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Exclusive Premiere: Buke and Gase “Hiccup”

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The unpredictable and inventive duo of Buke and Gase have a new album, “General Dome” out today on Brassland. On the new record, the New York-based group continues their trend of creating some of the most both delicate and magnetic music around, filled with explosive textures and fiery layers built on the unique sounds of the band’s homemade instruments– the buke and gase. Frontwoman Arone Dyer plays buke, a self-modified six-string baritone ukulele and adds an impressive vocal punch, while bandmate Aron Sanchez plays a gase, a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation – an acoustic body with both guitar and bass strings with separate outputs for each with their own respective effects and amplifiers. Adding to their sound, Sanchez plays a mighty kick drum while Dyer straps bells to her leg. The combination of unexpected instrumentation with selective percussion and soaring, swirling vocals makes for mesmerizing music.

Their song “Hiccup,” which earned the title of best new music from Pitchfork (no small feat) is dynamic and dissonant. The new video, which we are premiering today, is adds to the dizzyingly percussive effect of the song. The track was released in “sympathy” with the Occupy movement on May Day of last year and it’s hard not to imagine people marching along to it.

Watch the video for Buke and Gase’s “Hiccup” and pick up their new album today:

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Catch Buke & Gase live and you won’t be sorry:

1/30 2013 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom *
1/31 2013 Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
2/1 2013 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s
2/2 2013 Washington, DC, DC 9
2/4 2013 Montreal, QC, Il Motore
2/5 2013 Toronto, ON, The Drake
2/6 2013 Detroit, MI, Pike Room
2/7 2013 Cleveland, OH, Beachland Tavern
2/8 2013 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
2/9 2013 Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry
2/11 2013 Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
2/12 2013 Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
2/14 2013 Vancouver, BC, Media Club
2/15 2013 Seattle, WA, Barboza
2/16 2013 Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
2/18 2013 San Francisco, CA, Café Du Nord
2/19 2013 Los Angeles, CA, The Echo
2/20 2013 San Diego, CA, The Casbah
above dates with AHLEUCHATISTAS support
* w/ STATS

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Weird Al in Milo Murphy’s Law

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“Weird Al” Yankovic to Get Animated In New Disney XD Series

"Weird Al" debuts as Comedy Bang! Bang!'s new bandleader this spring on IFC.

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It’s hard to imagine Comedy Bang! Bang!’s newest bandleader any more animated than he already is, but “Weird Al” Yankovic will soon loosen the shackles of the physical world and become a cartoon. The parody singer has been cast to voice the lead character in Disney XD’s upcoming animated series Milo Murphy’s Law, the new show from the creators of Phineas and Ferb. 

As Milo, “Weird Al” plays an accident-prone jinx who suffers from “Extreme Hereditary Murphy’s Law Condition.” True to the age-old saying, everything that can go wrong for poor Milo does in hilarious fashion. And Al’s dulcet tones won’t be sacrificed either: Milo will occasionally bust out a tune throughout the show and Yankovic will also compose the intro’s theme song.

Of course, “Weird Al” is no stranger to the animated realm. Check out his 3D-rendered ’80s form in UHF’s parody of Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing.” And check back for more updates about Al’s debut as Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new bandleader and musical cohost.

Exclusive premiere: Madison “Hot Hot Love”

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Madison is definitely not the first girl to have her hand suddenly molested by a record label executive’s tongue in the back seat of a car, but not everyone turns it into a pop video. This semi-autobiographical treatment of “Hot Hot Love,” directed by Art Boonparn, comes as the New York pop starlet readies a follow up to her 2011 debut, on her own label, G Records.

“Making this video was truly a joy because working with Art Boonparn –just say his name a few times, boonparn boonparn boonparn, so fun — was killer!” Madison said. “He was so open and that’s rare for a director. He has no ego in the process which is what I have been running from in the music business and partly what the video is about.”

 

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“I also put being funny as my top traits in a human, and he is funny,” Madison beamed, recalling her one-day shoot with Boonparn. “He gets the irony in the concept and appreciates the humor. For example, when the label guy and I are in the car and he licks my hand — this really happened, VP of a major label! — Art was like, ‘that is so gross, okay awesome, let’s do that again.'”

Madison’s “We’ve Been Nothing” EP, featuring The Heavy’s backing singers, drops February 5th.

Tell us tales about when you were licked by a record label guy in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Exclusive premiere: Blaudzun “Elephants” live

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Dutch singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond’s obscurely named Blaudzun (after a Danish cyclist from the 1970’s), began as soundtrack for a midnight drive. Now three albums in, the Holland-based artist is breaking out of the Netherlands with wide acclaim.

This song is the first single off his latest effort, “Heavy Flowers,” originally recorded in Utrecht. “We recorded this one on a cold night in an empty building in the east of The Netherlands,” Sigmond said, who assembled a handsome crew of players for the live jam. “I tried a more simpler acoustic approach instead of using electric guitars and synths like on the album version. Hope you’ll enjoy.”

“Heavy Flowers” will be released stateside, January 29th, on Krian Music Group.

 

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