The new Arcade Fire video for "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" is interesting, as always.
Lovely and talented Régine Chassagne takes the lead vox and does not disappoint.
It's half art installation piece, half social commentary... and it's interactive.
Using your computer's webcam, you can manipulate the way the characters dance.
Innovative is an understatement, but that's just how they do. x
Ronald Reagan's Cousin from Team Genius on Vimeo.
Here is a super fun song with a super fun video to accompany it.
Brooklyn's Team Genius make quirky, choral pop music suitable for everyone.
"Ronald Regan's Cousin" is a lively party song with a surf-rock guitar riff that is totally infectious.
Huff This! released a trippy cover of Wham's classic holiday song, "Last Christmas"
What I love most about this is it's psychedelic beginning with a true-to-the-original ending.
It is so difficult to pay homage to the original while making it your own, and she nailed it.
Well done, Miss Clancy. x
Of course I was skeptical when I heard Ke$ha was covering Bob Dylan for the upcoming tribute album.
But then I heard her version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
I stand corrected, because this is absolutely incredible.
She bares all of herself for the Amnesty International charity record.
I'm not super crazy about the Holy Ghost! cover of Ministry's "I Wanted to Tell Her"
But it's getting posted because of their awesome homage to my favorite 80s film, RAD.
Posting the legendary BMX dance scene to "Send Me An Angel" after the jump. x
Alabama Shakes exploded onto the scene at CMJ, but I just wasn't sold.
I've tried listening a few times, yet I couldn't find myself groovin along to their soul rock.
Then my girl Libby told me I had to listen to them again, and I think I finally get it.
This girl has got some fucking PIPES on her. x
John Lennon died 31 years ago today.
This is the most beautiful song ever written.
Kendra Morris is quickly becoming one of my favorite female vocalists.
"Concrete Waves" is a soul throwback that no white girl should be capable of.
She hits notes like only Mary J could reach, but its her low keys that make me swoon.
Get a free download of the single at RollingStone Magazine. x
While you were working long hours to pay your bills, our Senate was busy too...
The Senate passed this week The National Defense Authorization Act.
If you are not familiar with this act, please familiarize yourself.
We can not sit idly by any longer while our government strips away our basic rights.
This bill is unconscionable.
I sent this video to as many people as I possibly could last month.
But the problem with email chains, Facebook, and Twitter is that you know you miss someone.
So I hope that my website reaches a few people that aren't in my so-called "social network"
Jonah Mowry is my personal hero for the last half of 2011...
And this is why:
I FINALLY sat down to watch PJ 20, from Cameron Crowe.
Thanks to Netflix, because I probably would never have gone to the theater.
This is one of the greatest music documentaries of all time, people.
Mr. Crowe is not only a personal hero of mine, he is the sole reason I am in the music business.
And this film is why I get up every morning and do what I do. x
Gaga is my moon goddess.
"Marry The Night" is the latest short film / epic from the Lady.
I know, I know... there has been far too much pop music on here lately.
Fuck you, pal. There has been some exceptional pop music as of late.
Yup, first time in a while. But that shit is cyclical baby. Enjoy it. x
I fucking hate Christmas music. That is a well-known fact.
However, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" has always been a rare exception.
And this year, The Biebs joins her for a duet that will surely rake in millions.
Congrats to whichever A&R exec made this happen.
You're getting a big, fat bonus this year. x
One of my favorite bands to come out in the last five years or so is definitely Deer Tick.
"Main Street" continues their mission of mastering 21st century garage rock.
This one makes you want to pour a glass of bourbon, swig a beer, and hit the dance floor.
Hat tip to my main man Nico for the link.
Long live Rock n Roll. x
Handsome Furs - Serve The People from stereogum on Vimeo.
I love this short film via music video from Handsome Furs.
"Serve the People" was directed by Han Xia
Stereogum nailed it:
If this video about an everyhipster’s struggle against day-to-day drudgery were filmed in Europe or even America, it’d likely still be pretty good; the economic storytelling and well-composed cinematography would see to that.
But since it was filmed in China, it also works as a fascinating glimpse of how people live when they’re attempting to live the kind of lives that we take for granted but doing it on the other side of the planet.
The only reason I'm posting this new video from Birdman is because it is hilarious.
"Y U Mad" has got everything a rap video should have at this point:
Maybach (or similar half-million dollar car).
Hot chicks in bikinis.
Piles of cash.
And verses that are almost entirely bleeped out.
Thank you, Cash Money. You are everything that's wrong with hip hop.
Long-time readers know that my adoration for UK songstress Alex Hepburn is well-documented.
But the hits just keep on coming.
Turn up your speakers for her latest gem, "Look What You've Done"
Her raspy vocals are reminiscent of classic Motown and Chicago Blues.
This song is amazing. x