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Monday, August 31, 2009

magic sequence



Our friends at Acephale sent over this new mix from Memory Tapes, featuring various unreleased tracks/remixes/surprises, including a couple of jams from his excellent upcoming Seek Magic LP. You can also grab new song "Plain Material" below...

mp3:
memory tapes :: magic sequence (68 mb)
memory tapes :: plain material

Full "Magic Sequence" tracklist after the jump...

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1. clip from SEEK MAGIC bonus disc
2. Memory Tapes "Green Knight"
3. East Hundred "Hammerhead (Weird Tapes Version)"
4. Memory Tapes "Bicycle (garage boombox take)"
5. clip from SEEK MAGIC bonus disc
6. Memory Tapes "Plain Material"
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8. Fools Gold "Nadine (Memory Tapes Version)"
9. clip from SEEK MAGIC bonus disc

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michael mcdonald x grizzly bear



Been waiting to hear this one for a while, and it's kind of awesome/hilarious: Michael "I Keep Forgettin'" McDonald joins Grizzly Bear on "While You Wait For the Others." Get it on iTunes, or order the 7" directly from the band.

Related: Jay-Z and Beyonce love Grizzly Bear too.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

CFCF x HEALTH



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HEALTH :: before tigers (CFCF remix)

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Friday, August 28, 2009

dem hunger



Another mind-altering mix from the mysterious Dem Hunger. He(?) says:

"JUST COOKED IT ON THE PAN AM FLIGHT 666...WAS IN SOME FUCKIN MANHUNTER/CHRISTINE/DEEP 80'S FUCKIN SERIAL KILLER TYPE SHIT..."

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dem hunger :: white drugs

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

gvsb sirius/xm blog radio

Our weekly Sirius XM Blog Radio show airs today at noon Eastern (and again at midnight) on Sirius XMU. This week's episode features brand new music from Memory Tapes, Raekwon, Trailer Trash Tracys, Forest Swords, Washed Out, Flying Lotus, Taken By Trees, and more. You can listen online with a free trial here. Click the "Read more" link to check this week's playlist + some mp3s...

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gorilla vs. bear blog radio :: august 27

01 trailer trash tracys :: candy girl (demo)
02 the xx :: islands
03 flying lotus :: auntie's lock (feat. life force trio)
04 memory tapes :: swimming fields
05 fool's gold :: nadine (memory tapes version)
06 washed out :: belong
07 washed out :: hold out
08 jj :: from africa to malaga
09 delorean :: seasun
10 VEGA :: no reasons
11 neon indian :: 6669 (i don't know if you know)
12 julian lynch :: banana jam pt. 1
13 amanaz :: khala my friend
14 henry pedro :: midnight sun
15 forest swords :: glory gongs
16 best coast :: something in the way
17 smith westerns :: diamond boys
18 best coast :: sun was high (so was i)
19 trailer trash tracys :: you wish you were red
20 cass mccombs :: you saved my life
21 toro y moi :: human nature
22 raekwon :: 10 bricks
23 fever ray :: when i grow up (version by lissvik)
24 major lazer :: keep it goin louder
25 magic kids :: hey boy
26 the bitters :: can you keep a secret
27 wavves :: cool jumper
28 taken by trees :: anna
29 atlas sound :: walkabout (feat. panda bear)
30 white denim :: syncn

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

life of leisure



Washed Out's new 6-song Life of Leisure EP is available digitally now at Mexican Summer. You can also pre-order the vinyl 12" here; limited to 1000 copies (800 black vinyl/200 purple haze).

