“Come Undone” by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lenegan

Rumor has it that those of you hoping for Isobel Campbell to return to Belle & Sebastian and for Mark Lenegan to reunite with the Screaming Trees should stop holding your breath. This odd pairing is an esteemed duo and it’s time everyone jumped on the bandwaggon.

Produced by Campbell herself, Hawk is the 13-track follow-up to 2008’s Sunday at Devil Dirt. You may stream their new duet “Come Undone” below from kcrw.

“We Used To Wait” by Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire released The Suburbs on August 2, 2010. “The Wilderness Downtown” is an interactive interpretation of the song “We Used To Wait” from this album. In collaboration with Google, Arcade Fire’s new video invites viewers to enter their postcode or childhood address, and then uses Google Maps to generate a user specific video with images of their childhood streets. It was created by director Chris Milk via Google Chrome and the latest open web technologies, including HTML5 video, audio, and canvas.

Click The Wilderness Downtown to try it.

Note—you must be using Google Chrome for this to work. Therefore, you will be asked to download it if you do not already have it. When you finish downloading it you must copy the above URL and paste it into the Google Chrome browser. Once you are redirected you will be asked to enter the address you want to use. You will see it populate as you start to enter it.

I have tried this and it works a little bit. Some of the briefly displayed containers will show surrounding buildings. But he isn’t running down my childhood neighborhood street. Is he running in your neighborhood?

“Boy” by Ra Ra Riot

The album comes out Today!! The Orchard is the long awaited sophomore release from Ra Ra Riot. If you have not heard it then you must check it out. It was produced by Ra Ra Riot themselves and Andrew Maury. 9 of the ten tracks were also mixed by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, and one was mixed by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij.


Please enjoy the video for the single “Boy.”

“Killemall” by Menomena

Menomena recently released Mines, thier fourth full-length album, on Barsuk Records. They made their national television debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Monday evening and performed “Killemall” from the new album.

And here is a funny, amateurish video for “Dirty Cartoons”—a track also from Mines.

“If You Let Me” by J.P, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys

Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, has joined J.P Jones to form J.P, Chrissie, and the Fiarground Boys. Never has she recorded a full CD under any banner but the Pretenders’, until now. She and J.P will release the full-length debut, Fidelity, this month. Below please have a listen to the single, “If You Let Me”, cut live for radio station KRCW.

“Ballpark Lights” by Leslie Stevens and the Badgers

The folk/pop, pedal-steel infused country tradition of L.A.’s Leslie Stevens and the Badgers has been catching some attention the past two years. Stevens’ self-released album Roomful of Smoke LP will be available everywhere August 17, 2010 from Lyricland/Thirty Tigers.

Please have a listen to “Ballpark Lights” from the upcoming release.

Auditory Viewing || Leslie & The Badgers perform Ballpark Lights from ISHOTHIM on Vimeo.

“GNDN” by Admiral Radley

GNDN stands for “goes nowhere, does nothing.” It refers to Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. We see it flying and doing all these amazing things but “with its cardboard parts” it really goes nowhere and does nothing.

Admiral Radley is a band formed by two members of the indie rock bands Grandaddy, Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch and Earlimart, Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray. “GNDN” can be found on their one album entitled I Heart California. It was released July 13, 2010 on the label The Ship.

“GNDN” by Admiral Radley


“If I Were a Carpenter” by Sweet Tea

In 2008 when the Heartless Bastards accepted an offer to record a live set for the Austin City Limits TV show, the episode paired them with one of their favorite bands and musical influences, Sonic Youth. A special guest also appeared—good friend Alex Maas of The Black Angels.

Maas and the main Bastard, Erika Wennerstrom, took the opportunity to recreate the classic June Carter and Johnny Cash duet on Tim Hardin’s “If I Were A Carpenter.”

Wennerstrom and Maas started a side project called Sweet Tea, which showcases their unique collaborative take on classic country. Fat Possum released “If I Were A Carpenter” and the Ray Price classic “Crazy Arms” digitally.

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“If I Were a Carpenter” by Sweet Tea