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A blog featuring #indiemusic news, interviews, & the best darn free songs east of Stockholm

Watch My Brightest Diamond Perform "This Is My Hand"

The video for “This Is My Hand” visually mimics the fusion of My Brightest Diamond’s ethereal vocals and the very concrete lyrical content of the song. It’s a simple arrangement of people yet they seem to be shrouded in an almost other-worldly haze.

Video: Sisyphus' "Take Me"

Here’s the new video for Sisyphus’ “Take Me” from the self titled album available via Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise Recordings. You can read the full story over at Pitchfork.

Sisyphus “Take Me” from Ryan Dickie on Vimeo.

Helado Negro Named MTV IGGY's Artist Of The Week!

Here at Team Clermont, Helado Negro has become a household (office-hold?) name. The “sound sculpting” Asthmatic Kitty artist has released some really fantastic albums as of late (in both English and Spanish) and it seems he always has something in the works. He is a frequent collaborator, teaming up with folks like label mate Julianna Barwick, Prefuse 73, and lending his album mixing skills to the likes of Bear In Heaven and DM Stith.

Next month, Asthmatic Kitty will release the debut of OMBRE, 10 tracks from the collaboration that is Helado Negro and Julianna Barwick.

It’s no surprise then that the name Helado Negro is spreading, and this past week, he was voted MTV IGGY’S Artist Of The Week! You can check that out here, along with the video for “Mameber” from this year’s Island Universe Story One.

Sufjan Stevens...in video form!

The reception for Sufjan Stevens latest full length release The Age Of Adz has been pretty amazing! In addition, we’ve seen the album top the CMJ Top 200 charts three weeks in a row!

This morning we have a double dose of Sufjan for you! First, Sufjan Stevens has released a video for his new album’s lead track “Too Much”!

We also have Sufjan’s performance from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday!

Three new videos from Asthmatic Kitty!

Asthmatic Kitty has been quire busy as of late, with brand new releases Fol Chen, Shapes & Sizes (who will play POP Montreal this year), and the return of their Library Catalog Music Series! Also, AK has reissued Shannon Stephens’ self-titled debut with two bonus tracks!

In addition to new records, Asthmatic Kitty artists have released several videos recently! Below we’ve posted videos for (the Brian Cox approved) Fol Chen’s “The Holograms”, Rafter’s “No F*cking Around” and Shannon Stephens’ “The Most Delicious Hours” from her previous release The Breadwinner.

Fol Chen – “The Holograms”

Rafter – “No F*cking Around”

Shannon Stephens – “The Most Delicious Hour”

Fol Chen "In Ruins" Video

Fol Chen's "In Ruins" video filmed at that volcano!

The mysterious Fol Chen have been making waves for a couple months, leading up to the release of their new album on Asthmatic Kitty, the follow up to Part II: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made. Pitchfork.tv was kind enough to premiere the video for “In Ruins”, the first single from Part II: The New December, out on LP, CD and digital formats on July 6th. This video was shot at the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull by director Chris Wilcha.

Sophisticated Boom Boom

K, Asthmatic Kitty, Tomlab & Sounds Familyre present Sophisticated Boom Boom at SXSW!

K, Asthmatic Kitty, Tomlab and Sounds Familyre are throwing a South by Southwest party, kicking off at 8PM on Wednesday March 17th at The Beauty Bar in Austin, Texas (617 E 7th St). Four labels, two stages: bring your dancin’ shoes and come say “hello”!

Beauty Bar
8PM Mantler (Tomlab)
9PM Ben + Vesper (Sounds Familyre)
10PM Niobe (Tomlab)
11PM Jookabox (Asthmatic Kitty)
12PM Munch Munch (Tomlab)
1AM Jeremy Jay (K Records)

Beauty Bar Backyard
8:15PM L’Orchidee D’Hawai (K Records)
9:15PM Angelo Spencer (K Records)
10:15PM Ortolan (Sounds Familyre)
11:15PM Danielson (Sounds Familyre)
12:15AM Rafter (Asthmatic Kitty)
1:15AM Diamond Rings (Tomlab)

Check out the Mixtape featuring the artists performing at Sophisticated Boom Boom:

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Epstein Y El Conjunto's "A Lost Animal" Ft. School of Seven Bells

Roberto Carlos Lange is a busy, busy man. In August 2009 Asthmatic Kitty released Awe Owe, the album he made under the pseudonym Helado Negro. Then in December, as part of their Library Catalog Music Series, AK released Music For Memory, a poignant instrumental album recorded under Lange’s given name. To follow all of that up, the label will re-issuing four Epstein albums on February 23, 2010. Puñal, Gente Sin Pueblo, Canto De Hermanos and Otros reflect Lange’s work that was recorded between 2000-2007, the first two originally released by Botanica Del Jibaro and latter released by Arepaz.

