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Man Man, DeVotchKa, etc.

There are a variety of ways to hear the new releases of the week. Largehearted Boy and Muzzle of Bees have compiled lists, as always, that are link-full.

And you can listen for a limited time to the stream of the new albums from The Breeders, Man Man, State Bird, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, DeVotchKa, Gnarls Barkley, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and Tapes N Tapes, among others, at AOL Spinner‘s Full Listening Party here (I know, I know, it has that Time-Warner ick, but whatchya gonna do…).

If you’d rather have a guide than browse on your own, listen here to an excellent installment of NPR’s All Songs Considered that offers streamable tracks as well as a bit of commentary regarding the following artists and songs: The Raconteurs (Many Shades of Black), Man Man (Ballad of Butter Beans), Colin Meloy (Wonder) (frontman for The Decemberists), and DeVotchKa (New World).


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DeVotchKa and Basia Bulat

I have previously gushed about DeVotchKa here and Basia Bulat here. Check those posts for lots of info and goodies.

I wanted to remind you that the new DeVotchKa album A Mad and Faithful Telling is out today. Buy it at your local record store (mine was nearly out) or online here! If you need convincing, listen to the full-album stream.

Chromewaves offers you free downloads of both her live cut The Pilgrimming Vine and their song Along the Way. These are in addition to the songs downloadable at my earlier posts. Also, the official video for BB’s In the Night is watchable here, and she did a Daytrotter session where you can grab a new song and a couple of cool covers. Also, MPR just put out a three-song stream from DeVotchKa’s performance at SXSW.

These two acts are doing a rash of shows together at some perfect-sized, cool venues:

April 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 29 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
April 30 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
May 2 – Vancouver, BC – Richard’s On Richards Cabaret
May 3 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
May 4 – Boise, ID – Big Easy Concert House
May 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 8 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
May 9 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
May 10 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
May 11 – Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge
May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
May 14 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
May 15 – Richmond, VA – Toad’s Place Of Richmond
May 16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore – TLA
May 18 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 20 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
May 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Club Lounge
May 22 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
May 23 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
May 24 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

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It’s so awesome I can’t hardly contain myself. You can now get a track from DeVotchKa‘s fortcoming album, A Mad and Faithful Telling, due on March 18. Download the song Transliterator from My Old Kentucky Blog (Stereogum was first). Devotchka offers frantic fiddle playing, accordion stylings that make for quality drinking songs, and fall-in-love/heartbreaking vocals in a variety of languages that can spin you into an introverted trance–and sometimes all three things at once.

The songs DeVotchKa picked for their MySpace represent them fairly well, though they of course cannot capture the beauty and crazed nature of the live shows. I first saw them in 2005 opening for The Dresden Dolls, and they totally stole the evening. The audience wanted nothing more than to stomp their feet, swirl their pint glasses above their heads in a wild toast when the music crescendoed, and take home the pretty upright bass player with the rose behind her ear. But don’t we all.

Colorado’s DeVotchKa have also toured with the self-styled “Burlesque and Fetish Star” Dita Von Teese, Calexico, and Flogging Molly, among others. I can’t wait to see who’s with them on the next tour.

Catch performances of Queen Of The Surface Streets and a darling little version of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s Something Stupid performed on an interview/session with MPR’s The Current.

I am obsessed with their cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s Venus in Furs. Watch a live YouTube here, grab the mp3 here at ThaBombShelter, or, better yet, buy the EP Curse Your Little Heart. The EP also contains a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ The Last Beat of My Heart and the Sinatras’ tune.


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