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Tomas Barfod

Danish "dance music polymath" Tomas Barfod, who we recently sugguested you 'check out', has announced he is now part of the Secretly Canadian family who will release a single for "Pulsing" on 2/18 of this year. The label writes:

As well as the lovely squelching electro-pop "Pulsing" featuring long-term collaborator Nina Kinert, the B-side features former Charles & Eddie legend Eddie Chacon on the twitching mesh of synths that is "Happy." Rounded off with the enigmatic instrumentals "Tea Cup" and "Value Feint," "Pulsing" effortlessly pushes and pulls dance and electronic music into a myriad of different shapes.
You can listen to "Pulsing" below and stay tuned for more info on a full length release scheduled for the Spring.

Tomas has only one show scheduled at the moment and it's at Eurosonic in Europe. He also drums for WhoMadeWho, who recently put out a new video and have an album on the way, but who also have no upcoming tour to speak of at the moment.

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I Know What Love Isn't

As you may have heard, Jens Lekman is playing the Northside Festival next week, a big outdoor show that was recently moved to McCarren Park on June 15 with Of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils. It's his only North American date at this time.

Wouldn't you know it, Jens has a new album coming out, I Know What Love Isn't, his first in five years which will be out September 4 on Secretly Canadian. Here's Jon Coombs' forward to the album that Jens just posted on his website:

Tracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens / you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun." A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.

I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination. In "The World Moves On" he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus "and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully". Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.

Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few sombre colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains - "I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air." A dry country piano makes "Become Someone Else's" lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in "Erica America" soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force.

In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. "I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country. The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories."

And that's what I Know What Love Isn't... is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.

That's the album art above and you can hear the first single, Prefab Sprout-y "Erica America," below along with the album tracklist and a list of all current tour dates.

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Damien Jurado - "Nothing Is The News" (MP3)

Maraqopa

Damien Jurado will release Maraqopa, the followup to 2010's Saint Bartlett, on February 21 via Secretly Canadian. The album was produced by Richard Swift, who also produced Saint Bartlett and is now a member of The Shins. That's the album artwork above. The album opener and first single, "Nothing Is The News," is a jammy cut that opens with Damien and his acoustic guitar, but as soon as dual lead guitars come in about half a minute through, they don't let up for the entirety of the song. Grab an MP3 of that track above and stream it below. The video for this track, which premiered today on Alt Press, and the album tracklist is also below.

Damien has a number European tour dates scheduled for the next few months (except for one show in his hometown Seattle in February) and he'll follow that with a North American tour that includes dates with Peter Wolf Crier and others with JBM. The tour includes a Chicago show and a NYC show which will happen on May 19 at Mercury Lounge with JBM. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/13) at noon.

All currently known dates, video, stream, and album info below...

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APTBS

I'll just quote this little blurb the label sent me:

New York noise czars A Place to Bury Strangers are making moves. Never ones to stand still for very long (literally and figuratively), the band is announcing a new label and new music. Dead Oceans is proud to welcome APTBS to their roster. Label co-founder Phil Waldorf says, "I've been enamored with A Place to Bury Strangers since I first heard their debut album. Their live shows have rattled me time and time again. It is not often you get to work with a band that you've been closely following for years, and we are honored to be a part of their new chapter. Wait until you hear what comes next." The band will join artists such as Akron/Family, Gauntlet Hair, Phosphorescent, the Tallest Man on Earth and more.

Having put on numerous wild shows across the US and Europe -- their recent Rockoff Cruise included band members tossing plugged in amps overboard -- APTBS' ferocious live performances have won over a wide range of audiences. Their solid wall of sound is built meticulously, brick by brick, to form a cohesive all-encompassing experience: physical, intellectual, emotional. In the last year the band has grown to include bass player Dion Lunadon from The D4. Dion has joined Oliver Ackerman (guitar/vocals) and Jay Space (drums) in shaping the direction for APTBS, co-writing songs and sharing backup vocal duties. Of their Dead Oceans signing Ackerman says, "We are very excited to be signing with [the label]. I have been a fan of their taste in music since the label started and it's going to be cool to be a part of what they have built independently over the years."

