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V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016
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New Collaboration: Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij

Indie rock elder statesmen release "I Had a Dream That You Were Mine" next month

In case you hadn’t heard, two of your favorite indie music boys are teaming up for an album. Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Discovery (and also of everything else. Dude’s been productive.) have released two singles from an upcoming album titled I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.

“A 1000 Times” (video above) is upbeat: all twinkly pianos and major chord guitar plucking. Lyrically it’s a bit more somber, following Leithauser as he reminisces and regrets on a late-night walk: “Oh tender November/the year’s almost over/if I had your number/I’d call you tomorrow.” His crooning voice quickly shifts into his throat-scratching falsetto howl. When this guy switches octaves, he does it with a vengeance.

In a Black Out” sounds more like a Walkmen song: there’s distant-sounding guitar picking and little other accompaniment until some spare drums come in over halfway through. Here Leithauser’s voice stays restrained — he’s in Frank Sinatra mode.

The two tracks bode well for this album and this collaboration. Both artists have already said nice things about the record and about working with each other: on Twitter, Rostam said “If it sounds like we had fun making this record it’s cos we did.”

Just two days ago, Rostam premiered two new songs on KCRW radio, where he DJed a special set. The two songs are called “Gwan” and “Sick as a Dog” — the latter features Leithauser, though it’s unclear if this track will be on the new album. You can listen to that DJ set here via Stereogum.

Look for I Had a Dream That You Were Mine out 9/23.

V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Sad Baby Wolf
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Days of Future Passed

Sad Baby Wolf and the present tense

No, I’m not going there. Sad Baby Wolf has garnered a lot of ink because two of its members were in the most successful band to come out of Burque, but this doesn’t mean they should be forever defined by that.

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V.22 No.2 | 1/10/2013
Low Culture
Ryan Maddox

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Low Culture, genre-palooza and popular music

This week’s Music to Your Ears dishes up the 411 on shows in genres ranging from poppy garage-punk to doomcream R&B to indie rock to folk. Listen to tracks from featured acts below. Synchro Studio • Low Culture • Pregnant, Again • Harbors • Downplay Music • Sat Jan 12 • 7:30 pm • $6 • ALL-AGES!

V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011

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Flyer on the Wall

Transrockanism

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V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011
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Beirut’s Zach Condon distills himself

Trumpeter/ukulelist/singer Zach Condon, native Santa Fean and frontman for Beirut, has garnered a world of attention for music that draws heavily on his serial “flirtations,” as he calls them, with various genres. French chanson, Balkan brass, Mexican church bands, electronica—each has provided the inspiration and stylistic setting for a Beirut album.

The constants in those recordings, though, are Condon’s love affair with melody and his ear for the right sound in the right place. For the latest Beirut release, The Rip Tide, Condon focused on those elements, hoping to distill his own sound from the multigenre cocktail. He’s succeeded in creating his most personal and arguably his most beautiful and mature work to date. Beirut plays in Santa Fe tonight. Find out more about the new album and the show here.

V.19 No.19 | 5/13/2010

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Minus The Bear Tonight

Seattle prog / indie rock band Minus the Bear stops at the Sunshine Theater tonight in support of Omni (released May 4). Everest and Young The Giant open the all-ages show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $15. See what random tracks appear on (Minus The Bear member and New Mexico native) Alex Rose’s iTunes here. Read our 2007 interview with Rose and Cory Murchy here. Learn about bears here.