From the always-informative, Hypebot...
Crystal Castles featuring Robert fucking Smith from the Cure.
"Not in Love"
I am geeking out a bit right now. Wow.
Lupe, Common, Hudson, and No I.D.
"We Can Do It Now" promo video, sponsored by Gatorade.
My boy Antoine Dodson is back on YouTube... and this time he's pitching a fucking product.
I love it I love it I love it.
Mark Ronson and the Business International, featuring Boy George and Andrew Wyatt.
Song is called, "Somebody to Love Me"
Hot video. Good song.
It's rather impressive to go from DJ to producer to artist.
And Mark's done it.
Here is a live studio performance by the Black Keys at the legendary Abbey Road in 2009.
This band fucking KILLS.
Thanks to the good Dr. Karl Karlson for the link.
S*ALT - NYC showcase - featuring a shit load of bands.... from THE VAMP GROUP on Vimeo.
This is where I will be on Thursday, November 4th. Bowery fucking Electric.
Be there. x
This cat is preaching the truth. I am beyond impressed. A true revolutionary.
Watch and learn.
"The U.S. government uses foreign wars to distract people's attention from internal problems. That's according to rapper and political activist 'Immortal Technique'. In an exclusive interview with RT's Marina Portnaya he says America's bad decisions are covered up with lame excuses."
Now this is one mean motherfucking Bonneville. I've been drooling all over this girl for the last hour...
From BikeEXIF, of course:
From Guy Bolton of Greasy Kulture magazine. For a long time, Jon Rispante of Nevada wanted to build an all-black hot rod Triumph—‘murdered out’, as the hipsters might say. Here’s the result, a combination of three different Triumphs that Jon had sitting around. The pre-unit front end and tank came from a “hodge-podge 1960s T100 that I paid $100 for a decade ago,” says Jon. The rear fender and various other bits came off a ‘66 Bonneville. But the main donor is a 1970 Bonneville, a bike that had “been floating around Las Vegas for years… For a short time, it was even owned by my father.” The Bonnie engine was given a full rebuild, and treated to a TR6 single carb head, Boyer electronic ignition and a MAP Mikuni kit for rideability and reliability.
The headlamp is a Model A Ford auxiliary lamp, and the tires are rare NOS Goodyear Super Eagles—19” on the front and 16” rear. Jon wanted a ‘no frills’ look to this bike, so he gave the engine cases and other shiny parts a low-key, brushed aluminum finish. The paint is by Carlos from Cool Hand Customs—with pinstriping by Chris Clark—and Chris Nichols built the custom leather seat. In the end, Jon achieved his aim: “No chrome, no glitz. Just a clean, all-business, 40s/50s-looking motorcycle.”
The new single and video for Neon Trees' "1983"
A solid follow-up to their amazing breakthrough smash, "Animal"
Here's the new video from my favorite country boy, Jamey Johnson.
"Playing the Part"
For you LA folks, this is filmed on Venice Beach and Hollywood Blvd. And man, did it make me miss the West Side.
Make sure you watch it all the way through, because there is a cameo that you won't want to miss. x
The boys were on 95.5 WPLJ this morning to perform their smash hit "Take Me Out"
Way fucking cool. It's all happening...
The highlight of yesterday's marathon of CMJ shows, which started at 4pm and ended at 3am, was...
The Dance Party.
Here's their smash, "Sasha Don't Sleep"
Raged with the band all night long. Great boys. They are gonna be BIG.
They're playing again tonight at Maxwell's in Hoboken with Brick + Morter and The Gay Blades.
I will be there. With fucking bells on.
And here is my response, which he printed and blasted out via his blog...
What kind of crazy, fucked up world do we live in, where a seemingly hip music blogger can rant weekly about the lack of creativity and passion in today's music and then write a nasty, unprovoked, and slanderous post about a kick ass rock band from Brooklyn? Oh yeah, in the world of Lefsetz. I am SO SORRY to have emailed you about my friends' brilliant video that I helped film. I am SO SORRY you were bombarded with emails from dozens of people that also loved the clip. I don't care if Monty and Avery wrote you. I don't care if the entire fucking PR team at Universal Republic emailed you about it. We, fans and friends, told you about it because we actually fucking care what you think. Because whether you like it or not - and now whether WE LIKE IT OR NOT - your voice matters in this crazy, fucked up world of music.