The trio has been hard at work on a new set of 5 songs, which will be released on Dead Oceans as an EP in early 2012. More details on the new EP and tour dates will follow soon.

Congrats to APTBS on their new home.

Dead Oceans and its sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar are holding a CMJ showcase at Union Pool in Brooklyn on 10/19. It was previously announced with a secret headliner who can now be revealed. Guess who that is? Full lineup/flyer for the show, along with a full set of Gauntlet Hair tour dates (they're playing a lot during CMJ), below...

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DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - "Black Hills" (MP3)

Craft Spells at Culture Shock - photo by Hannah Tashkovich
Craft Spells

Craft Spells are heading out on tour with Secretly Canadian signees Gardens & Villa in July. The tour stops by Mercury Lounge on July 30 with support from Selebrities. Tickets are on sale now. Craft Spells will immediately follow the July dates with a short August run supporting The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In April they were here as part of a tour with Beach Fossils. They also played Purchase festival "Culture Shock" during that trip. A few photos from the school show are in this post.

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Gardens & Villa...
Gardens and Villas

Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa are releasing their self titled debut July 5 via Secretly Canadian. Watch the video for the track "Black Hills" below and download the MP3 above. The dates with Craft Spells are part of a longer summer tour the band is going on in support of the album, including a run with Foster the People that hits at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 20 (sold out). They also play Glasslands on June 24 with The Beets, Tony Castles, and Moon King (not to be confused with Moonface). Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available.

All dates, more pictures of Craft Spells at Culture Shock, a video, and the Gardens & Villa album artwork and tracklist are below...

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"I'm in Austin TX! You know how I know that? Live music in the airport! #AndASignThatSaysAustin #SXSW" - Doug Benson

"Never realized how much I dislike music until hanging out in Austin, Texas during #sxsw" - Michael Ian Black

Tig Notaro at a BV party in 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tig Notaro

Music is not the only thing will seem light in NYC next week, as many names in the comedy world are headed to Austin for SXSW as well. Scott Aukerman, Matt Bearden, Doug Benson, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Cantrell, Chris Cubas, Joe Derosa, Chris Fairbanks, Dave Foley, Jena Friedman, Brett Gelman, Donald Glover, Chris Hardwick, Pete Holmes, Anthony Jeselnik, Howard Kremer, Ben Kronberg, Tom Lennon, Darryl Lenox, Al Madrigal, Marc Maron, Doug Mellard, Eugene Mirman, Kumail Nanjiani, Tig Notaro, John Oliver, Chelsea Peretti, Kevin Pollak, Amy Schumer, Brody Stevens, Bryson Turner, Brendon Walsh, Glenn Wool, and Hampton Yountare are among those that SXSW lists as officially being there. Esther's Follie's is the venue where much of it goes down.

Tig Notaro, who performed at a BrooklynVegan Austin event in 2010, returns this year with a few more items on her resume. Not only does she have a Sarah Silverman-produced "new comedy variety show for the Logo Network" to promote, but she has reportedly joined the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans family whose official showcase she'll be MCing. She's also on the lineup of Sasquatch this year, and recently shared a bill with Jens Lekman in LA.

Brody Stevens & Zach Galifianakis
Brody Stevens and Zach

You might know LA's Brody Stevens from Due Date or The Hangover (and the Hangover 2 when it comes out). You may have seen him hanging out with his friend and co-star Zach Galifianakis, possibly on a scooter, or maybe in the audience of Saturday Night Live last night. Maybe you follow him on Twitter (like @BVComedy does) (follow @BVcomedy too!).

Brody and Tig (and Mirman and others) perform at Esther's Follie's on Friday, March 18th at 9:30pm, and I'm excited to announce that Brody will also host and tell jokes at the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Barbarella from noon-6pm on Thursday, March 17th! Full lineup TBA momentarily!

