Tis the season! Damien Jurado has recorded his first original Christmas song. “Kalla Has” was created alongside Seattle musician Kyle Zantos, with strings performed by Sam Anderson. We also have a new video for the single! Directed by Christopher Harrell and starring Randall A. Walker, you can watch the clip above! Download the track for free at Soundcloud – link below. Happy holidays, folks!
Damien’s Maraqopa is listed at #6 on Rough Trade’s Top 10 Albums of 2012! They call the record a “real high water mark, a remarkable monument to the power of good, honest craft and artistic pursuit; an all too rare occurrence in this age of pop idols, reality stars and hype machine hipsters.”
Dave Hartley is a man of many things. You’ve come to know him as the bassist in The War On Drugs and leader of Nightlands – a gentle giant and sci-fi fanatic. Today, we recognize him as the great basketball whisperer. Perhaps we gave you a preview of this when we highlighted Dave’s work for IMPOSE. We are only solidifying his love for the game now. WXPN just announced Dave will head up their new sports column, Top Of The Key. Don’t believe us? Check out that awesome photo of Dave strong arming Baron Davis. GO DAVE!
“To put it bluntly, Hartley is a basketball freak with a encyclopedic knowledge of the game.” – WXPN
(you better believe it)
Back to the point. Dave’s first column is now up for your reading pleasure. He so kindly spells out why Andrew Bynum’s injury is not an end-all for the 76er’s. Read the column HERE.
Dave Hartley of Nightlands brings you the second single off his sophomore release, Oak Island! Premiering yesterday, “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” goes right along with Dave’s sci-fi adventure. “I’m playing with aesthetics and looking for new modes of expression. So in that way my albums are at their core sci-fi novellas, broader-than-usual soundscapes coming from both sides of my brain.” Listen to the track above! Learn more about the album from Dave himself – interview up now at the Wired.
Don’t wait to secure your copy of the new album! Oak Island is now available for pre-order at SC Distribution. The pre-order features a deluxe bundle in which you receive Oak Island on CD or vinyl, a copy of “All The Way” b/w “Buggin’ Out” 7″, 11×17″ Nightlands poster and a digital download of the entire album.
Regardless of the task, Gardens and Villa always deliver. Today is no different. GV recently performed at the Spotify studios and we have three tracks to prove it! Curated by Jim Eno, the Spotify session includes songs from their self-titled debut. Stream “Thorn Castles,” “Cruise Ship” and “Star Fire Power” below.
Cayucas share their second single, “Swimsuit,” and it’s quite the ditty if we’ve every heard one. Yesterday the Guardian premiered the new song in their Band of the Day write-up, equating the group to stoner Beach Boys. You can read all about it HERE. “Swimsuit” is the b-side to their recently released 7″ – find it at SC Distribution and stream above!
Tig Notaro takes you into her new NYC home and sits you down for a nice chat. Yes, there are bunk beds. Yes, she is doing better and yes, she talks about her recently released album, LIVE. It’s a really great interview, but why believe us? Watch it all for yourself above or at Pitchfork Weekly.