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Friday Five: Halloween, Alaska gets all mixed up, Friends by Fire team with Ryan Olcott

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With a busy weekend of local shows just around the corner, here’s a look at some of the most intriguing tracks and videos to surface over these past five days:

1. Halloween, Alaska gets remixed

If you’ve been listening to our Local Current stream, you’ve likely heard quite a few tracks from Halloween, Alaska’s hypnotic record, All Night the Calls Came In. All 10 tracks are being chopped up and rearranged for a new record called Fake Mistakes: Remixes, with guest remixers including Grant Cutler, S. Carey, Sombear (Brad Hale of Now, Now), and Graham O’Brien. The record drops February 28, and for now you can listen to Lazerbeak’s take on “In Your Sleep” below.


2. Villa Rosa pay homage to City of God

In a new video directed by Greg Grease, Villa Rosa (Maria Isa and Muja Messiah) team up with I Self Divine for “Chico,” which splices images of Black Panthers and riots into footage of the three rappers delivering their verses. Speaking of I Self Divine, he’s halfway through releasing his four-part string of mixtapes The Culture Series, and you can stream the latest installment on Gimme Noise here.


3. Friends by Fire team up with Ryan Olcott for new EP

With his band Mystery Palace officially kaput, Ryan Olcott seems to be spending a lot of time behind the boards these days. In addition to working with Hunting Club on their forthcoming full-length, he is also in the midst of recording with new wave-inspired group Friends by Fire. “He will have full production and oversee the album, the band reports. Listen to a teaser of their new collaboration below, and keep an eye out for the new EP Sister Waves this April.


4. The Icy Shores cover the Afghan Whigs

By all reports, the final show by now-defunct group the Icy Shores was a bittersweet, memorable night. One of the highlights of their set was a cover of the Afghan Whigs “What Jail is Like,” and the videographers behind Lyn Lake Productions were on hand to capture that cool moment.


5.  Now, Now announce release show, debut new video

One of a handful of Minnesota bands to be signed by influential labels this winter (see also: Howler, Night Moves), Now, Now are preparing to release their new full-length, Threads, on Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie’s Trans Records. Their local CD-release show will take place March 3 at the Triple Rock, and you can sample the track “Dead Oaks” and watch footage of them traversing the nation below.