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Friday, March 27, 2009

Lollapalooza Update

It has recently been confirmed (through their Myspace) that Passion Pit have signed on for Lollapalooza 2009, putting the already confirmed list to 19.

Before We Go; Woods, Red Red Meat, Killers, and more

While Sub-Pop is dealing with the loss of arguably the biggest artist, The Shins, from their label earlier this week, they have managed to release a reissue of Red Red Meat's 3rd album Bunny Gets Paid (1995) along with a free music sampler from Amazon. You can get Red Red Meat's deluxe reissue here, or take a listen yourself (courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard).

Red Red Meat - Rosewood, Stax, Volts, and Glitter - MP3
Red Red Meat - Gauze - MP3

In an odd find (courtesy of My Old Kentucky Blog), here's The Killers (who were recently declared as one of this year's Lollapalooza headliners) doing an actually good cover of Bright Eyes "Four Winds."

And finally today, Chris has a couple good songs from The Woods latest full-length output Songs of Shame and an incredible cover of The Zombies "Hung Up on a Dream" from Tough Alliance.

The Woods - Rain On - MP3
The Woods - The Dark - MP3
Tought Alliance - Hung Up on a Dream (Zombies Cover) - MP3

Until Next Week.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I'll keep this short; pretty mediocre day for music exploration. That being said there are a few things I still have for today's quota.

Yesterday I posted for the first time about Local Natives (with three free songs), but I neglected to post this video (courtesy of Some Velvet Blog) of the band performing a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia" in their backyard.

Chris posted his weekly Thursday XM Radio show set-list today, which if you may not know yet, is a pretty substantial source of the stuff I post here. Here's a couple worthy one's from Grizzly Bear and Crystal Stilts, but check out the site yourself for more.

Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader - MP3
Crystal Stilts - Love is a Wave - MP3

And to our short end, The Music Slut has a couple of video's worth taking a peek at including video debuts from Deerhoof and Great Lake Swimmers, along with White Lies Tuesday night performance of "To Lose My Life" on Letterman. Enjoy.

Deerhoof - Buck & Judy

Great Lake Swimmers - Pulling on a Line

White Lies - To Lose My Life (Live on Letterman)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wild Wednesday

The title of today's post, as some may have figured out, is devoted to the new trailer for Spike Jonze newest movie Where the Wild Things Are (courtesy of Videogum). Naturally, people are going ape-shit over this (Arcade Fire usually helps the hipster sensibilities). The movie's due out October 16, but you should see why everyone has already gotten excited.

Bears and Bullets is primarily a music website, however, so we must fill our imaginary quota.

Department of Eagles video for "No One Does it Like You" debuted last night at New York's Museum of Modern art (courtesy of You Ain't No Picasso), complete with a post-viewing performance from the band. The video's about one of those arty wars that know one really talks about.

Subterranean Blog has some new videos from Camera Obscura and our oft-blogged friends The Black Lips. Each video subjugates certain feelings of sympathy that is quickly swept away by feelings of inadequacy. Like wise.

Camera Obscura - French Navy

Black Lips - I'll Be With You

And finally Some Velvet Blog has clued me in (along with someone else I know) to Local Natives. Here you go.

Local Natives - Airplanes - MP3
Local Natives - World News - MP3
Local Natives - Stranger Things - MP3

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday Cram

A little late today, but the point is it's here so don't complain.

I find it a mystery that I failed to post the Sigur Ros video from Vincent Moon's Take Away Show, but I feel I must. It's some unspoken obligation I have with myself that I must post whatever new things the band does. Also, I'm crossing my fingers for an August appearance from them in Chicago.

Fans of Dan Deacon, wherever they may be, have to be at least a little excited about the release of Deacon's release of Bromst. Pop Tarts Suck Toasted has provided two songs off of his second release for free. For those paying attention, this is the first time in roughly two months that I've posted anything related to electronica on the site. Joy.

