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mp3: Girls – “Vomit”

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Here's a brand new multi-suite epic from Girls, taken from their forthcoming full-length Father, Son, Holy Ghost. "Vomit" is one of the heaviest jams yet from the San Francisco band, complete with classic Girls melodies enveloped in fuzz, booming '70s drums, and soaring gospel vocals from a SF church choir...

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Girls announce Father, Son, Holy Ghost

GIRLS

Father, Son, Holy Ghost is out September 12 in the UK / September 13 in the States. Tracklist after the jump...

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2010

GORILLA VS BEAR'S ALBUMS OF 2010

30 Ty Segall - Melted
29 Shackleton - Fabric 55
28 Caribou - Swim
27 Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers
26 Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
25 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh
24 The Walkmen - Lisbon
23 Tennis - Tennis (cassette)
22 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
21 Frankie Rose & the Outs - Frankie Rose & the Outs
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20 Twin Shadow - Forget

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19 Forest Swords - Dagger Paths

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18 Harlem - Hippies

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17 The Samps - The Samps

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16 Grimes - Geidi Primes

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15 Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be

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14 Big K.R.I.T. - wuz here

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13 Twin Sister - Color Your Life / Alternates

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12 Earl Sweatshirt - EARL

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11 Toro y Moi - Causers of This

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10 Girls - Broken Dreams Club

More earnest pop gems from Girls: Broken Dreams Club is honest and heart-wrenching and revelatory in a way that you could only expect from these two. A very natural extension of Album, but also a tremendous step up, punctuated by tighter production and sonic explorations that exude a well-earned confidence. "Substance" charms with help from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, and "Carolina" -- a jam we've had in our head for roughly two years -- rounds things out in epic fashion.

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09 White Denim - Last Day of Summer

With the the looser, "fresh and casual" approach (their words) that White Denim takes on Last Day of Summer, the band comes closer than ever to capturing the preternatural chemistry and seemingly effortless shapeshifting flow they consistently display in their live shows. Not bad for what essentially amounts to a stopgap / "little summer retreat" while we wait for the band's proper third full-length. Download it for whatever you'd like to pay here.

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08 Games - That We Can Play

In which '80s homage/nostalgia is elevated to instant classic status by masterful pop deconstruction -- and subsequent magical reconstruction -- from Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin and Tigercity's Joel Ford. Granted, the run time here is slight, but the EP's brevity works in its favor, as there's not a wasted second on this thing. Also featuring one of the best songs of 2010, the unexpected "Cruel Summer"-recalling pop hit "Strawberry Skies," which features vocals from Laurel Halo.

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07 Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement

Like most of the uniformly stellar (and underrated) output from Texan Jana Hunter, the self-titled debut from her new band Lower Dens is understated and unassuming, almost to a fault. But repeat listens reveal gorgeous waves of ringing, shimmering "post punk drone pop," bolstered by Hunter's emotive, vaguely androgynous vocals and a tangible, increasingly rare cohesiveness for such a young band. This one crept up on us, and cliched as it may sound, it's fair to say that the whole here far exceeds the sum of its parts.

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06 Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

The highly anticipated, perpetually delayed solo joint from one of our favorite rappers is a triumphant return on all fronts. Despite a few still-kind-of-awesome missteps -- who invited Vonnegutt? -- Big Boi's classic, ridiculously dexterous flow and the record's always inspired, deliriously out-there production cement this as the most fun (and funkiest) thing released in 2010. Best driving music of the year, too.

