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Exclusive premiere: Books On Tape “Johnny Drums on the Rocks”

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Beatpunk, Todd Drootin, retired his Books On Tape moniker back in 2006, but he’s returned after digging up some old frantic tracks forgotten in his garage for six years. These got collected on an album called “Retired Numbers,” which dropped in November full of unrelenting beats that don’t sound out of place today. Six years is a long time in music and an even longer time in tech terms — there wasn’t even an iPhone in 2006 if you can imagine that. You had almost certainly not heard of a thing called Twitter either.

“Video technology has obviously become a lot more accessible since the last time I put out an album (2005), so this is the first time I’ve done my own video for Books on Tape,” Drootin said of his new found talent for visual sampling and manipulation. “Naturally, it was a similar process to the music I make — plunder a variety of sources, dirty ‘em up, smash ‘em together. Some old public domain cartoons in there twisted up with effects and also some footage I shot with my phone. Just like with BoT music, I was aiming for lo-fi, chaotic, sloppy and fun.”

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Scott Aukerman Is Hitting the Road for a Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Tour

Scott and Comedy Bang! Bang! are coming to a town near you.

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Comprised of countless characters, hilarious guests, and running gags, Comedy Bang! Bang! simply can’t be contained in just its podcast and TV forms. As such, host Scott Aukerman is taking the show and its oddball cavalcade on the road in a brand new live tour. Fan favorites Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Campbell will be along for the ride (either as themselves, as their show personas, or both — we’re not at liberty to say!), and there will surely be a few surprise drop-ins as well. And maybe…a little magic?

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Check out the tour dates below and catch the Comedy Bang! Bang! live tour when it swings nearby. And be sure to check back for updates on Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new season, debuting this spring on IFC with new bandleader and cohost “Weird Al” Yankovic.

April 30 – Theater at the Ace—Los Angeles, CA
May 6 – Convocation Hall—Toronto, ON
May 7 – Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
May 8 – Keswick Theatre—Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – The Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
May 10 – The Carolina Theatre of Durham—Durham, NC
May 11 – The Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA
May 13 – Gramercy Theatre—New York, NY
May 17 – Texas Theatre—Dallas, TX
May 18 – Paramount Theatre—Austin, TX
May 19 – Pantages Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
May 20 – Athenaeum Theatre—Chicago, IL
May 21 – Royal Oak Music Theatre—Detroit, MI
May 22 – Paramount Theatre—Denver, CO
May 23 – Fox Theater—Oakland, CA
May 24 – Revolution Hall—Portland, OR
May 25 – The Moore Theatre—Seattle, WA
May 26 –Vogue Theatre—Vancouver, BC

Exclusive premiere: Mother Feather “Mother Feather”

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Mother Feather hit the New York club scene in 2010 and brought their “pop cock-rock” slinking and slithering into sweaty, high kicking, hip shivering, parties that have endeared them to loads of local press.

This video for their battle hymn, directed by Isaiah King, does what old school performance videos always do best — let’s you soak in the performer’s prowess. You can almost feel the sweat flying. And the simple, but alluring illustrations serve to draw you in further, as if lured onto the pages of someone’s obsessive sketching, in a magazine full of pretty things that they coveted with ink.

The pretty things here, singer Ann Courtney and the tall drink by her side, Lizzie Carena, backed up by their boys, have a self-titled EP to flaunt with this “Mother Feather.”

“Mother Feather is the embodiment of your wildest inspiration. We are missionaries of pop cock-rock and ‘Mother Feather’ is our hymn,” they told us, to tell you. “If you’re feeling this, you’re our next victim.”

 

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Exclusive download: Petra Haden “Superman Theme”

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When Petra Haden goes to the movies, she leaves doing a cappella renditions of the soundtrack theme songs. If you’re craving something invigorating, and a little old school, after all those “Man of Steel” trailers with the obligatory, overly grandiose, ubiquitous score — then we have just the thing!

Haden’s whimsical treatment of the classic Superman theme could not have come at a better time. Grab that below and watch the mind blowing visuals to go along with it (3D glasses might make you feel like you’re wearing red and blue spandex all over).


[Download no longer available, stream it here and go buy the album!]

“Petra Goes To The Movies” is out this January 22nd on Anti- with a cappella covers of films such as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “Taxi Driver,” and “Psycho.” Haden also sings that amazing song from Tootsie, “It Might Be You,” which should have you hugging hubby real fast, or going out to look for one with it playing in your head.


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