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


Exciting Things...

Senator Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States of America come the new year.
This is something that many many people, Americans and not, have hoped for for a while, and it has finally turned into reality. And I couldn't be happier.

Something a little similar to this is the rumor of McQueen working with Target that has just been confirmed. Alexander McQueen for Target? WHAT? Although it seemed like a distant dream or an absurd rumor, IT'S TRUE. AND THANK GOD.

McQueen will launch his McQ Alexander McQueen line for Target's first Designer Collaborations, which will bring well establish designers (rather than the emerging designers of Go International) to Target consumers at low prices. Who's next, Chanel??? Although I'd rather see the Alexander McQueen runway collections at Target prices, I sure will settle for his McQ collection. We are to expect lots of studs, bubble hems, a jean jacket, a men's inspired blazer, and skinny jeans on March 1st, which will continue through April 11th. With Leila Moss of The Duke Spirit as McQueen's muse for the collection, and studded fabric involved, I can't see it going wrong.

Read more about McQueen for Target here, and take a look at some looks from the McQ line while you count the days til March 1st!
And YAY OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

The Duke Spirit - Ship Was Built
The Duke Spirit - Wooden Heart



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