Watch Flaming Lips Video For Embryonic Cut, “Watching the Planets,” In Which Wayne Coyne Gets Completely Naked, and a Giant Fur Monster Gives Birth to a Ton of Naked Adults…Flaming Lips, You’ve Gotten So Predictable (Uh, this is Most NSFW Thing Since This) [NME]
Stream Joy Orbison’s Remix of Four Tet’s Single “Love Cry” (Which Sounds Almost Nothing Like the Original Track…Which May or May Not Be a Good Thing); Elsewhere, the Original Version “Love Cry” is On the Upcoming There Is Love In You, Due Out January 26 [Gorilla vs. Bear]
Hey, You Like the Hold Steady? (Yes, You Do). Then You Should Probably Be Psyched For Craig Finn’s Former Band, Lifter Puller, Re-releasing All Their Music, Along With a Commemorative Lifter Puller Book. (You Will Be Excited, Or I’ll Make You Excited); Elsewhere, I Am Unhealthily In Love With the Hold Steady [Pitchfork]
Stream Hot Chip’s “Take It In” off the Upcoming (And Announced Yesterday) One Life Stand; Elsewhere, I Beg the Question: Who Likes Hot Chip? I Have Heard They Are Huge, But Have Never Met a Single Person Who Would Call Themselves a Hot Chip Fan. Prove Me Wrong, Readers [Prefix]
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Watch Video For Fever Ray’s Cover of Nick Cave’s “Stranger Than Kindness,” Which Is Scarier Than Either The Strangers, Dr. Strange, or Quark-Based Strange Matter (Only Barely, Though…That Shit Is Mysterious) [Gorilla vs. Bear]
In Other Fever Ray News, She’s Giving Away a Live Version of Her Self-Titled Debut With This Weeks The Guardian In the U.K….Good News For Those In The UK. Bad News For Us Running New York Based Music Blog [NME]
Josh Homme/Dave Grohl/John Paul Jones Supergroup Them Crooked Vultures Announce Album Details; Self-Titled LP Released November 17, Containing Song Called “An Interlude With Ludes” Which is Such a Dated and Awesome Drug Reference That I’m Red Faced With Joy [Pitchfork]
R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, and Pearl Jam Push For Closure of Guantanamo Bay, Joining The Rest of Rational Americans Who Believe Torture Is Even A Little Not Cool [BBC]
Hold Steady Frontman/Promoter of All Things Positive Craig Finn, To Co-Adapt Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City Into a Movie; Finn Says of the Subject: “I’m Writing a Screenplay/ Camera, Lights, and Clever Kids Getting Action, Bab-ay/ I Hope The Oscars Recall It Fairly Fondly” [Idolator]
Former Island Records Boss Marc Marot Wants a Clause in Record Contracts That Allows Record Labels To Intervene When Artists Are Suffering Drug Problems; Next Year, Labels Set to Introduce “Nap Time” Clause, Requiring All Artists To Take 20-Minuter Whenever Label Deems Them “Cranky” [NME]
Watch Video For Weezer’s “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” Off Upcoming LP Ratitude; It’s Very 1950s-Chic; Meanwhile, Rivers Is Probably Knee-Deep in a Melding of the Minds With Katy Perry Right Now [Babelgum]
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The Wrens (That “Legendary” Jersey Emo-Punk Band Who Have Managed Legendary Status By Only Releasing Three Records Over 20 Years) To Play 2002’s The Meadowlands From Start to Finish; Elsewhere, The Wrens Probably Aren’t Releasing Anything Until Like 2016 [Brooklyn Vegan]
As Much As I Don’t Like 50 Cent, The Album Cover to Before I Self Destruct Is Fucking Awesome, and Makes a Good Case For 50 Taking Up Arnold’s Role in the Next Train Wreck Terminator Sequel [Idolator]
Fatboy Slim Announces Sideproject With David Byrne, Martha Wainwright, and…Cyndi Lauper?; Here Lies Love (Apparenty A Concept Album About Former First Lady of the Phillipines…To Whom None of the Above Most Likely Have Any Connection, Especially Lauper) Released Sometime in 2010 [NME]
