MP3: Ugly Casanova - "Lay Me Down"
*MP3: Ugly Casanova - “Lay Me Down” Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) really got me in 2002 when he released Sharpen Your Teeth under the then new moniker, Ugly Casanova. The side project is back with a new track from the “180° South” soundtrack, which will feature eight new Ugly Casanova songs and will be out on 6/22 via Brushfire Records. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
TONIGHT: Good Old War and Yukon Blonde at the 7th...
*MP3: Good Old War - “My Own Sinking Ship” *MP3: Yukon Blonde - “Rather Be With You” Good Old War are playing at the 7th St. Entry tonight with Yukon Blonde. Doors to this 18+ show open at 8pm, click here for details. (Ian Anderson)
TONIGHT: Zoo Animal CD Release Party at the 7th...
Zoo Animal are celebrating the release of their new album tonight with a party at the 7th St. Entry. Red Pens, His And Her Vanities, and Hildur Victoria open. Doors to this 18+ show open at 9pm, click here for details. (Ian Anderson)
MP3: Kanye West - "Power"
*MP3: Kanye West - “Power” The latest from Kanye West’s new album, Good Ass Job, was released today. It’s classic Kanye and it features Dwele. It’s nice to hear back at it. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: The Mynabirds - "Numbers Don't Lie"
The Golden Age: The National's "High Violet"
*MP3: The National - “Bloodbuzz Ohio” There’s a pattern growing now in rock music of deliberate orchestration. Raggedy old rock ‘n roll still exists of course and probably isn’t going to disappear any time soon. But certain bands have always had more of a mind for taking their time—arranging, plotting, slaving over a work as a writer does a novel. It’s the idea of not only...
MP3: Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs" & "Month Of May"
*MP3: Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs” *MP3: Arcade Fire - “Month Of May” These radio-rip versions of “The Suburbs” and “Month Of May” are the first to hit the internet from Arcade Fire’s forthcoming, still unknown album. As always, both songs are fantastic. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Local Natives - "Airplanes"
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VIDEO: Frightened Rabbit Perform "Nothing Like...
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MIX: On The Road 13
The latest edition of “On The Road” sticks to one of the great rules of mixtape making: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” *MP3: Villagers - “Becoming A Jackal” *MP3: Menomena - “Five Little Rooms” *MP3: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” (Ramones Cover) *MP3: Someone Still Loves You Boris...
VIDEO: Beach House - "Zebra"
TONIGHT: Toots & The Maytals / Mumford & Sons, The...
There are many worthwhile shows tonight! MFR PRESENTS: Toots & The Maytals at the First Avenue Mainroom. Doors to this 18+ show open at 8pm, click here for details. *MP3: Toots & The Maytals - “Perfect Lover” Mumford & Sons are playing with The Middle East at the Varsity Theater. Doors to this 18+ show open at 8pm, however, it’s sold out. Click here for...
MP3: Drake - "Unforgettable" (Feat. Young Jeezy)
*MP3: Drake - “Unforgettable” (Feat. Young Jeezy) “Unforgettable” is the latest single from Drake and features Young Jeezy. It’s a smooth slow burner with a good beat, but it doesn’t quite have the star power of previous Drake singles. Pick it up on iTunes here. (Ian Anderson)
MP3/VIDEO/TOUR: Toro Y Moi - "Blessa"
*MP3: Toro Y Moi - “Blessa” Toro Y Moi’s excellent album, Causers Of This, is out now on Carpark Records. Tour Dates: 05/24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent* 05/26 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater* 05/27 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s* 05/28 - Victoria, BC - Sugar* 05/29 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre* 05/31 - Calgary, AB - The Republik* 06/01 - Edmonton, AB...
TONIGHT: The Tallest Man On Earth At The Varsity...
*MP3: The Tallest Man On Earth - “Burden Of Tomorrow” The Tallest Man On Earth is performing at the Varsity Theater tonight. Doors to this 18+ show open at 8pm, click here for details. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
MP3: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Sink...
