2. Are you one for strange covers? Do you enjoy the one hit wonders Peter, Bjorn & John? Well this very strange Bluegrass cover of "Young Folks" was recently sent to me, check it out: Dawn Landes & WST Bluegrass Band - Young Folks (mp3). If you really like that, then there is clearly something wrong with you, but you can also check out the video.
3. Icelandic orchestral pop outfit Benni Hemm Hemm has announced its first ever tour of the US which will take place this July, launching at NYC's Mercury Lounge on July 5 and wrapping up on July 27 at Philly's Johnny Brenda's. The band, which is led by Benedikt Hermann Hermannsson contains anywhere from eleven to seventeen members, depending on who is available. The band's sophomore release, Kajak, was recorded with an eleven-piece band and will be released on May 22 on the Morr Music label. Check out: Snjórjljóssnjór (mp3)
4. Arcsin - Way back in February of 2005 Brooklyn producer, Arcsin, released his debut on Def Jux entitled "Resonant Murk Tactics". His beats are filled with electro synths and are epic to say the least. Now two years later a lost album that was allegedly recorded shortly after his debut is going to be released on Paramau Records. The album is entitled "Wrath of Man" and you can check out some of the sounds at Arcsin's myspace page.
5. Lollapalooza Band of the Week: Ghostland Observatory
The band I am most excited to see at Lollapalooza this year has to be the Austin, TX duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner called Ghostland Observatory. From what I hear, their shows are filled with energy and passion and truly something that should not be missed. This duo has released two albums on Trashy Moped Recordings, 2006 "Paparazzi Lightning" and 2005 "delete.delete.i.eat.meat". If you are excited about Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, then don't miss Ghostland Observatory! Check Out: Move with your Lover (mp3) and Sad Sad City (mp3)