Inside Music with Katie Hasty
'Two Blobs F*cking' intended to be played on smart phones
Flaming Lips show you how "Two Blobs Fucking" is done
Credit: Warner Bros.
Happy bogus holiday, Valentine's Day! How would you like to hear "Two Blobs Fucking?"
Oh no, no, my pet, I didn't mean to offend you! That just happens to be the name of the Flaming Lips' new project, released in its entirety today at 3 p.m. EST on YouTube. For free.
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Digital version due Feb. 19, basic CD in March, insane package in May
Radiohead's "The King of Limbs"
Radiohead has announced its eighth full-length record, "The King of Limbs," and have dubbed it the world's first "newspaper album."
The mystery remains what a newpaper album exactly is.
And what the tracklist is. But we'll know pretty quick, considering the British band is releasing the album in full digitally this Saturday.
"The King of Limbs" will be available for purchase for $9 and $14 for the digital download in MP3 or WAV, respectively, on Feb. 19 exclusively through their website. Then, a standard vinyl and CD release of the album goes to brick-and-mortar, as well as to all other digital shops, on March 28.
Then, if you are patient and have a little more money to drop, you may be interested in the insane deluxe packaging of the set, which will be shipped on May 9. This behemoth contains two clear 10" vinyl records, a CD, "many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together," a digital download the same day everybody else can get it and a chance at winning an autographed 12" record with two songs on it. No word what the songs are. At $48 (MP3) and $53 (WAV), the price includes shipping.
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Stock up and sit down: Eminem, Katy Perry and... Chris Brown
Taylor Swift can't believe it!
Welcome to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011, an event that you may be able further tolerate with organized drinking.
I know that every year we can always count on somebody thanking God, or wearing tacky pinstripes, or forgetting the bra or looking like they're gonna throw up as they look into the camera. It's pop music's three-and-a-half hours and we get the very best and worst.
Grab yourself a case and share some with your neighbor, as we take you through some pretty basic drinking cues for the 2011 ceremony, broadcasting live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight (Feb. 13) starting at 8 p.m. EST via CBS. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and other stars may not be able to slam some back while they sit in the auditorium, so you sweatpanted masses might as well.
Here are some drinking rules and cues. What would you add?
+ Every shot on Katy Perry's cleavage, take two drinks
+ For each word Bieber pronounces as though he is from Philly and not from Canada, scream hysterically then drink
+ If Usher is wearing sunglasses and or touches his chest during seating or performance, OMG, freaking drink
+ When and if Eminem smiles, "recover" from shock and waterfall that drink
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What do you think of the feel-good dance-floor anthem?
"It doesn't matter if you love him / or capital H-i-m." And thus Lady Gaga launches into her first new sounds since "The Fame Monster."
"Born This Way" bowed this morning (and, I will admit, rather loudly) at 6 a.m. EST on the singer's website, and is streaming for free, on loop. Considering the amount of traffic her page is receiving, expect the internet to break a couple times before you get a full rotation in today.
And "Bad Romance," this is not. There isn't a scrap of ominous, lurching minor notes or monsterous rhythms; instead, this is an out-and-out upbeat, '90s-styled dancefloor anthem, in praise of "loving who you are" and societal equal-footing, whether your "black, white, beige" or "Orient" ("Orient?").
An inevitable Madonna comparison comes to mind, with the speak-singing verses and quick turns of phrase, like "Don't be a drag, just be a queen" (a "queen on a throne," perhaps?) and the thorough embrace of each, sweet syllable: "I was born this way-hay." I'll be damned if it doesn't nod at TLC's "Waterfalls, "too, not just in the verse melody but also on themes of "mama said" and survival.
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What do you think of Alison Mosshart, compared to her work in The Dead Weather?
As Jack White endeavors on his next musical projects (besides the now-defunct White Stripes, Dead Weather cohort Alison Mosshart has already moved on to hers. She's taken back up with The Kills, and she along with bandmate Jamie Hince are prepping the release of the rock act's next "Blood Pressures."
Today sees the drop of that album's first music video, for "Satellites," its first single. In it, Mosshart and Hince ominously drive cars and mischievously skip out on paying for their diner meals. But there's definitely more to the story to than that, honey bunny. The dark-eyed singer can be seen writhing, at times, in the backseat (food poisoning, perhaps?). B-roll of car crashes and secret identities flash in her eyes. They hit what looks like the English countryside and somehow end up in a California coastal winter.
It's very bizarre and spooky and I like it. Personally, I could only listen to Dead Weather for five to six songs at a time, but "Satellite" -- I could hear this stuff all day. It's crunchy yet contained, with Mosshart giving some restraint to her powerful caterwaul.
"Blood Pressures" is out on April 5 via Domino; The Kills' last "Midnight Boom" dropped in 2008. The band already has an extensive tour laid out, below.
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'She'll bang ya... but then... she'll hang ya': awful and awesome
Tricia Helfer in the Black Keys' video for "Howlin' For You"
At first glance, the trailer for "Howlin' For You" looks like the campiest, worst and yet simultaneously awesome film of all time. And then Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach show up. So, by proxy, is "Howlin' For You" the campiest, worst and awesomest music video of all time?
The Black Keys' "Howlin' for You" gets a cinematic makeover by Chris Marrs Piliero, who incidentally helmed the clip for the rock band's "Next Girl." Which is why the appearance of a stuffed dinosaur warrants a tip of the hat (or perhaps a wag of the finger): Piliero is no stranger to mixing tacky with the high-brow when it comes to the Black K... er, Las Teclas de Negro.
