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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 - 2:37 pm

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 - 1:31 pm

Islands A Sleep & A Forgetting Details

Now that he’s returned from a sojourn with side project Mister Heavenly, Nick Thorburn came home and rattled out a new Islands record. The title, A Sleep & A Forgetting is either a Wordsworth reference (bonus points) or an Orson Scott Card reference (DOUBLE bonus points). THORBURN TO THREAD! Check out the track listing below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 27, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Nick Diamonds Releases Free I Am An Attic LP

Lead Island, ex-Unicorn, present Mssr. Heavenly Nick Thorburn has made good on his years-old promise to gift us with a free album, despite wondering along the way (and even this morning) about its quality. He’s seemed genuinely uncertain, though after hearing the pretty pair of preview tracks we posted last winter (“Gone Bananas” and “UsedMore »

By: Amrit Singh / July 11, 2011 - 9:35 am

Mister Heavenly – “Bronx Sniper”

Mister Heavenly, the side-project of Islands’ Nick Thorburn, Man Man’s Honus Honus, and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer, release their debut Out Of Love next month via Sub Pop. Here’s the stomping opening track, “Bronx Sniper.” You can hear a bit of all the aforementioned bands in it. As well as Ugly Casanova. More »

By: brandon / July 8, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Mister Heavenly – “Mister Heavenly”/”Pineapple Girl”

You got some sense of what Mister Heavenly sounds like when video of the band performing with temporary bassist Michael Cera surfaced in December. But these two samples, from their upcoming debut album on Sub Pop, show that their songwriting really does combine elements of Nick Thorburn’s and Honus Honus’s primary bands, Islands and Ma… More »

By: jessica / January 14, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Watch Mister Heavenly Debut With Michael Cera On Bass

Mister Heavenly, the recently-signed-to-Sub-Pop supergroup, is Man Man’s Honus Honus and Islands’s Nick Thorburn (who met over their love of all-denim outfits aka “Canadian tuxedos”), and Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer. The band just started their first tour with Passion Pit, and they’ve enlisted Canadian actor Michael Cera on bass. Cera, if you recall, starred… More »

By: jessica / December 2, 2010 - 12:15 pm

Islands Played Unicorns & Daniel Johnston Songs For Big Terrific’s Big Show @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There’s a comedy show here in Williamsburg that makes for really good Wednesday diversions. It’s called Big Terrific, it happens in the Cameo Lounge (which sits in back of the Loving Cup on N. 6th Street), there’s a special on all-you-can-drink High Life which is pretty disgusting/convenient, it regularly features all sorts of rising and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 5:53 pm

Nick Thorburn Debuts New Islands Songs

Radio Happy Hour is a live murder mystery / comedy hour done in the style of an old radio program. They do it every couple months at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. Past guests have included David Bazan (covering Vic Chestnutt), Andrew W.K., Michael Showalter, Tunde Adebimpe, and, last month, Nick Thorburn. He performed solo,… More »

By: jessica / July 14, 2010 - 4:06 pm

The ‘Gum Bowl: The Outtakes Reel

After rolling out this video series in which we met the bowlers, watched the first round of the tournament and championship match, there’s only one respectable place to go: all the tequila shots and genitalia euphemisms that for some reason our video editors felt weren’t germane to clips about charitable bowling. Might wanna plug i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2010 - 10:13 am

The ‘Gum Bowl: Round One Of The Tournament

You’ve seen the video of our celebrity bowlers meeting each other, greeting each other, naming their teams, and laying down the smack talk. Now you can see how good they are at bowling when The Planet Earth is on the line. Here’s the first round of our two-round charitable celebrity bowling tournament, shot mostly o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 3, 2010 - 10:48 am

The ‘Gum Bowl: Behind The Scenes Photos

One more tease before the awesome videos come. Yesterday you saw photos from the inaugural ‘Gun Bowl charity bowling tournament. Soon you’ll see all the action, the highlights, the endlessly amusing indie-celeb encounters in motion picture. We’re really excited about them. To be real for a second: The main objective behind The ‘Gum Bowl, aside… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 27, 2010 - 1:02 pm

The ‘Gum Bowl: Photos Of The Tournament

Imagine getting a bunch of your favorite comedians and musicians into a bowling alley, telling them they were there for a good cause, then getting them liquored up and to talk trash on each other while throwing gutter balls for charity. Bring video cameras. And still cameras. Sit back and watch the madness unfold. Yesterday’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Stereogum & Videogum Present: The ‘Gum Bowl

Well this oughta be fun. A few things we love: Charity, bowling, music, and comedy. What we are doing about it: Combining all of them for a very special event. Stereogum and Videogum are partnering with the folks behind the Microsoft KIN to present the inaugural ‘Gum Bowl, bringing together so many of our favorite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Nick Thorburn – “Gone Bananas” (Rough Mix)

About this time last year, Islands’ Nick Thorburn promised via a Progress Report to do a free solo album called I Am An Attic as a gift for fans. It was supposed to be part of a New Year’s Resolution, and, well, you know how those go. A year later, Thorburn seems to have someMore »

By: jessica / February 22, 2010 - 5:05 pm

New Islands Video (Feat. Michael Cera) – “No You Don’t”

Michael Cera in a music video for the Islands directed by TV Carnage? Sounds like someone is getting all his ducks in a row before officially announcing his run for King of Bushwick! And that person is Michael Cera. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 5, 2010 - 9:57 am

Stream Islands’ Vapours

LP3 (out Tuesday on ANTI-) finds Nick Thorburn reunited with Jamie Thompson on drum machines and sequencers. In January Nick told us, “It’s a very stripped down affair, with minimal instrumentation and sparse arrangements. This is not Arm’s Way II.” Listen here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 17, 2009 - 4:58 pm

New Islands – “Vapours” (Stereogum Premiere)

Nick Diamonds and his Islands are some album details and one MP3 into the promotional swing for their forthcoming Arm’s Way followup, Vapours. Today they reveal the set’s title track, which does more in under three minutes to pique interest in the new LP than the previous weeks of PR nuggets combined. “Vapours” is Island… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 25, 2009 - 9:26 am

Islands Reveal Vapours Tracklist

In addition to giving us a listen of lead MP3 “No You Don’t” and revealing that steamy album art, today Nick Diamonds’ reconfigured Islands offer a glance at the song titles that will constitute their forthcoming Vapours LP. The followup to last year’s Arm’s Way is out in September and sees the outfit welcome back… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2009 - 4:51 pm

New Islands – “No You Don’t”

At the end of September, Nick Diamonds & his shape-shifting Islands are following up 2008’s Arm’s Way with their third studio album, Vapours. The 12-song collection includes the drum machines and sequencers of Jamie Thompson, who left the band after the 2006 debut, Return To The Sea. As a result of the shift in the… More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2009 - 9:13 am