Avi Buffalo is a quartet from Long Beach, California who puts out sweet, happy, guitar pop music. They are led by 19-year-old frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg. You’ve heard this kind of thing before, but not often is it this well done. Plus, the lyrics carry a bit of a melancholy edge. The CD is out now on Sub Pop and here is a free MP3 of the single “What’s in It For?”
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Here we have the music video for Hanson’s “Thinking ‘Bout Something”, the first single off of their upcoming Shout It Out album. It recently got over a million views on MySpace, partially because band member Zac promised he would write a song called “Refresh” if it did. That’s not the only reason, however. The video is an awesome homage to Ray Charles’ role in the 1980 movie classic The Blues Brothers and has inspired the dance tutorial in the video below. Also, not to be missed is their live performance of it on The Late Show With David Letterman, where you see the wicked keyboard solo and brass section up close. Does this make you as interested in the rest of their upcoming album as I am?
And the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings TV appearances continue to pile up with a Fallon spot closely following behind one on Colbert. Plus, I seen the new CD, I Learned the Hard Way in every Starbucks I visit. Cultural omnipresence. Next stop the Nordstrom Rack, which has started selling CDs for some odd reason when almost everyone else has stopped.
Interpol has just posted a new song to their website, which you can nab in exchange for your email address. They’re using this to tease a new release around the corner, which doesn’t have a specific date yet. It’s internet marketing in the oughties, go forth and widget thyself.
Back in February, Michael Franco gave an 8 to Shout Out Louds’ new album and raved about the subtlety of lead-off tune “Walls” as well as the record as a whole. Merge just released a remix of the song by Swedish duo Fontän. “‘Walls’ starts off with minimal instrumentation and hardly any melody. Over a choppy drumbeat and recurring piano riff, singer Adam Olenius practically talks his way through the lyrics. As the song builds, however, it gains more elements—a discernible melody, rhythm guitar, new wave guitar hooks… It’s an incredibly catchy song, though it’s not apparent on the first handful of listens.”