<p>The Lonely Island, &quot;Turtleneck &amp; Chain&quot;</p>

The Lonely Island, "Turtleneck & Chain"

Listen: New SNL songmen Lonely Island album feat. Justin Timberlake, Rihanna

Check out 'We're Back' video, boost confidence in manhood

Flaccid, soft, small, and useless penises, horse blood, left field non-sequiturs, sunglasses: That's right, it's time for another new Lonely Island song.

The "Saturday Night Live" song troupe -- Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- is prepping for the May 10 release of its new album, "Turtlenecks & Chains," and ahead of it "We're Back!" has doodied on the internet.

This, with the promise that the new collection will boast contributions from former collaborators like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Akon and Nicki Minaj. No tracklist is available yet, but I would assume those tracks would be "Motherlover," "Shy Ronnie" (and maybe even "Ronnie & Clyde"), 2010 Christmas smash "I Just Had Sex" and recent "The Creep," respectively.

I can't call it one-noting because I laugh out loud about every other Lonely Island song. "Incredibad" made it to No. 13 on The Billboard 200, so The People clearly want more than just the individual songs (though the group should also collect royalties on how many times frat guys at the bar gloat "I'm on a boooooooat").

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Watch: Arcade Fire guests at final LCD Soundsystem show

Watch: Arcade Fire guests at final LCD Soundsystem show

In fact, check out the whole show, plus: parting thoughts

There was plenty of speculation as to who might show up at LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (April 2), but the result was three Arcade Fire members, some Hot Chip folks, Reggie Watts and almost four hours of non-stop music.

And contrary to popular opinion and demand, Daft Punk did not play at James Murphy's house. His house.

The frontman's backing band featured anywhere from eight members (including Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavin Russom, Tyler Pope and Matt Thornley) to as many could crash the stage in choir and horn form, pulling off about three hours and 40 minutes of live music, dredging up b-sides, covers and even their Nike running mix "45:33." They delighted with "Tribulations" and "Starry Eyes," a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into The Fire." And they hit all the major, basic hits: "Drunk Girls," "Get Innocuous," "Us V Them," "Losing My Edge," "All My Friends" and "North American Scum."

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Song Of The Day: Theophilus London's 'Why Even Try' music video

Song Of The Day: Theophilus London's 'Why Even Try' music video

Rising star falls into the TMZ trap

Theophilus London hasn't full entered the national consciousness yet, but according to the music video to his "Why Even Try," he's already annoyingly famous.

The rapper and beatmaker is featured in the clip doing stuff famous people do, like ducking the paparazzi on TMZ (er, TL-TV) and spending endless hours in the studio taking promo shots.

I'm not 100% sold on his rhymes yet, but good trumps mildly good with that stone-cold '80s lounge beat, with help from what sounds like Lauper-nouveau. So who's that girl? None other than Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara.

And to put this puppy down, I was simply fawning over London's money-dripping SXSW performance.

This single's the follow-up to "Flying Overseas," featuring Solange Knowles. Both songs are featured on "Lovers Holiday," an EP released over Valentine's Day (barf). It dropped in anticipation of an impending full-length arrival, due this summer from Warner Bros.

Watch: 'Win Win' bloopers in The National's 'Think You Can Wait' video

Watch: 'Win Win' bloopers in The National's 'Think You Can Wait' video

Sad song for funny movies

It's a somber song for such a funny movie, but maybe that's why it works: The National's "Think You Can Wait" featuring my SXSW crush Sharon Van Etten now has an accompanying clip, and it looks behind the scenes a bit of the Paul Giamatti movie.

As previously reported, I had the chance to talk to the Brooklyn rock act's Matt Berninger about recording the track specifically for the Tom McCarthy Sundance pick.

"We knew he was a serious director," Berninger said, saying the story to "Win Win" was "just the kind of thing our music would work well for... This was the first time we had written specifically for a film. We wouldn't normally do that, but Tom McCarthy's movies are so good. Watching ['Win Win'] helped inspire the way the song was written. I mean, it isn't at all narrative to what happens in the movie -- we don't mention Paul Giamatti by name or anything. But it was fun, and it's a good song, we're very proud of it."

Bloopers and outtakes from the film are included in the vid, with a couple of laugh-out-loud moments for viewer and actors alike. As for the band, they're featured quite stoic, almost unmoving, the lighting spreading out nice behind them. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

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<p>Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell</p>

Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: New Jane's Addiction song 'End to the Lies'

Produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek

I may not be the best judge of new Jane's Addiction material, for their last studio foray "Stays," from 2003, greatly disappointed.

But that was eight years ago. The band's return will certainly be heralded with a little help from new track "End to the Lies," produced by the act's new bassist/producer/solo artist/TV On The Radio collaborator Dave Sitek.

