School of Language: Five Essential Albums

Back in 2008 during a hiatus from Field Music, David Brewis, who shares the Mercury Prize-nominated band with his brother Peter, released his first solo album as School of Language, the ambitious Sea From Shore. Six years later, David has returned with a second School of Language album, Old Fears, out now on Memphis Industries. It's a fantastically funked-out, slyly soulful, shapeshifting collection of songs that draws on everything from classic R&B to angular art pop. Intrigued by that fearless collage of sounds, The Alternate Side asked School of Language's David Brewis if he'd pull together his Five Essential Albums for us.

TAS In Session: Flashback 2011, Part 1

Over the past twelve months, The Alternate Side, alongside our sister station WFUV, has hosted dozens of live sessions in our studio with a vivid, inspiriting array of musicians and bands. We've had the chance to shift from The Antlers' luminous introspections to the muscular, shambolic rock of Man Man and end up at the gentle-but-lethal songwriting of Laura Marling. We wanted to revisit some of our favorite performances from many of those sessions, like The Naked and Famous' stirring "Young Blood" or Beirut's accordion-spurred anthem "Santa Fe," and give you updates on what's coming up in 2012 for many of these artists and bands.

Watch: James Blake's New Video For 'A Case Of You' Cover

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James Blake has recruited "The Town" actress Rebecca Hall for the new video of "A Case of You," his cover of the Joni Mitchell song on Blake's recently released EP, Enough Thunder. The video was shot in London and directed by Seb Edwards. After the jump, check out the clip.

New Year's Eve Giveaway: Matt & Kim VIP Package At Hammerstein Ballroom On December 31

Not sure how you're ushering in 2012 yet? The Alternate Side might have you covered. We're giving away a VIP New Year's Eve package to see Matt & Kim play Hammerstein Ballroom on December 31 with openers Super Mash Bros. and Body Language. The lucky winner of a four-pack of box tickets will also take home one private pressing of Matt & Kim's eponymous debut album in a handsome silkscreened sleeve, designed by Kim Schifino herself. It's the band's last show for six months as they write and record their fourth album. The deadline to enter this very special New Year's Eve giveaway is this Friday, December 23, at 12 noon.

Win Tickets For The Kills And JEFF The Brotherhood At Terminal 5 On February 11

It seems that The Kills' Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince just can't stay away from New York; the lusty duo, who launch another Stateside tour in late January, return on February 11 to play Terminal 5. They're bringing along JEFF The Brotherhood who, like The Dead Weather's Mosshart, also have a Jack White connection; this past fall, White produced a single for the Nashville duo, releasing it on Third Man Records. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to this bluesy, raucous gig ... you just need to enter by this Friday, December 23, at noon.

Ticket Giveaway For Zola Jesus At Webster Hall On February 18

Zola Jesus, the operatically trained Nika Roza Danilova, launches another North American tour this winter and returns to New York on February 18 to play Webster Hall — and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. She's still supporting her 2011 release Conatus, but she's also back in the studio working with Orbital and producer Flood ... so perhaps she'll debut a new song or two.

Win Tickets For Karl Denson's Tiny Universe At Webster Hall On February 8

Sax man and West Coast boogaloo stylist Karl Denson, who has played with his own The Greyboy Allstars as well as Lenny Kravitz, leads his jazz-and-funk fueled Tiny Universe at Webster Hall on February 8. Denson and his bandmates will play the Rolling Stones' 1971 album Sticky Fingers in its entirety, joined by special guest Anders Osborne. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets what promises to be a cool show ... and we'll bet that wild horses couldn't drag you away.

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