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Friday, January 29, 2010

GOLDFRAPP - Believer

Another new Goldfrapp track has surfaced. "Believer" has us believing this could be the funnest Goldfrapp album to date! Head First hits stores on March 23rd via Mute Records. Check out the new track at Idolator.

FREDRIK - Trilogi


Fredrik - Locked in the Basement [mp3]

Now a sextet, Swedish electronic band Fredrik is back with sophomore LP Trilogi, released earlier this week.
"In a lot of ways, Trilogi picks up right where Fredrik’s debut, Na Na Ni, ended. Fredrik Hultin's smoothly volatile voice and earnest northern european folk compositions sit indistinguishably on top of Lindefelt's brushed, shadowy rhythms and trademark electronica-before-electricity washes of sound."
New video for "Viskra" below, directed by Dutch filmmaker Iris Piers. Well worth watching!


Fredrik - Viskra from The Kora Records on Vimeo.

Fredrik tour dates:

02/13 - Washington, DC Crab's Claw
02/14 - New York, NY Mercury Lounge
02/15 - New York, NY Pianos
02/18 - Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
02/19 - New York, NY Permanent Records In-Store
02/10 - Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
02/21 - Harrisburg, PA Midtown Bookstore
02/22 - Washington, DC Black Cat
02/23 - Philadelphia, The M Room

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New YES ALEXANDER Video - Release


Yes Alexander just released this video for her new track "Release". The clip features excerpts from Man Ray avant-garde videos. We hope this means a new solo "release" is on the horizon.



-photo by Chelsea Rae Klein

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WE ARE WOLVES - Invisible Violence



We Are Wolves - Holding Hands [mp3]
We Are Wolves - Blue [mp3]

Montreal dance/rock/electro trio We Are Wolves will release their third album Invisible Violence on Dare To Care Records - digital 02/02 - physical 02/23. Uneventful, but well shot video for leadoff single "Holding Hands" below.


We Are Wolves || Holding Hands music video from Dare To Care Records on Vimeo.

Previously:

We Are Wolves on The Sky Report, July 2007


We Are Wolves || Fight & Kiss from Dare To Care Records on Vimeo.

LALI PUNA - Remember (mp3)


Lali Puna - Remember [mp3]

Lali Puna are an experimental electronic band from Munich, Germany consisting of Valerie Trebeljahr and members of The Notwist and Tied & Tickled Trio. Additionally, Yellow Magic Orchestra's Yukihiro Takahashi guests on the the new album. Our Inventions is their first LP in over five years and it's due April 6th on Morr Music.

BELOVED ROGUE - Daysleeping


Beloved Rogue - Capital Sense [mp3]

Beloved Rogue are a trio from Brooklyn who seem to have a deep affection for vintage shoegazer bands like Ride and Swervedriver. If you've read this blog for more than a minute than you might know that I'm a sucker for this kind of sound. Last fall the band released the three track ep Polaurora and they have a 7" available now at Insound. "Daysleeping" video and live dates below. More on the band here.



Upcoming live dates:

02/17 Trash Bar, Brooklyn
02/22 Cake Shop, NYC

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Sky Report Winter Showcase


We are pleased to announce our winter showcase, Friday February 5th at Tandem in Bushwick. Fresh off of sold-out gigs with Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors and Telepathe, Brahms, the new project of Cale Parks, Eric Lyle Lodwick and Drew Montag Robinson, have agreed to headline our show!

RSVP for discounted entry either here or by sending your name and guests to theskyreport@yahoo.com. RSVP does not guarantee entry. First come first serve. Doors at 8:30pm.

Learn more about the bands:

BRAHMS
SHADOWBOX
FAN-TAN
DAVID SHANE SMITH

THE GOLDEN FILTER Announce Debut Album


Like We Have Band, we also tripped head over heels for The Golden Filter last year. The pair of singles "Solid Gold" and "Thunderbird" showed some serious disco promise that we haven't seen since Goldfrapp. The debut LP Voluspa hits your eardrums on April 26th, preceded by the new single "Hide Me" a week earlier on April 19th. You can stream said tracks here. Check out this cool teaser:



And while you wait for the new material, relive the magic from 2009 with these two music videos:


The Golden Filter - "Solid Gold" from The Golden Filter on Vimeo.


The Golden Filter - "Thunderbird" from The Golden Filter on Vimeo.

WE HAVE BAND Announce Debut Album



Last year we fell in love with We Have Band, the arty disco trio from London. Their infectious single "You Came Out" was played in heavy rotation on our headphones for months. Now they bestow their debut album upon us! WHB will see the light of day on April 5th in the UK via Naive. You can get the new track "Honey Trap" here in exchange for your e-mail address. The new single "Divisive" is available on March 22nd.


We Have Band - Honeytrap from We Have Band on Vimeo.

