Download: Alex Ebert – “Truth (feat. RZA)”

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Alex Ebert contributed a song to Breaking Bad, and RZA decided he wanted to help out. Huh? Yeah. Download here: Alex Ebert – Truth (feat. RZA). And as I’ve said before, but just to be perfectly clear, Kueneman didn’t turn me on to this band, my wife did.

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Download: Comet Gain – “An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls”

Comet Gain are back with a new album of solid, jangling, British indie rock, Howl of the Lonely Crowd, out this October. Download the first single, “An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls,” here.


Download: Gauntlet Hair – “Top Bunk”

Gauntlet Hair is a duo that makes the most of its limitations, creating a sound that’s spare but intricate, with shades of Sunset Rubdown circus weirdness and spindly early’-80s post-punk. Their self-titled debut is out October 18th on Dead Oceans. Download “Top Bunk” here.


Download: Shad – “Flawless”

Toronto hip-hop ain’t nothing to fuck with, even if Drake never makes another sappy ballad. For a long time, the main source of new hip-hop music for our northern neighbor was radio show The Real Frequency. That show is no more, but the folks behind it have put together a compilation called The New North. Listen to one of the songs off of it, Shad’sFlawless.”


Download: Neon Indian – “Fallout”

Neon Indian has a new album on the way, Era Extrana, due out this fall. You can download a new song, “Fallout,” from his website, right now. The track is just about exactly what you’d expect: hazy, shoegazey, lo-fi electro-pop, kind of sleepy and kind of emo. Check out the new album’s cover art below.


Film Review: Autoerotic

Read my review of the new film by mumblecore innovators Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard for Paste Magazine here.


Video: Vivian Girls – “Take It As It Comes”

Vivian Girls go even more Shangri-Las than usual in their new video for “Take It As It Comes.” It’s cute, but it’s also kind of cloying.