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Video: R.E.M. – “Mine Smell Like Honey”

Earlier this month we shared with you three new R.E.M. tracks off their upcoming album, Collapse Into Now, which is set to be released in just over a month. If you missed the post and have yet to hear the tracks, you can check it out here.

R.E.M. has now premiered the video for one of the tracks we were most curious about when the official tracklisting was released, the first single off Collapse Into Now, “Mine Smell Like Honey”.

The video was directed by Dominic DeJoseph, and while discussing this video and the band’s various videos over the years, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills tells Spinner that the video is a reference to the old Buster Keaton silent film kind of days. He goes on to say, “There’s a lot going on in that song. It’s got a lot of propulsion and moving forward and so I think the idea of movement is what contributed to that video being like it is.”

Take a look at the video below.

R.E.M. has no plans to tour in support of the new album. When asked by Rich McLaughlin in a recent interview about the decision, Mills replied:

For touring with us, we tour because we want to play. We don’t tour to support a record. We don’t tour to get our name out there. We tour because we like to play. To tour when your heart isn’t in it would be a real bad mistake for us. 2008 was a long hard year on the road and we’re just not feeling it right now. We go with our instinct. Our two biggest selling records ever, we didn’t tour on them. So maybe some of that magic will rub off on this one too.

Collapse Into Now will be out March 8th via Warner Bros.

Collapse Into Now Tracklisting:

1. Discoverer
2. All the Best
3. Überlin
4. Oh My Heart
5. It Happened Today (featuring Eddie Vedder and Joel Gibb)
6. Every Day Is Yours to Win
7. Mine Smell Like Honey
8. Walk It Back
9. Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter (featuring Peaches and Lenny Kaye)
10. That Someone Is You
11. Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I
12. Blue (featuring Patti Smith)

R.E.M. on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Fleet Foxes Announce New Album, Helplessness Blues + Tour News & Free Download of Title Track

Fleet Foxes has announced the release of their next album, Helplessness Blues, which is the the much anticipated follow up to their 2008 self-titled debut. Helplessness Blues is due out May 3, 2011 via Sub Pop.

The 12-track album was recorded over the course of a year at Avast Recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek. The piece that appears on the album cover was illustrated by Seattle artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Chris Alderson.

Helplessness Blues will coincide with the band’s first North American tour since 2009. We’ve posted a full listing of the North American dates below. If you visit FleetFoxes.com tomorrow (Feb. 1st) at 9am PST, you can take part in the limited ticket pre-sale for any of the North American shows listed below. You’ll also be able to pre-order the new album along with your ticket if you want to.

Check out the album’s gorgeous title track below in the Dig-It section. To stay updated on all the latest Fleet Foxes news, make sure to stop by Fleet Foxes’ website and Sub Pop artist page.

Pre-order Helplessness Blues here.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

04/30/11 Sat – Vancouver BC @ The Vogue Theatre
05/01/11 Sun – Portland OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/03/11 Tue – Seattle WA @ Moore Theatre
05/05/11 Thu – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater
05/06/11 Fri – San Diego CA @ Spreckels Theatre
05/07/11 Sat – Hollywood CA @ Hollywood Palladium
05/08/11 Sun – Tucson AZ @ Rialto Theatre
05/10/11 Tue – Austin TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05/11/11 Wed – Dallas TX @ Palladium Ballroom
05/13/11 Fri – Nashville TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/14/11 Sat – Atlanta GA @ The Tabernacle
05/15/11 Sun – Washington DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
05/17/11 Tue – Boston MA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/18/11 Wed – New York NY @ The United Palace Theatre
05/21/11 Sat – Upper Darby PA @ Tower Theatre

Your Dig-It Download:

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop

Download: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Free Download: Azure Ray (ft. Sparklehorse) – “Silverlake”

In September 2010 Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor released a new album as Azure Ray, Drawing Down the Moon. The album was the duo’s fourth full length album but first as Azure Ray since 2004.

The duo is now back with a new single, “Silverlake”, which is a non-album track from the Drawing Down the Moon sessions, and features Sparklehorse. They explain the single in a news posting on their website:

The first round of recording was done with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) prior to him passing away.

The girls recall the session and time with Linkous fondly. “We were very fortunate to record this song with Mark. It was the first time we worked together and the first song Azure Ray wrote after our six year hiatus, so everything about the song is dear to us.

The two-song single includes “Silverlake” and “Silverlake (demo).” The demo version of the track was recorded with Linkous and Scott Minor in Knoxville, TN. “Silverlake” is a re-recording of that session, with some original tracks and some new, that the band did with Eric Bachmann at Echo Mountain Studios.