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washed out :: hold out

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video premiere:

Music Go Music | "Just Me"

Music Go Music performs "Just Me," from their epic forthcoming debut LP Expressions, live on Face Time:



previously:

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music go music :: warm in the shadows

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New No Age, taken from their upcoming Losing Feeling 12" EP, out October 6 on Sub Pop:


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no age :: you're a target

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powerful lovin'

Denton's Fergus & Geronimo perform their slow-burning soul throwback "Powerful Lovin'" live in San Francisco, for our friends at Yours Truly:



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fergus & geronimo :: powerful lovin'

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fun Fun Fun Fest '09 unveils full lineup


GZA

The lineup for the 4th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX:

The Pharcyde
RATATAT
Danzig
GZA
(performing Liquid Swords)
No Age
Of Montreal
Broadcast
the Cool Kids
Destroyer
Death
Crystal Castles
Times New Viking
Kid Sister
HEALTH
Neon Indian
Fucked Up
Harlem
Strange Boys
Vega
Mika Miko
the Jesus Lizard


...and way more. Full lineup after the jump...

mp3:
no age :: teen creeps
RATATAT :: shiller
health :: we are water
times new viking :: move to california



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Monday, August 24, 2009

memory tapes x fool's gold



Memory Tapes lends his warped, magical brand of nostalgia to this extended version of "Nadine," from L.A. collective/supergroup Fool's Gold:

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fool's gold :: nadine (memory tapes version)

The original version of "Nadine" appears on Fool's Gold's self-titled debut LP, out September 29 on IAMSOUND.

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weird summer



Our friend Justin Gage from Aquarium Drunkard just sent over this perfect "faded out late summer mix" from his new NY/LA mixtape/sound collage collaborative, Mondo Boys. Nearly an hour of hazy beach jams from the likes of Os Mutantes, Best Coast, Little Joy, Love, Dara Puspita, Atlas Sound, King Khan, and many more. Highly recommended:

mp3:
MONDO BOYS :: WEIRD SUMMER (80 mb)

Full tracklist after the jump...

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WEIRD SUMMER TRACK LIST:

Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys: Mamurogawa Ondo
The Books: You'll Never Be Alone
Os Mutantes: Tempo No Tempo
Lind & The Linders: Gin No Kusari
Richard Swift: The Bully
Anne Phillipe: Onmatou Jours Dit
Atlas Sound feat. Noah Lennox: Walkabout
Richard Swift: The Bully
Jack & The Rippers: Cathy's Clown
Foreign Born: Early Warnings
Orange Juice: Falling and Laughing
The Nigerian Rhythm Group: The Wind In A Frolic // Giles, Giles & Fripp: Just George, Parts 1-3
Akron/Family: Ed Is A Portal
Elijah & The Ebonites: Hot Grits!!!
Love: Wonder People (I Do Wonder) (Outtake)
Otis Redding: Let Me Come On Home
Tandemoro: Medicine for Melancholy (Outtake)
Otis Redding: Stay in School (excerpt)
The Kinks: Picture Book
Jan Jelinek/G.E.S.: Laokoon Orinoco (excerpt)
Magnetic Zeros: Home
The Love Language: Providence
Javelin: Tell Me, What Will It Be
Little Joy: No One's Better Sake
Dara Puspita: Tanah Airku
King Khan & The Shrines: Que Lindo Sueño
The Michaels: Beach Sleeper (Outtake)
Best Coast: Something In The Way You Say My Name
Nancy Sinatra: Tonight You Belong to Me
The Love Language: Lalita
Fiery Furnaces: Benton Harbor Blues
Jan Jelinek/G.E.S.: Laokoon Orinoco (Excerpt)
The Equals: No Love Could Be Sweeter

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dum dum girls cover the ronettes

Dum Dum Girls cover the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," live in Seattle. Thanks to the Finest Kiss for the clip:



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all is love



Listen to Karen O and the Kids' "All is Love," the lead single from the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack, here.

