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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Annie - I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me (video), Mystery Jets (videos), The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name (videos), more

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Coldplay - Violet Hill (MP3), CSS - Rat Is Dead (Rage)(MP3), The Radio Dept. - Freddie and the Trojan Horse (MP3), more

  • coldplay violet hill mp3 Coldplay - Violet Hill (click and sign up to download)
    "If you love me, won't you let me know?"
    The first single from their forthcoming LP, 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends', is available on their website. Well, I suppose I've ignored Coldplay since 'X&Y' (or actually since their 2nd LP), but this song is reason to pay attention again. The expansive guitar and exaggerated dynamics kinda reminded me of Doves, mixed in with familiar Coldplay elements like Chris Martin's piano and trademark falsetto. (Speaking of which, when the hell are Doves coming out with a new album? Hopefully, this year.)

  • css rat is dead rage mp3 CSS - Rat Is Dead (Rage) (MP3)
    Hooray for new CSS! It's more alt rock/punk than their previous tunes, sharing more in common with Veruca Salt, Belly, or the Breeders than their dance rock counterparts.

  • the radio dept. freddie and the trojan horse mp3 The Radio Dept. - Freddie and the Trojan Horse (MP3) | mirror
    With all the great music coming out of Sweden, The Radio Dept. still holds its place as my favorite Swedish band/artist, with The Knife and Jens Lekman as close runners-up (not to leave out Robyn, Shout Out Louds, Peter Bjorn and John, Jose Gonzalez, The Cardigans, The Sounds, The Hives, and ABBA). This is the title track off their forthcoming LP, 'Freddie and the Trojan Horse', a dreamy and contemplative blend of pop, synth rock, and psychedelia.

  • Evil Dead - The Musical
    Wow, I really want to see this. Too bad it's only playing in Toronto. Come to Chicago (or at least to Broadway)!

  • Jimi Hendrix Sex Tape
    Add this to the list of things I never want to see.

  • Roger Ebert's Journal
    I don't always agree with his reviews. But it'll be interesting to read his daily ramblings on his new blog.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bento lunches as album covers, My Brightest Diamond (MP3), Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone (video)

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    bento box album art
  • Bento box lunches decorated as album art
    Forget Food Network. These are the coolest culinary creations you'll see all year. Link above goes to a Japanese blog dedicated to these bento box creations. Translation of some of these in the ensuing link: [via]

  • my brightest diamond inside a boy mp3 My Brightest Diamond - Inside A Boy
    Shara Worden has a wonderful voice. She's been compared to Kate Bush, which is only a bit of a stretch. However, if this song is any indication, things on 'A Thousand Shark's Teeth' (the follow-up to her eclectic debut LP) will pick up where they left off.

  • lykke li i'm good, i'm gone video Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone (video)
    Old people popping (or trying to pop) is funny. Just don't pop that joint outta place!

  • Coachella by the Numbers
    LA weekly breaks down the numbers at Coachella, like gender of lead singers, ethnicity, indies vs. majors, etc.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kings Have Long Arms - Big Umbrella feat. Candie Payne (MP3 and video), The Roots - Birthday Girl (video)

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Wolf Parade - Call It A Ritual (MP3), Mystery Jets (MP3), Orouni (MP3), I Love Math (MP3), Video Blitz: M83, Portishead, AC, Lupe, Usher, Robyn

  • wolf parade call it a ritual mp3 Wolf Parade - Call It A Ritual (MP3) | mirror
    Yeah, I'm late to the party. Here is some yummy new Wolf Parade to whet your appetite in the unlikely event you have not heard it yet. Gratuitously lifted from here.

  • mystery jets young love mp3 Mystery Jets - Young Love (MP3) | mirror
    Perfect song for summer frolicking in the fields chasing after your love... if that's your thing. I am digging most of the new Mystery Jets album, but I especially love this song, especially when Laura Marling's vocal comes in. I'll post the equally excellent Shoes Remix tomorrow.

  • orouni mp3 Orouni - A Greased & Golden Palm (MP3)
    Here's a nice submission from Orouni, who apparently hails from France. This here's a nice fanciful pop folk tune in the vein of Jens Lekman or Page France. Check it out.

  • i love math josephine street mp3 I Love Math - Josephine Street (MP3) | mirror
    Irresistible indie pop from Dallas, Texas. I guess it's not just "steers and qu..."

  •  video M83 - Graveyard Girl (video)
    With M83, Neon Neon, Crystal Castles, and Hot Chip (to name but a few), there's a lot in the electro/electronic/synth pop realm keeping my ears busy. The new M83 album redirects the wonderfully dark energy of the previous LP into a much more upbeat offering, featuring lovely vocals from Morgan Kibby, lead singer of The Romanovs, who admittedly I know absolutely nothing about except the all too convenient Evanescence comparisons. Her voice fits perfectly with M83's neo-shoegaze soundscape. Too bad she's not on the first single/video. However, be sure to check out the LP and listen to "Kim & Jessie", "Skin of the Night", and "Up!"

  •  video Portishead - Machine Gun (video)
    Do not listen to this on an empty stomach. Is it worth the 11 year wait? I think so, but I'm still digesting the album.

  • animal collective water curses video Animal Collective - Water Curses (video)
    Mosaicized nonsense for your viewing pleasure.

  •  video Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo (video)
    Every time I revisit Lupe's album, I am amazed at its quality and cohesiveness.

  •  video Usher - Love In This Club (video)
    Catchy earworm is beginning to wear thin.

  •  video Robyn - Who's That Girl (video)
    Did you know The Knife produced this song? No wonder I liked it so much right off the bat.

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Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Videos, Sopranos Deaths (video), Simpsons Couch Intros (video), more

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

El Madmo - GGW (MP3): Norah Jones' Secretive Side Project

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    el madmo ggw mp3 El Madmo - GGW (MP3)

    El Madmo derives its name from each band member: El (bassist/singer aka Handsome Band's Daru Oda), Maddie (guitarist/singer aka Norah Jones, yeah that Norah Jones), and Mo (drummer aka Handsome Band's Andrew Borger). The songs are a playful mix of indie rock, alt-country, pop, and punk. This will be right up your alley if you like Zooey Deschanel's recent collab with M. Ward, She & Him, although El Madmo is more unpredictable and cheeky. Combine that with a cleverly disguised Norah Jones looking hot and punky in a blond wig, fishnet stockings, and super hero's hard to resist. Their eponymous album is coming out on Conor Oberst's Team Love record label on May 20. Pre-order it here. Cheeky lyrics ahead...

    El Madmo - GGW Lyrics

    Don't touch me
    Don't play me
    Or my little sister

    Your breath is
    When you open your mouth

    I'm not lonely
    I just wanted a drink
    You don't need to understand

    You're dirty
    Not sturdy
    Don't you puke on my dress

    Lay off me
    I'm ____(?)
    I don't want your number

    I told you not to touch me
    But I'll say it again
    I guess you want to lose an eye-ai-ai-ai-ai!

    I've got nails-uh!
    You will bleed!
    Ohhh Ohhhhhh!

    I told you
    I'm surly
    Now go pick up your eye
    Now go clean up your mess
    Now I'll take that drink
    Buddy Boooy yeah

    el madmo mp3

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Akon Calls T-Pain (video), Bjork - Wanderlust (video), Mike Gravel Covers Helter Skelter (video), more

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