Month: April 2011

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The world has pretty much been waiting for this since ’87, and if anyone is going to deliver, it’s the Beastie Boys. Their next album, Hot Sauce Committee Part One, was originally to be released in 2009, however it was delayed on account of MCA having some cancer to deal with. The boys are ready to release this sucker out into the world on May 3rd, but with some slight track changes and under the title, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. MCA seems to be back in fighting form, as he has put together a short film titled, Fight For Your Right Revisited. It’s pretty much the follow-up to the original “Fight For Your Right” video and its cast is the stuff of legend. As of yesterday, Fight For Your Right Revisited is out in full-form and it includes the best comedic pissing since Adam Sandler’s “The Longest Pee”. Thank whatever you believe in for the Beasties. Fucking epic.

If you don’t have half an hour to watch the full deal and just want a sampler, you can check the vid for the first single, “Make Some Noise” here. Or, if you want a strictly aural sampling, here’s a little something for you.

“Say It”

Danny McBride has apparently been a busy guy. Other than playing MCA, he also has a movie coming out called 30 Minutes Or Less. The red band trailer just hit and it looks like a good time.

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Death Cab for Cutie is also unleashing a barrage of samplings from their next album, Codes and Keys, out at the end of May. They did a live, single-take video for “You Are A Tourist”, in addition to putting a few tracks on the wonderful internet.

“Some Boys”

“Home Is A Fire”

Principe Valiente is yet another Swedish band I am liking a lot. Based out of Stockholm, they released their first full-length last month. They remind me of  Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine or, more recently, Interpol – all good things to be reminded of.

Simple Math

According to their bio, Manchester Orchestra‘s next album, Simple Math, is about the last 2 years of singer Andy Hull’s life. The writeup on this album, (by Paul Feig,) talks of “mistakes, regrets and realizations,” and we get a sampling here with the video for its title track. Directed by DANIELS, (who were also responsible for that “Dogboarding” video that recently made the rounds,) it really suits the feel and mood described by Feig. Beautiful.

La Danza Rossini

The footage of the damage from the earthquake in Japan is heartbreaking, but if any country can pull it together and rebuild, it’s Japan. I have no doubt they will be back and better than ever sooner than anyone expects. So to showcase the kooky awesomeness that is Japan, I present you with a seriously awesome video from World Order. They are a seven-man group made up of male dancers, including former UFC fighter Genki Sudo. The guy is a modern-day renaissance man. Not only was he an MMA fighter, but he is also an actor, director, artist, writer, choreographer and musician. Way to make me feel lazy, buddy! The sheer precision of these guys in this video puts just about any dance troupe I have seen to shame. Not that I have seen many dance troupes, but just watch and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Speaking of awesome, ANR, (formerly Awesome New Replublic,) made a short slasher film and have used footage from it for this “Big Problem” video. I don’t know why movies don’t feature slasher music with that creepy synth anymore.

Fleet Foxes are playing two shows in Vancouver at the end of this month and they sold out with a quickness. No surprise though since all the tracks I’ve heard so far from their upcoming album, “Helplessness Blues”, are sounding damn good. It doesn’t come out until May 3rd, but I’m pretty stoked to hear it. In the meantime, here is a video for “Grown Ocean” from that much anticipated album.

No one seems to know very much about WU LYF. Their name is an acronym for World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation. They are mysterious. They seem like a bit of a cult. They are from Manchester. They put out some pretty great tunes. That’s about it.

In case you missed it, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots did the impossible last night – they made that godawful Rebecca Black song tolerable. They also raised $26,000 for charity DonorsChoose, which is a nice bonus.

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