Mastodon

“Oblivion” (Live on David Letterman) Video

May 19, 2009

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“I won’t lie to you, I’m frightened,” Letterman pointd out on Friday night (May 15). As you should be Dave. Atlanta's Mastodon cracked his audience's skulls wide open and poured in their prog-metal elixir. They performed a truncated version of “Oblivion" from their very successful Crack the Skye LP, which debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. Despite some road-wary vocal chords from the other dudes, Brann Dailor truly shined. He's a true triple threat on drums, vocals, and songwriting. "Beautiful," wisecracks Dave. Yes, there's plenty of beautiful destruction to go around. (www.mastodonrocks.com)

Various Artists

“Kidney Now!” (All Star 30 Rock Jam with Elvis Costello, Beastie Boys, Talib Kweli) Video

May 15, 2009

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The entertaining Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey-helmed NBC sitcom 30 Rock had a star-studded musical finale last night. The plot revolved around GE heavyweight Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) meeting his biological father, who needs a kidney. Since he can't be a donor himself, Jack turns to his contacts in the entertainment world. The song and charity event called "Kidney Now" is born. Think "We Are the World" but with funnier. Naturally, comedic revelry ensued. Warning: There are plenty of 30 Rock spoilers in the video but you can watch the full episode on the magical time-waster Hulu.) Remember, "reach down deep inside and just give a kidney." Below is the full list of the musical guests that appeared for in the spoof:

Elvis Costello
Mary J. Blige
Clay Aiken
Sheryl Crow
Adam Levine
Adam Horovitz
Mike D
Sara Bareilles
Wyclef Jean
Norah Jones
Talib Kweli
Michael McDonald
Rhett Miller
Steve Earle
Moby
Robert Randolph
Rachael Yamagata
Cyndi Lauper

 

Telekinesis

“Awkward Kisser” Video

May 15, 2009

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I have a confession to make. I'm an awkward kisser. To wit, If you imagine kissing a mannequin you're getting rather close to my "style." My fiancée might try to tell me otherwise but I know I share a kindred spirit with this new video for well, "Awkward Kisser." The new video from Seattle's Telekinesis is directed by Portland, Oregon's Spencer Gentz. Gentz also makes music under the name Bell Plaines. It follows main man Michael Benjamin Lerner and his mannequin beau as they frolick amongst "cherry blossoms, cherry soda, and late nights in the countryside." Piano pop speaks to me even if Ben Folds ruined it long ago. Telekinesis hits the road today in support of their debut album, Telekinesis! Find out where Lerner got his music skills (hint: His stage name rhymes with Beevie Funder) in our feature in Under the Radar's current Spring '09 Issue.

Animal Collective

“Blood” (New Song Live at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.) MP3

May 14, 2009

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Animal Collective commenced their mostly sold-out U.S. spring tour with Grouper this week, and apparently NPR was in the house. AC's concert at the 9:30 Club in our nation's capital also sported a brand new track. The working title of the hazy chant-driven joint is "Blood." Avey Tare and Panda Bear volley the vocal duties back and forth in the same way they did on this year's amazing Merriweather Post Pavilion. After some OK remixes, it's nice to wrap your ears around a new blissed-out track other than live staple "What Would I Want Sky." The industrious fan community at Collected Animals managed to snag a fairly high-quality mp3 of "Blood." Praise to the music nerds of the world. Enjoy! Animal Collective were featured in our Winter '09 mag. [GVB]

Jarvis Cocker

“Angela” Video

May 14, 2009

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Here's the new video from Jarvis Cocker, for the song "Angela," from his album Further Complications out 5/19 on Rough Trade. The garage-pop video sees the former Pulp leader getting down with his bearded bad self in front of a captivated audience in Paris. I'm not very good with my French locales but I believe the Rue Chappe is an historic apartment in France. Its creator, a Monsieur M. Chappe apparently invented the mechanical telegraph. In non-French related news, Jarvis hates The Killers. Be on the lookout for a feature with the Mr. Cocker in Under the Radar's Summer '09 issue.

Peaches

“More” Video

May 14, 2009

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Peaches' pansexual aesthetic still has the capacity to gross people out but on her latest electroclash album, I Feel Cream, she seems more interested in making them dance their butts off. The balloon animal fetishists in this Frederic D-directed clip for Peaches' "More" are pretty harmless, but if you have little kids, it's probably best not to let them watch. They might turn into a weird clown with a strange fondness for rubber animals. Uhhh, yeah, maybe Peaches is still pretty weird. I Feel Cream is now out on XL and Peaches will be interviewed in the Summer '09 Issue of Under the Radar.

The Lonely Island

“I’m On a Boat” (Live on Jimmy Fallon) Video

May 13, 2009

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The Lonely Island's hilarious late-night television premiere of "I'm On a Boat" tied a nice ribbon on the comedy troupe's quick ascension in popularity, since it was Jimmy Fallon that got the trio their first stable writing gigs on Saturday Night Live. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg’s performed the nautical jam sans T-Pain (he just had a a kid) but The Roots filled in admirably on auto-tuned vocals and back-up band duties. I've noticed that the best nights of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon happen to be when Fallon has his fellow SNL alum in the studio. (Yes, I've been watching despite the horrible reviews.) He seems much more composed and not quick to sprint to the next punchline when BFFs like Tina Fey and The Lonely Island stop by for a chat. As for “I’m On a Boat”? As Samberg says, "This is the story of three guys who went on one magical adventure and one idiot who did not not." The song's so riddled with expletives that the producers had to Whack-A-Mole with the bleep button. The trio were joined by a group of scantily clad dance girls, a blowup dolphin, and a man with a boat on his head. “I’m on a Boat” is taken from Incredibad, the troupe’s debut album, which includes the dorm room classics like “Dick in a Box” and “Jizz in My Pants.” The Lonely Island are interviewed in the current Spring 2009 issue of Under the Radar.

The Shins

“Double Bubble” (New Track, Live at Hollywood Palladium) Video

May 13, 2009

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As we reported last week, Shins frontman James Mercer announced a lineup sea change, saying that the new lineup alligned more with his desire for the next Shins record being more percussive and rhythmic. "Double Bubble," a new song the band performed in L.A. this week, points towards that direction. It's not as limp-wristed as the snore-inducing back half of Wincing the Night Away and actually sort of aggressive without the keyboards. Well, agressive for The Shins anyhow. A new LP is expected in 2010 via Mercer's Aural Apothecary label. [Stereogum]