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premiere: HAERTS – The Way

HAERTS-THEWAY

HAERTS return with a soaring, beautifully poignant new track -- the first to be unveiled from the group's new album coming in early 2018 -- on which frontwoman/absolute force Nini Fabi rousingly extols the universal, transformational power of love. Nini says of emotional new single "The Way":

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TWINSHADOW HFE

Twin Shadow + Hooray For Earth collab on this Forget special edition bonus track:

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mp3: Warpaint – “Undertow”

WARPAINT - UNDERTOW

"Undertow" is the new single from L.A.'s Warpaint, taken from the group's new LP The Fool, out October 26 on Rough Trade. The band plays a sold-out show at Dallas' Granada Theater on October 8 with the xx & Zola Jesus...

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video premiere: The Strange Boys | “Be Brave”

video premiere: The Strange Boys | "Be Brave"

New video for the title track from the Strange Boys' forthcoming full-length Be Brave, the most impressive effort yet from the TX boys (and girl). Be Brave is out February 23 on In The Red/Rough Trade (UK):

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mp3: new pantha du prince | “the splendour”

mp3: new pantha du prince | "the splendour"

New Pantha Du Prince, taken from his upcoming Rough Trade debut, Black Noise. This one features Tyler Pope of !!! on bass. By the way, the Panda Bear song on this record is an early contender for jam of 2010...

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new strange boys :: “be brave”

new strange boys :: "be brave"

Be Brave is the forthcoming album from Austin's the Strange Boys. The record's due in February, but you can take a listen to the title track now at the group's myspace page. Look for a "Be Brave" 7" single in January on Rough Trade/In The Red...

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alela & alina

alela & alina


alina/alela

The tremendously underrated (not in France though, she's huge there) Alela Diane is accompanied by Alina Hardin on this cover of old traditional folk ballad "Bowling Green," taken from their forthcoming limited Alela & Alina 10" tour EP, out next week on Rough Trade.

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dry grass & shadows

Alela Diane performs To Be Still standout "Dry Grass & Shadows" (accompanied by her father on mandolin) in this new "Dumbo West" session. Shot at the Funky Church, in Alela's hometown of Portland, Oregon...

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animal collective rough trade mix

animal collective rough trade mix


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If you pre-ordered your copy of Merriweather Post Pavilion from Rough Trade, you would've received a "strictly limited, rare and exclusive mix cd, mixed by animal collective just for rough traders," consisting of 8 uniformly awesome tracks that presumably influenced or inspired the band in some way. The eclectic mix features selections from two of my top 3 records of '08 -- Erykah Badu's heartfelt J Dilla tribute "Telephone," and Grouper's "Stuck" -- along with a handful of jams I was mostly unfamiliar with, including a tight new(ish) track from dubstep luminary Kode 9, and a song from Osamu Kitajima's amazing, out-of-print 1971 album (released under the decidedly Anglo-sounding pseudonym Justin Heathcliff), which was only released in Japan and is definitely worth seeking out.

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Get Animal Collective's exclusive Rough Trade mix here, and check the full tracklist after the jump...

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Mad Decent posted an exclusive Santogold remix featuring 3-6 Mafia and Project Pat that's sure to be all over the place by tomorrow morning. Grab it here.

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mp3: white as diamonds

mp3: white as diamonds

As I mentioned last month, the lovely Alela Diane has signed to Rough Trade, and will release her new LP To Be Still in February '09. The first song to surface from the follow-up to Alela's vastly underrated (but apparently huge in France) Pirate's Gospel is the starkly haunting "White as Diamonds...

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