Friday Music News

DIIV / photo by Bebe Labree Besch

  • Brooklyn dream-rockers DIIV made their network television debut on Letterman last night. Zachary Cole Smith & Co. played a frantic rendition of “Doused,” the penultimate track on their outstanding debut album, Oshin. Watch the “fantastic” Letterman performance below.


    • Incidentally, Dan Deacon also made his network television debut last night. (Score one for independent music!) Deacon performed “True Trush,” a track from his latest album, America, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also introduced his new smartphone app, which allows the audience to participate in the light show. Heck, you can even use the app while you watch the clip below, if you want.

  •  In typical fashion, The Knife are gradually releasing details about their much-anticipated forthcoming album, Shaking the Habitual. As we reported yesterday, the record will drop next year, but now it has a pair of official release dates: April 8 worldwide and April 9 in the U.S. According to Pitchfork, the duo plan on touring Europe next year, though tour dates are still TBA.
  • Mysterious British electronic musician Burial (a.k.a. William Bevan) debuted two new tracks on Soundcloud today. “Truant” and “Rough Sleeper” will be released as a single entitled One/Two on Monday, according to Stereogum, but you can stream them below. Be advised: the two tracks clock in at 11:46 and 13:47, respectively.

  • Last but not least, Major Lazer have released a video for their new single “Jah No Partial” from the group’s upcoming album Free the Universe. And this isn’t just any live-concert-footage music video: it has flag-waving, Super-Soaking, and Diplo crowd-surfing in a bubble. Check it out below.

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