Video: The Black Keys “New Girl”

The Black Keys - Brothers

Thanks to the similarity in their names, musical influences, hometowns, and number of group members, The Black Keys have endlessly been compared to fellow blues rock revivalists The White Stripes.  But when it comes to career trajectory, the similarities stop.  Unlike the overnight success of their Detroit counterparts, The Black Keys (Akron, Ohio natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney), have enjoyed a slower, but steady, rise to prominence that culminated in the release of 2008’s Attack and Release, their critically acclaimed fifth album that debuted at #14 on Billboard.

Two years, one excellent solo album (Auerbach’s Keep It Hid), and one mediocre hip-hop collaboration later (Blakroc), the Keys return with Brothers, due out May 18th on Nonesuch.  That’s the ultra-literal album art above.  “Tighten Up,” which was produced by Danger Mouse (who helmed Attack & Release), was the first track released to the web, but now there’s a video for an additional track, “New Girl,” which I actually like better.  The viral marketing influenced clip features a puppet t-rex chilling poolside, lip syncing the song, while surrounded by babes in bikinis.  In other words, it’s awesome.  Check it out below.

Video: Bear In Heaven “Dust Cloud”

Icelandic Volcano

Brooklyn krautrockers Bear In Heaven, who released 2009’s excellent Beast Rest Forth Mouth, were one of the many artists stranded overseas due to the Icelandic volcano eruption (pictured above). You may have heard about it. Anyway, while stuck in the Madrid airport one of the band members got bored enough to put a video camera on the baggage carousel. The resulting clip was obviously a bit boring but then they paired it with their track “Dust Cloud” (get it?) and the results are oddly hypnotic. Check out the video below.

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Band of Horses “Compliments”

Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms

“Compliments,” whose nature-themed video you can check it out below, is the first single from Infinite Arms, the new album by Band of Horses due out May 18 on Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia.  Already well known among indie fans for 2006’s Everything All the Time and 2007’s Cease to Begin, the latter of which debuted at #35 on the Billboard chart and produced the buzz single “Is There A Ghost,” the group has failed to catch on with mainstream audiences despite high profile appearances on The O.C. (“Ghost”) and free song promotions from iTunes and Starbucks (“No One Loves You,” a personal favorite).  With Infinite Arms coming out and a summer tour that includes numerous dates opening for Pearl Jam, 2010 could finally be their year.

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Video: Hot Chip “I Feel Better”,t=1,mt=video

UPDATE: Apparently this video now has embedding blocked, you can watch it in HD on YouTube here.

This is easily the best music video I have seen in a long, long time.

“I Feel Better” is off the excellent new Hot Chip album One Life Stand. Some other great tracks from the album are “Take It In,” which I previously shared here, “One Life Stand” and “Thieves in the Night.”

Hot Chip - One Life Stand Hot Chip
One Life Stand
(EMI) 2010

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Raekwon “House of Flying Daggers”


This is the first single from the long awaited sequel to Raekwon’s 1995 debut album, the hip hop classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. After the success of 36 Chambers and the solo LP’s by Method Man and GZA, Cuban Linx put Raekwon and Ghostface on the map as elite emcees and made it seem like the Clan was truly unstoppable. It remains one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, it’s arguably the Clan’s greatest moment and it is indisputably one of the most influential albums ever. Ever heard a rap song about crack before? Thank Rae and Ghost. Ever heard a rap song where they act like they’re in the mafia? Yep, that was them too. Despite a classic, early Wu-Tang, i.e. RZA, sound to it, this beat was actually an unused beat produced by the legendary J Dilla who passed away a couple years back. Check out the animated music video below.