The Von Bondies
Pale Bride [MP3] from Love Hate and Then There’s You
I’m Happy [MP3] from How Will You? [17 February]
My Girls (Animal Collective cover) [MP3]
Lady Luck [MP3]
If you’ve ever wondered what a MGMT video directed by David Lynch might look like, boy are you in luck! With corpse make-up, seizures, inexplicable deer, and semi-nude ballet, this new Antony and the Johnsons video is as close as you’re likely to get in this life. Interestingly enough, it’s in fact directed by fellow cross-dressing enthusiasts the Wachowski Brothers (well, just one of them is an ALLEGED cross dresser, to be clear), of The Matrix fame.
“Epilepsy Is Dancing” is the first single from Antony’s new record The Crying Light.
“Dusty” is the best word to describe the video for the third single from Glasvegas’ self-titled album. Some sort of dust storm sweeps in as young people hang about in desolate-looking houses, giving each other meaningful looks (one so meaningful a shaft of light blasts out of the kid’s face). Suffice to say, it doesn’t seem to be a literal interpretation of the lyrics and it’s hard to tell what it’s all supposed to mean. It really reminds me a lot of the “Scotch Mist” episode of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace except with the cast of Skins (you Brits know what I’m talking about, apologies to everyone else). Anyway, the song is good, the album is better, and this video is… interesting… kinda.
There are two very good reasons to post “People Got a Lotta Nerve”, the first single from Neko Case’s upcoming album Middle Cyclone (out March 3):
1. It rocks.
2. For every blog that posts this new track, Neko and her label Anti- will donate $5 to the Best Friends Animal Society (or $1 for every iLIKE user who posts it to their profile). So, listen to the song, watch Neko’s PSA below, visit www.bestfriends.org, and post the song to your own blog or iLike profile. This promotion ends on February 3.
People Got a Lotta Nerve [MP3]
Best Friends PSA
Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned, Grammy-winning cellist extraordinaire, and his talent matches his level of humility. He is extremely joyous and eager to share his music with the world in such a way that will engage them unlike ever before. He is on a continual quest, searching for new ways to communicate with audiences. When Ma plays a piece of music—you feel it, nowhere is this more audible than on his new album, Songs of Joy and Peace. Ma has collaborated with luminaries from various genres on this project, including James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Renée Fleming, Chris Botti, and Diana Krall, allowing him to move in creative new directions.
America and the rest of the world finds itself in precarious times, and as President Barack Obama takes office, it is no wonder that a candidate who embraced the mantra of change and standing together as one voice chose Ma as an artist to perform at the inaugural ball. Ma’s acute and ever-evolving understanding of his instrument and the role that music plays in a global setting that continues to motivate musicians of all cultural backgrounds to channel that same level of intensity for their craft. In 1998 Ma acted on his ambition by establishing the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The Silk Road Project has three major goals: to illuminate the historical contributions of the Silk Road; support innovative collaborations between composers and musicians from Asia, Europe, and North America; and explore classical music within a wider global context.