January 21, 2010
The Hold Steady have sadly parted ways with their keyboardist / accordionist Franz Nicolay. We will all miss his awesome mustache and vaudevillian fashion sense, and I hope the band gets someone else to play those sweet piano licks very soon. Looking forward though, on the last leg of the Stay Positive tour, the band debuted a slew of new tracks with names like “Gideon’s Conversion”, “Sharp Cross”, “(Ballad of the) Midnight Hauler”, “Separate Vacations”, “Our Whole Lives” “Heaven is Whenever”, and “Going On a Hike”. Here’s some amateur video recordings of a couple of new songs, which both sound really good.
Everyone’s favorite Canadian supergroup, New Pornographers just announced a new album out this year and not only are all the principles, A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar, and Neko Case on board, but they also have some rounded up some awesome guest contributors: Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), and Will Sheff (Okkervil River). The album’s scheduled to drop on May 4th. Also, the album art (seen above) isn’t so baffling this time around!
I usually try to stay away from remixes, but considering that I quite enjoyed Buffetlibre‘s take on Patrick Wolf’s “Who Will” from last year, I was overjoyed when they sent me a new remix of one of my favorite songs of the last few year’s “Two” by The Antlers. It’s a very cool take on the song, I really like these guys style and you have to applaud their willingness to tackle songs that aren’t obviously remix-suited. Check both out below.
With LOST starting up again on February 2nd you can expect a lot of blogging / theorizing on what it all means. I got to give it up to The Onion for making this hilarious video ode to LOST addicts like myself and the people that have to live with them.
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