-The catchiest song of the summer, Spoon’s The Underdog now has a video. Camera following assorted producers around a recording session, checking in on emotionless automaton musicians, Underdog could very well be a commentary on the commercialization of music and manufactured pop icons . Or, I could just be reading way too much into a quirky video from a classically quirky band. But that little skip over the dead producers has to mean something.
Spoon – The Underdog (mp3)
Vid (No youtube or dm yet, if you find one, leave it in the comments I’ll amend the post)
-Simian Mobile Disco may have been overshadowed by a certain French electronic duo as of late (horrible timing, considering their excellent debut LP was released at the height of the Justice hype-machine), but that hasn’t stopped them from prepping a brand new EP, featuring Tits & Acid, along with two new tracks. It’d be a real shame if this went as criminally unnoticed as the ADSR.
Simian Mobile Disco – 3 Pin Din.mp3
-The second single from Dizzee Rascal has officially been “americanized”. By americanized, of course, I mean butchered. The offensive, but killer chorus is nowhere to be found, instead replaced by a minute of awkward rapping tagged on to the end of the track. The meaningless war and dumb-as-a-bag-of-bricks President have contributed, but I’m sure moves like this are why the rest of the world hates the U.S. At least the video is pretty good.
Dizzee Rascal –
Pussy’ole [Old Skool] (mp3)
-I’m a little surprised I haven’t already said so, but I really love the New Pornographers latest album, Challengers. It’s a more mature sound for them, low-key and quiet, but it suits them well. Still, it’s got its poppy moments, such as Bejar’s Myriad Harbour, but I’m certainly not going to complain. After all, Harbour might just be the greatest thing Bejar’s ever contributed to the group.
-Animal Collective released the video for Fireworks, a few days ago, on the evening of July 3rd. Fireworks is the centerpiece of their latest album, Strawberry Jam, and the video captures everything that’s great about it, from the subtle surreality of it all, to the slightly dark undercurrent running through the vocals. A beautiful video for a beautiful song from a beautiful album.
Animal Collective – Fireworks (mp3)