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Happenings in the Redeye Realm

Charles Bradley
No Time For Dreaming [OUT NOW]
Bradley sits down with the blog Passion of the Weiss and talks about how his James Brown impersonation led to most soulful album of 2011, No Time For Dreaming. He is also interviewed by LAmMusic blog Rollo & Grady. Bradley is added to the AustinCity Limits festival lineup.

Liam Finn
FOMO [OUT 6/7]
Liam sat down at the Daytrotter Studios and played a few older tracks. Stream and/or download the 4-song set straight from their site. FOMO is on the horizon, check out the first single, "The Struggle" below.

The Double Cross [OUT NOW]
The Double Cross receives an 8.1 from Pitchfork. Sloan does a Q&A with MAGNET Magazine. Listen to the band talk about each track on The Double Cross and find out about the long intros/outros and tempos the band utilized on the album. The 13-video YouTube Playlist starts with a trailer then goes through each of the 12 tracks and lasts about 15 minutes as a whole.

Gloss Drop [OUT 6/7]
Battles satisfied every sweet tooth by printing the 12" single "Ice Cream" with a Neapolitan theme. The vinyls are colored to match strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. The band says: "We do not recommend tasting your copy." See a picture of the three different flavors here.

La Blogotheque films Battles playing "Wall Street" in a fancy French hotel. Between sips of wine and great split screen editing you can catch the energetic and synchronized 8-minute performance embedded below. If you haven't pre-ordered Gloss Drop yet, this will make you.

Hooray For Earth
True Loves [OUT NOW]
The infamous mash-up duo The Hood Internet took Hooray For Earth's "True Loves" and mixed it with rapping by Donwill.

Pitchfork has another track off the new album "No Love" available for stream and download. Don't miss the video for "True Loves" a space-oddity for the 21st-Century lovebird.

Africa Hi-Tech
93 Million Miles [OUT NOW]
RCRD LBL_ features "Blen" as a Track-of-the-Day in their 5/19 Newsletter and offer a free MP3 Download. The track is from their recently-released debut album 93 Million Miles. Check out the album's great review from Pitchfork.

Past Life Martyred Saints [OUT NOW]

Rolling Stone has named EMA an artist to watch. After her debut album was well-received across the board, EMA is heading across the country. View a list of her upcoming tour dates and be sure to catch her concert if she comes your way.

Greg Brown
Freak Flag [OUT NOW]
Blurt reviews Freak Flag with an overwhelming amount of sentiment and reverence.
"...the eternal troubadour, folk's poet laureate, dusty chronicler of characters and cavaliers -- reemerges with a threadbare collection of gritty offerings that may rank among the starkest tales in Brown's extensive repertoire." -Blurt

Peter Case - The Case Files [OUT NOW] Promo Video


  • Vevo recently premiered the video for Erland & The Carnival's latest video "Springtime." Despite the happy title the video turns out to be a Fear Factor competition involving bugs and being buried alive.

  • ANR has a new video for the song "Stay Kids" that takes place at a child's birthday party.

  • Check out a teaser for the tour Amon Tobin and artist Tessa Farmer will embark on in Europe and select US cities. The video stimulates the mind and gives you a look at something you can't comprehend until you see it live.

  • Redeye is handling the vinyl releases of Death Cab for Cutie's upcoming release Codes & Keys. The album is out 5/31, but NPR is streaming the album in its entirety right now.

  • Band of Heathens sat down with Yahoo! Music and played a few tracks off Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son. Watch the videos here.

SPIN June Playlist

SPIN highlights 15 cool tracks they highlight in their June 2011 issue and offers a download code to get the tracks straight from the iTunes store. Featured Redeye bands include Battles, Liturgy, and Mexicans With Guns. The code lasts until 6/30, so don’t sleep on this deal.

SPIN's Soundtrack to Sasquatch

The Gorge in George, WA is going to be the center of the festival scene this weekend and SPIN gives a preview of what you will be able to see. The Thermals are playing the festival and "Not Like Any Other Feeling" is featured on the "Free Album."

Kill Rock Stars Sampler

The label has pulled a collection of 21 new and old songs and compiled them in a sampler. The Decemberists, Deerhoof, and Elliot Smith are just a few of the big names you can download for FREE.