It looks like a pretty good Monday–a lot of new music, videos, and other fun stuff to kick off your week.
We mentioned this on Friday, and today our suspicions were confirmed: The Antlers are about to release a new album! Familiars will be released state-side on June 17, so mark your calendars now (or just save the hassle and pre-order). Meanwhile, watch the music video the band released for the lead single, “Palace”–it’s as delicately gorgeous as you would expect, and the band has already done the courtesy of providing the lyrics for you on their Tumblr.
Stereogum has the premiere of the single from former member of The Walkmen Peter Matthew Bauer, the festive “Latin American Ficciones”. It definitely evokes the spirit of his former band, especially in the insistent trebly guitar, with a nice spare percussion backing track. This follows on the heels of the recent new music we’ve heard from other former members Walter Martin and Hamilton Leithauser. It’s unlikely that any of the projects will reach the heights of the best work of The Walkmen, but all of the songs that have been released are rather promising, so fingers crossed.
Everyone should be familiar with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” right now, but you may not know the “science” behind the hit. Owen Pallett takes a look at the underlying music theory that makes the song work so well. He takes a couple of liberties to make it easier to understand for beginners, but it’s a solid look at the underpinnings of the tune.
This actually appeared on my Facebook feed on Friday, but I’m linking to it now because we need more ways to kill time at the beginning of the week. NPR has a quick quiz of “Name That Drum Fill”, and I think most people should do pretty well.
And finally, last night I had the great pleasure to see album-of-the-year frontrunners The War On Drugs in person at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. It was a blistering set, and the new songs really kick live. We may run a quick review of the show in the next couple of days, but I’m going to pass along a video from one of the highlights of the show: it was when Jim James of My Morning Jacket showed up for the encore to sing a cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games” with the band.