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Kevin Morby Contributes Cover of “Blue Christmas” for Amazon’s “Indie for the Holidays” Playlist

“Indie for the Holidays,” an Amazon Original Holiday Playlist, offers an sprawling range of artists covering holiday classics as well as contributing new, original songs. All songs are available exclusively now for streaming on Amazon Music through Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s “Indie for the Holidays” includes a contribution from our own Kevin Morby.

Morby wraps up a banner year that saw the release of his widely-lauded fourth album, City Music, by offering his moody take on “Blue Christmas.” Premiering yesterday via Noisey, Morby’s “Blue Christmas” is sparse and longing, anchored by a slow-moving bass line, the kick beat of the drum, and Morby’s signature croon.

Of the song, Morby explained, “Kyle and I have spent Christmas together for the past two years, so I thought it appropriate to record a Chris Kringle jam with him in his home studio. On Christmas Day Kyle [Thomas, King Tuff] usually dresses like an elf and skips around and screams “Christmas!” Every five minutes or so. Christmas in LA is a funny thing, it’s usually about 65 degrees and sunny out so it always feels a little psychedelic that’s it’s actually Christmas day, after growing up in the Midwest where it usually snows, or at the very least is very cold. But there’s something special about celebrating the Holidays in the sun. Anyways Kyle and I chose “Blue Christmas” because I wanted to pretend I was Elvis for an afternoon, and we had a great time making it. Truth be told, the whole thing was a Christmas Miracle.

Listen to the full “Indie for the Holidays” playlist –
amazon.com/IndieForTheHolidays

New tracks on “Indie for the Holidays” include:
1. “Blue Christmas,” Kevin Morby
2. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Charly Bliss
3. “Coventry Carol,” Lemon Twigs
4. “Little Saint Nick,” Best Coast
5. “Oh Winter,” Eisley
6. “(There Won’t Be) One More Christmas,” Coco Hames
7. “Merry Christmas Baby,” Blond Ambition
8. “Brighid’s Flame,” Jeff The Brotherhood
9. “Anything Helps,” Matt Costa
10. “Christmas with Bandini,” Korey Dane
11. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Great Grandpa
12. “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” Albert Hammond, Jr.
13. “Little Altar Boy,” Dean & Britta (with Sonic Boom)
14. “When The Snowflakes Fall,” Freedom Fry
15. “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” Jessica Lea Mayfield
16. “Feliz Navidad,” SUSTO
17. “Christmas in Latinoamerica,” Mexican Institute of Sound
18. “Wonderful Christmastime,” Slow Dancer

WATCH // Destroyer Shares Video For “Girl in a Sling”, Album ‘Poison Season’ out August 28

Earlier today, Destroyer released the video for “Girl in a Sling” off of his upcoming album Poison Season, out August 28 on Dead Oceans Of the video, director David Galloway says:

“Bejar sings a lot about cities and girls and injury, sometimes all at the same time. Sometimes they are the same thing, as surreal novelists would have us believe. Besides, people like to see Dan sing – which he doesn’t do a lot of in this video, but he does do a little bit. We wanted to make a video that dealt with central Destroyer themes: to some, Destroyer is a lech; to some, he is an arsonist; to some, he is a savior. To me, he is the consummate comedian, but he resists that role. So we decided to go the opposite way and make something sad, something tragic, something that fits the new record. The adage “comedy equals tragedy plus time” is attributed to Carol Burnett’s mum. Or it might have been Steve Allen. Either way, I always want Dan to do physical comedy, but he resists. He’s a natural, though. He’s the Pacific Northwest’s Buster Keaton, and I hope one day to share that with the world. One day. For now, though, there’s just this sadness. This poison season.”

Pre-order Poison Season now on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie store.

