Rock Stephen Carradini
Sometimes people buzz about a thing so that they can be excited about something. Some guy will promote a thing so that if more people get on the bandwagon, he can say he discovered it.
What’s a more perfect song for the A.V. Club’s “Summer Break” series than a gentler, more melodic and acoustic version of Pavement’s classic “Summer Babe,” I ask? Well, certainly not the winter version.
Note: ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’ might just be one my all-time favorite non-metal band name.
Indie Matt Carney
So what happens when you pair a couple of 1990s indie legends, setting
the one known for bizarro, folky hip-hop at the control panel, and the
one who famously dissed Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots behind
Watch Stephen Malkmus and co. rock a dirty, scenic NYC rooftop.
Easily one of my favorite songs from the current Stephen Malkmus album was the youthful, fed-up shouter “Tune Grief,” which gets the Pitchfork TV treatment today. There’s something really perfect about the graffiti-blasted rooftop and sunset, which matches Malkmus’s nonsense-spewing and teenaged attitude.
Also, I really want that super-cool Silver Jews hat that he’s rocking. Don’t forget to scroll through for a couple more tracks from this session, including “Forever 28” and “Senators.”
Miss the premiere of OK Go’s latest, craziest vid during the Super Bowl? Prepare yourself.
While OK Go have never been especially notable for the quirky pop-rock music it records, the painstaking amountof care that goes into their music videos is unassailable. Seriously, if Pavement had invested that much thought and energy into anything, Stephen Malkmus would have recorded 35 platinum records and currently be serving his fifth consecutive term as the governor of California right now.
But, yeah, a condensed version of this video ran during the fourth quarter of last night’s great celebration of American media. It’s so awesome as to demand a few proper watches in full, just to take it all in. The video’s YouTube page insists that the Chevy Sonic was outfitted with pneumatic arms; singer Damian Kulash took stunt driving lessons; the band sang in actual time while driving the car; and that the whole thing required four months to properly put together. Sweet lord.
Take note, musicians: If you’re going to shoot a commercial for a car manufacturer, then shoot the best damn commercial you can:
Also, below’s the halftime show for those who either missed it, or just want to watch Madonna indulge her newly reclaimed pop-idol status again.
Highlights: Cee Lo dresses like a monk, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. (who flips the bird to the 152 million NBC-viewing folks watching at home) grab their pom-poms for the Material Girl’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and it appears that the Roman Coliseum’s daycare let out early as LMFAO jump in for a dance routine set to the melody from their “Party Rock Anthem” single:
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
Hit the pavement, will ya? And by that, we mean participate in the
inaugural Chalk the Walk Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in
the south parking lot of Bass Pro Shop, 200 Bass Pro Drive. All ages are
invited to chalk their hearts out for a good cause (the Parents
Assistance Center). Cost is $20 per square. Call 232-8226 or visit
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
Midnight. Not a sound from the pavement. Has the moon lost her memory? No. She is simply distracted by Cats. Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s “claw”-sic musical finishes its run with stagings at 8
p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at Jewel Box
Theatre, 3700 N. Walker. Tickets are $15- $20. Call 521-1786 or visit