Julian Casablancas

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Thank Lorne Michaels, this song finally has a video. Samberg incorporating old people make-outs just gives me one more reason to compare him with Adam Sandler. They are both funny, musical, Jewish guys who are down with the octogenarian generation. I’m into it.

Michael Rapaport could be the whitest guy ever, but I will always have a soft spot for him thanks to Beautiful Girls. I wondered what had happened to him over the past few years, and it turns out he’s been working on a documentary… on A TRIBE CALLED QUEST.

New York may have its good and bad, but this is most definitely good. It’s also a plus to hear the good Dr. Brule will have his own 11-minute show. Remember when shows were in 30-minute increments? Ah NYC, the media just makes you seem so glamourous. If you were Marilyn Monroe, this would be your beauty mark.

Broken Bells is the new collaboration between James Mercer, (he of the Shins fame,) and Danger Mouse, (he of the everyone fame). Their first album came out earlier this month and, based on the talent involved alone, is worth a listen. Here’s the vid for the first single, “The High Road”.

Hailing from Florida, Surfer Blood is pretty good stuff. They’ll be playing at the Biltmore on April 5th so check them out if you are able.

Lemonade is one of my favourite beverages. So it makes sense that I would also like a Brooklyn via San Francisco band called Lemonade. They, much like the beverage or a Junior Mint, are very refreshing.

Passion Pit is huge now. HUGE. I’m a little mad at them since they have cancelled their shows here TWICE now, but they have another show coming up on April 11th at the good ol’ Commodore, so hopefully they don’t back out of that one too. Anyway, here’s a vid for that mega-hit, “Sleepyhead”, that was rejected by the band but is still a good time.

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This is completely brilliant. I especially like the cameo from Chairry.

Three words – Selleck. Waterfall. Sandwich. One word – AMAZING.

Cazwell, you are fantasticly, ridiculously, glorious.

If you haven’t heard Julian Casablancas’s solo album yet, seriously, get on board. You won’t regret it.

Teeth In The Grass

One of my favourite things about X-mas is getting to hear “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. The original version may very well be my favourite X-mas song. I love that when you watch the video, it’s so 80’s – the hair, clothes, and red-nosed coke addicts. I’ve always loved that Sting sings the line, “When the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears“. You know Bob Geldof and Midge Ure were sitting there writing the song and one of them said, “wouldn’t it be hilarious if we had Sting sing this line?” and then broke out into riotous laughter and did another line or something.

This year, Fucked Up did a cover of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with the help of Andrew W.K., Bob Mould, David Cross, Ezra Koenig, GZA, Kevin Drew, Kyp Malone, Tegan & Sara, and Yo La Tengo. It’s not quite the star-studded line-up of the original, but is not too shabby. You can buy the single through iTunes and all proceeds go to three Canadian charities, one of which is in Vancouver.

Another of my favourite Xmas songs is the classic, “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” from SNL. Much like Band Aid, the original version is the best. Remember a while back when I mentioned Julian Casablancas covered it? Well, he did it on Late Night and, being that Jimmy was an original member, he and a much smaller Horatio Sanz reunited and did the first part of the song before Juilan and the Roots took over. Fantastic.

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And just to throw something non-seasonal into the mix, Foreign Born’s video for ” Early Warnings” looks like it was pretty fun to make, and I don’t mean fun like Len had in “Steal My Sunshine“. This kind of fun involves white casual suits and driving planes. Classy.