Dan Deacon - Build Voice - MP3
Dan Deacon - Wet Wings - MP3

Chris at Gorilla vs. Bear has another Dum Dum Girls song for, which if any of you have been paying attention is one of only four artists I really notice him talk about (Wavves, Vivian Girls, etc,). Here's "It Only Takes One Nite" from their Yours Alone EP.

Finally, a crap ton of videos for everyone including Morrissey's performance of "Black Cloud" on last night's new Fallon.

Morrissey - Black Cloud (Fallon)

And finally, here's two performances from My Brightest Diamond and Joe Pug on Laundro Matinee. You can catch the rest of the performances on the Laudro site.

My Brightest Diamond - The Gentlest Gentleman

Joe Pug - Nation of Heat

Monday, March 23, 2009

Countdown to Grant Park

Roughly five months from now my friends and I will be taking our second annual trip to Chicago's three-day music festival - Lollapalooza. Is it a little early for me to get started on this? Absolutely, but Lollapalooza has already become my favorite time of the year and the closer and closer August 7 comes, the more and more giddy I become.

Most of you already know that The Beastie Boys, Jane's Addiction, and Depeche Mode were confirmed as early festival headliners several weeks ago, but today eager fans learned of the others (Lollapalooza has six headliners): Kings of Leon, Tool, and The Killers have plugged the bill.

Those of you reading may notice a bit of a top-tier drop off from last year's headliners (Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, and The Raconteurs), but worry not (I'm not, so you shouldn't be either). The crop of mid-level artists emerging have begun leaking from numerous sources today, stifling my heart beat a smidgen.

Alex Young at Consequence of Sound posted some notes worth mentioning of the remaining acts. Andrew Bird, Neko Case, and The Decemberists have jumped on the band-wagon with previously confirmed acts Atmosphere, Ben Folds, Delta Spirit, Friendly Fires, Kaiser Chiefs, The Ravonettes, Paul Green's School of Rock All-Stars, and TheNewNo2. But one non-headliner as making louder noise than the rest. Lou Reed, as confirmed in The Chicago Tribune, is slated for a most-likely early night performance this year.

So the confirmed list has streched to 18 out of roughly 130 possible artists. As for those not yet confirmed but are at least likely to put their names in the mix - Animal Collective, Bon Iver, No Age, Peter Bjorn & John, Girl Talk, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Bat for Lashes, Lykke Li, and nearly a hundred others.

I'll keep you up to date during the oncoming months of any and all possible, plausible, and real line-up additions.

And We're Back

Ignore the nearly one and half week departure kids, Bears and Bullets is back and is ready to pick off where we once left off. We didn't leave off anywhere specific, so this should be easy for the both of us.

Anyway, I was the one of the unfortunately four out of 4000 bloggers that didn't attend SXSW this year (okay, I haven't ever), but thanks to everyone else's hard-sought efforts I get to reap the minimal benefits they left behind. In short, here's some of the best SXSW special downloads from Pop Tarts Suck Toasted.

King Khan & The Shrines - Sweet Tooth - MP3
Vivian Girls - Damaged - MP3
Vetiver - Down From Above - MP3
Harlem - Beautiful & Very Smart - MP3

Also, check out the site's list of the 10 Hardest Bands to Google (with more MP3's)

Royce at Captain Obvious released his monthly covers mixtape a week ago with a couple of gems from Sufjan Stevens, A.C. Newman, and The Kills brilliant cover of Patsy Cline's "Crazy." You can download all of the songs on the website.

I want to get a couple notable videos in before I go back to doing whatever it is I do when I'm not doing this. Here's a couple performances from The Handsom Furs, Neko Case, and Modest Mouse's television debut of "Satellite Skin" on Letterman last week.

The Handsome Furs - Thy Will Be Done (In-Studio)

Neko Case - People Got a Lot of Nerve

Modest Mouse - Satellite Skin (On Letterman)

And finally, a nice "no" compilation.