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frankie rose and the outs



Looking forward to this: Crystal Stilts drummer/ex-Vivian Girl Frankie Rose has a new band called Frankie Rose and the Outs. Upcoming releases include the 7" Thee Only One single on Slumberland (Oct. 27) and a split 7" with Dum Dum Girls on Hell, Yes! Records. No new music up yet on the group's myspace page, but you can take a listen to the original demo for the Rose-penned Vivian Girls jam "Where Do You Run To" here.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

neon indian, harlem, + others added to Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup



Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced a few more additions to its already stellar 2009 lineup, including both Alan Palomo-helmed projects (Neon Indian + VEGA), Fucked Up, Harlem, Yeasayer, Kid Sister, and more. These groups join Death, GZA, Health, Atlas Sound, King Khan & BBQ Show, and many more on the '09 bill. More additions coming next week...

mp3:
neon indian :: 6669 (i don't know if you know)
VEGA :: no reasons
harlem :: south of france
atlas sound :: walkabout

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On the heels of nostalgia-inducing, always-on-repeat jams "Feel It All Around" and "Hold Out," the Fader brings us another dreamy new track from Washed Out. This one will appear on his limited upcoming High Times cassette on Mirror Universe:

mp3:
washed out :: belong

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Flying Lotus' "Auntie's Lock," now with strings! The final chapter of FlyLo's L.A. EP 3x3 is out now on limited 12" via Warp:

mp3:
flying lotus :: auntie's lock (feat. Life Force Trio)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

glory gongs


glory gongs

Forest Swords has a new limited cassette (150 copies) due soon on Woven Tones. Dude makes like a modern day, fully submerged/dubbed-out Morricone on title track "Glory Gongs," showcasing more of the soulful, immersive, and utterly cinematic (see video, below) drone-step that made us fall in love with "Miarches" in the first place:



mp3:
forest swords :: glory gongs

The Glory Gongs cassette is available for pre-order now; worth grabbing for the b-side alone, which apparently finds Forest Swords "channeling late R&B sovereign Aaliyah, reforming her 'If Your Girl Only Knew.'"

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

seek magic



Seek Magic, the debut full-length from Memory Tapes, is now available for pre-order on vinyl from Acephale Records. Limited to 1000 copies, and pressed on light blue vinyl (first 300 copies on white/blue "haze" vinyl).

mp3:
memory tapes :: bicycle
memory tapes :: bicycle (horrors cosmic dub)
taken by trees :: watch the waves (memory tapes version)

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Tonight in Dallas:

This evening's Toro Y Moi / EAR PWR show as been moved from Pastime Tavern to Good Records. Free/all ages.

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toro y moi :: human nature

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

what does it take to win your love for me



Julian Lynch + Evan Brody of Family Portrait are Pillow Talk. Here, the duo cover Junior Walker's "What Does It Take?" in the rocksteady style of Alton Ellis.

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pillow talk :: what does it take?

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mp3: the very best | warm heart of africa 7"



The Very Best has a new, extremely limited (500 copies) 7" single out now on Green Owl, with cover art from master painter BP Konan of the Ivory Coast. A-side summer jam/title track "Warm Heart of Africa" is backed with unreleased album track "Yalira," and you can download the single for free, courtesy of the label:

mp3:
the very best :: warm heart of africa (feat. ezra koenig)
the very best :: yalira

buy the warm heart of africa 7" here

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Monday, August 17, 2009

video: the bitters + woods | "warrior"

Aerin Fogel of the Bitters rips through the group's jam "Warrior" with the bros from Woods, live at the Captured Tracks/Woodsist fest in Brooklyn last month. Such a great song:



mp3:
the bitters :: warrior

The Bitters have 7" singles due soon on Captured Tracks + True Panther, and a full-length coming in the near-ish future on Woodsist.

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video premiere:

Nite Jewel | "Want You Back"

New video from L.A.'s Nite Jewel, for the sweet title track from their upcoming Want You Back EP, out this month on Italians Do It Better (get it now on itunes). Directed by Erin Dunn:



In related news, the Fader just premiered this great new track from the group's forthcoming Falling Far/Spiritual Nite Life 7":

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nite jewel :: falling far

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girl in love



These kids absolutely killed it in Dallas the other night, and were even joined by their new best friends Girls for a rousing, set-closing version of "Be My Girl," which happens to be the a-side from the group's limited (300 copies) new UK single on Transparent Records. Pick up the 7" here now or ebay it later, and download the whole thing, courtesy of Transparent, below:

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smith westerns :: girl in love

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mp3: radiohead | "these are my twisted words"



