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Bon Iver is, quite simply, lovely. I think Iceland is a beautiful place and would love to go there someday, so when I saw Bon Iver’s video for “Holocene” all Icelanded up, it was an awesome overload for me. Talk about gorgeous.

 

Matt & Kim sure have been busy! They’ve been touring, playing on Jimmy Fallon, and collaborating with Soulja Boy and  top party guy extraordinaire, Andrew W.K.. The vid for their Converse collab is a zombie dance party in the morgue and looks, as usual, like it was a ton of fun to shoot. It’s a great track and vid, and I bet it was an awesome excuse for Matt & Kim to have a chance to party serious with Andrew W.K..

 

The first track from the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers album was released about a month ago and now it has a video. The boys continue to look good and have a grand ol’ time on the roof à la the Beatles and U2. Love that Anthony Kiedis is sporting an OFF! hat! The new album hits in just over a week on the 29th.

 

The new album from the Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love, comes out on September 5th, and unlike the apocalyptic version, this Rapture will actually deliver. But if you’re all antsy in your pantsy you can listen to it, in full, below.

 

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to see the Decemberists on their Hazards of Love tour. It still stands as one of the best shows I have seen and they are actually in town again tomorrow night. While I am not fortunate enough to be seeing them this time around, they did release their latest video which completely made my day. Not only is it a new video from the Decemberists, but it is also based on Infinite Jest. It is fantastic and also directed by Michael Schur, who is partially responsible for a television show called Parks and Recreation. You should watch both the video and the show. NPR’s got you covered for the video portion, the rest is up to you.

I am one of the many fans still anxiously awaiting the Arrested Development movie. Not the movie about Mr. Wendal in Tennessee that owes you a watermelon, but the movie about the Bluth family. It seems like every year the rumour gets revived and rekindles my hope. It’s movie blue balls, is what it is. But I know I’m not the only one going through it, though I’m not sure that makes me feel any better.

This somehow helps though! Some lovely fellow named Matt De Lanoy recreated the Bluth universe in Lego for Brickworld this year. (He also previously did New New York from Futurama, which you can see here.) Needless to say, this guy pretty much rules.

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It may be the upcoming the Muppets, (November 23rd; very excited,) but there has been a noticeable increase in Muppet-related videos on the interwebs lately. Here is the latest – Cookie Monster doing Tom Waits’s “God’s Away On Business”.

Okay so the thing is, I friggin’ love the Muppets. As previously mentioned, they really hold a special place in my heart and I am SO excited about this new movie. It feels like the old Muppets again. I mean, it’s the old crew getting back together again, but you know what I mean. The movies have not been the same for a long time now and upon watching the trailer, I got kind of emotional. It just feels… right. I just cannot wait for this!

Slow Jam ’98

Last week, I re-watched the Kermit vs. Kermit version of “Under Pressure”. That video is so brilliant, I just love it. I mean, Queen, Bowie, and Kermit? What’s not to love? “Under Pressure” is one of those songs that has been one of my all-time favourites without me even realizing it.

Then later in the week I see this Sesame Street mashup of “Sure Shot”. Oscar as MCA, Grover as Ad-Rock, and Cookie Monster as Mike D is pretty great, but it doesn’t beat the Kermits for me. Still good stuff though.

I often wonder if Matt & Kim ever get upset. They’re always smiling and seem like they’re just having so much FUN all the time. It’s pretty infectious, which was apparent when they played Fallon this week. The Roots definitely caught it!

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Kindest Lines is relatively new on my radar, but I am enjoying what I have heard so far. They are out of New Orleans, which seems to have quite a music scene brewing lately, and are dark but dancey. Check out their debut album, Covered In Dust, which has been out for just over a month or so now, and they will soon be touring with Xiu Xiu, so check them out if they turn up in your ‘hood.

Not new on anyone’s radar is LCD Soundsystem, and some fine individual has remade their video for “All My Friends” in Lego. It is pretty great. You can compare it to the original here if you like to do that sort of thing.

