In the Morning, Before Work

So it’s X-mas-time. I have mixed emotions about this time of year. Things I like include time off from work, large amounts of tasty food, Band Aid, Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the hopes of catching the original version of “Christmas Coming to the USA”. I have scoured the internets and cannot find a video of the original version. There are lots of the follow-up versions, but no O.G. What’s up with that? Anyway, it turns out Julian Casablancas digs this SNL hit too and has covered it for a 7″ release. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to link to it since it’s all over the interwebs.

Weezer and Kenny G. Really.

A video for “Thunderbird” from the Golden Filter. I’m liking these guys a lot.

And another band I’m enjoying these days, Fan Death with their vid for “Cannibal”.

Chunklet has a most excellent 40-minute mp3 clip of nothing but witty banter from Fugazi shows. It is pretty hilarious. Love those guys.

Here’s a video from Fanfarlo. Check out their site. They have a fun advent calendar on it!

Shout Out Louds have been working on their new album in Seattle and the video for “Walls” chronicles a bit of it for us. The new song is promising.

Jónsi from Sigur Rós will be releasing a solo album soon by the title of Go. Go to his site and you can get a free mp3 in exchange for your email addy. This track has my all antsy-pansty to hear the full album.

Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!

I don’t want to mention that Death Cab is on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, but they are. No judgement though! I haven’t read any of the books or seen any of the movies, (even though they were filmed here). Maybe if I actually saw the movie, the coupling with this soundtrack would make more sense. Or maybe it wouldn’t.

And Kick Ass looks pretty, well…

Just like in real life, Date Night could be really good or really terrible. It’s Tina Fey and Steve Carell so it has potential, but I’m skittish on this one. Pick your QT and you make the call.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the documentary Until The Light Takes Us. All I have to say is, “the story of black metal”. I didn’t need to watch the trailer on the site to know I’m already fascinated.

Enough with the movies and on to the music! Drummer is a band made up of drummers. Appropriate, wouldn’t you say?

A cute video for poppy, catchy Weezer. I still have a soft spot for these guys.

On a rainy, grey Sunday, Low Anthem seems apt.

“Love Comes Close” from Cold Cave starts off sounding like “Goodbye Horses” and has a very Echo and the Bunnymen feel to it – no wonder I like it.

The video for Fan Death‘s “Reunited” chronicles the best hitchhiking journey ever.


There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Let’s do some math. Wes Anderson + stop motion + Roald Dahl + Owen Wilson + George Clooney + Meryl Streep + Bill Murray + Jason Schwartzman = Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Passion Pit was on Jimmy Fallon this past week. Of course, I can’t link to it since it’s on that dipshit Hulu,(lucky you, if you’re in the land of America,) but here’s their video for “To Kingdom Come”.

You’ve probably heard by now, but MCA from Beastie Boys has cancer. Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, which was supposed to be released on September 15th, is being pushed back and they’ve cancelled shows while he has surgery and starts treatment. He says it’s very treatable, but scary shit, man. Hear it direct.

8-bit Weezer of varying eras. I am glad to see Tugboat doing “El Scorcho”.

Yes, Bobby McFerrin did a song that was so catchy you hate it, (with a video starring Robin Williams and Bill Irwin). BUT, he’s a pretty cool and clever guy.

What do you get when you put together an 80’s compilation and a silent film? Well, this:

This lovely couple from Idaho had a Katamari Damacy wedding. Nerdy, but pretty darn cute.

The second Flight of the Conchords album, titled “I Told You I Was Freaky”, will be released on October 20th. That song about balls is going to be on it.

If Andrew W.K. was my local weatherman, I would actually watch the news. REGULARLY.

Strangely, I really love the Octopus Project, yet really don’t like actual octopuses. Either way, here’s their new vid for “Wet Gold”.

Eee! New Echo & the Bunnymen!

People who are knocked up or have gotten someone knocked up and don’t plan on fleeing like a pansy-ass, read up and learn a lesson or two from W.N. Kellogg. Do NOT raise an ape alongside your baby!

This would not work on trash cans in Hawai’i, since they say “Mahalo”, but at least there’s always Bachelor Party to help up cope! Mahalo for that!

Take All You Can Take

Sigur Rós has a video out for Við spilum endalaust. Not all that exciting of a video but Sigur Rós nonetheless.

Rivers Cuomo might be full of himself and pompous, but goddamn if he isn’t a talented mofo with some darn catchy songs. I have a soft spot for Weezer, though I doubt my love for them will ever reach the same peak it hit during the Pinkerton days. Anyhow, his second solo album, Alone 2 – The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo comes out on the 25th and you can preview a new track on his myspace page.

Beck has a new video for “Youthless” that is pretty great.

Boyz II Men was a group from my youth and I will admit, they did their thing and did it well. I mean, can anyone deny “End of the Road” or “On Bended Knee”? How soon we forget the catchiness of “Mowtown Philly”! You know who didn’t forget? Jens Lekman, that’s who. Here he is covering “Water Runs Dry” live. I want to give him a great big hug.

Another band from my past is Pearl Jam. I had the major hots for Eddie Vedder back in the day and actually even have a light switch plate featuring Mr. Vedder in my apartment. Pitchfork has a cover he did with Corin Tucker of the John Doe and Kathleen Edwards track “The Golden State” which you can find here. It’s quite lovely.

Why? has an awesome video for “A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under” up at Pitchfork as well.

The Hives are doing a Christmas duet with Cyndi Lauper. Believe it.

If you have an appreciation for hip-hop, these 13 minutes are for you. All I can say is, De La Soul, Mos Def, Kanye West, Will.i.am, Nas, Damon Albarn, and freestyle. Go. Go now.