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by Sarah Zupko

11 Feb 2009

Lily Allen talks to the Today show before playing her latest single “The Fear”. Matt Lauer asks her about if she stays in and orders Chinese now and is all settled and mature now. Kinda hard to pound the pavements hunting down all those new clothes she talks about in “The Fear” if that’s really the case. After all, “weapons of mass consumption” don’t really spend their lives sitting about wondering what to cook up for dinner and watch on the telly that night.

by Joe Tacopino

11 Feb 2009

Chairlift had the unfortunate distinction of being a sales pitch for iPod’s Nano last year. And although the commercial garnered them much attention it may have also created the impression of a one-hit wonder. The video for “Evident Utensil” tries to dispel these notions with some darker hues and trippy post-production. (via Pitchfork TV)

Feb 13 2009 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn
Feb 15 2009 Kidrockers @ 92Y Tribeca New York
Feb 20 2009 Route du Rock Hiver St Malo
Feb 21 2009 Le GD Mix [w/ Kill the vulture, Vetiver] Lille
Feb 22 2009 La Maroquinerie [w/ Women] Paris
Feb 24 2009 Koko [NME award w/ Metronomy London
Feb 25 2009 Pure Groove In-Store London
Mar 7 2009 Santos Party House New York
Mar 13 2009 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Mar 14 2009 Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois
Mar 16 2009 Gargoyle Club St.Louis, Missouri
Mar 17 2009 The Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 18 2009 Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Mar 19 2009 Red 7 Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 Club 1808 Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 Urban Outfitters Austin, Texas
Mar 22 2009 House Of Blues - Pontiac Garage Dallas, Texas
Mar 23 2009 Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Mar 23 2009 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida
Mar 24 2009 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mar 25 2009 House of Blues Parish New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 27 2009 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia
Mar 28 2009 Exit In Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 13 2009 Chop Suey [w/ Sebastian Tellier] Seattle, Washington
Apr 15 2009 Doug Fir Lounge [w/ Sebastian Tellier] Portland, Oregon
Apr 17 2009 The Independent [w/ Sebastian Tellier] San Francisco, California
Apr 19 2009 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 21 2009 Fine Line Music Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 22 2009 Pabst Theatre [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 23 2009 Metro [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Chicago, Illinois
Apr 24 2009 Southgate House [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Newport, Kentucky
Apr 25 2009 Phoenix Theatre [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Toronto, Ontario
Apr 26 2009 Capital Music Hall [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Ottawa, Ontario
Apr 27 2009 Le National [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Montreal, Quebec
Apr 28 2009 Paradise [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 29 2009 Webster Hall [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] New York, New York
Apr 30 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Brooklyn, New York
May 1 2009 World Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 2 2009 9:30 Club [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Washington DC
Jun 11 2009 Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee

by Rob Horning

11 Feb 2009

On the DVD of Žižek! the 2005 documentary about the Slovenian philosopher, there’s a great clip of his appearance on NiteBeat, an American news program. Žižek, who’s apparently in the midst of a misbegotten book tour, gamely tries to make Lacanian theory accessible while Barry Nolan, the proudly clueless host, makes him into a hilarious side-show—look at this funny guy with the accent! He’s all intellectual! He thinks about stuff—how amusing! Nolan actually calls him “Denis Leary but from Slovenia.” The wrap up makes it obvious that he has had Žižek on the show not because of his ideas but because the show wants to bill itself as the kind of show that has people like Žižek on it.

Anyway, Nolan seems like a genius of sympathetic listening compared with the tools on CNBC in this scarily similar clip (via Talking Points Memo),  in which it takes five patronizing talking heads to willfully ignore and fail to understand guests Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Taleb, whom the producers can’t resist belittling with nicknames. (Paul Krugman compared it to a classic Monty Python sketch in which Marx, Mao and Lenin are asked questions about soccer.) The entire clip makes it clear that CNBC, and by extension, its audience, wants nothing more than to trivialize analysis of the banking system’s larger problems while taking credit for being hip to the fad the network believes that Roubini and Taleb represent. It’s truly pathetic. Obviously, the in-studio interviewers think that recessions are caused by bad luck or something and just automatically right themselves without any intervention at all; thus the prudent thing to do is to get the right guru to tell you what indicators to look for to time one’s jump back into the markets. Roubini and Taleb are mostly silent, sitting helplessly while the hosts yammer on nonsensically like House Republicans during the stimulus debate. This is what has become of the discourse of the public sphere; many—including people who follow the financial world professionally—watch this sort of drivel and consider themselves informed, or cynically accept it as what the other viewers want to hear, as a barometer of what conventional wisdom is. This idiocy then guides policy. It make obvious the social catastrophe that ensues when commercially viable discourse becomes the only discourse we hear.

by C.L. Chafin

11 Feb 2009

“Twisted Tongue” is an absolutely mind-blowing track from Woods, a fuzzed out pop band based in Brooklyn.  Pull away all the blown-out vocals, tape effects, and low-fi glory, and you’ve basically got a pop track as catchy and sweet as anything by the Archies. But, luckily, that stuff is there. So it’s okay to like it. Check it out at their MySpace, below.

As a bonus, here’s a video of the band performing it live, via local music show New York Noise.

Mar 15 2009 Howlers w/BLANK DOGS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 16 2009 The Summit w/ BLANK DOGS, TIMES NEW VIKING Columbus, Ohio
Mar 17 2009 AV Aerie w/ BLANK DOGS Chicago, Illinois
Mar 18 2009 LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS w/ BLANK DOGS Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 19 2009 2908 Cole Street w/blank dogs Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 SXSW@Emo’s Jr. Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 SXSW @Ms Beas Austin, Texas

by Mike Deane

11 Feb 2009

The Dream wrote “Umbrella” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” so you know this guy knows how to write an R&B hit. He wrote this song for Electrik Red, and the song is OK, a bit ron-of-the-mill, but the vocal lines are pretty good and sound like a female version of the Dream (a very good thing). The video on the other hand is a bit over the top.

There’s a certain TLC-but-raunchier look going for Elektrik Red (under the eye paint, in press photos one of them wears a pirate-type eye patch). I guess they’re supposed to be bad girls or something? It’s like a hyper-realized R&B video, everything is exaggerated to the point of absurdity. When you get to the washroom-stall dance you’ll know what I mean. It caught my attention, so maybe that’s the lowest common denominator feel they were going for.

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