PREMIERE: Ex Cops – “The Millionaire”

tumblr_lhvzvko9xi1qaqvluBack in January, I was fortunate enough to be able to bring you the debut of two new songs from Ex Cops, the new project from Brooklyn’s Brian Harding. My good fortune continues, as I’ve now got another one to share, and this…this you’ve got to hear. Recorded just a few nights ago, “The Millionaire” is an absolutely gorgeous ballad, led by warm synths, a steady, muffled beat and an electric guitar that shimmers like the sun reflecting on a dark blue lake. But it’s Harding’s voice that makes this truly special, and the moment you hear him whisper-sing his first line, I’m sure you’ll agree. Prepare to be haunted in the best possible way. 

Ex Cops – “The Millionaire”


Harding is currently wrapping up the White Women EP, which will feature guest vocals from MINKS singer Amalie Bruun. However, there’s talk that this could possibly turn into an album. Time shall tell. For now, enjoy the tunes and, if you’re lucky enough to be attending SXSW this year, don’t miss Ex Cops perform at Swan Dive on Tuesday, March 15th, withGrizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, who’ll be on hand to do a DJ set. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Amor De Días “Bunhill Fields”

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FINALLY. I have been looking forward to the announcement of this record for longer than I care to admit, but alas, the wait is over. Amor De Días, the group formed by The Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, just announced their debut album, Street of the Love of Days, which Merge Records will release on May 17th. However, this is hardly just the product of two people. Louis Philippe, whom The Clientele has relied on occasionally for string arrangements, makes an appearance, as do Galaxie 500’s Damon and Naomi, among others. Seems like forever ago that I posted “New Wine”, which you can still hear here, but now Merge has graciously revealed a second track, “Bunhill Fields”. It’s an immensely flavorful and upbeat tune, brimming with horns, strings and Lupe’s gorgeously breathy vocals – proving that the wait was well worth it. Stream or download the song below and preorder your copy on CD or LP from Merge. 

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On August 20th, 4AD will release Mature Themes, the new album from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. You can now hear the first single, a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s “Baby” featuring Dām-Funk, below. Head over to Gorilla vs. Bear to hear the original. 

Adam Taylor Young – “Apple Tree”

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Despite Adam Taylor Young proclaiming that his latest single, “Apple Tree”, is “about all of that summery goodness”, it’s probably just a welcome coincidence that the weather is warming up when he released it yesterday. I say that because Young, whom you might also recognize as the guitarist for the incredible (and incredibly-named) ABADABAD, puts out stunning, summery-sounding pop jams like this year-round. This one’s up there with the best of ‘em too, channeling some sweet David Vandervelde-circa-The-Moonstation-House-Band vibes that can’t be denied. 

OW’s NM M’s – Volume 2

I remembered. Therefore, welcome to the second edition of Octopus Windmill’s New Music Monday’s, aimed at getting you some essential new tunes to start off your week. Check out the mp3’s below and/or go here to download all the songs in one fell swoop.

Malachai – Ugly Side of Love (Domino) 

“Fading World” 

Yeah, I’d never heard of these guys either. But give it a chance and you’ll be happy you know them now. Malachai hails from Bristol, England and borrowed their name from the red-haired kid in the horror film Children of the Corn, which is pretty awesome. Musically, it reminds me of some obscure psych record from the 60s that melts while it spins on your record player. If you buy the record and it actually does that, please call me. And maybe call Robert Ripley too. If the phone keeps ringing, it’s because he’s dead.

Album Out now on Domino

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Yeasayer – Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian) “O.N.E.” 

O.n.e. of today’s better live band’s pumps up the jam on their highly-anticipated second album. I’m still trying to make up my mind about the record as a whole. Like their debut, All Hour Symbols, the standout tracks make the non-standout tracks pale in comparison, even though the non-standout’s are far better than a lot of what’s coming out these days. Anyway, “O.N.E.” is o.n.e. of these standout’s. Amsterdam’ers be dam’d if you miss these dudes in March at ParadisoOut 2/09/10 (U.S.) on Secretly Canadian

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Caribou – Swim (Merge) 

“Odessa” 
Instantly my favorite thing I’ve heard from Caribou. You wanna dance? You can dance to this. You wanna chill out? You can chill out to this. You wanna get a cheeseburger? Seriously, I’m craving a cheeseburger and I’m wondering if you’ll go with me. No? Fine. I’ll go by myself and listen to this on the way. Geez.  Out 4/20/10 on Merge

 

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Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag City) 
“81” 
GARDEN PARTY! WOO WOO SPRING BREAK 2010!!!! Just kidding. I’m admittedly pretty picky with female vocalists, yet somehow Joanna Newsom, an odd-ball vocalist who plays the harp and is supposedly datingthis guy, steals my heart every time. After her previous album, Ys, it’s nice to hear her so stripped down. I wonder how it’ll mix with the other songs on the not-one, not-two, but three-CD/LP album. I hope her fingers are okay.  Out 2/23/10 on Drag City

Ninjasonik – Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant (?)
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Even though I had no idea they were performing, I had the great pleasure of seeing this Brooklyn lo-fi rap/punk trio totally upstage Spank Rock the other night at Paradiso. This doesn’t appear to be out on any official full-length or EP that I can find, but I’m predicting that these self-proclaimed “tight jeans-wearing…” hip hop hipsters will be making a mess of people’s ears in the coming years. Ooh, part of my rap post rhymed. Watch this awesomeness in music video format here.

 

Don’t Miss! Dirty Projectors / I Am Oak @ Tivoli (Utrecht) 6/30/10 + Ticket Giveaway!

tumblr_l4rpbiVgwR1qaqvluDirty Projectors, the creators of Bitte Orca, one of 2009’s most critically acclaimed records, will make a stop at Tivoli in Utrecht Wednesday night with support from Utrecht’s own I Am Oak. The band recently teamed up with Bjork for a new EP called Mount Wittenberg Orca, which will be officially released on the same night as this show, so who knows…maybe we’ll get to hear a song or two from this special release. And wouldn’t you know,I’ve got two pairs of tickets for the show to give away! All you have to do is just send me an E-mail for a chance to make them yours. Seriously. That’s it. So act fast! (Update: They’re gone! Congrats Marijke and Pieter) Otherwise, tickets are €15 at the door, and those doors open at 7:30, while the show begins at 8:15. 


You can pre-order the self-released, 7-song Mount Wittenberg Orca EP now over here. Bitte Orca is out now on Domino on CD, Vinyl, and yes, even cassette.