Gangsters and Grizzly's come together in today's new releases.

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Grizzly Bear | Friend

The follow up EP to GB's 2006 release Yellow House is extra

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Gangsters and Grizzly's come together in today's new releases.

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Grizzly Bear | Friend

The follow up EP to GB's 2006 release Yellow House is extra long- weighing in at a collection of ten tracks comprised of covers, re-worked material and collaborations. The atmospheric Brooklyn group enlist wacky party-centric Brazillians (let's be honest, is there any other kind?) CSS to cover their catchiest "Knife" and Band of Horses try their hand at a banjo laced "Plans".

Hear Friend in it's entirety today as the band streams it live on MySpace.

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Jay-Z | American Gangster

Jay "officially out of retirement" Z's American Gangster is diffferent from the Ridley Scott film's soundtrack. This American Gangster is described as more of "a musical journey and lyrical interpretation of snapshots from the motion picture" by Amazon, where Jay-Z draws both from the film (which chronicles the entrepreneurial rise rise of Harlem's Frank Lucas from mere driver to top crime boss) and Mr. Z's true life experiences, many of which aren't too far apart.

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The Cops | Free Electricity

Seattle's smartly dressed rockers The Cops release their razor-sharp second full-length which they describe in part as "No fuss, no muss, no stupid hippie haircuts. No shit." Hmmm, hippie haircuts. Wouldn't that be an oxymoron?

Catch them next: November 16 at the Croc with Pleasureboaters and the Whore Moans.

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Sigur Ros | Hvarf/Heim (CD) and Heima (DVD)

The band from Reykjavík who's ethereal soundscapes mirror their homeland drop a Sigur Ros trifecta today: Hvarf/Heim being the 2-disc follow up to Takk, and Heima, a DVD of the Takk support tour shot in 15 different locations. The band had this to say on their MySpace today about the goods:

HEIMA:

In 2006 having toured the world over in support of their 'Takk' album, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts in Iceland. 'Heima' is a unique record in dvd form of that tour filmed in over 15 locations across the island, taking in the biggest and smallest shows of their career.

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'Hvarf-Heim', the companion record, has two titles because it is in effect two separate, but complementary, entities, with two front covers (see below) and a limited run of two discs. Open it one way and it's 'Hvarf' ("disappeared" or "haven"), a five track electric studio record comprising mainly unreleased rarities from Sigur Rós's back-pages, none of which is on 'Heima'. Open it the other way and it's 'Heim' ("home"), a six track live acoustic record, comprising delicate new unplugged versions of some of Sigur Rós's best moments, which have never been performed before.

 
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