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Check Out Ruby Isle's video for "So Damn High (Will Eastman Club Edit)" on MAGNET!

Ruby Isle —Mark Mallman, Dan Geller (Kindercore Records co-founder) and Aaron LeMay (International Espionage)—plays dance music for the indie-rock set. In 2008, the boys released debut album Night Shot, and now there’s a digital-and-vinyl-only remix version of the LP. MAGNET is proud to premiere the video for “So Damn High (Will Eastman Club Mix),” the first single from Night Shot: The Remixes (Kindercore). – MAGNET MAGAZINE

So Damn High (Will Eastman Remix) by Ruby Isle from Blisspop on Vimeo.

Califone's Funeral Singers Featured on Pitchfork TV

Recently, Califone performed “Funeral Singers” from their album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers at San Fransico’s Great American Music Hall for Pitchfork TV. In addition to getting rave reviews for their October 09’ release, their feature film has been accepted to Sundance. The film, also titled All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, is being shown tonight in Park City, Utah. In addition the band will be performing from last year’s release. Touring since October, the band isn’t slowing down any time soon! In addition to Sundance, the band will be touring with Wilco on their Trans-Canada tour.

Check out the video for Funeral Singers below:

Balmorhea releases "Bowsprit," the first song from the forthcoming album, Constellations

2010 is going to be a big year for the Austin-based group, Balmorhea. They’re following up their last two critically-acclaimed full-lengths with a new LP, Constellations, which will be out on February 23, 2010 via Western Vinyl. Upon the album’s release, Balmorhea will join the Danish group Efterklang on a North American tour before returning home for a string of shows at SXSW.

Constellations is a solemn meditation on the mystical and metaphysical, often giving the listener a sense of being tossed about on the ocean, at the mercy of a reckless and merciless god. The album ultimately hopes to provide a euphoric release for listeners as they realize that fate relies more upon the teasing whims of the unknown than any design of our own.

MP3: Balmorhea — Bowsprit

Balmorhea on Tour:
02.19 • Central Presbyterian Church w/ Damien Jurado (Austin, TX)
02.26 • Firebird (St. Louis, MO)
02.27 • Russian Recording (Bloomington, IN)
02.28 • Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
03.02 • First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
03.03 • Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY)
03.04 • TT The Bears (Boston, MA)
03.05 • La Sala Rosa (Montreal, Canada)
03.06 • El Mocambo (Toronto, Canada)
03.09 • The Pike Room (Detroit, MI)
03.10 • Lincoln Theater (Chicago, IL)
03.11 • The Triple Door (Seattle, WA)
03.12 • Biltmore (Vancouver, BC Canada)
03.13 • Doug Fir (Portland, OR)
03.15 • Bottom Of The Hill (San Francisco, CA)
03.17 • SXSW – Central Presbyterian Church (Austin, TX)
03.19 • SXSW- Western Vinyl Showcase (Austin, TX)

Meghan Wolf talks about Theory Of Gravity!

One of our favorite new female artists Meghan Wolf recently sat down and chatted a bit about her latest release, Theory of Gravity. The Brooklyn native talks about her influences, as well as the the hands on approach she takes to make this record her own. The full interview can be viewed below.

Meghan Wolf will be peforming on February 5th at Bowery Electric in New York.

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Arliss Parker's "Fax Receives A Letter/Besos" Video!

DAG! Records artist Arliss Parker has just debuted the video for the songs “Fax Receives A Letter/Besos” from his most recent album Handsome Like A Lion.

Photo by Clément Pascal

Arliss Parker – Fax Receives a Letter/Besos from Arliss Parker on Vimeo.

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The Heligoats "Fish Sticks" is NPR Song of the Day

From NPR.com:
“The Heligoats’ Chris Otepka writes songs that are brainy in the best way: clever without straining for cuteness, wry but never smug. Ideas flow out of him in a barrage, which means that a song about science — like “I’m Pretty Sure I Can See Molecules,” by his ludicrously underappreciated former band Troubled Hubble — ultimately unfurls into a knockout commentary on what we’re made of, what our lives mean, and how the two notions intersect.”
-Stephen Thompson

Download the MP3:
The Heligoats — Fishsticks

Elaine Lachica announces winter tour dates in support of "I Think I Can See The Ocean"

Elaine Lachica will embark on a brief tour of the northeast United States in support of her forthcoming full-length, I Think I Can See The Ocean, which will be released by Stunning Models on Display on February 23rd. The tour begins in New York City, Lachica’s hometown, and will take the classically trained soprano and pianist as far south as Arlington, VA.

Elaine Lachica 2010 Tour Dates:

01.28 • Gilles Larrain Studio (New York, NY)
01.30 • The Center for Arts at the Armory Cafe (Somerville, MA)
02.11 • Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)
02.21 • The Galaxy Hut (Arlington, VA)
02.26 • Cousin Larry’s (Danbury, CT)
03.04 • Urban Arts Festival (Piscataway, NJ)
03.05 • Tazza (Providence, RI)
03.27 • Puck (Doylestown, PA)

“In the hands of other musicians, “Bewilder” might have sounded too calculating, too exacting, but Lachica evokes just the right mélange of hushed brittleness and frost-bitten pathos.” – Kyle Lemmon, Under The Radar

Seven Saturdays video for "Shallow End"

Jonathan D. Haskell’s latest release, the first under the new name Seven Saturdays (he previously recorded under the alias FIRS) hit stores only a week ago. Along with the release, Seven Saturdays has created a video for the self titled album’s track “Shallow End”. Check out the video below, which premiered first at Stereogum.

Keep checking in for upcoming shows from Seven Saturdays!

Rafter's new album details! "Paper" is #2 on We Are Hunted!

Rafter’s new album Animal Feelings will come out on April 13th on Asthmatic Kitty! It’s his 4th album for the label, and it comes on the heels of the pop filled EP Sweaty Magic. Animal Feelings delivers the pop/R&B goods, and is worthy of getting thrown on the PA at the next after party you head to.

For those of you not familiar with Rafter, he’s a San Diego native that has worked the boards for artists like Black Heart Procession, Tristeza, Rocket from the Crypt, Shaky Hands, Fiery Furnaces, and label-mates Castanets, Sufjan Stevens and DM Stith.

Also, as of today, “Paper”, the hot new jam from the album, is at #2 on We Are Hunted!

Boy Genius Premiere New Video Exclusively on Magnet

Brooklyn band Boy Genius premiered their new video for “Old New England” last night on Magnet Magazine’s Film at 11 . Their second album, Staggering will be released January 26 on Greenpop.

mp3: Boy Genius — Old New England

The band is currently on an East Coast tour:
01.23 • Golden West Cafe (Baltimore, MD)
01.24 • The Triple (Richmond, VA)
01.25 • The Cave (Chapel Hill, NC)
01.26 • The Garage (Winston Salem, NC)
01.27 • The Pinhook (Durham, NC)
01.28 • Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
01.29 • Flicker Theater & Bar (Athens, GA w/ Dead Dog)
02.05 • Permanent Records (Brooklyn, NY Record Release Show!)
02.12 • Elevens (Northampton, MA)
02.13 • Toad (Cambridge, MA)
02.26 • Cameo Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)

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