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The Weekly Feed 8/31

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Welcome to another week in Feedly Land.  The RSS’s have been a-burning with some late summer surprises.  Much like the rest of the world, we hit a small lull for a moment but while the days grow a wee bit cooler, the blogs are as hot as ever.

And awaaaaay we go.

The Seedy Seeds – Drive Me To The Center

Proclamation: I Love this band!  Aside from being three of the nicest and coolest people on Earth, their album Count The Days is a definite favorite for the year and now with the release of the new video for this song, you can also see how charming they come across in person.  Seriously, catch a show, grab the disc, wear the t-shirt, and convert to the religion of Seedy-ism.

Daniel Johnston – Freedom

So after many, many, many years of doing his reclusive, lo-fi nearly demo releases, Daniel has finally teamed up with a producer and recorded what is (at least so far) his most accessible record to date.  Is And Always Was is produced  by Jason Faulkner, and with what this track sounds like, I’m really excited to hear the rest.  We get it on Oct. 6.

Island – Vapours

In case you haven’t noticed, I like a good upbeat track.  Throw in some decent brass and a lot of hype and I’m an easy sell.  This is the title track to a disc you too can own on Sept. 22.

Karen O & The Kids – All Is Love

Ms. Yeah Yeah Yeahs steps out on her own (kind of) for this lead single to the movie Where The Wild Things Are.  The “Kids” in question are, in fact, her two bandmates, and a lot of very happy kids who help her out on the chorus.  It’s a cute song and pretty darn infectious.  And it only makes the anticipation higher for the Spike Jonze directed film.  The single is available digitally now and the full will follow on 9-29.

Avett Brothers – Laundry Room

This version is taken live from My Old Kentucky Blog’s Laundromatinee session.  You can find the original on the I and Love and You EP, which in turn will turn into a full length later this month.  Of note, its their major label debut and produced by the Great Grey Bear, a.k.a. Rick Rubin.  If ever there was a chance for this clan to break the mainstream…

Peter Yorn & Scarlett Johnasson – I Am The Cosmos

Okay folks, seriously, we might need to forgive Scarlett for the Tom Waits album (though I may have been one of the few who thought it was a pretty decent TV On The Radio-Light type of album).  Here, she’s teamed up with Yorn for what has so far been a fun (Relator) and dreamy (Cosmos) romp of a duet.  This one’s a cover, doesn’t feature Pete all that much, and nests on the Break Up album, which you can listen to in full on Spinner.com.  Its really good.

Slaraffenland – Open Your Eyes

This one evokes a dark blue kind of mood - one of those where you take a late evening nap and wake up feeling paranoid.  It starts in a near free jazz fall until some loose vocals and percussion try to tie it together a bit more, subtly winning halfway through.  Maybe its because they share the same song title, but this is what I would have liked to have seen Snow Patrol turn into.  <shrugs>

Pearl Jam – Supersonic

Another prime cut from the upcoming Backspacer which finally (!!!) sees the guys teaming back up with Brenden O’Brian to run the production.  From the few tracks we’ve already heard in various forms, this definitely cuts back to the grit the band had in their 90’s heyday.  Ready to jump back on the wagon?  It’s perfectly ok.  The party’s gonna be a blast.

Don Diablo – I Am Not From France (Louis La Rouche Remix)

If Diablo was trying to prove something (see the song title) then he should have done it with a better track.  Here, the fella usually known for some pretty good (and sometimes moderately decent) remixes, culls his own track and then hands it over to some other joe.  It meanders for a bit and adds nothing to the genre that hasn’t been done a thousand times in the past twenty or thirty years.   But hey, it’s a free download everywhere downloads are downloaded.

Langhorne Slim – I Love You, But Goodbye

Welcome back, Slim.  He’s brought some strings with him, a solid, gentle, vocal and some heart-on-his-sleeve set of lyrics.  I get the feeling sometimes that he would have been Glen Campbell had he been in a different era (and had Glenn not been killing it himself).  Be Set Free soundtracks your fall on Sept. 29.

Le Loup – Beach Town

Far off noises, a distant falsetto, some tribal drumming, and somehow its still mesmerizing, hypnotic and I can’t stop listening. They have a record called Family and I certainly want to know more.

They Might Be Giants – I Am A Paleontologist

If you’re a relatively new parent, then you’ve probably used the fantastic discs from the pair of John’s who have been slyly giving us some of the most fun educational songs since their late 80’s conception.  Their fourth disc in the series of childrens albums  sees release on Sept. 22 and is called Here Comes Science. I wasn’t much of a fan of science when I was in school, but I imagine my boy will have a lot more fun than I knew was possible.

Fever Ray – Sevens (Crooker Remix)

Ugh.  I may have not been crazy about the Don Diablo track, but it blows this one sky high.  I, for the life of me, can’t figure out why this was such a discussed track.  Okay, that’s a lie.  I know perfectly good and well:  Fever Ray is Karin from The Knife, and the indie kids love their Knife, but seriously, this is bad.  This is just someone messing around on the remix machine without a single clue of targeting a good ear.  Next track, try again.

Emily Neveu – I Wonder If The Children Know

She reminds me a lot of the Mazzy Star chick, which isn’t a bad thing, but may be her downfall as Mazzy has decided to ride for a comeback.  Either way, if that’s your thing, Emily is worth checking out.  She’s got this track for free on her website, along with a beautiful rendention of Radiohead’s Idioteque.

WAVVES – Cool Jumper

Wanna start a hipster fight?  Talk about WAVVES.  I dunno why.  I think I missed the first part of that conversation, but if you follow the comments on something like Stereogum, it’s pretty hilarious.  Anyway, this song is pretty decent and apparently the former one man machine (Nathan Williams) is now a double with the addition of the dude from Hella, Zach Hill.

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