first impressions: blonde redhead – penny sparkle


*you can thank NPR for this one. they’re streaming this album in its entirety on their website until next week’s release date.

17 years and eight albums in, blonde redhead don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, nor do they seem content to stick with established formulas. switching from the jagged noise rock of their earliest releases, to the baroque chamber pop of misery is a butterfly, and then to the swooning dream-pop of career peak 23, kazu makino and the brothers pace have finally come to the last stone unturned: electro-pop. indeed, like it’s name would insinuate, penny sparkle boasts spare but sparkling synth textures in place of the gauzy guitars that enveloped songs past. though the shift sounds jarring on paper, the trio sells it surprisingly and impressively smoothly in practice.

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class actress covers neon indian


since covering neon indian is all the rage lately, here’s class actress giving it a go with their slippery take on “terminally chill.” hotness.

class actress – terminally chill (neon indian cover)



cool video for a gorgeous new track from deerhunter.

what is it with the resurgence of sinead o’connor homages in music videos lately?

more florrie remixes


here are two new fantastic fred falke club edits of florrie‘s newest free singles “give me your love” and “you wanna start something.”

give me your love (fred calke club edit)
you wanna start something (fred falke club edit)

robyn better get body talk pt. 3 out and fast. florrie’s neck and neck with the prolific output this year.


we ought to be together


we still have little to no information on philly electro-enigma CSLSX (aside from what’s on this nifty new website). i guess we’ll just have to settle for a cool new jam from them until they’re ready to reveal themselves.

CSLSX – we ought to be together

reporter x soft metals


it was only a matter of time before this happened. portland’s soft metals have remixed a track for their nu-disco neighbors reporter. their styles fit each other like a glove on the latter’s current single “click shaw,” accenting each other’s strengths without overpowering either.

listen now:

gold zebra – debut EP


montreal’s gold zebra released their debut EP today via their bandcamp page. in addition to previously previewed stand-outs “trans desert” and “six years,” it offers four more new samplings of their alluring xx-meets-italo sound that’ll provide the perfect soundtrack for the end of any night.

get it now

gold zebra – trans desert

robyn covers björk


here’s her highness robyn doing a formidably faithful cover of “hyperballad” by her highness björk at some ceremony that awarded a shit ton of money to the latter for making some of the best music of the last 2 decades  (or at least the ’90s). this cover seems like such a good fit that i’m almost surprised someone didn’t think to have robyn do it sooner. judging by her faces throughout, however, björk doesn’t seems to enjoy it nearly as much as i do.

what do you think???

transmission 8.26.2010


my weekly internet radio show transmission aired last night at 9pm ET on y-not radio. it featured new music from miami horror, wild nothing, small black, grimes, the xx and many more. if you have a track or artist that you think is transmission-worthy, feel free to hit me up via e-mail or twitter.

this week’s playlist after the jump…

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drink drank drunk


can’t believe i almost missed this one. philly dream-poppers a sunny day in glasgow will be releasing a new album called autumn, again on october 19. more importantly, it will be available as a free download from the release through, you guessed it, the end of the fall season.

in the meantime, they’ve made autumnal song “drink drank drunk” available for all to hear. it carries on the winningly woozy formula from last year’s masterful, similarly autumnal ashes grammar.

a sunny day in glasgow – drink drank drunk

the album will also be available as a limited edition maroon vinyl. counting the days, folks…