Entries from August 2008

RETRO: Kiss “Rocket Ride” unofficial video

August 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

When I was in second grade, “Rocket Ride” by Kiss was my hands-down, absolute most favorite song. It was released as a 45RPM single in 1977 on Casablanca Records, but I didn’t discover it until about 1982 when a neighbor gave it to me because I liked the Casablanca logo. I would listen to it […]

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Murder By Death continues its endless tour, starts 7" series

August 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Murder By Death is hitting the road for the next few months. You don’t say? I don’t know how these guys have retained any semblance of sanity with as much touring as they’ve got under their belts. In addition to tour news, though, the band is starting a new 7″ series, whereby Murder by Death […]

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Tags: new release · touring

Stereolab “Neon Beanbag” video

August 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Stereolab “Neon Beanbag” video

This is the second video from Stereolab’s new Chemical Chords album- the band’s first in four years. I have yet to pick it up, but the first two singles have me itching to do so. I never tire of Lætitia Sadier’s voice or Tim Gane’s experimental droning lounge pop. It annoys me to death when […]

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The Verve “Love Is Noise” video

August 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

So, this comeback single from the recently reunited Verve is slowly growing on me. I was never much of a fan of Richard Ashcroft and company’s psychedelic hippie soul music, but I did have a soft-spot for “Bittersweet Symphony” before its relentless ubiquity reached astronomical proportions over a decade hence. At first I thought this […]

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Tags: video

Trail of Dead perform as a duo for first time in 13 years

August 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Trail of Dead perform as a duo for first time in 13 years

The original line-up of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead played at Santos Party House in NYC last night. Consisting only of principal songwriters Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, the down-sized duo ripped through classics like “Richter Scale Madness” off the band’s self-titled debut from 1998. The new Trail of Dead […]

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Tags: video

Ra Ra, Blah, Blah, Blah

August 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Via the always entertaining About Today comes the question regarding Ra Ra Riot as the new Arcade Fire, Annuals, et al. Hell, the blogosphere is all ra ra ra about ra ra riot, but honestly, I just don’t get it. Then again, I never really got into The Annuals despite the dozens of recommendations from […]

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The Songs of Summer

August 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

I Kissed A Girl Wow. I have only even heard 2 of the top 10 songs of summer as listed by Time. My Summer Jams: 1. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl (McFly Remix) 2. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire 3. M83 – Kim & Jessie 4. Stricken City – Tak o Tak […]

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Tags: lists

Boy+Girl are Talking in French, Representing Oz

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Boy+Girl are Talking in French, Representing Oz

First The Presets, then Cut Copy, now via Big Stereo comes word of the ’80s inspired dance pop of Boy + Girl. I don’t know what they’re feeding our antipodean friends down in Australia, but I hope they keep it up. Additionally, it seems Melbourne, home of Cut Copy and Boy+Girl (among others), is moving […]

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Tags: MySpace · New2Me · video

Metallica in 2008

August 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. [via Metal Inquisition]

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Listen to Damon Albarn’s Monkey Opera

August 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Listen to Damon Albarn’s Monkey Opera

I was hugely annoyed that I couldn’t work out catching Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West when it played at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC back in June. Word on the street is that it lived up to the hype. It won’t be quite the same experience, but the recordings are now available […]

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Tags: stream

Alleged isolated live feed from Britney Spears’ mic

August 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Alleged isolated live feed from Britney Spears’ mic

If this is legit, it’s hilarious and sad and completely unsurprising.

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Tags: video

Walk it Off

August 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Walk it Off

You can change the perspective of the video while watching. Fascinating concept. Bad song.

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Tags: New2Me · video

Cinematic Orchestra in Schweppes ad?

August 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Cinematic Orchestra in Schweppes ad?

Chris Knox’s Heineken ad freaked me out, but this is just crazy. Cinematic Orchestra?! Really?

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Tags: advert · video

Do you like my pony-tail? I do, I do!

August 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments

natalie portman’s shaved head

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Tags: video

What if Gondry had directed Donnie Darko?

August 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on What if Gondry had directed Donnie Darko?

(this is the video for Gary Jules cover of the haunting Tears for Fears track Mad World, featured in Donnie Darko)

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Tags: video

The Album Cover is Dead. Again.

August 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Album Cover is Dead. Again.

The Independent featured the perennial proverbial “album art is so last century” article Rock Art RIP this weekend. This time it’s Peter Saville declaring that album art is dead. Sigh. Perhaps we’ll be saved by the resurgence of vinyl? Gigwise has a collection of covers from this year that prove that the rumours of the […]

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Zooey, Zooey, Zooey

August 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Zooey, Zooey, Zooey

Zooey and M. Ward (She & Him) make an appearance on Sound Opinions this week, prompting a discussion of former Hollywood crossovers like Eddie Murphy, Ricky Nelson, and Will Oldham to name a few. Entertaining as always.

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Juliana Hatfield “This Lonely Love” video

August 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My high school crush on Juliana Hatfield didn’t translate into quite what I had worked out in my head, even though she did once help a friend of mine and I sneak into a Lemonheads show (circa It’s A Shame About Ray!) when we were underage. She set us up to watch the entire show […]

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Download Love & Rockets’ Lollapalooza set

August 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Download Love & Rockets’ Lollapalooza set

With Bauhaus’ unceremonious and uncomfortable announcement that there would be no touring or promotion for its final album, Go Away White, the re-emergence of Love & Rockets is somewhat anti-climactic. Not that the two bands have much in common besides 3/4’s of a line-up, but, still, my surprising excitement for the new Bauhaus record isn’t […]

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Tags: mp3

The Cure’s all set to suck for charity

August 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’d practically promised myself I wouldn’t comment on The Cure anymore, since things have sunk so low that it’s just beyond embarrassing for my one-time favorite band. But it’s difficult to ignore news of new jaw-dropping lows in the career of perennial clown, Robert Smith. Allowing members of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and […]

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