“Stylo” (feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack)
From Rolling Stone:
Just one day after the Gorillaz were named as Coachella’s closing night headliner, “Stylo,” the first single off the cartoon band’s upcoming third album Plastic Beach, leaked out into the blogosphere. Gorillaz’s Murdoc Niccals wrote on his Twitter page, “A leak! A leak! Plastic Beach has sprung a leak! One of those Russian pirates has put a bullet hole in my island! My single’s leaked! STYLO!” The first single features R&B singer Bobby Womack’s trademark croon on the chorus, as well as rapper Mos Def, who will join the Gorillaz as an animated character named “Sun Moon Stars” on Plastic Beach. “Stylo” will officially be released on January 26th, with Plastic Beach to follow on March 9th.
• Gorillaz: http://www.gorillaz.com
“That Old Temple”
Dead Meadow PR (who else!):
A video for the song “That Old Temple” by Dead Meadow has just surfaced (click link above). The video was helmed by Artificial Army who have previously worked with recording artists The Sword, The Mars Volta, Coheed & Cambria and These Arms Are Snakes. The song and the video provide the first glimpse of The Three Kings multi-media project to surface later this year on Xemu (www.Xemu.com) which will include new music from the band as well as re-recorded classics from their catalogue.
• Dead Meadow: http://www.deadmeadow.com
“Don’t Leave Me on the Speaker”
Portland’s Eat Skull are releasing a “Jerusalem Mall” 7-inch on January 26 via Woodsist. It’s backed with two Sick to Death outtakes: “Thank You Smoke Break” and the track above, “Don’t Leave Me on the Speaker.”
“Foam Hands” (Destroyer Cover)
Here’s Portastatic covering Destroyer’s “Foam Hands.” From Big Mac:
The idea for a whole EP of Merge covers stemmed from both listening to the SCORE! Merge covers compilation and from doing bookstore events to promote the Our Noise book, wherein we’d play some acoustic covers of songs that came out on Merge. Time permitting, this really could have been a much longer record, but in the spirit of quitting while I was ahead and also turning this in before the end of the year, I stopped at seven songs. Obviously, the Merge catalog is full of hundreds—thousands, actually—of songs I love, so I picked ones I either knew well or thought I could re-create without defiling too harshly. It wasn’t easy to narrow down, so I just tried not to think about it too much, and then time constraints set in…
“Please Don’t” (feat. Santigold)
David Byrne + Santigold. Byrne’s project Here Lies Love with Fatboy Slim is due February 23.
“But It’s So”
From Killer Pimp:
Soundpool is a 5-piece band from NYC whose third album is their dive into uncharted realms of shoegaze-disco. Ulrich Schnauss calls them the “greatest f-n band in the world.”
The track is off Soundpool’s upcoming album Mirrors In Your Eyes, due early this year. The 7-inch single with B-side “Makes No Sense” is out January 26.