*MP3: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - “Sink / Let It Sway” Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have released the first single from their forthcoming and very excellent album, Let It Sway, due out via Polyvinyl on 8/17. Download your free mp3 here. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: LCD Soundsystem - "Bye Bye Bayou"
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TOUR: Minus The Bear Announces U.S. Dates
*MP3: Minus The Bear - “Hold Me Down” Minus The Bear have announced their first U.S. tour off of their new album, Omni. Be sure to check out their Minnesota date on 7/2 at the Taste of Minnesota. Tour Dates: June 25 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, BC June 26 Venue Vancouver, BC June 27 Republik Nightclub Calgary, AB June 28 Starlite Room Edmonton, AB June 29 The Distrikt Regina, SK June...
NEWS: Listen To A Snippet Of The New Arcade Fire...
Click here to listen! What amazing marketing. (Ian Anderson)
TOUR: Secret Cities Announce U.S. Dates
*MP3: Secret Cities - “Pink Grafitti Pt. 1” One of my favorite new bands on 2010, Secret Cities, just announced a healthy list of U.S. tour dates with a stop in Minneapolis at the 501 Club on 6/11. TOUR DATES: 06.10 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium 06.11 Minneapolis, MN - 501 Club 06.12 Iowa City, IA - Public Space One 06.14 Chicago, IL - Subterranean 06.15 Ann Arbor, MD - Blind Pig ...
VIDEO: Tokyo Police Club - "Breakneck Speed"
The Golden Age: The Last Prom on Earth
[LOCAL] *MP3: Gayngs - “Spanish Platinum” Last Friday night, a guy with slicked-back hair and white-rimmed aviators took the stage at First Avenue’s main room. A cigarette in one hand and a bottle of Maker’s Mark in the other, Ryan Olson stepped behind a Macbook, pressed a button, and began slowly rocking back and forth to a recorded loop of someone beat-boxing. Soon,...
50 words or less: Top Ten Tracks on Elbo.ws
(Wolf Parade) 1. *MP3: Wolf Parade - “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)” Thoughts unchanged. Grade: B 2. *MP3: The National - “Bloodbuzz Ohio” I still can’t get over the brilliance of the line about owing money to the money to the money the narrator owes. Nor can I resist the beautiful slow-burn of this song. A band at its...
VIDEO: Janelle Monae On Letterman
MP3: Menomena - "Five Little Rooms"
*MP3: Menomena - “Five Little Rooms” Menomena has released “Five Little Rooms,” the first single from their forthcoming album, Mines, due out 7/27 via Barsuk. Click here to download the mp3 for free. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: The Big Pink - "Tonight"
MP3: Grouplove - "Colours"
*MP3: Grouplove - “Colours” Grouplove met in Greece and formed a band based entirely on their spontaneous loving-bond they discovered while trudging through the mountains of Crete. They write beautiful songs that could only come from such an extreme form of inspiration. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
MP3: Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
*MP3: Foster The People - “Pumped Up Kids” Foster The People’s new single, “Pumped Up Kids,” is a great way to spend May, thanks to The Culture Of Me for the find. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
MP3/VIDEO: David Guetta - "Gettin' Over You"...
*MP3: David Guetta - “Gettin’ Over You” (Feat. LMFAO, Fergie) David Guetta released his new video for “Gettin’ Over You” today, which features LMFAO and Fergie. I really don’t like Fergie, but I love LMFAO’s contribution. (Ian Anderson)
Best New Releases For May 18, 2010
Band Of Horses - “Infinite Arms” (Columbia) *MP3: Band Of Horses - “Factory” Buy it on iTunes. The Black Keys - “Brothers” (Nonesuch) *MP3: The Black Keys - “Tighten Up” Buy it on iTunes. Jamie Lidell - “Compass” (Warp) *MP3: Jamie Lidell - “Compass” Buy it on iTunes. LCD Soundsystem - “This Is...
MIX: The Poison Control Center Make A "Sad Sour...
*MP3: The Poison Control Center - “Start The Revolution” The Poison Control Center’s new album, Sad Sour Future, comes out tomorrow on Afternoon Records (woot!) and it is amazing. In honor of the release, the PCC boys put together a great mix of sad and sour songs for MFR and sent me this statement: “To celebrate the release of Sad Sour Future on Afternoon Records this...