“Silverlake” is a gorgeous track full of beautiful harmonies and is free for you to download below in exchange for your email address.

In a recent interview with The 405, Fink and Taylor talk about their reunion, their album, and their future. Click here to check it out. For more on Azure Ray, stop by their website.

Azure Ray on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Joey’s Song: Volume One featuring Neko Case, Cowboy Junkies, Matthew Ryan & Many More

Our friend and fellow music fan, Matt from Addicted to Vinyl brought a great charity project to our attention last week, and we wanted to help spread the word by bringing it to your attention as well. Joey’s Song: Volume One and Joey’s Song for Kids: Volume One are two compilations that father/activist and founder of the Joseph Gomoll Foundation, Michael Gomoll, released last week to raise awareness and money for epilepsy research. Michael lost his son, Joey, last year, just shy of his 5th birthday.

Joey’s Story:

In March 2010, Joey Gomoll was not yet five years old when he died after battling Dravet’s Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, his entire life. Soon after, Joey’s father Michael Gomoll decided to channel his grief into the creation of the Joseph Gomoll Foundation. “I knew we had to make a difference to others afflicted with the various seizure disorders that are out there,” says Mike.

Despite the limitations Joey faced, he was an energetic and happy little boy who loved to play catch, look at books, and spend time with friends and family. Most of all, he loved music. “Music was his link to the world,” says Mike. “Joey would listen to music, sing to music and loved to dance.”

Music created a deep bond between father and son, and is the inspiration for Joey’s Song, a CD collection created by the Joseph Gomoll Foundation to raise funds for epilepsy research. Just three days after his loss, Mike was inspired to contact musicians he and Joey enjoyed listening to and ask for their help. The response was overwhelming.

“Within the first 30 minutes I heard from Matthew Ryan, Eileen Rose, Robbie Fulks and Jason Ringenberg – not via their management or record labels, but directly from the artists themselves,” says Mike. “All said ‘yes’ to our request for songs and asked what else they could do. By the end of the first day I knew we had a chance of making this work. They were incredibly generous.”

The Joey’s Song compilations include live, rare and unreleased material from so many great artists including Cowboy Junkies, Michael McDermott, Neko Case, Tracy Bonham, Del Amitri, and The Crash Test Dummies… just to name a few.

Take a look at this video of Matthew Ryan’s contribution to the project, “You Are My Sunshine”:

You can see a full tracklisting here and order your own copy of the Joey’s Song CDs from the Joey’s Song website. Proceeds benefit the Joseph Gomoll Foundation, established in the memory and honor of Joey to “fight epilepsy through music.”

Matt from Addicted to Vinyl plans to go more in-depth about these releases with Joey’s father, Michael, in an upcoming post on Popdose, and we’ll try to let you know when that post goes up.

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Video: Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill”

Remember a few days ago when we updated you on the latest Sleigh Bells news? In the post we included a kick ass Diplo remix of the track “Tell ‘Em” off their 2010 album Treats as well as a list of their upcoming North American tour dates. Well, we also mentioned and linked to a teaser clip of the duo’s new music video for their song “Rill Rill”, and thanks to MTV, we’ve got the full video here for you today.

The video was directed by John Watts and includes everything you could ask for… a drive down a deserted highway, a creepy high school locker room, a bleeding pink phone, and an Alexis Krauss photo session.

Check it out:

If you missed our update on the band, you can get all caught up right here. 2010 was a great year for Sleigh Bells, and we’re really looking forward to what they have in store for us in 2011.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Rill Rill
Download: Ring Ring (demo)

Sleigh Bells on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Jeniferever – “Waifs & Strays” + New Album News

We last wrote about Sweden’s Jeniferever in Spring 2009 when they released their wonderful Spring Tides album. The band is now getting ready to release their third full length album, Silesia, on April 19th via Monotreme Records, and they’re sharing the first single, “Waifs & Strays” with us.

The new album is being described to us as “a masterful meld of melodic pop songcraft with post rock’s expansive sonic wanderlust… an album borne of tragic loss and motion.”

The press release goes on to describe the album in more detail:

There’s a crack and strut to “The Beat of Our Own Blood”, the album’s third track. “Goodbye to bright spotlights,” sings Kristofer, taking the listener into the belly of the urban beast, through a city’s trains and tunnels. “Deception Pass” might be the band’s heaviest song yet, drums and bass combining to kick up a turbulent maelstrom of menace. “Hearths” threads elegant atmospherics like satellite trails across a starry sky, and the title-track’s sentiment, while stemming from a single heart, is truly universal.

