyl collection!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #30

Podcast #30 is available for your streaming or downloading pleasure. Catch a live broadcast sometime, Thursdays, 9pm on Plaza Midwood Community Radio. This was a really great week for music!

Track List:
1) Satellite Stories  Phrases To Break The Ice  Anti-Lover
2) Yeasayer  Fragrant World  Blue Paper
3) Reptile Youth  Summer Sampler   Shooting Up Sunshine
4) Blonds  The Bad Ones  Gospel Kid
5) Ormonde  Machine  Lemon Incest
6) Race Horses  Furniture  Mates
7) Cold Showers  Love and Regret  BC
8) The Soft Moon  Zeros  Die Life
9) Lorelei  Enterprising Sidewalks  Let Go of Our Ego
10) Plaided  Playdate  Freaks and Geeks
11) Stealing Sheep  Into the Diamond Sun  Shut Eye
12) The Aerial  Eleven Shaking Twenty  Clarity
13) Herzchenschmerzchen  Herzchenschmerzchen  Tic Tac
14) Prince Rama  Top Ten Hits of the End of the World  So Destroyed
15) Camera  Radiate!  Ausland

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Familjen - Vi Va Dom Video!

Familjen, the solo act of Swedish musician Johan Karlsson, has a great video for track Vi va dom (lit. We are what they were) directed by Mats Udd. I saw this on the great European music blog Swede + Sour!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Sea and Cake - On and On!

Another great preview track from The Sea and Cake's upcoming album Runner, due out Sept 18th!

The Soft Moon - Die Life MP3!

Zeros due out Oct 30th on Captured Tracks! Here's rockin' preview track Die Life!

09-08 Portland, OR - Ted's (MFNW)
09-20 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands * %
09-21 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa *
09-22 Toronto, Ontario - The Drake *
09-23 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom *
09-24 Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit Cabaret *
09-25 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox *
10-26 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge ^
10-28 Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College Gardner Lounge ^
10-30 Manhattan, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
10-31 Middletown, CT - Eclectic House ^
11-01 Rochester, NY - Blug Jar ^
11-02 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ^
11-03 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern ^
11-04 Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups ^
11-06 Atlanta, GA - 529 ^
11-07 Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge ^
11-08 Durham, NC - The Pinhook ^
11-09 Washington, DC - Black Cat ^
11-10 Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar ^
12-12 Echo - Los Angeles, CA ^
12-13 Casbah - San Diego, CA ^
12-14 The New Parish - Oakland, CA ^
12-15 Mezzanine - San Francisco, CA ^
12-18 Holocene - Portland, OR ^
12-19 Barboza - Seattle, WA ^
12-20 Waldorf - Vancouver, British Columbia ^

* with Cold Showers
^ with Group Rhoda
% with Eraas

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cold Showers - BC MP3!

Cold Showers' album Love and Regret comes out Oct 9th on Dais Records. Check out and download the great preview track BC!

9/20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands w/ The Soft Moon
9/21 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal @ La Sala Rossa w/ The Soft Moon
9/22 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel w/ The Soft Moon
9/23 - Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room w/ The Soft Moon
9/24 - Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret w/ The Soft Moon
9/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Brillobox w/ The Soft Moon
9/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
9/27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ The Raveonettes + Melody's Echo Chamber
9/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
9/29 - Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
9/30 - Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street
10/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Silk City
10/3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Wierd (Home Sweet Home)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Eternal Summers - You Kill Video!

Been playing the hell out of this album (Correct Behavior on Kanine Records) on the radio show!Check out this fun video!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't Video!

Jens Lekman - "I Know What Love Isn't" off the forthcoming album I Know What Love Isn't. Set for release Sept. 4, 2012 on Secretly Canadian.

09/07/12 Barcelona, ES - Music Hall 
09/08/12 Madrid, ES - Sala Copérnico 
09/10/12 Helsinki, FI - Tavastia 
09/11/12 Aarhus, DK - Train 
09/12/12 Kopenhamn, DK - Vega 
09/13/12 Oslo, NO - Rockefeller 
09/14/12 Malmo, SE - KB 
09/15/12 Goteberg, SE - Pustervik 
09/17/12 Stockholm, SE - Dramaten 
09/19/12 Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge 
09/20/12 London, UK - Hackney Empire 
09/21/12 Brighton, UK - The Haunt 
09/23/12 Paris, FR - Gaite Lyrique 
09/24/12 Strasbourg, FR - La Laterie 
09/25/12 Utrecht, NL - Tivoli de Helling 
09/26/12 Berlin, DE - Postbahnhof 
10/01/12 Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater*
10/02/12 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall* & Big Search 
10/04/12 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
10/05/12 Montreal, QC - Le National*
10/06/12 Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub* 
10/08/12 New York, NY - Terminal 5* & Big Search 
10/11/12 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer* 
10/12/12 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club* 
10/13/12 Richmond, VA - The National* 
10/15/12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle* 
10/16/12 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse* 
11/01/12 Seattle, WA - Neptune* 
11/02/12 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom* 
11/03/12 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater* 
11/05/12 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Auditorium* & Big Search 
11/06/12 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre* & Big Search 
11/08/12 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern* 
11/09/12 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom* 
11/12/12 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater* 
11/13/12 Austin, TX - The Mohawk* 
11/14/12 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's* 
* = w/ Taken By Trees

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Windshield Smasher Video!

