Dream girl/rocker Emily Haines, and her electronic indie rock outfit Metric have just released their new record, Fantasies. But all those things she imagined are now, four records later, more like Emily’s reality. And as a committed career gal, she still wants more! Fantasies was a year-and-a-half in the making because the band had been on the road for a long ass time and needed to, as Emily put it, “reconnect with our humanity.” However, from the sounds of tracks like “Stadium Love” and “Help I’m Alive,” it seems she got frustrated and bored with her own success and the men back home. So, if you’re looking for a friend who can dish dirt you can empathize with while making you want to shake it (off), Metric’s got your back! [$9.99, Amazon]
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We don’t develop girl crushes on many women. In fact, we’re kind of picky about who gets our admiration, because not many possess smarts, looks, spunk, and silliness in one package. Jenny Owen Youngs meets our criteria, and we can’t wait for her album Transmitter Failure to come out next month. We snuck a listen, and the songs are fun without being fluffy, with witty lines we wish we’d said ourselves.
Download Jenny Owen Youngs’ song “Led to the Sea,” FOR FREE! The Led to the Sea EP is out now, and Jenny’s album Transmitter Failure hits stores May 26.
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Eminem’s “We Made You” video pokes fun at celebrities who have made headlines over the past couple years — Bret Michaels for his skanky love search, Jessica Simpson for her weight (should Em really be throwing stones?), Amy Winehouse for her yellow teeth and general cracked-out appearance, Lindsay Lohan for dating Sam Ronson, and Kim Kardashian for her huge booty. The video even features the star of “Nailin’ Palin,” a Hustler porno spoofing Sarah Palin. Obviously, Eminem has been reading tabloids and watching reality TV during his time off, but it’s all in good fun, or at least Kim Kardashian thinks so. “I think this video is so funny! I am a huge Eminem fan and find it flattering that he would rap about me,” said Kim. “He’s a bit harsh about some other celebrities, but you just have to let it go and have a sense of humor. Personally, I’m honored.” The video is rather hilarious, but the song isn’t that funny, entertaining, or catchy when you don’t listen and watch. It just sounds like the usual Eminem fare updated for 2009. Kudos to Dr. Dre for a banging beat, though. Keep reading »
I just can’t emotionally or physically connect with a woman unless there is some kind of terrible music playing.
When it comes to love and romance, timing is everything. There is so little choice when it comes to the fickle demands of your heart. And it’s the same with the music that serves as the soundtrack of your life. The songs you fall in love with pick you, not the other way around. There’s a reason the mythical symbol of love is a creepy flying baby who capriciously shoots arrows at random people, coupling them up. He is a stupid, bitter man-baby eternally blighted with an infants diddle. Keep reading »
Chances are, if you’re between the ages of 25-40, you owned Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten as a teenager or twentysomething. The album was released 18 years ago and to celebrate, the band is re-releasing the record, newly remastered, with bonus tracks, including “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat.” Out today, the deluxe version also comes with a DVD of previously unreleased 1992 Pearl Jam MTV Unplugged performance, an LP of the band’s 1992 “Drop in the Park” concert, and a replica of Pearl Jam three-song demo cassette with Eddie Vedder’s original vocal dubs, among other obsessive additions. The one letdown? They didn’t redesign the album cover artwork, which is possibly among the lamest in history. [$27.99 for the double disc CD plus DVD or $124.99 for the collector's edition, Amazon] Keep reading »
We feel a little dirty watching so much gyrating this early in the morning, but what better way to wake up than by seeing Ciara and Justin Timberlake shake it in the video for “Love Sex Magic”? What do you think of Ciara’s style? We think she’s copping Beyonce’s look a little with all those unitards. Keep reading »
The French have an uncanny ability to take anything and make it chic — just think about how cute they look toting loaves of bread under their armpits! On Hollywood, Mon Amour, Nouvelle Vague producer Marc Colin takes songs from ’80s movies — “Take my Breath Away” from “Top Gun,” “Don’t you Forget About Me” from “The Breakfast Club,” etc. — and has various singers record them in a way that sounds sexy but simple. After listening to Yael Naim’s rendition of “Flashdance What A Feeling,” you will never again associate that song with oversized, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts or Jennifer Beals’ fancy footwork. [$13.98, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
A new video arrives from Bat for Lashes: “Daniel.” Directed by Johan Renck, who’s directed videos for Madonna and Kylie Minogue, it’s sort of in the same surreal vein as “What’s a Girl to Do?” A little bit Stevie Nicks, a little bit Bjork, the melancholy music vid stars Natasha Khan in tear-streaked makeup getting molested by a pack of black-clad freaks who look like they just escaped from an insane asylum in which everyone is forced to wear Gareth Pugh. It’s a pretty, sad love song — although why it ends with a Karate Kid reunion, I cannot fathom. The track is the first cut released from the upcoming Bat album, Two Suns. Do you love it or hate it? Shout out in the comments. Keep reading »
We can barely make it through family dinners without getting into a fight with one of our siblings, so we think it’s kind of a miracle that brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone make such beautiful music together. A Book Like This, their first release in the States, is perfect listening for when you’re making waffles on Sunday morning, or when you’re wallowing because you’ve just been dumped, or when you’re making sweet, sweet love. You choose. [$9.99, iTunes]
After the jump, watch the video for “Hollywood,” one of our fave songs on the album.
We’re giving away five copies of A Book Like You, but you have to work if you want it! The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, March 6 through Thursday, March 12 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.
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A lot of famous musicians have side projects because they’re just so creative that one band isn’t enough, i.e., Damon Albarn is in both Blur and Gorillaz, and Spencer Krug is in both Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown. Well, there’s a new band that’s made up of the most random mix of musicians — we think they must have been bored and looking for something to do since all of their bands peaked in the ’90s or early ’00s. Tinted Windows is made up of Taylor Hanson (Hanson), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), and Bun E. Carlos (of Cheap Trick), and their first record comes out next month. The initial idea to work together came when Hanson and Schlesinger met in the mid-’90s, and they just kept adding members, I guess. The first single, “Kind of A Girl,” sounds like a Fountains of Wayne song being sung by Hanson. We think they should add a member of Soul Asylum or Goo Goo Dolls to the group, too. Keep reading »