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Friday, February 18, 2011

New Lykke Li - Love Out of Lust

Just in case someone's looking for a break from The King of Limbs Friday, Lykke Li premiered another track from her upcoming album Wound Rhymes. If the first impression of "Love Out of Lust" and "I Follow Rivers" is any inclination, her sophomore work may easily surpass her debut Youth Novels.

The new album is due out March 1, but you can pre-order Wounded Rhymes here.

Listen below.

The King of Limbs Update

More news coming out from Radiohead camp:

For anyone who has pre-ordered their copy of The King of Limbs, you can go grab the download a day early - another special gift from the band themselves, via their website. I'll be pretty much shut down for the rest of the day because of this.

Friday Bears: New Radiohead video - Lotus Flower

One day before the butt-fucking hugely anticipated release of The King of Limbs, Radiohead (via the band's Twitter) released the video version of "Lotus Flower," which has been, up to this point, the first song heard from the album itself.

The video is a mostly contained black and white shot of Thom just kinda dancing the insanies out. The song itself? Well, for one, watching the video is completely distracting - just putting that out there. I'll be able to tell you more once the full album is out.

Radiohead - Lotus Flower

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Cut Copy video - Need You Now

"Need You Now," the first track of Cut Copy's recently released album, Zonoscope, was recently given the Keith Schofield treatment. The new video features about a dozen maybe athletes frozen in high school yearbook portraits and eventually trying to kill each others. Oh, and cars. Cars too.

Cut Copy - Need You Now

Thursday Bears: Odd Future on Fallon

For those who missed it, Odd Future made their late night television debut last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in an impossibly epic performance that included: the girl from The Ring/Exorcist, Tyler jumping on Jimmy's back, and Mos Def just showing up making sure we all caught the "swag."

See for yourself.

Odd Future - Sandwiches 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday Bears: New Katy Perry - E.T. (ft. Kanye West)

I would be an idiot to not say this, but this new Katy Perry song featuring Kanye West is due to blow up pretty soon. Get your listenin' here first.

Katy Perry (ft. Kanye West) - E.T.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bonnaroo 2011 lineup released

Manchester, Tennessee's annual Bonnaroo Music Festival's official lineup was released earlier today. Here are the meaty, dirty details:

  • A week after news came out that Eminem would be headlining Lollapalooza 2011, the Detroit rapper surprised again, filling out the top of Bonnaroo's billing.
  • After winning Album of the Year (and beating out Eminem), Arcade Fire will also be at Bonnaroo this year.
  • My Morning Jacket, Buffalo Springfield (and friends), Lil' Wayne, Robert Plant, The Strokes, Decemberists, and the Black Keys are among the other notable larger acts.
  • Bassnectar seems to be this year's big electronic act.
  • For the rest of the lineup (Bonnaroo's site is currently stuck in traffic), check here.
Tickets for the festival go on sale this Saturday, Feb. 19.

Monday, February 14, 2011

New Radiohead. King of Limbs. Saturday.

Last night, I slept happily after witnessing Arcade Fire stun the music world by shafting mainstream pop, effectively giving indie and alternative music an actual landmark moment. But when I woke up to hear that Radiohead were releasing a new album this Saturday, it seemed sort of unreal.

All of this came a week after the White Stripes and LCD Soundsystem announcing the end of their careers, putting a solid bandage on that open wound.

News was released a little while back that the band had actually finished recording the album, which was supposed to be due out some time this year, but no one was sure exactly when or even certain that an album was coming out. Well, here's the rundown:

Radiohead's new album The King of Limbs is due out via digital release this Saturday, February 19. Soon huh?
  • You can preorder the MP3 copy for a lowly $9, or the WAV copy (higher quality) for $14.
  • One person who orders the digital copy will win their own two track 12" vinyl, signed by the group.
If you aren't the digital type (you're online, aren't you?) or if you wanna splurge a bit, you can order The King of Limbs "Newspaper Album," also available for preorder. The package includes.

  • Two 10" clear vinyl records.
  • A CD version of the record.
  • A shit-ton of artwork (over 600 large and small pieces).
  • A digital download of the album.
  • All of these are available for preorder now, but the physical pieces will not be shipped until May 9. The Newspaper version with the MP3 download is available for $48, while the WAV version is $53.
  • One person will also win their own signed pair of 12" vinyls.
So, the In Rainbows "pay what you want" project seems to have gone by the wayside, which may disappoint a handful of people. Be that as it may, it's Radiohead, so stop complaining. We can say through Radiohead at Ease that the album will likely be eight tracks long. Check the details here.

Preorder your copy of King of Limbs now. Or not, you know, do what you want.

Monday Bears: Arcade Fire ... wins?

Last night, the 53rd annual Grammy Awards gave one of the most shockingly righteous awards in the show's history. After being nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, the Arcade Fire seemed more like outsiders thrown into the comical ring for nothing more than pity and forced acknowledgement. A lot of people who know me have heard my on-again off-again verbal detest of the lauded award show. Year after inconsequential year, denominated awards were handed out like peripheral life-time achievement statues, giving awards to Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, and a dead guy.

Throughout the course of the show, the Grammy's were unsurprisingly Grammy-like: Lady Antebellum seemed to be getting every award they had been nominated for, and "Hey, Soul Sister" actually won something -- so, it didn't look good. To put things in an even wider perspective, Arcade Fire actually lost their first two awards to the Black Keys.

Three years ago, Radiohead was also shockingly nominated for Album of the Year for In Rainbows, only to lose to who-gives-a-fuck Robert Plant and Allison Krauss. I'm basically trying to tell you in a bevy of different ways that The Suburbs had virtually no shot to win Album of the Year.

Well, I was wrong. Happily wrong. Arcade Fire beat out Lady Antebellum, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry - four massive mainstream pop acts with legions of followers dwarfing anything the Montreal group has come close to. Barbara Streisand, who announced it, couldn't even seem to get the right words out of her mouth - like she couldn't pronounce the insanely foreign phrase "The Suburbs."

So, what does it all mean? Twitter indie-philes were utterly shocked (just like these people), and dishearteningly concerned that the group would transpose into the mainstream, even though their radio play is few and far between. Will the group actually get radio play now? How will "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" sound between an Usher and the Black Eyed Peas on top 40 radio?

Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, but right now the band isn't just important to those of us who try to pay attention to more than 10 artists - they matter on a global scale. And whether that lasts or not, right now, fans like me feel like we won something.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs