Monday Music News

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  • Sigur Ros announced recently their intentions of premiering any and all new music solely at live shows – “Coming to a show is the only way you’re going to experience this stuff outside crappy Youtube clips in the coming months.” Luckily some of those videos have surfaced – live videos for “Kveikur,” “Yfirborð,” & “Hrafntinna.” And while no live video can make up for actually being at a show, Jonsi might be a bit disappointed at the quality of all three. See “Yfirborð” below and check out the other two over at Stereogum.

  • David Bowie confirmed that his single “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” will be released on the 26th – and he provided fans with the track list for the new album. All of the new tracks’ titles seem to fit with typical Bowie archetypes, such as “Dancing Out In Space.” In addition to the typical formats, the album will have a deluxe edition which features three extra tracks. [FACT]

  • Sweden’s most recent alt-pop rising star Elliphant debuted a new video for “Live Till I Die” today. Heading out on tour with Twin Shadow, Elliphant continues the recent trend of using a VHS style fuzz over your video (The So So Glos are guilty too, as you’ll see below), but she throws in a tons of dancing to go along with her anthem of a track. “You gotta rumble with us” she sings – check out the video below. [Pitchfork]

  • If it isn’t already the year of nostalgia (possibly the decade of nostalgia), with releases from the likes of The Postal Service and Primal Scream, not to mention Black Flag and others – there is now this lovely documentary about Belle and Sebastian’s album “If You’re Feeling Sinister” which came out in 1996. The documentary goes way back to the start, with Stuart Merdoch telling about writing his first song on the piano, to how the album was finally created. [Pitchfork]

  • White Fence released “Pink Gorilla” from his upcoming album Cyclops Reap today, after a year of releases alongside friend Ty Segall. The new psych-rock track has deeper roots. “After the death of my father in 2008,” Tim Presley explained, he was living in two separate apartments in Echo Park, CA, “I started writing and recording non-stop in these rooms.” Four albums later and he’s going to release the best and most recent of those recordings on John Dwyer’s label Castle Face this spring. [Stereogum]

  • Perhaps Brooklyn’s most punk contemporary band and the gatekeepers of the infamous Shea Stadium, The So So Glos released this adorable, video for their track “Son of an American,” which features VHS footage from 1999. Their upcoming album Blowout will be released via Shea Stadium as well. Check out the tongue in cheek anthem below. Impose]

  • Primal Scream will release More Light this spring, and today we get their video for “2013.” Where the video is spooky and eerie, the track’s saxophone is upfront. While the track might not appear to be as creepy as the video, there is definitely something a bit off about the sax line throughout, it’s a bit muffled and rugged – just like the woman running through the woods. Not quite sure what the other images have to do with the track – a hospital, a forced feeding, bondage. [Stereogum]

  • Alabama Shakes had a interesting night on Saturday with performances on both SNL and Austin City Limits – actually the Austin City Limits show was pre-recorded and just happened to premiere the same night as SNL. Their ACL performance is a good as gold as always – check it out below!

  • Phoenix are back with a new track “Entertainment” which was prememiered on BBC 1 and now has it’s own lyric video. As poppy and synth-loving as ever, you can check out the track below. [Pitchfork]

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