Workaholics
Workaholics

Comedy Central will also have a presence down at SXSW, most notably with the cast of their new TV show Workaholics which premieres on the station on April 6th. To quote their press release:

"Graduating from college and entering the real world isn't easy, especially for three unmotivated roommates. The new Comedy Central comedy Workaholics is a look at post graduates as they hilariously cope with working in the real world. Think Office Space if it were a stoner comedy.

Starring Mail Order Comedy's Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, and Adam DeVine, and with former Scrubs executive producer Kevin Etten at the helm, Workaholics is a scripted series that follows three friends fresh out of college who live and work together as telemarketers. Dress codes, deadlines, and waking up before noon isn't something these guys are used to.

They spend their days scheming together to avoid doing any real work and their nights looking for good times."

Good times will be had (despite it being during the day) when Blake, Anders and Adam all host the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Barbarella from noon-6pm on Saturday, March 19th. Full lineup of bands TBA momentarily!

You can also catch the Workaholics guys at Esther's Follies from 4-6pm on 3/17, and at Vice's Closing Night Pre-Party @ Starr Building on 3/9 from 10:30pm-12am. Check out some Workaholics previews, and Brody Stevens videos, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Little Scream "The Heron and the Fox" (MP3)

Sharon Van Etten at Bowery Ballroom (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten just headlined Bowery Ballroom recently and will return to play another hometown show at the about-equally-sized Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 4/16 with Little Scream. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 1/19, at noon, and then on regular sale 48 hours later.

The new date comes toward the end of Sharon's recently announced tour with Montreal's Little Scream who has some more good news of her own. The Golden Record, which we previously discussed, will be released by Secretly Canadian on April 15th! Co-produced with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), the LP features appearances from multiple guest stars including Parry, Becky Foon (A Silver Mt. Zion), Patty McGee (Stars), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), and Aaron Dessner (The National), who lends his talents to the lead single "The Heron and the Fox" available for download above.

Little Scream's signing news comes not long after fellow Montreal band The Luyas announced that they would be releasing their album via the same label family (The Luyas signed to Dead Oceans).

All Little Scream dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Suuns - Arena (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Suuns - Up Past the Nursery (MP3)

Suuns
Suuns

I am super bummed to report that UK band Yuck have cancelled their planned trip to the United States due to "personal reasons". They were set to play four shows (all still listed at their MySpace). One was in Philly, one was in Boston, one was the the PopGun party at Glasslands, and one was the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg happening Thursday, October 21st.

Luckily, the recently-signed-to Secretly Canadian band Suuns (who we have talked about a few times) have stepped up at the last minute to take their place on the bill which now looks like this:

Music Hall of Williamsburg, October 21, 2010
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
* The Blow
* Screaming Females
* Suuns
* Young Man
It was especially nice of Suuns since it now means they are playing two official CMJ showcases in one night. They're also part of the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans show happening at Pianos that night:
Pianos, October 21, 2010
* SMALL BLACK 12:45AM
* SUUNS 11:45PM
* SUN AIRWAY 10:45PM
* LIA ICES 9:45PM
* S. CAREY 8:45PM
Might as well mention that S. Carey is playing a BrooklynVegan show too, Saturday (10/23) during the day at Public Assembly (full lineup TBA). Might as well also mention that Small Black are playing Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on October 15th (Friday) with We Are All Romans and "VERY Special Guests". All Small Black dates below.

Meanwhile, Suuns (grab some MP3s above) are still out on tour with Land of Talk, though only for two more Texas shows before CMJ, but then they'll resume touring with Land of Talk after CMJ, and that's when they are back to play Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. They have also added a NYC show that takes place after their tour, at Glasslands Gallery on November 14th with BELL, Emil & Friends, and New Moods. The Glasslands show is New Moods' 7" release party, and New Moods have some shows sooner, including CMJ, too (listed below).

All dates and Suuns' new-ish video for "Up Past The Nursery" below...

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photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

DOWNLOAD: The War on Drugs - Comin' Through (MP3)

The War on Drugs @ Knitting Factory Monday night

The War On Drugs

It's been over two years since The War on Drugs released their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, via Secretly Canadian. And it's via that same label that we'll finally get another taste on October 26th which is the official release date of the band's 2nd album called Future Weather. Grab "Comin' Through", one of that record's eight tracks, for free above now. Cover art and full tracklist below.

