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#214: Field Music, “Making a New World”

Field Music’s new record is an odd but interesting one – a concept album about the after-effects of the First World War (and not about the war itself), worth reading about on the band’s Bandcamp page. It’s a slow first half of January when it comes to album releases, as always, but there are plenty of singles coming out every day. On our second playlist of the year, enjoy new tracks from the likes of The Men, MICH, Wolf Parade, Alan Power, Destroyer, Aoife Nessa Frances, The Shins, Califone , Nathaniel Rateliff, Christopher Paul Stelling, Andy Shauf, Grandaddy, Susanne Sundfør, Kyle McEvoy & Ed Askew, Moses Sumney, Bonny Light Horseman, Frazey Ford, Lilly Hiatt, Frances Quinlan, Anna Burch, Tennis, and The Black Lips.

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Last month we presented the new line of Converse sneakers for 2013. The promo vid has some Black Lips in it. Watch it.

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Diamond Rugs is John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). You didn’t even need to listen to a single song to like them already, right? Diamond Rugs is out now on the amazing Partisan Records and they’ve just recently played this song on Letterman. Watch the performance below.

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Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: A Preview

Today’s the day. Optimus Primavera Sound starts in a matter of hours and we’ll be covering it live via our facebook and twitter accounts. Be sure to follow them – if you don’t use such artifacts, you’ll be able to read our full review here on the website later on. To help you choose what to see in the fest, five of our team members who are going there made their picks and chose 3 bands you shouldn’t miss. Who’s that stranger that goes by the initials CB? Yeah, that’s our special guest Chris Brokaw, Codeine’s legendary drummer.

Also, don’t forget to print our timetable, in case you missed it.