Month: March 2010

The Vast Spoils Of America (From the Badlands Through the Ocean)

What can you say about the Magnetic Fields? They are amazing, and have been for the last 20-plus years. Songwriters can only dream of being as genius as Stephin Merritt. They’ve been making this documentary on him and the Magnetic Fields for the past ten years, and it’s finally getting screened out in the world. I’m excited to see it and bask in the glory that is Merritt, but for now, I can watch this trailer.

I was thinking about all the awesome upcoming shows in this humble city, and could not believe I had not mentioned Sleigh Bells here yet. I’ve been into these guys since I first heard them last year and, as a former co-worker of mine would say, they are killin’ it. Seems like Brooklyn, in general, is killin’ it these days. Sleigh Bells will be releasing their debut album, Treats, on May 11th in cahoots with M.I.A. Yeah, I’m going to call that a win.

Miles Kurosky, formerly of Beulah, released his first solo album, The Desert of Shallow Effects, at the beginning of this month. Here’s a little sampling and some puppets for you.

Oh yeah, have I mentioned Passion Pit are huge?

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In My Life

I really need to go to Sweden someday. I love so many things that are Swedish, including Lo-Fi-Fnk. I’ve been waiting a long time for their follow-up to Boylife, and still don’t know when that will be coming our way, but here’s a new song that will tide me, (and you!) over for a bit.

Iceland is also a pretty magical place I would love to visit. Iceland’s favourite sons, Sigur Rós, are taking a break, but Jónsi is continuing to pump out the awesome, solo.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow, despite their name, are a band from Philly. Here’s their quirky vid for “So Bloody So Tight”.

Fly

Thank Lorne Michaels, this song finally has a video. Samberg incorporating old people make-outs just gives me one more reason to compare him with Adam Sandler. They are both funny, musical, Jewish guys who are down with the octogenarian generation. I’m into it.

Michael Rapaport could be the whitest guy ever, but I will always have a soft spot for him thanks to Beautiful Girls. I wondered what had happened to him over the past few years, and it turns out he’s been working on a documentary… on A TRIBE CALLED QUEST.

New York may have its good and bad, but this is most definitely good. It’s also a plus to hear the good Dr. Brule will have his own 11-minute show. Remember when shows were in 30-minute increments? Ah NYC, the media just makes you seem so glamourous. If you were Marilyn Monroe, this would be your beauty mark.

Broken Bells is the new collaboration between James Mercer, (he of the Shins fame,) and Danger Mouse, (he of the everyone fame). Their first album came out earlier this month and, based on the talent involved alone, is worth a listen. Here’s the vid for the first single, “The High Road”.

Hailing from Florida, Surfer Blood is pretty good stuff. They’ll be playing at the Biltmore on April 5th so check them out if you are able.

Lemonade is one of my favourite beverages. So it makes sense that I would also like a Brooklyn via San Francisco band called Lemonade. They, much like the beverage or a Junior Mint, are very refreshing.

Passion Pit is huge now. HUGE. I’m a little mad at them since they have cancelled their shows here TWICE now, but they have another show coming up on April 11th at the good ol’ Commodore, so hopefully they don’t back out of that one too. Anyway, here’s a vid for that mega-hit, “Sleepyhead”, that was rejected by the band but is still a good time.

Dead Boys

Christopher Lee, a.k.a Saruman, is among the holiest of actors in nerd culture, not only having done LOTR, but he’s also been in Star Wars, played Fu Manchu, and worked with Tim Burton on numerous occasions. So really, is it surprising at all that he has done vocals for a metal concept album titled, “Charlemagne”, which gets released on Monday? No, seriously.

Once upon a time, ?uestlove tweeted about how the cast of Parks and Recreation were an excellent ensemble, much like that of the Wu Tang Clan. He was more on the money than he knew.

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Check out Twin Sister out of Brooklyn. They’re a band I’ve been digging of late and you can download their EP, “Vampires with Dreaming Kids”, from their website. They’re on tour, though nowhere near me. Maybe near you, though.

Many people only know Dan Deacon because of the effervescent “Drinking Out of Cups“, but he’s actually a musician out of Baltimore. Keeping up with his reputation for ,”what-the-hell-IS-this???”, is this video for “Woof Woof”. Tiger costume, dog bassist, puppets, and dander! Oh, you…

The Very Best have been on my radar for a while now and “Warm Heart of Africa” just doesn’t seem to ever get any less catchy. Here’s a video with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend since, you know, he does some of the vocal track and all. They’re playing in Vancouver at the Biltmore on May 28th if you want to get down, live-like.

Sondre Lerche‘s video for “If Only” is pretty whimsical and utilizes a lot of crochet-work. But I spy some nipples behind that chain mail! Risqué! I have to say though, I enjoyed him more when he was a cute, remarkably talented musician from Norway, rather than a cute, remarkably talented musician from Norway living in Brooklyn. If you can catch him live, do it. His voice is even more amazing live and his banter will have even the manliest of men swooning. I seen it!