New Gossip Video

The Gossip have a new video out for the song "Heavy Cross" off of their album Music For Men. Beth Ditto is the UK equivalent of Karen O in this video with her gold and plenty of glitter. I think I need to start wearing gold lipstick.

Speaking of her fashion sense, Beth Ditto will launch her own plus-size fashion line at the UK store Evans and will be in stores late March/early April. Hopefully the line will soon be available in the US and will include as much glitter as possible.

Music For Men is out 6/22 via Columbia/Sony.

MP3 - The Gossip - Heavy Cross

On a side note, now you can follow me (@Gina323) and Felicia (@felonfresh) on Twitter and find out all about our fabulous lives.


Micachu, Pikachu and the Shapes

We've been quite absent these past few months, but I'm feeling some greatness coming along just in time for summer.

What inspired this first post in months? What's my new obsession? MICACHU AND THE SHAPES.

This brand new trio from East London is all about glitchy beats and quirky colliding melodic lines that seem like they are pasted together messily with a hot glue gun. I know you remember arts and crafts in 2nd grade. The band's head, Micachu (Mika Levi), composes these off-beat unusual pop songs from homemade instruments, creating music that sounds so wrong but feels so right.

Jewellery, their debut album off Rough Trade Records, introduces a fresh, creative and eccentric feel and will take you right out of a terrible music rut. The one take away is that the tracks are all so short with the entire album only being 26 minutes long! Key songs are Lips, Golden Phone, Just In Case, and Vulture, but pretty much they're all fantastic. ChChCheck 'em.

Micachu & the Shapes - Golden Phone

Micachu & the Shapes - Vulture


New Cursive Album For $1

Hey everyone, sorry for the extreme lack of posts lately!

This is just a quick reminder that even though we mentioned it before, Cursive has a new album coming out! Mama, I'm Swollen is set to release on March 10, 2009. I know I'm excited, and I'm sure you are as well. They have a small tour coming up which will hopefully expand. Check the date to see is Tim Kasher and Co. are coming to a city near you and check out two mp3 from us to you off their new album called From the Hips and I Could Never Love You. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts on the new album! I'm thinking the album has a darker feel, more like pre-Happy Hollow.

Head over to Saddle Creek where you can download the album for just $1! But hurry because each day approaching the release date, the price raises by $1. So head over there now or wait until March 10th for the real thing!

Mon-Mar-9 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg The King Left, Peasant
Tue-Mar-10 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Bear Hands, MaƱana
Thur-Mar12 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland Modern Memory
Fri-Mar-13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour Little Brazil, Ladyfinger
Sat-Mar-14 San Diego, CA Casbah Little Brazil, Ladyfinger
Sun-Mar-15 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room Little Brazil, Ladyfinger
Mon-Mar-16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad Little Brazil, Ladyfinger
Wed-Mar-18 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit Little Brazil, Ladyfinger

Cursive - From the Hips
Cursive - I Could Never Love You


Happy Holidays!

So I'm just making it with the Christmas deadline because I started this post in the wrong blog, but it's still the holidays! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but finals were brutal. But now it's break! Hooray! Lets celebrate with some xmas jamz.

In case you missed it, here was todays headline:

Santa 1; Martians 0.

I know it might be a little late for new Christmas music, but whatever, it's never too late for fly new tunes.

Of Montreal - Christmas Isn't Safe for Animals
Princess Superstar - I Hope I Sell a Lot of Records at Christmastime
Jason Anderson - Christmas and Pizza
Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis

Speaking of fly new tunes, Animal Collective's ninth full-length Merriweather Post Pavilion is being released on January 20, BUT they have decided to push up the release of their album on vinyl with a digital download coupon! I have had the pleasure of getting a listen to the whole album, and let me tell you, get excited. It has a very Beach Boys feel, if the Beach Boys did (more) drugs. If you remember their album art, this should come as no surprise.

So as my gift to you, here is a sneak peak of their new album, and their song Lion in a Coma, which has a nice use of the Didgeridoo.

Animal Collective - Lion in a Coma (link removed as requested by the Web Sheriff, who IS the web sheriff?)


Tilly and the Wall on Sesame St.

Children's television is trying really hard to up their indie cred these days. It used to be that the only option cool dads and free-spirited moms had to show their hipsters-in-training was Pancake Mountain, and that was mostly via internet, unless you lived in the few cities that aired it. Then came Yo Gabba Gabba with Biz Markie, indie music and their performance from the Ting Tings. Now Sesame Street is hopping on the indie rock band wagon, as we saw from Feist counting 1,2,3,4 on their season opener.

Keeping the trend going, Sesame Street featured Tilly and the Wall teaching the kids about the alphabet and tap dancing. They might be in the running for happiest band ever, (sorry, Matt & Kim), everything they do is happy and energy-filled, especially their live show. I mean how could a band featuring a tap dancer as a main instrument be anything but awesome? This video is great and fun, and I only wish I had the chance to be this cool as a preschooler.

Tilly and the Wall - Nights the the Living Dead
Tilly and the Wall - Too Excited


New Kills Video

The new video for "Tape Song" by The Kills features Jack White playing some intense patty-cake, and some pretentious hipsters mugging it up for the camera, but damn, does it sure look cool (I'm guessing that's the point). Check out the video and grab the mp3 below.

(And P.S., if marching band uniforms looked that cool, I totally would have joined.)

According to Stereogum, the footage comes from their US tour with the Raconteurs.

The Kills - Tape Song
The Kills - M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U.


Ramones Cover on Gossip Girl

I'm not afraid to admit that Gossip Girl is one of my all-time favorite shows. It includes so many of my favorite things like:



And most importantly, headbands:

On last week's episode of Gossip Girl, Jenny Humphrey decided to have a guerrilla fashion show at a benefit (why??) and despite the fact that her dresses looked straight out of Valley Girl, (honestly, no one ever needs that much tulle), it did bring us a sweet new jam. Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) and Jemina Pearl (of the now-defunct Be Your Own Pet) recorded a cover of Sheena is a Punk Rocker by The Ramones. It's not a great cover, I was expecting something so much cooler, much like the Sonic Youth cover of Superstar by The Carpenters. Here's the mp3 of both for you to compare. The Ramones cover is not great quality because it is a tv rip, but it's enough for sampling purposes.

Jemina Pearl and Thurston Moore - Sheena is a Punk Rocker (alt link)
Sonic Youth - Superstar