Today was fantastic. Spent hours at the Cincinnati Zoo seeing baby animals doing incredible things — it was the baby giraffe’s second day out! — and then ate at a fantastic local restaurant. What should the third part to this great day be? A mix of some of my favorite rappers by one of my favorite remix artists. Z-Trip really put his all into this fantastic 23-minute mix of classic and new Beastie Boys tracks. Super thumbs up for starting with “Paul Revere.”
I guess this shouldn’t come as a shock — it’s not like the Lips would put the money into gummy molding and then make fewer than 20 of these, right? — but the Flaming Lips are now selling their four-song USB gummy skulls in their store. $150 may seem too steep for some (me), but these are apparently going to be quite limited.
Now that Radiohead and Panda Bear are out of the way, it’s time for my next most anticipated release of 2011: Portugal. the Man’s In the Mountain In the Cloud. Today we finally got al the details. In the Mountain in the Cloud is out July 19 on Atlantic Records. Tracklist is below, as is a streaming copy of the first single.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN IN THE MOUNTAIN IN THE CLOUD
1. So American
2. Floating (Time Isn’t Working My Side)
3. Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)
5. Head Is a Flame (Cool With It)
6. You Carried Us (Share With Me The Sun)
7. Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)
8. All Your Light (Times Like These)
9. Once Was One
10. Share With Me The Sun
11. Sleep Forever
Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)
After the jump you can listen to 30-second snippets from four songs on the album.
Attempt/Ed Sunspot/Driphouse at Al’s Bar Thursday, April 28 9 p.m./$5
Just got news on the major bummer that Lexington>Chicago transplants Caboladies will no longer be able to play this gig, as member Eric Lanham (Carl Calm) apparently had his gear stolen in Chicago (ahem, MOVE BACK FROM THAT CRUEL CITY TO LEXINGTON’S OPEN ARMS) (just joshin’, I got nothin’ but love for Chicago).
Attempt was requested to play in their place, and NYC experimental electro act Driphouse, the new moniker of former Raccoo-oo-oon member Daren Ho, will still be shredding as well.
Descriptions from ze Facebook, from people who know better than I how to describe their music:
Attempt- Solo guitar/drum machine pop rock.
Driphouse- (NYC, ex Racoo-oo-oon) Experiments in modern electronics.
Ed Sunspot- Resonant Hole janitor playing cleanup electro.
Sometimes YANP-contributor Jaime Lazich and Lexington newbie Michelle Gonji will be holding down the tunes next door at Sidecar, which is always free.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Arcane Rifles
Thursday, April 28
9 p.m., $15 adv/$18 DOS
With roots that go back to the early ’90s, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion took a hiatus circa 2005, after a relatively long and prolific career that involved working with a diverse and completely nonlinear collection of artists, including R.L. Burnside, Beck, Steve Albini, Elliott Smith and Dan the Automator. In 2010, they embarked on a rebound tour (and subsequently landed deal doing a Volkswagon Super Bowl commercial).
Their sound has accurately been described as “taking cues from rock, punk, r&b, garage, hardcore, and hip hop idioms, while transcending the limitations of each,” and they have headlined a number of premiere boutique U.S. festivals, including Pitchfork and All Tomorrow’s Parties – seeing them at Buster’s will be a treat for veteran fans and curious newcomers alike. Local up-and-comers Arcane Rifles (new trio featuring Ben Allen, J. Marinelli and Phillip Farmer) open.
[video] Student orchestra does incredible Daft Punk medley
Incredible. In February of this year, the students of the Trinity Orchestra of Dublin performed a medley of Daft Punk songs. It sounds flawless and is shot beautifully. I hope this isn’t the last work of this kind that we see from them.
[mp3/video] the Decemberists cover Fruit Bats’ “When You Love Somebody”
I was bummed that I had to miss both the Decemberists’ and New Pornographers’ shows last night. I did, however, find this video of the Decemberists covering the Fruit Bats’ song “When You Love Somebody” from a week or so ago.