Jenny Lewis

“Carpetbaggers” (Jenny Lewis feat. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog,  Live at Bonnaroo ‘09) Video

Jun 22, 2009

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Conan O'Brien's loyal companion and "poop on you" king, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, made the trek to Bonnaroo this summer. Humorist Robert Smigel and his devious puppet spread their comedic antics across the festival grounds like a brush fire. Obvious music-related jokes flew out of the pooch's maw during the two-part NBC videos: "Is there nothing you Phish fans can't make out of hemp? I mean, besides deodorant?" "For many, Bonnaroo is a chance to have four days of peace, love and music to break the other 361 days of unemployment. For others Bonnaroo is simply the sound Scooby Doo says when he climaxes. Bonnarooooo!" "Is this the compost bin? Just looking for some Black Eyed Peas songs." There are also guest appearances from a naked Max Weinberg and semi-stoned 'Roo patrons. The snarky pup also manages to hump Sesame Street's Ernie in the Comedy Tent. 


On "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien," Triumph chatted with TV on the Radio (Describe your music in one word, but keep in mind that crap is already taken by The Decemberists.") and The Beastie Boys ("Back in the day, the only white rappers were you guys and Will Smith.") Camera phones also caught Triumph all over the festival grounds, interviewing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and singing raspy duets with indie queens Jenny Lewis and Neko Case. Links to some of the hilarious videos are below. (via Stereogum)

"Swing Low Sweet Chariot feat. Triumph" - Neko Case

Triumph interviews the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

 

Rose Elinor Dougall

“Start/Stop/Synchro” Video

Jun 22, 2009

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Former Pipette, Rose Elinor Dougall has a new video for her lead single "Start/Stop/Synchro." The black-and-white, Al Taylor-directed vid follows Dougall and her band, The Distractions, as they walk through a wind-swept field, down a road to a rocky ocean shoreline, and finally take a dip in the cold waters. Dougall understandly drops more salt for the sea in one shot. This is some very un-Pipettes stuff but equally beautific. Love that harpsichord line as well. Also, here's a live performance video at Liverpool's Zanzibar. It's the first track the whole group wrote together, entitled "Carry On" and rocks a little more. Dougall was interviewed for our Most Anticipated Albums of 2009 section in the Winter '09 issue.

Wild Beasts

“Hooting & Howling” Video

Jun 22, 2009

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Wild Beasts' sophomore LP, Two Dancers is coming out September 8th on Domino. The video for Beasts' lead single, "Hooting & Howling," has a cool twist on the usual performance clip. The Kendal, England lads are submerged underwater playing away on their instruments and of course, doing plenty of hootin' and howlin'. Ruth Render was the producer and Graeme Pearce directed. Also, if you give up your email address over at Domino you can snatch a free Dubukas remix of "Hooting."

Art Brut

“Summer Job” (Live on KEXP) Video

Jun 22, 2009

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Art Brut's in the midst of their North American tour to support Art Brut vs. Satan, but Eddie Argos and crew drove straight from the airport to Seattle's KEXP studios June 13th, where they blew through a version of "Summer Job." The summertime-slacker rock is one of the more juvenile tracks from Satan but is also fairly infectious (just check out that wordless chant). The song ends with a burst of guitar pyrotechnics and a smattering of lines from The Smiths' "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now." Art Brut vs. Satan is out now via Downtown. Argos penned an ode-to-DC Comics feature in the Spring '09 issue (spurred on by Satan cut, "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake.") Maybe the frontman's geeky passion for Booster Gold or his recent trip to DC Comics' NY HQ(!) will make him forget about his crappy summer job.

Bloc Party

“One More Chance’ MP3 Stream

Jun 22, 2009

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Bloc Party already courted Big Beat sounds with their sophomore album, A Weekend in the City, and even more so with last year's Intimacy. On their new single, "One More Chance" they make the conflation of angular post-punk guitars and driving house beats seem almost complimentary. Not too shabby, especially after some of Intimacy's dodgier moments. The "One More Chance" single is out August 10 via Wichita. [Stereogum]

 

The Very Best

“The Warm Heart of Africa (feat/ Ezra Koenig)” MP3

Jun 20, 2009

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As you may or may not know, The Very Best is the self-congratulatory moniker of the collaboration between Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and British DJ/producer Radioclit. Well, they've certainly earned the title in a relatively short time and are already aiming to build on that reputation with the announcement of a fall full-length album, The Warm Heart of Africa. The album is the follow-up to their endlessly sunny mixtape, Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit Are The Very Best, which is still available for free download. Like the mixtape, the debut will feature collaborations with several indie-rock heavyweights, including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and M.I.A. The jittery highlife first single from Warm Heart, "Ntende Uli," is streaming now at Green Owl but here's the downright ebullient title track, "The Warm Heart of Africa." Like on the 2008 mixtape's rendition of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwasaa," Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig wrestles the mic with Mwamwaya. If you need to hear some more previews from The Very Best's latest they're touring a few U.S. cities amongst a handful of festival dates at Roskilde, Pitchfork, and Øya.

Modest Mouse

“Whale Song” MP3 Stream

Jun 20, 2009

Now this is more like it. Modest Mouse's "Whale Song" ditches the Ugly Casanova sound (banjos and the like) for the a B-side guitar epic to the just OK "Autumn Beds." The six-minute behemoth is very Moby Dick-like, as it slips in and out of the groove, drones, and thrashes about. The small bridge is where Isaac Brock's multitracked vocals come in briefly before a coda that wouldn't sound of out place on MM's debut This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About.

The single "Autumn Beds" b/w "Whale Song" comes out June 23, in preparation for the group's forthcoming EP No One's First and You're Next, due out in August on EpicNo One's First will feature unreleased tracks and B-sides from the band's previous two studio albums, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004) and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007). Tripwire is streaming "Whale Song" at the link below.

Stream: Modest Mouse: "Whale Song"

 

Phoenix

“1901” (Live on “Late Show With David Letterman”) Video

Jun 20, 2009

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French rockers Phoenix, who we interviewed for our Spring '09 issue, dropped by Ed Sullivan studios for a live jaunt through one of 2009's premier singles, "1901." The track is from the amazing Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, out now on Glassnote and the band's own label, Loyauté.