The hyper-pretentious ‘80s video is back! Manchester dance-pop outfit Hurts use every trick in the vintage MTV playbook for their new clip, “Better Than Love”. It’s got the faux-arty pre-song-buildup, ala Duran Duran’s “New Moon on Monday”, the models look like Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” hotties in drag, and singer Theo Hutchcraft has the face of a Kemp brother during Spandau Ballet’s heyday. In other words, it is 100 neon shades of awesome. Find more information here.
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Well this is just fantastic. This video takes the Susan-dies-from-envelope-licking arc from Seinfeld and splices it together to make it seem like George Costanza is recovering from a serious tragedy (which, come to think of it, would be true if the situation happened to any “normal” person). Honestly, if Avatar was even nominated for an Oscar, this deserves to stand right beside it.
Will George ever find love again? Tune in and find out.
Just recently DJ Shadow launched a web radio. Shadow himself contributed the first, posted March 31st. The sixth, a contribution by OPM Records John Haput entitled “The Audio Arms Race”, was posted on Apr 26th. Shadow’s (and site staff’s) mission? “To expand the palates of music lovers everywhere.”
Welcome to My World (Part 1): Show contributed by DJ Shadow on Mar 31, 2010
The title says it all. These are the sounds that inform, comfort, inspire, and challenge me. By no means an “all-time faves” compilation, these are songs that have resonated with me strongly over the recent Winter months. Heartfelt, honest music of all genres, by artists including Image, Moreno Productions, Upheaval, and more.
The Audio Arms Race: Show contributed by John Haupt on Apr 26, 2010
Continuing on our mission to expand the palates of music lovers everywhere, we present selections from the refined mind of OPM Records’ John Haupt. This is the sound of the NWOAHM (New Wave of American Heavy Metal), including the likes of Dead Silence, Euphoria, Minotaur, and many others.
National Book Award winner, Neil Gaiman, has a new picture book this week. Instructions, illustrated by long-time Gaiman collaborator Charles Vess, is a splendiferous, practical guide to the fairy tale world, with much real-world wisdom to boot. Hear Gaiman read the whole story, and follow along with Vess’ gorgeous illustrations.
Sadly, we must report that Lala.com will end its service of streaming gazillions of albums and songs on 31 May. This follows in the wake of its December 2009 purchase by Apple.
Touch Reviews speculates that this may well mean that we see streaming from iTunes in the future as Apple integrates Lala’s talented tech team into their product mix. Nothing along those lines has been confirmed as of yet.
Lala never quite found a strong revenue model and it’s too bad because the product was superb. PopMatters and thousands of other websites also embedded Lala content in their articles and blogs.
Will there be a similar offering down the road by Apple itself or some new partner? Will the Spotify partnership with Facebook and iTunes satisfy the demand of US listeners? Can Soundclound grow into a true Lala replacement? As of 31 May, there will be a void in the streaming music space and we all know that generally, businesses crowd in to fill a void. Ultimately, the biggest question is: Can a free, membership- driven streaming music service ever be a profitable proposition?