Tonight (8/31), The War on Drugs follow up their appearance with Black Mountain at Knitting Factory last night, with a headlining show at the cozy Rock Shop. This time they share a bill with Light Pollution and Xylos.

More about last night's show later. In the meantime, here are some pics, with all tour dates and the new album's cover art and tracklist, below...

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Suuns

"Suuns have no doubt ingested a lot of art rock, the Montreal group's minimalist rhythms are equally informed by Joy Division, Suicide and Can, often wrapped in a noisy squall of droning guitars and pulsing synths. Add to this Ben Shemie's breathy, paranoid sing/speak, and there are times that it seems like Suuns are about to drive over a sonic cliff. But there's actually a great sense of restraint at play. We were enveloped in Sunns' dark and thrilling post-punk from the first listen, never to return.

For a limited time, as we approach the release of Sunns' Secretly Canadian debut, we offer the band's 6-song EP as free, digital download." [Secretly Canadian]

Secretly Canadian have signed Montreal's Suuns and will put out the band's debut LP, recorded with Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes, at the end of 2010. In the meantime, grab their free EP now.

That announcement coincidentally comes right as Suuns arrive in NYC as part of their previously-mentioned tour with Parlovr. The bands play an early show at Mercury Lounge tonight (7/21). Tickets are still on sale. And they play Friday at Knitting Factory with The Ettes and Hans Condor (tickets).

Check out some Suuns live videos, and all dates again, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Damien Jurado - Arkansas (MP3)

Damien Jurado

"i am still awaiting the release of saint bartlett. soon. may 25th. i am excited and also anxious. it's wanting both, to go out and promote it and also stay at home. it's not how things work though. i'm going to be completely honest. over this past year, i wanted to hang this up. at least the going out into the world part. it was a lot that caused this. my deep growing love and devotion to my son, who is getting older. we have conversations all the time. he understands more. we teach each other new things daily. any day that i am not near him, is heart breaking. "the other part of me" is absent. he is encouraging in my pursuit of music.. well, so long as it's done at home. understandable. another thing that made me consider a change was the joy i felt being in the studio with richard swift. for the first time in my years of playing music, i felt able to really look at the songs for the first time. this is kind of vague. i am not even sure how i begin to explain it. picture a bird, for the first time walking on the edge of a tree limb and jumping. the bird's wings open as it is diving towards the ground, and just before it hits the ground, with the help of his own wings, he is taken to the sky. does this make sense? freedom. it's how i felt about the new songs. about the songs that i have still been writing. about my time in the studio with richard. about my time with him, talking about music and playing records. seeing his un dying devotion to his family and his music career. i left the studio no longer feeling "outside" or apart from other well known songwriters. i now see myself beside them. arm in arm. or at least near them. so here i am now. standing in this line. mentioned in the same breathe as those other musicians. considered a legend of my own time. i don't think that. some in the press said it. i'm fine with it. ...where am i going here? i guess it's to say, that i'm happy about my future and the songs. it's just getting out the front door first. or making it to the edge of the tree limb, to make a flying leap." [Damien Jurado]
Damien Jurado's new album Saint Bartlett will be released by Secretly Canadian on May 25th. Check out the sweet song "Arkansas" from that album above. And Damien will get out the door at least one more time. All tour dates still TBA, but tickets are now on sale for a June 17th NYC show at Mercury Lounge and for one the very next day (6/18) at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Both shows are with Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground. Caleb Engstorm is also listed on the Manhattan show. The new album's tracklist is below...

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DOWNLOAD: jj - Ecstacy (MP3)

jj

Sweden's jj put out a debut single and album in 2009, jj n° 1 and jj n° 2, respectively. The albums got them lots of attention including a spot on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2009. Their second full-length, jj nº 3, will be released by Secretly Canadian, in conjunction with Scandinavian label Sincerely Yours, on March 9th in the US (UK TBA). The Lil Wayne-sampling "Ecstacy," off their first full-length, is posted above.

Though it says "they," the exact lineup of the live group is unknown. A video below indicates that they've played before as a twosome, with a backing track and live vocals and tambourine. We'll see what happens when the group joins the xx for the previously announced set of shows across North America (their first ever here) in March and April.

The two double letter bands start out together in the South on March 22nd and get to NYC by the end of that month. The NYC shows, which were previously unannounced, are on 3/30 and 3/31, but there's a bit of a mystery at the moment about exactly who is on each bill. jj definitely play both dates including the March 30th show at Knitting Factory which is only $10 and already on sale (no xx listed there, and probably too cheap of a ticket price for them to be added).

The next show is March 31st at Webster Hall (a venue big enough for the xx). The xx currently have a hole in their tour schedule for both days, so it seems likely they'll play at least the show at Webster Hall (stay tuned for more info)... which is definitely with the xx. Tickets go on American Express presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday the same time

The xx and jj then stay on the road together until 4/16 which is when the xx join Hot Chip for late April shows that include a Terminal 5 gig on April 22nd. Tickets are still on sale.

All jj tour dates and a pair of videos are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Molina and Johnson - Almost Let You In (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Molina and Johnson - Twenty Cycles To The Ground (MP3)

Jason Molina w/ Magnolia Electric Co. @ E. River State Park (more by Chris La Putt)
Jason Molina

unfortunately, jason molina will not be able to tour in the new year due to his present health issues and the american dates for january and february have all been cancelled. jason molina is (still) extremely disappointed but it is impossible for him to be on the road at the present time. [Magnolia Electric Co. on 12/1/09]
After canceling their November/December European tour, Jason Molina & Will Johnson have been forced to cancel their early 2010 North American tour as well. The trip, with Chris Brokaw, included a January 30th show at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Though there's no shows, you can still enjoy two tracks off the pair's new album, the aptly titled Jason Molina and Will Johnson, which came out November 3rd on Secretly Canadian.

Jason Molina's regular gig is fronting for Magnolia Electric Co., who played a Jelly NYC Pool Party last summer with Dirty Projectors and put out a new CD in July. Will Johnson of Centro-matic just got off tour playing drums for Monsters of Folk.

Album art and tracklist and the canceled tour dates are below...

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Yeasayer

"On November 3rd, 2009 Yeasayer will reemerge with "Ambling Alp," the first single off their sophomore record ODD BLOOD (due February 2010 on Secretly Canadian). This will be the first recording since Yeasayer's contribution of "Tightrope" to the Dark Was The Night benefit compilation and their critically acclaimed debut LP All Hour Cymbals (Nov. 2007). The single will be released digitally and on a limited 12" vinyl packaged in a space age colored metallic sleeve that will also feature remixes by Memory Tapes and DJ /rupture."
The single is out next week, but is available as a free download on Yeasayer's website now.

Catch Yeasayer live tonight (10/30) at the Guggenheim Museum with Tanlines and comedian Max Silvestri. The Oddblood tracklist is below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Marmoset - Peach Cobbler (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marmoset - Florist Fired (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marmoset - Winter (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marmoset - Lemon Meringue Live (Zip)

Marmoset

Long-running Indianapolis band Marmoset will be in New York next week as part of a short East Coast tour supporting their sixth record, Tea Tornado, their first for Joyful Noise records. Like their previous albums on Secretly Canadian, Tea Tornado displays a heavy Brit influence with a distinctive, almost sinister tone. I asked former Indianapolis resident (and current World Without Magic frontman) Patrick Bower what he remembered about Marmoset from his time there:

Marmoset are one of the few bands from my time in Indianapolis that I count as "authentic," by which I mean they lived the life. They just made music constantly in their home studio near my house in Fountain Square and were never really part of the (largely non-existent) scene. I'm glad [Secretly Canadian's] Chris Swanson believed in them enough to keep putting out their records, despite the fact that they never really toured. I count The Record in Red as a bone fide classic, almost a perfect record. I remember seeing them in college before any of my bands got going, and I remember being struck by how creepy they were. It gave me the same feeling as watching Jandek or maybe Wesley Willis. To their credit, they maintain that eeriness to this day.
As Patrick notes, Marmoset don't tour much so go see them while their out of their nest. They play Cake Shop on September 9 (Wednesday) and Bruar Falls the next night (9/10). There's a few MP3s at the top of this post -- "Peach Cobbler" is from their new Tea Tornado, the others are from their Secretly Canadian days, and you can also download a live album (ZIP) as well. All dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Magnolia Electric Co - Josephine (MP3)

