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by Jennifer Cooke

5 May 2010


Band of Horses have been dropping a steady trail of bread crumbs toward the May 18 release of their third album, Infinite Arms, with videos for the songs “Compliments” and “NW Apt”. Now we’ve got a four-and-a-half-minute teaser about the making of the album, featuring an expanded band line-up and what appears to be a significant lightening-up of frontman Ben Bridwell, who has a reputation for being “difficult”. The new songs sound great and Bridwell seems genuinely excited about the prospect of this album being a much more collaborative effort than past Band of Horses releases.

by PopMatters Staff

5 May 2010


What will they think of next? Well, you’re supposed to be able to do almost anything with an iPad, right, so why not skateboard. [via Mashable]

by PopMatters Staff

5 May 2010


Felix Cartal mashes up electronic music styles in his remix work for notables such as MSTRKRFT and Ashlee Simpson, as well as on his debut album Popular Music. So, it’s quite fitting that video director Ace Norton took a “mash-up” approach to the video for “Volcano”. Riffing off an old Dan Rather newscast about the Mount St. Helen’s eruption, Norton superimposes a singing mouth featuring the vocals of Johnny Whitney from the Blood Brothers over Rather’s talking head.

“As a kid, my parents would put on the CBS Evening News every night while we ate dinner,” says Norton. “When they fired Dan Rather, I didn’t realize how comforting his voice was until it wasn’t there anymore. With all this coverage about the volcano in Iceland, it only seemed right to give the man one last broadcast, and make it about the biggest news story of all time—the impending apocalypse. This video is Dante’s Peak, meets Ron Burgandy, meets Poltergeist.” Ace Norton has a lengthy list of credits to his name, with turns behind the camera for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Death Cab for Cutie, She and Him and many more. “Volcano” is a banging, anthemesque tune with shades of distortion moving amongst strong beats. It’s house, techno and dance-pop all in one.

by John Lindstedt

5 May 2010



This is a bit easier on the eyes compared to red headed children being murdered, isn’t it? As part of AV Club’s “Undercover” series, the British band the Clientele gently covered M.I.A.‘s breakthrough hit “Paper Planes”, somehow transforming her violent prose into something a little more affable. The promotion still has 17 weeks left, with covers of the Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” waiting in the wings. Check here for all episodes of this video series.

by Arnold Pan

4 May 2010


It’s not quite the same thing as being part of a legendary post-punk band 30 years past its prime, but you can help out in the making of Gang of Four’s latest project, Content. By chipping in anywhere from £10 for a CD of the finished product to £950 for the absurd privilege of riding on a helicopter with the band on its way to Glastonbury, you can bankroll the content on Content. So if you’re going to buy the new album when it’s due this summer anyway, you might as well go to Gang of Four’s Pledge Music page and help to make sure it becomes a reality by pitching in. In addition to an explanation of what Gang of Four is up to by legendary guitarist Andy Gill, there’s a snippet of a new track at the site titled “Do as I Do”, which at least sounds like the band is trying to revisit its late 1970s glory days.

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