Björk

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” [Joy Division karaoke]

According to Liz Louche over at the TMT News Department, Björk performed some duets with “environmentalist/reporter/entertainer” Ómar Ragnarsson at an Icelandic karaoke marathon this week. What she didn’t tell you (because she didn’t know) was that Björk also performed a solo karaoke version of Joy Division’s cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”!! Check it out above. (Thanks to Jared for the tip.)

• Björk: http://bjork.com

Chocolate Grinder Mix 44

“Penniless And Rootin’ For A Saw Tooth”

This mix goes for broke and doesn’t look back. Leaving all imitators in their wake, this collection of artists are pushing their synthesizers to new levels of noise and distortion that even a fervent drone fan could appreciate. While most of the entries here are fairly accessible, the depths that both Dolby Anol plumb, and the heights that We Love Machines ascend might leave a few people reaching for their ear plugs. The rest of us will pump our fists gloriously in the air while running full tilt on the gym treadmill.

01. Feed Me - “Jodie” (Single)
Start time: 0:00; Links: Three Six Zero Group - Feed Me

02. We Are Machines - “Scissors” (Single)
Start time: 3:57; Links: We Are Machines

03. Clockwork - “Airflow (Valerna Remix)” (Single)
Start time: 7:28; Links: Clockwork - Valerna

04. Breakdown - “Pet Monster” (Single)
Start time: 12:54; Links: Breakdown - Official Site

05. Eskimo Twins - “Droid” (Single)
Start time: 17:07; Links: Eskimo Twins - Official Site

06. Duck Sauce - “Barbara Streisand” (Single)
Start time: 22:43; Links: Duck Sauce - XMix

07. Computer Club - “Flat Response” (Nerd Secrets EP)
Start time: 27:16; Links: Computer Club - KillPop Records

08. Dolby Anol - “She Didn’t” (Sandy Bitches EP)
Start time: 32:38; Links: Dolby Anol - Tigers Bass

09. MRTN X Pomp - “High (Raw Mix)” (Single)
Start time: 36:44; Links: MRTN

10. Bart B-More - “Brap” (Brap EP)
Start time: 41:00; Links: Bart B-More - Boys Noize Records

[Artwork: Keith Kawaii]

Murs & 9th Wonder

“I Used To Love Her (Again)” [Common cover]

Murs & 9th Wonder have released a video for “I Used To Love Her (Again),” a cover of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R” (released on his 1994 album, Resurrection). The Murs/9th Wonder version can be found, heard, and digested on their latest album, Fornever.

• Murs: http://mursworld.com

Kurt Vile

“Jesus Fever”

We’re really glad that Kurt Vile decided to change the cover art for Smoke Ring For My Halo, his forthcoming Matador release, but that’s not going to stop us from using the old one! Check it out above, and check out the new version at Matador. Then check out the version above again.

“Jesus Fever” is off said album, which is due March 8.

• Kurt Vile: http://www.kurtvile.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Akron/Family

“So It Goes”

On February 8, Akron/Family are releasing S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT on CD/LP/MP3 via Dead Oceans and on cassette via Joyful Noise. Prepare yourself by checking out the video for “So It Goes.” Cosmic birth, indeed!

• Akron/Family: http://www.akronfamily.com
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

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