Stream Another New Devendra Banhart Song, “Angelika;” Sounds Like a Donovan Song, Suddenly Overtaken By Buena Vista Social Club, Which is Not As Awesome As It Sounds; What Will We Be Released October 27 [Pitchfork]
Kanye West’s and Lady’s Gaga’s Fame Kills Tour MAY Be Cancelled ALLEGEDLY Due to RUMORS that Kanye POSSIBLY Is Checking Into Rehab For HYPOTHETICAL Alcoholism; In Other News, This Is An Unsubstantiated Rumor [Prefix]
The Compact Disc Celebrates Its 27th Birthday; Like Many 27 Year Olds, The CD Will Be Mourning Its Seemingly Imminent Death By Looking At More Youthful Versions of Itself Online (Hopefully Via Lala…What a Great Service) [Idolator]
Stream Animal Collective’s Remix of Phoenix’s “Love Like a Sunset” – Tribal, Glitchy, Airy; How Does Animal Collective Manage To Make Every Song They Remix Sound Like ANY Animal Collective Song? [Gorilla vs. Bear]
The Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay To Release a Collection of Short Stories, Entitled Complicated Gardening Techniques In January; I Make Vow To Report Any Hold Steady News No Matter How Seemingly Insignificant [Pitchfork]
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July 3, 2009
Tomorrow marks the 233rd birthday of our United States – which means music news takes a much needed rest to drink beer, grill meat, and blow stuff up in honor of a bunch of dudes getting together and signing shit.
So, in lieu of Daily News Picks, we at JezebelMusic.com want to offer up some soundtrack picks for your barbeques, picnics, beach parties, box socials, sock hops, three day benders, anti-democratic Socialist rallies, quilt shows, whatever floats your independent boat. Here they are:
Bruce Springsteen: “Born in the USA” Hell yeah America! Yeah! The boss loves America, pop open some Keystone! You know this song is about post-Vietnam disillusionment, right? Yeah, disillusionment with not bein’ free! Yeah! Sigh.
Michael McDonald: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” Oh man, I LOVE Stevie Wo—oh…wait…oh…oh god.
Piebald: “American Hearts” This band/song is horrifyingly bad. But the chorus just reaffirms that we are apparently part of “it.” And being included feels awesome!
Ludacris: The entirety of Chicken-n-Beer Note: only awesome if you are actually preparing poultry while drinking beer.
Animal Collective: “Fireworks” Hey guys, get it…we are watching fireworks and the song’s called “Fireworks.” Isn’t that so awesome…like, it’s not about fireworks, but that’s its name….ha-…no?…you see what I did there? Anyone? Guys?
Third Eye Blind: “Semi-Charmed Life” Seriously, I’ve never met anyone who did not know every single word to this song. And for some inexplicable reason no one really feels bad about that. So, I guess…everyone sings-along!
The Hold Steady: “Atlantic City” This is the American music at its purest – The Hold Steady, with collars bluer than their Levis covering Springsteen, the most American man ever born (yeah, even you Alexander Hamilton, the national bank was a flawed economic implementation). Plus they add a bomb ass solo. If you do not enjoy this song, you are a Communist.
by Max Sebela
Stream Dirty Projectors’ Excellent Bitte Orca on NPR [NPR]
New Arctic Monkeys Album out August 25 [Prefix]
Bon Iver, Beth Gibbons Turn Talents Towards Charity [Pitchfork]
Los Campesinos! Tour One Man Short [The Tripwire]
M.I.A.’s Political Pop [Prefix]
Asher Roth Headlining Tour – Hits New York July 15 [NME]
The Hold Steady Team Up with Top Chef [Pitchfork]
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