You probably didn’t expect someone admit to Huey Lewis’ coolness today, did you?
It’s too bad that Marnie Stern’s session with The A.V. Club’s “Undercover Series” wound up unusable due to technical difficulty, because I’d have been a lot more interested in hearing an interpretation of Huey Lewis from a very different artist.
However, with The Hold Steady, we do get to hear a couple of pretty solid, cheesy guitar solos from Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge. Now close your eyes and try to re-envision “Back to the Future” through a Hold Steady lens.
Scandinavian punk bands are soooooooo in right now.
Most notably, the aggressive, teenaged Iceage is currently traversing our United States, inspiring kids to do dumb stuff to each other. See for yourself in this video, wherein the band climbs on rocks, tosses rocks in rivers, bowls, grabs barbed wires, and throws traffic cones at each other, wrestles, and other dumb teenaged stuff.
I know: I kid, I kid. But seriously I do like this song a bunch. Enjoy.
And the only prescription is ... Jesus. Wait, what?
Between the live stream they were running and all these awesome videos that keep cropping up on the world's foremost indie music zine's website, it's hard to believe that actually attending this year's Pitchfork Music Festival was much better than watching it from your laptop.
Here's another video, this time of longhaired drone-voiced rocker Kurt Vile playing "Jesus Fever" off this year's excellent "Smoke Ring for My Halo." Keep watching after it's over for bonus track "Freeway." Thanks P4k!
Tulsa’s Dead Sea Choir performs the aggressive, rhythm-driven ‘Mathemagician.’
Dead Sea Choir showed up in Norman with new material two weekends ago to remind everybody that they are, indeed, totally awesome. And thanks to YouTube user BossHossV8Cycles, you, too, may experience what they’ve been cooking up lately. Enjoy.
Watch a freaky new video from soon-to-visit Norman indie act Twin Sister.
On Oct. 14, New York boy-girl indies Twin Sister and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will play at the University of Oklahoma. Both bands create dreamlike sonic landscapes, but while TPOBPAH skew more toward distorted rock, Twin Sister indulges in lush, sense-defying, alternate-reality dream-pop.
Check out this video for “Kimmi in a Ricefield,” off their debut album, “In Heaven,” which comes out today. Expect a positive review soon.
Help celebrate Pink Floyd Week on the late-night show!
It’s not exactly super-often that any founding members of one of history’s most seminal bands really say much in public, so it was very cool to see Mr. Waters show up Tuesday on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Here’s a great little nugget from his interview with Fallon:
“One of the tutors in our first year was a man called Mike Leonard … and he had a Volkswagen van and a Farfisa organ, so we let him be in the band.”
Watch a sliver of the glory that is the new M83 album.
M83’s excellent, acclaimed, new double-LP, “Hurry Up, We're Dreaming,” is out now, and this weird, stunning video surfaced online recently to promote it.
Watch as some very gifted students escape their very Charles Xavier-inspired school to run around, experiment with their powers, watch the sun set, and get creepy glowing alien eyes. Bizarre story for sure, but it’s a perfect complement to the explosive synth-driven soundtrack that is “Midnight City.”
The album is also still available for streaming, if you’re afraid to commit to spending $12.99 on it. Hit that up at Disco Naivete.
Help the world welcome the new Justice album with a pair of prog-tastic music vids.
There’s no denying the resounding influence of 1970s prog rock on Parisian electro-heads Justice (whom many have called the heirs to Daft Punk’s giant pyramid throne) and their much-anticipated second record, “Audio Video Disco,” which was released yesterday.
The two videos below do well to match the enormity of these new tracks, particularly “Civilization,” which literally has glowing, stampeding space buffalo trying to dodge falling boulders as the world falls apart. Glad to know that somebody other than Kanye West wants to bring back what bands like Yes and King Crimson loved about music.
“We All Go Back to Where We Belong” is one of the album’s three new songs, and it’s so important that it gets two (!) weird, arty, overexposed, but nonetheless charming videos to go along with it. First up is my personally preferred version, which features Mary Jane Watson Kirsten Dunst who does about 98 percent of the acting here with her lips.
Next is acclaimed poet and activist John Giorno, who appears to suffer
separate occurrences of minor brain damage throughout the video, which
is lit and arranged exactly the same as Dunst’s. Weird. Good thing the
song’s as pretty as anything the band’s ever recorded. The line about
“tasting the ocean on your skin” really gets me. Watch both below:
Timberlake + Fallon = another hilarious hip-hop medley.
From here on out, it’s a pretty safe bet that a Justin Timberlake late-night appearance equates to another installment in the “History of Rap” series, which, as of last night, is now up to three. I think “Part I” will always remain the best just because:
1. it was completely unexpected, 2. that two white guys slipped from Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” straight into Missy Elliot’s “Work It,” each with its little nonsense-isms, and 3. they capped it with the crowd spontaneously singing the chorus to Jay-Z’s love letter to New York.
De La Soul, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Young MC, House of Pain, Coolio, The Fugees, OutKast, Snoop, Kanye, Nicki Minaj and “H.O.R.” mainstays Beastie Boys all get the treatment here. Decide which one you like best: