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BON IVER 22 (Over Soon) Jag­jaguwar

In a short es­say posted to Bon Iver’s of­fi­cial web­site, Justin Ver­non’s close friend Tr­ever Ha­gen de­scribes the singer in the midst of what sounds like a ner­vous break­down dur­ing the record­ing of this song. Which may ex­plain some of the song ti­tles on the band’s forth­com­ing third al­bum. Tracks slated for in­clu­sion on 22, A Mil­lion in­clude 10

Death Breast and ___45___. It’s ei­ther a cry for help, or he’s spilled juice on his key­board.


Ir­ish singer-song­writer Maija Sofia uses per­ma­nent marker on her arms and legs in this new video for

Stains. It’s a metaphor for some ro­man­tic tribu­la­tion, pre­sum­ably. Time heals all wounds, Ma­jia. (But you might want to try Swar­fega for the other thing...)

LAMBCHOP The Hus­tle Merge

If, like me, you lost track of Lambchop back when they could still loosely be catagorised as alt-coun­try, you may have trou­ble be­liev­ing this epic elec­tron­ica track is even them. But then Kurt Wag­ner’s vo­cal drops and all is right with the world.


“I want to put my tif­fin in a tif­fin tin,” sings Neil Han­non, over a din of tinny key­boards and bark­ing-dog sound ef­fects, while Cathy Davey dances around man­i­cally wear­ing a Scream mask. “But I can’t find a shop in which to buy that thing / A tif­fin tin / A tif­fin tin…” Well, if this were Mark E Smith’s new sin­gle, I’d call it a stun­ning re­turn to form. But com­ing from song­writ­ers as pol­ished as this pair, one has to sus­pect that some­thing is amiss here. And one would be cor­rect. To cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of Fa­ther Ted’s clas­sic Euro­vi­sion episode, Elec­tric Pic­nic or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for en­tries for a Rub­bish Song For Europe con­test. And who bet­ter to get the ball rolling than the co-writer of My Lovely Horse?

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