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L’Altra (or “the other woman” in a number of romance languages) is the name of singer-keyboardist Lindsay Anderson and singer-guitarist Joseph Desler Costa who teamed up back in 1999 to record sweet indie pop with touches of electronic here and there.

After a short hiatus they come back with “Winter Loves Summer Sun” the first single from their upcoming album “Telepathic” (March 29) in which, with the help of new collaborators, they explore the melancholic emotions of the human heart. Stream it below or grab the free download using contro+click and “save as” on the name of the track.

Winter Loves Summer Sun by L’Altra

Paul Duncan aka frontman for Warm Ghost has delivered, with the help of collaborator Oliver Chapoy, a solid EP entitled Uncut Diamond. We have found many similarities between the title and the music, as the name suggests an uncut diamond has texture, it hasn’t been fully processed and is still on the works to become one of the most valuable precious objects ever to exist on our planet. As you can expect from an uncut diamond there are soft edges and rough ones, in this EP we have similar sides, “Claws Overhead” (in it’s remastered version from their first EP Claws Overhead) and “Open the Wormhole in your Heart” are clearly the most beautiful sides revealing smooth vocals on a rather not too rough edge, on the other sides the songs have less vocals and much more texture but still perplexing and beautiful in their own way, making it hard to resist the temptation of listening to it over and over. A very pleasant EP that will surely turn into a unique and beautiful LP all around.

Hear our favorites below:

Open The Wormhole in Your Heart by Warm Ghost

Claws Overhead by Warm Ghost

Something we never expected, a bunch of 10 year olds from Public School 22 in Graniteville (who are famous for their covers of artists like Phoenix and MGMT) cover Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Round and Round”, it actually turns out to be something worth watching and even a great cover, check it out here:

Don’t miss this years Oscars on February 27th to watch the PS22 Chorus perform live!

Keep Shelly in Athens recently released a new track, remixed a song and got one of their songs remixed. It’s always good to know what new bands have been up to, especially when the music is always delightful.

Keep Shelly in Athens “In Love With Dusk” EP is being followed up by this new single “Hauntin’ Me”, which, although very much inclined to the sexier and slower side of their sound, I instantly considered as one of my favorite Shelly tracks so far.  The track came out over a week ago and its smooth melody has been stuck in my mind for a while (or haunting me?). This is good news for all of us followers of this Balearic pop act, as it apparently points out that their new music will maintain (and hopefully, improve) its quality.

Moreover, Keep Shelly in Athens recently made a remix for the song ‘Evening Glow’ by Brothertiger and it blew my mind. Very powerful and intense, darker, more upbeat and electronic than usual, nevertheless infused with the sexy lounge-house traditional sound of our Grecian favorites.

“Running Out of You”, one of the most emblematic songs written by the duo was remixed by Solar Bears, and let me tell you, it’s excellent, short but dreamy and totally worthy of your contemplation.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F9568270 Keep Shelly In Athens – Running Out Of You (Solar Bears Remix) by Solar Bears

Yes it’s official, as of yesterday midday passes for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2011 are no longer available! But that’s no reason to cry nor will it be your last chance to see major bands like Arcade Fire (who’ll probably be playing everywhere in 2011), Kanye West, The Strokes, Duran Duran, etc… You might even get to see bands like Portishead, Pulp, Muse, or My Morning Jacket. All you have to do is check out other Festivals such as this ones:

Sasquatch: May, usually on Memorial Day Weekend

Gorge Amphitheater, Washington (you can get there via Seattle)

One of the few festivals with comedy acts lined-up, plus one of the most amazing views ever! Kudos for having the best line-up last year!

Bonnaroo: June 9-12

700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee (you usually fly to Nashville International Airport)

This is the 10nth year anniversary for this festival which will probably try to nail a huge headliner to awe their attendees.

Lollapalooza: August 5-7

Chicago, Illinois

This is the 20nth anniversary for this festival since it was created by Perry Farrel back in 1991, so expect massive headliners like Radiohead or maybe Pulp. And since we’re in Chicago why not, let’s go grab a steak or catch up on your shopping.

This is the first post in our new section entitled “Bands pick No.1” in which we’ll ask bands which is their favorite album of all time and if it influenced them in their style. Our first band is Young Galaxy (in case you missed our earlier post about them check it out here) who have an upcoming album “Shapeshifting” on February 8.

What’s your favorite album of all time?

This is an unfair question! There are too many to name… I would say that the most important albums in my life have been The Stone Roses‘ self titled debut and The Smiths ‘Louder Than Bombs’, The first album of New Order’s ‘Substance’ compilation, My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’, The Rolling Stones ‘Exile On Main Street’… the list goes on and on.

The one record you can’t live without:

Probably Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’. It is such a beautifully produced, played, and written record. Plus it is deceptively heavy. When you know the story of what was going on in that band at the time personally, it’s just incredible to hear it play out on the record. Very few albums have accomplished that. Plus, it has so many childhood memories for me – if I put it on I can conjure the feeling of being 5 years old again instantly. Finally, if you are hanging out on a dock on a lake in the woods, what are you gonna put on? Passion Pit? No. You are going to put on ‘Go Your Own Way‘ and open a cold beer.

Did this album influence you in your music style?

I would love to say yes, but I don’t think many people would say we sound much like them – I suppose the use of male and female lead vocals is an influence of theirs. Recently, someone linked our new record to a ‘futuristic Fleetwood Mac’ – Man, I love the sound of that!

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All answers by Stephen Ramsay (vocals and guitar).

Constellations, Balmorhea‘s 5th album clearly denotes the wisdom and experience they have gathered through the years. The perfect follow up to their last album: “All is Wild, All is Silent” which was a more chaotic build up of feeling expressed through their piano, wind, strings and what-not.

Constellations seems perfectly out of tune to today’s chaotic way of life. Were evreyone is in a hurry, and no one quite knows what is going on, disruption, impatience, envy, greed, jelousy and an overall feeling of “loudness” is felt throughout society. Clearly seen everyday everywere, it’s even relfected into what many people enjoy as “music” these days, constant anoying beats were fucking, drinking, pimps and hoe’s are the subject of attention, it’s no longer an industry were artist’s can express themselves through music and touch peoples lifes, but a constant war on who can say fuck, pussy, and money in greater quantities. It has been transformed to a massive production line (as if the Chinese took it over) were artists “produce” album, after album, after album, probably not having the least idea of what they’re doing, and quantity is prioritaized over quality . At least if you are gonna rap/sing about being a “thug” do it the right way, not with Lady Ga Ga backing you up.

Constellations seems to bring you back to the essence of life, it wakes up that feeling of “ok-ness” you’ve been hiding or running from. It’s an utterly simplistic, striped down album but still manages to stir greater emotion than songs like “Settler” or “Harm and Boom”. It’s boisterously peaceful, contradictions are met evreywere, a serene yet disturbing album. It reminds me in some ways to a texturized Alexandre Desplat, with of course a greater amount of instruments.

What do you feel when you hear this album? Because I, feel peace!

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