So much for the "wall of ice" rumors, but Radiohead have confirmed that new song "These are my Twisted Words" is in fact them (as if anyone had any doubt), and are offering it for free download in high-quality 320 kbps, complete with artwork (pictured above). According to Jonny:
"So here's a new song, called 'These Are My Twisted Words.' We've been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We're pretty proud of it. There's other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we've been practicing, and which we'll probably play at this summer's concerts. Hope you like it."
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radiohead :: these are my twisted words .zip

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RATATAT x despot



"Look Alive" is a new track from Queens rapper Despot, with the beat coming courtesy of RATATAT (who, incidentally, also worked with Kid Cudi recently on his new record). Evan Mast tells us that this one will appear on the upcoming Def Jux Presents 4 comp, which also features new music from El-P, Mr. Lif, and more.

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despot :: look alive [produced by ratatat]

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

songs of the decade | 2000-2009



If you liked/hated our albums of the decade list, you'll probably really enjoy/loathe this. Check our favorite songs of the past 10 years after the jump...

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my top 40:



01 Panda Bear | bro's
02 Outkast | b.o.b.
03 The Knife | heartbeats
04 UGK feat. Outkast | international players anthem
05 The Walkmen | the rat
06 Animal Collective | my girls
07 White Denim | let's talk about it
08 Radiohead | idioteque
09 Grouper | heavy water/i'd rather be sleeping
10 Clipse | grindin
11 Jay-Z | izzo (H.O.V.A.)
12 Outkast | hey ya
13 The Shivers | beauty
14 The Strokes | hard to explain
15 Cat Power | he war
16 Yeah Yeah Yeahs | maps
17 Justin Timberlake | rock your body
18 R Kelly | trapped in the closet
19 T.I. | what you know
20 Panda Bear | good girl/carrots
21 Grizzly Bear | while you wait for the others
22 Daft Punk | one more time
23 The White Stripes | dead leaves and the dirty ground
24 Radiohead | pyramid song
25 Burial | archangel
26 M.I.A. | paper planes
27 Wilco | jesus, etc.
28 Erykah Badu | the healer
29 Dizzee Rascal | fix up look sharp
30 LCD Soundsystem | someone great
31 The Arcade Fire | neighborhood #1 (tunnels)
32 Slimm Calhoun feat. Andre 3000 | it's okay
33 Interpol | obstacle 1
34 Missy Elliott | gossip folks
35 Yeah Yeah Yeahs | y control
36 Amadou & Mariam | sabali
37 Chromatics | in the city
38 Lil Wayne | i feel like dying
39 Gorillaz | clint eastwood
40 Birdman feat. Clipse | what happened to that boy

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01 The Strokes | Hard to Explain
02 Panda Bear | Good Girls / Carrots
03 Sonic Youth | Sympathy for the Strawberry
04 Radiohead | Kid A
05 Animal Collective | Did You See the Words?
06 Spoon | The Beast and Dragon, Adored
07 Wilco | War on War
08 Panda Bear | Bro's
09 The Knife | Heartbeats
10 Burial | Shell of Light
11 Little Joy | The Next Time Around
12 Cat Power | I Don't Blame You
13 Radiohead | Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
14 Deerhoof | Scream Team
15 The Arcade Fire | Haiti
16 M.I.A. | Paper Planes
17 The Strokes | Meet Me in the Bathroom
18 Deltron 3030 | 3030
19 Air | Surfing on a Rocket
20 Outkast | Hey Ya!
21 Grizzly Bear | Little Brother
22 The Walkmen | Thinking of a Dream I Had
23 Jay-Z | Big Pimpin'
24 Animal Collective | My Girls
25 Beck | Hell Yes
26 Yeah Yeahs Yeahs | Y Control
27 The White Stripes | Little Bird
28 Beach House | D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
29 The Avalanches | Since I Left You
30 Clinic | Distortions
31 Devendra Banhart | Poughkeepsie
32 Animal Collective | Winters Love
33 Cut Copy | Far Away
34 Grandaddy | Hewlett's Daughter
35 LCD Soundsystem | All My Friends
36 Daft Punk | One More Time
37 Air France | June Evenings
38 White Denim | Heart From Us All
39 No Age | My Life's Alright Without You
40 Spoon | They Never Got You

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photos: Girls + Smith Westerns |

live in Dallas









Photos by David. More shots of Girls + Smith Westerns: Live in Dallas after the jump...

