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Islands & Idiot Glee – “Are You Sleeping?” (Harry Nilsson Cover)

Harry Nilsson is one of those musicians whose influence far outstrips his fame. His music feels like a sacred trust among the initiated, which is why you're just as likely to hear famous musicians covering his songs as to stumble upon one of his original recordings. The latest Nilsson tribute comes from Islands' Nick Diamond… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 22, 2014

Watch Islands Perform New Song “Snowflake” On Exclaim! TV

While getting ready to play a show in Toronto, Islands met up with Exclaim! TV to debut a brand-new song live. It's called "Snowflake," and it finds the band in fine form, even so soon after releasing a new album last fall. So between this and the recent acoustic "Hawaii," there's already a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 2, 2014

Islands – “Hawaii”

Nick Thorburn recently put out the new album Ski Mask with his group Islands, and now he's got another bit of new music. "Hawaii" is a song that Thorburn wrote and recorded on Friday, he notes on its SoundCloud page. It's a stripped down acoustic track, but Thorburn's voice fills it in nicely. Listen below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 16, 2013

Islands – “Wave Forms” Video

Canadian art-poppers Islands' video for "Wave Forms," the first single from their new album Ski Mask, stars Cory Zacharia, the subject of the 2008 documentary Kid Icarus. I don't know Zacharia's whole story, so I can't tell if he's playing a character or being himself in the video. But we do see him roller-skating… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2013

Watch An Islands Mockumentary Starring Michael Cera, Bill Hader, And Jon Daly

Islands, the longstanding indie-pop enterprise fronted by ex-Unicorns member Nick Diamonds, just released a new album called Ski Mask, which Thorburn touts as "like a summation of Islands, everything we've ever done distilled into one record." Now that album has its own mockumentary featuring comedians Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Jon Daly, Alia Shawkat, and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 25, 2013

Stream Islands Ski Mask

Nick Thorburn is probably still better-known for Unicorns than for anything else, but he's now cranked out five albums in seven years with his art-pop band Islands, so maybe we should reorient our thinking there. Islands' new album Ski Mask comes out this week, and Thorburn says that the LP is "like a summation of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 16, 2013

Islands – “Becoming The Gunship”

Islands, the Canadian art-poppers led by former Unicorn Nick Thorburn, are preparing to unleash their new album Ski Mask upon the world. The first single they shared was the lush but twitchy "Wave Forms," and now they've got another one called "Becoming The Gunship," a title that Thorburn claims came to him in a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2013

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

I don't want to bum anybody out, but summer's almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer's start and infinite possibilities; we're definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013

Islands – “Wave Forms”

Islands, the project led by former Unicorn Nick Thorburn, stays forever busy. Their last album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is only a year old, but they've already announced plans for the follow-up. Ski Mask, the new one, is set to arrive this fall, and in a press release, Thorburn says that it's "like a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2013

Q&A: Nick Thorburn Premieres “Aloe Hills,” Talks Soundtracking The Film Only The Young

This week at the IFC Center in NYC, Oscilloscope Labs presents the opening run of its latest critically acclaimed film, Only The Young. (Get tickets here, film folk. It looks nice!) It focuses on three charming teens teetering on adulthood in an economically depressed town, and its directors (Jason Tippet and Elizbeth Mims) and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 7, 2012

Stepson (El-P & Nick Diamonds) – “Movie Tit”

El-P and Islands' Nick Diamonds are no stranger to collaboration -- most recently, see "Stay Down" from El's excellent Cancer For Cure, or that screengrab above from their joint stop by Letterman's place -- though this is the first listen from their dedicated joint-venture Stepson. "See you in a movie" is a fine… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2012

Spotify In The USA: One Year Later

In 2011, the Internet exploded with subscription-based streaming services. Google, iTunes and Amazon all wanted a piece of that magic digital jukebox in the sky. But the game changer was Spotify. Fan or no, the Swedish upstart has transformed the way Americans listen to music –- all since July 14, 2011, the day Spotify launched… More »

By: Lauretta Charlton / July 16, 2012

Fat Tony & Tom Cruz – “Bad Habits” (Feat. Bun B & Nick Diamonds)

Today, the brand new Brooklyn-based label Young One announced its formation, and it's already got a small but seriously impressive roster: Bay Area cloud-rap pioneers Main Attrakionz, wide-eyed Queens trio Children Of The Night, and buzzy young Houston MC Fat Tony. Next month, Tony will link with the rapper/producer Tom Cruz to release… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2012

Watch El-P & Nick Diamonds Play Letterman

At this point, it's pretty expected for every big indie rock type to make the late-night rounds whenever a new record drops. But there's still a transgressive charge to seeing El-P, patron saint of New York noise-rap, stopping by to see fellow redhead David Letterman on network TV last night. El brought Islands frontman Nick… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2012

The Magic – “Mr. Hollywood”

"Mr. Hollywood" is the debut single from the Magic, a group that consists of Islands brothers Geordie and Evan Gordon, who hail from Guelph, Ontario and create bubbling, clean-sounding indie rock in the vein of the dancier Phoenix stuff or a less goofy Hot Chip. Stream the track, from their forthcoming debut Ragged Gold, below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 27, 2012

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week, we ran into a bit of a problem as it pertains to this list: For some reason, YouTube embed aren't rendering when we put them in. We're not sure why that is, but we're looking to fix it. (And if any readers know anyone at YouTube or Google who could help us out,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2012

Islands – “Hallways” Video

In the video for Islands' jumpy, jittery quasi-pop song "Hallways," frontman Nick Thorburn is surprised to find himself singing for a band of marionette skeletons, but he gradually gets into it. The skeleton puppet effects are just awesome, and there's a fun surprise ending that I'd rather not give away. Lex Halaby and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2012

Stream Islands A Sleep & A Forgetting

Since announcing plans for a new album last October, the Islands' Nick Thorburn has given us "Hallways" and "This Is Not A Song" (proving, indeed, one man is the Islands). Now, the entirety of A Sleep & A Forgetting is streaming. Head below to hear it. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 7, 2012

Islands – “Hallways”

A Sleep & A Forgetting, the new album from Nick Thorburn's Islands crew, is a month away from release, and first single "This Is Not A Song" -- which is, paradoxically, a song -- is already floating out there in the ether. Now, please enjoy the catchy, piano-based album track "Hallways." It's below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2012

Islands – “This Is Not A Song” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Islands' video for their new "This Is Not A Song" is a classical piece of pop filmmaking: Just the members of the band looking sharp and playing the song on vintage-style instruments in artfully lit rooms. Watch Amos Leblanc-shot, Johnny Nghiem-directed video and download the song below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2011
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