In addition to that output, Asthmatic Kitty will be putting out the first Epstein album to be released in the US, When Man Is Full He Falls Asleep, on March 9, 2010! In anticipation of that, a new song has popped up recorded by Epstein Y El Conjunto called “A Lost Animal”, featuring School Of Seven Bells. You can stream it from Pitchfork, who featured the song on their Forckast yesterday or download it below!

Jookabox Premiere "Don't Go Phantom" Video!

Team Clermont was in attendance for last weeks Athens Jookabox show, and what an amazing evening it was! One of our favorite tracks from the Asthmatic Kitty stars is “Don’t Go Phantom”! They recently released a video for this track, the fifth video from their latest release Dead Zone Boys. This animated adventure features colored ghosts, random thievery, and mad scientistry!

Check it out below!

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Athens-based Next to Last Festival Releases Compilation Series

From Asthmatic Kitty :

The Next to Last Festival, a charitable, independent music, film, and arts festival based in Athens, GA, is presenting a series of compilations featuring live and exclusive recordings by the likes of Daedelus, Themselves, Phosphorescent, Circulatory System, Diane Cluck, and Asthmatic Kitty’s Liz Janes, JOOKABOX and Chris Schlarb. These compilations are part of their effort to raise funds for their third fest currently slated for Halloween weekend 2010. To date, they have showcased over 30 unique musical acts from all over the country. They have also hosted independent film screenings, progressive speakers, performance art, a vendors market, a farmer’s market, and a community info center for creatures of all ages and species in the great North Georgia outdoors. You can support the festival and its promoters now by purchasing tickets for next year’s fest and compilations via kickstarter.com.

Jookabox Halloween Costume Contest!

Our friends at Asthmatic Kitty and Under The Radar have put together a killer Halloween contest in conjunction with* Jookabox’s* upcoming record Dead Zone Boys!

Here are the details for Under the Radar & Jookabox’s Halloween Costume Giveaway:

1) Grab a nice clean photo of your best Halloween costume, past, present, or future

2) Make sure it’s your most amazing, scary, ghoulish, and knee-knockingly good costume. (Only include yourself in the photograph. NSFW pics will be elimated from the contest.)

3) Scan that monstrous thing into a .jpeg format and e-mail it to [email protected] with the subject line “JOOKABOX HALLOWEEN COSTUME GIVEAWAY” by Tuesday, November 3rd (the release date for Dead Zone Boys).

While you are in the Jookabox state of mind, check out the track You Cried Me feature in Under The Radar.

Catch Jookabox on tour!

10.30•Big Car Gallery (Indianapolis, IN)
11.03•The Treehouse (Columbus, OH)
11.04•Garfield Artworks (Pittsburgh, PA)
11.05•Mohawk Place (Buffalo, NY)
11.07•Bruar Falls (Brooklyn, NY)
11.09•941 Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
11.10•Cake Shop (New York City, NY)
11.12•The Red and The Black (Washington, DC)
11.13•Duke Coffeehouse (Durham, NC)
11.17•The Mink (Houston, TX)
11.18•Hailey’s (Denton, TX)
11.19•Starlight House w/ The DareDevil Christopher Wright and Winston Family Orchestra (Little Rock, AR)
11.21•Vollrath (Indianapolis, IN)

and check out the new video for “XXXian Shell”

Jookabox- XXXiawn Shell from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

Friday News Roundup!

Things have been very exciting for us here at Team Clermont as we wrap up the last full week of September!

- Simon Joyner’s 12th full length release Out Into The Snow through Team Love has received some great praise from blogs like PopMatters, Fensepost, and Dusted Magazine!

- Asthmatic Kitty stars Cryptacize are currently playing shows alongside Sufjan Stevens, and they will continue to travel across the country in November alongside The Fiery Furnaces! More details can be found here.

