Swedish pop it-girl singer Robyn has a new record dropping this June suggestively titled Bodytalk PT 1 and she just filmed a live version of “Fembot” from the record for Scandinavian TV show Skavlan
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Modern psych rockers the Flaming Lips covered a classic tune from pysch rock vets Pink Floyd live on Fallon’s show this past week. The Lips put out a vinyl version of The Dark Side of the Moon especially for Record Store Day.
Back in my teen years, I would spend hours watching various talk shows in order to see my favorite boybands perform their new songs and talk about themselves. My all time favorite was the Backstreet Boys. I grew up with their posters on my bedroom walls, their self-titled album was the first CD I ever bought, and I became enraged when snobbish music critics bashed them. So this past Wednesday, I had an enjoyable flashback of those days when the Backstreet Boys appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show. The group was in fine form, cheerfully telling stories about their families and experiences on the road and performing the catchy single “Bigger”. Furthermore, Hunt is a great host. Unlike some of her daytime rivals, she seems genuinely interested and knows when the focus should be on her and when it should be on her guests. Let’s hope this kind of light yet endearing entertainment continues.
This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day, which is self-explanatory enough. To lure consumers away from iTunes and into stores to buy CDs and maybe even vinyl, indie retailers—provided you can still find one where you live—are offering loads of interesting one-offs and reissues, along with in-store performances by some heavyweight acts. The list of bands participating is pretty impressive, from Against Me! at Plan 9 Music in Richmond, VA, Drive-By Truckers at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC, and Yo La Tengo at Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The official Record Store Day website has more information on special offers and live performances. And if it doesn’t seem too counterintuitive to you, you can hear a couple of exclusive Record Store Day tracks from Beach House streaming online, courtesy of Sub Pop.
Not one to get left behind in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s nostalgia rush, Britain’s ska heroes the Specials are back touring and played their first U.S. live appearance in some three decades on Jimmy Fallon’s show this week.