Ben Folds

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!

Twist & Shout

Do you know what Tuesday is? It’s April 28th. What’s so special about April 28th? Ben Folds presents: Universtiy A Cappella! comes out! I L-O-V-E Ben Folds and leave it to him to come up with this spin on the ol’ “Greatest Hits” idea. “What should I expect?” you might be asking yourself. Well, here’s a little sample for you from two of the groups who were chosen for the album.

I love Ben Folds for many reasons. He’s ridiculously talented and embraces humour in his music as well as the usual heavier, emotional stuff you find in the land of music these days. If you’ve never delved any deeper into “the Folds”, you should. It’s a nice place.

And now on to non-Ben-related things. I’m digging Golden Filter. Here is their video for “Solid Gold”. Solid.

I would really love for the Stone Roses to reunite. If only the rumours could be true…

Neko Case will be coming to town in June. Here’s a vid for “People Got A Lotta Nerve” to get you in the mood.

Editorial comment: Hey, HULU! Quit being a-holes and get going on the worldwide viewing already! Don’t we suffer enough with our shitty excuse for a comedy network and our sub-par cartoon channel? Where’s the love?