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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Videos; Phoenix, M. Ward, and, well, guess.

Got a slew of new and somewhat new videos for you today from Stereogum, Pitchfork, and My Old Kentucky Blog.

Lucky me got a copy of Phoenix's new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix from a friend last week and I was very pleased with the results. Apparently, the band also scheduled a Bonnaroo date this summer to support the album. Here's a video from the album's latest single "Lisztomania," courtesy of Pitchfork TV.

Phoenix - Lisztomania

Here's the second video from M. Ward's latest album Hold Time, "Rave On" a Buddy Holly cover featuring the indie-explosion that is Zooey Deschanel on backup vocals.

And, for about the 15th day in a row, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have given a live television performance. This one, however, is a little special. The Brooklyn group didn't perform their regular "Zero" off of It's Blitz! on Fallon last night, but rather a deceptive "Heads Will Roll." The results never the less seem to be as good as usual.

Lollapalooza Update

News coming in from Consequence of Sound that several more acts have been confirmed for this summer's Lollapalooza festival including; Metric, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Silversun Pickups, The Gaslight Anthem, and some lesser known electronic acts, He Say She Say, Hey Champ, Yellow Fever, and Moneypenny. With those eight acts now slated for an appearance, the festival line-up has ballooned to 32. Don't forget, the actual line-up will be announced April 21.

Rumors have also risen for Bassnectar and M.I.A. In five days we'll all know the truth.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tim and Eric on Fallon

Let me get this out of the way; I fucking love Tim and Eric. It may be odd to really put out into words, but I don't think there are any comedians on earth that I like right now more than these two, and they might not really be comedians.

So as some of you may know, the two made one of their first national appearances last night on Fallon with spectacular results. They came out in matching suits, covered in chocolate, screaming, and throwing candy at the audience all to The Roots covering the T&E classic, "Sports." Oh, and word of a movie just thrills the Hell out of me.

For those who missed it (from Videogum).

Wednesday; Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Doves

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been artfully terrorizing the NYC scene with their Saturday performance on SNL, last night's stint on Letterman, and their upcoming debut on Fallon, promoting their recent It's Blitz! release.

Gone is Karen O's signature "Zero" leather jacket along with Saturday Night Live's crappy music production category. For those who may not realize it, well, we really don't need to go over the details again. (SNL vs. Colbert Performances).

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Live on Letterman)

Doves also had a duel performance on Later... With Jools Holland (oh yeah, so did Yeah Yeah Yeahs) of "Winterhill" and "Kingdom of Rust" off of their recently released album of the same name.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Downloads; Screaming Females, The Bitters, Raphael Saadiq, and more.

Screaming Females, who to my surprise are also a New Jersey product, caught my attention with their video "Bell" which I've posted here a couple weeks ago. The three-piece garage taunts released their album Power Move!!! today, with a couple more noteworthy singles (courtesy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted). For fun.

Chris at Gorilla vs. Bear has another track from Ben Cook and Aerin Fogel's side-band The Bitters off of their Wooden Glove EP, entitled "Can You Keep a Secret." Delightfully so, the single is incredible, and I recommend it a lot.

I'll sum up the rest quickly: Raphael Saadiq has a Daytrotter Sesson here, there may be a White Stripes movie, and here's some singles from The Boys Least Likely To and Death Cab.

Crop of Videos

Here's a nice pile of videos from You Ain't No Picasso, Kitsune Noir, and Thanks Captain Obvious!

Bill Callahan recently played a small intimate performance at Used Kids in Colombus, Ohio of "Rococo Zephyr." Lets hope this isn't the last we hear of the lo-fi icon.

Bill Callahan - Rococo Zephyr

Horse Feathers have a video for their single "Curs in the Weeds" off of their album House with No Name, which you can order here from Kill Rock Stars.

Horse Feathers - Curs in the Weeds

Thanks to Bobby for finding this; Tweenbot. It's the short story of a tiny robot in a park, trying to get from the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park to the Southeast corner. But, will anyone help? In short - it's crazy fucking adorable, like a puppy that gets lost in a pile of stuffed animals.

Tuesday; Andrew Bird and A.C. Newman

One Lollapalooza confirmed act (Bird) and one hopeful (Newman) both have recent video performances of songs from their latest albums; Andrew Bird, looking exceptionally Andrew Bird-like, performed "Fitz and Dizzyspells" from his recent Noble Beast LP on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current.

Andrew Bird - Fitz and Dizzyspells (Live on The Current)

Meanwhile, A.C. Newman, alongside a special guest Nicole Atkins, performed "Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer" off of Newman's Get Guilty LP on Letterman last night. In all, it's a mini-explosion of indie aesthetic: horns, guests, minimalism, Letterman. What else is left?

A.C. Newman (ft. Nicole Atkins) - Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer (Live on Letterman)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Downloads; Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Dirty Projectors, and more.

So to go along with some strong Lollapalooza rumors for Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, here's a couple downloads from Pop Tarts Suck Toasted (and a whole lot more) for you from the band's upcoming release of Outer South May 5 (via Merge Records).

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band - Nikorette - MP3
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band - Air Mattress - MP3

Finally, I can actually get a legitimate copy of Dirty Projectors new single "Stillness in the Move" off of their upcoming Bitte Orca LP, without dealing with any of that mailing list bull crap. The album's due out June 9 via Domino Records.

Dirty Projectors - Stillness in the Move - MP3
Dirty Projectors - No Intention - MP3

Here's a couple more MP3's that round out today, including another single from Neko Case, Crooked Fingers, and St. Vincent's latest video for her single "Actor Out of Work" at Spinner.

Neko Case - Red Tide - MP3
Crooked Fingers - Your Control - MP3

More Lollapalooza Rumors/Confirmations

For those of you who may exclusively check out my site for Lollapalooza rumors, here's your fix.

The set-list for the summer festival has risen to 24 with confirmations from Kid Kudi, The Knux, and (curve ball here) country artist Eric Church. While the confirms may be coming in a tad slow (the official line-up of nearly 120 artists will be announced April 21, only eight days away), the rumors continue to pile up. According to Consequence of Sound, Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band and Of Montreal have been rumored to fill the festival bill, along with, and this is a huge one here, Modest Mouse.

San Fransisco's Outside Lands Music Festival (August 28-30) line-up was partly announced today, with artists like Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Mastodon, The Dead Weather, M.I.A., and the aforementioned Modest Mouse joining the likes of the Beastie Boys and Pearl Jam. If this line-up gives any clues to Lollapalooza, hopes for those artists have just gone up.

Any more clues to this year's line-up would be greatly appreciated.

New Eels

It's been a good amount of time since I've heard anything new from Eels, so upon hearing the band's new single "Tremendous Dynamite" on My Old Kentucky Blog earlier today I couldn't help getting excited about the band's chances of a Lollapalooza (more later) appearance this year.

The new album, Hombre Lobo (Twelve Songs About Desire) is due out April 28th via Vagrant Records. Fans can go to the band's website to hear their other new single, "Fresh Blood."

Eels - Tremendous Dynamite

Monday; Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I hope everyone that cares had at least an adequate Easter/Passover/Godless weekend, that being said mine was also adequate, yet fulfilling. Details are pointless, just make up the story yourself.

Anyway, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as everyone else has already cued in on, performed on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live with host Zach Efron, who was surprisingly funny and was lucky enough to host one of the best episodes this season. The band themselves performed "Zero" from their recently released It's Blitz! LP, but went with their staple hit "Maps" off of 2003's Fever to Tell instead of their recent LP's second single. Judge, please.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Live on SNL)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps (Live on SNL)