The title Silesia is taken from the former name of Berlin’s Ostbahnhof, (railway station). It was near here, while on tour in 2009, that band member Kristofer Jönson learned that his father had passed away, prompting the band to cancel their remaining dates. Of the album title, Kristofer says, “I liked the idea of naming it after a railway station since it’s a place of motion, a place where people arrive and depart and sometimes maybe depart never to come back…”

Take a listen to “Waifs & Strays” below in the Dig-It section, and to stay updated on the band, stop by their official site and/or Facebook.

Silesia Tracklisting:

01. Silesia
02. Waifs And Strays
03. The Beat Of Our Own Blood
04. A Drink To Remember
05. Deception Pass
06. Cathedral Peak
07. Where The Hills Fall Towards The Ocean
08. Dover
09. Hearths

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Waifs & Strays

Jeniferever on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Scattered Trees – “A Conversation About Death on New Years Eve”

Chicago band Scattered Trees has announced that they’ll be releasing their new album, Sympathy on April 5th via Roll Call Records/EMI. We’ve posted about this band here a few times recently and were excited to open our email to find yet another great track, “A Conversation About Death on New Years Eve”, to share with you guys.

Our first taste of this group came in October with their single “Four Days Straight”. The song, and the use of the word dapper to describe the band, piqued our interest, and we’ve been following them ever since. In early December a second track, “Love and Leave”, crossed our paths, and we were equally impressed.

Scattered Trees is a group of artists/friends that grew up together outside of Chicago, but, as they explain, they haven’t always been together:

As is the case with any ambitious set of individuals with aspirations beyond their hometown, as they grew, Scattered Trees spent more and more time apart until it seemed the norm. Just when it appeared life had separated them for good, tragedy struck, a death, and Scattered Trees came back together, recording an album emblazed with the sincerity and beauty that only the most terrible of times can yield.

The band’s bio also shares that they’re planning to release a short multi-part documentary on the band. If we hear more on that, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, take a listen to “A Conversation About Death on New Years Eve” below in the Dig-It section, and keep an eye out for more news on the band as the release of Sympathy approaches.

Upcoming Shows:

February 26, 2010 ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL – New York, NY
March 5, 2010 CAUSE – Minneapolis, MN

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: A Conversation About Death on New Years Eve

Scattered Trees on: [Official Site] [MySpace] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Free Download: Bright Eyes – “Haile Selassie”

Last month Bright Eyes released the first single, “Shell Games”, off their upcoming album, The People’s Key, for free download in exchange for an email address. Well, the band is back with a second song off the album, “Haile Selassie”, and as Spinner reported, the track is named after Haile Selassie, Ethiopia’s Emperor from 1930 to 1974. More on him here thanks to our good friend, Wikipedia.

The People’s Key is the band’s seventh studio album, and it will be released via Saddle Creek on February 15th. As far as the album as a whole, Saddle Creek describes it as “an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which [Conor] Oberst is renowned.” The album was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band’s own ARC Studios.

Check out “Haile Selassie”, and let us know what you think. If you missed “Shell Games” when we posted about it here last month, you can grab a link for that download below as well.

The People’s Key Tracklisting:

1 Firewall
2 Shell Games
3 Jejune Stars
4 Approximate Sunlight
5 Haile Selassie
6 A Machine Spiritual (In the People’s Key)
7 Triple Spiral
8 Beginner’s Mind
9 Ladder Song
10 One for You, One for Me

Bright Eyes on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em” (Diplo Remix) + Tour Dates

Yesterday was a busy day for Sleigh Bells. Not only did producer/DJ Diplo post his remix of the song “Tell ‘Em” off their highly successful 2010 album, Treats, but they premiered a sneak peek of the new video for their song “Rill Rill”, which you can watch here, and they announced their North American tour.

We love a good remix here at TheFrontloader.com… it’s always fun to see how the songs get reworked. In his post on MadDecent.com, Diplo speaks of his love for Sleigh Bells and the Treats album:

Derek from sleigh bellz and me have matching florida tattoos and we both are from shitty parts of broward county // & their last album was one of the sickest of ’10 .. its soo sick, its gave me a stomach ache .. half lyrnyrd skinnard half bangladesh half man half alligator.. . me and derek and alexis are bros and sis for life. in fact i like sleigh bells so much .. me and switch was in studio in nyc tryin to make tracks with derek and beyonce last week after we played her team their album .. dunno if we gonna manage to finish but was good times.
I started this mix for them like a year ago but it took derek about 6 months to send stems so it was kinda in remix limbo but i really wanted to get it out to u guys cause i think the bass and the drums sounds nice and u can play it at your next party.