That video was shot in real-time on the B train heading over the Brooklyn Bridge. It took three takes and the people on each train absolutely loved being a part of it. There was no press, no label support, no corporate funding. It was just a bunch of creative people being creative. And now it's got almost a half million hits in just over three days. Why you would hype up that Canadian band and OK GO ad infinitum and then bash my friends band is beyond me. Maybe you haven't gotten laid in a while, maybe the traffic on the 405 was brutal, maybe your latte was cold, I have no fucking clue. But let's get something straight here and now: Atomic Tom have been putting in their 10,000 hours for years. I know, because I have watched them go from playing to a few people at Arlene's Grocery to headlining The Mercury Lounge on a Friday night. They have played countless gigs, practice hard, engage and grow their fanbase organically, and have gotten better with each performance. Mediocre? Try telling that to all the people packed into the Merc Lounge a couple weeks ago singing along to every song - without any radio play whatsoever.
Choose your fucking battles, man. And stop fucking whining about your inbox filling up. You have a voice that you should be proud of and you should never use that voice to beat down on a band you have never seen live or listened to their songs. I was so angry when I read your post yesterday that I was actually shaking. I have been a fan of yours for years. I have written to you about a dozen times over the last five years and you've printed about half of them. I may not be one of your "trusted sources" but that doesn't mean shit. I too have a few trusted sources, but that doesn't mean I ignore a cool video that someone posts in the Facebook feed or Tweets about it. Get off your high horse, man. And remember the old saying, "Bad publicity is still publicity." So thanks for that.
As Cee-Lo so eloquently put it, FUCK YOU.
Here's music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz' take on the Atomic Tom video...
You know how you know something’s fake? When you get e-mailed about it ad infinitum from the moment of its genesis.
They used to call it viral video. Did you ever get a virus and get deathly ill in a DAY? OF COURSE NOT! Viruses sneak up on you, you’re infected and don’t know it, you start to feel worse, then suddenly, it’s clear, you’re fucked up. Same deal with viral video. It takes a while to develop. If something explodes in a day, it’s fake, it’s being worked, it’s a publicity stunt. Or it’s news. Or it’s completely irrelevant.
Why does everybody still think old school works? That getting everybody to notice you once means you will last forever?
How about those bozos who stopped the freeway. They think Top Forty rules. Yes, if your desire is to be known by the most people instantly, sign with a major label, work with Dr. Luke, be like everybody else and get on the radio so people who don’t really care about music can know about you and the rest of us can read about you tangentially and never hear your music and instantly forget about you.
It’s the sixties all over again. Top Forty radio is vapid, with the lasting effect of a lollipop, and real music takes forever to get traction, but lasts when it does. Taio Cruz… That’s a catchy single. Do you really expect Taio to have a career, to matter five years from now, five MINUTES?
When you shove something down our throat, you only incite our gag reflex. But since you suck so bad no one cares or you’re giving it one last shot before you go to college, you do it old school, the twentieth century way, when the last I checked, we’re living in the twenty first century.
Do you know that band on the freeway’s music? God, I already forgot their name. Them stopping and playing on the 101 is just like you e-mailing me an MP3. YOU PISS ME OFF! I’ve got to wait all that time to download it before I delete it. How dare you take up space in my inbox! I’m going to work, and traffic is horrendous, and I’ve got to be exposed to your stupid stunt?
Have you read the research? Most YouTube videos have a lifespan of a day. So, if you’re planning to have a career on Tuesday and then give up and be an EMT on Wednesday, go for it, pull a stunt. Otherwise, you have to do it the hard way, you’ve got to make great music.
You can’t listen to a song at double speed. You can’t fast-forward and get it. That’s the magic of music. In a new world, it’s positively old school. It takes time and dedication in a world where both are at a premium. You’ve got to make it worthwhile for us to spend three and a half minutes with your track. That may not sound like a lot of time, but if people can’t resist texting while they’re driving to the grocery store, even though it’s illegal, do you think you can force them to sit through your whole damn song?
I didn’t sit through the whole damn clip linked above. Because the song didn’t hook me. What’s worse, it looked exactly like what it was, Brooklyn hipsters trying to goose their career, accelerate themselves into the mainstream. But I thought the point of being from Brooklyn was to be outside the game, to be hip and ahead of the game, to wait until the public catches up with you!
That’s how it works with all the greats. Bob Dylan wasn’t successful with his first album and Capitol wouldn’t even put out the initial Beatles LP in America. It takes time to find your niche and time for people to find you. And even though in the modern world you can theoretically reach people instantly, it takes longer and longer to reach everybody, because everybody’s got a shit detector, and they don’t want to waste their time, and they’re waiting until their trusted filters all say you’re good.
None of my trusted filters e-mailed me about this band. The fact that inane Websites that have to fill up their pages with something wrote about it is irrelevant. It’s like a turntable hit, no one cares.
Maybe if they played a hit song on their iPhones, or used the devices’ tracking abilities to find their supposedly stolen stuff, I’d care. But now I’m just glad their stuff was pilfered, so I don’t have to listen to these third-rate bards play music, so they can go back to school and be professionals and contribute to society.
