Ezra Furman & The Harpoons Announce New LP

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Ezra Furman & The Harpoons are set to release their third studio album, Mysterious Power, on April 5th. The Boston band’s first release for Red Parlor Records, Mysterious Power boasts the production power of Doug Boehm (French Kicks, Starsailor). Additionally, the band is looking forward to hitting the road in the spring- making an appearance at SXSW before embarking on a U.S. tour thereafter.

A familiar staple on critic’s year-end lists, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons gained acclaim for their 2008 album, Inside The Human Body, being lauded by NPR’s “All Songs Considered,’ Paste, and the Chicago Tribune. The foursome soon found themselves performing their mix of folk-punk alongside the likes of Lou Reed, Matisyahu, The Walkmen, Delta Spirit, and Spoon.

On Mysterious Power, Furman employs the same open-chest honesty that drew ire for Ginsberg’s Howl and spawned speculation of Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel, as Furman pines for his “Wild Rosemarie” in the opening track- recounting bouts of transience he experienced while making the album The Harpoons- Job Mukkada (bass), Adam Abrutyn (drums), and Andrew Langer (guitar)- deftly toy with dynamics, soldering rockabilly rhythm and love-struck doo-wop sensibility with punk rock ferocity.

Mysterious Power tracklist:

1.    Wild Rosemarie

2.    I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die

3.    Hard Time in a Terrible Land

4.    Mysterious Power

5.    Teenage Wasteland

6.    Bloodsucking Whore

7.    Don’t Turn Your Back On Love

8.    Portrait of Maud

9.    Fall In Love With My World

10.Too Strung Out

11.Heaven at the Drive-In

12.Wild Feeling

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Modern Mystery’s Top 30 Albums of the Year

The time is finally here where we announce our favorite albums of the year. Yes, it took a whole lot of thinking and a whole lot of relistening, but in the end we figured it out.  Trust us, it was no easy task this year. Take a peek at what kept our interest in 2010.

1. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Let It Sway”

This will forever be known as the album where SSLYBY fully matured. Working with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla,  the band produced a stunning record full of pop hooks and catchy lyrics. The result, Let It Sway (Polyvinyl), one of the greatest pieces of work our ears have heard by any indie band in a long time. We loved it so much we made a tribute  video celebrating the record which you can watch below. Congrats SSLYBY!

2. Vampire Weekend – “Contra”

A nearly flawless album, the VW boys started off 2010 with a burst of energy that continued througout the year. Neck in neck with the Yeltsins, Contra (XL) also shared the tale of a too-good-to-be-true indie band growing up in the public eye.

3. The Morning Benders – “Big Echo”

Another record that was running with the big boys on this list, The Morning Benders released Big Echo (Kanine) early in the year and exploded like no one could ever have imagined. It’s ab out time. They deserve it.  This is one of the catchiest albums we heard this year and it never gets old.

4. Of Montreal – “False Priest”

Of Montreal are always evolving. That is what we love most about the band. False Priest (Polyvinyl) takes them to a whole new level, dabbling in R&B and dueting with Solange Knowles. We may have been skeptical at first but it quickly won over our hearts and the dance floor.

5.  Surfer Blood – “Astrocoast” 

Everyone’s favorite “IT” band of the year produced a promising debut album called Astrocoast (Kanine). We followed the boys around CMJ 2009 and knew they were about to blew up huge. We were right, and now Surfer Blood has taken over the world.

 6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Before Today”

A chilling record filled with reverb and haunting vocals proved to be just the thing for Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Before Today (4AD) stunned the indie music world and makes us wonder what the next Ariel Pink chapter has to hold.

7.  Jukebox the Ghost – “Everything Under the Sun”

A thriving piano backed by a guitar and drums made an unexpected assault in the indie world this year. Everything Under the Sun (Yep Roc) dropped jaws quickly this year and had Jukebox the Ghost playing with big name bands and appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman.

8.   The Love Language – “Libraries”

Much different from their first record, The Love Language stunned us with a near perfect record, Libraries (Merge) this year. There was a lot of buzz about this album and as the tracks leaked, we could feel the greatness building up. We were right.

9. We Are Scientists – “Barbara”

Without a record label in the U.S., We Are Scientists broke through this year with Barbara. They haven’t changed too much since the last time we heard from them, which is a good thing. They still have their driving 80’s vibe, W.A.S. charm and brilliant tunes.

10. Magic Kids – “Memphis”

This was an unexpected treat this year that had us putting Magic Kids on repeat. Memphis (Goner/True Panther) often has a lo-fi and retro vibe, and that is what really makes it special.

