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Richard Swift to Release Walt Wolfman 12″ EP in October Download Free MP3 for “Whitman”

 

About a year ago, Richard Swift horrifically fractured his left ring finger. For a moment his nimble guitar and piano work flashed before his eyes. Doctors were saying things like “movement and feeling could eventually return,” etc, etc. Certainly, not even a little blip on the sadness radar of humanity, but a massive bummer for a fellow who has carved out a niche as one of independent music’s sought after session players and producers – and especially in relation to the astounding Richard Swift solo output we all know and love.

So, it’s with a great, collective sigh of relief that he’s back to churning out new material like “Whitman.” It’s chugging, chiming and triumphant, featuring Swift’s always-endearing falsetto and casual call-and-response lyricism. “I’ve got my own Whitman…Farewell, farewell/I hope it did you good/To say the things/My father never could,” Swift pines. The song is a cryptic salute to Walt Whitman, whose American lineage of primal, urgent art can be traced to include Kerouac and Dylan, Bo Diddley and Beefheart – right on through to modern outsider-pop wunderkinds like Swift. And according to Swift, “Whitman” is a nice taste of what we can expect from his next longform recording.

 

The same can be said for the remainder of the Walt Wolfman EP. Conceived in the same spirit that gave us 2008′s cult favorite Ground Trouble Jaw EP, these blown-out, basement R&B rippers are not for the faint of heart. They require movement and sweat, dancing with a cocktail glass in your grip until your shoes are soaked in booze. Highlight of the set, “MG 333,” is a raw and ghostly trance, a blast of kinetic energy and jazz cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, the neu-vintage jive of “Drakula (Hey Man)” and “Zombie Boogie” pack a timelessness that transcends their seasonal titles. And yeah, that’s Swift himself on rapid-fire drums across the whole damn set. Shit, he might have been fine without that measly finger after all.

Richard Swift is performing as a touring member of The Shins this fall.

Walt Wolfman EP will be released by Secretly Canadian on October 18th, 2011 in digital and vinyl formats.

Tracklisting:
1. Whitmanbr>2. MG 333
3. Laugh It Up
4. Zombie Boogie
5. Out & About
6. Drakula (Hey Man!)
7. St. Michael

 

Jens Lekman Announces New EP & Tour

A new Jens Lekman EP is on the horizon. It’s titled An Argument With Myself EP, is comprised of five songs, and will be released in the US and Europe on September 20th (September 19th in the UK).

Jens granted an exclusive interview about the EP to none other than the Walla Walla Washington Union Bulletin. The Discussion covers many topics including recent travels, the new music, and “making a feather out of a bird.” Jens calls the EP “a little taste of what’s not to come.” For further illumination on that sentiment and others, click through for the full text as well as tracklist and US tour dates.

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Exitmusic Announce “From Silence” EP, Residency at NYC’s Pianos

New York City duo Exitmusic — comprised of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church — will release their first EP this fall. The four song collection, entitled From Silence, will hit stores on October 4. They’ve also just announced a special late summer residency at NYC’s Pianos, rounding out their ranks onstage to include drummer Dru Prentiss and electronic musician Nicholas Shelestak.

Listen to “The Sea” from the forthcoming EP HERE. See Exitmusic’s tour dates & the From Silence track listing, and read more about the band after the jump.

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Download Swearing at Motorists’ To Gem City With Love EP

Just on the heels of announcing the new Swearing at Motorists digital compilation Postcards From a Drinking Town, we have another bit of news. A free EP, To Gem City With Love, features two new tracks and is available as a free download at Bandcamp. The EP includes alternate versions of tracks “Ohio/ Southern Hills” and “Walnut Belle,” which will be on the forthcoming Swearing at Motorists album On The Vanity Of Existence. Download the EP HERE.

Damien Jurado and Richard Swift cover Kraftwerk, Chubby Checker and more on “Other People’s Songs” Vol. 1

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Two weekends ago, Damien Jurado and Richard Swift got a 4 track recorder and a Coles 4038 ribbon microphone and decided to record nine of the best cover songs you’ll hear in a while.

The feel of the recording is so warm and every song sounds effortless. My personal favorite is their rendition of “If The Sun Stops Shinin’” by Chubby Checker (of “The Twist” fame).

You can stream and download (just click on tracklist) Other People’s Songs, Vol. 1 HERE.

Damien US tour dates, after the jump! And don’t forget, he and Swift will be touring the UK together. If they perform one of these covers… it would be just dynamite.

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AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Sunspot by Suuns

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

COMING SOON

Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP
Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

The War On Drugs
Detroit, MI - St. Andrews  w/ Califone

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