High Places
“On Giving Up”

High Places will release High Places vs. Mankind, their second full-length on Thrill Jockey. It’s due sometime in April. Most importantly, however, the above photo was taken by Hisham Bharoocha.

• High Places: http://www.myspace.com/hellohighplaces
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com


“Never Mind” [Daytrotter]

Ganglians’ Gaglians was released on Ganglians’ label, Woodsist.

• Ganglians: http://www.myspace.com/ganglian
• Woodsist: http://woodsist.com


“Gangs Of Rome” [feat. Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner]

Mavis, the project of producers Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris, will release their self-titled album March 2 on !K7. Don’t know about you guys, but this track is making me horny.

• Mavis: http://www.mavis-thealbum.com
• !K7: http://www.k7.com

Christy & Emily

“Little World”

Christy is an artist, singer/guitarist for The Totallys, and former Fort Thunder show-goer. Emily is a classically trained pianist, a founding member of Till by Turning, and collaborator with filmmaker Paul Rowley (who will release experimental film The Rooms later this year — not to be confused with The Room). Together, they’re Christy & Emily, a Brooklyn duo that is set to release its third release, No Rest. The album, produced in Germany by Hans Joachim Irmler (Faust), is due April 6 via Klangbad (which should also not be confused with The Room).

• Christy & Emily: http://www.christyandemily.com
• Klangbad: http://klangbad.de

Passion Pit

“Little Secrets”

Passion Pit’s “Little Secrets” was off last year’s Manners on Frenchkiss. Or was it?? (It was.)

• Passion Pit: http://www.passionpitmusic.com
• Passion Pit (MySpace): http://www.myspace.com/passionpitjams
• Passion Pit (Twitter—why not): http://twitter.com/passionPit
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Dave Sitek & Raaaaaaaandy (Aziz Ansari)

“Aaaaaaaangry” [with RZA outro]

With help from DJ Granwizerd and The Have, Raaaaaaaandy (the alter-ego of comedian Aziz Ansari) has teamed with producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) to create some hip-hop that’ll make you question any douche who proclaims hip-hop dead.

• Raaaaaaaandy: http://www.laughyourdickoff.com
• Dave Sitek: http://www.tvontheradio.com


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