The Very Best

All Is Said And Done

Friday night, I was fortunate enough to see The Very Best at the Biltmore. The first opener, No Gold, didn’t really do much for me and second opener, Love & Electrik, was pretty catchy, but The Very Best was phenomenal. The place was packed to the rafters with the hippest of hipsters drinking their PBR¹ and they got wound up nicely by the DJ, My! Gay! Husband!, between bands. By the time The Very Best hit the stage, the crowd went completely apeshit. There was dancing and jumping and general good time-ing all around. They had two inflatable palm trees to help set the mood which, by the end of the show, ended up surfing through the crowd in the balmy basement venue. They even played their remix of Yeasayer‘s “Ambling Alp” and closed the show with “Warm Heart of Africa”, before doing “Will You Be There” from their original mix tape as an encore. If you get the chance to see them, do it. The Very Best are pretty much a guarantee of a spectacular dance party.

Speaking of “Ambling Alp”, Yeasayer must have liked what director, Radical Friend, did with that vid because they had him do the one for “O.N.E.” as well

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Dominique Young Unique out of Tampa is pretty impressive, especially considering she is only 17. Keep an ear on this one.

1. R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

Dead Boys

Christopher Lee, a.k.a Saruman, is among the holiest of actors in nerd culture, not only having done LOTR, but he’s also been in Star Wars, played Fu Manchu, and worked with Tim Burton on numerous occasions. So really, is it surprising at all that he has done vocals for a metal concept album titled, “Charlemagne”, which gets released on Monday? No, seriously.

Once upon a time, ?uestlove tweeted about how the cast of Parks and Recreation were an excellent ensemble, much like that of the Wu Tang Clan. He was more on the money than he knew.

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Check out Twin Sister out of Brooklyn. They’re a band I’ve been digging of late and you can download their EP, “Vampires with Dreaming Kids”, from their website. They’re on tour, though nowhere near me. Maybe near you, though.

Many people only know Dan Deacon because of the effervescent “Drinking Out of Cups“, but he’s actually a musician out of Baltimore. Keeping up with his reputation for ,”what-the-hell-IS-this???”, is this video for “Woof Woof”. Tiger costume, dog bassist, puppets, and dander! Oh, you…

The Very Best have been on my radar for a while now and “Warm Heart of Africa” just doesn’t seem to ever get any less catchy. Here’s a video with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend since, you know, he does some of the vocal track and all. They’re playing in Vancouver at the Biltmore on May 28th if you want to get down, live-like.

Sondre Lerche‘s video for “If Only” is pretty whimsical and utilizes a lot of crochet-work. But I spy some nipples behind that chain mail! Risqué! I have to say though, I enjoyed him more when he was a cute, remarkably talented musician from Norway, rather than a cute, remarkably talented musician from Norway living in Brooklyn. If you can catch him live, do it. His voice is even more amazing live and his banter will have even the manliest of men swooning. I seen it!

The Trees And The Wild

Music Go Music is a bit odd. They have posted a series of videos of them performing “live” on a 70’s show that was never a real show. But I like their music, and what’s so wrong with oddballs?

(500) Days of Summer was a really cute, super-sweet film. I’m pretty sure anyone who wasn’t already in love with those two sure is after seeing it.

Julian Plenti, (who is actually Paul Banks from Interpol,) tag teams it with Emily Haines for “Games for Days”.

The Very Best did a damn catchy tune with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend called “Warm Heart of Africa”. And you know you’ve got a catchy song when lots of people remix it. So far, I’ve heard Metronomy, Architecture In Helsinki and Theophilus London all over the internettery and while they are good remixes, it stems from the fact that the original is so solid.

Heath Ledger sure left a nice parting gift for us in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

I’ve been super into The Big Pink. Their debut album, “A Brief History of Love” is awesome.

Remember Dan Deacon? He of Drinking Out of Cups fame? People might not know he’s an actual musician, for real.

Here is a lovely tune from O + S.

Some facts about Ben Lee: He’s released seven solo albums. He is married to Ione Skye. He dated Claire Danes. He had a record deal at 14 with Noise Addict. Noise Addict has their first new album in 14 years for free download at their website.

Since it’s Hallowe’en, here’s the video for “Die Slow” from Health.