Bill Callahan

“Baby’s Breath”

Bill Callahan’s new album, Apocalypse, is due April 19 on Drag City. Listen to “Baby’s Breath.” Now that I’m a father, I know exactly what Callahan’s singing about.

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Ford & Lopatin

“Emergency Room”

Here’s the first single from Ford & Lopatin’s new album, Channel Pressure, which is out June 7 on Software. Is it just me, or is this very reminiscent of Max Tundra when the vocals enter? Or maybe all white people just sound like that. Anyway, I won’t refuse such deep Sega Genesis sounding slap bass.

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• Software:

Dolby Anol

“Red Leather”

About four minutes into “Red Leather” that riff burrows into your head for good – you realize that it’s actually been going for quite a while and, thank god, it’s not going to stop for another minute. There’s something absolutely minimal about Dolby Anol’s use of raw, unfiltered tones and their lack of bells and whistles. Some might even call it lazy, I prefer economical.

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• Tigerbass:

Panda Bear

“Surfers Hymn (Actress Primitive Pattern Remix)”

Check out a fantastic Actress remix of “Surfer’s Hymn,” the final single before Panda Bear’s forthcoming Tomboy is released April 12, over at Kompakt’s Soundcloud. (via GvB)

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Greg Ashley

“One Thin Heroine”

Greg Ashley (The Gris Gris, The Mirrors, Strate Coats) is releasing a new 7-inch, “One Thin Heroine” b/w “Misery Again,” March 29 on Mexican Summer. From the label: “Skirting the line between legitimate Nashville tears in your beers and marvelous, near-classical new Americana folk, these two sorry sons-a-guns are slowly revealing the full count of Ashley’s skills as a singer, songwriter and arranger.”

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