It rocks good and tough, primed for hard rock radio, Perry Farrell's vocals pushed way back behind Sitek's signature fuzz. The amps may have given the guitars a lot of character but studio trickery gives it some nice atmosphere.

What's with the Spanish being spoken over the intro and outro? "End to the Lies" premiered down in South America, where Farrell, 51, is busy preparing to launch Lollapalooza Chile, running April 2-3.

The song will be included on Jane's forthcoming new album, "The Great Escape Artist," set to drop this summer and with some more production work from Rich Costey. As an update, Farrell and Co. are back together with Dave Navarro, while Sitek replaces Duff McKagan, who replaced Eric Avery.

Jane's Addiction - End to the Lies by paniko

<p>3 Doors Down</p>

3 Doors Down

Watch: 3 Doors Down's 'When You're Young' is oppressed by old white men

Mainstream rock act sets July release date

The last two albums from 3 Doors Down have taken No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart, and with the help of single "When You're Young," they could take it again.

The mainstream rock act has set a July 11 release date for new set "Time of My Life," a title possibly irreflective of their current mood as projected by their dour promotional photo. Additionally, there's the music video to "Young," in black in white and sad all over.

Featured is a beautiful model in sexy specs (she must be an artist!) oppressed by old white men while walking down the street. She is eventually knocked down by the suits, as suits are oft to do, and, naturally, is unable to hoist herself back up until a knight in H&M armor offers her his hand, as is the tendency of cute young graphic designers. Together they are able to battle the stream of The Man until the girl, damn her, isn't strong enough to keep hold of hipster's hand, and off she goes again, blind and likely to again tumble beneath the din of wingtips. (Professor Hoodie, on the other hand, should be OK; he'll probably go ahead and take that job as an analyst anyway, but only for a couple of years y'know until there's enough scratch to fix the van and we can tour again and don't worry we'll keep the practice space.)

The song is undoubtedly 3 Doors: the chorus is catchy and gigantic and beaten to death by a double-aggressive breakdown version at the end.

The band has a handful of tour dates for the U.S. in April/May and will be overseas for the majority of June. Check out all dates here.

<p>Fleet Foxes</p>

Fleet Foxes

Watch: Fleet Foxes new 'Grown Ocean' dreams in sepia tones

Lovely sleeper from forthcoming 'Helplessness Blues'

When Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold dreams, it's apparently in sepia tones. Or at least that's what the music video to new "Grown Ocean" will have you thinking.

The song boasts a lovely four-on-the-floor percussion and the Northwest band's typical reverb-drenched, country-hued acoustics. What's delightful is that nice pre-chorus progression, and little undercurrent of flutes that you'd never notice if you weren't paying attention. This song is awesome, and it's beautifully recorded.

The pleasant music video accompanying chronicles the "making-of," with a montage of images in between of bric-a-brac, a wedding (?), pretty girls sleeping in beds and sun spackling a window through trees. I can't award it with anything except the Stuff that Sends Me Off to Sleep superlative, but then again, Pecknold does elicit a lot of sleepy, positive energy.

"Grown Ocean" is featured on Fleet Foxes' forthcoming "Helplessness Blues," titled as such because, "One, it's kind of a funny title. Secondly, one of the prevailing themes of the album is the struggle between who you are and who you want to be or who you want to end up being, and how sometimes you are the only thing getting in the way of that. That idea shows up in a number of the songs," Pecknold says in a statement.

FF is him, Skye Skjelset, Josh Tillman, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and newly added Morgan Henderson. We've premiered the title track to the new album already.

Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean from Fleet Foxes on Vimeo.


<p>F*cked Up</p>

F*cked Up

Credit: Matador

Song Of The Day: F*cked Up's 'The Other Shoe' drops

Dying on the inside, smiling on the outside

At All Tomorrow's Parties in upstate New York last year, F*cked Up frontman Damian Abraham poured a box of cereal down into the front of his boxer shorts, the only clothes he was left wearing at the end of his set.

And the punk band's "The Chemistry of Common Life" was on constant rotation for two of my most frantic months at the beginning of 2009.

It is for these reasons that the band will be always on my radar, and why if they want to make a rock opera, I await it eagerly.

The Matador act will release "David Comes to Life" on June 7, music that goes to a play (or it's just a musical. Or whatever). There's at least a synopsis of what may happen on stage, but undoubtedly more will be revealed as June 7 creeps up. In fact, four songs total of the 18 will debut between now and then, including "The Other Shoe," posted for free download at the "David Comes to Life" website.

And here's some info on the play's namesake.

The track is kind of a shocking contrast between sweet women's voices and the growl from all engines.

I wanna fast forward already to how this album will be performed live, and I hope I get an invite to that party.

