Weekly Music Fix: New Music From Laura Marling, I’m From Barcelona, and More!

Hi there. While Crystal is busy recapping Skins, I’ll be taking over the Weekly Music Fix. I hope you all like indie pop/folk as much as I do… Here we go!

Do we really need an all women’s music festival in 2010? Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein offers an enlightening reflection on the female music landscape at her Monitor Mix blog.

We’re a week late on this, but… Laura Marling revealed a new single called “Devil’s Spoke” at The Guardian. She’s looking a lot older and sophisticated since her 2008 debut, Alas I Cannot Swim, but I’m not yet convinced by the sound. Listen for yourself. I Speak Because I Can comes out March 22.

Karin Dreijer-Andersson and her brother Olof Dreijer make up Swedish electro-pop duo The Knife. Their fifth album is an opera based on Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, and it’s streaming on their website. You can buy it digitally from Rabid Records now, or wait for it’s physical release on March 1.

Perhaps you really enjoyed Karin Dreijer-Andersson’s solo project Fever Ray. Perhaps her self-titled debut rocked so hard, it even melted your face off? Watch Dreijer-Andersson’s acceptance speech for Artist of The Year at the 2010 P3 Guld (the equivalent of the Swedish Grammys).

On Jan. 27th, the Swedish supergroup released the first track from their upcoming concept album 27 Songs. Each song is written by a different band member and available for free download from their website. I’m From Barcelona will continue to release one song per day until Feb. 22, when you can download the album in its entirety. You can also buy the triple vinyl now from Merchworld.

Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields has covered Peter Gabriel’s “Not One Of Us.” Merritt’s cover, along with Gabriel’s cover of The Magnetic Field’s “The Book Of Love,” will be released on a “double A-Side ‘digital 45’” on iTunes this Saturday.

Not only did Amanda Palmer bare her nipples and underwear at this year’s Golden Globes – her hairy armpits also made an appearance, and the media is still ablaze. Jezebel has an analysis, or you can read Amanda Palmer’s reaction to the entire Golden Globes ordeal on her blog.

NYC glam rock band Semi Precious Weapons has just released a 3-song EP. At first glance, this band might seem like just another glam punk outfit, but past all the tongue-flicking (what’s up with that?), there’s something more going on. Lady Gaga was executive producer on their debut album. And believe it or not, these guys graduated from Berklee College of Music. You can buy the EP from Amazon or iTunes.

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Jess G.

Jess is a writer/producer with a knack for audio and online production. She grew up in California and now lives in Washington, DC, where she recently graduated from Georgetown University. Jess' jacket collection is obscenely large, and so is her music library. In her spare time, Jess enjoys riding her bike in the city, blogging, writing songs, and eating good food.

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  1. Good Fix! I read the Amanda F*cking Palmer Golden Globes blog, it amused me. She’s currently in Australia, I’m psyched to see her show in a few weeks.

    • …nobody can see us, it’s a you and me house

      What’s up Autostraddle, you got a new outfit on today?

  2. I love indie pop and folk (and folk-punk…!) and Amanda Fucking Palmer and Semi Precious Weapons, so this just made my day. And it’s only 10am.

  3. Loved AFP’s blog. I wish I could yell “Naked dress!” at someone and have them change right there, without being a paparazzi.

  4. um YES we need lilith fair in 2010 b/c otherwise how am i going to see beth ditto and loretta lynn in the same place, surrounded by lesbians ??!!! c’mon carrie.

    thank you for telling me abt the knife streaming! wheeeeee! <3


    • There are two Jess’s on Autostraddle now, and I think you might be thinking of the other one. But glad to see we share the same taste!

      • no i was thinking of you! b/c your name is Jess and you wrote this article. right? and you’ll be back next week? to write another one?

    • I totally forgot Gossip was doing Lilith! I hope they make it to the Chicago show! They put on such an amazing performance.

  5. Love the weekly music fix!

    Had no idea It’s From Barcelona was releasing a new record. Love them and actually became a little obsessed with this NYC band, Team Genius, because of It’s From Barcelona.

  6. I’ve only heard a few tracks from The Knife and wasn’t too thrilled about it… but the fact that it is based on Darwin (I’m a zoologist) won me over. Thanks for the link!

    Also, love I’m From Barcelona. I like this fix!

  7. I hope THE KNIFE will release a “real” new album soon and not just a score/opera-collaboration like this one. Their last CD was mind-blowing.

    • Agreed. I am excited to listen to the score but I want an ACTUAL Knife album. New Fever Ray just isn’t enough – although it was amazing, Probably the best live show I saw all year in 2009.

  8. i have never heard of i’m from barcelona but the fact that they have a really cool name prompted me to click on that link

    i am happy

  9. I loved Laura Marling’s first album and I hope that this next one is going to be just as good, if not better. Judging by “Devil’s Spoke” though, I’m thinking I’ll really like it. I love folk and this single is really folky.

  10. I love love love Laura Marling.

    Also, I feel that what Karin from Fever Ray/The Knife did was actually a really powerful and uncomfortable statement about the ongoing oppression of women. It definitely gave me chills.

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