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

candy girl



Trailer Trash Tracys' amazing new debut single-of-the-year contender, the double a-side Candy Girl 7-inch, is out next month on No Pain In Pop. Take a listen to both the overwhelmingly gorgeous, '50s-pop-meets-'80s-nostalgia of "Candy Girl," and the moving, lo-fi shoegaze in the surf ballad "You Wish You Were Red," here. The group is also giving away the "Candy Girl" demo for free download:

mp3:
trailer trash tracys :: candy girl (demo)

Pre-order Trailer Trash Tracys' Candy Girl 7" here for £4 (about $11 USD, shipped).

previously:

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trailer trash tracys :: strangling good guys

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Friday, August 14, 2009

albums of the decade | 2000-2009

As the last summer of this decade comes to a close and "best of the decade" talk starts to pop up on various corners of the internet, we've decided to post a concise list of our favorite albums of the '00s. We wanted this to be a small post/discussion, as opposed to some overwrought, massive thing, so we pared the list down to the 20 albums that, for us, defined the last 10 years. The list is below, with a foreword from Carles of popular weblog Hipster Runoff:



"You continue to come back to Gorilla vs. Bear for a reason. It seems to be 'simple', like 'not making a big deal' about sharing emerging artists. While many blogs continue to generate zany memes, muckraking 'newsbits', and spiral into a terrible voice that cannot be corrected, Gorilla vs. Bear stays pretty 'straightforward' and has never really 'shot itself in the foot' by expanding beyond its core competency.

In the final 4 months of 2k9, you will see more 'Best of the Decade' gimmick lists than have ever been generated at the twilight of any decade. It seems like the 'list' gimmick has been exhausted, but there is still a responsibility of 'relevant' voices to generate a list, not only for the 'mad hits', 'search engine optimization', and 'shitload of comments' , but to give your followers a 'landmark', saying 'We have lived through this. Now we shall reflect upon this.' While some outlets can do this naturally because of their brand/voice, it seems likely that most people will 'seem like ass holes' for making lists.

This is the top albums of the decade list by some bros who live in Texas, but seems like it means 'more' because the bros behind it have a 'respected blog.' While you are above concepts like 'lists', 'time', 'labeling periods of time', and 'judging art', it is a social responsibility of a relevant tastemaker to make 'seminal lists.'"
--Carles, designer of IAMCARLES.com
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gorilla vs. bear's favorite albums of the decade | 2000-2009

01 panda bear | person pitch (2007)
02 the strokes | is this it (2001)
03 ghostface killah | supreme clientele (2000)
04 outkast | stankonia (2000)
05 radiohead | kid A (2000)
06 j dilla | donuts (2006)
07 sufjan stevens | michigan (2003)
08 burial | untrue (2007)
09 joanna newsom | the milk-eyed mender (2004)
10 m.i.a. + diplo | piracy funds terrorism vol. I (2004)
11 sigur ros | Ágætis Byrjun (2000*)
12 the arcade fire | funeral (2004)
13 white denim | fits (2009)
14 animal collective | feels (2005)
15 the streets | a grand don't come for free (2004)
16 grizzly bear | veckatimest (2009)
17 clipse | hell hath no fury (2006)
18 beach house | devotion (2008)
19 madvillain | madvillainy (2004)
20 the knife | silent shout (2006)

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contest: 2009 monolith festival


[photo by pooneh ghana]

Today is the last day to purchase regular priced tickets for the '09 Monolith Festival, which goes down at Red Rocks in CO on September 12 + 13. As we've mentioned, this year's lineup features Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk, Of Montreal, DOOM, Phoenix, the Walkmen, Method Man & Redman, Chromeo, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, HEALTH, Neon Indian, Rahzel, and the list goes on...

Our friends at the fest have hooked us up with a pair of 2-day passes to give away to one winner; just leave your name in the comments and we'll pick a winner at random at the end of this month.

In related news, Monolith Fest tickets are now available at a handful of indie record stores -- including Dallas' own Good Records -- minus any service fees.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

mp3: lefse records compilation



Download a free sampler from Lefse Records, featuring new/unreleased tracks from GvsB favorites Neon Indian, Phaseone, Sunnybrook, Julian Lynch, Friend, and more.

mp3:
various :: lefse records sampler .zip (79 mb)
friend :: what is it
neon indian :: should have taken acid with you

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gvsb sirius/xm blog radio

Our weekly Sirius XM Blog Radio show airs today at noon Eastern (and again at midnight) on Sirius XMU. This week's episode features brand new music from No Age, Washed Out, the xx, Joy Orbison, Taken By Trees, Girls, Wavves, and more. You can listen online with a free trial here. Check this week's playlist + some mp3s after the jump...

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gorilla vs. bear blog radio :: august 13

01. washed out :: hold out
02. air france :: GBG belongs to us
03. bloc party :: letter to my son (TWINS remix)
04. washed out :: feel it all around
05. the xx :: islands
06. jj :: ecstasy
07. memory cassette :: surfin
08. joy orbison :: hyph mngo
09. sunnybrook :: waving hands
10. taken by trees :: watch the waves
11. taken by trees :: anna
12. henry pedro :: midnight sun
13. ariel pink's haunted graffiti :: kind of kind
14. smith westerns :: diamond boys
15. reading rainbow :: i will wait
16. toro y moi :: human nature
17. neon indian :: 6669 (i don't know if you know)
18. forest swords :: miarches
19. girls :: lauren marie
20. magic kids :: hey boy
21. atlas sound :: walkabout (feat. panda bear)
22. no age :: you're a target
23. best coast :: something in the way
24. the bitters :: warrior
25. WAVVES :: cool jumper
26. the mayfair set :: three for me
27. veronica falls :: found love in a graveyard
28. trailer trash tracys :: candy girl
29. family portrait :: mega secrets
30. taken by trees :: watch the waves (memory tapes version)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

something in the way you say my name


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best coast :: something in the way

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asleep at a party

We posted the video for the a-side of Memory Cassette's perfect (sold out) Call & Response 7" the other day, and now the b-side gets its own dreamy clip, directed by Sebastian of Sail A Whale:












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memory cassette :: asleep at a party

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We were just sent this far-superior-to-the-original remix of Bloc Party's "Letter to My Son," from UK producer TWINS (who, incidentally, mixed the new Gentle Friendly LP we mentioned today, and has also done some production work for Trailer Trash Tracys):

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bloc party :: letter to my son (TWINS remix)

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hold out



Columbia, SC's Washed Out sent over this latest gem, taken from his upcoming debut 12", due this Fall on Mexican Summer. I wasn't sure he could top the dreamily nostalgic "Feel It All Around," but this is what Ariel Pink would sound like if he moved to Miami to join the Metro-Dade police force's undercover vice squad in 1985:

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washed out :: hold out

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gentle friendly



London's Gentle Friendly have a new single out on Upset The Rhythm, and the label's made both tracks (along with artwork and lyrics) available for free download. The group makes the kind of uniquely blissful, slightly unhinged layered noise that's already elicited comparisons to the likes of Animal Collective, Fuck Buttons, No Age, the Ghostbusters ride, etc., without sounding particularly like any of those things. Both tracks will also appear on Gentle Friendly's debut full-length, Ride Slow, due on Upset the Rhythm in October:

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gentle friendly :: clean breaker
gentle friendly :: RIP static

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mp3: wavves | "cool jumper"



New song from Nathan Williams, aka Wavves, who's apparently been joined full-time by Hella's Zach Hill. Haters will continue to hate, but this is kind of the jam:

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wavves :: cool jumper

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Atlas Sound covers Fleetwood Mac [via]:

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atlas sound :: walk a thin line

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