Dustin Wong (Ponytail)

Infinite Love preview

Dustin Wong (Ponytail, formerly Ecstatic Sunshine) is releasing a solo album, Infinite Love, on October 5 via the increasingly awesome Thrill Jockey. The album comes with a DVD with “an album-length music video created by Dustin.” Preview part of the DVD above and download “Talking Walking Cloud” here.

• Dustin Wong: http://www.myspace.com/dustinclarence
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Marnie Stern

“Transparency Is the New Mystery”

Marnie Stern will release Marnie Stern on October 5 via Kill Rock Stars. “Transparency is the New Mystery” is the second single off the album, and “in order to see it, you’ve got to believe it.” :) :) :) :) !

• Marnie Stern: http://www.myspace.com/marniestern1
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com

David Byrne

“Introduction” to Bicycle Diaries

Ever wonder what David Byrne is thinking about when he’s riding his bike? Of course you have. That’s why you purchased his hardback book, Bicycle Diaries, last year. But do you ever wonder what it’d sound like to have Byrne read chapters from his book to you? Me neither, but Byrne has made a little podcast of the book’s introduction for free anyway, and it’s pretty fucking sweet.

The audiobook can be purchased in full or by individual chapters starting September 28.

Bicycle Diaries: http://bicycle-diaries.com
• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com

Arc in Round


Philadelphia’s Arc in Round is the unsigned recording project headed by Jeff Zeigler, who also runs Uniform Recording studio and has twisted knobs for albums by Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs. An EP and LP will soon shoot down the ladder; “Spirit” is the first single from the former.

• Arc In Round: http://www.arcinround.com
• Uniform Recording: http://www.myspace.com/uniformrecording

Belle and Sebastian

Webisode: “I Want the World to Stop” and “I Didn’t See It Coming” / “Write About Love”

Click here and you’ll find Belle and Sebastian’s first official webisode to promote their forthcoming album, Write About Love. (Didn’t want to embed such a high-quality video in this dinky little area.) It includes performances of “I Want the World to Stop” and “I Didn’t See It Coming,” two of my three favorite songs off the album because I’ve only heard three songs off the album. The title track is the third, and it’s available above or as a download below if you sign up for Belle and Sebastian’s mailing list. Write About Love is due October 12 on Matador

• Belle and Sebastian: http://www.belleandsebastian.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com



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