Men Make Music, Releasing “Talk About Body” in 2011


Remember how awesome Le Tigre was? The left-wing sociopolitical electroclash group from the late 90’s paved the way for feminists who really like dancing and dancers who really like feminist lyrics.

Enter MEN, former Le Tigre member, JD Samson’s new outfit alongside Michael O’Neill (Ladybug Transistor, Princess) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR, The Ballet).

Preparing to release their debut in February 2011, Talk About Body (IAMSOUND), MEN have released a video for the single “Off Our Backs” to critical acclaim.

A bend towards political-pop, MEN offers a platform for issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties in synth heavy post-punk, post-gender songs.

Talk About Body mixes complex songs for the dance floor or political rally with anthemic, addictive lyrics and dance floor beat. MEN positions a postmodern take on queer lifestyle and a fresh approach to pop music. http://www.menmakemusic.com

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Fences Release Free Track, “My Girl the Horse”

Fences have jumped into the remix crowd, offering up their song “My Girl The Horse.”

The artist doing the remixing is DJ/producer Sabzi from Seattle hip-hop due Blue Scholars. The song  was Amazon’s song of the day for November 20th and you can get it free right now!

 My Girl The Horse-Fences by AtothaA

Fences released their self-titled LP this year, produced by Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara fame. They are currently touring the nation to support the album.

We Were the States Strike “Gold”

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We Were the States were almost done with their recording of their new album when the Nashville floods filled their studio with almost two feet of water. Defiant and ready to beat this mishap, they recorded the rest of it in the Club Roar studio.

The result of this album is an energy-filled album called “Rasa”, with leading single “Gold”. The track, which can be listened to here, is a euphoric love song that has enough rock to get your head nodding.

Check out their album teaser video after the cut!

Bright Eyes Returns with New Album This Winter!


Conor Oberst fans rejoice! Bright Eyes is BACK! The group will release their newest, and 7th album on February 15, 2011 via Saddle Creek. Titled The People’s Key, will feature ten new tracks from the Oberst, Mike Mogis, Nathaniel Walcott trio.

Additional players on the record include Andy LeMaster, (Now It’s Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream).

What will this sound like you may ask…well we guess it’s too early to tell. The follow-up to Cassadega (Saddle Creek) was a long wait as Oberst dabbled in solo projects and super groups. This could also be the last Bright Eyes record if anyone recalls Conor stating that a few years ago. We will have to wait and see for sure.

Bright Eyes have just announced two shows to get us even more excited about the album release. One at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the other at Royal Albert Hall in London. You can find the information regarding those shows below. The pre-sales begin TOMORROW, so be sure to have your mouse clicker finger ready.

Take a peek at the show information AND the tracklisting for the new LP. 2011 is already starting off with a bang in indie rock.

Live shows & on sale info:
March 9th New York, NY Radio City Music Hall*
June 23rd London, UK Royal Albert Hall#

*Pre-Sale Begins: December 1 at 12PM EST. Public On-Sale: December 4 at 10AM EST
# Pre-Sale Begins: December 1 at 12PM EST. Public On-Sale: Saturday, December 4 at 9AM

Full track list for The People’s Key
1 Firewall
2 Shell Games
3 Jejune Stars 4 Approximate Sunlight
5 Haile Selassie
6 A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
7 Triple Spiral
8 Beginner’s Mind
9 Ladder Song
10 One For You, One For Me

Gordon Voidwell To Play Some Shows, Offer Remix Contest

Since releasing The Voided Checks Mixtape things have been going swimmingly for Gordon Voidwell. He’s received national acclaim for his original material AND tracks he’s produced for others (including Das Racist and a remix of Twin Shadows).

Now Voidwell has announced he will be playing a couple of New York shows later this year. Along with live performances, Voidwell wants to see how well you can remix. He’s teaming with Indaba to challenge all of you to remix his song “Ivy League Circus”. There are even prizes! (Click here for what you can win).

If you haven’t heard “Ivy League Circus” yet, you can catch the 80’s-inspired video right here.

Gordon Voidwell // “Ivy League Circus” from Cantora Records on Vimeo.

If you’re in the New York area, catch Gordon Voidwell right here:

12/01: New York, NY @ Wired Pop-up Store, 626 Broadway (Girlie Action Holiday Party)
12/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw

Matisyahu Releases New Chanukah Song

Getting into the holiday spirit, Matisyahu has released a new Chanukah single this week with “Miracle”.

The track was produced by Kool Kojak (who assisted Flo Rida, Katy Perry and Ke$ha) and features some catchy beats and gorgeous chimes (it’s a holiday song after all).

Matisyahu said that “there are so many Chirstmas songs out there. i wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of.” He’s streaming the catchy tune on his website and you can find it on iTunes.

Even better, Matisyahu will be touring the East Coast up till the new year! You can catch him:

11/30/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * with Tally Hall

12/1/10 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights * with The Dub Trio

12/4/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * DJ Rehka

12/5/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * with Moon Taxi

12/6/10 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club * with Moon Taxi

12/7/10 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live * with Moon Taxi

12/8/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts * with Moon Taxi

12/9/10 Portland, ME @ State Theatre * with Moon Taxi