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New Conor Oberst video: Barbary Coast (Later)

Video: Conor Oberst – “Barbary Coast (Later)”

Conor Oberst – Barbary Coast (Later) (Official Video)

From Salutations, out now on Nonesuch. We already covered the fact that Oberst’s latest is the full-band version of his previous release. Carrying on…

This video is touching and effective, the story of a little boy trying to follow his dreams after the world lets him down. Directed by Cris Gris who goes for an almost “Stand By Me” vibe with three brothers and their single mom going about their lives, bowling, biking, and stowing away in the back of a pickup to go see Conor Oberst in concert.

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New Juliana Hatfield video: Short-Fingered Man

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Short-Fingered Man”

Juliana Hatfield – "Short-Fingered Man" [Official Video]

Juliana Hatfield rules. Check her out, dancing around her hallway, looking into her phone all mean and cool. She’s the best.

“She’s so bored she falls asleep / Short-fingered man can’t get her off / Short-fingered man best give it up / He claims he’s all the way in / But she can’t feel anything / He must be lying.”

The history of Graydon Carter’s “short-fingered vulgarian” epithet is rather amusing. At least it was amusing a year ago. Now, maybe less so.

Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer. He thinks nothing of saying the most hurtful thing about someone else, but when he hears a whisper that runs counter to his own vainglorious self-image, he coils like a caged ferret. Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the pages of Spy magazine. That was more than a quarter of a century ago. To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby. The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: “See, not so short!” I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, “Actually, quite short.”

“He’s very insecure / You have to talk gently to him / Like a little girl.”

Juliana Hatfield’s Pussycat is due April 28 on American Laundromat.

Everything’s Coming Up Pepper

In case you haven’t heard, June 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Debates rage as to whether this is simply a great album or the greatest album, but there’s no question of its musical and culture importance as a work of art. You cannot watch anything about the 1960s that doesn’t reference it as a touchstone. It is endlessly dissected and studied and what better opportunity to do so once again than with an anniversary!

Coming on May 26 is a mega super duper deluxe reissue of the album itself with various packaging and trappings. As reported pretty much everywhere, “The ‘Anniversary Editions’ of “Sgt. Pepper” will include a single CD version with the new stereo mix (priced at $18.98 on Amazon) and a deluxe two-CD and digital version ($24.98) containing 13 alternate takes of all the “Sgt. Pepper” songs in the original sequence plus five additional takes.”

It also includes news stereo and 5.1 surround mixes. I still marvel at the remastered versions of the album (stereo and mono) that came out in 2009 so I can barely contain my excitement to hear this new set.

Also in the mix is a new documentary about the album, which claims to have “rare archived footage of their heyday, including footage that hasn’t been seen since the 60’s.” Directed by Alan G. Parker and produced by Reynold D’Silva and Alexa Morris, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! Sgt Pepper & Beyond is also due out May 26.

 

New Run the Jewels video: Legend Has It

Video: Run The Jewels – “Legend Has It”

Run The Jewels – Legend Has It (Official Music Video From RTJ3)

RT&J really is the new PB&J. Tastes great and good for you, too. The song’s not saying much other than how murderous they are (on the mic, of course), but the video’s an unsubtle critique of the rigged justice system. Not breaking much new ground but Killer Mike and El-P make it all seem fresh and exciting. National treasures, I’m telling you.

Run the Jewels: web, @KillerMike, @therealelp.

New Dream Wife video: Somebody

Video: Dream Wife – “Somebody”

Dream Wife – Somebody

I like this. The guitar tone is like late 70s post-punk but the vocals are way up front. According to NPR, Dream Wife started out as an art school film project, which won a competition, so they had to become a real band.

Their bandcamp tags are: england icelandic pop grunge indie pop London. Which I guess tells you something. Or maybe not. Anyway, cool song. Cool band.

Dream Wife: web, fb, twitter.

The Knocks: Trouble ft. Absofacto

What the band describes as, “Telling the story of a man who is stuck in his head and riddled with social anxiety to the point where he is unable to leave his apartment,” the video for “Trouble” is a little bit of synth-y dream pop and a little bit outer space/inner space anxiety.

Featuring Kyle Pacek (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and David Child (Life Hold On), the video shows that if you free your ass, your mind will follow.

The Knocks – TROUBLE ft. Absofacto (Official Video)

From the Testify EP, out now on Big Beat Records/Neon Gold. Catch this New York duo on tour.

New Aimee Mann video: Goose Snow Cone

Video: Aimee Mann – “Goose Snow Cone”

Aimee Mann- Goose Snow Cone (Official Video)

Who doesn’t love cat videos on the internet?

Aimee Mann has been quietly releasing sad and beautiful music for this entire millennium, since (at least) Bachelor No. 2 in 2000. We should all be paying way more attention to her. All of her songs have at least one line that punches you in the gut. For me, in “Goose Snow Cone” the chorus “Gotta keep it together when your friends come by / Always checking the weather but they wanna know why” is the one that gets me.

Mann discussed the origin of the song and video:

“I wrote “Goose Snow Cone” when I was on tour in Ireland, on a cold and snowy day. I was feeling very homesick when I saw a picture on Instagram of a cat I know named Goose. Her fluffy white face was looking up at the camera in a very plaintive way, like a little snowball, and I started singing a little song about her that turned into a song about loneliness. I intended to change the lyrics but could never find a phrase to replace the one I started with. When it came time to make a video, I knew the original Goose had to be in it. Her owners are my friends Rob and Puloma who coincidentally produce and direct videos. One of my cats had recently gone through a long illness and I was thinking about that when I came up with the idea for the video, and I knew Puloma had to star in it, as she has a very lovely and expressive face. The vet in the video is my actual vet and he’s a great guy. It was not easy wrangling Goose but the magic of editing makes it all work!” – Aimee Mann

From Mental Illness, out March 31 on SuperEgo Records. Stream it via NPR and then buy it.

New Blackwaters video: Fuck Yeah

Video: Blackwaters – “Fuck Yeah”

Fuck Yeah – BlackWaters

There’s a quote from Bobby Harlow of the Detroit band the Go where he says, “If you take young guys with shaggy hair and tight pants and baby faces and leather jackets and put them in front of teenagers I think that it just kind of works.”

The Blackwaters may be missing the leather jackets, but they’ve got the rest down to the tee. I rarely wish I was a teenager but this video sure makes it look fun. This song was produced by Carl Barat of the Libertines.

Blackwaters: fb, twitter

New Skating Polly video: Hail Mary

Video: Skating Polly – “Hail Mary”

Skating Polly – Hail Mary (Official Video)

Skating Polly is a family band, a teenage sister duo from Oklahoma with their brother on drums. Badass. Does this song remind you a little bit of Veruca Salt? That makes sense; NPR explains why:

Recently, Skating Polly teamed up with Veruca Salt’s co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon, who helped the band write an EP called New Trick. “Hail Mary,” the first song the band wrote for the new record, showcases Skating Polly’s characteristic moodiness, as well the more subtle layers of harmonies that Post and Gordon brought to the new songs.

New Trick is due April 28 on El Camino.

Skating Polly: web, twitter, FB, wiki.

Lollapalooza 2017 lineup: Look familiar?

When you look at the 2017 Lollapalooza lineup released yesterday, a lot of those names might look familiar. Of the nine BIG FONT headliners only one (Blink-182) has never played Lolla before. Extending that to the 22 artists comprising the top five rows adds three more newbies: Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Liam Gallagher.

If you’ve gone to Lolla over the past several years, you’ve probably already seen 18 of the top 22 acts. That’s 82%. Adding in the next three rows brings us to a total of 39 artists; 28 of them (72%) are Lolla veterans. This year will mark the Killers’ fourth Lollapalooza and it’ll be the fifth time for Cage the Elephant, Kaskade, and our beloved Spoon.

The undercard consists of an additional 21 groups that have played Lolla before and 108 that haven’t. So if you’re looking for new experiences, get there early!

I realize people don’t necessarily go to Lollapalooza every year and there’s certainly nothing wrong with seeing the same band a bunch of times. And you can’t blame the artists for cashing in on the festival circuit gravy train. But if you’re starting to feel a little deja vu when these lineup announcements come out, it’s not just your imagination. We have all been here before.

Big font headliners

CHANCE THE RAPPER: 2013
THE KILLERS: 2015, 2009, 2015
MUSE: 2007, 2011
ARCADE FIRE: 2005, 2010
THE XX: 2010
LORDE: 2014
BLINK-182: n00b!!!
DJ SNAKE: 2015
JUSTICE: 2012

Medium font rows 3-5

ALT-J: 2013, 2015
RUN THE JEWELS: 2014
CAGE THE ELEPHANT: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
WIZ KHALIFA: n00b!
BIG SEAN: n00b!
THE HEAD AND THE HEART: 2012, 2014
FOSTER THE PEOPLE: 2011, 2014
THE SHINS: 2006, 2012
RYAN ADAMS: 2006
KASKADE: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
PORTER ROBINSON: 2012
ZEDS DEAD: 2012
LIAM GALLAGHER: n00b!

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