Future Islands
“Swept Inside”

“Swept Inside” was recorded in an “intimate living room” a few months ago. You can also check out living-room renditions of “Tin Man” and “Walking Through That Door” here. The studio versions of the tracks will appear on In Evening Air, Future Islands’ Thrill Jockey debut, which is due April 5.

• Future Islands: http://www.myspace.com/futureislands
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Strong Arm Steady / Madlib

“Best of Times”

In Search of Stoney Jackson, the Strong Arm Steady/Madlib collaboration, was released last week.

• Strong Arm Steady: http://www.myspace.com/TheGangSAS
• Madlib: http://www.myspace.com/madlib
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Animal Collective

Interviewed by Lesbian Police Officer

Tig Notaro, the lesbian police officer on The Sarah Silverman Program, interviews Geologist, the lesbian noisemaker from Animal Collective. They talk about the group’s film ODDSAC as well as Geologist’s balls. Yep, it’s appropriately weird, set sometime around Sundance 2010 (where the film premiered) in what appears to be some bar. Beautiful camerawork, too.

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net

Frog Eyes

“A Flower in a Glove”

Frog Eyes’ new album, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph, is due April 27 on their new label, Dead Oceans.

• Frog Eyes: http://myspace.com/frogeyes
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

“I Learned the Hard Way”

Sharon Jones’ I Learned the Hard Way is due April 6 on Daptone.

• Sharon Jones: http://myspace.com/sharonjonesandthedapkings
• Daptone: http://www.daptonerecords.com

Joanna Newsom

“Good Intentions Paving Company”

Check out “Good Intentions Paving Company,” another track off Joanna Newsom’s forthcoming release, Have One on Me. The triple album is due February 23 via Drag City.

Stream the track here.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com



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