Song : Paradis : “Sur Une Chanson En Francais”

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This coming January will see the release of a new EP from Parisian duo Paradis. Having already garnered over a half-million plays for their previously released EP track “Garde Le Pour Toi”, they are back once more with what we consider to be an even better song “Sur Une Chanson En Francais” highlighted by some stylized, seducing horns, soothing vocals, and casually-paced tempo held throughout. Stream below.

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Video : Viet Cong : “Continental Shelf”

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Women offshoot Viet Cong have their new self-titled LP out January 20th via Jagjaguwar. The lead single from it “Continental Shelf” is sure to end up on our’s and many other’s songs of the year list. Everything about the song is epic and tight. Today, they have a new video for the track shot by director Yoonha Park in 16mm film. Park says of the creepy visual, “I wanted the video to feel like a reel of film that was purchased accidentally at a garage sale or found buried under someone’s front porch. It’s meant to be an incomplete picture – like screen tests from a lost movie.” Watch below.

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Video : Max Frost : Paranoia

MOKB took a little trip down to Austin, Texas last week, and while partying with miscreants from all over the U.S., we took in an unexpected bowling alley dance party featuring Austin, TX native, multi-instrumentalist, and up-and-coming artist Max Frost.

Frost recently toured with Fitz & The Tantrums and is more frequently finding his name on “Artists To Know” lists and his music in brand commercials. It’s high-energy and loads of fun, so expect the trend to continue. His first single “White Lies” was an early fav of ours, and he’s recently returned with a video for another standout track, “Paranoia“.

Frost will release his debut album in early 2015, and he’s got some heavy-hitters in his corner already. Frost co-produced and co-wrote all the new tracks with the help of producers Benny Blanco (Maroon 5/Wiz Khalifa), Francois Tetaz (Gotye), Ant Whiting (John Newman) and Kid Harpoon (Jesse Ware, Florence and The Machine, Skrillex).

Video : First Aid Kit : “America” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

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Just in case there is some subsection of our audience that doesn’t overlap with the internet at large, and really just to let First Aid Kit know we think they’re amazing, here is the duo’s breathtaking cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”. This will initially be available exclusively as a 10″ single for Record Store Day, and will be released on Nov 28th.

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Song : Black EL : “White ‘95 Maxima”

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Boston’s Black EL just popped on our radar yesterday, but we have listened to his new album, L_ST, five or six times from start to finish since. The album sees production from Durkin and Victor Radz along with features from Michael Christmas and Cody James. Each song transitions seamlessly to the next making for a complete, cohesive release. Oh, did we mention that it is free!?! Our favorite track from might be “White ‘95 Maxima”. The production and word flow really click on it bringing some ’90s retro feel to it updated for today. Stream both the song and entire album below. You can find the free download of the entire LP here.

Video : Sonny & the Sunsets : “Cheap Extensions”

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San Francisco outfit Sonny & the Sunsets are returning on February 17th with new album Talent Night at the Ashram via Polyvinyl. The album, which initially started as a film project that ultimately morphed into songs, could be his most eclectic and adventurous to date. Coinciding with the announcement, the band has revealed the lead single “Cheap Extensions” along with an quirky, yet entertaining animated video. You can find the video and the song stream below. You can pick up a copy of the early bird light blue limited edition vinyl here.

Song : Marissa Nadler : “Pitseleh” (Elliott Smith Cover)

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Until the day that I die, there will always be a spot for Elliott Smith in my listening rotation and there really is no better time to listen to him than this time of the year. Singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler gives us another excuse to revisit his catalog with her interpretation of one of Smith’s classics “Pitseleh” off his 1998 fourth studio album XO. Her version is just as stunning and heartbreaking as the original proving that some songs are just magical no matter who is singing them. It appears on Nadler’s Demos & Unreleased Songs EP just released yesterday via Sacred Bones. Stream below.