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[new music roundup] 10.11.11

A few of my favorite new releases this week, including the complete version of Bjork’s ambitious iPhone and iPad app/LP.  Enjoy.


For fans of: The Sugarcubes, The Knife, Kate Bush, iamamiwhoami, Fever Ray
Key tracks: Cosmogony, Crystalline, Moon


Casiokids//Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen

For fans of: The New Wine, Datarock, Pony the Pirate, FM Belfast
Key tracks: Olympiske Leker, Dresinen, Det haster!, Golden Years


Future Islands//On The Water

For fans of: Active Child, Youth Lagoon, WU LYF, Double Dagger
Key tracks: The Great Fire, Balance, Give Us The Wind, Before The Bridge


High Places//Original Colors

For fans of: The Ruby Suns, Here We Go Magic, Soft Circle, Lucky Dragons
Key tracks: Year Off, Ahead Stop, Dry Lake, The Pull


James Blake//Enough Thunder EP

For fans of: Jamie xx, Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison, SBTRKT
Key tracks: A Case of You (Joni Mitchell Cover), Fall Creek Boys Choir, Enough Thunder


Icarus Himself//Career Culture

For fans of: Woodsman, Laarks, Golden Ages, Sleeping in the Aviary
Key tracks: Wake Up, On Your Side, Half Moon Eyes, Mornings At the Bar


Radiohead//TKOL RMX 1234567 

For fans of: Sigur Rós, Portishead, SBTRKT, Thom Yorke
Key tracks: Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX), Little By Little (Caribou RMX), Separator (Four Tet RMX), Bloom (Jamie xx Rework)


Still Corners//Creatures of an Hour

For fans of: Blouse, Memoryhouse, Veronica Falls, Gauntlet Hair
Key tracks: Endless Summer, Circulars, Cuckoo, Into the Trees

[preview] Icarus Himself//Career Culture

Madison, WI’s electro-psycho-folk trio Icarus Himself’s sophomore album Career Culture will be released on October 11th. In the meantime though, the band was nice enough to make the full album available to stream.  But it’s for today only (Oct 3rd), so don’t delay!

More Icarus Himself:
[mp3] On You Side

[watch] Icarus Himself//On Your Side

Madison’s electro-psych-folk band Icarus Himself just released a brandnew video for “On Your Side”.

“On Your Side” is the first single from the band’s upcoming album Career Culture, to be released on October 11th on Science of Sound Records. The band’s sophomore full-length is a sonic cinema, drenched in the influences of artists like Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, The Who, and David Bowie. [source: planetary group]


♫ Icarus Himself – On Your Side ♫

More Icarus Himself:

Tour Dates
10.8 Madison, WI @ UW Union Der Rathskellar
10.14 Eau Claire, WI @ The Mousetrap
10.15 Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
11.2 Chicago, IL @ Utlra Lounge
11.3 Carbondale, IL @ Hangar 9
11.4 Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s
11.6 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
11.7 Asheville, NC @ Lexington Ave. Brewery
11.9 Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill
11.11 Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
11.12 Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox

[anticipation] Icarus Himself//Career Culture

Icarus Himself’s sophomore full-length Career Culture is a sonic cinema in electro-psych-folk, drenched in the influences of artists like Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, The Who, and David Bowie.

The story begins with frontman Nick Whetro living in Indiana, working third shift in a window manufacturing plant. “Wake Up / It’s time to do it all over again” (the opening track) evokes images of the film Metropolis. After his shift at the factory in this sepia-shaded scene, “Mornings At The Bar” sets the mood for the sunrise as workers trek to the bar at six in the morning. “There was nothing else to do in town. It’s about people who have nothing to look forward to but getting their paycheck and spending it at the bar. It seemed like they never wanted to leave,” illustrates Whetro.

“WI via IN” marks the shift in Career Culture. As the montage of the fictitious soundtrack, the looped bass line with added organs and synth give the song a Planet of the Apes/The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly vibe. This is where he makes a break for it. Whetro leaves the depressing factory life to start over in Madison, Wisconsin.

No epic journey would be complete without the love story, and Career Culture is no different. “On Your Side,” is replete with love-soaked euphoria. Written about the girl our protagonist would marry, the song is about “trusting someone that’s close to you.” Built on a loop of a drum machine hi-hat and a fuzzed-out Casio synth. “I found it hard / to think of past times / I’ve stopped trying now / because you’re on my side.”

Icarus Himself was started by Nick Whetro in 2008 as a solo project and has developed into a trio to include drummer Brad Kolberg and multi-instrumentalist Karl Christenson. Career Culture is the third in a series of auto-biographical recordings, beginning with Coffins, released by Science of Sound in May of 2009, followed by the EP Mexico, released almost exactly one year later. This new album was recorded at Science of Sound’s studio, engineered by Ricky Riemer and mixed with the band with the help of Riemer. Guest players include Michael Gallope on keys (Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang, Starring, Skeletons), Jonathan Lang on keys and clarinet, Jacqueline Kursel on cello, and Rob Ferrett on tenor sax. [source: planetary group]

Career Changes will be available October 11 on Science of Sound Records.

♫ Icarus Himself – On Your Side ♫

[on the road] Here We Go Magic

Brooklyn indie rockers, Here We Go Magic, are currently on the road and playing shows all over North America. They kicked off the tour at the end of last month in Columbus, OH, and are set to wrap it all up June 24 in North Adams, MA, for the Solid Sound Festival.  They have three CA stops, including Day 2 of Coachella, and along the way they’ll be joined by Super Desserts, Tammar, Red Light Driver, Icarus Himself, Cuckoo Chaos, tUnE-yArDs, Buke & Gass, and Caveman (check dates below for specifics).

Here We Go Magic’s latest full-length, Pigeons, is available now.

Here We Go Magic – Collector

3/29 Columbus, OH – Mershon Auditorium (w/ Super Desserts)
3/30 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio (w/ Tammar, Red Light Driver)
3/31 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (w/ Icarus Himself)
4/01 Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival
4/15 San Diego, CA – The Loft at UC San Diego (w/ Cuckoo Chaos)
4/16 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
5/02 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop
5/04 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
5/05 Denver, CO – Larimar Lounge
5/06 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon (w/ tUnE-yArDs, Buke & Gass)
5/07 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
5/09 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
5/10 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot
5/11 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
5/12 Montreal, Quebec – Club Lambi
5/13 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Lounge
5/14 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/16 Washington, DC – Red Palace (w/ Caveman)
5/17 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (w/ Caveman)
5/18 Atlanta, GA – The Earl (w/ Caveman)
5/19 Nashville, TN – The Basement (w/ Caveman)
5/20 Pensacola, FL – Handlebar (w/ Caveman)
5/21 New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar (w/ Caveman)
5/23 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (w/ Caveman)
5/24 Dallas, TX – Club Dada (w/ Caveman)
5/25 Austin, TX – The Parish (w/ Caveman)
6/24-26 North Adams, MA – Solid Sound Festival