February 19, 2006

Today's Hotness: Psapp, Sixty Five Roses, Four Tet...

>> Brooklyn Vegan is the first I've seen to point out that electro-twee duo Psapp will release a new set called The Only Thing I Ever Wanted May 22 on Domino. There are two new cuts posted at the U.K.-based act's MySpace casa here. One, titled "Tricycle," will be issued as a vinyl single in mid-April. Another Psapp cut posted at theirSpace is "Cosy In The Rocket," the theme song to the TV surgery 'n' sex drama "Grey's Anatomy."

>> Red Eye Distro and something called The Splinter Group will issue March 21 a comp to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The record, called Songs For Sixty Five Roses, includes Two Dollar Pistols covering Superchunk's "Driveway to Driveway," a guy from 7 Mary Three covering the 'chunk's "Mower" and Portastatic covering Ryan Adams' "Oh My Sweet Carolina." Chief Crooked Finger/former arch Archer Eric Bachmann appears on the record as do Carolina notables Tift Merritt, Caitlin Cary and others. More info right here.

>> Domino wants you to know that Four Tet's Kieran Hebden has recorded two improvisations with drumming legend Steve Reid, who in the course of his career has pounded skins for legends like Martha and The Vandellas, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and James Brown. The pieces are being released as The Exchange Sessions Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. Vol. 1 streets Feb. 27 and Vol. 2 is tentatively slated to drop later this year. More info at this link.

>> Astralwerks has posted a video for The Concretes new track "Chosen One," which is the first U.K. single for the forthcoming record In Colour that streets in U.S. April 4. The video concept reminds me of that old Tears For Fears video for "Sowing The Seeds Of Love." Anyway, here is a hi-fi Real link for the video, and here is a hi-fi WM link. Incidentally, Astralwerks also has videos up for chanteuse Beth Orton's new song "Conceived" [Hi-fi Real link. Hi-fi WM link] and for The Juan Maclean's "Less Than Human" [Hi-fi Real link. Hi-fi WM link].

>> You can't turn around without seeing the leaked Guns 'N' Roses stuff on the Internets. I've heard it, and it is not good. It sounds like Axl heard that lame '90s band Stabbing Westward and thought they were the future of music. Damn...

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