It seems as if documentaries on bands are popping up more and more often lately. Beats Rhymes & Life, the doc on A Tribe Called Quest, was directed by Michael Rapaport which seemed like an odd pairing. That one is in limited release around the US, but sadly, I don’t think it has made it north of the border just yet. I would love to see this one and have actually considered road tripping to go see it, but I’m sure the internet will eventually throw me a bone.

In a more logical pairing, there is the Pearl Jam doc from Cameron Crowe that will be premiering at TIFF this year. I was a big-time Pearl Jam fan back in the day. They were the band I most connected with in high school. A friend of mine worked at a surf shop and got to deliver a custom board to Eddie once and they became surfing buddies. Obviously, I thought my friend was the coolest ever.

Watching the trailer brought back a lot of memories. You have to admit, Pearl Jam is pretty amazing. There aren’t many bands of that era that have survived this long that are still making music together; I have a lot of respect for them as a result. Looking forward to checking this one out too.

You wouldn’t think the White House would be up on internet memes, but I guess if that meme involves Rick Astley, they might be. You also wouldn’t think the White House would Rickroll someone via twitter, but that totally happened last week. Good one, sir!

Rubber Bands

I only know two people from Lafayette, Louisiana and they are terribly nice and wonderful people. The Givers also hail from Lafayette and recently released their first album, In Light. Their music is something you might hear at a party where you’re not really paying attention to the music, then all of a sudden stop mid-sentence and say, “who is this?” It’s got that hint of Africa that’s been catching on lately and they pop it up right.

Anyhow, they now have a video for their track, “Up, Up, Up”. It’s a pretty simple one and it features tilt-shift and some spaciness, courtesy of a green screen.

 

Mates of State are just straight-up awesome. They are an awesome band, but also awesome parents and awesome human beings, in general. I still have one of the “rock people” that their daughter, Magnolia, made and sold while they were on tour to raise money for kids who didn’t have stuff. It’s not as glittery as it was when I first got it and the eyes(?) have fallen off, but it’s just another testament to their awesomeness in my book. Their next album, Mountaintops, will be coming out on September 13th and will most likely also be awesome. Awesome.

 

And in case you were wondering, the future still looks crazy, fantastic and is not as far away as we think. I want to go to there.

Sweet Adeline

I love Jónsi. I think he is absolutely brilliant. Imagine my shock as I was sitting on my couch over the holidays and saw a Ford commercial pumping “Go Do” as a bed. My first thought was, “Oh here’s another commercial where they blatantly ripped off a song because the artist had too much integrity and declined their buckets of money.” But then as the commercial went on, it wasn’t a blatant rip-off; it was the real thing. Then as it came to a close, the words flashed across the screen – Go. Do. What?! It’s not only the song in the commercial, but it’s the tagline??? And of all companies, Ford? Everyone has to get the bills paid and all, but this was highly unexpected. I’m still kind of dumbfounded over the whole thing. Jónsi makes me think of beautiful things and art, not American-made SUVs.

Sometimes it’s hard to have faith in humanity. *cough*SarahPalin*cough* We all encounter jerks and complete idiots on a daily basis, but hopefully we are lucky enough to surround ourselves with some really awesome people to help balance it out. Every once in a while I hear or read about something that really refills my faith-in-humanity tank, and today it was a a story about Southwest airlines. If you don’t feel like clicking through and reading the full story, essentially the Southwest pilot held his flight for one passenger. The man was was on his way to be with his daughter as they took his 3 year-old grandson, (who was murdered by his daughter’s boyfriend,) off of life support. It’s a pretty amazing story considering the state of travel these days. The TSA wouldn’t help this poor guy – they were too busy being heartless groping/porno-scanning robots to care. But this one pilot got it. He knew how important it was for the man to get where he was going and did what he could to make sure he got there. Pretty awesome, pilot guy.

That story made me remember another airline-related, heartwarming tale I read about over the holidays.

Wasn’t that nice? Are your cockles warmed? So there you go – awesome happens, sometimes where you least expect it.

After Midnight

Sleigh Bells have to be one of my favourite new bands of the last year or so. Their music feels like what I imagine as the new Brooklyn in my head. It sounds like jam-packed house parties and youth and makes you want to jump around or pound your fist on walls. At the very least, you have to give it a hard head-bob with an incorporated shoulder. So I’ve got two Sleigh Bells vids to amp your weekend – one fan made. Not telling you which one though.

Another band I have quite enjoyed over the same period is The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. I’m looking forward to their new album, Belong, in March of next year, but for now here is a B-Side to whet your appetite.

“Girls Like You” from New Zealand’s The Naked And Famous seems prime for a movie trailer. This is not a bad thing. Movie trailers have been using some pretty awesome music lately.

As a complete aside, there is a freaking amazing thread going on over at Reddit about profane insults from all over the world and how they translate into English. I have been laughing steadily through reading it, as it contains such beauties as:

Take, for example, this choice earburner from the streets of Cape Town:

” Jou ma is so besig om te naai, jy’s uit haar gat gebore.”

Literally translated, your mother engages in such copious amounts of intercourse that it necessitated your being born out of her anus, as her vagina was otherwise occupied.

And…

Jou mammie naai vir bakstene om jou sissie se hoerhuis te bou.

… a rough translation would be, your mother engages in prostitution in order to raise funds for the building materials necessary to construct a brothel from which your sister will operate.

ZING! Looks like North America isn’t the only place where “yo mama” applies. Find it here.

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As if by some psychic, magical, Icelandic connection, a new video from Jónsi.

An Horse is from Brisbane and their video for “Postcards” is cute and neat and great.

“Drunk Girls” is the party hit of the summer and the vid is directed by Spike Jonze and features some panda anarchy.

I have loved Spike Jonze’s work since back when he was doing skate vids, (on video tape!), and he is the director of one of the only Nic Cage movies I actually can sit through and enjoy – Adaptation. According to IMDB, his instruction to Nic Cage was, “to ignore all of his acting instincts”. To me this translates to, “good acting is the opposite of Nic Cage”, which is something I have been saying for a long time. It’s a real George Costanza situation.

There is this 12-track, 8-bit album of covers, and it’s pretty fun. You can listen to it in full here, and if you like what you hear, you can download it for a fee of your choosing, (minimum 50¢ per track or $5 for the whole album). So far, I really enjoyed the covers of “The Safety Dance”, “New Year’s Day”, and “Say It Ain’t So”.

Matej Kren has built a tunnel out of books and it is freaking beautiful. It’s on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and looks like something out of a Mark Romanek video. Check out the amazingness here. It’s worth the click, I promise.

Don’t you love it when you have a bunch of drinks, go home and pass out, only to wake up to find your dog has eaten your rotting, infected toe? Wait, what?

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This vid showing a series of things being destroyed in slow-motion is pretty fantastic. I have been watching it muted and playing my own soundtrack to it, because it seems so much like a music video to me. Give ‘er a go and let me know your favourite tunes to watch it to. (The karate chop at 2:03 is brutal!)

Being a knitter, I find this knitting clock pretty freaking awesome. It knits a 2 meter scarf a year, though I suppose you’d have to clean it throughout the year or else you’d end up with a pretty dusty scarf at the end of the year.

Broken Social Scene has a pretty rad new video using 3D rendering. Whatever that means.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart seems appropriate on a sunny, holiday Monday. All those drunken party animals are just so… right.

A lovely 8-bit vid from Mark Ronson & the Business Intl, paying homage to Zelda.

I have to admit that I haven’t really given Craig Ferguson much of a chance. I used to watch the Late Late Show back when it was still hosted by Kilby, but not much since then. Then one night while I was waiting for Jimmy Fallon to come on, (refusing to watch even one second of that whore, Leno,) I happened to catch Sid, the profanity-laden, fluffy, white bunny, during one of the opening segments. And that was it. I was down with the Ferg.

The Ferg also happens to have some excellent musical guests like Jónsi, too…