Not only does this new song from Katy Perry make my ears bleed, the video is hilariously terrible. Perry appears as some kind of lollipop-land girl in a world filled with a lot of phallic shaped candy for her to climb on. Oh yeah, and then she appears naked with a little cotton candy covering her ass?! Oh yeah, and Snoop Dog is in it, just kind of schubbing around with a pair of dice and later leading a gummy bear army(!?). The premise of the song is “California girls are unforgettable,” but with videas like this they appear to be unforgettable in an entirely negative way (like Vietnam unforgettable).
Isaac Brock, he of Modest Mouse fame, also has made some pretty great music with his side project Ugly Casanova. Their debut (and only) album was the excellent Sharpen Your Teeth, and that album came out what seems like a lifetime ago. That is all changing with a new album that is serving as the soundtrack to a new movie called 180° South. Above is Brock performing the track “Here’s to Now” at the movie premiere, and below is a MP3 of the track “Lay Me Down.” Both are much more stripped down and organic than a lot of Brock’s work, but this isn’t too surprising as his last Ugly Casanova album was also a more barren and streamlined affair. The record drops on June 22nd.
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The video above is the title track to Fanfarlo’s new digital EP, featuring remixes from TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, The Horrors, Toro Y Moi, and Tom Elmhirst, which is out July 13th. Check out Dave Sitek’s remix below.
You can never say that the Coral are boring. The group, who burst onto the scene a few years back as wild eyed 18 and 19 year olds making quirky pop music, have never rested on their laurels. Their latest album, Butterfly House, is due out on July 12th and features a more full, almost Love-esqe sound, at least judging by the first two tracks. The MP3 below of the title track is a little more subdued and didn’t do much for me. The video above is for the track “1000 Years,” and it has a little bit more of a pulse. Hopefully the whole LP is a little bit more engaging than these two tracks suggest.
I tried watching the BBC4 documentary Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany when it came out a while back, but you needed some converter thing to play videos from England (or something). I then forgot about it, but just the other day remembered the title and found it (albeit broken into six 10 minute parts) on You Tube. It is awesome for fans of Anne Tuul, Can, Faust, etc and for anyone who wants to find out more about a genre that really is influential on a lot of current indie musicians.
Watch Part 1 HERE and it will lead you to sections 2-6.