WHB tracklist:

01. Piano
02. Buffet
03. Divisive
04. Love, What You Doing?
05. Oh!
06. How To Make Friends
07. Honeytrap
08. Hear It In The Cans
09. Centrefolds And Empty Screens
10. You Came Out
11. WHB
12. Hero Knows


We Have Band - You Came Out (Official Music Video) from We Have Band on Vimeo.

SURFER BLOOD - Astro Coast



Florida based fuzz-pop outfit Surfer Blood are getting all kinds of crazy attention with the recent release of their debut LP Astro Coast. Are they worth the hype? Check out two tracks from the new album:

Friday, January 22, 2010

GOLDFRAPP - Rocket



The new Goldfrapp single has arrived! Get it here!

BEACH HOUSE - Teen Dream



Teen Dream, the third LP from Baltimore duo Beach House, comes out Tuesday. The cd comes with a DVD containing a video for every track on the album. Check out the Victoria Legrand directed clip for "Silver Soul" below.


Beach House "Silver Soul" from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES Prep Tour



King Khan and the Shrines - Land of the Freak [mp3]

King Khan is reinstating one of his many outfits, as he and The Shrines return to the stage this spring with their "celebrated psychedelic soul big band explosion" on tour, ending with what is sure to be an awe-inspiring show at Coachella. Last year the band released the LP What Is It?!, one of three records King Khan put out in 2009. All dates below.

03-27 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03-29 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
03-30 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03-31 Chattanooga, TN - JJ's Bohemia
04-01 Nashville, TN - Exit/In
04-02 Memphis TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
04-03 Birmingham AL - Bottletree
04-05 Austin, TX - Emos
04-06 Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann
04-08 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04-09 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04-10 Boise ID - Neurolux
04-11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04-12 Vancouver, BC - Venue
04-13 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-15 San Francisco, CA - Bimbos 365 Club
04-18 Indio, CA - Coachella

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

BLONDES - Spanish Fly



Blondes are the duo of Zach Steinman and Sam Haar. They are a fairly mysterious entity as of yet, but we know they graduated from Oberlin, but now reside in Brooklyn, and have this killer ambient track called "Spanish Fly". If in NY, catch their Brooklyn gig with Morgan Geist (Metro Area) at Littlefield on February 11th.



New GORILLAZ - Plastic Beach


Gorillaz have unleashed the details of their new album! Plastic Beach will be released in the US on March 9th, preceded by the first single "Stylo" on January 26th. The new track, which features Mos Def and Bobby Womack, is already floating out there somewhere. Speaking of floating, check out this statement regarding the new LP via a press release:

"The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet."

The new LP features a plethora of guest contributors, including Lou Reed, Little Dragon, Mick Jones, Snoop Dogg, and De La Soul.

New THE XX Video - VCR


It was also announced officially yesterday that The XX will play Coachella in April.

BREAKING: New Earthquake Hits Haiti


I have friends with family in Haiti, so this ongoing nightmare is just so terribly sad to me.

Please donate even the smallest amount at REDCROSS.

More information on how you can help at CNN.COM.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New GROOVE ARMADA ft. BRYAN FERRY


I haven't really paid much attention to Groove Armada in quite some time, but I just stumbled across this new track featuring Bryan Ferry on vocals and I'm seriously feeling it. It's nice to hear Ferry's gorgeous voice on something new. The track is taken from their forthcoming 6th lp Black Light, due March 2nd.

Coachella Announces 2010 Lineup



Thoughts?

Coachella Rumors 2010


The lineup for Coachella 2010 is widely speculated to be announced this morning. Stay tuned for more details, but according to Consequence of Sound, part of the lineup might look something like this.

Beastie Boys, Devo, Echo & the Bunnymen, Phoenix, Orbital, Dirty Projectors, Underworld, Cornelius, Thom Yorke, The Dead Weather, LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit, Beach House, Hot Chip, The XX, Yeasayer, Spoon, Deerhunter, The Raveonettes, Mew, The Big Pink, Major Lazer, She & Him, Imogen Heap, Miike Snow, Camera Obscura, Aeroplane, Hockey, Treasure Fingers, etc.

We'll see how close the predictions are when the official lineup is announced, as soon as 10:30am est. Keep checking Coachella.com for all the latest.

TORO Y MOI - Blessa


Toro Y Moi toplined our Ten Most Promising Acts of 2010 list just a few weeks ago, and here he is with a new video from his debut lp Causers of This. We've been rocking "Blessa" for some months now. See (and hear) what all the fuss is about.

Toro Y Moi - Blessa [mp3]

Monday, January 18, 2010

HELP HAITI

ARTISTSFORPEACEANDJUSTICE.COM

RED CROSS

REDCROSS.ORG
1-800-HELPNOW
Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10

UNICEF

UNICEFUSA.ORG
1-800-4UNICEF
Text UNICEF to 20222 to donate $10

Pitchfork has more ways to help, plus what musicians are doing, including a special Lady Gaga Haiti t-shirt.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

MEMORYHOUSE - The Years ep



This is dream music. Memoryhouse are the self-proclaimed "bedroom recording project of a neo-classical composer and a photographer" from Guelph, Ontario. You can download their brand new ep The Years for free at Arcade Sound (the same home to our current favorite MillionYoung). Additionally, the duo will release another ep, Looms of Youth this spring.

