Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Death Cab Album Artwork Released

For all y'all art-conscious types out there, Death Cab have made public the artwork for their upcoming LP Narrow Stairs. It's not much, but for the sake of reporting music news, here it is:

Well, there you have it. Narrow Stairs is due out in May on Warner Music.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Best Of SXSW A-Z: "B"

An interesting note before we begin, there are no less than 21 bands with the word 'Black' in their name... none of which will be featured.

Back Ted N-Ted is actually the musical moniker for producer Ryan Breen, best known for his work with Imogen Heap and Chronic Future. Mixing airy electronica with breezy vocals and some simple put effective guitar work, all of course with a great production sheen.

MP3: Back Ted N-Ted - 999 Buttons

All too often bands are labeled as sounding like a mix of genres, only for the resulting sound to fail to live up that expectation. Big Red Rooster are a terribly generic looking lot, but thankfully their sound is precisely that indescribable mix of styles. Courting elements of R&B, hip-hop and pop in a slick mix of singing, rapping and chunky rock

MP3: Big Red Rooster - How U Like That

Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears will be instantly enjoyable to anyone familiar to the likes of 70's pop acts like ELO, XTC and Supertramp. Although hailing from Brooklyn, New York they seem to be in league with bands doing similar revival work across the pond in England.

MP3: Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears - Imitation Of The Sky

Honourable mentions:

Laura Barrett - Robot Ponies: a great narrative-driven song about 2053's most popular Xmas present

Bearsuit - Steven Fucking Spielberg: taking out the best song title award by a country mile

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Best of SXSW A-Z: "A"

Album are from Mexico, but don't write music that sounds particularly Mexican. They write electronic/rock tracks, with discordant backing vocals. Beautiful stuff. They've been described as the Radiohead of Mexican music. 

Anamanaguchi are a 4-piece from New York and part of the 8bitpeoples label because their music is, well, 8 bit. Good if you like your video game music.

Nicole Atkins croons over music that reminds me of all that is good about American pop/country.  Country music haters, consider this your guilty pleasure.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

New Video: Justice - "DVNO"

This is the latest single for French outfit Justice, who are sticking with So-Me (who were responsible for the clip to D.A.N.C.E.) to handle their music video duties. Glad they did, then.

Download: Justice - DVNO (for iPod)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Preview For Björk's New Video

If you're familiar with Grizzly Bear, you may have seen their fantastic video for "Knife", which was made by Encyclopedia Pictura. Those guys have joined forces with design firm UVPH to work on Björk's next video for the track Wanderlust, and the pictures that have been released have been stirring up a mighty lot of hype. 

Have a peek:

To prepare you more, here's Grizzly Bear with "Knife":

New Video - Gnarls Barkley: "Run" which Justin Timberlake is a geeked-up TV presenter, and Dangermouse & Cee-Lo give a stirring live TV performance.