As confirmed by both Ke$ha and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's tweets, the band and the singer are collaborating on at least one track — here's a clip of K$ laying down some vox. Anyway, there was apparently no sleeping and plenty of recording, and perhaps we'll all come away from this damn thing with a psych-glam-glitter-pop-rock track for the ages. Or at least something to wash down Ke$ha's Dylan cover. 2012: the year of the collaboration! And for more Ke$ha-related Nashville crossover, have a look at a clip of Ke-dollarsign-ha shaving her head while listening to The Black Keys after the jump. If that's the sort of thing you're into.
War Memorial's Attic Sessions return with their third installment, this time featuring local pop songwriter and sometime film score composer Keegan DeWitt. DeWitt discusses moving away from the "pit-bull posturing" of NYC, building a band, touring to the point of near-exhaustion and more before playing two tunes: the somber and sentimental "Reluctance" followed by the more upbeat — but still quite somber, I'd say — "Two Hearts." See it above or via The Attic.
Lazy Magnet is Providence, RI's own Zappa. “The Mag” is actually Jeremy Harris, a known heartbreaker, vagabond and talented musician and songwriter, who often performs with friends or current girlfriends or even ex-girlfriends, but this Thursday, he will be performing solo. You never know what to expect from a Lazy Magnet show. He may play naked for four hours, play the harshest noise you've ever heard, or he may play the most solemn songs about love and heartbreak, or he'll play a cold-wave set or techno. Seriously, this dude has every genre covered. For his set at Dino's, he will be returning to his days of straight-up noise, in response, perhaps, to the growing number of drum machines and techno-influenced styling of noise artists. However, Harris requested that local drum-beat banshee, Unicorn Hard-On, play the show because “She killed 2011.”
Locals Hobbledeions and Unicorn Hard-On round out the evening, and Trafficker may make a special appearance. Donations will be collected for the touring bands, and the show will kick off about 10 p.m.
If your life is like mine, then at press time you’re sitting in a carpeted cubicle, letting your coffee buzz assuage your sensitivity to bright fluorescent lighting and staring at a computer screen with taxing concentration over such a concentrated consecution of hours that the long-term effects on your vision will make it so that you never see your own grandchildren in actual focus. How tragic. But if your life is anything like the lives of the bros in JEFF the Brotherhood, then you might spend your days trotting the globe with a suitcases full of rockin’ riffs and wayfaring off to idyllic locales like The Hawaiian Islands.
That’s at least what the band’s video for “Bummer” — the latest single from 2011’s We Are the Champions LP — would have you believe. Spin premiered the clip on their site earlier today. Check out the embed above to see the bros getting their feet wet, writing song titles in the sand, rolling in jeeps with the wind in their hair, rolling around in the rising tide like they’re reenacting Madonna’s “Cherish” video, roaming through the lush, tropical foliage, cliff-diving in front of waterfalls, skateboarding, longboarding, boating, loving dogs, sipping on Mai Tais and other in-paradise examples of relaxed frolic-and-chill R&R that will likely leave you consumed with jealousy as you slog through another mid-winter Tuesday afternoon at the office.
* And speaking of albums we announced, power-pop songster and Raconteur Brendan Benson will release his What Kind of World via his own label in April, and he just premiered the tune "Bad for Me" via Stereogum. Hear that one below, too.
* As promised, Third Man Records just released the latest installment in their Blue Series. It's a 7-inch featuring two tunes from Detroit's Duane the Teenage Weirdo: "Postcard From Hell" b/w "Bubblegum Encore." You can hear the A Side via TMR or embedded after the jump. It's a sassy dose of electro-glam, it is. And in case you forgot (how could you have??), the next Blue Series installment will feature Tom Jones.
* I once described locals Colorfeels as being "chameleonic in their ability to divine a strong melody via whatever means necessary." If you want to see the chameleons in action, have a look right here or after the jump at the Bywater Session they just shot in NOLA. A rock band with a clarinet, what?!?