THE VERY BEST (ft. Ezra Koenig) - Warm Heart of Africa



This is so fun, I love it. Check out more from The Very Best.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New TANLINES - Real Life


A new track has surfaced from Brooklyn's Tanlines. "Real Life" is taken from the Settings ep, due 3/9 on True Panther. You can get the track digitally now on iTunes, along with remixes by Memory Tapes and Basic Needs.

Real Life by truepanther

R.I.P. JAY REATARD



This is very sad. Garage rocker Jay Reatard died in his sleep last night. He was 29 years old. His most recent album Watch Me Fall was named the #13 best album of 2009 by Spin Magazine.

This is a statement from Goner Records regarding Jay's passing - "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New M.I.A. - There's Space For Ol Dat I See



This isn't confirmed to be M.I.A. yet, but I'm sure convinced!

New M.I.A. Video?

New M.I.A. Video?

CONGOROCK - Babylon

Congorock - Babylon from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

Okay. So I wouldn't exactly bust this track out on my headphones on a regular basis - it's a bit much without psychedelics involved. But this video is absolutely stunning. For those who like this kind of music, learn more about Congorock here and here.

Monday, January 11, 2010

New MILLIONYOUNG ep - Be So True



MillionYoung - Cynthia [megaupload]

We told you about new "chillwave" electronic artist MillionYoung last month and his Sunndreamm ep showed up at #9 on our Best EP's of 2009 list. Now he has a new ep titled Be So True, due January 19th on Arcade Sound Ltd.. This guy is going places. Catch him when he plays a pair of NYC dates in March.

3/11 Glasslands - Brooklyn
3/12 Piano's - Manhattan

SHARON VAN ETTEN Announces January Tour


Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has just announced a two week tour of the Northeast, including dates with Bowerbirds, Final Fantasy and Damon & Naomi. If you've never seen her live, don't cheat yourself! Get there! All dates below.

1/15 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit w/ Shilpa Ray
1/16 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's w/ Final Fantasy, Peter Wolf Crier
1/17 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Bowerbirds
1/18 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill w/ Bowerbirds
1/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theatre w/ Bowerbirds
1/20 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club - Muzzle of Bees Presents...
1/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Locals Only - Presented by My Old Kentucky Blog
1/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery
1/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ MonkeyTown - - SHARON VAN ETTEN presents a Night of Music - Flower of Flesh and Blood, Twin Sister, Soft Landings, and Sultan
1/30 - New York, NY @ 92Y Tribeca w/ Damon & Naomi, Michio Kurihara
1/31 - Cambridge, MA @ The Brattle Theatre w/ Damon & Naomi, Michio Kurihara

PANTHA DU PRINCE to Release Black Noise



Pantha du Prince - The Splendour [mp3]

Pantha du Prince first grabbed my attention with his previous release This Bliss. His new album Black Noise is due February 9th via Rough Trade and features guest contributions from Noah Lennox of Animal Collective and Tyler Pope of !!! and LCD Soundsystem. Stream more Pantha du Prince here.

Friday, January 08, 2010

shortandsweetnyc.com 2-Year Anniversary



NYC music and entertainment website www.shortandsweetnyc.com celebrates it's two year anniversary by presenting it's first show featuring four different handpicked bands that we think you need to hear right now.

Artists performing include:

DJ Rob Swift
Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers
APSE
Venn Diagrams

Show info:
Fri, January 22, 2010
Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 8:30 PM
$12.00
All Ages Show!

Venue info:

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Venue link: knittingfactory.com
Event link: knittingfactory.com/event-details
Purchase tickets: ticketfly.com

New TANLINES Remix of SOLID GOLD


Loving this new Tanlines remix of Solid Gold's "Matter of Time".
"Separately, on January 12th 2010, Solid Gold release their brand new five song Synchronize EP which will be available exclusively via iTunes. The EP features the single "Synchronize" from their 2008 album Bodies of Water, two new tracks, a cover of Kenny Loggins' Top Gun classic "Danger Zone," and a remix of "Synchronize" by Morgan Kibby of M83 fame (aka White Sea)."
Solid Gold - Matter of Time (Tanlines remix) [mp3] (via P4k/GreenLabelSound)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Love Is All Return with 3rd LP


My favorite Swedish band Love Is All are back with their third LP! Two Thousand and Ten Injuries will be released March 23rd on the band's new label Polyvinyl. Check out the new track "Kungen" below.

Love Is All - Kungen (via P4k)

Two Thousand and Ten Injuries tracklist:

01 Bigger Bolder
02 Repetition
03 Never Now
04 Less Than Thrilled
05 Early Warnings
06 False Pretense
07 The Birds Were Singing With All Their Might
08 Again, Again
09 Kungen
10 A Side in a Bed
11 Dust
12 Take Your Time