When I saw Them Crooked Vultures at their first show at the Metro, nobody knew what to think of “Interlude with Ludes”, with John Paul Jones coaxing a cheesy tune from a keytar and Josh Homme vamping around the stage like a campy seductress, but it at least showed Homme’s supreme self-confidence and disregard for a stodgy, hypermasculine stomp-rock image, for what people expect him to be. The same will probably go for Julian Casablancas on Conan, where instead of standing behind a mic stand and rolling his eyes, he dances around like a bizarro Tom Jones. My thoughts cycled from “I can’t believe he’s doing that” to “I can’t believe he’s making it look cool”, from “is that actually cool?” to “who cares?”. The performance is more fun for it. It’s not like he could sing this song and not dance.
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This song is brand new, taped from the audience with surprisingly good fidelity at the NBC Experience Store.
Underground filmmaking goes episodic! 664: Neighbor of the Beast is a guerrilla web series in its second season. Rife with unabashedly campy humor melded with a dab of the macabre, each webisode crams a surprising amount of character and plot development into its ten-minute (or less) installments.
The brainchild of director/producer George O’Connor, 664 was conceived as a contest entry to create a television pilot. O’Connor enlisted local, amateur filmmakers and pals, Gary Greenbaum and Alex Kaloostian, to help. Their entry didn’t win the contest, but the fleshed-out (albeit low-budget) concept of a suburbanite family that moves next door to a surprisingly congenial Satanic Majesty proved so popular, they decided to turn it into a web series. O’Connor’s wife, Tracy, along with fellow lead actors Arthur Laurie and Tony DeMauro pull double-duty as part of the show’s writing team, as well. For an amateur production squad of just six people, 664 manages to be highly entertaining on a shoestring budget. 664: Neighbor of the Beast can be seen on YouTube or on the Lazy Horde Productions website.
We posted a free download of this song earlier this month, and now there’s a shimmery video for everyone to enjoy. “Under the Sheets” has so many well-worn trappings of pop music that might otherwise be boring—the extra oomph leading up to the second chorus, the gang-singing breakdown—but the chirpy production and Ellie’s transcendent voice reaffirm these tropes’ manipulative intent: to build anticipation, to swell the emotions, to lead us around, rapt and tense, until, at long last, catharsis.
Releasing: Out now
Legendary ‘80s post-punk outfit Pylon is set to re-release their sophomore effort Chomp, digitally re-mastered and expanded as Chomp More via DFA. The new record also includes a 7” version of “Crazy”, a “male version” of “Yo-Yo”, a remix of “Gyrate”, and the rare single, “Four Minutes”. You can download “Beep” and watch a couple live performances below.
04 Italian Movie Theme
05 Crazy (Album Version)
08 No Clocks
13 Crazy (Single Version)
14 Yo-Yo (Male Version)
15 Gyrate (Pylon Mix)
16 Four Minutes