Beastie Boys + Link Wray + Friday = play. Solved. [Via]
This is just so pretty, and so soothing, and so, I dunno, centering. If you're having a rough start to the morning give this a couple of minutes and let yourself start again. I really think it might work. [Via]
Your enjoyment of this clip will probably hinge on how you feel about "funny" videos—or, more appropriately, how you feel about "funny" videos right now. I can take them or leave them, but it seems like I have been hearing Real Estate's "Talking Backwards" everywhere for months now, so it is nice to have something new from them, and also what with today's gloomy spring rain, the band's "side two of Murmur" sound is actually a pretty good accompaniment to the atmosphere. There is also some "funny" if that is your sort of thing, but I guess just wait for the music if not. [Via]
It may be hard for younger readers to remember this but for a brief moment a little more than a decade ago there was a flurry of interest in the music coming out of Canada, a country which had previously been associated mostly with tediousness, monotony, and the occasional worrying placidity epidemic. At the center of this fleeting perception that there might be more to our neighbor to the north than vast acres of empty wilderness and a geniality so torpid that even boredom grew weary of itself was the collective Broken Social Scene and its album You Forgot It In People, a record which would on reflection prove [...]
That collaboration between Danny Brown and Megan James from the Purity Ring has a video, which means we are obligated to post it, because Danny Brown.
There's all sorts of information on the inspiration for this video here, but watch and listen first before you go fill yourself in. It's pretty incredible on its own, even if you don't get the reference at first. (I know because I didn't. I'm ignorant, sorry.) Anyway, give it a go.
It seems like it is always reissue time, but here is news of a return engagement that is very worthwhile: "Intoxicated Man (1995) and Pink Elephants (1997) are Mick Harvey’s interpretations of the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and poet Serge Gainsbourg and are the first major works translating Gainsbourg’s infuential work from French to English. The double CD collection will include two unreleased tracks, 'Dr Jekyll' and 'Run From Happiness.'" I was there when this happened the first time, and the claims made for these records are true: They really did inspire interest in Gainsbourg in a lot of people who had never heard of him before. [...]
Because of the Internet—because of cats, which is more and more frequently the exact same thing—the clip will work even if you don't know what The Replacements' "Bastards of Young" video looked like. (But you probably should.) I am still "eh, either way" on Parquet Courts but my foot did find itself tapping a bit to this one.
I missed last night's "Game of Thrones" so don't spoil it for me! But whatever happened, this Sigur Rós song sounds amazing. Elf incest could never have a more appropriately ominous soundtrack. [Via]
This works either with or without visuals, but if you watch the video make sure to read the intro on the clip, which gives things an entirely different dimension. [Via]
Okay, I am officially sold on Thee Oh Sees. Also this morning you should be listening to the new tUnE-yArDs number, which sounds to me like a less jaggedy, more soulful Max Tundra track. (That is a compliment to both of them.)
This is great and I have nothing to add, if you haven't clicked play already you have been wasting your time. [Via]
Now THAT is how you do a lyric video. [Via]
Everyone will tell you Soul Asylum was much better before they got big, but that is what everyone says about everything they love that they knew prior to its becoming popular, so a lot of times it is just wrong. I mean, no one is defending "Runaway Train"—no one could—but the back half of their career had as much underappreciated stuff as the beginning. Anyway, happy birthday, Dave Pirner. Those of us who dream of disappearing completely will always love you for this song.
When I am in one of my more positive frames of mind I like to tell myself to focus on how remarkable it is that Eels have actually been able to be as big as they are rather than wondering what it says about the world that they aren't bigger. Either way, I am glad they're still at it. Sometimes just sticking around is a victory. Enjoy. [Via]
2014's album of the year comes out on May 6th and I for one cannot wait.
What with today marking the 65th anniversary of the birth of Ms. Brenda Russell we are afforded another opportunity to remind you of the brilliance that is "Piano in the Dark." If you missed or were otherwise unmoved by our previous entreaties to appreciate its inspiration you are in luck, because we are all going to sit here this morning until you have listened to it all the way through and are willing to admit that you too are now convinced of its sheer majesty. No, we'll wait. We're not going anywhere until you listen to "Piano in the Dark." Yes, of course I am aware that Biz Markie [...]
There is something very soothing about the music and accompanying animation in this video. I am not sure what kind of morning you're having, but for me "soothing" is about the highest accolade I can award to anything right now. I'm tense, I tells ya. Anyway, enjoy. [Via]