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Watch the video at iMDB.
Tricia Helfer "stars" as " a sexy assassin with a troubled past" who "unknowingly falls in love with the man who killed her father... Now, all grown up with an appetite for revenge, Alexa’s leaving a trail of bloody corpses and broken hearts in her wake."
Auerbach and Carney cameo as her two former loves, but "who would not have her." Co-starring Christian Serratos, "Sir" Todd Bridges, Sean Patrick Flanery, erm, Shaun White and other I-sorta-know-em actors, "Howlin' For You" is packed utter emptiness of the writing and more tacky than a company Christmas party. F-you, Hollywood, where's the Oscar nod for this li'l gem?
"Howlin' For You" is featured on the Black Keys' latest "Brothers."
Band to perform at SXSW: What do you think of the rock act's bounce-back?
The Strokes' "Under Cover of Darkness"
It's nothing new, but it's certainly bringing back some good memories.
Back with their first new studio material in five years is the Strokes and their single "Under Cover of Darkness," from their forthcoming album "Angles."
The song is available for free download for 48 hours (starting at around 2:35 p.m. EST today, Feb. 9) via the band's website, for the small price of
a herd of cattle some personal information, such as email.
The guitars and bass are pushed way, way forward, while Julian Casablancas' vocals take back seat. He queries, "Will you wait for me?" Well we already did, buddy, and you've zoomed the Dolorean back past "Earth," to "Room on Fire." It's less garage and rapturous snottiness, but a robust mix of full '90s modern rock (sans reverb bath, we're looking at you Kings Of Leon) and catchy '60s love songs. I half expected the band to bust into an a capella round at the end.
After this ditty is taken down, fans can sit tight with their YouTubes and Facebooks (OK, and the radio) until "Under the Cover of Darkness'" retail release on Feb. 15.
"Angles," as previously reported, is out on March 22.
In other Strokes news, their manager Ryan Gentles (I live in hope that's his real name) announced this on Twitter, said simply: "SXSW - The Strokes… more to come on thestrokes.com."
The Strokes have already been confirmed to help headline 2011 Coachella.
What do you think of the track? Do you like the direction the band is taking?
Three hour concert to be "the end of an era"
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem
We saw it coming: the signs were all there.
LCD Soundsystem is quitting the concert biz and has formally announced its final show, for April 2 at New York's Madison Square Garden
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will be a three-hour farewell event, marking the first (and apparently) last time the group will play at the arena, for its longest set ever. In a release, LCD will perform "deep cuts" and "never-before played music spanning" the group's "decade-defining albums," including the self-titled set, "Sound of Silver," "This Is Happening," and (apparently?) James Murphy's Nike running mix "45:33."
The live band will consist of Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavin Russon, Tyler Pope and Matt Thornley, "augmented by a choir, string and horn sections" and the promise of special guests. Liquid Liquid is set to open the show.
The band "will be observing a black and white clothing only dress code for the long goodbye. They respectfully request that the audience do the same." Get thee to a Uniqlo, perhaps.
Tickets go up on Feb. 11 via bowerypresents.com and ticketmaster.com.
Considering the breadth and depth of LCD's touring partners, collaborators and DFA legacy, I would expect some heavy-hitting, holy-sh*t moments. Three hours is a long time, and it ain't exactly a catalog of Prince proportions. Like any music festival, I would recommend comfortable footwear and a friend who goes with you that ain't afraid to dance.
Murphy has said before that he never intended for LCD Soundsystem to be the headlining, big-selling, brain-busting group that it was; perhaps he's just always felt more comfortable being the spinner, to a small room, something that could be elegantly appreciated in a dance hall more than a 75,000-capacity music fest or a basketball arena. That being said, after experiencing (that's right, experiencing) LCD as I did from Bowery to Bonnaroo, I wouldn't estimate the guy to go in half-assing MSG. They'll be "going out both on top and on their own terms." Circle the 11th with the brightest marker you can.
Nonesuch effort produced by Black Keys' Dan Auerbach: Listen to the whole album
Jessica Lea Mayfield's "Tell Me"
Jessica Lea Mayfield’s appeal is the extra breaths buried in her minimalist melodies, the uncomplicated lyrics sung with pangs and a lack of pretension, the mix of country and traditional Americana elements into typical acoustic fare. But the Ohio singer-songwriter’s Nonesuch debut is a little overburdened with production.
I say this with the knowledge that the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach helmed the album, “Tell Me.” There were seemingly a million tracks at Mayfield’s disposal, and they’re filled with electric guitars and pristine drum tracks galore, but with her six-string plodding simply beside her plain voice. I find I know frustratingly little about her as a person and songwriter at the end of 11 tracks.
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Aussies' third full length will help you shake these winter blues
Cut Copy remains true to its name for its new full-length “Zonoscope,” chopping and screwing elements of popular and dance musics and yet somehow coming out clean on the other side with something memorable and unique.
In 2008, these Aussies proved they could make a dance album for people who say they don’t even like dance music, with “In Ghost Colours,” on par with the recent success of Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, LCD or even Yeasayer. It was a finding of feet as album artists instead of relying solely on their luminous singles.
Three years later and Cut Copy has hit another one out of the ballpark, with the same eclectic remnants of pop music, fantasy and an hour of pure fun.
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