I timed this wrong, and now I’m going out of town till after New Years. So here you go, in brief.
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M. Perpetua from Fluxblog comments briefly on the hype; his point is well made, that the hype (and its bedfellow, backlash) has always existed in some form, but that in recent years its wheel has sped up, grinding everything even more exceeding fine. But interestingly enough, the article ends with a quote (and accompanying video) from Fall Out Boy. I had never heard a Fall Out Boy song before. But the video was darned amusing. Sort of like “Fight For Your Right To Party” in reverse. And thus your massive video hookup begins.
Not really video, but Culture Bully has three awesome Halloween mashup compilations going:
Son Of Monster Mashup
Bride of Monster Mashup + Evil Twin of Monster Mashup
LAist has a bunch of Regina Spektor videos up in honor of her appearances in our neck of the woods this week. See you at the
El Rey Wiltern if you’re going on Tuesday! Wooo!
Via Electroqueer, new video by Valeria. If you like a lot of leg, the French Revolution, and girls sneaking out with each other for smooches, this is the video for you.
Fabulist found an old video of Skip James from 1966 — Devil’s Got My Woman.
Muzzle of Bees proves that even in 2000, when Ry Ry wore very unfortunate sunglasses and looked like he was gonna fall over, he was still a musician right to his bones. MOB also has a very nice Q&A with the 1900s!
Stereogum has new video for Mary J Blige’s song “Just Fine.” Work it, girl!
Muzzle of Bees links to the Takeaway show concert of St Vincent singing “Paris Is Burning.” At the same time, GvsB links to video of Amanda Palmer covering “Marry Me.” Dude, I am so in love with Amanda Palmer’s voice. Who sings St Vincent better? I can’t decide!! So watch a video of Ms. Palmer covering “Patience,” via Muruch. And wave your lighters!
Via Fabulist, Sony paints the pyramids, sort of, in a crazy new Bravia ad.
And sweet Colin and friends put on a nice performance of “Yankee Bayonet” at ACL. Via Stereogum.
Ferraby Lionheart is growing on me, so I’m liking this video up at ECEU — “The Ballad of Gus and Sam.”
Here’s one for all you Icelandic hipsters (James, I’m looking at you) — “Rhubarbidoo,” by MÃºm, via Idolator. Er … not sure what’s going on … delicious rhubarb popping up all over the place! Is this a metaphor? Or is a rhubarb sometimes just a rhubarb?
Via Sixeyes, Feist plays drums for her opener, Bob Wiseman, and his song “You Don’t Love Me.”
Via ECEU, Okkervil River, “A Stone.” What really gets me about this is the complete silence of the crowd. No drunk guy screaming “I LOVE YOU WILL!” In the continuing saga of Do I Like Okkervil River, I think this song is too emo for me. But still, that silent crowd.
A ton of links from the Music Slut, a’course:
“Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) by Jose Gonzalez. Moral of the story … er… don’t get on the wrong side of a guy with a crown?
Sea Wolf! Winter Windows! Video! Did I already link to this? Too bad! Watch it again!
Conor + M. Ward = OTP. At least on stage. No, I don’t want to hear from the Bright Eyes bandom writers. Check out Bright Eyes at the Hollywood Bowl.
And PJ Harvey on Leno — man, she makes younger folks look like mumbling amateurs. Oh, PJ, if only I could have afforded tickets to see you.
And if you got to the bottom, here’s a fun link from Freakonomics: “The Mythbusters Answer Your Questions.” What I wouldn’t give to be on an episode of Mythbusters.
Tags: amanda palmer, conor oberst & m ward, fall out boy, feist, ferraby lionheart, jose gonzalez, mary j blige, mÃºm, okkervil river, pj harvey, regina spektor, ryan adams, sea wolf, skip james, st vincent, the decemberists, valeria
“Tonight, we salute the silver anniversary of the Great Springfield Tire Yard Fire. Twenty-five years, and still burning strong!”
LAist points out one early music video — Cab Calloway’s “St James Infirmary Blues,” animated in a Betty Boop video.
Via the Music Slut, video of Bishi. That woman can shred like no other — on a sitar (I think that’s a sitar! Doh). Heh.
Brooklynvegan has some videos from the very excellent CafÃ© Tacvba, plus tour dates.
From Culture Bully, Tori Amos on Jay Leno. I don’t revere Tori like I used to (that hair! oy vey!), but seeing her rock out on her two pianos brings back the old times.
And also from Chris, Sea Wolf on Jimmy Kimmel. *fans self*
Also via LAist, trailer video for the new film about Kurt Cobain. The film is called “About A Son,” and purports to be about Kurt in his own words. I’m sure there’s someone out there that hangs on every one.
From Idolator, the Hives give you more bang for your buck with “Tick Tick Boom.” It’s actually … kind of scary.
And from my high school via YANP, Win Butler does Violent Femmes while staring off into nowhere. But he still manages to rock — it must be the megaphones. Three, three, three for my headache, and four, four, four for my heartache.
So like … Radiohead, and stuff*.
But also new Regina Spektor video! (I’ll be seeing her at the Wiltern very soon, yippee.)
And oh baby, new Sea Wolf (how can something so totally indie be so totally hot?). Take a chance on this local boy, because you will not regret it.
And if you want something stripped to its bare bones, new Peter & the Wolf! I was a big fan of “Lightness,” so we’ll see how “the Ivori Palms” shakes out.
If you like light jazz numbers, Queen Latifah put out a new album called Trav’lin Light — very unobjectionable and in parts even inspired.
[ed. note -- tracks removed. contact me for a copy.]
Queen Latifah — Trav’lin Light Sea Wolf — Winter Windows Peter & the Wolf — The Ivori Palms
*yes, I bought it, but more to show good faith than in actual expectation of a good record. I’m a “Bends” girl, so I didn’t take the change to Kid A style all that well.
My sister completed a triathlon last week — maybe I have running on the brain. I just found this amusing while doing some downloading from Daytrotter — people. Seriously.
The world will never know. But back to my own amusement. [These files have been removed. Contact me for a copy.]
Sea Wolf – Middle Distance Runner(from Daytrotter)
September 67 – Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
with crazy coincidental-band/song-title bonus:
Wolf Parade – You Are A Runner & I Am My Father’s Son