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

Hoquiam (Damien and Drake Jurado)

“Zombies of the Sea”

Hoquiam, featuring Damien and Drake Jurado, have recently released its self-titled debut on St. Ives, a limited-edition vinyl-only label offshoot of Secretly Canadian. Only 500 copies were made of Hoquiam, but if it sells out soon, feel free to stream this song as many times as you want.

• Hoquiam: http://www.myspace.com/hoquiamwa
• Damien Jurado: http://www.myspace.com/damienjurado
• Drake Jurado: http://www.myspace.com/drakejuradofilm

Ganglians

“Never Mind” [Daytrotter]

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

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

Mavis

“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

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