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A blog featuring #indie music, news, interviews, & the best darn songs west of Stockholm

Watch Pattern Is Movement's Shaking Through Episode

“To have the Weathervane crew help us capture and memorialize the end of this band means the world to the both of us.”

Popmatters talks to Chris Ward about recording one of the duo’s final tracks in a church.

(Watch the video of Save Me and read about the Shaking Through series here)

Celestial Shore "Valerie" video premiere via Stereogum!

On September 3rd, Celestial Shore will release their debut LP 10x via Hometapes and Brad Oberhofer’s new label Local Singles! The album was mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, and the record features contributions from Empress Of vocalist Lorely Rodriguez.

Now you can check out the video for their lead single “Valerie”, which premiered today via Stereogum!

Celestial Shore – “Valerie” from stereogum on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Matthew E. White's amazing Hopscotch Music Festival performance via

See Matthew E. White and his 30 piece backing band perform “Brazos” from his new album Big Inner (out now via Spacebomb Record & Hometapes ). Be sure to check for the entire piece and his tour dates with The Mountain Goats!

By Seppi Ramos

Deerhoof Remixes AU's "Solid Gold", AU Hitting The Road This Month!

Deerhoof remixed the hit track “Solid Gold” from Au’s release Both Lights! You can download that remix from our friends at Hometapes!

Check out details for Au’s upcoming tour!

07.20•Refuge PDX (Portland, OR)
07.25•The Aquarium (Fargo, Nd)
07.26•7th Street Entry w/ Tu Fawning (Minneapolis, MN)
07.27•Terrace Club w/ Tu Fawning (UW-Madison, Madison, WI)
07.28•Schuba’s Tavern w/ Tu Fawning (Chicago, IL)
07.30•Drake Hotel w/ Tu Fawning (Toronto, ON)
07.31•Divan Orange w/ Tu Fawning (Montreal, QC)
08.01•Great Scott w/ Tu Fawning (Allston, MA)
08.02•Mercury Lounge w/ Tu Fawning (New York, NY)
08.03•Glasslands w/ Tu Fawning (Brooklyn, NY)
08.04•Johnny Brenda’s w/ Tu Fawning (Philadelphia, PA)
08.05•The Black Cat w/ Tu Fawning (Washington, DC)
08.06•The Tree Bar (Columbus, OH)
08.07•The Grammophone (St. Louis, MO)
08.08•The Record Bar (Kansas City, MO)
08.09•Larimer Lounge (Denver, CO)
08.11•The Red Room (Boise, ID)
09.08•Musicfest Northwest at Pioneer Courthouse Square w/ Girl Talk & Starfucker (Portland, OR)
10.27•Rock Island (Wichita, KS)
10.29•Crescent Ballroom w/ Zammuto (Phoenix, AZ)
10.30•Soda Bar w/ Zammuto (San Diego, CA)
10.31•Muddy Waters w/ Zammuto (Santa Barbara, CA)
11.01•Troubadour w/ Zammuto (Los Angeles, CA)
11.02•Crepe Place w/ Zammuto (Santa Cruz, CA)
11.04•The Independent w/ Zammuto (San Francisco, CA)
11.05•The Doug Fir Lounge w/ Zammuto (Portland, OR)
11.06•Barboza w/ Zammuto (Seattle, WA)
11.07•Biltmore Cabaret w/ Zammuto (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

VIDEO: Bear In Heaven's "Sinful Nature", directed by Yoonha Park!

Bear In Heaven have unveiled their video for “Sinful Nature”, directed by Yoonha Park. You’ll see some distorted “Pretty Woman”-like characters in a neon-soaked 80s colorfield. Also, be sure to make your plans to come down to Athens from July 26th-28th for our Summer Showcase and Prom! Bear In Heaven will be headlining one night and tickets and three-day passes are available on the Georgia Theatre website.


AU-OJ from takcom™ on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Bear In Heaven's "Reflection Of You" from the new album I Love You, It's Cool

Bear In Heaven will release the highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth via Dead Oceans & Hometapes on April 3rd. The new album is called I Love You, It’s Cool, and the video below is for album track “Reflection Of You”, directed by John Lee of the art collective PFFR (think Wonder Showzen).


Release Week For Megafaun!

This week, Durham N.C. trio and former Justin Vernon bandmates Megafaun released their fourth LP, the self-titled Megafaun. The album was the #3 Most Added record at CMJ this week, and already the reviews are rolling in! Check out some of the initial praise below!

