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The Weekly Feed 5/4

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Welcome to the Weekly Feed, the show that rounds up the cream of the crop across the web and packs it into the musical sardine can for your ears.  I’m your host, Kyle Meredith and this week features new tracks from Dinosaur Jr., Sufjan Stevens, Peaches, The Intelligence, The Hard Lessons, and plenty more.

The News

All in all, it was a relatively quiet week for the underground.  Wilco dropped the news of their new album, named Wilco – The Album.  The ACL Fest released the lineup for this years Austin based fest with a group of headliners all hearkening back to the 90’s heydays.  And something got weird with the American Idols kids when they all started covering Lykke Lee and Apples in Stereo songs.

The Music

The Sounds – Dorchester Hotel

So lets go ahead and get this started with the newest from The Sounds. Their new disc, Crossing The Rubicon drops on June 2nd and Tsuru Radio gets my favorite comment on the song saying that it’s “…quite infectious.  Not like the swine flu, more like a rockin' dance-pop song that anyone can pop on in a car and everyone would be dancing around like idiots!”  So get out your idiot flag and start waving.

Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings

The Boston group have been slowly leaking tracks of their forthcoming disc for a month or so now completely and successfully whetting the kids appetite for the more music.  They even put out a stems version of their song Little Secrets so fans could download and remix themselves.  Their disc Manners sees daylight on May 19th.

Dinosaur Jr. – I Want You To Know

If you’re a Dinosaur Jr. fan, a day you may have never thought coming has finally arrived.  The band is reunited with its original lineup for the first time in forever and have just posted a new single, free for download on their website.  Reviews so far keep it pretty consistent with the bands back catalog, which makes this a great return for fuzz pedal fans.  From the forthcoming album, Farm.

Sufjan Stevens – Sofia’s Song

This is actually new old music.  Sufjan posted the track on his web site and explained it origins from back in his college days during a time when he was writing a lot of songs based on names.  This one shares the name of its muse, Sophia Coppola and is called Sophia’s Song.  You can grab it for free online now.

Peaches – Talk To Me

Brand new from Peaches, surprisingly a track not about sex or laced with curse words.  But it does show off her new flirtation with dance music and it doesn’t sound like anyone in Blog Land is complaining.  That’s not to say her earlier music wasn’t backed by beats, but this one definitely dives deeper onto the dance floor.  The new Peaches disc, I Feel Cream, arrives in stores on May 5.

Electric Owl – Magic Show

Electric Owls is the brainchild of Andy Herod who spends most of his time in The Comas, who you may have seen on tour this year with Bishop Allen.  Herod started making some demo’s at home that developed into this project and he goes on to say that the lead track, Magic Show, was an exercise in trying to write a simple pop song, based on three chords and a simple message.  Success?  Your call.

Beast – Mr. Hurricane

The self titled new disc from the Canadian duo runs the gamut of sounds, trekking across electronica, rock, rap, gospel, funk & r&b and as Guilt Free Pleasures puts it, “I can totally see it as the soundtrack for a sexy action movie.”

The Intelligence – Thank You God For Fixing The Tape Machine

Not sure what that titles about, but I’m thankful too if that’s the reason for this awesome little number, which You Ain’t No Picasso points out “is a step back on the right path after that ill-advised Magnetic Fields cover.”  The new LP is out this month.

The Hard Lessons – Sound The Silent Alarm

The Michigan duo are having a nice streak of mainstream attention after they spent the last few months touring on the fantastically titled “Michigan Bailout Tour” and they’re newest tracks are starting to find their way onto several television programs.  From their disc Army Forest.

Wolfmother – Back Round

The group has a newly formed lineup but it’s the same sound that we all got use to with their breakout hit Mother in 2005.  And if the model ain’t broke, why fix it?  The new album is called Cosmic Egg but no release date has been set other than Summer 2009, but you can grab that track for free on their website now.

Sugar & Gold – Do It Well

Time to turn the beat back up.  The folks in Sugar & Gold are getting tagged with comparisons to Funkadelic, the Talking Heads, Prince and even Lipps, Inc by the folks at You Ain’t No Picassowho go on to say “Frankly it’s hard to believe that this isn’t a cover of a long-lost 70s classic.”  Awesome.

White Denim – Mirrored and Reverse

They have a new LP called Fits that’s dues out June 22 that Gorilla Vs. Bear is already calling “ridiculously good,” and they’re usually worth taking recommendations from.

Cut Off Your Hands – Happy As Can Be

The New Zealand quartet has a new disc called You & I that is in stores now.  Lots of labels like dance hall punk mixed with 80’s soundtrack-style music follows the band on this outing.  You can catch them on tour in the States through summer.

Acrylics – Molly’s Vertigo

And speaking of Gorilla Vs Bear, its also where I found this next one who says that the band Acrylis is “roughly one iPod commercial away from blowing up like the rest of the crew they hang with in Chairlift, Amazing Baby, and MGMT.”  The Brooklyn duo has this track posted for free in several spots.

Little Big Adventure – Happiest Times

A one-man-band, he – who’s name I won’t even try to spell – comes from Sweden.  Because every musician comes from Sweden. It’s a takeover I tell ya!  Anyway, Little Big Adventures disc The Hateful Eye EP hits digital shelves on May 16.

Pezzetinno – Movin’ On

From the new disc Lion.  The band is really the brainchild and one- woman-band of Margaret Stutt who specializes in the accordion and is getting rave reviews on her genre bending style of playing.  The new album is out now on Owl Records.

And that’s it!  Thanks for joining us for another week-in-blog.  If you like the program, please do tell a friend.  The Weekly Feed is produced by myself and Todd Smith at MixWorks Studio in Louisville, KY.  And we’ll see ya next Monday night at 8 for The Weekly Feed on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville.

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org