Stream New Single From Brooklyn’s Own Psyched-Out Tearjerkers Suckers, “Save Your Love For Me,” Which I Continually Feel Is Going to Bust into a Warrant-esque Guitar Solo, With David Lee Roth Yowling Over It – Oh Wait, That’s Basically How it Ends [Pitchfork]
Texas Quiet Rockers Midlake Announce Third Album; I Confuse Midlake With New Jersey Pop-Punk Outfit “Midtown”…Decide Midtown Should Announce New Album; The Courage of Others Released February 1 [Gorilla vs. Bear]
Watch Almost Disturbingly Earnest Punk Ted Leo Run Through a Folk Rendition of New Jam, “One Polaroid a Day,” Which I Believe is Some Kind of Dated Hipster Reference (Polaroids Are Out; Carnival Caricatures, In (Make it Happen, Williamsburg)) [You Ain’t No Picasso]
Stream Snippets of the Long Anticipated Follow-Up to Madlib/DOOM Collaboration Madvilliany; I Usually Avoid Hyperbole, But “I Sip a Hot Tea Watchin Archie Flippin’ Meathead” Is the Best Line Ever Spoken in Hip-Hop [Pitchfork]
The Killers To Release Cover of the Eagles’ “Hotel California;” By Comparing Selves to the Eagles, Killers Determine Fate to Continue to Sell Massive Amounts of Music, and Be Despised for Generations to Come [NME]
Good Music Journalism Prevails! Jarvis Cocker Never Meant to Claim That Pulp Is Getting Back Together at Glastonbury…That’s Right, People, As Little Pulp at Glastonbury as There is In My Orange Juice [Idolator]
Watch Porn New, Extremely Naked Video For Girls Single “Lust for Life;” Less Arousing and More…Just, Really, Really NSFW (What Kind of Microphone is…Hey, Wait a Second. That’s Not a Microphone. Put That Down!) [Stereogum]
compiled by Max Sebela
September 7, 2009
We’re back up and running after a week of down time, and, contrary to the supposed meaning of Labor Day, have been working all day to make some changes to the site. We’ve got a new toolbar up and running (ain’t it pretty?), and will be adding new features, editorials, and reviews throughout this week. Get psyched – it’s only going to get better.
Normally, we’d cap the day off with Daily News Picks, our ever-topical, ever-witty, often infuriating list of music news headlines. But given the holiday (and, admittedly, that there is no music news on Labor Day, except the Arctic Monkeys were recently struck by lightning), we decided to make a quick playlist, celebrating all things Labor Day.
1) Jackson Browne: “Take It Easy” Okay, so this song was more famously recorded by a band with a certain ornithological name. But Jackson Browne wrote it for them. And anyway, Browne’s rendition is more convincing, authentic, and grassroots. This is a music blog – fuck The Eagles.
2) Bruce Springsteen: “The Wrestler” The Boss’s best song of the last decade, brimming with exhaustion, sweat, and the regret that follows from any nine to five. Feel free to sub in any song by Springsteen. They’re all about the same stuff.
3) Kool Moe Dee: “I Go To Work” Let’s go back to a simpler time: 1989: when hip-hop still had a resemblance to the Super Bowl Shuffle. Kool Moe Dee wrote a song free of violence, misogyny, and culture clash, in favor of concluding a basic truth: everybody, does indeed, go to work.
4) The Arcade Fire: “Intervention” Get it? “WORKING for the church while your family dies”? See what I did there?
5) Sam Cooke: “Chain Gang” The ultimate song about work – sure, anyone born after 1985 really can’t be sure what a “chain” is, and why a “gang” needs to work on it. But with a chorus of grunting men, you know that chain is probably a lot harder than your cushy job.
Happy Labor Day. Daily News Picks returns tomorrow.
by Max Sebela
Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, Better Known as MCA, Diagnosed With Cancer; Tour Cancelled and New Beasties LP, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, Delayed [Billboard]
Thriller Set to Break The Eagles’ Record As The Highest Selling Album of All-Time…Good. [Billboard]
Built To Spill Finishing Seventh LP, There Is No Enemy; Released Sometime In October [Brooklyn Vegan]
Andrew W.K. Appears On Fox News; Facially Ridicules Fox News, and Remains Awesome [Prefix]
Ne-Yo Loves Fans, Hates Bloggers, And Is Really Quite A Sensitive Man [Idolator]
Satanic Verses Author Salman Rushdie and Alt-Rockers Dredg Confoundingly Come Together For Charity [Spin]
Lil Wayne’s Much-Anticipated (For All The Wrong Reasons) Rock Album Rebirth Joins Detox and Cuban Linx II On Long List of Rap Albums That Will Probably Never Be Released [Idolator]
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Northside Festival Badge Holders Turned Away at Shea’s Stadium [Brooklyn Vegan]
Ballet Troupes to Perform to Music of Arcade Fire and Spoon [NME]
Raekwon, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah Re-Bring Da Ruckus on “New Wu” [Gorilla vs. Bear]
Weezer, Christina Aguilera, and the Eagles Get Their Own Radio Stations [Idolator]
Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward Create Monsters of Folk [NME]
Andrew WK’s New Show Consists Solely of Destroying Stuff [Idolator]
Thurston Moore Gets a Signature Guitar; Can Be Played Without Bow [Pitchfork]
Post-Punk Heroes At the Drive-In May Reform [NME]
Animal Collective Video For Merriweather Cut “Summertime Clothes” is Frightening [Prefix]
Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie to Release Wind’s Poem August 18th [Pitchfork]
compiled by Max Sebela