Matt & Kim

All Is Full of Love

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!

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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!

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.

 

Calypso Gold

Not a great day, but at least I can get a post in.

This week gave us a new Sleigh Bells video for “Rill Rill”. Tough girl and a muscle car. Not reinventing the wheel or anything with this one, but it’s a good song and seems to somehow suit the band well.

Last week also gave us a vid from Matt & Kim for “Cameras”. No shiny happy Matt & Kim in this one, but I bet they had a blast filming.

My friend Ian is an amazing artist. Earlier this month, he put together a Pummelvision piece that is quite nice, and I was quite happy to see a flash of a pic I took of him ages and ages ago. It’s probably one of my favourite pictures I have ever taken – Ian in his aviators, taking a sip of his water in the sun. Actually, those might have been someone else’s glasses now that I’m thinking about it. I remember it was at Milestone’s at English Bay and Ian and our other friend German were just up visiting for the weekend. That picture brings back a lot of bittersweet memories. It isn’t that it wasn’t a good time, it’s more that I had to walk away from it. But as I watched this, it was really nice to see some familiar faces. The word of the day is nostalgia. The pic comes in around 3:48 if you can catch it.

And here’s a little bonus nostalgia that takes me right back to that time too.

Come On

Since my new TV died last night and I have to wait for a tech to fix it, who knows when, I suddenly have a ton of time to work on improving my posture and catching up on ze blog. I admit, I have been slacking in both departments. Sorry, dudes! This post is all awesomeness as amends.

There is only one sport that occupies my heart of hearts, and that sport is hockey. I have noticed lately that my nightly hockey highlights have occasionally taken second string to a thing called the “World Series”. While I may be from America, and while it is the sport of choice down there, I am, by no means, a baseball fan. I know the Yankees because, who doesn’t, and really most of my knowledge there comes from Seinfeld.

Music, on the other hand, has been a love-affair with me since birth, maybe even before. I have loved Journey since back in their heyday and the revival they have experienced over the past few years thanks to their YouTube-discovered lead singer and the Sopranos, has been a bit bittersweet. It’s always like that when there is a band that you love but they aren’t very well-known. Then one day they’re on an über-successful soundtrack or TV show and all of a sudden everyone loves them. It’s as if it is not as much yours anymore.

So how does this all come together? Well it turns out former Journey frontman, Steve Perry, is a big time San Francisco Giants fan has been in attendance for their World Series quest. It was there that he most recently reconfirmed his awesomeness by leading the entire stadium in singing “Don’t Stop Believin'” from his seat in the stands. Steve Perry, you are amazing.

Serena Maneesh has this pretty great video for their single, “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.”. Be sure you stick around for the very end. Yay, Norway!

Moving next door to my favourite land of Sweden, we have a vid for “Indestructible”. People doing it in reverse and Robyn in some wearable tubes, pumping fluids. Not a super fascinating vid but a good track.

Matt & Kim‘s new album, Sidewalks, comes on out Tuesday and all sample tracks I have heard indicate radness and fun times, as has generally come to be expected from that ever-smiley couple.

I can think of a specific person I know that will be ALL OVER this video from Leather Hands. Then again, anyone into boobs will probably be all over this video. If you can’t tell from the screen capture, you might want to think twice about watching this at work. No nips but lots of vertical lines, just like the title proclaims, and… ahem… bounciness.

Man Out of Time

If anyone had any doubt about the ridiculousness of Billy Corgan, I’m pretty sure this should put that to rest. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Passion Pit, I like you. In fact, I’ve liked you for a while now. But I’m scared you’re blowing up too fast, what with your PSP commercial over the holiday season and all. That kind of “skyrocketing” freaks me right out! But alas, I cannot help but still like you.

Sweden has a Pirate Party and they won two seats in Parliament. Perhaps there is hope for the world yet, and that hope is named Sweden!

Speaking of Sweden and its many delights, last night I saw Jens Lekman at Richard’s on Richards. He and his band were completely delightful and charming, which seems to be consistent with all the Swedish crooners I have seen. It was all so… nice. Just NICE! There was sing-along-ing, dancing, and head-bopping from side to side.I smiled throughout the show and even as I waited for the bus after it was over. If a show can leave you smiling while waiting for the bus, I’d say that’s a win. I wish there was more merch though. I know getting over the border with merch can be a challenge, so bands don’t always have a full variety when they come up here. There was one t-shirt design in a couple of different colours, some CDs and vinyl, and that was about it. I was hoping to get one of these keys, but they sold out before they got up here. Blast! Oh well, it just gives me another excuse not to miss him the next time he comes through town.

I’m not sure what the name of the opening artist was. He was a tall, slender guy with his acoustic guitar which he softly plucked. He wore an oxford shirt with khakis that were rolled into small cuffs right above his ankles. Oh, and also some loafers with no socks. He seemed like he would be from somewhere like Nantucket. I wish the sound had been better during his set, as his voice sounded very soothing and pleasant from what I could hear.

Matt & Kim made a video where they get nekkid. I would like to know more about this. Were they really nekkid or were they wearing strategically-placed flesh-toned garments that, when blurred out, would make one appear to be nekkid? Were those real cops laying the beat down on Matt? Kim sure as hell didn’t get hit by a bus, obviously, but so many questions…

More cuteness from The Boy Least Likely To:

And something to inspire some bopping around, courtesy of Pains of Being Pure At Heart.