Month: July 2010

Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul

The A.V. Club continues, and this week featured Superchunk covering “In Between Days“, which might be my all-time favourite Cure song. Superchunk has a new album coming out in September and is touring in support. They’ll be in town here in Vancouver on October 13. It’s their first album in nearly a decade, and they ARE Superchunk, so it’s kind of a big deal.

Chromeo + eyeballs = new video.

The new vid from Holy Ghost! is nothing to get excited about, but I do really enjoy this track. I feel like it should have some footage of 80’s cop-dramas cut together to go along with it, but that’s just me.

Robyn has been blowing up for a while now, however, like Journey before her, life on the road is lonely.

Dinner for Schmucks opens this weekend and has a pretty outstanding cast, including Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. It looks like it could go either way and be a complete train wreck, or complete genius, but Jemaine is lookin’ good either way.

And as if that wasn’t good enough, here’s a nice way to end a Saturday post…

C Is The Heavenly Option

Did you hear the one about the Australian ninjas who kicked the 3 muggers’ asses?

Representing the  WTF category, this video is NSFW, but I can’t stop laughing!

Great Scott! We are one step closer to the comeback of the Delorean. Thank you, MIT.

Here’s one from Mystery Jets I missed in my internet absence. A fun vid for “Dreaming Of Another World” that features some sweet wardrobe and hair.

On the complete opposite end of the mood-spectrum, we have David Bazan knocking it out of the park with an acoustic cover of “Flirted With You All My Life” by Vic Chesnutt. Hauntingly sad, especially given the lyrical content and Vic’s recent passing on Christmas Day last year.

Despite the very British look of this vid, The Drums actually hail from, surprise, Brooklyn. I have to say, I am really enjoying these boys.

*note: This might be the best set of tags for a post EVER.

Catacomb Kids

The bearded men of Band of Horses have some hot, double video action for you today. Two videos, both for “Laredo”, both including some lovely scenic shots which, I suppose, bearded men enjoy.

The not-so-distant future includes a movie about Facebook. Sounds like a bad idea, right? But before you roll your eyes and write off this movie, it’s got some very good things going for it. David Fincher directed. Yes, the David Fincher that also directed Se7en and Fight Club. It’s also has a score written by Chris Cornell-non-fan, Trent Reznor. And they just released this trailer that features the amazing cover of “Creep” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Scala is an all-female choir from Belgium that reworks many popular songs into stripped-down, ethereal versions. They have slowly been gaining recognition worldwide over the last few years, so time to get on board, North America.

Inception came out this weekend and looks amazing. It is another movie with a ridiculously good director, (Christopher Nolan,) and a guaranteed home run score by Johnny Marr and Hans Zimmer. I hope I can get off my ass and see it in the theatre.

The Guided By Voices reunion tour is officially ON. 30-something indie-rockers all just collectively pooped a little.

I will leave you with some cool times, with blade-less fans. (Get it? Cool?) As if Dyson wasn’t awesome enough already.

It is no secret – I love 30 Rock. I was watching some re-runs today while I was baking some Millionaires Shortbread and only now realized that Zach Braff and Horatio Sanz are two of the members of the Puerto Rican band that plays the “Elisa Pedrera” song. Every time I see that episode, that song gets stuck in my head.

Anyhow, on to songs I have heard more than 3 seconds of. The vid for “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)”, feels like a dog-version of the “1979” video. Tokyo Police Club‘s new album, Champ, is out now.

I think it’s pretty awesome that Machete is going to be a real movie. I also find it pretty awesome that it has Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, and Robert De Niro in it. It’s a shame that they had to throw Jessica “I can only make two faces” Alba into the mix, but this movie is one of those things that, even though I might not spend money on it, I’m glad it exists. You know, like Andrew W.K. and The Darkness.

Apparently, on Friday night there was a zombie car wreck. What do you do in that situation? I bet Machete would know…

Happiness

Kids playing in a cemetery isn’t creepy, is it? I keep expecting fangs to make an appearance in this video for “Celestica”, but that might just be media brainwashing on my part. Either way, Crystal Castles are a good time… Even in the cemetery with the kids in robes.

I haven’t raved about Sweden lately, so here’s a lovely song and vid from Sambassadeur for “I Can Try” to revive the Sweden love-fest.

This one looks like it was a fun one for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart to film. It’s for “Say No To Love” and the single is out now.

The Bandit Queen (live)

The latest in the Twilight saga is out and tweens the world over are all aflutter. It’s got an awesome soundtrack, just like the last one, and here’s the vid for Metric‘s contribution.

Also in the realm of movies, Judd Apatow is working with Paul Reubens on a new Pee-Wee Herman movie. This excites me to no end! I always felt like he got a bad wrap on those “indecent exposure” and “child pornography” deals and I really hope people will give him another chance. I always love watching something, (30 Rock, Blow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer…) and then, all of a sudden, there he is!

I love Mates of State. I love their music. I love that they seem like such fun people and that they are married and, pretty obviously, still in love. I love that they are awesome parents and take their kids on tour with them. I love that their latest album, “Crushes”, is nothing but covers of songs they love. I love that you can get it from their site or through iTunes for only $5.

Speaking of covers, have you been keeping an eye on The Onion‘s A.V.Club‘s Undercover series? 25 bands, 25 set covers. They’ve been releasing one a week since mid-March, and it’s not over yet! They are all really awesome, but some of my faves so far include Ted Leo & the Pharmacists doing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World“, Fruit Bats doing “One On One“, Cursive doing “We Built This City“, Wye Oak doing “Strangers“, and Motion City Soundtrack doing “Cut Your Hair“. So basically, they’re all good, is what I’m saying.

But my giddy factor went through the roof for Maritime covering “Enjoy the Silence” and Ben Folds covering “Say Yes“. I mentioned how I love Mates of State? Well I have loved both Davey von Bohlen and Ben Folds since the 90’s, (yeah, the NINETIES,) Depeche Mode since the 80’s, (I’m old!). And Elliott Smith? Come on.

Here’s a little connect-the-dots for you. Owen Pallett elected to do “Game of Pricks” for this series, which was covered previously by Jimmy Eat World, whose song “A Praise Chorus” featured a vocal cameo by former tourmate, Davey von Bohlen. That song also paid homage to some classic songs, just like this little project is doing. Suck on THAT, Kevin Bacon!