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Ten Greatest Music Videos Of 2010

Article: Ten Greatest Music Videos Of 2010

We’ve premiered quite a few magnificent music videos this year, and some of the best to be seen anywhere just in the past few months, if I dare say. Since there are far too many shot for any one person to see them all, inevitably, all the issues of bias and subjectivity that apply to…

J Mascis’ Acoustic Treat, “Not Enough”

Article: J Mascis’ Acoustic Treat, “Not Enough”

It’s hard to believe that J Mascis just finished his first solo record, after all these years and various projects outside of Dinosaur Jr. Remember his 1996 album, “Martin + Me?” Martin was a guitar, not a guy doing a duet with Mascis, but that was a live record. So Mascis’ for real first solo…

Carly Simon V. Starbucks

Article: Carly Simon V. Starbucks

There is a running list of reasons to dislike Starbucks, not least of which is the inability of their baristas to pull a drinkable shot of espresso with that crap they peddle. I submit that the convenience of their public bathrooms has been eclipsed by bad mocha. Now we can add bad mojo to the…

John Darnielle Compares New Mountain Goats Album To A Scene in “The Warriors”

Article: John Darnielle Compares New Mountain Goats Album To A Scene in “The Warriors”

John Darnielle’s The Mountain Goats have put out at least 12 albums over the past two decades, and the real number is probably closer to 20 if you count their cassette releases from the early 90′s. The comps, singles, 10″s, and side projects are too numerous to count. Their latest full length, “All Eternals Deck,”…

Cast Of “Glee” Pays Tribute To Barbra Streisand

Article: Cast Of “Glee” Pays Tribute To Barbra Streisand

The annual MusiCares event, which takes place just before the Grammy’s is honoring multi-platinum screen legend, Barbra Streisand. Last year it was Neil Young, but this year a host of celebrities pay homage to Streisand for her creative as well as philanthropic work. Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, and Stevie Wonder along with Lea…

Where Are The Gorillaz?

Article: Where Are The Gorillaz?

Twelve images of your favorite animated band, the Gorillaz, have been scattered throughout the web. You’ve just found one of them! If you find all 12 pics of the touring players from the Escape to Plastic Beach Tour, you’ll unlock an exclusive track and be entered to win a one-of-a-kind, custom Gorillaz surfboard designed by…

John Lennon’s Last Interview Finally Published

Article: John Lennon’s Last Interview Finally Published

Three days before he was killed, John Lennon spent several hours doing an interview with Jonathan Cott for Rolling Stone, but it was never published until now. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death, the interview appears in the current issue and there are audio clips online here. I just transcribed some of the interview…

Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” Features Old School “Tron” Look

Article: Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” Features Old School “Tron” Look

Daft Punk released their official video for “Derezzed,” the first single off of their soundtrack for “Tron:Legacy.” In it, the French duo walk into Flynn’s arcade, plug some quarters into a long forgotten 1981 Encom machine and play a light cycles-turned jousting game. They also get their butt kicked, aka derezzed, by Olvia Wilde —…

Nick Cave Explains Why What Women Say Is Kind of Irrelevant

Article: Nick Cave Explains Why What Women Say Is Kind of Irrelevant

Before you get up in arms, Nick Cave was talking about what goes on in a man’s mind when he said, “Women don’t have the authority because they don’t know what goes on in a man’s head, so largely what they say is kind of irrelevant.” Truly, it would be folly to go around claiming…

Supergroup MG&V Changes Name To Middle Brother, Announces Record

Article: Supergroup MG&V Changes Name To Middle Brother, Announces Record

The supergroup tentatively known as MG&V have changed their name to Middle Brother. John McCauley of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit — whom I’ve also heard called the “Monsters of Fuck” (not to be confused with the “Monsters of Folk”) — played their debut show at SXSW this…

A Guide To Hating The Beatles

Article: A Guide To Hating The Beatles

I don’t hate the Beatles in the least bit, but for a long time I did take an unpopular position against them, mostly just as a knee jerk reaction against the mainstream. All the cheap merchandise, the overexposure, the boppy fans who just listen to what is fed to them over the radio and don’t…

Hackers Steal Songs From Lada Gaga, Justin Timberlake

Article: Hackers Steal Songs From Lada Gaga, Justin Timberlake

Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake were both allegedly victims of a malicious computer virus which was designed to steal songs from their hard drives. German police are investigating a pair of dudes in the matter, named as Deniz A and Christian M, who apparently gained entry via a trojan horse which was attached to an…

