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Friday, May 15, 2009

Modest Mouse "Satellite Skin" Video

It's been quite a while since we've heard/seen anything new from Modest Mouse since the band's 2006 release We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. In fact, aside from a few here and there performances of "Satellite Skin" from the band's forthcoming album No One's First And You're Next, we've heard almost nothing.

Two days after the "Satellite Skin" stream was released the band premiered the single's video. Tool's Kevin Willis directed the video explaining the Tool-esque illusions and stop-motion animation.

Stay tuned to hear the band's next single "Guilty Cocker Spaniels" Monday, via Stereogum.

Modest Mouse - Satellite Skin

Decemberists on Leno

Supporting the group's most recent album, Hazards of Love, and upcoming summer tour, The Decemberists (with supporting vocals from both Lavender Diamond and My Brightest Diamond members) performed "The Wanting Comes in Waves" on Leno last night.

The Portland, Oregon group, for any locals following Bears and Bullets (New York City, Philadelphia area), will be appearing at Radio City Music Hall, NYC June 10 with Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3.

The Decemberists - The Wanting Comes in Waves (Live on Leno)

"1901" Video

"1901", the first single off of Phoenix's upcoming album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, has gotten the music video treatment. The video, released by Dazed Digital and directed by Bogstandard, turned what was originally a live performance of the French five-piece, into a semi-interesting light display.

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix will be released May 25 in Europe and May 26 in the U.S.

Phoenix - 1901

The Road Trailer

Cormac McCarthy's (No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses) most recent novel to be adapted to film, The Road, finally has its first trailer.

Fans of the novel are already iffy about what they have seen from the trailer, considering it appears to be more action oriented and gives Charlize Theron's character much more face time than she ever had in the book. However, according to The Cinematical, The Weinstein Company are just throwing out a trailer that appears to be an action-oriented post apocolyptic film (I Am Legend), but, according to Esquire, is actually as bleak and endearing the novel was.

Whatever the case may be, Viggo Mortensen usually is good enough to get me on board.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sharon Van Etten

The more low-key a music video is, the chances that the music is good significantly increases. Sharon Van Etten's video "For You," directed by Michael Palmieri, complies exactly with those standards, set in what appears to be Sharon's apartment or Palmieri's.

Van Etten's album Because I Was in Love is set to be released May 26 via Language of Stone.

Sharon Van Etten - For You

Lonely Island on Fallon

Several nights ago, in case any one missed it, Andy Samberg and the rest of his Lonely Island grouped performed their T-Pain backed SNL digital short turned single "I'm on a Boat" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, marking the group's first live television performance.

The most well-known track off of Lonely Island's debut album Incredibad is missing T-Pain on the Late Night stage, but it really doesn't matter when Black Thought and the rest of The Roots just fill in. For those who've seen the original video before, you'll understand Jorma's noticable silence.

Lonely Island - I'm on a Boat (Live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Weezer Tours with Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy

Cementing the lamest tour of 2009.

Wilco's New Album

For those who are still dreadfully unaware, Wilco's new album Wilco (The Album) is set to be released June 30 from Nonesuch records, but us lucky fans can listen to the entire album for free here, for a limited time.

The band is currently on the Spain leg of their world tour but they'll be hitting the states by June, so look for tickets while you still can.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vivian Girls Video "Moped Girls"

Lo-fi starlets Vivian Girls released a video for "Moped Girls" today, off the group's duel single "Moped Girls" and "Death" via the band's label Rough Trade. It barely makes it past the two minute mark, cycling through each of the band members and their cat.

Vivian Girls - Moped Girls

Full District 9 Trailer

For those who saw Wolverine in theaters (sorry), you witnessed a blurry, no-subtitle sneak-peak at Neill Blomkamp's film District 9. The film, based off of Blomkamp's short film Alive, is a fictional documentary about aliens who are stranded in Johannesburg, and are permanently maintained by the South African military.

The movie, presented by Peter Jackson, is set to be released August 14.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Grizzly Bear on Jools Holland

Last week Grizzly Bear served up a surprisingly lack-luster performance of their single "Two Weeks" on Later... With Jools Holland, making it the first less than spectacular performance by Grizzly Bear than most of us have ever seen.

Redeaming themselves, the group performed Veckatimest's landmark track "While You Wait for the Others" with a much more favorable end-product. Dan Rossen, helming the vocals, takes over for Ed Droste as he sets the harmonies with the rest of the group. Veckatimest is comes out May 26.

Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others (Live on Later... With Jools Holland)

Animal Collective on Letterman

I don't really believe there's a border-line to how obstensive and obscure a musical performance can be on a late night talk show, but watching Animal Collective's performance of "Summertime Clothes" off of their Merriweather Post Pavillion LP on Letterman you can't help but get a sense that the majority of the audience is most likely lost.

Three of the band's four members graced the Late Show stage, complete with an aqua light-show and their own set of interperetive dancers, used only to confuse the studio audience members who really have no idea (and still no idea) who Animal Collective are.

Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Live on Letterman)

Monday; God Help the Girl Video

Following up last Friday's post of God Help the Girl's single "Come Monday Night," the Stuart Murdoch brain-child already has released a video to support it. The group's principle voice Catherine Ireton gleams in a terric monochrone back-drop, giving a light sheer to her alarming beauty.

Fellow God Help the Girl co-singers Celia Garcia and Alex Klobuk shine as well, supporting Ireton's misty-eyed vocals. The only question I have is the sitcom-ish lead for the video into the song. Regardless, the product is beautiful. God Help the Girl's self-titled album is out June 23 on Matador Records, but you can pre-order your copy here.

God Help the Girl - Come Monday Night