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Partners make for the best paranoid rock dancing
"Ingenue" is among one of the more paranoid songs of the jittery nine on "AMOK," Atoms For Peace's debut. For the music video, Thom Yorke shakes out his legs and arms again for another dance-centric clip, this time with a partner.
The Radiohead frontman and pro dancer Fukiko Takase are dressed alike, seem to communicate with each other, and sometimes mirror each other's actions while, at others, simply react. It's actually really beautiful and plotted carefully, making the crunchy, weird synth line the second most memorable thing about it.
It was directed by Garth Jennings and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, who also set Yorke to dancing in Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," the vid to launch a thousand gifs. The arm dance around the 4-minute mark in this new one only solidifies Yorke' status as a King of Limbs.
Atoms For Peace is Yorke's "supergroup" with Flea, Nigel Godrich and others. "AMOK" arrived this week.
Pop-punk band embracing club shows, plan arenas in wake of Armstrong's rehab
The trio (plus, y'know, their tour backers and crew) will hit ACL Live on March 15, at the end of the same week Green Day docs "Cuatro!" and "Broadway Idiot" premiere during the film component to South By Southwest.
The band is playing three warm-ups in Texas/the Southwest at smaller spots, you can see all scheduled tour dates below.
Green Day had previously canceled their 2012/2013 tour dates due to frontman Bille Joe Armstrong's stint to rehab. Don't doubt that will play a significant part at least in the discussions around "Cuatro!" which chronicles the making-of the band's trilogy albums from 2012.
Meanwhile, another rowdy crew will be invading the Texas capitol: Tenacious D will be on-hand to support web comedy series "Ghost Ghirls," which is centered on "the comedic antics of two young female ghostbusters, played by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci--a pair of investigators attempting to solve the mysteries behind paranormal phenomena. At the same time, they attempt to convince their clients, some other-worldly visitors and themselves, that they are legit."
The D's Jack Black makes a cameo in the 12-episode, scripted show, which is headed to Yahoo! Screen. There is a watch party scheduled at SXSW on March 13, with Black and Tenacious D cohort Kyle Gass scheduled to comedy-rock.
And speaking of comedy, recently the fest unveiled the comedy lineup, with stand-up, sketch and improv superstars. Fred Armisen, Scott Aukerman, W. Kamau Bell, Michael Cera, Brett Gelman, Chris Gethard, Tim & Eric, Emily Heller, Moshe Kasher, Kyle Kinane, Ken Marino, Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, Eddie Pepitone, Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts and many, many more performers are on tap for the fest, which runs over the film, interactive and music dates, March 8-16. However, most headlining comedy events will run over March 9-12.
Here are all of Green Day's currently scheduled tour dates:
Songwriter signs to Nonesuch
Congratulations to wordsmith, songwriter and damned fine live performer Sam Amidon, who has signed to Nonesuch records. The label will be releasing "Bright Sunny South" on May 14.
The set was produced by Amidon, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) and industry mainstay Jerry Boys, and features Amidon on guitar, fiddle, banjo and piano for his folk- and American roots-based tunes. Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily, Chris Vatalaro and jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also perform.
Check out the first song to arrive from "South," "My Old Friend," and just let instrumental arrival after verse one just lift this one up.
All that you can't leave behind
The band fun. does its best to leave its baggage behind in the video for "Why Am I the One." A literal piece of luggage co-stars in this slick, sad clip.
The Grammy Award-winning band slogs its way through a city and sips of drinks as personal baggage keeps symbolically re-appearing, enduring bumps in the road, scuffs, abuse and abduction. In the finale, Nate Ruess and the rest address the baggage-head on, but turning it into song and then sending it on its way.
A relationship with repeated offense can be such the burden. Check out the lyrics below the video in YouTube.
And also keep your ears open for the very start, for the muzak version of "Some Nights," the title track to the album from which "Why Am I the One" is culled.
As previously reported, fun. is on tour all summer with Tegan and Sara and is on tap for the newly announced Boston Calling rock festival this May.
