This is pretty neat: Local Natives, current darlings of the summer festival circuit and the proud parents of the critically-acclaimed Gorilla Manor,have launched a microsite where artists and fans can snag stems of songs from the band’s Frenchkiss Records debut. In exchange for a few personal details (name, email, postal – voilà!), prospective remixers can download stems for Manor standouts “Wide Eyes,” “World News,” “Camera Talk,” and “Who Knows Who Cares.” And that’s just the first batch – more will be uploaded later this summer. Artists and fans can submit their re-envisioned track and the best will show up on the player for the world to listen to. Labelmates and recent touring partners Suckers have donated their remix of “Wide Eyes” as the inaugural submission.
Download Stems and Remix Local Natives:
In other news, the folks at Pitchfork have posted Local Natives’ cover of Television’s “Careful.” The tune comes from Aquarium Drunkard’s Television tribute album L’Aventura. Much like the blog’s love-letter to Macca’s RAM, the tribute is a medley of covers from the Television album Adventure and features bands from all over Los Angeles trying their hand at the quintessential New York post-punk progenitors’ brand of angular rock. In addition to being able to download the album for free from Aquarium Drunkard, fans also have the option to donate to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in exchange for the tracks. The conservatory is a non-profit music school offering affordable music lessons, and scholarships for children that include instruction and instruments. One hundred percent of donations go to the school.
Listen to the Local Natives Cover of “Careful” on Pitchfork:
Download L’Aventura from Aquarium Drunkard and Donate: