I’ve really been enjoying Bass Drum of Death’s new record. It’s nothing I’ve really sat down and analyzed, but it’s great to play over the speakers at work. Here’s a video that continues the don’t-overthing-just-enjoy pattern.
You can’t always know upfront that something is going to be quality, but when it’s a video of tUnE-yArDs shot by Yours Truly, you can pretty much assume it’s going to be awesome. And indeed this video is just that! There’s a quick interview beforehand about where the title W H O K I L L came from, then it jumps into a fantastic live version of “You Yes You.”
Finally! I knew they’d been doing this one on their spring tour, but had never seen video or audio proof of it until today. Here’s Of Montreal covering “My Funny Valentine,” sung by their drummer Clayton! Thanks to TBP for the video.
And if you haven’t already downloaded the 90 covers from the Of Montreal covers archive, now would be a good time to do that!
You’ll probably know Melanie Laurent better as Shosanna from Inglouious Basterds — I certainly do. But today I ran across this video for her song “En t’attendant” and fell in love again. It’s a beautiful song with a fantastic ending, but I seem to remember that half the time I post on non-English music native speakers leave comments explaining how vapid and dumb the lyrics actually are. Here’s hoping this one bucks that trend!
Here’s a neat little video of Patrick Hallahan touring the vinyl plant where Circuital is being pressed. Always nice to find out that members of bands you like are record collectors too!
Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything from Two Gallants, but that could just mean that I haven’t been giving them my full attention. Here’s a great way to jump back into focus: a cover of Abner Jay’s “Im So Depressed.”
The always-fantastic Okkervil River took their show to Letterman last night. This great performance (and their fantastic new record I Am Very Far) remind me that it’s been far too long since I saw the band live. It’s been almost exactly four years since my first and last time seeing them. Gotta remedy that soon…
Remember that mind-controlled synth that Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo made a few months back? Here’s a video of him explaining and demonstrating it in Athens, GA. It gets a bit technical and Robert is as enthusiastic as ever, but it’s a pretty interesting way to kill 26 minutes. Performance with the device starts at the 12-minute mark.