Yes, World, there is a Santa Claus, and this year, he can bring you an expanded version of Ride’s classic debut album Nowhere! Out on December 21, the anniversary edition adds the Today Forever EP to the original record, while also adding a second disc of live material from 1991. Ride’s music has always seemed to go well with cold gray March days, but I suppose winter is an appropriate time for this release, what with all the snow and polar bears.
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Synchronized interpretive dance anyone? The new Miles Crawford-directed video for “DNA”, off the self-titled debut releasing 22 February 2011 from indie rocker Darwin Deez, has plenty to offer. Conceptually, the central couple in the video each represent a strand in the metaphorical double-helix of love. They dance, swim together, roll in the grass, do everything you’d expect a happy, young urban couple to do. The true direction of the video, however, only becomes clear when listening to the lyrics. Given the song’s bounciness, you might rather just give yourself over to the beat. But then that wouldn’t make you that much different than the song’s protagonist.
So many different things happened in the world of music this year that instead of making a limited “best-of” list, it’s better to take a look at things one month at a time. Just as we previously highlighted January 2010’s happenings, here is a look at the next month in music history.
Superbowl XLIV‘s half-time show is helmed by the Who. The National Anthem was performed by Carrie Underwood, marking the third straight year that a former American Idol contestant received the honor.
The music video for “Rad Anthem”—the debut single from new electronica group Rad Omen (which features, strangely enough, Peter Dante of Every Adam Sandler Movie Ever Made-fame)—has been making the viral rounds all year long. And for those who’ve ever wanted to experience life in the fast(food) lane, it’s pretty much the best video ever. Just trust me on this one. Enjoy.
Balancing between dance and pop has become a popular line to walk and no one does it better than the latest Danish export, When Saints Go Machine. The electronic four-piece matches their electronic sound with classical instruments and moving lyrics. After gaining some recognition in Denmark, the band is ready to take on the world. Their first single, “Fail Forever”, is a haunting commentary on how we, as a society, never really say what we think; someone asks how you are and you say fine, when in reality that is hardly ever the case. Recently XLR8R posted “Fail Forever” and it quickly became the top rated and most downloaded MP3 on the site.
Check out the video for “Fail Forever” below and keep an eye out for When Saints Go Machine’s EP in January 2011 and a full album later in the year.