Check out the remix in the Dig-It section below. Not bad, not bad at all. A few months ago we also posted the Kingdom Remix of “Tell ‘Em”… if you dig the song and missed that post, you can check it out here.

As far as the Sleigh Bells tour goes, the US leg of the tour will kick off in April when they play the Coachella Music Festival. Full list of dates below.

Upcoming Shows:

04-15 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-21 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit *
04-22 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
04-23 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa *
04-24 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *
04-26 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity *
04-28 Orlando, FL – Firestone *
04-29 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater *
04-30 Miami, FL – Grand Central
05-02 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
05-03 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom *
05-04 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *
05-06 Richmond, VA – The National *
05-07 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *#
05-09 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero *#
05-11 New York, NY – Webster Hall *#
05-12 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
05-14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *#
05-16 Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club *
05-17 Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club *
05-18 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews *
05-19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
05-21 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret ^
05-23 Edmonton, Alberta – Starlite ^
05-25 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue ^
05-26 Portland, OR – Roseland ^
05-30 San Francisco, CA – Independent ^
05-31 San Francisco, CA – Independent ^
06-03 Aspen, CO – Belly Up ^
06-04 Denver, CO – Ogden ^

* with CSS
# with Mr. Dream
^ with Neon Indian

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Tell ‘Em (Diplo Remix) – Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: The Mountain Goats – “Damn These Vampires” + Album News

This is the second time this month we’ve come across a song with the word vampire in the title… the first being Fierce Creatures’ very cool song “Satan is a Vampire”. Still not sure if Satan is, indeed, a vampire… if you have thoughts on that, you can weigh in here.

Anyway, this brings us to today’s vampire selection… “Damn These Vampires” by The Mountain Goats.

I’m not sure we’ve written much about The Mountain Goats before on the site, so just in case, we’ll give you a brief bio. The band started as a solo effort by John Darnielle, who started out putting his poetry to music with a dual-cassette recorder. He ended up playing his music for his friend, Rachel, with whom he eventually ended up touring and recording. The two recorded a couple albums and EPs, but then Darnielle graduated college and moved to Chicago. After playing alone for the most part after the move, multi-instrumentalist Peter Hughes joined Darnielle in 2001, and together they released four albums on 4AD. In 2007 they added Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster to the group and released the album The Life of the World to Come in 2009, which earned the trio a Best New Music mention on Pitchfork and also a national television debut on The Colbert Report. In 2010 the band signed with Merge, and is now getting ready to release their new album, All Eternals Deck.

Of the new album, Darnielle says, “The songs cluster around themes of hidden things and the dread that hidden things inspire, but also the excitement, the attraction, the magnetic draw that scary unknown hidden things exert.”

The album’s title refers to an apocryphal tarot deck, but Darnielle explains that the album’s fascination with the occult originates in having run across the word “occult” in a textbook in his nursing-student days. He says, “‘Occult’ just means ‘hidden’ or ‘not immediately obvious’ in medical terminology. There was a nursing directive to be aware of ‘occult blood.’ I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever heard.”

All Eternals Deck was recorded in four different studios in four different states and will be released March 29th via Merge.

Darnielle sums up the record as follows, “If you’ve ever watched, say, a 70s occult-scare movie where one of the scenes involves a few people visiting a storefront fortune teller, getting their cards read, and then they’re trying to feel super-hopeful about their predicted outcome when what they’re visibly actually feeling is dread, then you have a pretty decent idea of what this album is all about.”

To give us a look at what’s to come, they’ve made “Damn These Vampires” available for free download. Check it out in the Dig-It section below.

Upcoming Shows:

March
24 – The National, Richmond, VA
25 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
26 – Strand- Capitol PAC , York, PA
28 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
29 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
April
1 – Paradise, Boston, MA
2 – Castaways, Ithaca, NY
3 – The Opera House, Toronto, ON
5 – The Vic, Chicago, IL
6 – The Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
7 – The Variety, Atlanta, GA
8 – The Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
10 – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
11 – The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
12 – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
15 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

For more from The Mountain Goats, visit their official site here.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Damn These Vampires

The Mountain Goats on: [Official Site] [Amazon] [iTunes]