 

The rest of the list….

11. Miniature Tigers – “Fortress”

12. Matt Pond PA – “The Dark Leaves”

13. Wavves – “King of the Beach”

14. Sufjan Stevens -“Age of the Adz”

15. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

16. Free Energy – “Stuck on Nothing”

17. Javelin – “No Mas”

18. Best Coast – “Crazy for You”

19. The Drums – “The Drums”

20.  Tokyo Police Club – “Champ”

21. The New Pornographers – “Together”

22. Spoon – “Transference”

23. Hot Hot Heat – “Future Breeds”

24. Kids of 88 – “Sugar Pills”

25. MGMT – “Congratulations”

26. Harlem – “Hippies”

27. Broken Social Scene – “Forgiveness Rock Record”

28. Born Ruffians – “Say It”

29. Caribou – “Swim”

30. Interpol – “Interpol”

Nobody Gets Spoon But You


Spoon are releasing another song from their critical and commercial darling Transference, which came out earlier this year.

This time, the track getting the visual treatment is “Nobody Gets Me But You” a classic Spoon track that features amazingly catchy rhythms (as always) and a raw, stripped-down sound that adds grit.

The video is also appropriately low-tech. Britt Daniels explains that it is influenced from his experience at New York’s Cake Shop, which is a less than ideal concert locale. The video is filmed as if you are watching the band on the TV by the bar.

Check out “Nobody Gets Me But You” right here!

Siren Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years, Announces Lineup


Coney Island’s best, biggest, and only festival is celebrating 10 years at the iconic location. The Siren Music Festival is set to take place on July 17th in everyone’s favorite summer hot stop. The festival, which is in it’s 10th year, is starting to announce a few bands that are slated to play this year. Amongst the performers announced so far are Surfer Blood, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Matt and Kim, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem. More bands are to be released soon, but the lineup so far looks pretty amazing to us.

The festival is FREE as it is every year, and it’s always packed, so you better make sure you plan to get there early. Siren Music Festival has been booking the coolest acts since the beginning. Past performers include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peaches, Modest Mouse, !!!, TV on the Radio, Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, Brendan Benson, VHS or Beta, Tapes ‘N Tapes, We Are Scientists, Dr. Dog, White Rabbits, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Ra Ra Riot, Islands, Beach House, and Bear Hands just to name a few.

Who knows what additions will be made to the lineup this year.

Coachella Announces Schedule….Finally!

With Coachella starting TOMORROW, the festival finally decided to release the schedule of who is playing when and where. Nothing like leaving to to the last minute, eh?

The three day fest is set to take place from this Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 18th. Hold onto your hats because the lineup and schedule is about to blow them off. You’ll be able to catch everyone from Pavement to Vampire Weekend to MGMT to Spoon without them overlapping. Well played Coachella, well played indeed.

Take a peak below at the schedule lineup and make your own time table at <a href=”http://www.coachella.com/event/set-times”>Coachella’s Official Site.</a>

<strong>Coachella Schedule

Friday, April 16</strong>

2:00-2:45 Baroness (Mojave Tent)
3:30-4:10 Sleigh Bells (Gobi Tent)
4:20-5:10 Yeasayer (Mojave Tent)
5:45-6:35 She & Him (Outdoor Theater)
6:20-7:20 The Specials (Coachella Stage)
6:55-7:55 Gil-Scott Heron (Gobi Tent)
7:00-7:50 Passion Pit (Outdoor Theater)
7:50-8:40 Them Crooked Vultures (Coachella Stage)
8:05-8:55 Grizzly Bear (Mojave Tent)
8:35-9:25 Echo and the Bunnymen (Outdoor Theater)
9:05-10:00 LCD Soundsystem (Coachella Stage)
9:55-10:45 Vampire Weekend (Outdoor Theater)
10:50 Jay-Z (Coachella Stage)
11:10-12:20 Fever Ray (Mojave Tent)
11:20-12:10 Public Image Limited (Outdoor Theater)

<strong>Saturday, April 17</strong>

2:45-3:35 Frightened Rabbit (Outdoor Theater)
3:10-3:55 Camera Obscura (Mojave Tent)
3:25-4:10 Girls (Gobi Tent)
4:25-5:15 Beach House (Mojave Tent)
6:25-7:10 The xx (Outdoor Theater)
6:55-7:45 Dirty Projectors (Mojave Tent)
7:35-8:25 Hot Chip (Outdoor Theater)
7:55-8:45 Faith No More (Coachella Stage)
8:50-9:40 MGMT (Outdoor Theater)
9:25-10:10 Major Lazer (Mojave Tent)
10:45-11:35 Flying Lotus (Gobi Tent)
11:05-12:00 The Dead Weather (Outdoor Theater)
11:35-11:55 Die Antwoord (Sahara Tent)
11:50-12:45 Devo (Mojave Tent)

<strong>Sunday, April 18</strong>

2:10-2:55 Local Natives (Gobi Tent)
2:25-3:10 Owen Pallet (Outdoor Stage)
3:35-4:20 Deerhunter (Outdoor Stage)
3:50-4:40 De La Soul (Coachella Stage)
4:25-5:10 Matt & Kim (Mojave Tent)
4:30-5:15 Florence and the Machine (Gobi Tent)
4:45-5:30 Sunny Day Real Estate (Outdoor Stage)
5:00-5:50 Yo La Tengo (Coachella Stage)
5:35-6:20 Julian Casablancas (Mojave Tent)
5:40-6:30 Charlotte Gainsbourg (Gobi Tent)
5:55-6:45 Jónsi (Outdoor Stage)
6:30-7:20 Spoon (Coachella Stage)
7:00-7:45 Sly Stone (Gobi Tent)
7:10-8:00 Phoenix (Outdoor Theater)
7:45-8:55 Pavement (Coachella Stage)
7:55-8:45 Gary Numan (Mojave Tent)
9:00 Thom Yorke (Outdoor Theater)
9:25-10:15 The Big Pink (Mojave Tent)
10:30 Gorillaz (Coachella Stage)

Lollapalooza Announces 2010 Lineup

Lollapalooza is almost here! The festival just announced this morning the full line up, and we must say, it’s the best batch of bands we’ve seen in years. It makes us wish this was still a show that went on tour. The fun all goes down from August 6th to 8th at Grant Park in Chicago.

Reunions and big name stars will be gracing the stage and you won’t know where to go first. Some of the bands and artists that will be appearing include the recently reunited Soundgarden, The Strokes, Lady Gaga, MGMT, New Pornographers, The Morning Benders, Arcade Fire, Spoon, The National, Gogol Bordello, Mutemath, Metric, Dirty Projectors, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phoenix, the xx, Blitzen Trapper, The Miniature Tigers, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Waaves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Javelin, Harlem, Hockey and TONS more.

The tickets will only set you back $ 215 at the Lollapalooza site.

Check out the full lineup!

Soundgarden
Green Day
Lady Gaga
Arcade Fire
The Strokes
Phoenix
Social Distortion
MGMT
Jimmy Cliff
Hot Chip
The Black Keys
The National
Spoon
Devo
Cypress Hill
Cut Copy
The New Pornographers
Erykah Badu
Slightly Stoopid
Grizzly Bear
Gogol Bordello
Chromeo
Wolfmother
Yeasayer
X Japan
MUTEMATH
Metric
Dirty Projectors
AFI
Mavis Staples
Matt & Kim
The xx
Drive-By Truckers
Blues Traveler
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Jamie Lidell
Frightened Rabbit
F**k Buttons
Deer Tick
Blitzen Trapper
Stars
Raphael Saadiq
The Cribs
Minus the Bear
Switchfoot
The Walkmen
Mumford & Sons
Wild Beasts
Rogue Wave
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Big Pink
The Dodos
Hockey
Cymbals Eat Guitars
B.o.B
Dawes
Warpaint
The Antlers
The Soft Pack
Rebelution
Balkan Beat Box
Wavves
American Bang
The Ike Reilly Assassination
Company of Thieves
Nneka
Harlem
The Constellations
Miniature Tigers
Mimicking Birds
The Kissaway Trail
HEALTH
Javelin
The Morning Benders
Foxy Shazam
Violent Soho
Royal Bangs
NEON TREES
Freelance Whales
Semi Precious Weapons
Dan Black
The Band of Heathens
Dragonette
My Dear Disco
Shawn Fisher
Neon Hitch
Skybox
The Ettes
Jukebox the Ghost
These United States
MyNameIsJohnMichael
PERFORMING AT PERRY’S
2ManyDJs
Empire of the Sun
Digitalism
Perry Farrell
Tiga
Felix da Housecat
Rusko
Erol Alkan
Kaskade
Flosstradamus
Wolfgang Gartner
Joachim Garraud
Mexican Institute of Sound
Caspa
Peanut Butter Wolf
Dirty South
NERVO
Cut Copy (DJ Set)
Beats Antique
Steve Porter
Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls
Ancient Astronauts
Ana Sia
Team Bayside High
Dani Deahl
FreeSol
DJ Mel
BBU
Vonnegutt
Only Children
Lance Herbstrong