Video: St. Vincent – “Cruel”

St. Vincent, aka baroque indie-pop chanteuse and composer Annie Clark, just premiered her latest video on the Huffington Post. Not only is it maybe the best video I’ve seen this year, but the song combines orchestral whimsy and galloping rock with the kind of deft and effortless skill that seems to come naturally to Ms. Clark. Also, that guitar solo is grimy. Marry me? No… really.

You can stream and download the previously released “Surgeon”, also taken from her forthcoming LP Strange Mercy, down below.

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Download: St. Vincent – Surgeon
Buy: Pre-order Strange Mercy, which is due out Sept. 13th, from Beggars Group USA.

Animal Collective: “Untitled / Brothersport” (Live at the Pitchfork Music Festival)

Here’s another rad performance filmed at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival. Animal Collective drop a bonkers and as-of-yet untitled new jam centered around layers of electronic loops and Avey Tare’s beastly vocal performance, along with Merriweather Post Pavilion highlight “Brothersport”— watch the crowd lose their collective shit during the epic build of the latter. Awesome.

James Blake: “CMYK” (Live at the Pitchfork Music Festival)

Watch James Blake and band lay down a slick live arrangement of his killer single “CMYK” at the Pitchfork Music Festival up above. I didn’t really expect that this could be pulled off with this line-up, but there you have it. You can stream or download the studio version below.

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Download: James Blake – CMYK
Buy: Download the CMYK EP over at Bleep.

Summer Mix 2011

Chickens Don't Clap! - Summer Mix 2011

Artwork by Mindy Solis.

In a place like California, all seems right with the world in the summertime. Expansive blue skies are the backdrop for sun-soaked beach days, lazing stoned poolside, beer-laden backyard barbecues, bike rides, frisbee sessions, and road trips— all of which are that much more enjoyable with a good soundtrack.

Here are some collected tunes inspired by my DJ sets from June and July. As always, this was mixed and recorded live via my DJ software. You can stream or download below and peep the tracklist after the jump… enjoy!

The cover art for this mix comes from San Diego writer/artist Mindy Solis. Check out her blog at the link above.

Summer Mix 2011 by Chickens Don’t Clap!

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