I knew that I need to check out Alabama Shakes when I realized that the band’s new record, Boys & Girls was being sold at my local Starbucks and given a pretty good thumbs up by all-things-quality-control Pitchfork. Does that mean it’s populist music AND cool?
So far I haven’t been disappointed, check out the band on Later … With Jools Holland.
City Down Under is a mashup of M83’s Midnight City and Men at Work’s Down Under via Mighty Mike. Enjoy.
Shallow Tears is the lead single & 12″ from Light Asylum’s self-titled debut album, available now from Mexican Summer.
U.S. tour dates:
05-03 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
05-04 Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
05-05 Washington DC – U Hall
05-11 Seattle, WA – Electric Tea Garden
05-12 Portland, OR – Branx
05-14 San Francisco, CA – Public Works
05-15 Los Angeles, CA – Check Yo Ponytail – The Echoplex
Let’s say hypothetically that you woke up at 5 am and flew from one coast to the next. Assuming that you did this in order to help some very smart people make the world a better place. It would seem like if someone did this that they wouldn’t be able to reasonably expect to see an amazing free show.
A more comprehensive post is coming but I felt like I needed to share this clip, Popheart’s first original bootleg, even though I don’t have much time to type. Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men holding it down in Silver Spings, MD a short 30-minute Metro jaunt from the middle of Washington, D.C. The band was refreshingly earnest, epic and full of what seemed to be unbridled-joy.
Wikipedia says … “Of Monsters and Men is a six piece indie folk/indie pop band from Garðabær, Iceland and the 2010 winners of Músíktilraunir, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland.
The band members are co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, piano/accordion player Árni Guðjónsson, and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson.”
Beautiful Small Machines’ hootenanny banjo version of MIA’s “Paper Planes”, via The Clash of course. Enjoy.
The Scarlett & Massive Attack’s 3D track covering the Gershwin classic “Summertime” made its first appearance today on Soundcloud. It’s off of the soundtrack for director Everardo Valerio Gout’s Days of Grace.
I’m kinda hoping this is just a late April Fools joke. The Independant is reporting that U2 is teaming up with boy band song writter Carl Falk who penned One Direction’s hit What makes you beautiful, which won single of the year at the 2012 Brits. You can read for yourself here. On a more positive note, they are said to be collaborating with Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am on a song for the new album. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store.