- Can't make it to SXSW? Here's the next best thing: The SXSW Artists Torrent
739 artists, 739 MP3s, 3.1GB
- Mika - Grace Kelly (video)
Mika is blowing up in the UK. With his effortless falsetto, songs like this draw comparisons to Queen and the Scissor Sisters. His new album carves an interesting twee pop niche that will likely polarize listeners; but for now, I'm happy to join the bandwagon.
- Britney - Rehab (video)
Britney covers Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab'. Well, not really. But this is pretty funny (mean, yes, but funny nonetheless).
- Total Lunar Eclipse on March 3
- 5 Things That Killed Hip Hop
I prefer DJ Shadow's even more simplistic explanation in 'Why Hip Hop Sucks In '96'.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
New Feist MP3, Terminator vs. Robocop mash-up (video), The Longcut (video), Britney loses her head, I mean hair
Feist - My Moon, My Man
I'm digging the minimalist piano bassline, the shimmering keyboard in the chorus, and Feist's lovely vocals.
- Terminator vs. Robocop
Quite possibly the most amazing video mash-up I have ever seen. Fantastic editing. Terminator vs. Robocop, who wins? And don't miss Terminator vs. Robocop Episode 2.
- The Longcut - A Tried And Tested Method
A neat infographical music video in the style of Royksopp's Remind Me.
- On eBay: Britney Spears' hair
As if marrying K-Fed at one point wasn't proof enough, this is definitive evidence that Britney's finally lost it. I'm beginning doubt that Britney will ever be hot again.
- Arcade Fire on SNL next Saturday (2/24/07)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Thank you faithful readers for helping this site reach a major milestone: one million unique visits. It took just over 2 years. A big and somewhat belated Valentine's Day smooch to you all!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Robyn - Konichiwa Bitches (video), The Shins - Phantom Limb (video), New Ted Leo (MP3), Arcade Fire tour dates, New Groove Armada (audio and MP3)
- Robyn - Konichiwa Bitches (video)
Robyn will soon release 'Konichiwa Bitches' in the UK with remixes from Trentemoller and Menta. This hodgepodge of lunacy is a hilariously cheesy early contender for music video of the year. Get your karaoke on!
- The Shins - Phantom Limb (video)
I guess this one's been out a while, but it's the first time I've seen it. For how much effort they put in, it's really rather dull.
- Ted Leo - Sons of Cain (MP3)
A rockin' new tune from Ted Leo off their forthcoming album 'Living with the Living'.
- Arcade Fire tour dates, including North America
02-13 New York, NY - Judson Memorial Church
02-14 New York, NY - Judson Memorial Church
02-15 New York, NY - Judson Memorial Church
02-16 New York, NY - Judson Memorial Church
02-17 New York, NY - Judson Memorial Church
03-05 Dublin, Ireland - Olympia *
03-06 Dublin, Ireland - Olympia *
03-08 Manchester, England - Apollo *
03-09 Manchester, England - Apollo *
03-11 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands *
03-12 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands *
03-14 London, England - Brixton Academy *
03-15 London, England - Brixton Academy *
03-16 London, England - Brixton Academy #
03-17 London, England - Brixton Academy #
03-19 Paris, France - Olympia #
03-20 Paris, France - Olympia #
03-23 Stockholm, Sweden - Circus #
03-24 Oslo, Norway - Centrum Scene #
03-25 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega #
03-27 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof #
03-28 Munich, Germany - Elserhalle #
03-31 Lyon, France - Transbordeur #
04-01 Cologne, Germany - E-Live Music Hall #
04-02 Utrecht, Netherlands - Vredenburg #
04-04 Brussels, Belgium - Halles de Schaerbeek #
04-05 Lille, France - L'Aeronef #
04-26 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
04-28 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)
05-01 Atlanta, GA - Civic Center
05-02 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
05-04 Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05-05 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
05-07 New York, NY - TBA
05-08 New York, NY - TBA
05-09 New York, NY - TBA
05-10 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05-12 Montreal, Quebec - Arena Maurice Richard
05-13 Montreal, Quebec - Arena Maurice Richard
05-15 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
05-16 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
05-18 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05-19 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05-20 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05-27 Portland, OR - Schnitzer Concert Hall
06-22-24 Pilton, England - Glastonbury
- Groove Armada has a new track entitled "Get Down" on their myspace from their forthcoming album. It combines glitchy tech house with ragga elements. You can download the MP3 on this blog.
- Condi Rice gets Condelicious
Neo-Cons take cover. This scandalous parody will have liberals in stitches.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
M.I.A. - Bird Flu (stream, video), David Vandervelde - Jacket (video), Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around Comes Around (video)
- M.I.A. has a stompin' new track on her Myspace: M.I.A. - Bird Flu Also, check out the Bird Flu (video).
- David Vandervelde - Jacket (video)
The first video from one of my possible favorite albums of 2007.
- Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around Comes Around (video)
The video for this somewhat forgettable song would have probably slid beneath my radar if it didn't star Scarlett Johansson.
- Details on Feist's new album, "The Reminder"
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Common & Kanye West - Southside Super Bowl (MP3)
1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle (video)
- I commend those of my fellow Chicagoans who braved the -20 degree F wind chill to attend the The Essex Green and Camera Obscura show at Logan Square Auditorium on the eve of the Superbowl (GO BEARS). Even walking 3 1/2 blocks from the car to the venue was painful. My eyeballs started freezing up, my lungs hurt, and my eyebrows became numb. I apologize for not having pics; the lens mechanism got frozen. J/k, I just forgot it and my camera phone sucks.
The Essex Green put on a solid if unspectacular show. They played new and old stuff including "The Late Great Cassiopia" and many selections from their 'Cannibal Sea' LP, including "Penny & Jack" and an energetic rendition of "Don't Know Why". The crowd seemed pretty restless in anticipation of Camera Obscura, but the talking continued through Camera Obscura's set.
Tracyanne Campbell handled the rude talkers with grace by changing up the lyrics to "Books Written for Girls". Instead of:
People get shocked in many ways
I disappoint you
I can't see through your perfect smile
People are rude in so many ways [or something to that effect]...to which the quieter fans in the audience enthusiastically applauded. They opened with "Let's Get Out of This Country". After closing a slow stretch of their set with "Country Mile" they concluded with "Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken" and "If Looks Could Kill", followed by two encores including "I Need All the Friends I Can Get" with the Essex Green on stage (this was their last tour stop together). Needless to say, Camera Obscura moved up several spots on my list of favorite artists.
They disappoint me
When they talk through my perfect song
- Lily Allen - Alfie (video)
"Alfie" is a pretty dumb song, but this video is hilarious.
- The Charleston to Daft Punk (video)
Do the "Charleston" to Daft Punk's "Around the World".
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