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Listen to Dirty Projectors/Björk collaboration “All We Are”

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Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors and Iceland’s Björk teamed up to record Mount Wittenberg Orca. The collaboration first came to light in May of 2009 at a Manhatten Bookstore(video below) and was recorded this past April. The final product is 7 songs clocking in around 21 minutes. Read DP‘s David Longstreth letter about the record below. All the proceeds from the record go to the National Geographic Society. You can purchase the album digitally HERE. Stream the closing track “All We Are” below.

Sidenote: Dirty Projectors will play the Trocadero Theatre in September. More info HERE.

“In April 2009, Brandon Stosuy from Stereogum.com asked me if we wanted to play a benefit concert at a bookstore in New York. I said yes. He asked Björk the same thing, and she said yes. Then he asked us if we wanted to collaborate, and we said yes. Björk asked me what we should do, and I said, “I don’t know, I guess I’d really love to write a bunch of new songs for us to sing together?” And she said Yes.

That same month, Amber from Dirty Projectors was walking along a ridge on Mount Wittenberg, north of San Francisco. She was looking out at the ocean and saw a little family of whales, as you sometimes do in April on the Northern California coast. I wrote some songs about it and sent them to Björk, who agreed to sing the part of the mom whale. The songs became Mount Wittenberg Orca. Amber and Angel and Haley sang the part of the kid whales, and I sang the part of Amber. We sang all week long and learned the music just in time to perform it at the bookstore on May 8th.

Then our album Bitte Orca came out and we went on tour forever. We finally got a chance to record Wittenberg last month, almost exactly a year after we first sang it. We went into the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn and rehearsed it for three days, then we recorded it as quickly and as live as possible. We only overdubbed lead vocals and a guitar solo.”
-via Stereogum

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Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club at the Mann Center 06/27/2010

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The last time Passion Pit played Philadelphia, they sold out the basement of the First Unitarian Church, which holds no more than 500 people… if that. On Sunday night, the band played to thousands of screaming fans at the Mann Center of Performing Arts. In between the two shows, Passion Pit went from an hipster adored indie band to a main stream phenomenon getting air-time on MTV.

Their performance was full of energy and acted as a drug for the crowd. Everyone appeared to be having the time of their lives thanks to Passion Pit‘s upbeat feel good music. It was quite the spectacle to witness thousands of people cheering and dancing the entire time. People loved them so much that a kid in the front row offered lead singer Michael Angelakos a $20 tip. He was flattered but could not accept it since the fan had already paid for a ticket. This caused even more people to throw bills his way. Needless to say, Passion Pit are well on their way to being superstars. If they follow-up Manners with another killer record, they will have established themselves as true rockstars.

Tokyo Police Club played a solid 45 minute set before Passion Pit. They played a bunch of songs off their new record, Champ, and played a few off their debut, Elephant Shell. The highlights of their set were the newest single Breakneck Speed” and “Your English Is Good”. They’re a great band with a fun live show, but a smaller venue would have suited them much better. Hopefully they come back around soon. Photos below.

Tokyo Police Club

Passion Pit


Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Ra Ra Riot announces tour(Philly date) + new album details

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Ra Ra Riot @ the Trocadero in 2009 – more photos HERE

Exactly a year to the day after their last show at the Trocadero, Ra Ra Riot will play there again. This time around they will be touring in support of their sophomore album, The Orchard. The album drops Augusts 24th via Barsuk Records. The video below previews the song “Keep It Quiet” and shows where the band recorded the album. It’s pretty sweet.

The show will on Saturday, October 2nd at the Trocadero Theatre. Tickets are not on sale yet, but they do go on sale Friday, July 9th. They will be found HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The Morning Benders release video for “Stitches”

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The Morning Benders teamed up with the guys at Yours Truly a few months back to make an excellent video for “Excuses”. They have just released another video from the same session. It’s another song off their record Big Echo called “Stitches”. Check out both videos below.

Sidenote: The Morning Benders will open for The Black Keys on Friday, July 30th at the Great Plaza at Penns Landing. Both bands are great live so definitely check it out. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 28, 2010 at 10:37 am

New song from of Montreal “Coquet Coquette”

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of Montreal, one of the craziest/weirdest acts out there today, have a new record coming out called False Priest. It’s set to drop September 14th(same day as Interpol and The Walkmen) via Polyvinyl. The band recruited R&B sweethearts Janelle Monrae and Solange Knowles for a few songs. The record was co-produced by Jon Brion(Kanye West, Fiona Apple) alongside front-man Kevin Barnes.

You can check out the first single from the record “Coquet Coquette” below or download it for FREE via the band’s website.

Sidenote: The band recently played the TLA in Philly. Photos from the show can be found HERE.

of Montreal – Coquet Coquette

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

Jeff Tweedy from Wilco covered Beyonce

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This popped up on Pitchfork earlier today and I found it to be highly entertaining. Whenever I’ve seen Jeff Tweedy and Wilco live, he’s always been very talkative and comical on stage. They also take requests from their fans via their website so it really does not surprise me that he pulled this one off. Enjoy!

“So: this past March, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy played a pair of benefit shows at Chicago’s Vic Theatre. As TwentyFourBit points out, Tweedy took some pre-submitted audience requests. One of the requests that came his way was for either Wilco’s “Ashes of American Flags”… or Beyoncé’s unstoppable banger “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)””
-via Pitchfork

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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The 2010 Northside Festival starts today in NYC

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The Northside Festival in NYC starts today, specifically in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The festival is presented by The L Magazine and it’s where a shitload of artists/bands/filmmakers take over the two neighborhoods for a long four day weekend. We(the music community) should get something going like this in Philadelphia. Maybe some day? Hopefully.

Anyway, if you find yourself in the NYC area this weekend, check out some of the shows. There are some really good ones too. The music schedule can be found HERE. The film schedule can be found HERE. Tickets/badges can be found HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

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