I’ll be honest, I have a soft spot for We Are the in Crowd, and the release of their new music video for ”The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” has only strengthened that. Filled with fast cars, and a surprisingly dramatic plot line, the video showcases their new single off their upcoming full length, Weird Kids.
Tim Kinsella, the Chicago-based musician who accidentally helped invent what we know as emo while cutting his teeth in bands like Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, just released one of the more interesting collaborations he’s done since the ’90s. Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs Of Marvin Tate By LeRoy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen finds Kinsella and ex-Wilco member LeRoy Bach setting the poems of fellow Chicago native Marvin Tate to music. And fear not, emo kids, they’re all pretty damn sad.
Kinsella and Bach aren’t the first musicians to lend their talents to preexisting poems. In fact, we could have compiled a list featuring hundreds of singers who have quoted writers, but we tried to reel it in. For time’s sake, you can check out four of our favorite music and poetry connections after the jump. And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of TKSTSOMTBLBFAO. Its title may be a mouthful, but its tracks are beautifully short, simple, and sparse, perfectly complimenting Tate’s stark and sometimes abrasive words.
1. Vladimir Nabokov and The Menzingers
Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov may be most famous for penning Lolita, but it’s Pale Fire, his 1962 novel/999-line poem, that featured what is likely Nabokov’s most well-known couplet:
I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the window pane
Definitely the most beautiful thing that anyone has ever written about birds flying into windows. Anyway, Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers quoted those lines almost verbatim during the bridge of “The Obituaries,” and while the rest of the song’s lyrical content has little to do with Pale Fire, the emotional impact of Nabokov’s words aren’t lessened at all. In fact, they compliment the track so well, it seems that the writer may have missed out on his calling as a punk lyricist.
Remember when The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha planned a collaborative album? In case you don’t, it was aptly titled Lip$ha and was shelved this past November. We can’t imagine why. But Lip$ha hopefuls, fear not! On The Flaming Lips’ new Stone Roses cover album, fans can find this sought after (and to be honest, kind of weird) collaboration, also featuring New Fumes, with the track “Elizabeth My Dear.” Check it out below. Continue reading ‘The Flaming Lips, Ke$ha, New Fumes Cover The Stone Roses’
South By So What?! have just announced a ton of new bands including Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Chiodos, and The Devil Wears Prada. The three-day festival will take place from March 14 – 16 in Grand Prairie, TX at Quiktrip Park. And hey, remember those awesome gift ideas we were mentioning in our gift guide earlier this week? Well, you can get a head start on that and grab your early bird tickets right here. Check out the new additions below. Continue reading ‘South By So What?! Announce Taking Back Sunday, The Used, And More’
This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Among the nominees were the above mentioned performers, along with a slew of others that you’d expect including Daft Punk, Zedd, Michael Bublé, The National, and Vampire Weekend. Check out the full list of nominations below. Continue reading ‘Grammy Awards Nominations 2014′
It’s a new day for Rebecca Black. The viral phenom has just released “Saturday,” the follow-up to her mind-bendingly bad single and video “Friday.” And I’m pleased to say that it’s an incredibly good, boundary-pushing piece of pop art. No, I’m kidding, it sucks terribly.
Black and her team, including duet partner Dave Days, who takes a verse and sings harmonies here, seem to think that displaying some modicum of the self-awareness that “Friday” lacked entirely will erase the public perception of her as a talent-challenged hack.
It does not. The un-subtle recalls to some of the more laughable moments of the “Friday” debacle (the bowl of cereal, the shocking ‘fun, fun, fun, fun’ lyric) in fact make them instantly un-laughable. We weren’t laughing with you, Ms. Black, and we don’t want to. It’s important that you understand that. You’ve actually ruined “Friday” for us. Amazing.
As some reviewers have noted, “Saturday” is a much more professional production. Black’s voice sounds better, and the song is both better written and better produced. But now she, and we, must face the moment of truth in which we hear and evaluate the ‘mature artist’ being offered here, unfettered by producers Ark Music Factory, which rightly took a lot of the blame for “Friday.” Now, almost three years after that toxic smoke has cleared, we gaze upon the banal horror of utterly soulless, overproduced, uninspired tween party pop, no different from a hundred other forgettable, disposable songs.
And that is why we should be glad for “Saturday.” It exposes the quality-irrelevant mess that pop music has become. If the person responsible for what has been called the worst song ever produced can turn around and release a song that would sound right at home on Top 40 radio or at the VMAs, what does that say about those celebrated pop pushers who were spared the embarrassment of having a “Friday” released before the pros got their hands on them?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve reached for my phone in the hopes that I could make use of my free Spotify subscription, only to be reminded that without paying the $10/month fee, it just isn’t going to happen. But thanks to a new rollout by Spotify, it looks like all that is about to change this Wednesday, December 11th. Sort of.
The new platform, which will offer a free, ad supported service for mobile users with a working WiFi connection, will allow you to select 15 tracks to play in random rotation. Think of it as the streaming version of the iPod Shuffle. Except that Spotify will also give your playlist an expiration date, eventually requiring you to switch it up with a new list of songs.
More details will be announced during a press conference this Wednesday.
Lana Del Rey‘s 27-minute short film, titled Tropico, has finally debuted via VEVO, and let’s just say right up front—it’s a steamy one. Portraying Del Rey as Eve in a “Biblical story of sin and redemption,” Tropico takes viewers through a seedy world of strip clubs, greed, and violence in a classic tale of indulgence gone wrong. The film also features Del Rey’s tracks “Body Electric,” “Bel Air,” and “Gods and Monsters.”
At the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night, Del Rey also announced the title of her next album would be Ultraviolence. Check out the film on VEVO right here.
In its first string of band announcements, Warped Tour has confirmed For Today, Teenage Bottlerocket, Air Dubai, Stray From The Path, and Mixtapes will all be playing this year’s 2014 festival. The news was announced during Fuse TV’s second season of Warped Roadies last night. If the teaser lineup is enough to hook you, you can purchase early bird tickets for one of the summer’s hottest (ha!) festivals right here. Check out the dates below, and keep checking back every week as Fuse announces new additions each Wednesday night. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces For Today, Teenage Bottlerocket, Air Dubai And More’
Today is a day for music videos. Earlier today we brought youLorde‘s new one for “Team,” and this afternoon we’re bringing you a new video from Best Coast that tennis lovers everywhere are bound to enjoy. Filled with shots of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno playing tennis and rockin’ out on racquets, the video also streams lyrics across the screen, making it technically a lyric video. Best Coast is known for making some pretty wacky videos, but hey, at least they keep us on our toes, right?