From Black Moth Super Rainbow's 5th album "Cobra Juicy" out 10.23.12 on Rad Cult.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Merchandise - In Nightmare Room Video!

Florida trio Merchandise debut the brooding music video for "In Nightmare Room", a single off of their recent LP, Children of Desire.

Lord Huron - Time To Run Video

From their album Lonesome Dreams, due out Oct. 9th!

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #29

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #29 is available for your streaming or downloading pleasure. Tons of great new music this week. See below for a complete tracklist. Catch a live broadcast sometime! Thursdays, 9pm EST. You can stream it on the interwebs at!

Track List:
1) Swearin'  Swearin' Here to Hear
2) Wavves  Adult Swim Singles  Hippies is Punks
3) Casiokids  Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen  Olympiske Leker
4) Kisses  Funny Heartbeat  Funny Heartbeat
5) Black Moth Super Rainbow  Windshield Smasher EP  Windshield Smasher
6) Reptile Youth   Summer Sampler  Morning Sun
7) Ormonde  Machine  Cherry Blossom
8) Eternal Summers  Correct Behavior  Girls in the City
9) PAWS  Cokefloat!  Miss American Bookworm
10) Thee Oh Sees   Putrifiers II  Flood's New Light
11) Paul Banks  Banks  The Base
12) Blonds  The Bad Ones  Time
13) Levek  Look A Little Closer  French Lessons
14) The Deadly Syndrome  All In Time  Whatever Comes Our Way
15) Paradise  Nocture  Wild Nothing

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Fresh and Onlys - Presence of Mind

The Fresh & Onlys are kind enough to share a new track, "Presence of Mind" from their upcoming LP. The band just announced a full North American tour in support of the album, Long Slow Dance, due Sept. 4th on Mexican Summer. The band will be joined on the tour by Terry Malts, Grass Widow and Quilt.

09/05 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room *
09/06 San Diego, CA Soda Bar *
09/07 Los Angeles, CA The Echo *
09/08 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
09/09 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Atrium *
09/11 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades *
09/13 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios *#
09/14 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown *
09/15 Vancouver, BC The Media Club *
09/16 Seattle, WA Crocodile *
10/30 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge %
11/01 Lawrence, KS Jackpot %
11/02 St. Louis, MO Firebird %
11/03 Nashville, TN Exit In %
11/04 Birmingham, AL Bottletree %
11/05 Atlanta, GA 529 %
11/06 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade %
11/08 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
11/09 Washington DC Red Palace %
11/10 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's %
11/11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall %
11/13 Buffalo, NY Soundlab %
11/14 Toronto, ON Parts & Labour %
11/15 Detroit, MI Magic Stick %
11/16 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog %
11/17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall %
11/18 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry 
11/20 Iowa City, IA Gabes  

* = w/ Terry Malts
# = w/ Grass Widow
% = w/ Quilt

Stream The 1975 - Facedown EP!

Manchester band The 1975 released their fantastic 4 song Facedown EP on Aug 6th. It's pretty great. Especially the title track Facedown and Antichrist. Take a listen!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kisses - Funny Heartbeat MP3!

Finally. After two years of touring the world and recording, Kisses have unveiled their latest single. 'Funny Heartbeat', a track about love and high anxiety that calls attention to the end of Summer and a new chapter for Kisses. While putting the finishing touches on the duo's second LP, with production work from Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs and Tim Larcombe, the group decided to release a song that sits between the disco sheen of The Heart of The Nightlife and the pulsing freestyle beats of their forthcoming LP. With a new video and tour dates soon to follow, Kisses have returned.

Portlandia Interviews J Mascis About Upcoming Dinosaur Jr. Album!

At the end of the video they give info on getting the special I Bet On Sky bundle deal which allows you to get the album two weeks earlier than the official release date of Sept 18th!  Or, you can click here: BUNDLE!

