The Walkmen’s “In the New Year” has been in steady internet rotation since 09 hit, and now the group is taking it offline to Conan O’Brien. They will be the musical guest on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien (12:35 AM EST) on Monday, January 26th where surely they’ll play everyone’s new favorite song from their 2008 release, You & Me, which just landed at number 32 in the Village Voice’s annual Pazz and Jop poll. Giving you one more reason to buy it if you haven’t already.
Brooklyn’s Junk Science have hit the ground running in the race towards their third full length, A Miraculous Kind of Machine , due later this year on Definitive Jux Records. They’re kicking things off with a series of free downloads, starting with “Running Shoes,” a celebratory “Obama song that has nothing to do with politics,” according to the group’s Baje One. He and partner Snafu wrote the track shortly after Barack Obama’s historic win and titled it “Running Shoes” because “it represents two oit’pposing but connected ideas. On one hand, running shoes are empowering, they allow you to move, to get to new places, like wings. On the other hand, running shoes could be what you use to escape from reality: drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, etc.” The juxtaposition of the two ideas seemed to encapsulate perfectly what Baje One and Snafu felt about that night: “this song is really about the crossroads, the Ides, the night before something new. A song for the brief intermission.”
The Silt / Cat’ s Peak
Fire Recordings / BUY
There — now that we got that out of the way we can go about giving The Silt their fair shake. Cause nearly everything written about this little Canadian outfit references he of the beard and Princely moniker. Not an ill-conceived comparison if you spend time with Cat’s Peak , but there’s so much more at work here than rote broken-folk sadsackery. At turns lush, at others stubbornly minimalist, The Silt’s proper debut LP, out under the fine Fire Recordings, pairs the gravel road trappings of country with the sweaty aesthetics of rhythm and blues and the experimental wanderings of the finest musical left fielders ever fielded.
MP3 : The Silt – No Twig
Digital crate-diggers, HEAR YE!
In 2008, dost thou only listen to music released in 2008? (NO!*)
Dost thou listen to music issued in other decades, perhaps even The Nineteen Eighties? (YES!)
Dost thou discovereth music after yon peers hast discovered it, and you’re all embarrassed when they declareth it “so last year?” (SOMETIMES!)
BE NOT EMBARRASSED.
These are 30 albums that we discovered and freaked out about in 2008. Some are old. Some are new. Some are reissues, so they’re old *and* new. All are 100% wizard.
The Black Lips are back. After turning the music world on its ear with last year’s triumphantly bratty breakthrough, Good Bad Not Evil, the quartet is set to return on February 24th with its third Vice release, 200 Million Thousand. Prepare for vintage Lips: a snotty 14-track celebration of unadorned rock n roll and no-bullshit songwriting. First up? The startlingly jangley (for the Lips, at least) “Starting Over.”
In an e-card released to fans over the Holidays, the Lips announced a video contest for “Starting Over.” The ambitious hope was to have 200 Million Thousand(!) videos made for the song, and to name one supreme creation victorious. Now, the wait is over. Partnering with Vimeo.com, the contest officially launched yesterday and runs until February 15th. The winning director will receive – other than bragging rights, of course – a feature on the homepage of Vimeo.com, an extra special 7” of LP-standout “Short Fuse,” and a signed copy of 200 Million Thousand.
CONTEST: Vimeo.com Video Contest
In other news, the Lips have added another run of dates to their already-announced, March-long Myspace Music tour. Kicking off on April 15th in Costa Mesa, CA, the tour winds its way around the desert and up and down the West Coast into early May. 200 Million Thousand tour dates after the jump.