Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kyle Andrews' 'Lazer Tag With Imaginary Friends' Vid, The Raconteurs to Play First Gig in Two Years, Jessica Lea Mayfield on NPR and More [Newsy Bits]

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

* Remember when Seth hipped you to Kyle Andrews' "Lazer Tag With Imaginary Friends" from the forthcoming Robot Learn Love? In advance of RLL's Aug. 16 release, Andrews has put together a video for "Lazer Tag," and he debuted it via Absolute Punk, of all places. It was directed by Ryan Kendrick, and it shows us what video games would be like IRL. Kinda like this guy.

* Bum. Bah-bum. Bah-bum. Bah-bum-bum. Steady as she goes! The Racs are back in ac ... tion. According to P4k, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence will share the stage for the first time in about two years when they headline the MI Fest in Brooklyn, Mich., on Sept. 17. Also headlining the fest will be fellow Nashville resident Sheryl Crow. Which is both less surprising and less exciting.

* We've been over this. Jessica Lea Mayfield has spent a lot of time here, but she's not exactly a Nashvillian, per se. Her frequent collaborator Dan Auerbach is, however, as is her lead guitarist, Richie "Ghostfinger" Kirkpatrick. Anyway, what? Oh right. Mayfield was on NPR's World Cafe performing four songs from her latest, the Auerbach-produced Tell Me. Launch the player here. Does the host of World Cafe sound like John Malkovich on cocaine to anyone else? No? Just me? Cool.

* And in supplementary bits, Steve Earle was on World Cafe, too. The guy from Washed Out likes Jensen Sportag so much that he put a JS tune on a mix he made for BBC. And Miley Cyrus covered this Gorillaz song (which I used to like a whole lot) as a couple dressed like two Horsepeople of the Slut-pocalypse slow danced onstage.

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