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In a week full of big music videos, the one that generated the most conversation was, logically enough, the one that raised the most hackles. In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »

Less than six months after her tremendous debut album True Romance dropped, the young and artful UK pop singer Charli XCX gave us the first taste of her next record, a bubbly post-Spice Girls disco banger called “SuperLove.” It’s a hell of a lead single — the synth-swirling, heavily percussive Yeasayer remix we’re premiering below… More »

On a sunny day a couple of weeks ago I had the chance to sit down for a few minutes with the guys from Yeasayer to talk about their new record, Fragrant World. Maybe it was just the nice weather or everyone’s good mood, but it was hard to get too serious about much of… More »

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Sleigh Bells Tour With Major Lazer, Yeasayer

Brooklyn duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller aka Sleigh Bells quickly went from the kids down the hall with the homespun, beat-distorted serrated-pop CD-R to a Band To Watch and the toast of CMJ ’09 and, still without an album to their name, their 2010 is set to be even higher profile: They’ll be playing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2010 - 2:24 pm

New Yeasayer – “O.N.E.”

Odd Blood (2/9, Secretly Canadian) is arguably front-loaded, yes, but when you’re listening to this joyful Caribbean-lined anthem it hardly matters. Download the single and its late-song Bee Gees breakdown for an email address at More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2010 - 3:23 pm

The 10 Most NSFW Music Videos Of 2009

Why all the nudity in 2009? Well, look at this way: The affordability of video production technology has made it easier for everybody to get in the game; the unceremonious death of music television has shifted the means of music video distribution to the internet, where it’s less about FCC than about NSFW; and let’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 26, 2009 - 4:11 pm

Premature Evaluation: Yeasayer – Odd Blood

When we posted our most anticipated albums of 2010, there was a reason we decided to illustrate it with a Yeasayer thumbnail: It’s clear the playful psychedelic Brooklyn group’s second full-length Odd Blood, the followup to 2007 breakthrough All Hour Cymbals, could very well be a defining moment, a collection that builds on the buzz… More »

By: brandon / December 14, 2009 - 11:52 am

New Yeasayer Video – “Ambling Alp”

That technologically advanced NSFW preview does indeed get fleshed out in the official Radical Friend-directed video for Odd Blood’s excellent teaser track “Ambling Alp.” The psychedelically inclined/pop-morphing Baltimore crew cruise-line through their self-help fight song by having some All Hour Cymbals-faced beefcakes pummel each other, and by having their own Yeafaces massaged and dripped i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 25, 2009 - 8:30 am

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Yeasayer Taking This NSFW Video Thing To The Next Level, Technologically Speaking

There’s a progression at play here. There was Sigur Rós filming hairless young things frolicking in the woods for “Gobbledigook,” surpassed many months later by Girls’ XXX “Lust For Life” video featuring Hunx’s junk, which itself was trumped by the Flaming Lips’ “Watching The Planets” which was a showcase for Wayne’s coyne. The untapped avenue… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 18, 2009 - 5:54 pm

Memory Tapes Remix Yeasayer

Here’s yet another look for Yeasayer’s excellent Odd Blood-teaser track “Ambling Alp,” courtesy of the magic seeking Philadelphia sound man Dayve Hawk aka Memory Tapes. It’s an official remix, joining DJ /rupture & Brent Arnold’s anxious take on the song’s 12″ release. Where the original chirped, bleeped, and splayed ska-lined sunshine via horns and harmonies,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 12, 2009 - 12:11 pm

DJ/ Rupture & Brent Arnold Remix Yeasayer (Stereogum Premiere)

Last Friday, Yeasayer offered the first drop from their forthcoming Odd Blood LP in the form of “Ambling Alp,” a chirping and fuzzing, horned and harmonized left-field upper that’s as polyrhythmic and propulsive as it is poppy. Maybe you could even classify it as some jubilant strain of modern art-pop (you definitely could at least… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 5, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Yeasayer/Tanlines @ Guggenheim Museum, NYC 10/30/09

On the same day they unleashed the rather awesome “Ambling Alp” MP3, Yeasayer headlined the latest installment of the Guggenheim museum’s It Came From Brooklyn series. Opening were Tanlines (the Brooklyn production/guitar/vocal duo who moonlighted as Glasser’s backing band at our CMJ party), and the event was emceed by fast-rising and quicker thinking BK comic… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 1, 2009 - 5:37 pm

New Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”

The chanted, harmonious Brooklyn-via-Baltimore psychedelic-pop troupe told Jessica in a Progress Report that they were, essentially, trying to “make you feel inadequate, like you’re not cool enough to be listening to [this] music.” Tough to say where their tongues and cheeks are with that bit, but after hearing “Ambling Alp” you could say that recipe… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 30, 2009 - 10:25 am

Yeasayer’s Odd Blood Revealed

Save for “Tightrope,” it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Yeasayer beyond its members’ cameos (SMD, B4L), production work, and remixes. That’ll change in early 2010 (not 2080) when the Brooklyn group releases LP2 Odd Blood. (Still no artwork, but with a title like that, we’re hoping for something appropriately evocative.) Blood’s 10… More »

By: brandon / October 21, 2009 - 1:08 pm

New Simian Mobile Disco (Feat. Yeasayer’s Chris Keating) Video – “Audacity Of Huge”

Simian Mobile Disco’s second album Temporary Pleasure includes guest spots from Beth Ditto, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Gruff Rhys, Telepathe, and others. One of these others, Yeasayer’s Chris Keating, adds his pipes to the collection’s first single “Audacity Of Huge.” The words? A million and one references to pop culture, art, literature, etc: The title’… More »

By: brandon / June 19, 2009 - 10:45 am

Quit Your Day Job: Suckers

So far the group-chanting Brooklyn BTW Suckers are best known for their outfits, a self-titled EP produced by Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder and Chris Moore (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and a lineup featuring fellow BTW Quinn Walker. That, and a “2080”-style, occasionally dub-y sound constructed from joyful synth-and-percussion combos. Now maybe they’ll be… More »

By: brandon / May 13, 2009 - 10:15 am

Yeasayer’s Chris Keating Remixes Fang Island

While Yeasayer is slowly progressing on their followup to All Hour Cymbals, the band’s stayed in sight with one of the many standouts on the Dark Was The Night comp, and via some noteworthy extracurricular activity: guitarist Anand Wilder produced the debut EP for the BTW’d (and ACL-bound) Brooklyn project Suckers, and bassist Ira Wolf… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2009 - 11:59 am

Stream Bat For Lashes’ Two Suns

If you haven’t yet, get a listen of Natasha Khan’s excellent Two Suns LP at MySpace. For those seeking collab tracks, “The Big Sleep“‘s got Scott Walker and Yeasayer bassist Ira Wolf Tuton is on “Daniel” an “Pearl’s Dream.”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 31, 2009 - 2:14 pm

New Bat For Lashes Video – “Daniel”

When posting about favorite Two Suns moments — opener “Glass” with its Brian Chippendale drums, “The Big Sleep“‘s Scott Walker turn, and the new single “Daniel” — I called the latter a “chilly, running-in-the-dark dance-floor love song.” How about a chilly, driving-in-the-dark love song? Which is what an in-training Natasha Khan does after fighting off… More »

By: brandon / March 12, 2009 - 10:44 am

Progress Report: Yeasayer

NAME: Yeasayer
PROGRESS REPORT: Recording their followup to 2007’s All Hour Cymbals in Woodstock, New York.

“There’s some music that can make you feel happy and good, and there’s some that can make you feel inadequate, like you’re not cool enough to be listening to that music. I want to go for that,” say… More »

By: Jessica / March 6, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Band To Watch: Suckers

After listening to any of the four tracks on Brooklyn quartet Suckers debut self-titled EP you won’t be at all surprised to learn that Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder produced it, along with Chris Moore (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Think “2080” minus the kids. The group, which includes BTW Quinn Walker, constructs songs around… More »

By: brandon / February 3, 2009 - 9:47 am

New Yeasayer – “Tightrope”

Yesterday the National delivered “So Far Around The Bend,” Dark Was The Night’s most immediate track to date in a lineup that’s also brought us Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, the Books with Jose Gonzalez, Feist + Ben, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, and The National. It’s an issue of The New Yorker come to life! More »

By: brandon / January 21, 2009 - 9:04 am