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Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Zola Jesus, Matt & Kim Want You to Register to Vote
National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow, September 25
By Evan Minsker on September 24, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.

Photo of Grizzly Bear by Jaclyn Fidler

Tomorrow, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day. Non-partisan group HeadCount's huge voter registration push involves a social media campaign-- anchored by the hashtag #925NVRD-- in which over 200 musicians, comedians, and celebrities are sharing photographs of themselves holding the organization's "Register to Vote" clipboard. HeadCount is also holding registration events in person in over 30 cities across the country.

Below, check out photos of Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Zola Jesus, and Matt & Kim. Head to HeadCount's Facebook to see other participants in the campaign, including Stephen Colbert, Big Boi, Wayne Coyne, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Girl Talk, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Santigold, David Cross, Alison Mosshart of the Kills, and more. Also participating: Wilco, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Common, Metric, Andrew Bird, Amanda Palmer, the Walkmen, Calexico, and many others.

Register to vote here, and be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 6.

TV on the Radio (photo by Jane E. Henderson)

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Zola Jesus (photo by Jane E. Henderson):

Matt & Kim (photo by Jane E. Henderson):


Watch: New Sigur Rós Video Starring Aiden Gillen, a.k.a. Mayor Tommy Carcetti From "The Wire"
Folk legend Shirley Collins provides the voice of a snail
By Carrie Battan on September 24, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Sigur Rós' ongoing Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which 12 directors create videos for songs from their latest album, continues with a clip for "Ekki Múkk", directed by filmmaker Nick Abrahams.

The video stars Irish actor Aiden Gillen, perhaps best recognized for his work as Mayor Tommy Carcetti in "The Wire", getting close with snails and other forest creatures. Folk singer Shirley Collins provides the voice of a snail. As Abrahams notes on Sigur Rós' website, this is "a taster" for a longer feature film.


Azealia Banks' new single "Esta Noche" will be officially released on iTunes tomorrow!


'80s D.C. Punk Scene's Story Will Be Told in 'Salad Days' Doc

Kickstarter-funded film features interviews with Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Ian Mackaye, Fred Armisen and more

The upcoming Salad Days documentary offers much more than a Steady Diet of Nothing. It aims to make The Argument that Washington, D.C.'s '80s punk scene was much more than a Repeater of what'd come before. Unfortunately, it's in the Waiting Room until Fall of 2013, but you can read about it now and help fund it via Kickstarter to make sure this thing doesn't just end up a Margin Walker. Okay, we're out of Fugazi puns. Whew.

Despite the far-reaching influence of bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Rites of Spring, Slickee Boys, Jawbox and so many more, the story of the capital's hardcore heroes has yet to be committed to celluloid. Thankfully, filmmaker Scott Crawford is working to remedy that via his in-progress doc featuring vintage footage and followup interviews with Dave Grohl, Fred Armisen, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, and pretty much everyone else that was ever involved.

Crawford himself has a storied history with the scene, having started the Metrozine fan rag at the age of 12 which led to him releasing a 7-inch comp that featured one of Grohl's earliest recorded performances (at 16, with Mission Impossible). Crawford eventually went on the found Harp Magazine. Meanwhile, the film's visual director Jim Saah worked on Brendan Canty's Burn to Shine series, and Wilco's Ashes of American Flags.

More deets from the Kickstarter page: "We've spent the last year interviewing dozens of the participants who helped create the local music scene in the 1980s — musicians, photographers, DJs, activists, and writers — to tell the story of one of the most inspiring (and misunderstood) decades in independent music. We've also sorted through hundreds of photos, live videos, flyers and zines for inclusion in the film."


Hear Cold Cave's Frosty Goth-Pop Single 'A Little Death to Laugh'

The 'A Little Death to Laugh' 7" is available for pre-order online and will be sold at Cold Cave's fall 2012 shows

Before Cold Cave are reborn with a new lineup, they're presenting us with an exquisitely gloomy new single that nods toward, well, death. For the yuks, apparently? "A Little Death to Laugh," which leading Cave chiller Wes Eisold made all by himself back in February at his new home in Los Angeles, is the title track of a new three-song 7" single (pre-order here; the first 50 copies will be signed) and it's inspired by the late poet Tristan Corbiere.

What that means to those of us neither holding the autographed vinyl in our hands nor fluent in 19th-century French poetry is another expertly bleak, brittle slab of synth-based goth-pop from an act swiftly becoming synonymous with that style. "A little death," in French, has a meaning completely unrelated to mortality, and Eisold's booming repetitions about "half the love I need / And no more" could point in that direction. Maybe this is where the laugh comes in?

Eisold isn't offering many clues. "I wrote this shortly after relocating to L.A. around the beginning of the year," he told SPIN in an emailed statement. "I make a lot of songs but don't always get around to releasing them." As for the poet Corbiere: "He struck a chord with me when I got into him in 2005. A friend told me prostitutes denied him due to his physical features and I guess I related to that." Sacre bleu.

Lockstep, uptempo, declamatory, "A Little Death to Laugh" a song that should fit in perfectly on a playlist beside, say, Matthew Dear's latest electro-pop songs or John Maus's scholarly post-punk (de)constructions. Funny or not, it's a divinely damned fit from a band soon to be opening for Divine Fits.


Willis Earl Beal
"Cosmic Queries" (New Version)
Hot Charity
By Larry Fitzmaurice; September 24, 2012


Flying Lotus has released the stream for his new album Until the Quiet Comes via NPR.
Listen here.

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