Odd musical pairings are one of my favorite things. Like when Eminem and Elton John got together at the Grammy’s, or Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson stole some money. March 9th marks the release of a debut in the same vein, what some might (inaccurately, in my opinion) call this decade’s answer to the Postal Service – and that’s the Dangermouse/ James Mercer duo Broken Bells. We recently got a leak of the first track, “The High Road”, and now here comes the video. Vodpod videos no longer available.
I thought I’d throw in a bonus odd collaboration, since it seems like I’m posting something about this love affair every week. Here’s baby Knowles, Solange, on stage with Athens, GA’s psychadelic-poppers Of Montreal covering the Jackson 5 classic, “I Want You Back”. Don’t you just love the Internet?
If you like well shot live performances and artist interviews, then I highly suggest you peruse your long list of cable channels to see if you’re carrying the Sundance Channel. Along with their Live From Abbey Road program, the network also carries a performance/talk show that has nothing to do with the recent fight for late night, and that’s Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… .
Seriously, listen to this. Wendesday nights at 10 p Elvis Costello invites a wide range of artists to come on his show to perform with him and his band and talk music, from one musical genius to another. Last season featured visits from Lou Reed, Bill Clinton, James Taylor, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, The Police, Rufus Wainwright, She & Him, Jenny Lewis, and Smokey Robinson… the list goes on. I know, right? Check out this clip from the Boss’s interview, where he admits that “Hungry Heart” was originally written for… The Ramones?
Now to the good stuff. If you missed out on Season 1 of Spectacle or desperately need for it to be in your home collection, then you’ve come to the right music blog. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be automatically entered into a random drawing for Spectacle Season 1 AND a Sundance Channel Prize Pack. Update: Congrats to Laura from Chicago!
“No You Don’t” is the latest video from Montreal, Canada’s Islands off their 2009 release Vapours. Arrested Development fans (or, I guess, Juno and stuff, too) might want to pay attention to this one, as it stars the ever-awkward but endearing Michael Cera. The lesson here, I think, is not to do drugs or not to hang out with Canadians. Or, listen to more Islands…I’m not quite sure.
Best of the year lists are out with a vengeance, and I thought it was great to see NME put some videos along with it. Check out their youtube playlist, playing their top 50 songs of ’09 by clicking over to youtube through #50 on their list by Bombay Bicycle Club.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s indie rock bands covering Christmas classics. If there’s one thing I uber-love, however, it’s indie rock bands penning their own Christmas hymns. Which is why the multi-album, Sufjan Stevens Christmas collection is my holiday go-to for merry music. To get us in the spirit, let’s check out my favorite of his originals, “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever”, which – as it so happens – is not too merry, after all.
Pitchfork just posted the newest video from San Francisco trio The Dodos. “Longform” is the second track on their Frenchkiss release Time To Die. How badly do you wish you were living inside this music video? Seems nice.
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If you’ve been missing their acoustic styles after the October release of Tegan and Sara‘s electrical Sainthood, consider this a treat. Here they are performing single “Hell” in some hallway for Fly TV…acoustic.
Pre-Order Allison Weiss’s New Album + MP3’s + Tour We here at DustSleeve happen to think Athens, GA’s Allison Weiss is pretty fantastic. Not only is she cute, a master of social media, as D.I.Y as they come, and a pretty serious pancake fan, she also happens to be really, really talented. November 24th marks the release of her first full-length LP (though sixth release), and you can expect nothing less than her signature quirk-pop appeal in a clean, catchy, hope-filled collection worth keeping on repeat over this holiday season. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the disk, you have TWO DAYS to pre-order …Was Right All Along and get a ton of goodies as your reward! For now you can hear two MP3’s from the album, and check the tour section at the bottom of the post for the first string of upcoming dates.
Daytrotter For Your iPhone Your favorite site for a daily fix of in-studio magic is now at your fingertips…literally. For all of you hip enough to carry an iPhone you can now access the entire Daytrotter library for free if you download the Daytrotter App. Impress your relatives this Thanksgiving when you seamlessly switch from b-sides, covers, and alternate versions of your favorite rockers care of one horse loving band of studio engineers. Rad!
King Khan & BBQ Arrested + Blame Manager + Enjoy Shroomin’
If there’s one thing you don’t want to do in Oak Grove, Kentucky, it’s get caught with some far out shroomage. Our friends King Khan & BBQ had to learn it the hard way last week when Arish and Kristin got held up in the slammer for possession of illegal mushrooms. Although the blame was tried to put off on their manager/chaperone, the Christian County (yikes) Jail set the record straight. A few shows were cancelled and fans are left mostly un-surprised.
Sub Pop Releases New Beach House MP3
While the alternative music world sits in waiting for the release of Beach House’s new one Teen Dream, their Seattle-based label Sub Pop let us at an early-download MP3 for track “Norway”. Enjoy. MP3: Beach House – Norway