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.


Dum Dum Girls Give Away New Song

Did you miss out on that limited edition split 7″ that Dum Dum Girls and Male Bonding put out for Record Store Day? Well today’s your lucky day! The Dum Dum girls’ half of that 7″ is now available as a free download, along with “Bhang Bhang, I’m A Burnout” from their debut LP! Check it out here.


SNEAK PEEK: Film School Reveal Tracks, Cover Art from New Album

It’s been ten years since Film School first formed, and in that time, a whole lot has transpired. From the critical success of 2007’s Hideout to the grueling tour schedule that ensued. To having all their gear stolen to breaking up, and even severing their five-year ties with their record company. Even through such erratic happenstance, the band emerges anew with Fission . Expect more melodic interplay between vocalist Greg Bertens and bassist Lorelei Plotczyk that begins with opening track “Heart Full Of Pentagons,” and streams through the album’s fuzzy guitars, tambourine accents and jangly rhythms. “There were tons of ideas and melodies floating around the rehearsal room, including some amazing full songs being brought in,” Bertens says. “I could tell this was going to be a totally different kind of album for Film School and I wanted to get out of the way and let it happen.”

You’ve still got a few months before Fission, drops on July 20.

Here’s a look at the track listings:

1- Heart Full Of Pentagons
2- When I’m Yours
3- Time To Listen
4- Waited
5- Meet Around 10
6- Direct
7- Still Might
8- Distant Life
9- Sunny Day
10- Bones
11- Nothings Mine
12- Find You Out


Animal Collective Get Even More Trippy in ODDSAC

The horrifying and sinister undertones in Animal Collective’s music tend to be overlooked by many fans. Luckily for them, ODDSAC , the band’s psychotropic foray into film, brings all the dread and horror to forefront. The moment ODDSAC’s first scene of tar floods and glitter/fire beings crept on the screen, it was clear director Danny Perez was once again able to capture Animal Collective’s more fun, horror-tinged musical ingredients (see his video for “Who Can Win A Rabbit” to get a taste).

ODDSAC shifts through morphing visuals and dark storylines- a family camping is suffocated by their marshmallows and attacked by a somber vampire. A group of young women baking is scolded by the glitter being from the first scene and then erupt into a series of food fights. The music is erratic and suspenseful, but maintains a certain sensation of “fun horror”. The abstract visuals burn and scatter across the screen like electric spasms, with gobs of color and incoherent chatter. ODDSAC propels a certain sense of obstruction and internal struggle, but it is definitely a fun ride. No word yet on when the soundtrack will be released, although some of it has been leaked. Be on the lookout for the DVD and iTunes release June 29th.

Until then, check out the trailer below:

— Alisha