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New Banditos video: Fine Fine Day

Video: Banditos – “Fine Fine Day”

Banditos "Fine Fine Day" (Official Music Video)

Someday soon we won’t need mindbending chemicals to reach altered states. We’ll just be able to plug in to the hub and start drooling. At least that’s these future painted by the psychedelic Southern rock Banditos. Dudes, invite us over to your garage and plug us in! Looks fun.

From Visionland, out June 23 on Bloodshot Records.

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Aimee Mann’s Tiny Desk Concert

Video: Aimee Mann – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann is so stinkin’ good it’s ridiculous. Her new album, Mental Illness, has provided great comfort to me in these awful, awful times. Her Tiny Desk Concert features a stripped down run through of four songs from it: “Rollercoasters,” “You Never Loved Me,” “Goose Snow Cone,” and “Patient Zero.”

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Number One Records: Despacito

Okay now this is getting ridiculous. My dumb new column is starting to turn Glorious Noise into a Top 40 blog. This was never supposed to happen. In fact, this is the first time since 1990 that we’ve had four new number one records in four weeks.

Audio: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee – Despacito (Audio) ft. Justin Bieber

In some ways I find it hard to believe that these are really the most popular songs in the country right now. But I guess that just shows how out of touch with the mainstream I am. Billboard reports “Despacito” has received 54.3 million U.S. streams and 104,000 downloads in the week ending May 11, and had a radio audience of 57 million in the week ending May 14. So that’s a lot, right?

I dig the Spanish guitar. But Bieber’s autotuned vocals are annoyingly whiny as ever. The original version without Biebs is way better. The rest of America apparently doesn’t agree since the remix accounts for 73% of the song’s sales. Oh well.

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New Coathangers video: Captain’s Dead

Video: The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers – Captain's Dead (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

From the Parasite EP, out in June on Suicide Squeeze.

What’s not to love about a gang of tough gals in spooky makeup, drinking PBR and dancing around with knives and pompoms? Combine those visuals with a catchy punk song and you’ve got yourself a perfect formula. Adios, amigo!

Via Punknews.

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New Starcrawler video: Ants

Video: Starcrawler – “Ants”

Starcrawler – Ants (Official Video)

It’s rare for anybody to be able to get away with imitating Iggy Pop and not look like a complete doofus. Arrow de Wilde pulls it off pretty well in this video, directed by her mom Autumn. If you read liner notes and photo credits, you probably recognize the name Autumn de Wilde from her work with Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, Spoon, et al.

The video is a blast. Two minutes of post-adolescent mayhem. Arrow de Wilde has said, “We like to pretend like it’s a metaphor for standing out, but it’s kind of just about ants.”

Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis says, “If you thought rock and roll was moribund, had lost its sense of fun and performance and primal power – it just means you haven’t seen Starcrawler yet.” It’s his job to say stuff like that, but I can see where he’s coming from.

Starcrawler is recording their debut album with Ryan Adams, which is kind of a bummer, because he’ll probably try to make them sound like Creed or Corey Hart. Oh well. This single, produced by Steven McDonald of Redd Kross, sounds good though, and it’s getting released on “blood-spattered” seven-inch vinyl later this month. Gnarly.

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New Black Lips video: Can’t Hold On

Video: The Black Lips – “Can’t Hold On”

Black Lips – Can't Hold On (official video)

From Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, produced by Sean Ono Lennon and out now on Vice Records.

I love these guys. They all look like movie bullies from different decades. It’s a great look. And now they’ve added a saxophone player which is pretty cool. The sax reveals how much the Black Lips have in common with pre-Beatles rock and roll bands like the Sonics, and I hadn’t caught that vibe with them before. Dig it.

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Number One Records: I’m the One

Video: DJ Khaled – “I’m the One” ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

DJ Khaled – I'm the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Okay I’ll admit when I started this “Number One Records” series I didn’t expect to be writing a new update every damn week. I mean, looking over the past couple years of number ones, there were only about a dozen per year. But this is the third week in a row with a brand new song at the top of the chart.

Whatever. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

I’ve never heard of DJ Khaled, but I like the idea that he wants to “celebrate life, success, and our blessings.” That’s a positive message, right? Khaled’s blessings apparently include half-naked ladies on horseback, product placement deals with Beats earbuds, and a roster of pals that include Justin Bieber and one of the guys from Migos. #blessed

No surprise, Chance’s verse is the best thing this song has going for it. Hip hop is weird in 2017. How can anybody take themselves seriously if they’re hanging out with Biebs? Maybe he’s a swell fellow. But I don’t know, man. I mean, honestly. Look at that hair.

Billboard points out that “I’m the One” is only the 28th song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It was released April 28 and received 53.9 million U.S. streams and 171,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 4. On the radio it chalked up “35 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending May 7.” And it’s the 1,064th No. 1 in the history of the Hot 100.

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New Waxahatchee video: Silver

Video: Waxahatchee – “Silver”

Waxahatchee – Silver (Official Music Video)

From Out In The Storm, due July 14 on Merge.

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield’s says “Silver” is “about self-examination and the different shapes that takes, good and bad. I wanted it to be abstract and poetic, but I also wanted to align it with the other songs on the album, since they’re all so connected lyrically.” But who cares what the lyrics are about when the guitars sound this good? This is a badass song.

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New Father John Misty video: Total Entertainment Forever

Video: Father John Misty – “Total Entertainment Forever”

Father John Misty – "Total Entertainment Forever" [Official Music Video]

If you’ve been a bit concerned that Papa John Murphy has abandoned his sense of humor, this new video might cheer you up. It’s pretty funny.

Sure, the lyrics are still a little heavy handed. As Doreen St. Felix mentions in her spot-on review of Pure Comedy, Misty often comes across as a “precocious teenage misanthrope.” Indeed, someone’s been told too many times they’re beyond their years.

But he’s still funny. In a snide, prickish way. He’s an asshole, of course, but he’s funny. We’ve all known that guy. He impresses rubes and wannabes by talking about big concepts and scoffs at the trivialities of the less enlightened. 25 years ago he would’ve had a “kill your television” bumper sticker on his car. Today he’s all about unplugging the internet.

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New Blondie video: Long Time

Video: Blondie – “Long Time”

Blondie – Long Time (Official Video)

Johnny Loftus featured “Long Time” on Frontier Justice 3/25/17 and here’s what he had to say about it:

Debbie Harry has never stopped being cooler than everyone, and “Long Time” is the new proof. Written with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange and feeding on the genetic material of “Heart of Glass,” it’s one of the lead tracks from Pollinator, out May 5, which will also feature collabs with Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Johnny Marr, Sia, and the homie Charli XCX.

And now Blondie has made a video for the song featuring Harry as a taxi driver with more style and panache than anybody on the scene. They played at the local high school auditorium a few years ago and now I wish I would’ve gone. New Wave doesn’t seem like a genre that would lend itself to geriatrics, but I’ll be damned if Blondie doesn’t pull it off!

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