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The Week In Videos (02-04-2010)

This has been a week with no headlines, not that many records or remarkable live activity either, but with plenty of new videos instead. Most of them of tracks that have already been hits in our loop, but didn’t get a release until now –Janelle Monae; Titus Andronicus; MGMT or Dum Dum Girls among others.

To begin with, the newest and most notorious: the return of Band Of Horses after ‘The Funeral’ established them among the A league of American alt-rock. ‘Compliments’ is the first taster taken from their new album ‘Infinite Arms’.

But video of the week honors have to go to Erykah Badu, whose years of experience in the industry have taught her a thing or two on how to create anticipation for a record. The second part of ‘Nu Amerykah: Return Of The Ankh’ finally saw the light of day and Miss Badu launched the video for the first single ‘Window Seat’ at the same time. On the promo the singer pay tribute to the idea behind Matt & Kim’s recent ’Daylight’, both shot with the artists in the nude. The controversy has forced most media not to show it, and as today it can only be viewed in a ‘reverse version’ on the artists’ website.

Janelle Monae flaunts her glamourous style and amazing dance steps next to Big Boi in ‘Tightrope’

A More Perfect Union

Titus Andronicus | MySpace Music Videos

Titus Andronicus release ‘A More Perfect Union’, the opening track from their concept opus dedicated to the American Civil war ‘The Monitor’

Popular Brooklyn duo MGMT throw this video extravaganza for their psychedelia-infused new single ‘Flash Delirium’

And Bristol electronic duo Fuck Buttons use their latest ‘Olympians’ to soundtrack images of an elderly oriental man going karate-crazy.

Catalonian combo Delorean are back with a new distribution deal and ‘Stay Close’, anticipating the arrival of their first international album ‘Subiza’.

All female lo-fi garage band Dum Dum Girls released their debut ‘I Will Be’ last week, at the same time than a video for former single ‘Jail La La’

And veteran electronic wizard Matthew Herbert is back with ‘Leipzig’

And more psychedelia-inspired music from Wooden Shjips.

Cutting edge urban star Kelis survives collaboration with David Guetta and to celebrate it prepares a lavish video for the occasion.

Bonkers R&B singer R. Kelly keeps on pushing the lyrical subjects of the genre with this ode to polygamy ‘Be My Number 2’.

Something like a gay version of Ramones, Hunx & His Punx hilarious video for ‘You Don’t Like Rock & Roll’

And the hottest female rapper of the moment, Nicky Minaj, gets the Hype Williams treatment in the video of new track ‘Massive Attack’.

Finally, the alt-americana supergroup Monsters of Folk put some lovely visuals to one of their album’s highlights.

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The Week That Was (04-03-2010): Gonjasufi; Gorillaz; Morning Benders; The Drums; Pavement; Foals…

In what’s been another bumper week for quality new albums, nearly 10 high profile releases, all hitting the shops next Mondays, were previewed online. Beginning by Gonjasufi, the yoga teacher, Flying Lotus collaborator and spiritual electronica purveyor that with ‘A Sufi & A Killer’ has got one of the most exciting albums of the year on his hands. It can still be heard in full at Clash magazine’s website.

MySpace is offering a few notable previews. Namely, Broken Bells’ debut album, the project formed by The Shins’ frontman James Mercer and Danger Mouse, already shaking alternative circles; Art-rockers Liars’ comeback with ‘Sisterworld’, hailed as a return to the peaks of ‘Drum’s Not Dead’ and energetic hardcore rockers Titus Andronicus with their second work ‘The Monitor’.

Damon Albarn’s and co animated popstars Gorillaz are back with a third offering, that on first impression sounds like the band’s most accomplished effort to date. A constellation of veteran stars –Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Mos Deff, Bobby Womack; Gruff Rhys; De La Soul, detc- collaborates. British newspaper The Guardian still has the premiere and the band is currently invading all audiovisual channels with all sorts of initiatives to support the launch.

Spinner’s listening post was humming and offering a bunch of interesting new albums including the latest from The Ruby Sun’ ‘Fight Softly’; The Besnard Lakes’ ‘Are The Roaring Road’ and Frightened Rabbitt’s ‘ The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’

Last, but not least, San Francisco indie pop craftsmen The Morning Benders have put together what is likely becoming their breakthrough record, ‘Big Echo’. Happy listening!

Not a week with big headlines to remember. We worried about the news of Guru’s being in a coma after a heart attack; luckily news of his evolution were positive and the rapper is allegedly recovering. Other than that, the first gig of Pavement’s long awaited reunion flooded the internet from Auckland. Videos of some of the concert highlights can be watched here.

Apart from the ones that already went to the top of our loops, among the tracks that have caught our attention this week we find most promising new band Rober nominees The Drums, following up their surftastic debut EP with a slice fine indie pop called ‘Just Friends’.

Devo announced their return to the studio after two decades and offered their rather good ‘Fresh’ while launching a curious colour study research through their website. On the other side of the coin, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim gave us a new taste of their Imelda Marcos inspired project. ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ counts with Cyndi Lauper and Tori Amos as lead vocalists and it builds on the impression that the project is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest disappointments.

Three returning bands were offering free goodies to their fans. British angular rockers Foals’ first taster from their second album ‘Spanish Sahara’ was unveiled this week. The Mount Kimbie remix of the track was given away in exchange for your email. Courtney Love did the same with ‘Skinny Little Bitch’. The first single of Hole’s controversial reunion comes years after Love’s career sank and looks a bit as a desperate attempt to rescue her career. Love’s former boyfriend and nineties alt-rock titan Billy Corgan, carried on his plan to slowly giving away his double new album –rumours of a ‘Mellon Collie’ soundalike abounds- free through the Smashing Pumpkins website. The first bits don’t look too promising either.

Elsewhere The Fader offered as usual a free download of their monthly podcast, including excellent stuff by new female rap sensation Nicky Minaj; Midlake; etc. and influential blog Gorilla Vs Bear offered a link to the new Rangers mixtape.

Many new and interesting videos also grazed the internet during the last seven days. Domino’s latest discovery Villagers; ‘Freak’, Estelle’s follow-up to ‘American Boy’; Crookers italo-bonkers ‘Festa Festa’ from the DJ duo’s imminent debut album ‘Tons Of Friend’

South-African trailer trash satire rappers are poised to be the next big novelty thing thanks to songs like the rather funny ‘Enter The Ninja’. And last, with certain delayed compared to the date their singles leaked, both Goldfrapp and Gorillaz have finally delivered their new videos. Goldfrapp’s ‘Rocket’ is an homage to the eighties sounds and clips that have inspired their fifth album. Meanwhile the biggest cartoon rock star ever have hired action star Bruce Willis to appear in their new promo ‘Stylo‘.

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HARVEY MILK-A Maelstrom Of Bad Decisions

Hard sounds kept their unstoppable comeback. Since Mastodon performed first aid to the genre, metal and all its variations have been gathering new followers. Meanwhile, garage rock’s classic tradition, carried its global expansion like dynamite exploding from the American indie label In The Red ; and punks, next to other guitar distortion specialists, claimed their original strength reinstalled, after years of sponsored debilitation into the mainstream.

Los sonidos duros seguían su imparable proceso de vuelta. Desde que Mastodon le hiciera los primeros auxilios, el metal en sus múltiples vertientes sigue cosechando nuevos acólitos. Mientras tanto; el tradicional rock garajero desde el sello americano In The red se expandía como la pólvora por todo el mundo y los punks junto a otros especialistas en distorsión guitarrera volvían a reclamar su fuerza original, tras años de reblandecimiento esponsorizado. Read the rest of this entry »

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