french house elder statemens cassius have produced a new iphone commercial with their song “i <3 u so” from the just released “rawkers” ep on ed banger records. the commercial features hipsters holding iphones in front of their faces displaying various human lips mouthing the lyrics to the song making it look like they are singing the song but with someone elses mouth.
in the middle of the commercial is a commercial within the commercial informing you of a free iOS app that allows you to recreate the commercial with your iphone-toting hipster friends.
watch the official commercial:
now watch some fanboy attempt to go viral with bedroom facetime footage of his recreation:
la sera‘s music video for their delightful “never come around” song just (sorta) hit the intertubes and its a gory, cannibal corpse-ified fun video thats just in time for halloween. also, katy goodman should change last name to hateman.
the cure‘s robert smith was caught singing karaoke to crystal castles‘ “not in love” and a recording has surfaced. fat bob sings it “his” way and fails to capture alice glass’ cyborg angst. of course i am quite sure cure lovers across the universe will sing praises about their beloved old man.
jónsi, the icelandic beyonce knowles (via sigur rós), has been touring the states in support of his solo effort “go”. accompanying his full-blown stage shows has been a handful of acoustic in-store performances that puts him in tongue-licking distance from his fans.
“it is with regret that we announce the immediate cancellation of jónsi’s series of acoustic performances at indie record stores under the banner ‘go closer’, scheduled to take place during his current us tour. we, the management, are going to take the blame here, since it was us who thought this was a great opportunity to counterpoint the weight and scale of production at his theatrical shows with something super low-key and intimate. we talked him into it. and we stand by the fact that it is a great idea… on paper. jonsi himself, however, was always sceptical about how in would pan out in reality. and standing there nose-to-nose with fans in the cold light of day the other day in origami records, los angeles, he had the sudden and undeniable realisation that this is not the environment in which he flourishes. arguably it was the most uncomfortable experience of his ten years in the public eye, and as a result we are unwilling to put him in the line of fire again. to those of you who saw it in echo park, cherish it, because it ain’t going to happen again. to those people who were looking forward to *going closer* in salt lake city, austin, asheville, atlanta and chicago we can only say we are sorry, and ask for your understanding and forgiveness. and remember it’s not jonsi’s fault.”
thats pretty week but i guess for a post-rock dude from a extraterrestrial continent (especially as we approach the spooky halloween season), its only expected that he would clam up up close and in person.
its not uncommon for scandinavian countrys to just gush out boatloads of extremely high quality music. harrys gym (despite the stupid name) falls in that realm of just another group of musicians from the northern most (norway in this case) that are on the verge of releasing a new album “what was ours cant be yours” through hype city recordings.
“old man” is a song from the album. the song is an angelic, spaced out, dream pop ditty that reeks of delicate instrumentation and is fortified with rich melodies. think fredrik with the sweet lady voice of vocalist anne lise frøkedal. they just dont make it like this outside of scandinavia.
feast your ears on this “old man” video (or d/l the mp3).
one can only assume this was inspired by the proliferation of electro/rave music highlighted by the justice remix of U2s own “get your boots on“. that remix transformed the the track into something less sucky by layering justice’s bass-heavy electro thump underneath the girly vocals of bono. the U2 lads went all discotheque on us before so its not an entirely shocking move. plus they wont need to alter their stage show since they already utilize major rave lazers and hi-def 1080p displays.
and weve seen such blatant displays of creative exhaustion and misdirection by aging pop stars before like madonna with her “ray of light” album. even aging teen pop stars resort to computers and trends like christina aguilera and her recent “bionic” album. or orange county ska punk bands get all reggaeton on us.
but everyone loves U2 because they do good deeds, have nice hair cuts, seem like approachable cool dads, and are ingrained in your soul via legit hits during your formative years. so this “club” record will no doubt be a major $ucce$$ and branch out to a whole younger pre-KCRW fanbase.
this collision course has paved the way for bands to come up with names that are entirely unpronounceable, sometimes containing characters that may not even exist on your regular qwerty computer keyboard like SUNN O))), oOoOO, !!!, ///▲▲▲\, SLEEP ∞ OVER, †‡†, ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, etc…
are we running out of band names? are bands fucked? our music fans fucked? is the music industry fucked (up)?
as the gruffington post publication has so informed me, a new gruff rhys track from his forthcoming album has surfaced called “shark ridden waters”. promise of the album being his “most accomplished yet” isnt such a bold statement considering the stripped-down, one-man bedroom caliber recordings of his solo past and the unlistenable collab with vcr repairman tony da gatorra.
tackle the freebie “shark ridden waters” mp3 and splash around with it why dont u?