November 2009

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Singer/Songwriter Mcgowan

It started with a Coke. When an Aussie friend pointed out that in America, a “regular” Coke was the size of a “Large” in the rest of the world, Mcgowan’s album American Regular got its name and attitude. Like its carbonated counterpart it’s a bit bigger and bolder than it probably should be. But just like an American Coke, it’s so good you won’t care.
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The Avett Brothers are pretty hot right now. Their album I and Love and You is blowing up. They’re appearing on all the light night shows. And now they have a video directed by Jody Hill, the man behind The Foot Fist Way and the absolutely genius East Bound and Down. Check out the awesome retro-Home Shopping Network vibe in the video for “Slight Figure of Speech”

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Sometimes it’s tempting to get caught up in the “good old days” phenomenon. You know what I’m talking about. People always think things were better back in the day. Kids were respectful of their elders. TV portrayed “family values”. And music was wholesome, not stooping to profanity or vulgarity. Not so fast my friend…

I present to you Lucille Bogan singing “Shave ’em Dry”, in 1935:

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If you’ve seen Blue Harvest you know that Family Guy does a pretty good job lampooning the Star Wars universe. Well, they’re at it again. Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side comes to DVD on December 22nd, and it spoofs the best Star Wars of them all, Empire Strikes Back. Check out the trailer, which is chock full of Family Guy inside jokes:

A capella covers can be dicey. Sometimes they add new dimensions to songs. Sometimes they just flat out suck. This is the former. I know nothing about Levek, but this cover of Grizzly Bear’s “Shift” certainly has me intrigued. The video apparently comes from some obscure Disney movie, but it fits the song perfectly.

If you aren’t familiar with the original, here’s Grizzly Bear performing it acoustically:

Kudos to I Guess I’m Floating for uncovering this gem.

You’ve probably seen Jason Segal in movies or on TV. He was in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up, and he’s on How I Met Your Mother. He is a genius. He joined The Swell Season on stage in Los Angeles and performed an original song. One where he gave out his phone number. And invited women to call him, come to his house, and have sex with him. See? Genius. And hilarious. Take a look:

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frightened rabbitThe band that put out my favorite album of last year is back. Well, they’re kind of back. They’re preparing to release a new album in March, and to start building interest they stopped by the BBC to play a set. They played two new songs:

“Nothing Like You”

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“Living in Colour”

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The whole three-song set is available to stream from the BBC, and it’s well worth checking out. The new album is called Mixed Drinks, and it’s due out March 1st. Can’t wait!

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Ah, Neko. One of these days you’ll realize we were meant to be together. Until then I’ll just have to occupy myself with videos like this, where you perform “Red Tide” on Fallon. It’s a great song, one of the best on Middle Cyclone, and this is a really good performance. But I have to ask, what’s up with the bass player’s beard? It’s either ridiculous or sublime.

I think Frank Fairfield was born in the wrong century. He sings, dresses, and plays guitar, banjo, and fiddle like a 1930s delta bluesman. Yet he’s a young, 21st century man. And, from what I can tell, it’s not an act. This is genuinely how he is. And it’s fantastic. Check him out picking banjo and singing “Nine Pound Hammer”:

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There’s not a lot to say about this other than “It’s Awesome”. It’s White Rabbits performing John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” with Britt Daniels of Spoon. See, I told you. Awesome.

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