Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Tegan and Sara “Alligator” Video Leak!

February 18, 2010

Hesta Prynn (of alternative hip-hop queens Northern State) tipped off fans to the video with this tweet:

“Watch Tegan and Sara “Alligator” vid and see how it’s actually a poppy upbeat dance tune. LUV this one for reals yo!!!”

The video has not been posted through any official channel yet, so check out a low quality version on YouTube:

Love the dancing!

Their Tampa date is now sold out, but you still can check them out at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton on the 21st. Be there!



Introducing: Fiancée

February 1, 2010

Back to basics.

Six guys from remote Missoula, Montana + jangly guitars + a whole lot to say = Fiancée. In catching up with drummer Tanner Benson I learned of his new band and was blown away by the sound. The jam band aesthetic is punctuated by steel guitars and hand drums, providing vocalist Skyler Bridges with ample space to explore musings on life and love.

Listen: 3 tracks up on the band’s MySpace

Sounds Like: Cage the Elephant

Check out the video for “.45”

From the band:
“Hello, boils and ghouls. Just letting everybody know we have completed tracking a grip of songs with super-producer and great friend, Benjamin AK Eddy. Look for a few of these songs to be on the internet shortly, and a yet-to-be-titled record for sale on a website near you.”

Watch out for these guys in 2010! You heard it here first.



January 21, 2010

OK GO has always been a band known for its inventively creative viral videos. Think back to those impeccably dressed men you witnessed on treadmills, or caught dancing in your backyard back in 2006. Well, those same impeccably dressed gentlemen have returned with a new album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, and a new video for “This Too Shall Pass,” but EMI does not want you to be able to freely share it. They have disabled the embed feature of the video on YouTube, and are in the process of suing Vimeo for allowing for an embeddable version.

Frontman Damian Kulash posted an open letter about the situation on the group’s forum Monday night, shedding some light on the issue. “We make our videos ourselves, and we keep them dirt cheap, but still, it all adds up, and it adds up to a great deal more than we have in our bank account, which is why we have a record label in the first place… Musicians need [record labels] to survive so we can use them as banks. Even bands like us who do most of our own promotion still need them to write checks every once in a while.”

Their record label, EMI/Capitol Records, gets paid a small sum every time a viewer watches one of their copyrighted works on YouTube. However, when a video is embedded on another blog, YouTube does not count those plays and EMI does not get paid. With the declining state of the current music industry, losing more money is not what the record company wants to do, even at the expense of virtually guaranteed viral marketing.

Kulash is mildly sympathetic to the plight of the record label, however, and offered up his thoughts in an interview with

“…I try to slam the label as little as possible. I mean, they’re in a completely impossible position. They were incredibly slow to react and definitely dug their own graves to a large extent, but that doesn’t mean that the people who are actually working at the desks at our label right now are bad people or doing the wrong thing. Most of the people we work with at the label are disgusted with their embedding policy. But it’s a big massive system that takes a long time to turn around.”

For a band that prides itself on its connections with fans and intense dedication to its art, I highly doubt that the band members really feel all that bad about the state of their record label. They most likely just need to keep up appearances so they don’t get dropped from the roster. The band could technically just repost the video under another YouTube username and provide an embed code that way, just as they have done by posting the video on Vimeo. The record label is clearly scrambling for every penny they can get, but I don’t see how preventing fans from sharing the video across social networking platforms actually helps them recoup any money. It is just drawing traffic away from YouTube, where they make money, to Vimeo, where they are not. But really, who thinks logically anymore?

Be sure to check out the video in question:

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

Also, download a free MP3 of “This Too Shall Pass” on the band’s website.


News ‘n Shows

January 14, 2010

Back in action on a Thursday!

Tiesto Feat. Tegan and Sara video released!
“Feel It In My Bones” is amazing with the Quin twins’ vocals, and the video is just as trippy. I am in lust all over again.

T-Mobile in Trouble
Enjoy your ringback tones while you can, as T-Mobile may be forced to pull the plug on the popular service. Performing rights society BMI has brought them under fire for alleged copyright infringement, according to Film Music Magazine. BMI claims that they tried to arrange licensing agreements with the cell phone giant for many years but that none ever materialized. The other major carriers have all negotiated terms for their ringback tone programs and are not named in the lawsuit. We’ll see how this one unfolds…

New M.I.A. album in the works
The Twittosphere was aflutter a few days ago with the release of a new song/video on M.I.A.’s twitter page. “Space Odyssey,” allegedly an attack on the New York Times, is a cut off of her highly anticipated new album, due out this summer.


