Friday, November 28, 2008

Heroes of The Dancefloor

ARTIST / BAND: Heroes of The Dancefloor

SONG (MP3): Ricky

ALBUM: Torch

FILE UNDER: Indie pop

LABEL: INgrooves

INFO: The record features Gary Alesbrook who tours with Kasabian and Scissor Sisters on trumpet and James Morton on sax and Dan Moore on keys who both tour with former James Brown sideman Pee Wee Ellis.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Maus Haus

ARTIST / BAND: Maus Haus

SONG (MP3): Reaction / Rigid Breakfast

ALBUM: Lark Marvels

FILE UNDER: Experimental Pop

LABEL: pretty blue presents

INFO: Maus Haus makes an action-packed sonic statement with its first long-player, Lark Marvels (first for new Oakland label Pretty Blue Presents). Over the last year, the band debuted with a bang in the SF Bay Area, with sold-out shows and support slots for Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dark Meat, and a particularly strange Four Tet support performance (let's just say he had airport troubles). The band has already appeared in several blogs and radio playlists, including chart appearances on prominent Bay stations KALX and KUSF -- all on the strength of a sparsely decorated, hand-delivered CD-R.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Johann Johannsson

ARTIST / BAND: Johann Johannsson

SONG (MP3): The Rocket Builder

ALBUM: Fordlandia

FILE UNDER: Eclectic


INFO: A musical tapestry of hypnotic richness and surprising emotional depth. Johannsson makes stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, which frequently combines electronic processing with classical orchestrations. Fordlandia is the second installment in a proposed trilogy based on technology and iconic American brand names. A fascinating, immersive, and deeply rewarding web of ideas and melodies.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008



SONG (MP3): Stop Acting Like You Know More About The Internet Cafe Than Me

ALBUM: What year will you have the World?

FILE UNDER: Indie electro pop

LABEL: The Planet Awesome /Collective / Subtractive

INFO:In their first four years together, Carefree, AZ outfit Peachcake have gone through more than most bands go through in an entire 20-25 year career (eat that, U2). After their formation in 2003, Stefan Pruett (aka Space Panda) and John O'Keefe (DJ JohnO)’s quest to do something positive led them to release a well-received EP on Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World's label Western Tread. The response to their music and interactive live performances was overwhelming and the duo quickly found themselves playing sold-out shows to fans of all ages, being picked up by a new label, and receiving unusual offers, such as being the first-ever band asked to play Burning Man. With a full-length debut in the making, Peachcake were poised to take over the world - but perhaps as is the very nature of fate, the band soon thereafter found themselves hit with a slew of unfortunate incidents: unfair arrests, accidents, arguments, and ultimately, death.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008



ALBUM: Happily Ever After
INFO: Matt Sims began startling audiences with his unusually provocative performances which were equal amounts political satire , surreal imagery and sensual debauch. With three dancers (à la The Fall), this performance group explored the contemporary connections between media, consumerism, sex, and entertainment. Gaining comparisons from artist Paul McCarthy's food work to James Brown's hip work, this show caused enough of a stir to get the attention of DJ Hell who quickly signed them to his International DJ Gigolo Records label alongside the likes of Tuxedo Moon, Terence Fixmer, CROSSOVER, Vitalic and Linda Lamb. The release of Mount Sims's first album Ultrasex on Emperor Norton records, now a cult classic electro-pop album, put Sims on the map internationally with the hit song "Hate Fuck."
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Air France


ARTIST / BAND:  Air France
SONG (MP3): No Excuses (The Autumn Cantata)
ALBUM: No Way Down EP
LABEL: Sincerely Yours
INFO: Air France is a band from Gothenburg, Sweden.[1] Their music has been described as "post-rave bliss",[2] "beach foam pop",[3] and "balearic disco".[4] Their No Way Down EP received a Best New Music inclusion from Pitchfork Media and a rating of 8.6.[4]
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Boy Eats Drum Machine


ARTIST / BAND: Boy Eats Drum Machine
SONG (MP3): Booomboxxx
ALBUM: Booomboxxx
FILE UNDER: Indie / Big Beat
LABEL: tender loving empire
INFO: boy eats drum machine is the solo work of native portlander, jon ragel. he is a songwriter, producer, singer, turntablist, and also plays saxophone, guitar, synthesizer, organ, and several percussive nick nacks. as a one-man musical act, BEDM merges the worlds of turntablism and live rock performance as ragel spins breaks and surgically inserts sounds while juggling vocals, percussion, and saxophone.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New MATADOR compilation album for free


The spring Intended Play label download sampler was a huge hit, so we’re doing it again. Just like before, you get a track from one of each of our current and upcoming releases. Seven of the tracks have not been released on MP3 yet, and four of those are from albums that haven’t been released yet. The sampler this time is a bit more varied musically, from A.C. Newman’s jewel-like pop songscapes to the majestic neo-punk of Fucked Up to the gorgeous female vocals of Jennifer O’Connor to a track from Lou Reed’s painstaking, thoughtful, first-ever performance of his controversial classic album ‘Berlin.’ We also introduce an unreleased song from Pavement’s ‘Brighten The Corner’ sessions, due out on the deluxe edition of that album in November.

Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 13 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally). And support the bands and the label… if you like the track, click on the album title link below to buy (or preorder) the album (or more individual tracks) directly from us.

Intended Play Fall 2008 (zip file)

Track listing:

1. A.C. Newman There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve (from Get Guilty, due out January 20)
2. Belle and Sebastian The State I Am In (BBC Version) (from The BBC Sessions, due out November 18)
3. Jennifer O’Connor Here With Me (from Here With Me, released August 19)
4. Shearwater The Snow Leopard (Remastered) from Rook, released June 3)
5. Lou Reed Caroline Says, Pt. II (Live) (from Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse, due out November 4)
6. Mogwai The Sun Smells Too Loud (from The Hawk Is Howling, released September 23)
7. Fucked Up No Epiphany (from The Chemistry Of Common Life, released October 7)
8. Jay Reatard An Ugly Death (from Matador Singles ‘08, released October 7)
9. Jaguar Love Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers (from Take Me To The Sea, released August 19)
10. Pavement Cataracts (from Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed., due out December 9)
11. Brightblack Morning Light Oppressions Each (from Motion To Rejoin, released September 23)
12. Times New Viking Call & Respond (from the Stay Awake EP, released October 14)
13. Condo Fucks What’cha Gonna Do About It? (from Fuckbook, due out March 2009)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Me And My Monkey


ARTIST / BAND: Me And My Monkey
SONG (MP3): It's Coming Back
ALBUM: It's Coming Back (Single 2008)
FILE UNDER: Indi/Electronica/Alternative
LABEL: Studio 1, Caucasus Rocks
INFO: Both involved in solo projects before forming MAMM, They joined forces after a chance meeting at a party stirred their drunken spirits and inspired their musical collaboration. Sandro Chicnchaladze had been playing with local Tbilisi act The Neverland, while Gacha Bakradze was part of local band Vietnam Radio. The pair decided to quit their respective solo efforts in 2007 and put their heads together to focus wholeheartedly on MAMM.
Officially MAMM was formed at 2007 in capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Influenced by favorites like Beck, Mogwai, Royksopp, Radiohead and etc … early hard rock sound developed into indie electro-rock complete with catchy synth beats, sweeping atmospherics, and sharp songwriting.
After getting favorable reviews at the Rockwise festival in Saarbrucken, MAMM got a producer from Germany and they signed a contract with label “CaucasusRocks” to work on putting together their first record.
Staying true to the monkey theme, the duo outfitted their recent May 17th CD release party with free bananas donning MAMM stickers, watching the giddy audience with contained hilarity as a jungle of banana-chomping enthusiasts danced along to their track We Are The Monkeys.
Nowadays band is working on their first album “The Starfucker”
You may contact MAMM at

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Of Montreal

ARTIST / BAND: Of Montreal

SONG (MP3): Id Engager

ALBUM: Skeletal Lamping


LABEL: polyvinyl

INFO:Skeletal Lamping is the title of the ninth studio album by Athens, Georgia-based band Of Montreal. Kevin Barnes said about the title: "This record is my attempt to bring all of my puzzling, contradicting, disturbing, humorous...fantasies, ruminations and observations to the surface, so that I can better dissect and understand their reason for being in my head. Hence the title, Skeletal Lamping. Lamping is the name of a rather dreadful hunting technique where, hunters go into the forest at night, flood an area in light, then shoot, or capture, the animals as they panic and run from their hiding places."

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Postmarks


ARTIST / BAND: The Postmarks
SONG (MP3): 11:59
ALBUM: By The Numbers
LABEL: Unfiltered Records
INFO: Together with fellow multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilkins and singer/lyricist Tim Yehezkely, Moll crafts meticulously arranged, richly cinematic music with subtle nods to Bacharach, Brian Wilson, classic British indie and vintage French pop. Had The Sundays embraced a Baroque aesthetic or Van Dyke Parks orchestrated an especially autumnal-sounding Francoise Hardy album, it might have sounded something like The Postmarks’ self-titled debut.
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