Sonic Roundup 4/21

photo by Dan Muller

  • Fleet Foxes have been pretty busy surrounding the imminent release of their anticipated sophomore album Helplessness Blues, but if you’re not too burnt out on related news, video has just been posted of a 17 year old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead‘s “Let Down” with Aaron Mannino. Watch:

  • Psych-tronic maestro Neon Indian is plotting his next LP, the follow-up to 2009’s Psychic Chasms. Check out the video for new single “Heart Attack,” which is apparently the first of a three-part instrumental movement on the album.

  • The Flaming Lips have made good on their promise of a 4-song USB drive EP, delivered via gummy skull. Frontman Wayne Coyne sold the first 5 skulls in Oklahoma City for $150 a pop. You can preview one of the tracks below.

  • Purity Ring has only released a single 7″, but the project (featuring members of Gobble Gobble) has been generating strong buzz. Below, check out the unofficial clip for B-side “Lofticries,” and discover why the band’s debut album can’t come soon enough. (Vaguely NSFW.)

  • The National – when they’re not curating Grateful Dead covers records – make music sometimes, and sometimes that music ends up on a soundtrack. Like “Exile Vilify,” a track that finds itself backing the popular video game Portal 2. Listen below (courtesy Stereogum).
    The National – Exile Vilify (MP3)

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