Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear played two live tunes last week in Austin for Spin TV.
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Don Cusack in High Fidelity
Releasing: 23 March
Backpack wrapper decides to put out a solo debut that’s actually a concept album based off of… High Fidelity. No, really. Tracks include “Top 5 Breakups” and “Championship Vinyl”, which don’t necessarily mirror the film beat-for-beat, but instead Donwill uses it as a jumping off point for his very top-notch rhymes, all while flanked by some ready-for-radio beats that I was actually quite impressed with.
“Laura’s Song” [MP3]
“Pu**y Rules the World” [MP3]
“I See You” (Unmastered version) [MP3]
Now that Captain Kirk is almost 80, I’ll go ahead and confess to being a true Shatner fan, even if I’ve never been a Trekkie, never seen Boston Legal, never cared for the Priceline commercials, and found that my only favorite Shatner moment was he and Will Smith getting high on laughing gas during an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
I’m not sure what’s funnier: Shatner himself making fun of Star Trek or Will Smith making fun of Star Trek. Either way, when Shatner grabs Alfonso Ribeiro and says “Scotty you’re…black!”, it’s hysterical.
Releasing: 13 April
Recording the follow-up to your critically-acclaimed debut album has to be a nerve-wracking affair. As a band, do you go with the same sound/formula you used on the first record? Or, do you venture outside the box and approach things from a completely different perspective? On MGMT’s sophomore album Congratulations, they successfully manage to do both.
Currently streaming on their homepage, the duo’s new record is decorated with the same new wave synthesizer riffs and catchy pop melodies they used on their first album, Oracular Spectacular in 2008. But this time, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden have injected the album’s nine songs with a heavy dose of prog rock and ‘60s psychedelia (that is, more psychedelia than the first album).
01 It’s Working
02 Song for Dan Treacy
03 Someone’s Missing
04 Flash Delirium
05 I Found a Whistle
06 Siberian Breaks
07 Brian Eno
08 Lady Dada’s Nightmare
In the latest installment of the AV Club’s “Under Cover” project, the very indie Fruit Bats cover the very mainstream pop ‘70s and ‘80s hitmakers Hall & Oates. It’s a pretty faithful take and mostly great fun, except for a few off-key moments from Eric D. Johnson.