New Manchester Orchestra

February 8, 2009

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The masterminds behind of one of my favorite albums of 2006, I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child, Manchester Orchestra has done it again. Fresh off of a tour promoting their newest EP Let My Pride Be What’s Left Behind, Orchestra has just released a free MP3 entitled “I’ve Got Friends”.

A solid single, “Friends” shows clear signs of growth. They seem to be going for a bigger sound, and it gives off a generally more polished feel. I’m excited to see what the rest of Mean Everything to Nothing, due April 21st, sounds like.

I’ve Got Friends- Manchester Orchestra

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I’m On A Boat

February 5, 2009

 

A group of comedians out of San Fransisco, The Lonely Island consists of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg. Initially gaining buzz from their online shorts, the boys were picked up by Saturday Night Live in 2005, with Samberg as a “featured player” and Schaffer and Taccone as writers. This proved to be a sound career choice, with their SNL Digital Shorts becoming huge internet sensations. Notable examples include “Dick In A Box” and “Lazy Sunday”. Recently, The Lonely Island announced plans to release a full length album, called Incredibad. They started a media frenzy after releasing a digital short on SNL called “Jizz In My Pants”. An overnight smash, people have been scrounging for anything else they can find from the album, scheduled to be released this coming Tuesday. Well, itsmyblogg’s got something for you.

“I’m On A Boat” is a fabulous parody of the DJ Khaled-infused rap of today. Lampooning its boisterous style and mundane subject matter, The Lonely Island has struck comedic gold. If the Khaled-esque shout-outs in the beginning don’t convince you, T-Pain’s gracious presence (climaxing in his line about a mermaid) will

I’m On A Boat- The Lonely Island ft. T-Pain 

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When I listened to the audio from Christian Bale’s tantrum on the set of Terminator: Salvation, I thought I had heard the end of this outrageous, explosive behavior. When The Mae Shi listened to it, they decided to release a tribute to The Dark Knight’s darkest hour. Titled “R U Professional? (4 Xtian)”, the song is extremely wacky, almost Weird Al-ish (which is a damn compliment in my book blog). Freakin’ ❤ these guys.

R U Professional? (4 Xtian)- The Mae Shi

Sweethearts

January 31, 2009

The second in Starbucks’s Valentine’s Day cover series, Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs includes a powerful She & Him cover of “I Put A Spell A Spell On You” that puts the Screamin’ in Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Zooey Deschanel, the She of She & Him, masterfully belts out this painful classic.

She & Him- I Put A Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)

The Rebirth of Lil’ Wayne

January 25, 2009

So, it’s finally here: the first taste of Lil’ Wayne’s rock album, which, according to his publicist, is now titled Rebirth and is no longer tied to 2008’s Tha Carter III. The track, ridden with DJ Drops, is titled “Prom Queen”. I’ve given it a few listens, and I’m pretty underwhelmed; lots of groans and ugly vocals, as well as formulaic drum beats and power chords. Let’s hope he’s got more up his sleeve.

Lil Wayne- Prom Queen (UPDATE: NO MORE DJ DROPS!)

New Decemberists Single

January 22, 2009

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“The Rake’s Song” is an extremely promising single for April’s The Hazards Of Love. A filicidal tale of a widowed rake, it swells with an impassioned, morose rhythm. As always, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy continues to impress with his lyrical prowess.

The Decemberists- The Rake’s Song

(Photo by Alicia J. Rose; Editing by Yours Truly)

Gimme That Thang

January 22, 2009

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, fronted by the beautiful Mette Lindberg, is a Danish, alternative-pop duo. I highly recommend their hit single, “Around the Bend”, which has picked up a respectable amount of steam after being featured in an iPod Touch advertisement last September.

This song is so catchy that it’s unfair.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour- Around the Bend

(Photo by Kazaroth; Editing by Yours Truly)

The Tallest Man On Earth

January 21, 2009

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Swedish artist The Tallest Man on Earth, whose real name is Kristian Matsson, is a brilliant songwriter with a grainy, acoustic vibe. Many compare Matsson to an early-Bob Dylan, and, with powerful imagery and an emotive, raspy voice, I can see where they’re coming from.

The track below, “The Gardener”, has really caught me off guard and rendered me a slave to its beautiful story, in a put-on-repeat-for-30-minutes kind of way.

The Gardener- The Tallest Man On Earth

(Photo by Karl Gunnarsson; Editing by Yours Truly)

The Dawn Of A New Era?

January 20, 2009

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In these wee hours of Inauguration Day, I’d like to take some time to document some of the music industry’s contributions to the victory of President-elect Obama’s victory.

“Oh Happy Day”
~Martin Lawrence as Hattie Mae Pierce in Big Mamma’s House

Election Night- Nas (Produced by Green Lantern)

History- Jay-Z

Lick A Shot For Obama- Jay-Z

Aer Obama- Daft Punk vs. Adam Freeland

Change Gone Come- Charles Hamilton, B.o.B., and Asher Roth

In a currently removed post on his blog, Ryan Adams announced his separation from The Cardinals, with whom he has been working for the last four years.

Although I am a poorly educated Ryan Adams fan, due to his fourteen album collection, I do know the kind of Ryan Adams I enjoy listening to: the sad, solo, acoustic kind. So if anything, I take this as good news.

Here are two of my favorites:

Ryan Adams- Memories Of You

Ryan Adams- Miss Sunflower