The Besnard Lakes

The “Albatross” 12-inch will be released February 9 with B-side “Four Long Lines.” The album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, is due March 9.

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Spoon Interviews Howie Weinberg (engineer)

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Cold Cave

“Life Magazine”

Here’s a video for Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine,” off album Love Comes Close.

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Xiu Xiu

“Dear God, I Hate Myself” [vomit, anyone?]

Xiu Xiu’s Dear God, I Hate Myself is due February 23 via Kill Rock Stars.

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The Magnetic Fields

“Not One of Us” [Peter Gabriel cover]

From (via Prefix):

A first chance to hear Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields with his version of “Not One Of Us,” with an introduction from the man himself.

“Peter’s version of ‘Not One Of Us’ showcases his singing voice , whereas my version showcases this evil dwarf choir…my version sounds very 1981 and his sounds futuristic.”

The track is released as a double a-side ‘digital 45’ on iTunes this Saturday, with Peter’s version of ‘The Book of Love’ by The Magnetic Fields. You “Scratch My Back” and I’ll scratch yours in action.

Check out the track streaming here.

Peter Gabriel’s covers album, Scratch My Back, is due February 15. Another album featuring artists covering Gabriel will be released later this year.

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Gil Scott-Heron

“Me and The Devil”

Gil Scott-Heron’s first album in 15 years, I’m New Here, is due February 9 on XL Recordings.

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