From Pitchfork

“Megafaun have quietly completed the smart, sizable stylistic shift they started on last fall’s Heretofore EP, drawing back on the burly backwoods weirdness of their earlier work while widening their stylistic scope and pushing compositional delicacy to the forefront. And Megafaun may be their most immediately ingratiating, rewarding LP yet” – 7.8

From PopMatters

“No matter how you frame it, Megafaun is a stunning, expansive, and utterly satisfying record. It’s roadworn but hopeful, melodically fascinating, and never misses a step on its wandering, restless path” – 8/10


“With a new self-titled recording that ranges from free jazz to Delta blues, Megafaun proves they can cover all kinds of classic American music.”

Megafaun are in New York for two shows at Mercury Lounge, on September 25 and 26. Details can be found here in The New Yorker.


09.22 • Cat’s Cradle w/ Perry Owen Wright (Carrboro, NC)
09.23 • Red Palace w/ Matthew White (Washington, DC)
09.24 • Mercury Lounge w/ Doug Paisley (New York, NY)
09.25 • Mercury Lounge w/ Doug Paisley (New York, NY)
09.27 • Beachland Tavern w/ Doug Paisley (Cleveland, OH)
09.28 • Schubas w/ Doug Paisley (Chicago, IL)
09.29 • High Noon w/ Doug Paisley (Madison, WI)
09.30 • Cedar Cultural Center w/ Doug Paisley (Minneapolis, MN)
10.01 • Waiting Room w/ Doug Paisley (Omaha, NE)
10.04 • Tractor w/ Doug Paisley (Seattle, WA)
10.05 • Electric Owl w/ Doug Paisley (Vancouver, BC Canada)
10.06 • Doug Fir w/ Doug Paisley (Portland, OR)
10.07 • Cafe DuNord w/ Doug Paisley (San Francisco, CA)
10.08 • Satellite w/ Doug Paisley (Los Angeles, CA)
10.09 • McCabe’s w/ Doug Paisley (Santa Monica, CA)
10.10 • Casbah w/ Doug Paisley (San Diego, CA)

Megafaun from Hometapes on Vimeo.

Video: All Tiny Creatures - "An Iris" feat. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver

All Tiny Creatures – An Iris from Hometapes on Vimeo.


Slaraffenland Covers The Raveonettes And More!

Slaraffenland, whose name means “The Land of Milk and Honey,” has been popping up everywhere as of late! They just released their new album We’re On Your Side through Hometapes two days ago, and they are wrapping up North American touring run alongside Akron/Family. Those lucky enough to catch the band this year (possible at Team Clermont’s SXSW showcase) know that it is more of an experience than just a performance.

With recent posts in blogs like Brooklyn Vegan, and Stereogum, praise of this band is continuing to spread. Slaraffenland and their track That Great Love Sound (Raveonettes Cover) were both featured this week on the “What’s Hot” lists at Elbows.

La Blogotheque recently featured this three-part video segment of Slaraffenland:

Slaraffenland – A Take Away Show – Part 1 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Slaraffenland – A Take Away Show – Part 2 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Slaraffenland – A Take Away Show – Part 3 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Megafaun: "One of the Best Records of 2009"

PopMatters just posted a review of Megafaun‘s Gather, Form and Fly, calling it “one of the best records of 2009.” (We agree!)

Also, Megafaun wrapped up their tour with Bowerbirds this past Monday in Atlanta. Best night EVER! Check out our Tumblr for photos of pre-show downtime with the guys, or our intern Alyssa’s Flickr for shots from the show!


Megafaun in Rolling Stone!

Check out Megafaun’s FOUR STAR review of Gather, Form & Fly by David Fricke in Rolling Stone!

Also in case you missed it, here is their review from the Onion A.V. Club and their 8.1 rated review from Pitchfork!

The Summer Of Megafaun!

The trio from North Carolina by way of Eau Claire, Wisconsin are clearly making the most out of 2009! It feels like everything these guys have accomplished prior to this years release Gather, Form & Fly, has been in preparation for this summer! From their days as DeYarmond Edison alongside longtime friend* Justin Vernon* (a.k.a. Bon Iver) to their first release Bury The Square in 2007, they’ve only gotten better and better at what they already do best, write amazing songs and tour their hearts out.

Thenew record Gather, Form & Fly on Hometapes has been getting rave reviews across the country (the most recent being an 8.1 in Pitchfork). They are certainly celebrating their success on the road, as they are also on an amazing tour with Bowerbirds (check out pics of their stop to Bowery Ballroom courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan). It doesn’t seem like things are going to slow down for Megafaun, and I bet that’s just fine with them.

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