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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 » 

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  • 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 » 

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  • 12/01/2008

Beirut Announces Double EP

Not all artists can extensively tour the world and simultaneously write massive amounts of new material. Beirut's man-in-chief, Zach Condon, just happens to be one of the lucky few. 2007 saw the release of the band's The Flying Club Cup, a boat load of tour dates in support of the album, and enough new material written on the road for yet another release, due out February 16 of next year.

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  • 12/01/2008

Mangnen l'boulé feat. Nyk Mio

This is the third video from Ghislain Poirier's No Ground Under, released earlier this year via the good people at Ninja Tune. Singer and fellow Montreal resident Nyk Mio stopped by to lend his vocals to the track, while directors Guillaume Simoneau and Jimmy Hayes manned the visual aspects of the video, which include lots of light bulbs breaking, a dark haired lady dancing in an alley, and little to no color amid the black-and-white footage. Read more » 

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  • 12/01/2008

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