New Coco Hames video: I Don’t Wanna Go

Video: Coco Hames – “I Don’t Wanna Go”

Coco Hames – I Don't Wanna Go (Official Music Video)

From Coco Hames, out now on Merge Records.

A charming slice of Memphis garage pop from the former frontwoman of the Ettes. “Doesn’t matter what they say / ’cause I’m gonna get my way / if I don’t wanna go.” Right on.

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New Phoenix video: J-Boy

Video: Phoenix – “J-Boy”

Phoenix – J-Boy

I have a real soft spot for electro-pop. There’s something about the lilting melodies and crystalline synths that brings me back to summers riding around on Honda Sprees jumping from one pool party to another. Except I didn’t have a Spree and I was rarely invited to pool parties as an awkward dope in junior high. But I could imagine the soundtrack and wax nostalgic, even at the time.

French popsters proved to be masters of the genre with 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, an album so packed with perfect break-up/make-up songs that it became the soundtrack to bachelorette parties for two years.

And now the band is back with more of the same on their new album, Ti Amo. And like me, they’re in a nostalgic mood with a video homage to Italian variety shows from the 80s. I tweeted yesterday—largely in response to Ryan Adams’ continued obsession with glossy production—“If we’re going to emulate the 80s, can it least be The Smiths?” I guess not, but this is at least hummable and I can afford my own Spree now.

Ti Amo is due June 9 on Glassnote Records. Pre-order now.

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New Pizza Tramp video: My Back’s [email protected] F*&ked

Video: Pizza Tramp – “My Back’s [email protected] F*&ked”

Pizza Tramp – My Back's [email protected] F*&ked (Official Video)

From Revenge Of The Bangertronic Dan, due May 29 on Bandcamp.

Chronic back pain is an affliction that affects millions. Pizza Tramp tackles the subject unflinchingly. Who can’t relate?

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Via Punknews.

New Como Mamas video: Count Your Blessings

Video: The Como Mamas – “Count Your Blessings”

The Como Mamas "Count Your Blessings"

From Move Upstairs, out now on Daptone Records.

There are times when — even if you don’t believe in anything — gospel music is exactly what you need. The Como Mamas will fill a void in your heart that you didn’t even know was there.

The Como Mamas are Ester Mae Smith, Angela Taylor, and Della Daniels, and I want them to adopt me. (I am an orphan after all.) They’re backed up by the “Glorifiers Band,” who are essentially a subset of the Dap-Kings: Homer Steinweiss, Bosco Mann, and Thomas Brenneck. This is music that stirs your soul and makes you feel good.

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New Elf Power video: Halloween Out Walking

Video: Elf Power – “Halloween Out Walking”

Elf Power – Halloween out Walking

From Twitching in Time, out now on Orange Twin Records.

Hard to believe these Elephant Sixers have been going at it for over twenty years now. Good for them, though, as long as they keep making good psychedelic folk music like this. The video answers the age-old question: What would happen if you bring a Wubble to a baseball diamond? I’m rather shocked it didn’t just immediately pop the instant it touched the gravel.

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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 the future painted by these 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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It’s Got a Good Beat (17 of them)

Before there was Twitter providing consolidated, concentrated comments, we tried our hand at some haiku—17 syllables, 5/7/5—to make some observations on what was going on.

It didn’t go anywhere.

So given that everything that’s old is still old but can be tried again, here are three, based on Todd’s interview in Variety, the recurring death hoax of a Canadian artist and Irish eyes’ longing. . .

Rundgren is 68:
“And at this point I’m all in”
Is time at his heels?

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Area 51
Is relevant to Avril
Because both may exist

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U2 Seattle
Add Vedder & Mumford &
Hope for consequence

New Afghan Whigs video: Oriole

At first I thought, “This is what you get when you give 13 year old boys cameras, a budget and free reign to shoot a music video.” I mean, really: It’s got naked girls running around as stoned witches in the woods with knives and fire. Kinda the perfect video, right?

It turns out that this is the work of acclaimed erotic art director, Amy Nicole Hood.  She’s got an aesthetic to be loved: Witchy, 60s pulp-inspired erotica. Even her Instagram gets the motor running.

The Afghan Whigs – Oriole [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

It all makes for a nice augmentation for the Afghan Whigs’ latest single, which itself is a spooky, smoky song with Greg Dulli’s usual bit of simmering danger.

From the album, In Spades, available now from the Sub Pop Mega Mart.

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Read a cool interview with Amy Hood: Sex, Power, and the Female Gaze: How Amy Hood Seized the Reins. Her book, Cult Classic, asks the question: “What could possess two young beauties to kidnap a Hollywood starlet and drag her bound and gagged into the California desert for ritual sex and human sacrifice?”

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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