PopMatters’ David Gassmann said of These New Puritans new album earlier this month, “Hidden stands as a bracingly original statement from a band entirely too new to have this many good ideas. Come December, it may not make any ‘best of’ lists, but it’s certainly one of the most fascinating albums we’re likely to see this year.” This is the latest video from that exemplary project.
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Blue-eyed soulster Jamie Lidell is unleashing his eagerly awaited new album Compass on 18 May, more than a month and a half from now. Yet, there is already a second video from the record. Now that’s what you call marketing… that and the roster of eye-catching names appearing as guests on the upcoming release, including Feist, Beck, Wilco, and Grizzly Bear.
Is there anything the internet can’t do? It’ll take something that no one asked for, give it to them, and then make you realize you wanted it. It will take two elements of the universe that have never been mentioned in the same sentence, breed them, and make a beautiful offspring.
Case in point: Lil’ Wayne meets the theme from The Office. If you’re anything like me, you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve heard the latter so much, you use your DVR to fast forward through The Office‘s opening credits. After hearing this, that should no longer be the case.
SXSW is the perfect place for sites to load up on performance footage of all the buzz bands. So, of course, we have a clip from xx playing for KCRW. The London band performs a streamlined take on “Crystalised”. Yeah, I know everything they do is “streamlined”, but this stretches their patented minimalism even further.
Here’s an earlier live take on the tune from another public radio outlet, KEXP, late last year.
Watch the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ performance of “Snowden’s Jig (Genuine Negro Jig)” at the Galaxy Room in Austin.