This song would probably be really fun to play on Rock Band, if you can get a bunch of expert players together. The drums alone would be more exhausting than P90X. Some lunkhead playing on medium would kill the mood, but that’s what you get for associating with lunkheads. Someday, I hope all songs will be evaluated based on how fun their video game approximations might be to play. Contra comes out next week, if you don’t make it far enough in the video to hear it from Dave himself.
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Continuing a long tradition of women getting their big break in music videos (Alicia Silverstone, Tawny Kitaen, etc), Michael Cera, a hot up-and-coming actor making the L.A. scene, gets the movie star treatment in the new video from that hip young indie-pop outfit, Islands. If you want to laugh, watch this video closely. Direct your attention toward Cera’s flailing arms as he runs about. Boffo!
The Flaming Lips recently collaborated with relative Okies Stardeath and White Dwarfs to recreate Pink Floyd’s legendary The Dark Side of the Moon. Featured on several tracks is Henry Rollins, along with songstress Peaches, who takes the lead vocals on “The Great Gig in the Sky”. While it’s not a direct replica of the 1973 masterpiece, it is a thrilling reinterpretation with ample Flaming Lips color and flavor. The album was released exclusively to iTunes on 22 December 2009.
That crazed devil-on-a-rollercoaster look that John Darnielle gets on his face when his songs get going is more than enough to calm (or amplify, I suppose) a Mountain Goats’ fan’s anxieties about the next twelve months. He stopped by NPR recently to perform some old hits (“Color in Your Cheeks”, “Going to Georgia”) and two from last year’s wonderful The Life of the World to Come.
Deakin had nothing to do with Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion, but lest you think he’s been resting on his laurels for forever and a day, he’s started the new year by conventionally spelling his stage name and putting out some solo material.