Phoenix, continuing to make the late night rounds, performed “Girlfriend” off their current record, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last Friday.
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The drumbeat on “The Sweetest Thing”, from My Maudlin Career and not a U2 cover, is that one poppy rhythm that activates some latent dopamine receptors in 80% of people and is highly conducive to hand clapping. The video strikes a nice balance between saccharine and wistful. Watch for the guy in the Lemmy costume.
Twenty one years ago this week: Sonic Youth released Daydream Nation, which has come to be regarded as one of the best records of the ‘80s. Click through for more videos from this classic album.
“Teen Age Riot”
This song has a lot stacked against it. For instance, whenever I read the song’s title, I start shaking my fists at the sky and cursing the passage of time and this temperate climate. But the track (produced by Machine Drum could talk the Incredible Hulk down from a temper tantrum. His mixtape has a Smiths-cribbing title (This Charming Mixtape) and Elvis Costello-aping album art, but “Enjoy the Sun” is sort in its own world. Go to his MySpace for the mixtape and a few more videos.
The elegiac Grouper has just released a new video for her song “Hold the Way”. Directed by Weston Currie, the hazy, black and white cinemascope and the horror imagery lull one into a trance. A very scary trance.