Wednesday Music News

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  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy is releasing — not a new album — but a fragrance through perfume company Sanae Intoxicants. That’s right, a perfume called “Bonnie Billy” — perhaps it smells like beard and woodsmoke? According to Sanae, it’s an intoxicating mix of tobacco and Egyptian Jasmine, combined with the ancient wood of the Assam oud — a heady, unisex blend. Sanae encourages you to “relish in this mystical, swirling dance.” It might make a great Christmas gift for that loved one who loves alternative folk and top-shelf perfume ($220 for a 5 mL bottle). [Consequence of Sound]

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  • Thom Yorke has announced his project Atoms for Peace, with Flea and Nigel Godrich, will be releasing a full-length LP, titled Amok on February 26 next year on XL. Never one to release an album without any excitement, Yorke and the band have hidden a download for “What the Eyeballs Did” in the Stanley Donwood album artwork at! It’s up to you to find it…but if you want a hint, you have to scroll pretty far to the right (and yes, those meteors are pummeling Los Angeles). The site also shares the video for “Default”, which was released earlier this fall and is available for purchase on itunes. [SPIN]

album artwork by Stanley Donwood

  • Yesterday, we premiered a new song by Seattle group The Cave Signers from their upcoming album, Naomi, due March 5 on Jagjaguwar. If you missed your chance to download “Have to Pretend,” you can still stream it here:

  • After being harangued by a group of fans via Twitter about her lack of new music, M.I.A. (another artist on XL) gave in and sent a new song “atTENTion” to one of them, which she has now shared on youtube. M.I.A.’s album Matangi is still awaiting a new release date after the December date was pushed back. Maybe if people bother her enough she’ll release it? [Consequence of Sound]

  • On the same day as the Grammy nominations were released, pre-recorded acceptance speeches from Eels‘ frontman E have leaked online. He has, if the video proves correct, won a litany of awards — including, but not limited to, best baritone sax solo performed under the influence, best female slow jam, and best pet-dedicated page on a website. The speeches were pre-recorded in the event that E is, again among many possibilities, in Sydney Australia performing his new rock opera at the Sydney Rock Opera House, or in Bombay participating in the annual hunting of the witch… Congratulations to him and to the band — can’t wait for award night.

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