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Damien Heads into the Studio with Richard Swift to Begin LP 10

web_lp10_dayI_42This lovely photo of Damien Jurado & Richard Swift comes to us via the blog of Damien’s wife Sarah Jurado. Visit her blog post HERE to read about the start of Damien’s tenth record and see more gorgeous photographs of a show at Portland, OR venue Woods, where these two SC vets played alongside members of Vetiver and Fruit Bats this past weekend.

Damien will be on an extensive March-May tour, beginning with West Coast and Southern dates (SXSW included!) with Viva Voce, followed by an April Scandinavian stint, then supporting John Vanderslice throughout the Midwest and East Coast.

Check the full tour, after the jump!

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Suuns Release New Video (NSFW), Tour with The Black Angels and Crystal Castles

Today we unleash a new, stark, dangerous, evocative, and sexy video for Suuns “Pie IX,” directed by Frederique Berube. It’s further proof that Suuns know exactly what they’re up to. The video is not safe for work unless you work where we do, where nothing is NSFW. You can also listen to the mp3 for “Pie IX” right HERE.

Suuns tour Europe this month, and in March and April, in addition to playing South by Southwest, Suuns will join both Crystal Castles and The Black Angels respectively on tour. Each of these artists represent a side of Suuns’ sound: Crystal Castles, the cool electronic ferocity; The Black Angels, the swaggering psych-rock assault. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.

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Richard Swift Remixes Generationals

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Park The Van recording artists Generationals, just released a new EP featuring remixes of their song “When They Fight They Fight” by Ra Ra Riot, Little Ones, and Secretly Canadian’s own Richard Swift. Swift adds some big 80s synth to his remix as well as a fat ass bass line that is signature Swift. You can stream Swift’s remix and the rest of the EP right HERE. Btw, just in case you were wonderin’, Swift’s face remix above is a little gem from some hotel hilarity circa SXSW 2007.

We know you want to riiiide out: jj’s “CEO Birthday”

Every year I “celebrate” my birthday at SXSW.  By “celebrate” I mean wear earplugs, get older, eat tacos and yell “WHAT?” so many times that I lose my voice.  It’s awesome, you should go. This year was particularly special because I met and had hangs with the very mysterious Swedish duo jj.  They are funny and cool and think America looks just like it does in the movies.  We drove around Austin in a rental car listening to Akon, as you might expect.

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On my birthday, I joked that I had “Birthday Sex” in my head, to which Elin Kastlander (pictured above) exclaimed, “We have a cover of that!” Joakim Benon put his coveted Dr. Dre headphones on my head (a Christmas gift from his girlfriend), and I was treated to a birthday serenade.  Their version is sexier, gentle, and piano-backed.

Today that song I was treated to is available for download.  Happy Birthday.

Download jj’s “CEO Birthday”

David Vandervelde ‘Hangs’ With FADER At SXSW, Takes Us To ‘Wave Country’ In Time For Summer

So, it goes like this: We get word at SXSW that FADER would like very much to film David Vandervelde playing his excellent new single “Learn How To Hang” while at an interesting Austin spot. So, we offer up the rooftop of our hotel and suggest happy hour as an appropriate time for such a meeting. Vandervelde brings along his bandmates and a bunch of homies (including the mysterious, lively Mr. Jimmy) for the acoustic performance, but before we’re even two drinks deep into happy hour, the jams have begun — “Dust in the Wind” and faux-contempo Christian crossover hits of tomorrow — all to the confusion (and burried delight) of hotel staff and other happy hour patrons. Meanwhile, hotel security is right on top of FADER video guru Hanly Banks. So we ditch the rooftop idea and head to the church courtyard across the street for this earnest and lovely version of “Learn How To Hang.” Read about the day from Hanly’s POV HERE.

Now, the flip side to the Learn How To Hang digital single, “Wave Country,” is available on the Web for your listening pleasure. RCRD LBL, which recently premiered the jam, said the sunburst metal found on “Wave Country” is “giddily splashing around somewhere between Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac and T. Rex if Marc Bolan had lived to see the nineties. Summer is ON ITS WAY, y’all.”  Go snatch up both “Learn How to Hang” and “Wave Country” at your digital music retailer now.

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

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