In studio working on “Guider”

Disappears will release their second album, Guider, on Kranky early next year. Look for the group on tour in January, with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on the skin flute drums.

• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net


“Wooden Houses”

Elsinore, orchestral pop wizards that they are, have released a new animated video for “Wooden Houses,” a track off their new album Yes Yes Yes (released on Parasol Records). The video was made in collaboration with videographer Zimos Ferguson, whose name is so sweet that you have got to check out the video. Song’s sweet too. So are their sweaters.

Elsinore are currently on tour of the Midwest — check the dates here.

• Elsinore: http://www.elsinoremusic.net
• Parasol: http://www.parasol.com


“Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour”

People, the new album by Skeleton$ (a.k.a. Skeletons, Skeleton$ Big Band, Skeletons & The Girl Faced Boys, Skeletons & The Kings of All Cities), is due in the spring next year via Shinkoyo. “Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour” is “dedicated to Jdimytai Damour, the Wal-Mart employee who was tragically trampled to death by the crowds at the annual ‘Doorbuster’ sale on Black Friday in 2008.”

• Skeleton$: http://skeletonstv.tumblr.com
• Shinkoyo: http://shinkoyo.com

LA Vampires feat. Matrix Metals

“Make Me Over”

So Unreal, a collaboration between LA Vampires and Matrix Metals, is out now on Not Not Fun.

• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com

Bjørn Torske

“Versjon Wolfenstein”

Last week, Norwegian disco/house producer Bjørn Torske released Kokning on Smalltown Supersound. If you haven’t heard any good skranglehouse lately, well, shit, dude, you know what to do.

• Smalltown Supersound: http://www.smalltownsupersound.com


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