Watch: Monkeys' hands down their pants: Bruno Mars' 'The Lazy Song' vid

Watch: Monkeys' hands down their pants: Bruno Mars' 'The Lazy Song' vid

Is the singer-songwriter trying to cull a viral hit?

Bruno Mars has posted a single-shot music video to his soft-rock single "The Lazy Song," and it features grown men with monkey masks on dropping their pants, putting their hands down their pants and otherwise making gestures indicating their monkey privates.

It's all the stuff that "viral" videos are made of today, as opposed to just plain viral; OK Go started something when they prance between a set of treadmills, but now its just getting silly. It's like combining the humiliating panda-hilarity of "Drunk Girls" with the droopy headed funk of Jason Mraz, which at the end of the day makes for entertainment, and enough for other lazy folks to click: it's garnered around 1.5 million clicks on YouTube in the three days its been available.

The track certainly was far from my favorite off of "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," but "the kids" are gonna love that line about having "really nice sex."

[Video after the jump...]

Read Full Post
<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Listen: Lady Gaga's 'Judas' leaks early

Happy Holy Week

Lady Gaga's next single "Judas" has leaked four days early, but either way, it was no mistake it dropped in time for the Christian Holy Week.

The track is Mother Monster's most lyrically unguarded yet on matters of faith and religion, all within the usual trappings of producer RedOne's dance-flooring stompers.

The early lyrics Gaga revealed during her Google chat are barked with the same trademark "ehs" that Rihanna uses. "When he comes to me, I am ready / I'll was his feet with my hair if he needs / forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain, even if after three times he betrays me," goes the first verse, under a murky, transgressive beat.

Later, her big confession: "Jesus is my virtue / and Judas is the demon I cling to,” clunks the bridge. It's perhaps the best analogy for what's occuring sonically, as two worlds seem to collide. Swirls of dark industrial clash with the dusty, uplifting '90s Euro-techno of the choruses, where a gang of punching synths, lasers and a billion other sounds coalesce into what sounds like an early Sega videogame. It's like she's calling all to a revival, but the party's in two different tents. There's just too much going on.

And then there's the sin of laziness of using the word “baby” as a lyrical filler four times for each chorus; for a Song That's So Serious, there was plenty of opportunity to clear the clutter. Though not completely unexpected, it's still cartoonish. (And that's besides the "cultural" misrepresentations of the Biblical narrative, such as: it was Peter who betrayed Jesus three times not Judas; and continued misleading that Mary Magdalene was a "prostitute wench." BUT ANYWAY.)

I don’t find her desire to express or even explain her (obviously) complex faith as such as galling, and in fact I think it's -- her favorite word -- brave. But as a track, it's not the bag of silver she was hoping for. "Judas" and "Born This Way" (with a "capital H-I-M") both address the idiosyncrasies and spiritual battles of Gaga's own post-Catholic faith and America's gripped battles over moral ambiguities, but "Judas" misses the mark as a single. The forthcoming music video, at least, guarantees a wild boat ride with her Savior.

Gaga's album "Born This Way" is due May 23.

What do you think of "Judas?"

Read Full Post
<p>Tinie Tempah</p>

Tinie Tempah

Coachella Podcast: 7 Artists You Should Hear (Even If You're Not Going)

New Interpol remix by Salem, Twin Shadow, Tinie Tempah, Cults, Gayngs and more

Coachella may have expanded its lineup more and more over the years, but the desert is still an awfully good place to go dance and/or freak out.

Much of the emphasis at the Indio, Calif.-fest is still on electronic music, sometimes put through the filter of rock, hip-hop, pop, new wave and even folk. We've got a little mix of all of that, seven new songs and some new artists you should check out, even if you're not going to the three-day event this weekend (April 15-17).

First up is Twin Shadow, who's really just one dude: Dominican-born George Lewis Jr.'s track "Slow" may have you pining for your Police records, but its cooled down further by his croon and icy, icy beats. He released his debut album last year through Terrible Records, run by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, and 4AD. His next set will be out later this year. He's currently touring with Pains of Being Pure at Heart (sorry, just, meh) and, sometimes, Florence + the Machine.

Francis & the Lights, on the other hand, remind me of Phil Collins meeting Chromeo. You guessed it: man's got a lot of soul. The latest album is "It'll Be Better," which dropped last year; he's since toured with artists from Ke$ha to MGMT to Oh Land.