The Donkeys @ Radio Room in Austin (a BV SXSW party) (more by Leia Jospe)
The Donkeys

"We are proud to announce the first details of Magnolia Electric Co.'s Josephine (released July 21 in the US and July 20 in the UK), the prolific band's first longplayer since 2006. Josephine is a weighty, mature album about real loss and dislocation, bringing forth a more minimalist aesthetic than the band has attempted to date. For Josephine, the band teamed once again with engineer Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago for what proved to be an emotional recording session." [Secretly Canadian]
In support of that new album, Magnolia Electric Co. will be going out on tour with their label-cousins The Donkeys (they're on Dead Oceans) this summer. And though the date has since mysteriously disappeared from Magnolia's list of tour dates, Pitchfork's list did reveal (thanks Eric and Tom) that the bands will be playing a "Pool Party" in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, July 19th. That said, The Donkeys are listing that they play Union Hall in Park Slope on that date, so maybe it's just Magnolia that play the big, free JellyNYC show in Williamsburg.

New MP3 above. New cover art, track list, and all tour dates below....

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: BLK JKS - "Lakeside"(MP3)

BLK JKS

South Africa's BLK JKS (pronounced 'Black Jacks') will be playing a pair of NYC dates, this Friday (3/13) at Union Hall (TICKETS) and Saturday 3/14 at Santos Party House with Preacher & The Knife (TICKETS). The band then heads to SXSW for a full set of shows, before touring the UK in April. On May 25th they'll be back in the US for an appearance at the Sasquatch Festival.

Secretly Canadian just released a remastered version of the band's debut Mystery EP yesterday, 3/10 (mentioned in Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week column). Mystery's first two tracks, "Lakeside" (posted above) and "Mystery" (streaming on the band's Myspace) both showcase the BLK JKS's free mix of post-punk and dance rock with dub-like, dancehall tendencies. The band recently posted on its site a mixtape by Carlos Ramos (of the Midnight Rockers Express) that remixes and tweaks the source material (3/4ths of the EP) even further.

All tour dates, two videos, and the Santos flyer below...

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DOWNLOAD: Antony & The Johnsons - Another World (MP3)

Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons is offering an instant digital download of their forthcoming album "The Crying Light" and a bonus track, "My Lord, My Love", for fans who pre-order the album from the band's website.

"The Crying Light" is the band's follow up to the Mercury prize winning "I Am a Bird Now". The album will be released in the UK and Europe on January 19 through Rough Trade and on January 20 in America through Secretly Canadian with a world tour following the release.

Tickets are still on sale for the two shows Antony is playing at NYC's Town Hall in February. All dates, incluyding a huge European tour, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Frida Hyvonen - Enemy Within (MP3)

Frida Hyvonen

Sweden's Frida Hyvonen will be spending some time in the United States this month. Not only is she playing the Zipper Factory in NYC tonight (November 1st), but after visiting Chicago, Philly and DC, she is back in NYC to play Googie's Lounge (the upstairs part of Living Room) on November 11th and then Monkey Town in Brooklyn two days later. Maybe her friend Jens Lekman, who now seems to be living in NYC, will stop by one of those last two shows.

I would say maybe he would stop by tonight, but...

JENS LEKMAN will be playing a benefit show this Saturday, November 1st, in Northampton, MA. The show will benefit a young student named Clara Gardner who lost her legs after being hit by a drunk driver. What was planned to be a small private show to lift her spirits has turned into a real performance to be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium.

