the Pixies announced this morning the departure of bassist Kim Deal. Her minimalist bass lines and melodic voice are so integral to the Pixies’ sound, it’s sad to see her go. Good luck, Kim. I’m blasting this song all day today.
Today kicks off Bonnaroo 2013, the first Bonnaroo in a couple of years that I won’t be attending. So to ease the pain, I created a mix tape of all the bands I’ll just have to wait to see. Luckily, this year Bonnaroo’s providing a livestream for those of us not lucky enough to be at the farm this year.
A must-listen: The evolution of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” from 1920 to 2020.
Personally, I’m in love with the 1930’s and 1980’s version. 1990’s is pretty funny, too.
Music Video Monday
This is new Grouplove. And I love it.
But the best part about the new Grouplove is that it’s still the old Grouplove. The loud vocals, quirky lyrics, and dance-able beats are all there. But their sound is elevated: louder, quirkier, even more dance-able (if that’s possible). While “Tongue Tied”, their most popular single off of their first album was the perfect summer night song, “Ways to Go” is the perfect any time happy song.
Their sophomore album, Spreading Rumors drops September 17.
It’s time to celebrate because after a four week hiatus, WZLY is back on the air! Tune in and dance to this supercut of iconic dance scenes set to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, y’all!
Rest in Peace, Ray Manzarek, best organ player around.
Hope he was able to break on through to the other side.
Kendrick Lamar’s newest music video for “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” is the best thing I’ve seen all week. It’s one of my favorite tracks off his album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” and I think the video does it justice in portraying the serious aspects of the song while also keeping it light. I loved the jump cuts to scenes of everyone dancing and Mike Epps as the priest was a funny surprise. I love love love love love this and I can’t wait to see more from this talented rapper from Compton.
For all those in need of a finals pick-me-up or a summer soundtrack, here’s “Do It Again” by Camera Obscura, the new single taken off their upcoming album Desire Lines. It’s got jangly guitar riffs, upbeat energy, and the crooning, beautiful voice of Tracyanne Campbell. The song kind of reminds me of biking through parks and wearing pretty dresses in new cities and other cute “indie movie” stuff, but that’s just me.
Check out their tour dates here. Desire Lines comes out June 4th (US)
Music Video Monday
I have two things to say about Coco O, singer of Danish duo Quadron. First, she is seriously fierce. And second, she’s an incredible dancer. This video for Quadron’s new single “Hey Love” brings to mind the video for “Call Your Girlfriend” by the similarly-fierce lady-dancer Robin. Unlike Robin, Coco O doesn’t dance alone, and the result is a tension between her and her host of male partners that compliments the song just perfectly. Watch this video, then watch it again. Then put it on repeat.
You can hear Coco O as she joins Florence + the Machine, Jay-Z, Lana del Ray, Beyoncé, and a veritable pantheon of music royalty on the soundtrack for the upcoming The Great Gatsby movie. The soundtrack is set for release on May 7.