* Local dance-punk high schoolers What Up English have a video for their tune "Pompeii," and it's riddled with goofy shenanigans like basement dance partying and eating incredibly hot peppers. You know, stuff that will make you feel old. See that one here or after the jump.
We know we’re a little biased when we say this, but there is no better metal than Southern metal. Y’all can keep all the Arctic-bondage bullshit and Euro-classical nonsense, and we’ll just stick to monster riffs unfurled at speeds slower than sorghum going uphill in the middle of February. You can now extrapolate why we’re so excited about catching Slow Southern Steel, the new documentary from Rwake singer C.T.
Featuring interviews and performances from heavy-music heavyweights like Eyehategod, Kylesa, Dark Castle and Weedeater, it’s the first feature to explore the unique little freak scene we’ve got going on down here below the Mason-Dixon. Just watching the trailer makes us want to pound a beer, smoke a joint and piss off a pastor. SSS is joined by bands Hail!Hornet and Zoroaster, making for a perfect triple bill.
It’s hard to say where the quirky but slick pop of Madi Diaz’s brand-new Plastic Moon will fit in. Possibly too saccharine and accessible for the hipster set, potentially too idiosyncratic and oddball for the mainest of streams, Diaz and her songwriting partner Kyle Ryan write the sort of earwormy indie-pop melodies that you might hear in the background of … oh, say, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars or a Lifetime program or something. Songs like “To Be Alone” and “Gimme a Kiss” are sweetly jaunty and playful, like the weirdo pop of a Regina Spector or an Imogen Heap, but with just a little taste of straight-ahead, Top 40 sensibility. Perhaps the most impressive tune on Plastic Moon, however, is Diaz’s “Johnny,” a story-song in which the narrator desperately implores her man: “You know I love you, Johnny, don’t be a fool / You know it don’t feel right / Johnny, don’t race tonight.” For all its polish and modern instrumentation, there’s still a timelessness to it — a timelessness that indicates Diaz’s love for the craft of songwriting. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Also, Diaz premiered Plastic Moon's lead-off track, "Gimme a Kiss," yesterday via Rolling Stone, and you can hear that one below. Diaz will also play a Grimey's in-store today at 6 p.m., and the Revolver show kicks off at 7:30.
Very much like
As merely bartering luck
In an exchange with the Universe
Of the absurd as an extension
Of the very attitudes that were reduced
OK, seriously America, what the fuck is THIS Mickey Mouse shit?
Anyone who saw the abhorrent and unforgivable Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show in 2001 knows that not only do Aerosmith and Britney Spears (and ‘N Sync) not mix, but Aerosmith and football just don’t mix. As if that wasn’t already established, at yesterday’s Patriots-Ravens playoff game in Foxboro, Mass., Aerosmith singer, American Idol judge and all-around corporate whore Steven Tyler reinforced his contempt for both the game and for America with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that borders an act of sedition, musically speaking.
a letter from the government an email from Big Fella the other day. I opened and read, it said there's an ASCAP showcase this Wednesday at 12th & Porter, featuring some of Nashville's up-and-coming hip-hop and electronic artists. You could say that Music Row is finally opening its doors to welcome in some of that real shit — and if you said that, then your name might be Big Fella, because that's what it says in the nifty promo video embedded above. Are we going to see a bunch of Row execs gettin' buck to some Nashville street jams? Only one way to find out, and I don't know that there's a better host in town than Big Fella, so this one's worth your time all the way around.
The lineup: Sam & Tre, Call It Dope, The Flamingo's, Wally Clark, Ducko McFli, Ware, Forte Bowie, Island Hustle Society and DJ Ghostdogg. The show: 18+, starts at 9 p.m., and will cost you $5.
I'm too sexy for my human, as I do my little turn on the manwalk.
Nope, still listed on his Ticketmaster page...
The kingston springs are going to hve to start paying ranch ghost royalties on copying…
If no half japanese cover band, then at least a half japanese karaoke night? please?
That new Features video has to be one of the worst music videos I've seen…