Entries from January 2009

Morrissey bares all

January 31st, 2009 · 7 Comments

In what must surely be some sort of mid-life crisis or misguided grasp at the cover of a tabloid, Morrissey and his bandmates bare (almost) all. WTF was he thinking? Who green lights this sort of trainwreck? I love Moz as much as the next fan, but if he had asked me about this idea, […]

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Air’s La Femme D’argent 10 years later

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Air’s La Femme D’argent 10 years later

Air’s Moon Safari, which was the first full album I ever ripped and mp3 encoded, is getting the 10 year anniversary double disc reissue treatment with Rarities, Remixes and Sessions. (spotted on coudal.com) I wish they had a clip of Jeremy Piven screaming “10 YEARS!” It would have been perfect for this post. Sigh.

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Flight of the Conchords plan spring tour, second album

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have the first two episodes of Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords DVR’d and ready to go, about which I am very excited. I think tonight is the night. Even more exciting is the fact that Bret and Jemaine are taking the show on the road this spring. I had a chance to […]

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Tags: humor · touring

“Crying Lightning” with Arctic Monkeys at Big Day Out festival

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Crying Lightning” with Arctic Monkeys at Big Day Out festival

A bunch of the new Arctic Monkeys tunes surfacing lately have been terrible quality bootlegs, but this clip of “Crying Lightning” from the Big Day Out festival in Sydney is the first tolerable glimpse of the band’s new direction. Having holed up in the studio with Queens of the Stoneage frontman Josh Homme doesn’t seem […]

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T-mobile Flashmob Dance Party

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on T-mobile Flashmob Dance Party

This commercial is going to get old, but for now it brings a smile. (that’s my favorite train station, too)

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Junior Boys draw “Parallel Lines”

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Nobody does that retro-sophisticated, icy synth-pop quite like Junior Boys. They’ve got the method down. Stereogum’s got an exclusive stream of their new single, “Parallel Lines.” It’s a mid-tempo jam packed with the requisite amount of falsetto come-ons. Even though they drag it out for six and a half minutes, it’s easy to get lost […]

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Tags: link · new release · stream

Everybody’s working for Friday I’m in love t-shirts

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Everybody’s working for Friday I’m in love t-shirts

The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” is easily one of the worst songs Robert Smith has ever composed. It was The Cure’s “Take This Job and Shove It”, a tune destined for the 5 o’clock whistle on Friday afternoon radio shows to be sandwiched between “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” and “Bang on the Drum […]

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Tags: design

Coachella line-up announced (only a week late)

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Coachella line-up announced (only a week late)

No gasping surprises for the Coachella line-up this year, unless you count Amy Winehouse, who might be hard-pressed to leave the beach to make it. Also, no Blur, as rumored.  Good to see Superchunk making an appearance, though. [via Idolator]

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Lily Allen returns to London stage after 2 years

January 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

London goes gaga for Lily Allen’s return to the stage at Koko. Or something like that. The Fear, is currently inescapable in the UK. Seriously.

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New Metric Fantasies, forthcoming

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Metric Fantasies, forthcoming

“On April 14, 2009 METRIC will release their fourth full length studio album, Fantasies.” (hat tip, QLP) Came across this acoustic cover of Elliot Smith’s “Between the Bars.” Just for you.

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Explorer’s Club

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Explorer’s Club

Quick shout out to low country South Cackalacky kids made good, Charleston’s Explorer’s Club. Interview, live session, myspace, and coming to a town near you. Maybe soon! 3 Feb 2009 20:00 DC 9 District of Columbia, Washington DC 4 Feb 2009 20:00 Student Union @ Messiah College Grantham, Pennsylvania 5 Feb 2009 20:00 Mercury Lounge […]

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Tags: touring

Minimal, Petites natures

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Minimal, Petites natures

Minimal French synth pop from Toulouse to you, via . Ca va? Ca va! Amusez vous, bien. Ou est le discothèque?

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Depeche Mode’s ‘Sounds of the Universe’ release date, tracklist

January 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’ve been a Depeche Mode fan since I was a kid. It was my gateway band to bigger and better things, but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for it, even for the not-so-great albums (like the past decade’s worth). Well, 2005’s Playing the Angel wasn’t all bad. “Precious” was a good […]

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Tags: books · new release

New Trail of Dead streams at MySpace, Spin

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Trail of Dead streams at MySpace, Spin

Trail of Dead has posted a new song on its MySpace page, “Isis Unveiled.” Yeah, so the past two Trail of Dead records have been on the lacking side, but I’m open to the idea that the band can get things back on track (despite no re-enlistment of bassist Neil Busch…ugh). “Isis Unveiled” certainly helps […]

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Tags: MySpace · stream · track review

The Walkmen perform “In The New Year” on Conan

January 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Walkmen tore up “In The New Year” for Conan. Can’t get enough of Hamilton Leithauser’s voice. He’s in really good form here, especially when he punches it up. I just love it when he pushes way beyond his range; he teeters on the brink of falling apart, and that risk is what makes him […]

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Ulysses remixed

January 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Ulysses remixed

mebeliFranz Ferdinand’s new single Ulysses has been given the remix contest treatment and a winner has been crowned. Head over to BeatPortal to hear the winning entry from Keith & Supabeatz.

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Tags: new release · remix

Poor Nick Drake, Poor, Poor, Nick Drake

January 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Poor Nick Drake, Poor, Poor, Nick Drake

“Artists including Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Norah Jones and Jack Johnson are set to appear on a forthcoming Nick Drake tribute CD.” Bleh. Pardon me whilst I vomit. In more positive Nick Drake news, I Guess I’m Floating has a download of The Books & Jose Gonzalez doing Cello Song which is apparently on this […]

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Tags: link · new release · news

Lykke Li on Tour in US

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Lykke Li on Tour in US

30 Jan 2009 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 31 Jan 2009 Sixth And I w/ Wildbirds & Peacedrums Washington, Washington DC 2 Feb 2009 Webster Hall w/ Wildbirds & Peacedrums SOLD OUT! New York 3 Feb 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn SOLD OUT! New York, New York 4 Feb 2009 Club Soda w/ Wildbirds […]

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sugarlumps

January 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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New song from Wrens!

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on New song from Wrens!

Magnet’s on Wren Watch.

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