From The Onion’s Audio/Visual Club:
The A.V. Club is delighted to point you to a free download of a new live collaboration between Wilco and Fleet Foxes, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” which was recorded in Bend, OR on the recent Wilco tour. Wilco’s working with Headcount.org, “a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to voter registration and inspiring participation in democracy through the power of music.” So when you download this track, you’ll be asked to click a simple button, pledging to vote in the upcoming national election on November 4. And if you’re feeling particularly generous, Wilco’s also suggesting you make a donation to Second Harvest/Feed America.
Without further ado: Go here to download the track!
It is often said that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. But sometimes it goes the other way, and you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you finally get it. Certain bands strike a chord because they fill a void that the fan hadn’t even realized was there. Whether it be in the form of Fleet Foxes’ ethereal harmonies, Cut Copy’s intense synth-pop, or the Adam-Duritz-on-spin-cycle vocals of Frightened Rabbit, sometimes a band will just feel immediately, intimately familiar. The same sensation can be felt when hearing San Francisco band The New Up — the scratching of an itch you didn’t even know you had.
On their new five song EP, Broken Machine — the first in a series of three EPs by the band set for release over the next year — The New Up bring their moody dance-rock to a boil and keep it there. From the first moments of lead track “Ginger Tea”, the EP oozes smoky atmosphere, as if Metric and My Bloody Valentine had collaborated on the soundtrack to a David Lynch film.