- Montreal’s Handsome Furs have a new video for “What About Us,” coinciding with the release of their newest album, Sound Kapital. Directed by Scott Coffey (who also directed the Furs’ “I’m Confused” and Wolf Parade‘s “Yulia”), the clip features a surreal midnight romp under freeways and in motel rooms, with plenty of sexual intonations. KEXP has the clean video below for streaming, but if you’re feeling daring, you can head over here to check out the full, uncensored version. Either way, they’re both pretty NSFW.
- Sufjan Stevens‘ Age of Adz was one of the best albums of last year – a dense, frenetic psych-tronic folk masterpiece that confused many until they saw it performed. Onstage, Sufjan and his “Astral Masters of Song and Dance” indulged in every neon-soaked, confetti-addled fantasy they’d ever had, complete with extravagant animated visuals. Now, fans who missed Stevens on his Adz tour can catch a glimpse of what they missed, with this new video for “Get Real Get Right,” directed and animated by Sufjan himself.
- Blog favorite Teen Daze keeps churning out the hits, this time with his rework of Matt & Kim‘s Sidewalks single “Block by Block.” Jamison effortlessly turns the summer stomper into a crescendo of swirling synthpop echoes and arpeggios. If you weren’t familiar with Teen Daze before, this track (via Consequence of Sound) should definitely sway your mind — and convince you to check out his upcoming set at the Capitol Hill Block Party!
Matt & Kim – Block After Block (Teen Daze’s 80’s Teen Gang Movie Remix) (MP3)
- Radiohead fans left with a bitter taste in their mouth from the band’s latest, King of Limbs, can quench their thirst with two new tracks: “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase,” both debuted during the band’s performance at Nigel Godrich’s “In the Basement” sessions. You can watch the whole hour-long set below; “The Daily Mail” hits at 07:27, while “Staircase” kicks in at 37:41. It’s worth watching the whole thing though, if only for Thom Yorke’s funky dance moves with maracas during “Lotus Flower.”