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Must Hear Preview- Arcade Fire

And here we are again: NPR’s Exclusive First Listen is now featuring another incredible album.

This time the featured album is The Suburbs– the highly anticipated third studio album from Canadian Indie rock demigods Arcade Fire.

Enjoy the full album here.


Catching Up

Alright. It’s time for me to play a little bit of catch-up with you guys. As I’ve been rather busy lately pushing my band’s album and preparing for our show at FreeTulsa Music Festival next weekend, I’ve neglected to post consistently. For that I apologize.

Now that that’s settled, go ahead and take some time to listen to the forthcoming album Mines by the longstanding Portland-based group Menomena via NPR’s Exclusive First Listen. You can do that here. The album’s due June 27.

Next, Department of Eagles released their anthology of previously unreleased tracks on an album appropriately titled Archive 2003-2006 yesterday. I recommend you take time to listen to that as well. For a sample, watch a homemade video for their single “While We’re Young” via The Connection over on the right side of this page.

The Love Language released their deliciously 60’s sunshiney pop-tinged album Libraries last week. It’s very good. Listen to the full album here.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, my band People,People has been very busy lately. One of the many endeavours in which we’re currently involved is the making our first music video for our single “Five Year Drought.” Excitingly enough, you can watch a teaser promo for the video, also via The Connection over on the right side of this page.

Enjoy! Thanks for understanding! I love all of you!

Hear Ratatat’s New Album Now

Once again, NPR has provided an exquisite exclusive first listen.

You can hear Ratatat‘s newest album LP4 up until its official June 8 release.

The duo’s latest record still has the same 8-bit dance beats, but more acoustic instruments are present than in their first releases. The tracks have a pretty similar sound to LP3 (their last album), and that’s because these tracks are from the same writing sessions as LP3- they just didn’t make it onto the last album.

And that’s not to say these songs are of any lower quality; this album is excellent.

Head here to check it out.

Preview: New Albums from The National and The New Pornographers

You can stream the forthcoming album High Violet from The National before it’s released May 11 up until tomorrow at the New York Times website.

You can stream Together, the new album from The New Pornographers, at NPR’s site. The album is due May 4.

Listen: New Broken Social Scene Album

While listening to my recommended “Song of the Day” from NPR, I happened to come across an exclusive that made me immediately salivate.

You can now listen to the entire new Broken Social Scene album,  Forgiveness Rock Record, before its official May 4 release.

Just click over to NPR, where the album is currently streaming.


Exclusive First Listen Explosion!

As many of you know, NPR’s website contains a feature that previews albums for up to a week before their official release. It seems like the platform’s becoming more popular to artists, as this week there are several albums made ready for your streaming pleasure.

Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi‘s first solo album, Go is streamable here. Be warned: this is no Sigur Ros album. It sounds way too positive, energetic and hopeful to fit the band’s typical album mold.

Old style swingin’ funkers Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are previewing their forthcoming album I Learned the Hard Way right here. Get ready for horn-accompanied soul ballads.

Dr. Dog‘s new album- Shame, Shame is also streaming here. Plenty of hooks are woven throughout the group’s deep understanding of psychadelic 60’s pop.

To really mix things up, you can check out David Byrne & Fatboy Slim‘s collaboration, Here Lies Love, right here. Both artists’ influences are easily discernable on the two albums, creating nothing short of an interesting 70’s disco/pop amalgamation. The album’s back-story is about Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos’s rise to eminence, using 20 different female guest vocalists (Annie Clark, Sharon Jones, Shara Worden, Tori Amos, Cyndi Lauper, to name a few) to help tell the tale.

And finally, you can stream the folksy debut album from Black Prairie, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, right here. The Portland-based group was started by two members of the Decemberists, Chris Funk and Nate Query. The group’s debut sounds like old-time music most likely heard at a barn or campfire.

With plenty of genres from which to choose, this should be an interesting, if not dynamic, Tuesday for everyone.

Enjoy! And as always, leave a comment with your opinions on the albums.

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You can listen to MGMT’s second album, Congratulations, in its entirety at the duo’s Web site.

Or if you’d rather, you can listen to the same album at NPR.

The album is officially due April 13.

What do you think? Sounds pretty different…