Destroyer will be hitting the road in September for a world tour. Full dates after the jump

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READ // Photographer Cameron Wittig Discusses Album Art For ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ From The Tallest Man On Earth Via Half-Past

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Midwest photographer Cameron Wittig recently sat down with Half-Past to discuss the striking album cover on Dark Bird Is Home, the newest album from The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson). What started as a ‘friendship birthed from a chance meeting, some friendly conversation, and copious Wisconsin wedding whisky’, the two met in 2014 at a felow musician’s country wedding. When the time came around for a new album cover, Matsson trusted Wittig to give a face to his new project. From the article (Which you can read in full here)-

“It was to be a photographic reinterpretation of stories that came out of discussions about the record and the recording process in Sweden. The figure of Dark Bird was born on a mountaintop near the town where Kristian lives. She may or may not be real. It doesn’t matter in the end, as she is more powerful as a specter, this beautiful figure of uncertainty and change.”

Primarily a portrait photographer, Cameron recruited the talents of a friend to be his model for the cover as they travelled around his neighborhood shooting on the steps of houses that felt just right.

“I asked her to stand on the steps of houses that I selected based on how they looked or felt. Nothing was planned ahead of time. We did maybe six or seven different houses in various ways. Some were fancy houses, some were not. A few were abandoned. But it was always this figure in an ambiguous stance. She looks like she could be returning; frozen in a moment of contemplation anticipating what might happen once she rings the bell. Or perhaps she’s leaving and taking one last look at what her life was before she leaves forever. I didn’t really decide what that was going to be.”

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
via Secretly Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via independent stores

The Tallest Man On Earth is currently on tour. Full dates and tickets after the jump

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Announces ‘Poison Season’ Out 8/28, World Tour

Hey Destroyer fans, it’s Poison Season. Vancouver’s Dan Bejar returns with a new full-length and world tour. Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings as Bejar channels a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters – Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack – simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This Bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record – first as swaying saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Check out lead single “Dream Lover” above.

“The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet. I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn’t really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle.” – Dan Bejar

In addition, Destroyer will concurrently release a two-song 12-inch as a companion to the new album. It includes a remix of “Forces From Above” along with the orchestral “Times Square, Poison Season,” a song that gave rise to several tracks on the new album, as detailed below. Pre-order HERE

Destroyer will be hitting the road in September for a world tour. Full dates after the jump

Pre-order Poison Season now on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie store.

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Night Beds Unveils Sophomore Album ‘Ivywild’, Shares New Video For “Tide Teeth”

“This isn’t Yellen’s first time going electro…but it’s the first time he’s done it alone, and it’s surprising how effective this approach is for him.”
– The FADER

“‘Tide Teeth’ has a real Drake, Weeknd vibe…It feels like warm bed on a snowy evening.”
Vulture (“10 Best New Songs of the Week”)

Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year old Winston Yellen, is excited to unveil the highly anticipated sophomore album, Ivywild, out August 7th on Dead Oceans. The follow up to the much acclaimed 2013 debut, Country Sleep, Ivywild is a mesmerizing collection of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B.

The second Night Beds album draws on Yellen’s original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla and is made up of what Yellen calls “sad sex jams.” It was inspired by a long-term love and a break-up which looms large throughout the album’s veiled lyrics (See previously released track “Me Liquor and God”). Its genesis can be found in the stoned night in Nashville when Yellen first heard Yeezus.

Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe Yellen, younger brother and closest friend. Additional vocals come from Heather Hibbard, a singer from Maine who features on over half of the album, and was contacted by the gregarious Yellen through YouTube, after he found a video of her covering one of his songs. Setting himself up as curator as well as creator, the record shows off Yellen’s natural flair for plucking people out of obscurity and bringing their talents to the table.

To coincide with the announcement of Ivywild, Night Beds is sharing a beautiful, new Dan Huiting-directed video for “Tide Teeth” today. Watch above or on Night Beds YouTube page. Album art and track listing after the jump.

Pre-Order Ivywild:
via Secretly Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via independent stores

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