Capillary Action
“Feeding Frenzy”

Capillary Action, led by the beautiful ex-TMTer Jonathan Pfeffer (who was fired after getting into fisticuffs with our news editor over the usage of the word “whom”), are finally releasing their follow-up to 2008’s So Embarrassing. The album’s titled Capsized, and according to a press release, it absorbs “Ives and Bartók, Brazilian work songs and Bulgarian choral music, UK grime and Philly soul.” (What, no Franz Ferdinand or Pains of Being Pure at Heart influence?) Look for the album in April on Natural Selection.

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Arrington De Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa

“Hot Head” [Captain Beefheart cover]

Arrington De Dionyso, maker of trans-utopian world music (who doesn’t make “trans-utopian world music” anyway?), went to Dub Narcotic to record a cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Hot Head” with Calvin Johnson. And it “slays.”

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Matmos and Dan Deacon

The Odd Couple’s Uncontrollable Waves [Daytrotter session]

During MoogFest 2010, electronic duo and TMT favorite Matmos hit up Daytrotter with deft musicianship, superhuman intelligence, impeccable instincts, and… Dan Deacon? For one of two tracks, Deacon joins Matmos for an “improvisational set, with no structure or discussion on form or shape.” (Literally) Sounds right up our alley.

Check out this special Daytrotter set here.

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Heidecker & Wood

“Wedding Song”

Have you heard? Tim Heidecker & Davin Wood of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! are releasing an album “just for the schmaltzy comedy fun of it” (TMT News). JUST KIDDING. GOD.

Starting From Nowhere is due March 15 on Little Record Company.

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Rainbow Arabia

“Without You”


On March 1, Rainbow Arabia are releasing their debut full-length Boys and Diamonds on Kompakt. On March 2, you’ll have been Rainbow Arabia’d.

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La Sera

“Devils Hearts Grow Gold”

La Sera, not to be confused with Lia Ices (oh, am I the only one who has been confusing the two?), are releasing a self-titled album on February 15 through Hardly Art. The band, if you must know, features Vivan Girls’ Katy Goodman. There, now your knowledge of La Sera is at least good enough for casual indie conversation.

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[Photo: Ali Koehler]


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