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]

Animal Collective

“Summertime Clothes” (Live on David Letterman) Video

May 08, 2009

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When it was announced earlier this week that Animal Collective were slated to appear on Letterman this Thursday, I was sure they going to bust out the always-tasty aural treat "My Girls." It won't freak out the Letterman crowd too much since its the trio's most accessible song to date. Instead the New York kings of indie dove into the dense waters of upcoming single "Summertime Clothes." Like it's been noted before, it's great that a band like Animal Collective got this gig. Props go out to their publicists. There are some dancing amoeba men/women in the background and in the foreground of that Day-Glo bombast, the gear table is lit up like a flying saucer. You got to love seizure-inducing light displays. Animal Collective's still revelatory Merriweather Post Pavillion is out now via Domino, or as Letterman puts it: "look for it in the wallpaper department of your favorite store." AC was one of our Detection artists in our Winter 2009 issue.

Jason Lytle

“I Am Lost (and the Moment Cannot Last)” Video

May 08, 2009

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There's an old saying around the Under the Radar HQ: "If it sounds like Grandaddy then it must be Grandaddy. Well, that or Jason Lytle." Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle's new album, Yours Truly, The Commuter is coming down your fast lane May 19th, via Anti-. The title track is floating around the interwebs but here's the video for "I Am Lost (and the Moment Cannot Last)." Makes you want to listen to The Sophtware Slump on your Disman, don't it? There's a great orbital atmosphere to this cut even if it's over before it begins. An unpictured Lytle sings to a group of smalltown diner patrons bathed in the glow of the afternoon sun. What's going on with the guy out in the parking lot? Nobody seems to care or maybe they're lost? I bet the creepy guy staring you down at the end of the video knows. For more unsolved mysteries read our Self-Portrait feature on Mr. Lytle in the current Spring 2009 issue of Under the Radar. (via MBV