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Back to the Futureheads

The UK postpunk act has since started its own label and wrapped up LP3, which the band claims will be “punkier” than the last one. Here’s the first song from the yet-to-be-titled album, due sometime early next year, thanks to Indie Blog Heaven.


The Futureheads: “Broke Up the Time” MP3


hayden.jpgWe seldom hear news about Hayden, but the indie folk-rocker is tuning up for LP5 on a current tour with the National. In Field & Town will see a Canadian release on his own Hardwood Records in January. No word on when we’ll see it south of the border, but grab the first single along with a couple of older tracks (including one of my favorite Pixies covers), thanks to Stereogum and Magitek.

Hayden: “Where and When” MP3 from In Field & Town

Hayden: “Dynamite Walls” MP3 from Skyscraper National Park

Hayden: “Bass Song” MP3 from Live at Convocation Hall

Hayden: “Gouge Away" (Pixies cover) MP3

Life After Death

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photo by Eva J. Michon

We’re getting closer to a legitimate release from ex-Death from Above 1979 frontman, Sebastien Grainger. Check out his MySpace page to stream what sound like finished versions of new songs “American Names” and “I’m All the Rage”. Now he just needs a label. Somebody sign this guy!

Electric Company

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NYC’s Magnetic Fields are charging up for LP8. Frontman Stephin Merritt has a thing for no-nonsense album titles, so expect Distortion to kick out plenty of feedback. Opening with a song called “Three-Way” doesn’t hurt either. Join in below, thanks to You Ain’t No Picasso. Distortion releases January 15 on Nonesuch Records.

The Magnetic Fields: “Three-Way” MP3

3’s & 7’s

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The Magic Numbers never seemed to hit pay dirt on this side of the Atlantic, but the pair of brothers and sisters is worth a second look. The band recently stopped by the Daytrotter studios to show off its sophomore album, Those the Brokes, as well as a couple of new ones. Download it here. While you’re there, grab recent performances from Deerhunter and Okkervil River.

Digital Radio

Tomorrow night, head here to stream NPR’s web cast of the Hold Steady and Art Brut performing live from the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Also, be sure to check out the All Songs Considered podcast for recent downloadable live shows from the likes of Spoon, Iron & Wine and the New Pornographers.

The List


Ex-Boyfriends, In With (Absolutely Kosher)

Gorillaz, D-Sides (Virgin)

Nine Inch Nails, Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D (Interscope)

Wolfmother, Please Experience Wolfmother Live DVD (Interscope)


Why?, The Hollows (limited 12”) (Anticon)


Aloha, Lightworks (Polyvinyl)

Daft Punk, Alive 2007 (Virgin)

Ghostface, The Big Dough Rehab (Def Jam)


Wu-Tang Clan, The 8 Diagrams (Universal)


Rivers Cuomo, Alone: The Home Recordings (Universal)

Lupe Fiasco, The Cool (Atlantic)

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