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Harvey Danger Releases Posthumous Single, Ansewers Question, “What Ever Happened to Those Guys?”

In 1998, “Flagpole Sitta” became the anthem for angsty burnouts across the country. What happened to those guys? Doing a little digging, we were surprised to find the band has quietly released two more albums since their debut, 1997’s Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? (Fun fact: “Flagpole Sitta” will reportedly be renewed as the theme song for the UK sitcom Peep Show, now in its eighth season). We were further surprised, if not a bit flummoxed, to learn Harvey Danger formally called it quits last year.  Before they did, they recorded the just-released track “The Show Must Not Go On” while wrapping up their final string of shows last fall. Produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie, and all three Harvey Danger albums), the track is a far cry from the ire of their youth. Rather, it seems the band has come to terms with the trappings of commercial success. It can’t be easy being relegated to one hit wonder status (Local H, anyone?), but the enduring impact of “Flagpole Sitta” on alternative rock just might be worth the burn.

Check out the final jam, “The Show Must Not Go On”, for free  here. Also, check up on the rest of their catalog, including a brand new 15-track b-sides/rarities collection.

— Britt

NEW MUSIC: Tim Kasher Goes Solo

Courtesy of Saddle Creek

You might know Tim Kasher as the lead singer of indie/post-hardcore band Cursive, who has been putting out albums on the Omaha-based Saddle Creek label since the label’s debut in the mid-1990s. You might also know Tim Kasher as the lead singer of The Good Life, also on the Saddle Creek label, which began as a solo-project for Kasher to branch out into a folk-rock genre that didn’t quite fit with Cursive’s established sound. However, come October 5, you might know Tim Kasher as, well, Tim Kasher, solo artist.

With two separate bands with completely different sounds, what else does Kasher have to explore? “Cold Love,” the first single off of the upcoming album “The Sound of Monogamy,” was released earlier this week as a free download, and proves just how much more Kasher has to give. The song lyrically resembles a Cursive refrain, with fears of getting old and lost relationships, but the catchy chorus is more in tune with something from The Good Life. Overall, the song has a new feel to it, so perhaps the Saddle Creek superstar still has another band or two left in him.

-Lauren

NEW MUSIC: Jay Bells

Another Jay-Z mash-up? Yawn. It seems as though Hov has been mixed and mashed with almost every artist out there, from Linkin Park to Radiohead, on those ever-popular Jaydiohead tracks. However, newcomer DJ O-Face is taking his chances on this tried genre with his new sampler “Jay Bells,” available for download online at djoface.bandcamp.com.

The 6-track album features original mashups of some of Jay-Z’s biggest hits alongside songs off of Brooklyn-based Sleigh Bells’ debut noise-pop album Treats, which has earned huge praise since its May 2010 release. “Jay Bells” matches the strong drums, rifting guitars, and intense female vocals of Sleigh Bells with Jay’s iconic raps to create a new kind of mashup, that is perfect for your weekend party playlist.

Recommended tracks:
Girls, Kids, Girls
Dirt on Your Crown

-Lauren

Arcade Fire’s New Interactive Video

Although it has only been released for about 48 hours, you’ve probably already seen, or at least heard about the new ‘music video’ for the Arcade Fire’s latest single “We Used to Wait” off of The Suburbs. However, to call it just a music video seems, well, insulting. The interactive film begins by instructing viewers to type in the name of their hometown. From there, the multi-screen video will take you on a ride through your (stimulated) childhood. To avoid any further spoilers, (and to see the future of music videos!), check out the clip for yourself at http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com.

-Lauren

Kanye ft. Beyonce & Charlie Wilson: See Me Now

I done TOLD YOU.

Listen to Kanye’s new single on his website right now until he takes it down.

Update: Yeeep, he took it down! Here it is at The Fader.

-Jack

These United States: Lollapanutshell!

Remember in our June issue when we first introduced you to These United States? The boys have been busy on tour since then, and last weekend they hit a new milestone when they played Lollapalooza in Chicago. Check out this tour diary they shared with us! Love these guys!

Lost Lands & Treasure Maps — Episode 35: Lollapanutshell from These United States on Vimeo.

— Britt

Expect Kanye Leaks Tomorrow! (Or Don’t?)

Kanye posted this cryptic tweet a couple minutes ago. Depending on how seriously you take it, we might hear some new Kanye chunes tomorrow, which will maybe confirm my hunch that Yeezy’s upcoming album is going to be the definitive album of 2010.

Or maybe he’s just kidding. The moral of the story is: if you’re not already following this dude on Twitter, get on it!

-Jack