Upon hearing the name Cults, I didn't think it'd sound like this. With a slow groove on "Go Outside," that girlie voice and glaring layer of atmosphere, I expected something darker, and maybe it is a little. You should check out their Record Store Day release, with A-side "Abduction" for a touch more of that. The debut album will be out in May.

Of course, Interpol's been around for a long time, but you've never heard them like this. Real-life cult-ish band Salem gave "Try It On" a good remix. It, too, is part of Record Store Day's new releases.

Tinie Tempah is a strong new artist on EMI's roster, and has been tearing it up in his native U.K. His album "Disc-Overy" (whatever) is making its way to these shores in May also, and he'll find some sweet success if his current single "Written in the Stars" makes a strong impression on radio by this summer. "Pass Out" is another mega-catchy, grimy tune.

Fat Possum signees The Felice Brothers have expanded on their weird, rootsy music and let it wander into sludgy, unexplored new territories for forthcoming album "Celebration, Florida," due May 10. "Ponzi" is on sale now at digi retailers.

Gayngs is a collective of members from Bon Iver (who's had a notable day), Megafaun, The Rosebuds, Solid Gold and Doomtree. Songs from their album "Relayted" were deconstructed into stems then remixed by a number of producers for "regrinded" EP "Affiliyated," downloadable on the whole here.

Here is the tracklist for Immaculate Noise's 2011 Coachella Podcast:

Twin Shadow, "Slow"
Francis & the Lights, "Knees to the Floor"
Cults, "Go Outside"
Interpol, "Try It On" (Salem Remix)
Tinie Tempah, "Pass Out"
The Felice Brothers, "Ponzi"
Gayngs, "Fight, F*ck, Fall Asleep" (Cecil Otter Regrind feat. SIMS)

Read Full Post
Are The Shins and Modest Mouse bouncing back this summer?

Are The Shins and Modest Mouse bouncing back this summer?

Listen to a new Shins track, performed live

Two days after the initial announcement went out, Outside Lands has another major addition to its festival lineup. The Shins will be performing sometime over the weekend of Aug. 12-14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, their first live full-band show out since 2009.

Meanwhile, Modest Mouse has announced a scant few North Americanshows for the month of May, leading up to their appearance at Northwest-centric Sasquatch music festival in Seattle. Those are below. They also recently confirmed a stop in Australia for the Splendour in the Grass music festival

There's some overlap in the fandom of these two acts, but also importantly, there seems to be some crossover of one member, Joe Plummer.

The drummer has been working on side project Mister Heavenly (aka Michael Cera's band, sorry), but it seems he's now drummer for both The Shins and Modest Mouse. (Fun fact: Mister Heavenly is on Sub Pop, The Shins' old label, before James Mercer decided the next effort would be out on his own imprint.) He can be seen supporting Shin-man James Mercer when he broke out a new song live last month, posted below (via 24bit). 

As I previously reported, Mercer has been hard at work on Broken Bells with Danger Mouse over the past year, most recently with their "Meyrin Fields" EP. It's a collaboration that "will continue to record and tour together for the foreseeable future," as said in a release. But like Beyonce and Glastonbury, the Outside Lands gig may signal the start of something new with that long-awaited Shins record.

A spokesperson for Modest Mouse indicated "there is no official info on a new album" at the time, but I wouldn't put it past Isaac Brock et al. to preview some new material live this Spring. (And for what it's worth, Modest Mouse also used to be on a prominent indie, Matador.)

And not to force it, but "Inception" score guitarist Johnny Marr did just quit The Cribs and may have some hours opening up (besides, y'know, two planned solo albums and movie soundtrack work)... The former Smiths guitarist toured with Modest Mouse toward the end of the '00s.

Both the Shins' and Modest Mouse's last proper studio releases were out in 2007.

Here are Modest Mouse's tour dates:

May 26            Boise, ID                    Knitting Factory
May 27            Missoula, MT           Big Sky Brewery
May 28            Spokane, WA             Knitting Factory
May 29            George, WA                Sasquatch Music Festival (SOLD OUT)

Read Full Post
Yes, this is a tease of a new Bon Iver song

Yes, this is a tease of a new Bon Iver song

And so it begins

I avoid posting teaser-snippets of songs because I hate not-news (I'm looking at you Britney), but in this case, I'm making an exception.

Bon Iver posted a 50-second wordless music clip with some video of a pretty object to the website.

