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M For Montreal

Montreal is without a doubt one of the coldest inhabitable places during the North American winter. And heck, it’s still Fall, but it was freezing-ass cold when we hit the town a week ago for the third annual M For Montreal festival. Besides checking out a slew of bands, we chatted with a few locals (and a couple non-locals) to see what they dig about Montreal music (turns out a lotta folks really like Duchess Says) and how they deal with the weather.

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Triple Chrome Dipped

When it came time to make the video for "Triple Chrome Dipped," off his recent Ghostly full-length, Magic Monday, Michna teamed up with Philly-based video artist System D-128, and the two took a trip down memory lane–as in, New York City in the early '90s. Anyone curious as to how Michna spent his youth should check this out, as some of the footage includes young Adrian at the pizza parlor, on the train, on a skateboard, and doing donuts in high school parking lots. Read more » 

  • Filed under: video
  • 12/02/2008

Kids (Live)

Pilgrims on Segways. Native Americans giving back massages. Pilgrims in plastic sunglasses, singing hipster electro jams while everyone else dances. We're pretty sure this was not exactly what went on in 1621, when Squanto et al. were celebrating the first Thanksgiving, but MGMT captured the spirit of the holiday with this performance last week for French television. It looks far more entertaining than checking the oven for the 15th time to see if the bird is done, and with fewer dishes to wash when it’s over. Read more » 

  • Filed under: video
  • 12/01/2008

Dan Deacon Readies 15-Piece Band

Dan Deacon has a new live set up his sleeve, which he'll unveil on December 11 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. So far, we know that his new show includes a 15-piece band made up of eight percussionists, two guitarists, and four individuals besides himself manning various keyboards, synthesizers, and electronics. Deacon will take the full set-up on the road in 2009.

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  • 12/01/2008

Beach House, Yeasayer on AIDS Comp

This being World AIDS Day, 4AD has appropriately chosen today to announce the release of a forthcoming compilation, produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and aimed at raising awareness and support for the HIV/AIDS cause.

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  • 12/01/2008

The Knife is Writing a Darwin Opera

What better way to usher in the new year than by writing an opera that commemorates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species? Well, according to recent news, Swedish brother/sister duo The Knife is doing just that. An announcement made last week states that Danish theatre group Hotel Pro Forma invited the pair to "write music and libretto for Tomorrow, In a Year, a Darwin Opera."

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  • 12/01/2008

Magic Doors

“Magic Doors,” the third single off Portishead's Third, is a dizzying, emotional collage where a radar-tracking device at the video's beginning hones in on a pulsing, rhythmic blue solar system of noise. Once Beth Gibbons’ trademark vocals creep in, this figure transforms into a fast-paced, grainy, psychedelic reel, juxtaposing what appear to be home videos with images of robots, chalk-board scribbles, a banana, and even Gibbons herself–looking decidedly preoccupied. Via Stereogum. Read more » 

  • Filed under: video
  • 12/01/2008

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