- The Drums‘ frontman Jonny Pierce has dropped a video for “I Didn’t Realise”, which will be released early next year on his first album as a solo artist (title and exact release date are still unknown). The pop song is, as you might expect when a member of a band goes solo, more electronic than The Drums’s work. The black and white video follows Pierce dancing and swaying like he does on stage, but in a brick alleyway. Pierce says of the upcoming album that he “wanted to be as self-indulgent as possible...this is pop done the way I think it should be done.” Trust his judgment, because this sounds great. [Diffuser.fm]
- La Blogotheque, project of Vincent Moon in Paris, has released another takeaway show, this one by DIIV, filmed during the Pitchfork festival in Paris. The New York band performed a bare acoustic version of “Home” in a quiet Parisian restaurant. The synth lines are beautifully reproduced on a baby grand sitting in the corner, and the resulting haunting version is a treat--even though it doesn’t seem to faze the couple sitting right nearby on a laptop. Check it out below. [Pitchfork]
- Matador Records is releasing the final 7″ for their 2012 vinyl singles club, “Singles Going Home Alone.” It comes from Kurt Vile and Meg Baird (who worked together on Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo) who play a new version of “Classic Rock in Spring” from Vile’s 2008 Constant Hitmaker with a new song called “Another Story” for the b-side. Check out Matador’s website for information about the upcoming 2013 vinyl singles club. The single is sold out, so let’s hope it leak soon! Below is a cover of “Classic Rock in Spring” by Meg Baird, which should give an idea of what the track may sound like. [Spin]
- The band Low from Minnesota have released an album trailer for their upcoming Jeff Tweedy-produced LP The Invisible Way. It will be the band’s tenth record, and even this very brief clip promises the “slowcore” pioneers are set to release another great piece of work.
Low is also releasing a live EP Play Nice Places, recorded while they were on tour with Death Cab for Cutie which can be downloaded or streamed via the link below. [Stereogum]
- Swedish synthpop group The Mary Onettes have dropped a video for the single “Evil Coast” off their 2013 upcoming release on Labrador. The single was released yesterday, and should generate even more excitement for the March release of Hit the Waves. In the video the band wanders along what looks like Floridian coast, or, I imagine, the evil coast. [Stereogum]
- Trent Reznor‘s project How to Destroy Angels_ have released a video for “Ice Age” from their An omen_ EP. It’s a chilly, beautiful folk song, and director John Hillcoat (who directed The Road, which has a bit of the Trent Reznor grimness to it) directs the couple in a dark cabin, interspersed with strange, experimental shots of storms, or people in old home movies which are slowly being drained of light and color. It’s a really unique and carefully done work, check it out below.