By ANDY VIHSTADT
Death Cab for Cutie returns with Narrow Stairs on May 13. Listen to the first single “I Will Possess Your Heart” at the group’s MySpace page, and check out a live acoustic version of another new one below.
On the Side
Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (the Rascals) are the Last Shadow Puppets. The duo’s debut LP, The Age of Understatement, releases in the US on May 6. Check out the video for the title track and first single, here.
The writers’ strike may push HBO’s Flight of the Conchords to 2009, but the Kiwi duo’s self-titled full length drops on April 22 via Sub Pop. From the tracklisting , the album is basically a rehash of season one. Grab a sample below, thanks to Spinner.
Flight of the Conchords: “Ladies of the World” MP3
Handsome Boy producer Dan the Automator is teaming up with Russell Simmins (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Butter 08) for Men Without Pants. The duo’s debut, Naturally, is due sometime this summer and will include guest appearances from Cibo Matto, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Sean Lennon. Stream a few songs via MySpace.
Boogie Down Productions
Mixtape maestro Mick Boogie and Talib Kweli have joined forces for MCEO. Download the 32-track collection of new and exclusive material here.
Appearing on Seeing Sounds, out June 2008 on Virgin
Appearing on What Does it All Mean?, out 5/27 on Illegal Art
The Annuals, Wet Zoo EP (Canvasback)
Apples in Stereo, Electronic Projects for Musicians (Yep Rock)
Black Francis, Svn Fingers (Cooking Vinyl)
The Black Keys, Attack & Release (Nonesuch)
R.E.M., Accelerate (Warner)
The Sword, Gods of the Earth (Kemado)
The Breeders, Mountain Battles (4AD)
Clinic, Do it! (Domino)
The Long Blondes, Couples (Rough Trade)
Man Man, Rabbit Habits (Anti)
Colin Meloy, Colin Meloy Sings Live! (Kill Rock Stars)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Pershing (Polyvinyl)
Spoon, Don’t You Evah EP (Merge)
Tapes ‘n Tapes, Walk it Off (XL)
Wye Oak, If Children (Merge)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Underground (Suma)
9th Wonder & Buckshot, The Formula (Duck Down)
Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons… (Rhymesayers)
Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid (Geffen)
Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords (Sub Pop)
Love, Forever Changes [Collector’s Edition] (Rhino)
Lyrics Born, Everywhere at Once (Anti)
Tokyo Police Club, Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek)
Constantines, Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts)
Jamie Lidell, Jim (Warp)
Portishead, Third (Island)
The Roots, Rising Down (Def Jam)