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Fake Shark Real Zombie - "Sour Times" (Portishead cover)

Fake Shark Real Zombie - Sour Times (Portishead cover)

The Vancouver-based rock act, Fake Shark Real Zombie, has been busy over the past few months. Not only have they recently released a new digital EP (Angel Lust, January 9th), but the band members have also found themselves promoting their careers outside of FSRZ.

The band is releasing remixed versions of three of the songs. Portishead has remixed their tune Sour Times -- which you can check out with a free download below -- while Ghost Frequency has a remix of the single Angel Lust, and lead singer, Kevin James Maher, AKA Kevvy Mental remixed 16mm.

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Antony and the Johnsons - "Another World"

Antony and the Johnsons - Another World

"The Crying Light" is Antony and the Johnsons' follow up to the Mercury prize winning "I Am a Bird Now." The album will be released in the UK and Europe on January 19 through Rough Trade and on January 20 in America through Secretly Canadian with a world tour following the release. The American leg of the tour goes through the end of February, including stops at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville as well as the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Listen now to "Another World."

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The D'Urbervilles - "Hot Tips"

The DUrbervilles - Hot Tips

Keep an eye out for The D'Urbervilles in 2009 when they unveil "We Are The Hunters," a new collection of casually devastating pop songs at South By Southwest showcases and venues across Canada and the United States. But don't wait, take a listen to the Ottawa band's song "Hot Tips" now with a free download.

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Eleni Mandell - "Artificial Fire"

Eleni Mandell - Artificial Fire

On her new album, Artificial Fire (due out February 17th), Eleni Mandell builds on her 2007 breakthrough, Miracle of Five, adding a more direct, full-band sound to her sharp-edged tales of romance, lust and love. Download "Artificial Fire" and take a listen!

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Avenpitch - "Pregnant Pause"

Avenpitch - Pregnant Pause

Avenpitch's third LP "Cast Off" (Dance School Records) takes everything that was catchy and danceable about New Order, Happy Mondays, and Pop Will Eat Itself; then chops it up, speeds it up and cranks it up into howling, yet tuneful, 3-minute blasts of digital distortion.

Those who haven't heard Avenpitch before will likely be jolted by the raw energy of their sound, while returning fans will appreciate refined songwriting skills and the musical cyborg interplay evident throughout the album.

Take a listen to the opening track off "Cast Off," "Pregnant Pause," which sets the parameters with ringleader Todd Millenacker's shouted melodies set against relentless beats and layered guitar noise.

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Antlers - "Bear"

Antlers - Bear

Brooklyn-based band The Antlers have announced that on Tuesday, March 3rd they will self-release their new full-length, Hospice, through limited edition CD and online download.

Hospice is the follow-up to 2007's nuanced, upbeat In the Attic of the Universe, which became The Antlers' unexpected under-the-radar breakthrough thanks to blog word-of-mouth. Along with several other EPs, a successful CMJ and SXSW '08, and this past fall's midwest and east coast tour, Hospice is evidence of The Antlers'--and Peter Silberman's--maturation. In September, The Band released a free download of "Two," the first single off of the new album. The track quickly earned adoration from the blogosphere, landing spots on numerous playlists and best-of lists. (It charted high on music blog aggregator' list of most frequently-posted tracks, and ranked as Pop Tarts Suck Toasted's #1 single of 2008.) "Bear," Hospice's second single, will be released in January.

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The Slit - "No Twig"

The Slit - No Twig

Toronto-based experimental folk trio The Slit are set to release their proper debut for Fire Records on January 12th. After two lo-fi outings on their own label, Cat's Peak is a true meeting of pop and experimentalism, replete with sublime harmonies, and words of nature's magic and love's mysteries delivered with the band's characteristic avant-country sensibility. A veritable super group of Toronto's young, improvised music community, the band is regarded as the brainchild of singer/guitarist/flautist Ryan Driver, whose solo album Feeler Of Pure Joy - recorded with Sando Perri of Constellation Records - will also be released by Fire in early 2009. The Oldham-esque broken-folk of "No Twig" is available for download below.

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Dragonette - "I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)"

Dragonette - I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)

The recently released "Galore" (I Surrender Records through Red Distribution) was produced by band member Dan Kurtz himself (who also produced Fiests critically acclaimed Monarch Lay Your Jewelled Head Down just prior to forming the band). Their debut single off the album, "I Get Around," hit the Top 20 in Canada and the ridiculously infectious "Get Lucky," reached global status after it was synched to fifteen major movies and advertising campaigns in the United States.

With songs reminiscent of those ranging from bands such as The Eurythmics and The Cars, Dragonette is sure to spark the interests of many a teen girl and boy as much as they would, your suburban housewife or club kid queen. Their music and live shows can ultimately be described as "a world of guilt-free pleasure mixed with '80s party prowess." Eclectic and exciting, stretching from sunny-day folk to hard driving dance rock, this is music for the masses at itís finest.

The band is currently hard at work in the studio recording their follow-up to Galore. This yet-to-be-titled album is due out May 2009 but don't wait. Listen to "I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)" with a free download.

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Franz Nicolay - "World/Inferno Vs. the End of the Evening"

Franz Nicolay - World/Inferno Vs. the End of the Evening

Franz Nicolay grew up in a cabin with no electricity until he was 17 and moved to NYC. Once in NYC, he fell in with the legendary circus-punk collective known as the World/Inferno Friendship Society, before hooking up with Anti-Social Music and later the much heralded Hold Steady. He's also appeared on sessions for bands like Against Me!, The Living End, Star Fucking Hipsters, Bouncing Souls, The Loved Ones, Leftover Crack, Jennifer O'Connor and many others. Of course, little needs to be said about the man's impeccable sense of style and his most-famous mustache as well!

Preview Nicolay's new album, "Major General," with a free download of his track "World/Inferno Vs. the End of the Evening."

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Funeral Party - "Carwars"

Funeral Party - Carwars

Funeral Party are offering their song "Carwars" for free download. The song is about forbidden love, specifically, the love that occurs in the back seat of your car with your best friend's girlfriend while he's passed out drunk in the front seat, no less!

Funeral Party's "Bootleg EP" is available at all digital retailers including iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon etc etc blah blah. A debut full length album, which is being recorded in December and January at The Mars Volta's studio in Los Angeles, is expected to be released on April 21, 2009. Funeral Party recently finished up their first full US tour as direct support for the French hipster icon Yelle (Astralwerks), in October/November 2008.

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