CONTEST: Win A Local Natives 7"
*MP3: Local Natives - “Who Knows, Who Cares” Local Natives have asked MFR to throw a contest to win a copy of their new 7-inch, Sun Hands. To enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer to the following question: Who is your favorite wizard and what celebrity would be their real-life equivalent? In 30 words or less please! Local Natives are also...
NEWS: Panda Bear Announces 7" Series
Panda Bear have announced their plans to release a series of 7-inches, the first of which, Tomboy, will be out in mid-July. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Free Energy - "Bang Pop"
VIDEO: Minus the Bear - "My Time"
TONIGHT: Gayngs at the First Avenue Mainroom
*MP3: Gayngs -“Faded High” Minneapolis indie supergroup Gayngs are celebrating the release of their new album with a party tonight at the First Avenue Mainroom. Doors to this all ages show open at 5pm, click here for details. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
MP3: Phantogram - "Mouthful Of Diamonds" (Alan...
*MP3: Phantogram - “Mouthful Of Diamonds” (Alan Wilkis Remix) Alan Wilkis just released his great remix of “Mouthful Of Diamonds” by Phantogram. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
The Golden Age: Andy Rooney In The Age Of Twilight
*MP3: Buddy Holly - “Everyday” I was originally going to write about something else this week, but when Ian called for discussion on the Andy Rooney 60 Minutes clip a couple days ago, all other considerations flew out the window in the face of a good argument. My apologies if this ends up having nothing to do with music. Andy Rooney is old. He’s as old as Charles Dickens knew...
MP3: Sleigh Bells - "Tell 'Em"
*MP3: Sleigh Bells - “Tell ‘Em” Sleigh Bells’ new album, Treats, is out now. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
STREAM: Band Of Horses' New Album In Its Entirety
Band Of Horses’ new album, Infinite Arms, will be out on 5/18 via Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia. Click here to stream the album. (Ian Anderson)
NEWS: MFR Movies Reviews "Robin Hood"
MFR Movies’ George Fiddler reviews “Robin Hood” today. Click here to read the full article. (Ian Anderson)
TONIGHT: Freelance Whales at the Varsity Theater
*MP3: Freelance Whales - “Generator Second Floor” Freelance Whales are playing at the Varsity Theater tonight. Doors to this 18+ show open at 8pm. Shout Out Louds are headlining. For ticketing information, click here. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: The National - "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
NEWS/VIDEO: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin...
MP3: M.I.A. - "XXXO"
*MP3: M.I.A. - “XXXO” M.I.A.’s latest single has it the interwebs. “XXXO” is a bit more minimal and I think the stronger of the two tracks that have been released of her forthcoming album, / \ / \ / \ Y / \, due out on 7/13. Official Site (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Drake - "Find You Love"
Props to Pigeons and Planes on the find. (Ian Anderson)
Best New Releases For May 10, 2010
The Dead Weather - “Sea Of Cowards” (Warner Bros.) *MP3: The Dead Weather - “Hustle And Cuss” Buy it on iTunes. Gayngs - “Relayted” (Jagjaguwar) [LOCAL] *MP3: Gayngs - “Faded High” Buy it on iTunes. The National - “High Violet” (4AD) *MP3: The National - “Afraid Of Everyone” Buy it on iTunes. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Andy Rooney Of "60 Minutes" On Music Today
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TOUR: Broken Social Scene Announces U.S. Dates
*MP3: Broken Social Scene - “Texaco Bitches” Broken Social Scene have announced six weeks of U.S. tour dates with a stop in Minneapolis on 10/4 at the First Avenue Mainroom. 9-8 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater 9-9 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 9-10 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival 9-11 Richmond, VA – The National 9-13 Washington, DC – The Warner Theatre 9-14 Philadelphia, PA – TLA...
MP3: Villagers - "Becoming A Jackal"
*MP3: Villagers - “Becoming A Jackal” Villagers’ debut album, Becoming A Jackal, will be out 6/8 via Domino Records. MySpace (Ian Anderson)