If you're in the Northampton area this weekend, don't miss your chance to help support Clara.
If you'd like to donate, please contact Eric Warren eric.warren@gmail.com

"Ememy Within", the MP3 on top of this post, is from "Silence Is Wild", Frida's new album out on Secretly Canadian on November 4th. Listen to more songs on her MySpace. All tour dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Danielson - Animal In Every Corner (Version) (MP3)

Danielson

Secretly Canadian on Danielson:

Over the next few months we will be releasing brand new videos, unreleased mp3s from live shows, radio sessions, and the vault, as well as much much more. To start we're announcing two joyous events: the first domestic Danielson tour in over two years and the release on November 4 (December 1 in the UK) of Trying Hartz (First Fruits '94-'04), a two-disc retrospective of the first ten years of Danielson's body of work. Aside from fan favorite album tracks, it includes previously difficult-to-find songs, alternate takes, new intros & outros, and a few very choice live recordings. Also included are notes on each individual song by Daniel Smith himself as well as liner notes by best-selling novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm, Garden State).
Danielson will swing by the Knitting Factory in NYC on Halloween for the inaugural date of a month-long US tour - tickets are on sale. Joining (as part of the Famile and on their own) will be '60s-influenced pop trio Cryptacize, whose debut Dig That Treasure came out earlier this year on Asthmatic Kitty. Asthmatic Kitty is the "sister label" to Danielson's own Sounds Familyre. All tour dates and the "Trying Hartz" tracklist & cover art, below....

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DOWNLOAD: David Vandervelde - Someone Like You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: David Vandervelde - I Will Be Fine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Throw Me the Statue - Lolita (MP3)

VanderveldeThe above MP3s are off David Vandervelde's not-so-critically acclaimed new album Waiting For The Sunrise that he'll be touring in support of starting at the end of this month in NYC, at Union Hall (tix) and Mercury Lounge (tix).

Both NYC shows are with David's Secretly Canadian labelmate Throw Me the Statue who will be in town from Seattle after playing a bunch of their own shows elsewhere in the country. One of their MP3s is above too and you can check out their Daytrotter session for more. Their album Moonbeams came out in February (you may have seen the cover art featuring two half naked women).

Video of David covering Okkervil River, and all tour dates below...

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With JagJaguwar, JagJaguwar, Dead Oceans, Dead Oceans and David Vandervelde's only upcoming tour date after today all on the front page, I was inspired to also post this piece of Secretly Canadian news and that is a new album by Damien Jurado called "Caught in the Trees" (out September 9, 2008 on Secretly Canadian) and a related tour which has him at Mercury Lounge on September 30th and Union Hall one day later. Both NYC shows are with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (add them to the list). All dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Barrel of Batteries EP (ZIP)

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I've really been digging the music of Philly band The War on Drugs, and free EP's are good (download above). Look for a (not free) full length to come out on Secretly Canadian some time soon. Get at taste of it at their myspace.

Jens Lekman playing in the parking lot (CRED)
Jens Lekman

The upcoming Jens Lekman dates have been announced. He'll be at SXSW on March 13th and Webster Hall (again) on April 5th. Check out the take-away shows Jens recently did for the amazing La Blogoteque. All dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Sloan Wainwright - Silent Night (MP3)

Bodies of Water

This was maybe going to be a post about how the-band-recently-signed-to-Secretly-Canadian Bodies of Water posted some free Christmas songs for download on their MySpace page, but then this message they posted on the homepage of their regular website seemed even more interesting...

12.21.07 - I can't understand why anyone likes these musical groups and singers:

Wilco
Jeff Buckley
Elvis Costello
The Police
Slint
Rush
Joni Mitchell
Steely Dan
Afghan Whigs

Perhaps you are offended by this. If so, I feel glad. You need to be shaken up. You need to have whatever skewed values you've cultivated over the years CHALLENGED. Listen again to this stuff - you will see that it is junk. (I say all this with the utmost sincerity, but I'm sure that in a year or two 'synchronicity' will be on heavy rotation in my house. This goes for all of these except for Steely Dan. I will never, ever like Steely Dan as long as I live.)

And to that Steely Dan might say...

Check out the Bodies of Water take away show @ La Blogoteque (and while you're at it, check out the new Jens Lekman one too).