Here’s the video for “Circa,” a track off the lovely and not-to-be-forgotten 2008 album by Death Vessel, Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us. If you’re looking for a monster of folk, this is your Mothra. Which is easier to believe: that this track is sung by the male voice of Joel Thibodeau, or that the video features a cameo appearance by the now grown-up baby from Nirvana’s Nevermind cover?
This is for MAGNET’s four high-school readers. (We are sorry your parents got you a subscription. We know they mistook us for Alternative Press. But wasn’t it fun learning all about Ray Davies and the Kinks?) Below, comedian Eugene Mirman (Flight Of The Conchords, some upcoming Sub Pop stand-up album) gives the commencement speech to his alma mater, Lexington High School, in Massachusetts. Always remember these words: “Don’t forget to follow your dreams, unless your dreams are stupid.”
Lead singer of the Jealous Girlfriends, Holly Miranda (whose falsetto is sometimes reminiscent of Fiona Apple’s) is busy this month: She’s beginning a U.S. tour with AA Bondy, launching her website and debuting her Sleep On Fire EP. Check out her Takeaway Show featuring some of the songs from the EP; a free acoustic mp3 of “Waves” is also available on her site.
Brooklyn art-rockers Grizzly Bear just released the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2006 album Yellow House. Already a contender for album of the year, Veckatimest (Warp) has been praised and praised and then praised some more. “Two Weeks” is one of the livelier tracks on the album.
In the wake of third album Crossing The Rubicon, Swedish quintet the Sounds debut the video for the album’s first single, “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake.” Currently on a summer tour supporting No Doubt, the band will be performing the song on The Late Show With David Letterman on June 15. The video features some generous close-ups of singer Maja Ivarsson’s ripped stocking-clad thighs.
Dave Douglas is a modern jazz trumpeter who’s played with John Zorn and collaborated with Tom Waits; he’s a multi-genre (he’s been involved with spoken-word and dance, klezmer and avant-garde), multimedia kind of guy. Filmmakers Jem Cohen (Fugazi’s Instrument) and Christoph Green (Wilco’s Ashes Of American Flags) made three shorts about Douglas and his band, Brass Ecstasy, working in the studio on Spirit Moves (Greenleaf, out June 16). The album features eight original compositions alongside arrangements of songs by Hank Williams, Rufus Wainwright and Otis Redding. MAGNET will be debuting a clip each Tuesday night—here’s part two:
Out of Los Angeles comes Miss Derringer, a group that steams off the influence of great American music from the ’50s and ’60s. New album Winter Hill is filled with upbeat tempos and somewhat dismal lyrics that bring you back to the days of sock hops and fallout shelters. Winter Hill comes out July 14, and the band is on a summer tour from now until July 24. This is a video for album track “Black Tears.”
To see Franz Ferdinand live is a singular experience unmatched by most other bands. The group encourages crazy dancing and audience participation at all shows, making concerts where the band blandly performs and the audience sways slightly while sipping their drinks seem like an exorbitant waste of time and money. This is a live clip of “Ulysses” from Franz Ferdinand’s February performance at the New Musical Express Big Gig.
Placebo announced the June 9 arrival of Battle For The Sun (Vagrant) with a sneak leak of the entire album on its website. Watch frontman Brian Molko bat his coal-rimmed eyes on the title track. Sun is the first Placebo album to feature drummer Steve Forrest.
Nearly 80 years after the death of Charlie Poole, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III has created a project that examines and celebrates the country-music pioneer. The two-CD set High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project will be released on August 25 and features not only Poole songs performed by Wainwright and friends, but also some new songs written about Poole’s life and times. Guests on the tracks include Wainwright’s son Rufus and daughters Martha and Lucy, the Roches and Chris Thile. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage.