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Daily Rind Newsletter

JUNE 3, 2009

In this issue:

featured artists, free tracks of the week, new videos of the week, bubbling up, in stores now, coming soon

Introduction

Welcome to this week's Daily Rind Newsletter. Our Featured Artists section boasts the much buzzed about debut LP from Passion Pit, Manners, plus the sophomore gem, Still Night, Still Light, from indie pop sirens Au Revoir Simone. We've got some great new free tracks from recent Frenchkiss signings The Antlers, up and coming hip hop artist Fashawn, classic garage from Figures of Light and the soultastic sounds of Lee Fields. We also have two amazing videos for your viewing pleasure - the creepy new Cage cut (directed by Shia Labeouf) for "I Never Knew You," and the fun (but also a little creepy) Passion Pit vid for Manners standout "The Reeling." Two exciting new artists who grace our Bubbling Up section this week are The Builders and the Butchers and Sean Bones (along with the aforementioned Antlers), whose upcoming albums make for perfect summer soundtracks. And as always, there's lots more In Stores Now and Coming Soon!

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Featured Artists

Passion Pit

Manners

[Frenchkiss Records]

Release Date: May 19

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After months of anticipation, Passion Pit finally released their proper debut, Manners, May 19th via Frenchkiss Records, with the album landing an impressive slot at #51 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart. Following up on their universally-acclaimed EP Chunk of Change, Passion Pit’s full-length bow meshes surreal, psychological lyrics with epic melodies and elaborate sound design. From the lead dulcimer loops and melancholic melodies of “Moth’s Wings,” to the ecstatic, riled-up climax of “Folds in Your Hands,” the band has created a contemporary electro pop classic.

Rolling Stone calls the record “a shiny bouquet of synth-pop roses, with perfumed Eighties keyboard whooshes and modern stutter beats crooking a finger toward the dance floor.” They go on to gush:“there are horns, a string section, even an elementary school choir. But what makes the record are [Michael’s] loose beats, shamelessly fruity melodies and breathless little-boy vocals, all pushing skyward.” Hear the magic for yourself with a free download of "Moth's Wings" below.

MP3 "Moth's Wings" from Manners

Au Revoir Simone

Still Night, Still Light

[Our Secret Record Company]

Release Date: May 19


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Last month Brooklyn indie pop darlings Au Revoir Simone released their sophomore full-length, Still Night, Still Light, as part of a generous package. As if a brand new album of bittersweet key-led pop wasn’t enough, for the next two weeks, when listeners dropped $7.98 on the album at Amie St., they got (totally gratis!) the entire ARS backcatalog – you know, just as a thank you for buying the new stuff. If you hurry you may still be able to catch this deal before it ends this week!

So that’s their debut LP, The Bird of Music, last year’s remix collection Reverse Migration, and the introductory mini-album Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation. Hours of music, free with every purchase. With the album's release now in the rearview, the band has just embarked on a month-long tour of the states. Full itinerary along with one of the album's finest tracks, "All or Nothing," below.

MP3 "Shadows" from Still Night, Still Light
Free Tracks of the Week
MP3 Figures of Light | It's Lame
from I Still Hate CD's: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 2 [Norton Records]
MP3 Fashawn | The Outer City
from Freedom/Our Way [One Records]
MP3 The Builders and the Butchers | Barcelona
from Salvation is a Deep Dark Well [Gigantic Music]
MP3 Viva Voce | Octavio
from Rose City [Barsuk Records]
MP3 The Antlers | Two
from Hospice [Frenchkiss Records]
MP3 Tea Leaf Green | Let Us Go
from Coffee Bean Brown Comes Alive [Tea Leaf Green Partnership]
MP3 Johnny Polygon | Riot Song
from Group Hug EP [Invasion Music Group]
MP3 Budos Band | The Proposition
from The Budos Band EP [Daptone Records]
MP3 Lee Fields | Love Comes and Goes
from My World [Truth & Soul Records]
MP3 Broadway | Redeeming A Monster
from Kingdoms [Uprising Records]
MP3 Starlight Mints| Zoomba
from Change Remains [Barsuk Records]
MP3 dead prez | Stimulus Plan
from Pulse Of The People [Invasion Music Group/Boss up Inc.]
New Videos of the Week
MP3 Cage | I Never Knew You
from Depart From Me [Definitive Jux Records]
MP3 Passion Pit| The Reeling
from Manners [Frenchkiss Records]
Bubbling Up

Johnny Polygon

Group Hug EP

[Invasion Music Group]

Release Date: May 12


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Debut EP from Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based rapper. In 2008, he guested on Nas's "Black President," a remix of Adele's smash "Melt My Heart," and DJ Green Lantern's Grand Theft Auto IV mixtape Liberty City Invasion. He's been name-checked by Ice Cube, DMC [Run DMC], Mark Ronson. He signed with Green Lantern's label after placing as a semifinalist on MusicNation.com.

The Builders and the Butchers

Salvation is a Deep Dark Well

[Gigantic Music Group]

Release Date: June 16


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Second album from Americana-tinged Portland, OR band named 2008's "Best New Band" [Willamette Week] and "Best Live Performers" [Seattle Sound]. They've performed at the Sasquatch Music Festival and opened for The Decemberists, Langhorne Slim.

The Antlers

Hospice

[Frenchkiss Records]

Release Date: June 23


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Remastered release of Brooklyn trio's out-of-print debut. iTunes version includes two exclusive bonus tracks. NPR's "All Songs Considered" ranked it ahead of 2009 albums by Animal Collective and The Decemberists ["one of the most beautiful and moving works I've heard in a long, long time...just astonishing"]. They've earned raves from Pitchfork, Time Out NY, Wall Street Journal, and toured with Au Revoir Simone, Frightened Rabbit.

