New-ish Releases: Vanilla Ice, Au Revoir Simone, Jedi Mind Tricks, Gramercy Arms, Guilt By Association 2

November 4th :

Vanilla Ice – Vanilla Ice is Back! Hip Hop Classics (X-Ray Records)

Vanilla Ice is back! It’s been nearly 20 years since his 1990 hit single “Ice Ice Baby” took him seven times platinum and made him the second white rapper to top the charts. Now Ice is taking us back, with a new album called Vanilla Ice is Back! Hip Hop Classics containing 4 new versions of the song that made the world sing as well as 10 covers of classic 90’s hits from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”.

MP3 : Vanilla Ice – Vanilla Ice is Back! album sampler

November 11th :

Au Revoir Simone – Reverse Migration (Our Secret Record Company)

Au Revoir Simone have received praise from Pitchfork, The London Times, MTV News, NME, and director David Lynch, who named them his favorite new group in 2007. Reverse Migration is a digital only release from this Brooklyn-based, all female trio, and finds a handful of indie superstars reimagining and reinterpreting their favorite tunes from the group’s 2007 release, The Bird of Music . Remixers include Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, The Teenagers, Best Fwends, Air France, and Air side project Darkel. iTunes and Amazon versions include an exclusive bonus track.

MP3 : Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song (Pacific Remix)

Jedi Mind Tricks – A History of Violence (Babygrande)

A History of Violence is the sixth studio album from this Philadelphia hip-hop group, and the first album to feature lead MC Vinnie Paz’s “partner in rhyme,” Jus Allah since his 2000 departure. The group’s previous album Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell [2007] reached #1 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” and #10 on the “Top Independent Albums.” called it “nearly flawless.”

MP3 : Jedi Mind Tricks – Monolith

November 18th :

Gramercy Arms – s/t (Cheap Lullaby)

Debut album from New York City group featuring members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan as Police Woman, and The Dambuilders. Guests include comic Sarah Silverman, Lloyd Cole, Chris Brokaw, and members of Nada Surf and The Pernice Brothers. The Guardian UK says of the album, “Imagine the Byrds paying tribute to the Velvet Underground.”

MP3 : Gramercy Arms – Looking at the Sun

Guilt By Association 2 (Engine Room Records)

Guilt by Association 2 is the second volume in series that features indie stars covering their favorite mainstream pop hits. This latest features Robbers On High Street doing New Edition, Matt Pond PA covering My Chemical Romance, Takka Takka tackling Phil Collins, Cassettes Won’t Listen covering INXS, and more. Digital versions at iTunes, eMusic, and Amazon include an exclusive bonus track by New York band The Bloodsugars. Harp Magazine wrote that the first volume is “more elegy than irony and offers a primer on how to cover songs successfully.

Stream Guilt by Association 2 at Stereogum.

Guilty Pleasures, Here We Come!

Various Artists
Guilt By Association Vol. 2 / Engine Room Recordings / BUY

While we here at the Rind feel pretty firmly that one need not feel guilty for liking cheesy pop songs (seriously, you should see some of our playlists), the idea behind this second volume of covers from Engine Room is a great one – indie artists cover their favorite songs that others might deem “un-indie” and therefore “uncool.”

We’re going to ignore the subjectivity of all that and get to the songs. Move over Marilyn Manson, because Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) delivers a totally creepy version of the Soft Cell classic “Tainted Love,” making it sound more like a spy theme than a new wave song. Check it out here. Speaking of new wave, Rafter’s take on the OMD hit “If You Leave” is sparse in a good way, while Cassettes Won’t Listen offers an electro-poptastic version of INXS’ “Need You Tonight.” (more…)

You And I Have A Lot To Be Excited About

As Pitchfork recently reported, New Zealand new wavers Cut Off Your Hands are set to release their debut LP, You And I, in the US via Frenchkiss on January 20th.  Like the band’s sophomore EP, Blue on Blue, You and I was produced by Suede’s Bernard Butler, and features the bouncey, razor-sharp rock that’s been winning over fans since 06. Fresh off a string of successful CMJ shows, the band is currently touring Europe and Australia, before they’re slated to return to the US in 2009. While that’s certainly a long wait, “Happy As Can Be” oughta tide you over for at least 4 minutes…

MP3 : Cut Off Your Hands – Happy As Can Be

Tracklist after the jump.

Passion Pit Tour, Blog, Continue To Build Crazy Expectations For LP1

In between recording sessions for their obscenely-anticipated 2009 full-length, Boston buzz beneficiaries Passion Pit are keeping up a feverish pace in support of August’s Chunk of Change EP . After a slew of highly-regarded CMJ shows, and a run of sold-out west coast dates with French electro-pop starlet Yelle , the band has announced a live schedule that should see them through the remainder of the year and into early ‘09. But before they embark, they’re, you know, finishing that record of theirs. And if you’re eager to check on their progress, the boys got you covered with their recently launched studio blog . Give it a look, and then scope out the tour dates below the fold.

MP3 : Passion Pit – Sleepyhead


Duel-tide Cheer: The Hives + Cyndi Lauper!

If you’ve been anywhere on the internet lately, you’ve already heard the news . Indeed, overtaken by Holiday spirit, The Hives and Cyndi Lauper have teamed up to record the song A Christmas Duel , duo on December 1st in the UK and one day later on December 2nd in the US.  As an early present to fans who have found themselves being particularly awesome this past year, the single will be exclusively available for free download via the band’s website throughout Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th. While some would expect one of those warm-your-toes-by-the-fire-while-snuggling-up-to-your-loved-one-between-sips-of-hot-cocoa-and-smooches-under-the-mistletoe type of songs, The Hives and Cyndi Lauper offer more of a unique take for this holiday season.  Let’s just say that the pair get a little scrappy.  It also features a piano.  Yay.

The Hives explained, “It may sound weird and come as a surprise to some, but we had to.  It came to us.  It landed in our lap and was way too good to shake or toss.  We knew we had to record it.  A sign if you will.” Cyndi Lauper offered “this goes to show even rat sideswipers can have a good Xmas too.”