I justify this discussion because, one, I loved the "Blood Bank" EP and "For Emma, Forever Ago," and 2008 was forever ago; two, as confirmed by a pair of sources, this is material that will be on the Bon Iver sophomore set; and three, now that Vernon's played in a pair of other recent bands (Gayngs, Volcano Choir) and his name has only grown in stature since "For Emma" has gone global and Kanye West and Peter Gabriel joined Team Vernon, there is assurance that Bon Iver's next release could be one of the biggest independent releases of the year. Self-conscious hand-wringing, over and out.

I can't say much about the clip, except that it certainly sounds like Vernon, the choirs sound right on par with expectations and I can't wait to hear what that crescendo is all about.

According to Rolling Stone, ish may be out as soon as June and has taken a while because Vernon needed to re-learn the songwriting process; he also describes one of the 10 album songs as a "Civil-war sounding heavy metal song." If Vernon doesn't wear a uniform, I'm gonna be pissed.

Let it begin!

Untitled from Bon Iver on Vimeo.


Read Full Post


Credit: Katie Hasty

Song Of The Day: New Santigold, Karen O track posted on Jay-Z's website

'Go' is an American Dreaming exclusive... now, what's American Dreaming?

Santigold, Karen O and Jay-Z... together at last?

Santigold debuted her fresh track "Go" featuring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman today on American Dreaming, the new lifestyle and fashion website from mogul Jay-Z.

And the name-power doesn't stop there. The YYY's NIck Zinner plays guitar on the cut, while Q-Tip and Switch of Major Lazer (man, those guys are popular today) co-produced the track with Santi.

The result is a party song, though in the interview posted on the section, it also comes with a bummer of a message about, well, American dreaming.

However, I will pull out one of the sweeter moments, in a description of how Santi White and Karen combined for the project:

So I worked on it a bit and sent it to Karen. I felt all insecure and was like, “You know, if you’re feeling it, if you could come up with something, but if not, it’s cool.” And then I didn’t hear back for a while. So, I sheepishly reached out again, and was like, “Hey, no pressure, if you weren’t feeling it, it’s cool.” And Karen was like, “OMG! I sent it back to you a week ago. I thought you hated what I did so much you didn’t ever want to speak to me again.” I told her I never got it, and we agreed that being an artist was insane and we laughed at our psycho- insecurity, and were both psyched on what she called our “rad track.”

Aw, the stars! They're just like us!

"Go" will purportedly be included on Santigold's as-yet-untitled sophomore set, due this year. Her first album "Santogold" -- her old moniker -- was released in 2008.

What do you think of the track?

Read Full Post
<p>James Murphy of LCD&nbsp;Soundsystem</p>

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: LCD Soundsystem covers Franz Ferdinand for Record Store Day

'Live Alone' is a lonely, funky seven minutes

On Monday, I went over some of the biggest Record Store Day releases to drop on Saturday, April 16, but there are certainly more gems to be had on that glorious shopping date.

One option is the Domino Records EP of Franz Ferdinand covers, which includes LCD Soundsystem's seven-and-a-half minute take on "Live Alone." That original track, at 3:30, was featured on the rock band's 2009 effort "Tonight."

The rest of the FF "Covers EP" on colored 12" vinyle includes another version of "Live Alone" with Debbie Harry and the band itself, plus Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt on "Dream Again," ESG on "What She Came For" and Peaches on "Turn It On." You can do your own damn version of "Take Me Out" in your head.

Check out the details on Domino's other RSD releases -- plus some more tracks -- here.

OK, I'm done talking about "retired" LCD. For now.

LCD Soundsystem - Live Alone (Franz Ferdinand cover) by DominoRecordCo

Read Full Post


HitFix Interview: Suede talks first U.S. concert in 14 years, new material

What the U.K. rockers’ frontman Brett Anderson wants you to see at Coachella

Brett Anderson swears that his band Suede isn’t making some big cash-in by coming to America, that performing at Coachella actually means the U.K. rockers will be “making a loss.”

