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Frightened Rabbit – “Nothing Like You”

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting close to counting the days until their new album The Winter of Mixed Drinks hits stores (March 1st!). They’ve just released the video to “Nothing Like You”, from the upcoming album, and I have to say so far so good. I’m not sure Frightened Rabbit is my favorite band right now, but they probably are my favorite Scottish band, and that’s still pretty high praise.

St. Vincent – “Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood”

Poor Annie. She shows up to what has to be one of the worst in-store appearances ever and plays for only the to proprietors. One of them is played by SNL’s Fred Armison, in drag.

I’m kind of ashamed to admit that, before tonight, I had never seen Jonathan Demme’s classic concert film Stop Making Sense. The films shows The Talking Heads at their eclectic peak, working their way through classic songs like “Psycho Killer”, “Life During Wartime”, and “Once in a Lifetime”. Frontman (and under-appreciated musical genius) David Byrne excels at his role of quirky anti-rock-star. Demme focuses his camera on the band, rarely showing even the slightest glimpse of the crowd, and makes you feel like you’re actually watching the show live. The whole film is great, but the highlight is undoubtedly the scorching rendition of “Burning Down the House”:

If you’re a music fan and you haven’t seen Stop Making Sense, repent and go watch it now. You won’t be sorry.

I know I featured OK Go in this slot last week, and normally I wouldn’t dream of putting the same band in two weeks in a row, but this new video is just too good to pass up. Plus it comes with an articulate summation of the economics of modern music videos, straight from the band. The video is for “This Too Shall Pass”, from their new album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. It features the band performing as part of the Notre Dame marching band, and it’s recorded live. Maybe it’s just the fact that I spent 9 years in marching bands that makes me love this, or maybe it’s because the band isn’t afraid to try new and original things. But love it I do. Check it out:

Even if you don’t like OK Go’s music (and really, what’s not to like?) you have to give them credit for making interesting and innovative videos, usually for very little money. The video for their breakout hit “Here We Go Again” featured the band doing an incredibly complicated and intricately choreographed dance on four treadmills, in one continuous take. The timing of its release was perfect, since it hit when YouTube was just going mainstream. It went viral and really got the band on the map.

The band is back again with a new album and another video that was shot in one continuous take. It’s for the song “WTF?” and it features some old-school style computer graphics and a whole bunch of dollar store props. Check it out:

And in case you’re one of the 12 people that hasn’t seen it, here’s the eminently awesome video for “Here We Go Again”:

The situation is critical: I’ve had “Single Ladies” stuck in my head for two full days now. In an attempt to exorcise the demons, here’s Beyonce’s super-stylish video (the one that Kanye memorably described as “one of the best videos of all time”).

Really, as far as mindless pop songs go, this one isn’t that bad. Still don’t want it stuck in my head for two days though. Make it stop!

In honor of The Felice Brothers’ Yonder is the Clock being my favorite album of last year, here’s the video for “Roll on Arte”:

Happy New Year everyone!


In case you haven’t heard, we’re getting a little snow here on the east coast. Right now in Baltimore we’ve got a dusting, and they’re calling for 1-2 feet by Sunday morning. This, naturally, has led to complete bedlam. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! Well, not everyone is panicking. There is also that group of contrarians that barely wants to acknowledge it’s happening, much less do anything about it. I, predictably, fall somewhere in the middle. I think it’s pretty cool, though somewhat of a pain in the neck. But I’m not going to go stock up on milk or anything.

Anyway, to celebrate this momentous event, let’s check out some classic snow-related songs:

Frank Sinatra – “Let it Snow”

Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Winter Weather”

Snow – “Informer”

Remember the Jason Segal video I posted a while ago? The one where he sings a song giving his phone number to women who want to have sex with him. Sheer genius. In that video he’s playing with The Swell Season, a band composed of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, and they’re quite the interesting pair. If you’ve seen the movie Once you already know who they are. If you haven’t, please stop reading this and go watch it. It’s fantastic. But I digress. Hansard is the frontman and songwriter of the Irish band The Frames. Irglova is a Czech singer and songwriter. In addition to being bandmates they were romantically involved for a couple of years, but have managed to stay together musically. They just released an album called Strict Joy, and a video for the first single from it, “Low Rising”. The video is directed by Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, and features a couple stuck in a bit of a rut. A very soggy rut. Check it out:

via BoingBoing

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the better part of two weeks now, so in an attempt to exorcise the demons, here’s The Felice Brothers with “Frankie’s Gun”:

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”

via StereoGum

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