Sean Bones

Rings

[Frenchkiss Records]

Release Date: July 21

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First album from reggae project led by Sam Champion guitarist Sean Sullivan. They've been profiled on IFC and opened for labelmates Les Savy Sav. "You probably wouldn't think the guitar player from Sam Champion would be able to convincingly pull off reggae, but you'd actually be completely wrong, you idiot." [New York Magazine].
In Stores Now

Various Artists

I still Hate CD's

[Norton Records]

Release Date: June 2

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DIGITAL ONLY: Forty-five garage rock'n'roll, rockabilly, gutbucket R&B, and proto-punk tracks issued by Norton Records over the past 20 years, including many never digitally released [CD or otherwise]. Includes tracks from King Khan, Real Kids, Mary Weiss [The Shangri-Las], Charlie Feathers. RIYL: Nuggets. Liner notes.

Tea Leaf Green

Coffee Bean Brown Comes Alive

[Tea Leaf Green Partnership]

Release Date: June 2


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Live acoustic album from San Francisco jam band that has shared stages with Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio, Bob Weir. Recorded at NYC club Mo Pitkin's in 2008. Their 2005 album Taught To Be Proud scanned 15K copies.

Lee Fields

My World

[Truth & Soul Records]

Release Date: June 2

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First album in seven years from funk / soul singer who has worked with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Backing group includes members of The Dap-Kings, Antibalas. "A vital and dynamic funk force to be reckoned with." [Allmusic] More info. MP3: Ladies

London Symphony Orchestra

Tommy

[Ode Records]

Release Date: May 26

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A live all-star symphonic performance of The Who's famed rock opera, recorded over two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre in 1972. Sold over a million copies upon initial release. The Who are joined by the London Symphony Orchestra, Maggie Bell, Sandy Denny, Steve Winwood, Richie Havens, and Ringo Starr. "A beautiful interpretation." [Allmusic]

Viva Voce

Rose City

[Barsuk Records]

Release Date: May 26

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Fifth album and second Barsuk release from Portland, OR duo who have opened for Sunny Day Real Estate, The Shins. Pitchfork called Get Yr Blood Sucked Out [2006] "confident, psychedelic, hard-hitting, and the best noise they've made yet."

Fashawn

Freedom / Our Way

[One Records]

Release Date: May 26


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Single from Central Californian rap phenom's debut album Boy Meets World. Produced by LA producer Exile [Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, Jurassic 5]. Features appearance by Evidence [Dilated Peoples].

Jimmy Somerville

Suddenly Last Summer

[Jess E Musique Ltd.]

Release Date: May 19

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Fifth solo album from Scottish singer Jimmy Somerville [Bronski Beat, The Communards] who has sold 7+ million albums. Allmusic called previous album Home Again [2004] "a sterling comeback album for his '80s fans and a quality introduction for newcomers." Video: Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Dead Prez & The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern

Summertime / Gangsta, Gangster / Stimulus Plan

[Boss Up / Invasion Music Group]

Release Date: May 19


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Single from political hip-hop duo's DJ Green Lantern-assisted release Pulse Of The People. Previous album RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta [2004 Sony] reached #14 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart. In 2006, they performed in Dave Chappelle's Block Party. MP3: Stimulus Plan
Coming Soon

Starlight Mints

Change Remains

[Barsuk Records]

Release Date: June 9

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Fourth album from Oklahoma psych-pop combo. "Imagine Phil Spector-era Beatles without John Lennon's messianic gravitas." [Pitchfork] In 2009, supernatural UK  TV drama Demons [ITV] used "Eyes of the Night" [from Drowaton, 2006] as its theme song.

 

Dead Prez & The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern

Pulse of the People

[Boss Up / Invasion Music Group]

Release Date: June 23

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2009 release from political hip-hop duo on DJ Green Lantern's label. Features guest appearances from Styles P, Bun B, K’Naan, Chuck D, and Johnny Polygon. Previous album RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta [2004] reached the Top 20 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart. They've worked with Big Pun, The Beatnuts, Erykah Badu, and performed in the 2006 film Dave Chappelle's Block Party. MP3: Stimulus Plan

U-God

Dopium

[Babygrande Records]

Release Date: June 23

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Third solo album from founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Features appearances from Ghostface, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Jim Jones, Mike Ladd, Large Professor. His Gold-certified 1999 solo debut Golden Arms Dedemption reached #58 on US album charts, #15 "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums."

Grand Puba

RetroActive

[Babygrande Records]

Release Date: June 23

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Fourth solo album and first in eight years from former Brand Nubian MC who has appeared on wax with Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Shaggy. Features appearances from Q-Tip, Kid Capri, and former groupmates Sadat X and Lord Jamar. Previous album Understand This [2001] reached #12 on Billboard's "Top Independent Albums" chart.

Budos Band

The Budos Band EP

[Daptone Records]

Release Date: June 23

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Six-song EP from instrumental Staten Island, NY funk band. Several members split time with The Dap-Kings, Antibalas. XLR8R calls them "the best thing out of Staten Island since Christina Aguilera. Seriously." Pitchfork called their 2007 album Budos Band II "a supremely entertaining record, perfect for dancing, driving or just providing a soundtrack when you want to nod your head in time to something." The bands first two albums scanned over 23k in the US alone.

Cage

Depart From Me

[Definitive Jux]

Release Date: July 7

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Third album [and first in four years] from underground NY rapper. Previous album Hell's Winter reached #26 on Billboard's "Heatseekers," #36 "Top Independent Albums." Village Voice called it "a tense, damaged masterwork...maybe the fullest realization of the Def Jux aesthetic yet." Actor and longtime fan Shia LaBeouf directed the video for leadoff single "Nothing Left To Say."

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