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Friday, Nov 12, 2010

OK Go has made a name for themselves with their one-take, live action music videos. These videos, which have included choreographed dances on treadmills (“Here I Go Again”) and with trained dogs (“White Knuckles”), have given OK Go the title of the most downloaded band in history; their clips have been viewed more than 125,000,000 times. Well, the boys are at it again with yet another landmark video for their song, “Last Leaf”. They have left behind the style they revolutionized of the one-take routines and have opted for an animated venture. The band teamed up with Nadeem Mazen and Ali Mohammad, founders of the Serious Business Design, to create a fabulous stop action animation video featuring pieces of toast.  Each second of the video is a sequence of fifteen Samsung NX100 photographs, which OK Go shot with Mazen, Mohammad and a crew of interns.


OK Go will be promoting this innovative new video on the TODAY Show, Thursday November 18th by premiering a video they shot with the hosts of the show. They will also be featured in a special segment about YouTube sensations. The band is also on tour, to support their newest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, through the fall.



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Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010

Using a rumored submission list that leaked to the internet, here are some guesses as to what the Album of the Year Grammy nominees will be.


Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The BBC called it “a complex, captivating work”, NME described it as “.., pretty much perfect”, Rolling Stone said it was “fantastic“, and I’m telling you it’s going to get nominated.



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Monday, Nov 8, 2010

The artist that Rolling Stone magazine named a top ten artist to watch is reminding everyone how he earned that title. Pete Yorn is launching a North American tour that will support his new self titled album. The new album has received rave reviews from publications like Spin who said “From bracing opener ‘Precious Stone’ to the chugging fan appreciation ‘Rock Crowd’ to a heartfelt version of Gram Parsons’ ‘Wheels,’ Yorn emerges with his most purposeful, affecting album yet.” The CD is available now and tickets for his tour go on sale this weekend. The tour kicks off on February 14th in Phoenix, but until then, check out some live Pete Yorn below and on thelivebuzz.com.



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Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010

Brother Ali is back to doing what he does best; making hip-hop music with some substance. His newest album, Us delves into the deep issues of the human condition; the strengths and flaws that make us all human. “Breakin’ Dawn” is the second official video from the album, which was released September 22, 2009. The video is an epic five-minute tale, beautifully drawn by animators Rob Engle, Dave Irion, and Evan Sheldon. You can also find Brother Ali on the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour” with The Grouch, Eligh, and Los Rakas.



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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010
Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis -- raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.

New York may be well known for its plentiful hardcore scene, but with so many musicians clinging to the minimalist nature of hardcore in one area, other bands will undoubtedly attempt to adapt that simplistic style into something more complex and forward-thinking over time. Tombs, the new project from ex-Anodyne frontman Mike Hill, is one such band, drawing on their roots and multiple outside influences to create a unique, appealing sound. The “minimalist” aspect of their sound comes from their raw, uncut production, similar to seminal hardcore bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat, and even approaching the levels of black metal artists such as Darkthrone at times. However, there is nothing simple about their compositions, with sound like the darkest nightmares of Gojira or Mastodon. To put it another way, Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis—raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.


Check out the track “Course of Empire” after the jump, taken from their upcoming collection of early and unreleased material, entitled Fear Is the Weapon (November 9th, Relapse). The band is getting ready to release a new album next summer, but until then, you can catch them on tour on one of the dates listed below the stream.


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