Thom Yorke's supercrew of sticksmen makes for a complex listening experience
Atoms For Peace is the project name for Thom Yorke’s full band when he’s gone solo, and structurally the album “AMOK” shows he’s still its leader. For it, the Radiohead frontman assembled a mighty drum circle.
'Grace for Saints and Ramblers' rambles as 'Lovers' Revolution' slinks
Iron & Wine has now unleashed two new songs from forthcoming album "Ghost on Ghost," due April 16 via Nonesuch.
Today's "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" is one of Sam Beam's wordy-word tracks, chugging along an easy snare beat and sunnily beaming on its Tom Waitsian cousin "Lovers' Revolution." That track is an obvious example of how Iron & Wine's collaboration with Calexico has rubbed off, in a slinky, dreamer-lidded rumble of horns and bass-centric sound.
Both are part of the style evolution of Iron & Wine, which has become increasingly visible among the AAA crowd since moving over to a major two years ago for "Kiss Each Other Clean." It's no coincidence that set became I&W's best-selling and highest charting effort, peaking at No. 2 on the 200.
Judging from these two tracks and from Beam's trajectory, do you think "Ghost on Ghost" can go higher?
Fresh tour dates announced ahead of what may be the indie band's biggest release
The National will be releasing a new album, the follow-up to "High Violet," this spring. The Brooklyn rock band is hitting the road for an extensive tour in June, piggy-backing off their high-profile gig at the Barclay's Center in their homebase, but you can bet there will be some warm-ups (like the one at Ithaca's State Theater) where the band will be previewing new material.
4AD is yet again behind the release of the as-yet-untitled set, which I suppose may be in the running for the band's biggest-selling or highest charting album. 2010's "High Violet" was not only a critical favorite, but also landed the group at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, their best yet. Depending on the date they choose in May, they could contend for the top spot. So I'd recommend shooting for some other week after May 7, which is the date other indie favorites like She & Him and label-group-mates Vampire Weekend are dropping their latest, as is Fall Out Boy (hrm.), Lady Antebellum and Natalie Maines.
Gospel choir counters Karen O's neon pink voice
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have lifted the curtain on their very dramatic first single from their new album. "Sacrilege," from "Mosquito," is a dark, saucy rocker with a choir and a show-stopping a capella ending. It's the one for the festivals and arenas, which also makes me hesitant to assume the rest of the effort, due April 16, is anything like it, considering all the psychedelia of that album cover, the mysterium of the album teaser trailer and the YYY's long, happy history of curve ball album cuts.
That drum sound -- the cymbals in particular -- is so delicious and crunchy and in-room. I want that to be applied to Karen O's nuanced, door-busting vocals, and instead it seems to be needlesly buried under a pile-on of effects for the sake of drama. This has a gospel choir, for crying out loud, it needn't push the winning "Watchtower"/"Gimme Shelter" formula into an acid bath, but I see what you did there with all God's angels singing about sacrilege. I feel like I just walked out of the post-Apocalypse.
Dave Sitek produced the whole set, so make sure your speakers are cranked to sample.
Members of Jane's Addiction, King Crimson and more join the jaunt
Trent Reznor has always maintained that Nine Inch Nails was never over, just that he had some other interests. Now, we'll hear what the frontman has in mind for his long-lasting industrial/rock project, as they hit the road this summer in a new configuration.
"Nine Inch Nails are touring this year," reads a statement from Reznor, unleashed this morning. His other band How to destroy angels_ with wife Mariqueen Maandig and collaborator Atticus Ross is still going forward with their "Welcome Oblivion" album release next week and spring tour dates, but Reznor will shape-shift for NIN this summer on the road.
The new lineup boasts of Reznor and NIN alumni Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin, plus Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and Josh Eustois (Telefon Tel Aviv). The addition I'm most curious about is Belew, who at 63 has proven himself over and over again as a frontman, as a flavorful guest guitarist on Nine Inch Nails' records and an able-bodied multi-instrumentalist. On the road he may (or hopefully) will support the band with more than some choice licks.
According to the release, NIN will be playing in arenas, purportedly after HTDA_ is all finished promoting the full-length. No word on an album release.
Here is the full statement from Reznor via Pitchfork: