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Monday, Mar 9, 2009

Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s forthcoming album Beware is out on March 17th (the 16th in the UK) and here’s a music video for one of its songs, “I Am Goodbye”. The track is very country with it’s fiddle and banjo and it’s also very good. The video is simple but effective with Oldham strolling the city streets, singing.



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Monday, Mar 9, 2009
Hollywood Undead group photo

Hollywood Undead group photo


A mixture of rock and rap (while deftly avoiding the “nu metal” ethos of almost a decade ago), Hollywood Undead are deveoloping a rapidly growing fanbase with the release of their debut album, Swan Songs.  The group’s first single, “Undead”, was featured in the Super Bowl commercial for the upcoming G.I. Joe film. 


Bringing hip-hop’s love for their hometown to the table along with metal angst and hair-metal’s penchant for good times, Hollywood Undead’s sound is as unique as their look.  Keeping their identities secret beneath masks (à la Slipknot), Hollywood Undead are arguably one of the most interesting and exciting acts to hit the scene in years.


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Monday, Mar 9, 2009

Chris Wilcha (This American Life) treats us with the second video from Asthmatic Kitty’s latest and greatest, Fol Chen’s Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made, which saw release in mid-February. Not to be outdone, the benevolent label convinced Liars (fresh from their tour with Radiohead) to provide us all with a free remix. Good vibes all around.


Fol Chen
“Cable TV” [MP3]
     


“Cable TV (Liars Remix)” [MP3]
     


No Wedding Cake (Matthew David Remix) [MP3]
     



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Friday, Mar 6, 2009

Eight years ago this week UK acoustic band Turin Brakes released their debut The Optimist LP. We loved the record back then and it still sounds fresh and timely. Devon Powers raved: “Turin Brakes have created a testament to singing and songwriting, and it’s impossible not to believe. The Optimist LP is a treasure chest of sparkly baubles and rare gems, and from top to bottom it is precious and priceless.” The record spawned a rash of videos highlighted below, plus, a live treat at the end of the batch.


Turin Brakes - Underdog (Save Me)


Turin Brakes - Emergency 72


Turin Brakes - Mind Over Money


Turin Brakes - The Door


Turin Brakes - Over & Over and Feeling Oblivion


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Friday, Mar 6, 2009
Calling Danger Mouse!

Ming Xia.


Never heard of her?


You’ve probably had the pleasure of hearing her, via “Things I’ve Seen”, the hit from her band Spooks’ deubt album. But that was almost a decade ago. The follow-up Faster Than You Know didn’t exactly set the world on fire.


Unless she is operating under a different name or I am woefully out of touch (very possible), Ming Xia has been silent. This is unacceptable. The beef some had with her band was that her angelic voice was being wasted alongside second-rate rappers and uninspired music. Not sure I concur, particularly on their first album. But there is no question that within a band or solo, we need more from her.


Danger Mouse: please help her. Help us.



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