Trials + Tribulations

Tegan and Sara Do Dallas
February 26, 2010, 2:37 pm
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Last night the sisters Quinn hit Dallas with Holly Miranda and Steel Train in tow. My sister cc was there and sent me over these pics. I can’t wait to see them when they get here to SLC in April!

Video to follow.

February 26, 2010, 12:28 pm
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Ssion’s album Fool’s Gold may have come out in 2008, but Cody Critcheloe has been showing his new movie Boy around the US, in Kansas City and LA. The movie features several of the band’s music videos, and mock documentary footage a la Madonna’s Truth or Dare. The film is showing now at Peres Projects in LA until April 3. Above is the official clip for the song “Clown” which appears to be pulled from the movie.

February 25, 2010, 11:19 am
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I’m pretty obsessed with this new track by Black Van, aka Kris Menace and KoweSix of Moonbotica. DFA released the track this last week, backed with a remix by Emperor Machine. I’m throwin’ that on here so you can get a glimpse of how awesome the track is.

Yearning (Emperor Machine Remix)

Buy the single over at Juno, or the 12″ from DFA’s webstore.

Related: Alex of Holy Ghost! noticed the similarities between the original and their track “I Will Come Back,” so he mashed them up and here’s the results.

Holy Ghost! vs. Black Van (Holy Mashopolis)

February 23, 2010, 1:11 pm
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Sorry for being so video-heavy lately, but school is hitting me hard and videos are pretty easy to put up. Here is a gorgeous video of El Perro del mar covering The xx’s beautiful “Shelter” from their self-titled debut.

February 22, 2010, 10:59 am
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Tegan and Sara released their video for “Alligator,” the second single off last year’s favorite Sainthood.

Definitely one of the album’s more danceable moments, the single will feature remixes, but so far we don’t know by whom or when it’ll be released. More when we know! As for the girls, they’re on tour in the US all the spring, so go watch ’em coz they’re hilarious and awesome.

EDIT: it looks like one of the remixes will come from VHS or Beta, and a commenter says that Toro y Moi has also done a remix.

Feb-23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse – SOLD OUT!
Feb-24 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
Feb-25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium
Feb-26 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
Feb-27 – Houston, TX – The Warehouse
Mar-02 – Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Mar-03 – San Diego – Copley Symphony Hall
Mar-05 – Oakland – Fox Theater
Mar-24 – Minneapolis, MN – The Orpheum
Mar-25 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside
Mar-26 – Chicago IL – The Aragon
Mar-27 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater
Mar-28 – Cleveland, OH – Lakewood Civic
Mar-30 – Columbus, OH – Promo West Pavilion
Mar-31 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Apr-02 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Apr-03 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Apr-04 – Denver, CO – The Ogden
Apr-06 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
Apr-08 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium

You’d Be Surprised
February 19, 2010, 11:05 am
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Here’s a new video for Bobby Birdman’s song “You’d Be Surprised,” featuring cameos from YACHT, White Rainbow, and more.

Hold On
February 18, 2010, 3:40 pm
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Friendly Fires – Hold On (Holy Ghost! Cover)

Loving this!

The Return of the Pipettes
February 12, 2010, 12:22 pm
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After what seems like years (oh wait, it has been), the UK’s The Pipettes are back with a rearranged group and a new song, “Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen.” That’s the video up there, and you can get a free download of the song from their website. The song is from their forthcoming album Earth vs. Pipettes, due this summer.

February 10, 2010, 11:06 am
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YACHT was recently asked by iTunes to make an iTunes Session EP so they obliged, bringing along a live backing band dubbed The Mystery Lights Band to perform reworked versions of songs from last year’s favorite See Mystery Lights, plus a cover of Weezer’s “Holiday.” Rad results!

Summer Song (iTunes Session Version)

Get the full EP for $4 here.

Don’t forget to see them with their live band The Straight Gaze on tour this spring.

Crazy in Love
February 9, 2010, 1:02 pm
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Antony & the Johnsons just released this video for their cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and it’s pretty gorgeous. Check it out!