Sonic Roundup 8/24

  • Florence and the Machine hit the big time with their massive debut Lungs, and now they’re set to follow up with an as-yet untitled album due out November 7th in the UK (no US release date yet). You can preview the first single, “What the Water Gave Me,” below, in all its choir-infused glory.

  • A new video for the “Muppet Show Theme Song” gives The Muppets the OK Go video treatment… well, sort of. Kirk Thatcher, who directed the previous viral Muppets videos “Ode to Joy” and “Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody,” riffs off the rock band’s own meticulously orchestrated and endlessly amusing videos for their cover of the show’s theme song on the new compilation Muppets: The Green Album. Watch it here:

  • Swedish balaeric crooners jj have a new single, “You Don’t Know How Much It Would Hurt Me If You Said That You Were In Love With Me,” for free download via their website. The track’s title is a mouthful, but that won’t be the only surprise to listeners: the band’s crisp, well-produced sheen is gone, replaced more a more lo-fi approach. Listen (via P4K):
    jj – You Don’t Know How Much It Would Hurt Me If You Said That You Were In Love With Me (MP3)
  • Stephen Malkmus is celebrating the release of his newest album with the Jicks, Mirror Traffic, and what better way to ring in a new LP than by covering Bill Callahan‘s “Cold Blooded Old Times”? Well, maybe it isn’t the most raucous tune. But Malkmus played it all the same, live at the Quiet Music Festival. Watch:

  • Experimental rock veteran Tom Waits has a hilarious video up that serves as part album announcement, part internet privacy riff, and all silly. The album announcement’s not a joke, however — Waits’ new LP Bad As Me hits shelves October 25. If you missed it, we posted the video yesterday.
  • Seattle label Sub Pop continues to explore the chilled out corners of indie rock with new signees Still Corners. The London-based band’s haunting sound is like a combination of Beach House atmospherics with Zola Jesus’ new-goth tendencies. Watch the video for “Cuckoo” here:

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