- Speaking of Sufjan, he recently sat down with fellow Asthmatic Kitty artist Shannon Stephens to talk about her brand new record The Breadwinner. Check out the interview here.

- Arctic Monkeys continue to cruise the Late Night circuit as they performed their second single “Cornerstone” on Craig Ferguson a few days back. Check it out below!

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Asthmatic Kitty wants you to paint their records!

I remember last year when I started seeing those MS Paint versions of album covers all over the internet. I opted to start my own trend as I began MS Painting my own portrait and posting it for all to see. Needless to say, the trend did not pick up…

Album covers work though. It’s a template to follow (which helps for a guy like me who can lack creativity when staring at a blank canvas) and honor your favorite records of all time.

It is with this spirit that Asthmatic Kitty announced their goals to create an archive of their catalog’s album covers MS Paint Style. Their plan is to collect submissions of all of the albums, and then post them on their Flikr account. The label also plans to reward all “decentish attempts” with free downloads, as well as new full lengths and currently unreleased material to their favorites.

Details can be found through Asthmatic Kitty Records.

*Illinoise artwork courtesy of Alex Grantham

Fol Chen On Morning Becomes Eclectic!

At 8:00 am on Monday morning of this week, while everyone else was staggering to the coffee maker for that morning jolt, Fol Chen already had their make up on and instruments strapped and ready to go! Fol Chen were guests on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on July 20th, playing tracks off of their spring release Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made. These Asthmatic Kitty Records rockers brought their A game with awesome tracks like “No Wedding Cake”, “Cable TV” and “Winter, That’s All” Check out their performance here !

Helado Negro Cropper

Can it be August yet?

Leave it to Brooklyn’s Roberto C. Lange, a.k.a. Helado Negro, to fill up the Internet with good stuff.

First, check out his simple-yet-spastic video for “Dahum.”

Then, play the “Monday-Friday” mixtape he made with Yeasayer drummer Jaytram while you’re at work.

After that, follow TuiteroRoto (“broken tweeter”), his new exclusive-to-Twitter mini-album. Every song’s under 30 seconds long!

Helado Negro‘s debut album, Awe Owe, doesn’t even come out until August 8th! At least we have all this to keep us busy while we wait.

Asthmatic Kitty Releases Library Catalogue Series!

Asthmatic Kitty has put together a three release catalogue of what they are calling a “life soundtrack”. These three long playing audio expeditions are suggested by AK for any of your daily events to counteract the all to common akward silences we deal with every day. The Library Catalogue Series has been dreamed up by three amazing artists, and the collection was released on July 7, 2009.

The first release of the series comes from 900X, and is titled Music from Lubbock, 1980. 900X is the alias for James McAlister, who has recorded percussion to synths for artists like Sufjan Stevens, Karl Blau, Pedro the Lion, Rocky Votolato and more! His release in the series comprises of songs recorded both at home and on the road between 2004 and 2008.

NPR Loves Folchen - Cropper

Valentine's Day: NPR Loves Fol Chen!

The mysterious Fol Chen has seemingly been popping up every over the past couple of weeks, and the reviews for Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made have been pouring in. Most recently, Fol Chen was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Of course, NPR pointed out the literary side of the band, noting that John Shade was the name of the poet in Nabokov’s 1962 novel Pale Fire. You’re welcome, trivia buffs. And, NPR didn’t stop there to show their love of Fol Chen. Be sure to read the Second Stage story from last year as well!

The mesmerizing video for “The Believers”:

Fol Chen – The Believers from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

And the very odd video for “No Wedding Cake”:

Fol Chen – No Wedding Cake from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

Let The SXSW Party Season Begin!

SXSW is a mere 5 weeks away and it’s time to start mapping out your schedules. This party should make your Wednesday night a bit easier to plan. All you have to do is park yourself at The Beauty Bar for the Cool For Cats Showcase, thrown by Asthmatic Kitty, K Records & Tomlab. It’s an all-star revue featuring…

Jookabox
What’s Up
LAKE
No Kids
Fol Chen
Desolation Wilderness
Rafter
Tara Jane O’Neil
DM Stith
Parenthetical Girls
Jeremy Jay
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Wow. We’ll see you there!

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