Tour Dates:
08/25/12 St. Louis, MO: LouFest 2012
09/02/12 LA  FYF Fest
09/06/12 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern
09/08/12 Portland, OR: Roseland Theater (Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis solo, and Sebadoh all performing)
09/24/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace**
09/27/12 Detroit, MI: St. Andrew's Hall***
09/28/12 Cincinnati, OH: MidPoint Music Festival***
09/29/12 Champaign, IL: Pygmalion Festival***
10/01/12 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge*
10/02/12 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse*
10/03/12 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina's*
10/04/12 Austin, TX: Mohawk*
10/05/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's*
10/06/12 Dallas, TX: The Prophet Bar*
10/08/12 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum Theater*
10/09/12 Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory*
10/10/12 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore*
10/11/12 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall*
10/12/12 Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre*
10/14/12 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge*
10/15/12 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater*
10/17/12 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room*
10/18/12 Minneapolis, MN: Cabooze*
10/19/12 Madison, WI: Majestic Theatre*
10/20/12 Grand Rapids, MI: The Orbit Room*
10/22/12 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird*
10/23/12 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom*
10/24/12 Millvale, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre*
10/25/12 Washington, DC: Black Cat*
10/26/12 Charlottesville, VA: Jefferson Theater*
10/27/12 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer*
* w/Shearwater
** w/The Besnard Lakes
*** w/Purling Hiss

Monday, August 6, 2012

Redd Kross - Stay Away From Downtown Video!

Redd Kross premiered the new video for “Stay Away from Downtown” from their first new album in 15 years Researching the Blues which will be in stores tomorrow.

Redd Kross on tour:
Aug 7 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Aug 8 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sept 1 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
Sept 6 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Sept 7 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Sept 8 Portland, OR MusicFestNW @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept 23 Pensacola Beach, FL DeLuna Fest w/ Superchunk & Bob Mould

Antony and the Johnsons - Cut The World Video!

Antony and the Johnsons have released a stunning new video for the title track of the new album CUT THE WORLD. The cinematic short stars Willem Dafoe (the Spider-Man trilogy, The Last Temptation of Christ) and Carice Van Houten ("Game of Thrones," Valkyrie) as well as performance artist Marina Abramović. In it, a subtle shift in nature prompts a startling chain of events.

The album, CUT THE WORLD, is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band's 4 full length albums (SWANLIGHTS, THE CRYING LIGHT, I AM A BIRD NOW, S/T). Recorded in Copenhagen, DK with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, CUT THE WORLD features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony. Additionally the title track "Cut The World" is featured here for the first time. It is one of Antony's new songs for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramović and Willem Dafoe.

 CUT THE WORLD was recorded live on September 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen, DK and represents Antony's continued meditation on light, nature & femininity. Antony discusses his ideas on the track "Future Feminism", a speech he made during one of the concerts. Addressing the affects of patriarchy on the global ecology, Antony explores the possibility of shifting towards feminine systems of governance in a gesture to restore our world.

08/03/12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Music and Arts Festival with The Swedish National Radio Orchestra
08/01-12/12 - London, England - MELTDOWN: Antony curates MELTDOWN at The Southbank Centre
10/12-13/12 - Melbourne, AUS - Swanlights at The Hammer Hall

Friday, August 3, 2012

Grizzly Bear - Yet Again Video

Grizzly Bear's video for Yet Again off the upcoming Shields album!!

Download PAWS "Miss American Bookworm" MP3

Hailing from Glasgow, PAWS bash out infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-rock that can quickly shift from cute melancholia to an unnerving territorial roar. Look for their new album Cakefloat! October 9th on FatCat Records.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #28

Welcome to Podcast #28! Check out the complete track list below! Try to catch a live broadcast sometime! Thursdays, 9pm EST on Plaza Midwood Community Radio. You can catch the stream on UStream or go direct to the station site:

Track List:
1) Trails and Ways  Trilingual (Singles)  Mtn Tune
2) Boxed Wine  Boxed Wine EP  Waste Your Time
3) The Sea and Cake  Runner   Harps
4) Eternal Summers  Correct Behavior  You Kill
5) Lawrence Arabia  The Sparrow  Bicycle Riding
6) Dum Dum Girls  End of Daze  Lord Knows
7) WHY?  Sod in the Seed EP  Twenty Something
8) Race Horses  Furniture  My Year Abroad
9) Girls Names  7"  A Troubled See
10)  Pains of Being Pure At Heart  Belong  My Terrible Friend
11) Young Moon  Navigated Like the Swan  The Crystal Text
12) Sad Disco  Honestly 
13) Ormonde  Machine  Drink
14) Swans  The Seer  The Apostate

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sad Disco - Honestly Video

Hailing from Athens, Greece, Sad Disco brings us the fantastic track Honestly. Directed by talented Greek filmmaker Stathis Mourdoukoutas, all the scenes in the video were shot in the abandoned hotel named Xenia, at the top of Parnitha mountain. You can also download this track free HERE!

Race Horses - My Year Abroad Video!

I gotta admit, I really love this sound. My Year Abroad comes off Race Horses' upcoming album Furniture due out in Sept. Also, there is a limited edition colored vinyl 7" coming out with this track in August that might be worth the $$. I look forward to hearing more from these guys.