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HOME VIDEO – IT WILL BE OK (Electro/Rock – US)

Home Video is an electronic rock duo composed of Collin Ruffino and David Gross, two transplants from the misunderstood landscape of New Orleans, now living in the brooding brownstones of Brooklyn, New York. It was in New York that they were discovered by Warp Records, who put out the band’s first two releases in 2004, “That You Might” and “Citizen”, which garnered the attention of BBC Radio 1, NME and Rolling Stone.

In 2006, Defend Music released the band’s first full-length, No Certain Night or Morning, as well as a 12-inch for the single “Penguin,” which included a remix by DFA Records’ Tim Goldsworthy. From this album, Grammy-nominated DJ Sasha later picked two songs to remix for his Invol2ver compilation, which also included reworked songs from Ladytron, Thom Yorke, Telefon Tel Aviv and Apparat. Following this release, in 2009 the band released the It Will Be Ok EP, featuring the hauntingly beautiful track “I Can Make You Feel”. Stream it below and watch the video HERE.

Home Video - I Can Make You Feel It     

Outside of recording, the band has toured with Blonde Redhead, Colder, Yeasayer and has opened for acts such as Justice, Flying Lotus, Radio 4 and Pinback.

For more info, check out Home Video’s official site or find them on MySpace. Buy their music on Home Video

MGMT – ORACULAR SPECTACULAR (Indie/Pop/Rock – US)

MGMT, formerly named “The Management” (this name was already used by another artist so the band shortened it to “MGMT”), is an American musical duo based in Brooklyn, consisting of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden.

Their debut record, Oracular Spectacular, was produced by Flaming Lips’ producer Dave Fridmann. It’s synthy and poppy but still quite elaborate and indie… A real feast for the senses!

MGMT - Time To Pretend     

NME said: “For all its musical philandering, unbridled excess and shrouds of irony, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a record with more musical depth and warmth all year than this one”.

Get more info and listen to plenty more tunes on MySpace. Buy MGMT’s music on MGMT

MAGNET – THE SIMPLE LIFE (Alternative/Pop – Norway)

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Magnet, aka Even Johansen, lives his simple life on a little farm on an island outside Bergen. There he has his studio and there he makes his records, doing almost everything himself.

Magnet - Navigator     
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EBERG – VOFF VOFF (Electronica/Indie/Pop – Iceland)

New sounds coming from Iceland! Eberg’s music is fresh, it’s original, it’s gorgeous! Just listen to “Inside your head” or “Plastic Lion” and you will be charmed by this very talented young Icelandic artist.

His first album, Plastic Lion, was originally only released in Iceland, in a handmade wooden case, and the profits raised from the sale of these 50 first exclusive copies allowed the band to make more CDs, with a more conventional packaging this time. After getting rave reviews for his first work, Eberg released a  new CD earlier this year and it’s now available for download on Eberg

Eberg - Inside Your Head     

If you wanna hear some of Eberg’s songs or learn more about this artist, visit his MySpace or his label InstantKarma.

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REGINA SPEKTOR – BEGIN TO HOPE (Indie/Pop – US)

Regina Spektor was born in Moscow, Russia, and started studying classical piano from the age of six, practising on a Petrof piano given to her mother by her grandfather. She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union. When she was only nine, her family left the Soviet Union, during the period of Perestroika when Jewish citizens were permitted to emigrate. Travelling first to Austria and then Italy and the US, the Spektors settled in the Bronx, where Regina gained a firm grounding in classical music and then gradually became interested in pop, rock, and punk as well.

Regina Spektor - Summer In The City     

Regina Spektor self-released her first two albums 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002) and sold after performances in downtown NYC. In 2004, she signed a contract with Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album Soviet Kitsch, originally self-released in 2003. Met with critical acclaim, this album helped cement Spektor’s transition from underground to mainstream success.

More info and music on MySpace. Buy all of Regina Spektor’s releasese on Regina Spektor