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Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Bears: New Tyler, The Creator video - Yonkers

Premiering shortly after midnight today was Tyler, The Creator's newest video for "Yonkers," a stark, tightly wound epitaph that comes off closer to a self-contained rampage than a free form rap track.

Tyler, the headman at Odd Future, who released his first album Bastard free via his Tumblr, will not be releasing his new album Goblin, which features "Yonkers" the same way. But, the video is what's important.

Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Bears: New Kills video - Satellite

Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince (who looks suspiciously Johnny Cash-like) star as well-dressed dine-and-ditchers carousing the English countryside in their $200,000 Rolls Royce in their newest video for "Satellite." The video is the first for the duo in nearly three years, since the release of Midnight Boom.

The Kills new album Blood Pressures is set for release April 4 and April 5 in the states, via Domino Records.

The Kills - Satellite

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Bears: New Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness

For those living under a series of rocks, the Strokes are back.

Today marked the release of the band's first new song since way back in 2006. For those who've been following, you may have already heard the 30 second sample of "Under Cover of Darkness," and probably wanted more. Well, good news then.

For the next two days, the song will be available for free download at the Strokes website, barring you sign up for it. But for those who don't even want to deal with that, just download it dummy.

Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness - MP3

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Update: First Lollapalooza 2011 Confirmations!


The first official news of Lollapalooza 2011 was released several hours ago. As it is every year, the three primary headlining acts are announced several weeks before the entire official lineup is released. In 2009, Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode and Beastie Boys (who were forced to cancel) were the first headliners to be announced. Last year, Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, and Green Day were given the top billing of the annual festival. So it's safe to assume that the first three headliners will be the more popular acts of the festival so as to draw an obvious crowd.

Noting that, 2011's three primary headliners will be ...

and Foo Fighters

Surprised? There were probable hints that Muse and Foo Fighters would be two of the six headliners, but Eminem seemed to come out of left field - much like Lady Gaga last year. There has been variable voiced disappointment over the selection, but it seems unmerited. For the past two years, many of the headliners were so-so at best, but were rounded out by terrific middle-tier acts and opposing headliners. So, maybe a knee-jerk reaction by some was a bit forced. And, for the record, I'll take those acts over Depeche Mode, Tool, Kings of Leon, Green Day, Jane's Addiction and a washed up Soundgarden on most days.

Other acts also confirmed were: Best Coast, Girl Talk, Lykke Li, and Crystal Castles.

I'll keep you up to date with more Lollapalooza rumors throughout the next few months leading up to the Chicago festival.

Tuesday Bears: New New Pornographers video - Moves

"Moves," the New Pornographers newest music video, off of Together, features an all-out ensemble that's worth watching again and again, even if the song does sound a little like Weezer's "Sweater Song."

Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Horatio Sanz, Donald Glover, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac, John Hodgman, a cross-dressing Ted Leo, and an Independent Spirit Award nominated performance from Kevin Corrigan as Dan Bejar. Watch.

New Pornographers - Moves

Monday, February 7, 2011

In Memoriam ... LCD Soundsystem

Last week, after the White Stripes announced their untimely (or timely, depending on how you look at it) end, LCD Soundsystem also announced that they'll be on their way out in April when the group plays their final show at Madison Square Garden.

The James Murphy led-group sprang up with the release of "Losing My Edge" in 2002 - an eight-minute speech about whatever "cool" is over Murphy's iconic beat. A handful of singles, and a few years later, LCD released their self-titled debut in 2005. Throughout the years, the group has become an affirmative for-runner for perennial, subtly impossible to quantify singles - from roaring, fun, and restless professions like "Drunk Girls," "Daft Punk is Playing at My House," and "North American Scum," to dearly heart-wrenching affixes, typified by the group's standout song; "All My Friends."

While the group's end isn't quite the shocker that the White Stripes was (the group announced several months ago that 2010's This is Happening would indeed be their last album), the end seems to be too soon. With only three studio albums to their credit in the span of five years, Murphy is ending the band at their respective peak.

The MSG finale, scheduled for April 2 (so it's not a joke), is set be around three hours, filled with special guests. For anyone in the area, go (or try to go) and do yourselves a big favor. See them, in their best. Oh, and wear black and white.

LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends