No Doze

“Fun” is the best way to describe Matt & Kim. Their latest video for “Block After Block” kind of embodies my idea of them – smiling, laughing, a living breathing good time for any group of people. I love how much they identify with New York, and not in snooty, hipster way à la the Strokes. They just do their thing and don’t try to fit into any particular mould and that’s a pretty refreshing thing these days.

 

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah will finally be releasing their next album, Hysterical, on September 20th, (September 12th overseas). This album has been 4 years in the making and I really wasn’t sure what to expect after all this time. But they have released the first single and it sounds a lot fuller and melodic, and less frantic. I am officially stoked.

 

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Little Person

In a former life, I was a radio DJ for an awesome radio station that no longer exists. It was during my tenure there that Foo Fighters released their first album and I was fortunate enough to go see them when they stopped by during their first, (I think,) tour. During that show, Dave had not settled into his new role as frontman yet. You could tell he was uncomfortable being thrust into the spotlight rather than his usual spot tucked away behind his drum kit and there was none of the witty banter that now comes so naturally to him. It’s been really interesting to see them grow into the rock superstars they are today. I, admittedly, have been out of touch with the Foo over the last few years. I did, however, feel like their latest video for “Walk” was a bit of a return to their The Colour and the Shape days. It’s a fun vid with the band playing a bunch of different characters – some of which are in drag. It’s a nice little flashback.

And speaking of flashbacks, this was from back in that era. I don’t remember what it was for, but I do remember laughing my ass off when they posted the audio clip on their site. It was one of the things that really sealed Dave Grohl into my “awesome” file.

My friend, Nappy, is a bang-up PR lady. One of the first lunchtime conversations I remember having with her was about how she loves Sister Wives and now, every time I hear this song I think of her. I don’t know very much about Alex Winston, other than that she is from Michigan and one of her previous singles was used in some European ad campaigns. Good track though. Maybe we will learn more about her at some point, but for now she will remain cloaked in mystery.

 

There has been a bit of a revival of darker new-wave synth-pop over the last few years and Cold Cave has been one of the more popular bands on that ride. Sometimes I overthink my motivations for liking these bands and this music, but then I realize that it doesn’t matter what my motivations are – I enjoy it and that’s all that should really matter.

 

 

Codes & Keys

Death Cab for Cutie‘s new album, Codes and Keys, comes out tomorrow. It is streaming in full at NPR and it sounds flat-out amazing. This past Friday, the boys were featured on VH1 Storytellers and thanks to the magic of the internet, I was able to view it in clips via YouTube. (We don’t get VH1 and you can’t stream it from Canada. I’m not linking to their site because this is balls.) You know who would be great on Storytellers? Andrew W.K. I bet that guy has some stories!

Don’t Let Them See You Cry

A good friend of mine during my highly influential teen years was a big-time Depeche Mode fan. He was nearly a decade older than I was and had been around for their rise to awesomeness. Through him, I grew to love them as well. The boys will be releasing a new remix album titled, Remixes 2: 81-11, on June 6th and it will be available as a single-disc, triple-disc, and 6-LP set. It features remixes by M83, UNKLE, Dan the Automator, and Röyksopp amongst others. They’ve put together a very “Depeche Mode”-looking video for “Personal Jesus” remixed by Norwegian duo Stargate and it’s definitely up to snuff.

Copenhagen/Brooklyn’s Alcoholic Faith Mission have been the darlings of many a festival over the last few years. Here’s their vid for “Legacy” which is probably the sweetest video about death involving a mouse you have seen.

And if you’re not one of the nearly 1 million people who have seen this, Vegan Black Metal Chef is pretty hilarious.

Just

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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