Woods Family Creeps
“Party In The Pines”

Brooklyn’s Woods Family Creeps, a weirdo improv incarnation of Woods, is playing a “one-time only event” at Monkeytown in Brooklyn on January 18. Actually, it’s more like a two-time event, since they’re playing twice that day, once at 8PM and again at 10:30PM. Make your reservation now (seriously)! For you non-Brooklynites, you’ll have to just settle for this track.

• Woods: http://www.myspace.com/woodsfamilyband
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Jeff Mangum

“Sign The Dotted Line”

Check out the Jeff Mangum cover of Chris Knox’s “Sign the Dotted Line” at Stereogum!

[In] June of last year Knox suffered a “life altering” stroke. To help with his rehabilitation costs 33 bands have donated Knox-related covers to the double CD collection Stroke - Songs For Chris Knox. The tracklist includes Yo La Teno, Lou Barlow, Jay Reatard (RIP), David Kilgour, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan, the Mountain Goats, the Chills, the Verlaines, Tall Dwarfs themselves, etc. Jeff Mangum offers a deeply felt take on “Sign The Dotted Line.”

Check out the Weeville original at chrisknox.co.nz. It’s reported Knox is working on a new Tall Dwarfs album that includes singing but no words. The guy’s inspired. I suggest you dig deeper into this work.

Stroke is out 2/23 via Merge, where you can preview and purchase the album. The tracklist’s below. The song’s are arranged chronologically.

• Chris Knox: http://www.chrisknox.co.nz
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com



jj has signed to Secretly Canadian. jj will be releasing a new album, jj nº 3, March 9 on Secretly Canadian. jj has released a track from it. jj would be happy if you listened to it.

  • Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com
  • Bob Blank on his legendary studio

    From Strut:

    This is the first in a series of web videos featuring Blank recounting the creation of the studio, and some of the timeless music produced there. Upcoming episodes cover work with Arthur Russell, Fonda Rae & others.

    Bob Blank’s The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985 comes out February 2 via Strut.

    • Bob Blank: http://www.theblankgeneration-blanktapes.com
    • Strut: http://www.strut-records.com

    Dirty Projectors

    “Ascending Melody”

    Dirty Projectors released a limited-edition 7-inch this week, featuring “Ascending Melody” and “Emblem of the World,” exclusively through Domino Mart. But you can also get the 7-inch free in MP3 form through DP’s website.

    • Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
    • Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

    Animal Collective


    From Domino:

    “Brothersport” is the new video from Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, directed by Jack Kubizne.

    • Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net
    • Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com



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