Oh, don’t get your knickers in a twist, I don’t really feel that way, but I am angry that my inbox was filled up all day yesterday and today with people associated with this truly mediocre product telling me it was an amazing story, that it’s now got 200,000 views. It’s not the number of views, it’s the number of fans! It’s the number of people who will take the time out to listen to all your material, go to the show and tell their friends about it. Stunts are just that. And they mean ever less in this era where everybody’s looking for an edge and nobody’s got the time to waste.
A really cool British rocker chick just hit me up on Facebook about my letter to Bob Lefsetz.
This is the band she manages in the UK, Them:Youth.
Song is called "Toothache"
Wow. Mr. Bill "Pinhead" O'Reilly gets his ass handed to him on... The View?
He's so fucking obnoxious that Joy and Whoopi actually get up and walk offstage...
What an asshole.
CBS did a piece this week on Obama's Youth Vote Campaign... and they showed the HeadCount PSA with Jay-Z.
So proud. PSA comes on at about 2:30.
We changed the world... Fact.
Oh my Lord this is so horribly, mind-blowingly, terrifyingly awful.
This is up there with the goddamn Insane Clown Posse...
The worst part is, the opening riff was kinda rad so I got excited for a minute.
And then WHAM, the shit hits you smack in the fucking face.
I couldn't have said it better myself, so I'll allow HypeBot to explain:
From The All PR IS Not Good PR Dept: In a creative, if ill advised publicity stunt aimed at launching a new release, L.A. area band Imperial Stars stopped their truck across lanes of the 101 freeway on Tuesday, jumped on the roof, plugged in and performed their song "Traffic Jam 101". The band members were arrested and media from the LA Times to CNN gave the band coverage that most indie artist would dream of. Unfortunately most of the potential fans who were suddenly paying attention discovered that the band's music pretty much sucks.
"You guys are all majordouches, your song is terrible, i listened to 10 seconds before i vomited. Everyone that waited in traffic due to your stunt should be able to cuntpunch all of you involved. The worst part is that you probably think this is sweet. If you really want airtime or press, here is an idea: kill yourselves. The headline would read something like, “Fake majordouche’s that once did a douchey thing are dead, World rejoices.” wrote one commenter on YouTube.
My biker friend LeAnn that I met at Sturgis rally last year just posted this. Yeah, it's a bit corny, but it's on fucking target.
Plus, chicks in leather just kinda do it for me...
Last week I was invited out for a video shoot by Atomic Tom. It was a work day, but I snuck out for a few hours to meet them at the West 4th Street subway entrance in the Village. One by one, friends of the band began to arrive. The producer and band members refused to tell us what we were going to be doing, but simply asked us who had an iPhone 4. Luckily, I did.
The four of us with iPhone 4s were the cameramen for the shoot on the B train riding over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
This is the final product...
Atomic Tom performing "Take Me Out" on their smart phone instruments.
I love it. x
This is kind of awesome and kind of creepy. But definitely awesome.
This lovely girl applies makeup in the video, which is sped-up for our benefit, as she becomes Jared Leto.
Hey, we're all good at something, right?
Admittedly, I was not a fan of the original Tron film with my man Jeff Bridges.
I don't know why, maybe I'm just not geek enough. And no, that's not a good thing.
But you can bet your ass I will be watching the new movie, because Daft fucking Punk scored it.
Here's a teaser...
Oh, I'm sorry... You think the title of this post is lame? Cheesy?
I am going to introduce a new regular series on this rarely-read blog of mine. And that's the fucking title.
Why? Because that is what is in the post: A fucking Babe, on a fucking Bike.
This first one happens to be the luscious Paz de la Huerta, whom you may know as Steve Buscemi's girlfriend on Boardwalk Empire.
This track is straight the fuck up ROCK N ROLL.
Kid Cudi's latest, "Erase Me" ft Kanye West and fucking McLovin.
Amazing video. Absolutely amazing.
My buddy James fronts this band, The Gay Blades.
I can't stop listening to their stripped down garage rock.
Ozzy Osbourne singing his version of the song "How?" from John Lennon's 1971 "Imagine" album. Ozzy has released this as a 70th birthday tribute to John Lennon.
Download available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/dBn4jD
All proceeds benefit Amnesty International.
The video was filmed in New York City in August 2010.
Here's a teaser trailer for an upcoming documentary on Brooklyn band MGMT.
Tentatively titled, "Camp MGMT"
Looks like fun. x
Here's the clip of Eminem on last Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes.
Well done, Marshall. Well done.
The Astronomical Kid... "Stop Lookin at my Moms"
Hollerado's video for "Americanarama
This video is fucking SICK.
