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Jessy Lanza performs live on CBC

Jessy Lanza + drummer Tori Tizzard recently performed some highlights from Lanza's new record Oh No during a recent studio session for CBC Music, and they also mixed in a couple of classics from her debut Pull My Hair Back (fun fact: the vocal sample in "Kathy Lee" is actually Kate Upton saying "cat daddy" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Watch a few of the highlights below, check the whole performance over on CBC's youtube channel, and see Jessy + Tori do their thing live at one of our Texas Summer shows next month:

Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla

stream Yumi Zouma’s new album Yoncalla

New Zealand dream-pop heroes Yumi Zouma have become one of our favorite bands over the last couple of years on the strength of two stellar EPs and their irresistible, dreamily danceable live show, and the group's long-awaited debut full-length Yoncalla is finally (almost) here, dropping next week via Cascine...

MARISSA NADLER

Marissa Nadler x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover

It's been over a decade since we first fell in love with the music of Marissa Nadler -- sometime around the moment I first heard her flawless "Diamond Heart", which remains one of my favorite songs of all time -- and I distinctly remember the thrill of discovery every time she'd upload one of her exquisite and still underrated cover songs on myspace. So it goes without saying that we're very honored to have her take the reigns of the site on this, the release date of her gorgeous and haunting seventh album Strangers. Stick around throughout the day as Marissa shares some of her favorite music and art, starting with this post on the new Black Mountain record:

SHABAZZ DAWN

video: Shabazz Palaces – Dawn in Luxor

Lese Majesty's celestial, tone-setting opening track gets some suitably majestic visuals from director Stephan Gray, who calls the "Dawn in Luxor" vid a "daydream on a nightwalk". Images courtesy of NASA's Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. Watch below + catch your boys Shabazz Palaces opening for Radiohead in LA this summer:

ZASTROSZY

video premiere: Phèdre – ZASTROSZY

Toronto duo Phèdre and the HATAW interpretive dance crew/"CYBORGS" get a little bit surreal at a carnival midway in the vibrant video for the group's frenetic, genre-defying new single "ZASTROSZY"...

KAYTRA LITE SPOTS

KAYTRANADA – LITE SPOTS

We regrettably never got around to posting this one when it dropped during last week's Radiohead + James Blake-induced daze, but this is without question one of the best tracks of the year and the leading contender for our personal "official summer jam 2016", taken from Montreal producer Kaytranada's very tight new album 99.9%. That Gal Costa flip is flawless and the Martin C. Pariseau-directed vid is the dopest buddy flick since White Men Can't Jump.

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded. With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

watch Jessy Lanza perform in studio for CBC Radio

LANZA LIVE

Jessy Lanza + drummer Tori Tizzard recently performed some highlights from Lanza's new record Oh No during a recent studio session for CBC Music, and they also mixed in a couple of classics from her debut Pull My Hair Back (fun fact: the vocal sample in "Kathy Lee" is actually Kate Upton saying "cat daddy" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Watch a few of the highlights below, check the whole performance over on CBC's youtube channel, and see Jessy + Tori do their thing live at one of our Texas Summer shows next month:

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Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste + Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro team up to cover the Grateful Dead’s “Loser”

BINKI x GvsB POLAROID

Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste and Little Joy's Binki Shapiro (and friends) collab on a cover of the deep Dead cut "Loser", taken from the massive Day of the Dead 10xLP boxset charity comp that dropped yesterday on 4AD...

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stream Yumi Zouma’s glorious debut LP Yoncalla

Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla

New Zealand dream-pop heroes Yumi Zouma have become one of our favorite bands over the last couple of years on the strength of two stellar EPs and their irresistible, dreamily danceable live show, and the group's long-awaited debut full-length Yoncalla is finally (almost) here, dropping next week via Cascine...

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Marissa Nadler x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Janel Leppin

MELLOW DIAMOND

Janel Leppin is an avant-garde composer, cellist, and songwriter based in DC and I’m lucky enough to have her in my band. She’s changed with me in countless unglamorous rest stops in highways across America and Europe...

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Marissa Nadler x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: the mystic’s deck

THE MYSTIC'S DECK

Courtney Brooke Hall is a talented photographer that I’ve been working with for many years. You can find her @lightwitch. And Bill Crisafi, one half of the Salem, Mass. based Burial Ground, is a phenomenal and delightfully creepy illustrator.

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Marissa Nadler x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Calico Wallpaper

CALICO WALLPAPER PHOENIX

Rachel is one of my oldest friends, and happens to run, along with her husband Nick Cope, Calico Wallpaper out of Red Hook, Brooklyn. In their own words, “Calico Wallpaper began with the inspiration to move art beyond the frame and incorporate its elements into everyday interior spaces...

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