Exclusive Premiere: Neon Indian’s “Mind Drips”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Neon Indian’s “Mind Drips”

For his latest trip, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, sought out a forgotten pre-computer age analog technology with the help of electronics wizards Lars Larsen and Edward Leckie. Together, they created this video for “Mind Drips,” in which a girl slips into a hole in her bed with her big psychedelic teddy bear. After falling through…

Thom Yorke Criticizes British Prime Minister Over Climate Change

Article: Thom Yorke Criticizes British Prime Minister Over Climate Change

It was only about six weeks ago that Thom Yorke teamed up with Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron, to commemorate Britain’s Remembrance Day together with two minutes of silence. But as Stereogum points out, Yorke has turned heels and chastised Cameron now for not attending the COP16/CMP6 United Nations Climate Change Conference.…

The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” Through The Lens Of Orson Welles

Article: The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” Through The Lens Of Orson Welles

In the history of cinema, there are few shots as technically stimulating, or as spectacularly choreographed as the opening tracking shot of Orson Welles’ 1958 Film Noir masterpiece, “Touch of Evil.” There are other contenders to be sure, Altman’s homage to Welles’ famous shot in “The Player” comes to mind. Long amazing sequences in “Magnolia”…

Micheal Cera Plays Bass For Real With Mister Heavenly

Article: Micheal Cera Plays Bass For Real With Mister Heavenly

Mister Heavenly is the modestly named new band comprised of Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer, Islands’ Nick Thorburn, and Man Man frontman Honus Honus, aka Ryan Kattner. They just played their debut show Tuesday night in Seattle and then hit Portland Wednesday night, each time joined by Michael “Scott Pilgrim” Cera on bass. Cera’s really going…

Watch: Lohio’s “We’ll Hide Ourselves Underneath”

Article: Watch: Lohio’s “We’ll Hide Ourselves Underneath”

Pittsburgh’s Lohio make folk pop that is surely inspired by their nearby Appalachian environs and Grandfather’s old Chaise. They just released a self titled EP whose five songs shouldn’t go unpraised. The band recorded one of them, “We’ll Hide Ourselves Underneath,” on Halloween morning with Draw Us Lines. It’s all cozy living room, warm trumpet…

The Clash Biopic “London Calling” In Development

Article: The Clash Biopic “London Calling” In Development

The BBC reports that a film about The Clash is a go and that it is to center around the making of their 1979 record, “London Calling.” The band, then composed of the infamous Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon worked with influential British producer Guy Stevens to record the iconic…

British Sea Power in Favor of “Mad Max”-Style Governments, Wild Wolves

Article: British Sea Power in Favor of “Mad Max”-Style Governments, Wild Wolves

Noble, Yan and the lads of British Sea Power chatted with Contact Music about their record “Valhalla Dancehall” and had a few choice things to say, not least of which came from a roadie of theirs named Paul who chimed in about the name of the accompanying “Zeus” EP — which has nothing to do…

Jared Leto’s 13-Minute “Hurricane” Video Banned For Sexual Content

Article: Jared Leto’s 13-Minute “Hurricane” Video Banned For Sexual Content

It takes a few rolls of the scroll wheel to read through all the shots that got flagged in 30 Seconds To Mars’ new video “Hurricane.” Having actor Jared Leto (“American Pycho,” “Alexander”) as your frontman doesn’t help your band get a video played on MTV when it’s filled with as much sex and bondage…

Anna Calvi’s “Love Won’t Be Leaving” So Hot Right Now

Article: Anna Calvi’s “Love Won’t Be Leaving” So Hot Right Now

Lust, loneliness, and devilry are a few of the things that Anna Calvi sings about, and indeed seems to physically exude from what I’ve seen of her so far. I was not lucky enough to witness this Londoner personally when she opened for Grinderman in Europe, but the videos below are proof enough to me…

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics Up For Auction

Article: Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics Up For Auction

Dylan’s original hand scrawled lyrics for his archetypal coming of age protest song, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” have turned up at Sotheby’s, where they go up for auction Dec 10th. Selby Kiffer speaking for Sotheby’s books and manuscripts department told The New York Times that Dylan originally gave the lyric sheet to fellow folk…

David Lynch’s “Good Day Today”

Article: David Lynch’s “Good Day Today”

David Lynch released an uncharacteristically electronic single called “Good Day Today” on iTunes. It’s not as pleasing to my ear as his film soundtrack work with Angelo Badalamenti or Julee Cruise, nor as cool as the kind of hazy oldies sounds he created with Dangermouse & Sparklehorse on Dark Night Of The Soul. Still, as…

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