Archive for May, 2010

Buraka Som Sistema: Buffalo Stance

It occurs to me that I haven’t posted this video yet. I thought really hard about doing it last week, but, as it turns out, that doesn’t actually accomplish anything. This video is like spraying lemon juice in your eyes (in a good way).

I should probably mention that this came from a weird 50th anniversary project for Dr. Martens footwear, which features some other interesting covers by folks like The Noisettes and DāM-FunK. It’s still ongoing, with new releases slated for the coming weeks.


Major Lazer + La Roux: Lazerpoof

This is one of those things where you wonder if it originated when someone came up with the name as a joke.

Luckily, it’s a pretty good joke, and the music’s not bad, either. In the fine tradition of other Mad Decent mixtapes featuring groundbreaking female artists remixed with world and dub inspired beats (Remember M.I.A.’s Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, or Santogold’s A Diplo Dub? No? Good grief, music moves fast!), Major Lazer gives tracks from La Roux’s debut LP a makeover with, well, world and dub inspired beats – plus guests!

While not as mindblowing as those other two mixtapes I mentioned, it is nonetheless a great summer listen. One of the best bits is hearing Amanda Blank back in raw form after her somewhat restrained full length release. Is this a new vocal from her, or was it taken from an older track, I wonder?

Whatever. Download it here, for FREE, unless you’re crazy or hate fun or something.


Vampire Weekend: Holiday (Video)

The star-studded video for “Giving Up The Gun” was fun and all, but this new video for “Holiday” is flat-out hilarious. Considering the context (ie. people thinking that Vampire Weekend are a bunch of rich, spoiled ivy-league brats), having the band run around town dressed like French royalty circa 1700 is nothing short of brilliant. Take that, haters!

Watch the new video at MTV.


He’s SO Gorgeous!

I can’t hide it: I love Gregory Gorgeous! He’s got legions of followers (nearly 50,000 subscribers on YouTube!), killer confidence, and homeboy can ROCK some stilettos. And he’s one bad (…watch your mouth!)

He emerged on YouTube ( sharing make-up tutorials and giving advice, but these days you can catch him as a guest correspondent on MTV’s “The After Show”.

He’s a star to watch and he shared his secrets to success with us! See the exclusive interview in the new issue of Sundae Magazine on June 1st at!

Until then, check out some behind-the-scenes bloopers from his video homage to Lady Gaga’s “Speechless”.

It ain’t easy being gorgeous…

Los Rakas: Soy Raka (Video)

Bay Area dudes Los Rakas are back with this video for “Soy Raka.” Ready for summer yet? After watching this, YOU WILL BE. Get it, Rakas!

See Also: Fuego En Mi Cuerpo (for further research)

Or just watch some videos of people turfin’ on YouTube.


Dum Dum Girls, Beach House and Vampire Weekend Gear Up For Tour

Just in from our pals at Sub Pop Records!

Beach House. Photo Courtesy: Sub Pop Records

We’re beyond stoked to announce that Beach House, Dum Dum Girls and Vampire Weekend will hit the road for selected dates this fall. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 19th, with general sale beginning on May 24th. Are you going? Tell us at

And, um, can we hitch a ride? Thanks.

Beach House and Dum Dum Girls dates w/ Vampire Weekend:

Aug 28 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC

Aug 29 Marymoor Amphitheater, Redmond, WA

Aug 31 Edgefield Amphitheater, Troutdale, OR

Sep 3 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO

Sep 5 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

Sep 7 Molson Canadian Amphitheater, Toronto, ONT

Sep 8 Metropolis Theater, Montreal, QUE %

Sep 11 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Sep 12 Bank Of America Pavilion, Boston, MA

Sep 15 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Sep 16 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Sep 17 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Sep 26 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA #

# with Beach House + The Very Best

% Dum Dum Girls

Daria Arrives on DVD

Hey MTV, thanks for finally releasing the complete series of Daria on DVD. This is, in all serious, a momentous occasion and a glorious gift unto mankind. In fact, it’s so sublime that it goes a step toward erasing all my horrible memories (read: permanent brain scars) of Laguna Beach, The Hills, Jersey Shore, the last 10 years or so of The Real World, Road Rules and all related spinoffs, any and all dating shows (including but not limited to Date My Mom, NEXT, and Bus Full Of Weirdos Making Out), Cheyenne, that Ashley Simpson show, the show with her older sister on it, the one where Wilmer Valderama stands next to people making “yo mama” jokes, the show where MTV dangles a camera from a fishing line in the middle of a trashy mall food court until 12 episodes worth of footage has been captured, edits down said footage with quick, jumpy cuts, and slaps some MGMT music on top of it, oh – and Tila Tequila. Come to think about it, it’s very, very small step.

But seriously – DARIA! Don’t call me for a week, I’m going to be in a coma on the couch with these DVDs playing back-to-back.

Oh, and read this write-up from TheFader’s Art + Culture blog. They really say it best.