This is the "Human 8-bit Video". We wanted to make something cheap and awesome. It was directed by our buddy/chief mad scientist Greg Jardin. It was all shot in one take. It took lots and lots and lots of practice to get it right. A guy in one of the cells also played the serial killer on season 5 of "the wire".
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I was just turned on to this cat, Biffy Clyro, by a buddy.
This is a new single and video for his song, "The Captain."
The Social Network parody video.
Not gonna lie, this is some funny shit.
Take a gander at this beast...
From - where the fuck else? - BikeEXIF:
Italian Motor Magazine is carving a name for itself as a chronicler of very classy vintage and custom machinery. This Moto Guzzi is the star of issue #2, which has just been released. The owner is mysteriously referred to only as ‘John W’. “I got my first Guzzi, a twin front disc V7 Sport in the early 90s,” John says. “And all of the Guzzis I’ve owned since, plus a couple of boxer BMWs, have been in a café racer style. When I decided to build one more a couple of years ago, I wanted to do it right—a more finished feel with some subtle touches, and I feel I’ve achieved that.”
This video is shit, but the audio is crystal clear.
Listen up, this is from an artist's perspective on label 360 deals.
A girl's response to Cee-Lo's song of the year, "Fuck You"
To check out her originals, here's her Myspace.
A woman's perspective.
This girl tells the real story of the break-up...
And this lady is defending her honor after being publicly humiliated by Cee-Lo
All brilliant response videos from some incredible women.
Big ups to HypeBot for the post.
Wow. Excellently animated and breathtakingly depressing.
Sounds like a Banksy to me...
"Only the Young"
The new single from Killers frontman Brandon Flowers is ok, I guess.
But the video is pretty outstanding. Visual stimulation is there, but not much for the ears...
A chick drummer? Oh, and she can sing?
I am madly in love...
Mari, and her adorable band, Lynhurst, from Minnesota write dream pop with the best of em.
My man, Cee-Lo Green, singing my favorite song of the year, "Fuck You" on Later with Jools Holland.
That pink suit is straight gangster.
The band is tight, his vocals are ill. God I love this song.
If you have not seen this yet, I will not just offer up a NSFW label...
I will include an NC-17 rating for this fucking video from South Africa's Die Antwoord.
The song is called, "Evil Boy" and it is um, interesting to day the least.
Please tell me I am not the only person horrified by this clip. Please.
Here is the official clip for Fallon and Timberlake's "History of Hip Hop"
I assume that the YouTube clip has already been removed by NBC. Cuz that's how they roll.
This is so fucking funny and the wittiest promo clip I have seen in a long time.
Huge Dave Grohl fan and definitely a big Scissor Sisters fan. Watch this video, it's great.
This made my fucking day. Fact.
Just in time for Halloween, our old friend, comedian-turned-actor Richard Belzer, who plays Detective John Munch on Law & Order: SVU, has co-written and stars in a new music video, “The Vampire Song,” a collaboration with composer Joe Delia. Belzer plays a one-fanged Shaft-like vampire who croons the refrain: “The vampire, he loves the ladies!” Anyone who remembers Belzer’s legendary imitation of Mick Jagger’s chicken walk should appreciate this. Ooooh. Scary!! Thanks to manager Eric Gardner for the link.
This hilariously obnoxious comedienne, Ms. Sarah Silverman, preaches the truth. Amen, sister.
This is the new single from my mentor and friend's recent protege, Jessie J.
"Do it Like a Dude"
As if there was any doubt that the world's sexiest couple is Seal and Heidi Klum, it vanishes with this video.
Seal's new single, "Secret" featuring his perfect and gorgeous wife. Lovely song, beautiful clip.
Andy Samberg makes a cameo in Jack Johnson's new video for "At or with Me"
If you're a Samberg fan like I am, then I'm sure you've seen his SNL clips mocking Johnson and calling him "Mellow Man"
This is hilarious.
Samberg - 3. Johnson - 1
This is an important reminder:
Dance like nobody is watching... Always.
My boss, mentor, and friend, Andy Bernstein - Co-Founder of HeadCount - was a "guest" on Fox.
What amazes me (i.e. infuriates) is that the conservative talking heads are constantly referring to liberals as "elitists", yet consistently imply that they are more educated and informed than the rest of us. I can't believe how rude they were to him and how condescending they were to young voters.
I am regularly appalled by Fox and friends, but seriously, you have got to be fucking kidding me.
Get out and vote, people.
This is some red hot mashin from a new friend of mine.
I think it's from February of '09, but it's fresh to me. Turn up your speakers for this one.
He is in a couple of really great New York rock bands, Burn Down the Mission and Blackbells.
Check em out. I have, and I'm a fan.