The Walkmen stopped by the A.V. Club to perform for their Holiday Undercover series. This year rather than being given a song to play, bands can choose their own with two stipulations: the songs have to be covers and they have to be holiday-related. The Walkmen made a great choice with Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road”, immortalized in National Lampoon’s Vacation. While Mr. Buckingham is being immortalized in the ever-annoying SNL skit “What’s Up With That?” he will at least get some appreciation from this very well-done cover, which sounds a lot like The Walkmen, only happier. Be sure to check out their latest album, Lisbon, which was released in September.
For years, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has kept diaries on the band’s website. Lovers of all things Murdoch will be happy to know that they can now find the 2002-2006 entries in one place in The Celestial Cafe, published by Pomona. Currently there is a limited release, but the book will be widely available in early 2011.
New album art for The Joy Formidable’s full length The Big Roar coming out on March 15th. The illustration definitely has a Japanese feel to it, especially the ocean brings to mind “The Great Wave” painting by Hokusai.
Jason Schwartzman aka Coconut Records supplied a song to Target’s Holiday MixThe Christmas Gig which also features the Best Coast / Wavves collaboration, Crystal Antlers and Bishop Allen among others. This is a pleasant Christmas tune that I am sure will pop up every year around this time.
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Suprise! David Lynch does something weird. Acclaimed film maker Lynch has put out a glitchy techno single called “Good Day Today” via Sunday Best which is not particular good, but definitely of interest to Lynch enthusiasts. The song is available on iTunes now along with another track “I Know.” The single artwork was designed by Vaughn Oliver, best know for his work with The Pixies among other 4AD artists.
Tigers Jaw took a few listens to get into, but they are definitely growing on me. They have a similar vibe to The Smoking Popes, The Get Up Kids or the songs by Lemuria that have male vocals as the lead. Looking to check out the rest of their new record Two Worlds asap.
Third Man Records have announced they will be reissuing the first three White Stripes records The White Stripes, De Stijl and White Blood Cells on 180 gram vinyl with each LP remastered from the original analog tapes with a method that ensures the material was not converted to a digital signal. Which according to the label will “result is an audio quality that stiffens the hairs on the back of your neck.”
Colored Vinyl Details
250 of each split color LP at Third Man Records in Nashville
100 of each split color LP in random mail orders via thirdmanrecords.com
100 split color of “The White Stripes”(s/t LP) in Detroit, MI
100 split color of “DeStijl” in The Netherlands
100 split color of “White Blood Cells” in Memphis, TN
The Guardian has posted a free 3 song EP from the recently reformed post punks Gang of Four. The download features a reworking of the song “Glass” along with two new B-Sides “Sleeper” and “I Party All The Time” (Fan Remix) which probably needs another remix by Andrew WK. You can stream the album or download the tracks for free if you give up some space in your e-mail inbox.
Vice Magazine will infiltrate the the television line up of MTV to show off their unique outlook on the culture and giving us a reason to tune in to MTV again. Definitely, has the potential to be MTV’s best show in quite awhile, at the least since Human Giant. Check out the trailer below. The show premieres December 6th at 11PM.
I am still processing yesterday’s posting of Bedroom Databank Vol. 1 and Bradford Cox has already posted Vol. 2 which boasts 16 tracks all recorded in 2010. Look forward to soaking these in over the long holiday weekend.
The Get Up Kids have posted the first new track from their comeback full length, which sonically follows in the foot steps of the Simple Science EP that they released this past summer. Their sound has matured a bit, but it’s not a huge departure,which should please long time fans of the band. Stereogum has posted an interview with the band discussing the progress of the new record and if there is any bad blood with fellow prehistoric-emo favorites the Promise Ring.
Tape Deck Mountain sound similar to a thicker, slowed down No Age with the noisy atmospheric sounds on “P.I.” The track will appear on their upcoming EP Secret Serf coming out via Lefse on January 11th, 2011.