<p>Death Cab for Cutie</p>

Death Cab for Cutie

Credit: Atlantic

Listen: Death Cab For Cutie announce 'Tourist' single, crazy video

Clip to 'Codes and Keys' track to be shot in one-take, broadcast live

If "You Are a Tourist" is any indicator, Ben Gibbard is in love and is a little crazy.

The new single from Death Cab For Cutie was released this week and the band has some major plans behind its accompanying music video. And they should be pleased. "You Are a Tourist" is primed to do some major damage at radio, with jangly guitars and a massive hook -- insofar as Gibbard's chilled-out voice can do anything massive.

"When there's a burning in your heart / an endless yearning in your heart / build it bigger than the sun / let it grow / let it grow / when there's a burning in your heart / don't be alarmed," he sings, again treading that delicate line between precious and sweet as he's always done. It's simple, and thematically similar to their highest charting track, "I Will Possess Your Heart" from 2008. Keep in mind, too, that Gibbard got hitched between then and now, to actress (and singer, but I don't like to talk about that) Zooey Deschanel.

"You Are a Tourist" is the first single from the group's forthcoming "Codes and Keys," due May 31.

Meanwhile, the video will come to fruition as more of an event: next Tuesday (April 5), the clip will air live, as it's being shot in a single take, on the website youareatourist.com. The concept is scripted, a collaboration between Tim Nackashi (OK Go's "WTF?", Maroon 5's "Never Gonna Leave This Bed") and Aaron Stewart-Ahn. There will be teasers available that same day of the band -- I imagine -- rehearsing their butts off.

A release claims this is the first event of its kind ever. I can't think of any way to dispute it.

What do you think of the track?

<p>The Mountain Goats</p>

The Mountain Goats

Album Review: The Mountain Goats, 'All Eternals Deck'

John Darnielle's apocalyptic outlook
While The Mountain Goats’ last album took us through Bible verses, “All Eternals Deck” takes listeners on a loose mystic journey, John Darnielle boldly mixing his personal relationships up with the mystical beginning, middle and end of Man.
There’s the origins of humankind in “Sourdoire Valley Song”, the Fall from grace with the snakes and Cars guitars of “Birth of Serpents” and, in between, the fighting-off our impending doom. The straight-forward rock of “Beautiful Gas Mask” does the latter best, having us rise from our knees and assuring “someone’s coming to reward us, wait and see.”
But the songwriter isn’t preaching, nor laying it out lightly. The band’s brand of rock with folk storytelling mixes grotesque imagery with the reality of screwed up romances and dissolution with former convictions, of “fat men,” Darnielle’s nasally voice drowning his companion “’til you’re still” and kindly requesting you “lick the sweat from my brow.”
In between, he kills off Judy Garland in “The Autopsy Garland” and name-checks her next-of-kin in “Liza Forever Minnelli,” which includes a good line about Eagles’ “Hotel California” to be repeated for ever and ever, amen. Another famous figure gets his day as Darnielle announces, “This song is called ‘For Charles Bronson’,” a sort of literary mechanism that injects his bespeckled face next to the silver screen great’s.
“Never Quite Free” has some of my favorite lyrics and some of the band’s strongest playing, pinballing between piano and a slide guitar. “Believe in sheltering skies and stable earth beneath / but hear his breath come through his teeth,” he warns, likeably, right before he’s off to war: “Wish me well, where I go / but when you see me / you’ll know.”
Perhaps it’s the same battle he has with the fanged super-enemies of “Damn These Vampires” (what’s up with all these antagonists that bite?), which also rolls toward the mêlée with a sentimental piano chord. “Let them hear your knuckles crack,” he advises. Darnielle’s voice does its own cracking on frantic “Estate Sale Sign” a metal version of folk that sadly concludes everything’s for sale, the stuff on which he used to most rely. Like he sings in “High Hawk Season,” “the heat’s about to break.”
But its also on tracks like “Estate” where his rhyming schemes are cut short to fit the rocking beat, and seem incomplete; on other songs like “Prowls Great Cain,” his verbosity tosses long syllables in like stumbling blocks, yet he pushes through those words as if he had no other choice in writing them. “High Hawk Season” is its own little weird problem, with a mini-male choir that do no favors for Darnielle’s idiosyncratic voice, indulgent in its contrast. Meanwhile, another outlier “Outer Scorpion Squadron” incorporates jazz chords and a light string section. It’s a beautiful break.
Earlier this year, Conor Oberst tried his hand (again) at a similar album, combining coded, mystical language with his own dreary outlook. But where Bright Eyes’ “The People’s Key,” was bogged down with unchecked philosophizing and histrionics, “All Eternals Deck” is powerful, Darnielle’s command of language self-assured and – at times – even funny. Fans are going to really like this album, and non-fans may be driven to flip the rest of the cards over, just to hear more.