January 26
Parafora Presents! Party @BackBooth – $8/$10 – 8 pm – 18+
The Tenant, Surfer Blood, Basements of Florida, Yip Yip, Monotonix
DJ Set by Waxfang

Parafora Presents is celebrating their third anniversary, and will be doing it in style! This lineup is insane and it is shaping up to be a hot event. Get your tickets @ Mother Falcon Clothing in Thornton Park for $5 until tomorrow!

February 9
Cold Cave @BackBooth – $6/$8 – 8pm – 18+
w/ Nite Jewel, Technobox, Emily Reo

Former Give Up The Ghost frontman Wes Eisold has emerged from his cave, no pun intended, and will be embarking on a full tour with new side-project-turned-main-event Cold Cave. Be there!

February 11
Take Action! Tour @ House of Blues – $12.65/$15.35 – 6 pm – All Ages
We The Kings, Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow, Rocket to the Moon, Call the Cops

iO blog will be covering this event and interviewing the bands. Sure to be a great time, and 10% of all ticket sales benefit 13-year-old Patrick Pedraja and his amazing charity, Driving for Donations!


I have edited the Mariah Carey video, and it is funny, but I think the public uproar over her drunkenness has subsided. I’ll wait until she strikes again and break it out.

Tomorrow’s Project

January 7, 2010

I was planning on doing a story on the now-defunct Orlando area band Rory, but that will be saved for tomorrow. The public has called for the remix of Mariah Carey’s drunken acceptance speech, and I have vowed to fill the void. Still thinking of ways to creatively approach the mix… Do I go the way of Nosaj Thing? Diplo? Oakenfold? Or just go for humor over substance? Only time will tell…

Until tomorrow!


Quick Track: The Knife

January 6, 2010

I experienced this epic opus just this morning, and it has been the best 11+ minutes of the first Wednesday of 2010. (Everyone loves lists and categorizations, right?)

The Knife “Colouring of Pigeons” (Download MP3)

A cut from their soon-to-be-released operatic soundtrack, Tomorrow, In A Year, it swirls with instrumentation and arrangements straight out of a Bjork performance art piece. Set time aside for the experience, as it is a must-listen in its entirety. Described as a “Darwin, electro-opera,” the opera itself is best categorized as… Well, I’ll leave that up to you.


New and Love

January 6, 2010

Another bitterly cold day in Florida. Yes, actual and scientifically measurable cold, not just “Florida cold.” It’s 32 degrees outside!

I first experienced John Paul Ramos at his good friend and self-described shake-a-billy singer-songwriter Rachel Goodrich‘s show @BackBooth on December 27th. (Check out Rachel’s video for “Light Bulb” and be amazed!) According to his sister and keyboardist, Camillie, the band had only practiced a total of 7 or 8 times in order to get ready for their last-minute show addition, with help from a few other well-known local musicians. Peter Baldwin provided back-up vocals, and Kevin Cash of Mirror Pal (fresh off of playing with his main project the night before in the same venue) showcased his prog-pop guitar prowess. They handled a Daft Punk cover with ease, and their original material was surprisingly catchy and melodic for only having been written a few weeks prior. The talented bunch do not have any recorded material just yet, but a YouTube video of their closing number, “Juventud,” has surfaced to give you a taste of their sunny Latin-infused, indie dance-rock.

Nada Surf will be back with a new covers album “if i had a hi-fi” on March 25th and a slew of North American and European tour dates… Of course there is no stop for us here in the vast cultural wasteland that is Orlando, which should be disappointing but is to be expected. New York City gets three consecutive dates, each one featuring a different NS album IN FULL! Those jerks. The band will tackle gems from a range of classic artists, including the Moody Blues, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush and more.

I shall celebrate from my own little corner of the world with a classic jam that brings me back to memories of my college roommate and our tiny apartment. Aw, fuck it. I’m gonna have a party!

Nada Surf “Blankest Year” (Download MP3) off The Weight is a Gift


Feist Emerges!

January 2, 2010

Lovely as ever, the one and only Ms. Leslie Feist has emerged as the vocalist on a Beck Oar sessions track, “Weighted Down.”

Record Club: Skip Spence “Weighted Down” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo

Relatively off the radar since her last show in support of The Reminder in November of 2008, it is great to see her working on new music. She does not use her breathy, ethereal voice to its fullest potential here, however, and it gets buried under the layers of synths. It sounds like she is singing words off a page, unsure where to add vocal flourishes. Disappointing, yes, but her voice is still beautiful nonetheless.

Sing louder and with feeling, Ms. Feist, we know you can do it!