Perhaps that's one deterrent that's kept the band from American shores for 14 years?
“No kidding,” he laughs. “And we’re beyond honored.”
The London Suede reunited only a year ago -- after splitting in November 2003 -- and toured in their native region and at festivals around Europe. But it was 1997 when they last performed here. The streak ends this coming weekend.
“Coachella is just one of those festivals, with an amazing reputation. It’s getting stronger as a name on the world stage. It just seemed like a good place to end a 14 year silence,” Anderson continues.
He describes the experience of playing out again as “dipping our toe in the water,” to gauge the experience if there will be a more extensive tour in the future. And it couldn’t come at a more optimal time. A double-album collection “Best Of” was released just last month, and their five albums “Suede,” “Dog Man Star,” “Coming Up,” “Head Music” and “A New Morning” are getting the remastering and reissue treatment for a drop in June.
Anderson says he spent three months earlier this year going back through all the album tracks, then old tapes and photographs, material to add as deluxe extras. He called his archival activities one of his “obsessions… I loved every second of it.”
“I didn’t want to airbrush the parts out [of the recordings] that I didn’t like. It’s a very honest collection of stuff, warts and all… all the lo-fi demos and things, from the early ‘90s. Remember, you didn’t have Logic or GarageBand then.”
As for new material, he concludes that London Suede is “definitely thinking about” making another record, insofar that they’re currently writing new songs.
“That doesn’t guarantee there will be a Suede record. We won’t put out a substandard Suede record, I wouldn’t bother releasing it. But we have no managers, no labels. We have indie things to think about.”
It helps that time has healed some old wounds, band infighting and friction of personal creative directions that blistered the interpersonals.
“I think we have a lot more respect for each other. It takes time and distance to see what you’ve lost or missed in a relationship,” Anderson says, concluding that seven years did the trick for the “touring lineup” of Rich Oakes, Neil Codling, Simon Gilbert and Mat Osman.
He adds that, for former collaborator and longtime member Bernard Butler, touring with Suede again would be “the last thing he wants,” conceding Butler’s busy with producing the remasters and other acts these days.
So with a full lineup in place, Anderson says he’s gained clarity on Suede’s objective with this weekend’s fest and other tour stops this summer.
After pouring over the old recordings and years of separation, “You get a real strong sense of where you went wrong and where you went right. I’ve so much more perspective. It’s incredibly powerful, I can see what the amazing Suede songs are,” he says. “Coming back, I want to play to our rock heritage. We’re a snarling punk rock band. That’s the side we’re going to show.”
Check out all of Suede’s overseas festival tour dates here.
Read Full Post
Watch: Tom Waits joined by Neil Young on RnR Hall of Fame performance

Watch: Tom Waits joined by Neil Young on RnR Hall of Fame performance

'Make It Rain,' plus 'Get Behind the Mule' gets a weird live video

Anti- Records has posted video of Tom Waits' appearances at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, as he took up his honor and as he shared the stage with Neil Young.

The latter introduced Waits and the video segue to his acceptance speech and cuts of a slow-rollin' performance of "Make It Rain" and "Rain Dogs." Then there was "Get Behind the Mule" which, I'll say, isn't the most optimal video experience ever.

During his speech, Waits spoke of a memory seeing a Lightnin' Hopkins and knowing instantly wanted to become an entertainer.

"Songs are really just very interesting things to be doing with the air... We all love music, but we really want music to love us," he said before his roll-call of thank-yous. "They say I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with. And they say it like it's a bad thing."

And, yes, the travel guitar came out.

The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction took place on March 14 this year.

Neil Young Inducts Tom Waits - "Make It Rain" and "Rain Dogs" from Anti Records on Vimeo.

Tom Waits "Get Behind The Mule" With Neil Young from Anti Records on Vimeo.

Read Full Post
<p>Arctic Monkeys</p>

Arctic Monkeys

Song Of The Day: Arctic Monkeys urge 'Don't Sit Down' on new single

'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' featured on forthcoming 'Suck It And See'

No need to pay for a ticket, folks, 'cause this drama's free.

U.K. rockers Arctic Monkeys have lifted the curtain on thudding, revving new single "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," featured on their forthcoming and totally mature-sounding "Suck It and See."

Alex Turner's melodrama goes counters Nick O'Malley's metal bass growl, and the band cuts it at almost three minutes on the dot, a feat most admirable. It won't be the headiest piece of music all day -- there's always the new Elbow if you're looking for extra verbiage -- but it is a ominous intro to things to come.

"Chair" will be a standalone single release on Record Store Day this year, a mere five days away on April 16. It will also carry the weight of B-Side "I.D.S.T" on the 7" and "I.D.S.T." and "The Blond-O-Sonic Shimmer Trap" on the 12" bundle. The song individually can be bought through digital retailers starting tomorrow.

"Suck It" will be out on June 7. It proceeds Alex Turner's solo effort for the "Submarine" soundtrack and an early peek at new full-band track "Brick by Brick."

What do you think of the song?

Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair by arcticmonkeys

Read Full Post