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05 Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

There's no question we fell in love with the more immediate songs on Have One On Me upon first listen, although like most, we initially found the record as a whole kind of daunting and impenetrable. But as you witness Newsom bring these songs to life, you're forcefully reminded of her very literally prodigious and virtuosic ability as a musician, songwriter, and lyricist, which only reaffirms how graceful and delicate and achingly beautiful these subtly complex compositions are. Revisit this one, it wears in like an old friend.
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04 James Blake - CMYK / Klavierwerke

Ghostly, living/breathing atmospherics from London's James Blake, who, in CMYK + Klavierwerke, has created two of the year's most groundbreaking releases. Blake's Burial-esque manipulation of vocals and unique and imaginative use of space is incredibly soul-stirring and affecting in ways that are unlike anything I've ever heard. Nowhere is this more evident than on the mournful, fairly mindblowing "I Only Know (What I Know Now)," which sounds like being born/dying, or as P4k's David Bevan put it, "like infinity trapped inside of five minutes."

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James Blake :: I Only Know (What I Know Now)

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03 Shabazz Palaces - Shabazz Palaces / Of Light

Originally self-released at the end of '09 and re-released by Sub Pop last month, Seattle's Shabazz Palaces thrillingly juxtapose the platinum voice and conscious/menacing lyrics of Palaceer Lazaro -- aka anti-Kanye Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets -- with bumping, futuristic Brainfeeder-level beats to create the most adventurous and inventive hip-hop release of the year. Look for a full-length in early 2011.

Shabazz Palaces :: Blastit...

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02 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

EXCLUSIVE: we asked Carles to write a blurb for us about Ariel Pink's brilliant Before Today, which was recorded in a real studio:

"Alas! The brilliant lofi texturewave artist Ariel Pink has finally done it, leaving many of us wondering: "What did music sound like Before Today?" which is coincidentally the title of his gamechanging 2010 release with his band of lofi talismans known simply as the Haunted Graffiti. Merging his ambient bedroom recording artist textures with the modern textures and professionalism of the modern recording vibes required for 'mainstream indie coverage', Ariel Pink has emerged from the shadowy textures of yesteryear and has evolved into a modern indie star. It seems as if perhaps the world has finally caught up with Ariel Rosenberg, and our ears are finally ready for his textures. "Before Today" is history, while the future is a mystery but today is a gift which belongs to Ariel Pink."

--Carles of Hipster Runoff

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01 Beach House - Teen Dream

The most elegant, visceral, sensual release of the year comes from one of our favorite bands in the history of this blog. Teen Dream was born of a fully evolved vision and the indefatigable connection between Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, whose voice is quickly becoming an iconic one. And, it has the best songs.

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mp3: new Girls – “Heartbreaker”

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True Panther offers up the first listen to Girls' new six-song Broken Dreams Club EP, which includes the devastatingly beautiful song-of-the-year contender "Carolina." Download "Heartbreaker" below...

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magic kids x yours truly

CANDY

Magic Kids perform Memphis highlight "Candy" for Yours Truly with the help of some very special guests, including Smith Westerns and Girls' Christopher Owens on the melodica. Check out the band's love letter over at YT...

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FRIENDS FOREVER:

Girls + Smith Westerns

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"FRIENDS FOREVER" is a short film by Ryan McGinley, featuring kindred spirits Girls + Smith Westerns. Check it after the jump...

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mp3: new Girls | “End of the World (Skeeter Davis cover)”

mp3: new Girls | "End of the World (Skeeter Davis cover)"

Girls cover Skeeter Davis' devastating 1962 hit "End of the World." Taken from the group's new Morning Light UK single, out next week on Turnstile/Fantasy Trashcan.

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the morning benders :: excuses

Another great clip from Yours Truly, featuring a song from the Morning Benders' forthcoming LP, Big Echo (which was co-produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor). "Excuses" is the album's brilliant opening track, and this soaring "Wall of Sound" performance is enhanced by the "Big Echo Orchestra," which includes Bay Area luminaries Christopher Owens of Girls, John Vanderslice, and many more...

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photos: Girls + Magic Kids | Live in Dallas

photos: Girls + Magic Kids | Live in Dallas

THE MAGIC KIDS:

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Magic Kids sign to True Panther

Magic Kids sign to True Panther

Info here. Catch the band this weekend in TX with Girls + Smith Westerns, and look for a split 7" with Smith Westerns soon on Fat Possum.

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