In celebration of the album’s release, the band recently recorded a handful of live performances in an attic in upstate New York. Over the past week, Pitchfork , Stereogum , Brooklyn Vegan and My Old Kentucky Blog have each unveiled one clip in the four-part series. The videos, directed by Taryn Gould and Emily Kowalcyzk, feature the band performing a different Rhumb Line stand out facing in a different compass direction – North, South, East, West.
In addition, Ra Ra Riot recently unveiled the official video for “Ghost Under Rocks,” the NPR fave featured on All Songs Considered this week. It’s a simple enough performance clip bolstered by a world map backdrop and the band’s characteristic bouncy energy. The video premiered this weekend on MTV2’s Subteranean. A link to the clip is below. And after the jump? The band’s complete(ly massive) touring itinerary for the remainder of the Fall.
Any regular Huffington Post readers out there may have noticed a new guest blogger on Friday by the name of Dave Stewart. The Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics, you mean? Yup, that one. Fresh on the heels of his brilliant solo record The Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol. 1, and in conjunction with MoveOn.org, Stewart has released a video for single “American Prayer” that features stock footage of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as appearances by many celebrities and musicians, including Forest Whitaker and Joss Stone. Check it out for yourself right here (or after the jump), buy the track at iTunes, and upload your own version via Stewart’s website, My American Prayer.
Brooklyn duo Project Jenny, Project Jan have been busy. Coming off their debut album XOXOXOXOXO, PJPJ have spent the summer working on a collaboration record due this fall featuring songs with Fujiya & Miyagi, Mixel Pixel, So Percussion, Adam Matta, Nate Martinez (Pela) and One Watt Sun. Listen to new track “You Said (feat. So Percussion)” right here. All proceeds will go to charity.
This Sunday, August 24th, Project Jenny, Project Jan will play a FREE SHOW at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn for the McCarren Pool After Party. They’ll then join Fujiya & Miyagi on a string of UK and Ireland dates in September.
Last month, Menomena’s Danny Seim released the eighth (or ninth, we can’t tell…) full-length under his solo moniker, Lackthereof . Your Anchor , delivered July 22nd via Barsuk Records, has been landing praise left and right since its release. Danny recently contributed a trippy reading of the Book of Solomon to Daytrotter’s Bookery section. As Daytrotter editor Sean Moeller says, “you’re going to be hypnotized by this whacked out reading/recording made by Menomena drummer and Lackthereof mastermind Danny Seim and when you awake from the trance – inspired by the piece to paint your body green, speed-eat a pork chop and four apple pies, caress a complete stranger and then cannonball into a quiet pool, bellowing, ‘Behold thou art fair,’ in Latin or French.” Yeah, what he said.
Oh, and there’s more goodies, too. Seim is following up the release of last month’s “Last November ” with another standout from the album, “Choir Practice.”
Orange County, CA comedy-punk vets The Vandals recently released BBC 1 Sessions and Other Polished Turds , a digital-only collection of rarities from the annals of Vandals history and BBC 1’s Lock-Up Sessions with Mike Davis. The album boasts some of the best from those sessions, featuring hilarious renditions of ZZ Top, Sublime, and Queen fare, and a tear jerking piano version of the dead pet lament “Canine Euthanasia.” Plus there’s exclusive new tracks – “Long Haired Lover” and “You’re Not The Boss Of Me (Kick It)” – featuring Emmy-winning comedian Bob Odenkirk (AKA the Bob half of Mr. Show). The rest, mostly cover songs, come from ancient Ramones tributes, lame Alice Cooper tribute albums, and even an awesome Japanese Disney tribute. The cheesiest of the cheesy, however, has to be the Vandals version of “Long Haired Lover From Liver Pool,” the song then-9-year-old Jimmy Osmond topped the U.K. pop charts with in 1972. Full tracklist after the jump.