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In Case You Missed It…

So, I was lucky enough to take a much-needed vacation the last couple of weeks, but I wasn’t able to do much of anything in regards to this here blog…even though there seemed to be an abundance of musical going-ons while I was away.

With that said, I figured I should do a little roundup of music news/updates/announcements that caught my eye while I was out on the open road.  My guess is most of this is old news for you, but in case you missed it…

Cults is going on tour with Foster The People this Fall.  Check the dates here and enjoy the official video for Go Outside.

Kanye and Jay-Z released their highly anticipated collaboration, Watch The Throne.  Does it live up to the hype?

The Knux visited Daytrotter.  Listen/download the session here.

Hoodie Allen released a Leap Year, his followup mix-tape to last years Pep Rally.  Both mix-tapes are available as free downloads.  Grab Pep Rally here and Leap Year here.

Theophilus London is hitting the road this Fall.

Holy Ghost! are headlining their first ever tour in the US.  Dates and such are here and be sure to check out the animated video of their track, Some Children, here.  (FYI, you might as well grab the track for free while your there)

Mates of State are hitting the road this Fall.  More information about the tour is here and enjoy the video of their brand new song, Maracas, below (courtesy of Stereogum and download the track for free here!

Mister Heavenly dropped a new video of their SXSW adventures.  Enjoy the video below, then head over to the band’s main page and grab some free tunes.

The Jezabels announce North American tour.  Dates and such here.

[hot off the press] Sleeping In The Aviary

Sleeping in the Aviary just announced the release of their latest album and fans of these ever-evolving, midwest indie rockers, are in for a treat.

“It’s got a fuzzed-out doo-wop feeling, and all the songs are about girls!” says Elliott Kozel (vocals, guitar). “It’s like Dion and the Belmonts with a hangover trying to figure out how to use a Big Muff pedal, or the Everly Brothers beating up some kid in the bathroom of a high-school gymnasium and then feeling bad about it later.” He’s describing the band’s fourth full-length album, You and Me, Ghost, set for release by Science of Sound Records on September 6, 2011. In the ever-expanding musical universe that is Sleeping in the Aviary, asking what they’re up to now will often reward the questioner with an unexpected response – and be accompanied by some great music, genre boundaries be damned.

“I try not to think too much about genres and make whatever music I am feeling like on that particular day or time,” says Kozel. “It’s much easier to let other people decide what to call it.”

Originating as a trio based in Madison, Wis., Sleeping in the Aviary has evolved into a Minneapolis, Minn., quintet including Kozel, Phil Mahlstadt (bass), Michael Sienkowski (drums, backing vocals), Celeste Heule (accordion, keyboards, musical saw), and Kyle Sobczak (guitar). All the members have roots in southeastern Wisconsin, and have been playing music for a decade and more in a near-countless number of bands and one-off projects. Those varied experiences and experiments have resulted in the bouillabaisse of sounds offered in their discography – from the power chord-fueled pop-punk of Oh, This Old Thing?(2007), to the mostly acoustic indie-folk of Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel(2008), to the soul-influenced pop of Great Vacation (2010). For You and Me, Ghost the band’s sound takes on the influence of an earlier era but still sounds undeniably like Sleeping in the Aviary.

“The ‘golden oldies’ from the ‘50s and ‘60s had a major conceptual influence on this particular album,” says Kozel. “The simple romantic themes and short and straightforward song structures were elements we attempted to steal from it.” And it wasn’t difficult to focus on themes that dwell on affairs of the heart since the songwriting followed the end of a long-term relationship for Kozel, who says, “It’s the old tried and true ‘break-up album.'”


You and Me, Ghost was recorded in Science of Sound’s studio over five days on a short break during several months of touring in the first half of 2011. For the most part, reversing the very layered and complex production style used for Great Vacation, here the band keeps the arrangements simple, limits superfluous or textural tracks and keeps the reverb to a minimum. Kozel and Sobczak produced the record (with assistance from all), aided by the engineering skills of Ricky Riemer. [source: planetary group]

Sleeping in the Aviary will be hitting the road in September with their newest release. In the meantime, enjoy the track below and stay tuned for new tracks and video teasers from the new album.

♫ Sleeping in the Aviary – Talking Out of Turn ♫