The New Pornographer’s frontman, A.C. Newman, is releasing his second solo album January 20th on Matador Records, where you can pre-order the CD and save $3 . The band recorded several tracks from his upcoming album Get Guilty at a studio in Brooklyn last Monday for Pitchfork.tv. Here’s the video for “Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer.”
Artist: Black Keys Album: Attack & Release File Under: Lo-fi Indie Rock Recommended if You Like: White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Black Angels Featured Track: Psychotic Girl
I had all but given up on the Black Keys.I’ve followed them since their debut and loved their bluesy minimalist sound. (I’ve always described them as White Stripes meets Stevie Ray Vaughn.)But each successive album seemed to be just more of the same and less creative.I don’t think I would have bothered to pick up their new album, ‘Attack and Release’, if it weren’t for an interview I saw of the duo on Pitchfork.tv that completely cracked me up.
I’m glad I did because it’s become one of my favorite albums this year…like reconnecting with an old friend. The album is dark and moody for sure, but oh so sexy. Their collaboration with Danger Mouse on this album adds subtle layers of complexity to give it a more ethereal and eerie sound than their prior releases.
My 3 year old is obsessed with The Duke Spirit and their lead singer Liela Moss. Every day he practices singing his favorite Duke Spirit songs into his microphone and playing his tambourine – ‘just like Liela’. Part of his self-prescribed training involves intently studying all of The Duke Spirit videos available on YouTube. They only have videos out for a few songs and most of the live footage available is unwatchable (‘that’s a bad one mamma’). So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this amazing live performance from the soon to be launched DigforFire.tv.
There’s not a lot of information on the site as to what it’s all about, other than it looks to be NYC-based, if not affiliated with 89.1 WNYU. Whatever the case, the quality of the small amount of content they have up there now makes Pitchfork.tv look like amateurs. It’s like the IFC for indie music, with well produced documentaries, interviews and live sessions.
I can’t wait to see more from these guys. In the meantime, we’ll be rocking out to this great live track from The Duke Spirit – This Ship Was Built to Last. They look so polished and professional here it’s hard to imagine they’ll be playing such a tiny venue as The Bottom of the Hill on July 23.