Today in Music: Catching Up

Guess which iconic Seattle rocker is depicted
in this promotion mock-up

Yesterday’s post, like on all Thursdays, focused specifically on the Northwest (Sasquatch, duh!), and in that very short time a whole bunch of non-NW related stories fell through the cracks here at the KEXP Blog. So, today, while all of your officemates have fled to hills, beaches, and in-laws’ houses, you can kick up your feet, watch a few videos and reconnect with the world. Don’t worry — your boss is probably on vacation too. Here’s what’s been going on:

  • First things first: the new video for “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes, which was kicking around the blogosphere all day yesterday. Unfortunately, you’re likely to find a lot of dead links right now. To view it proper, you’ve got to get the goods from Spinner, who is officially hosting the video, which is where we got this:

  • Another item I was itching to post all day yesterday is the new song that The Jesus & Mary Chain played on the Late Show with David Letterman. The resurrected feedback-loving rockers, who recently appeared for two dates at NYC’s Webster Hall, performed this song, which they called “All Things Must Pass.” Thanks to Indie Selections, who posted this video and prettied up a nice mp3 for you to listen to:
  • The Jesus & Mary Chain – All Things Must Pass [live on Letterman] (MP3)

  • Lady Sovereign was quick to make apologies (and excuses) for her Brooklyn meltdown the other day. Brooklyn Vegan posted a press release, which outlines her very difficult day (broken down tour bus, etc.) leading up to the event, and contained this slightly more heartfelt apology by the lil’ rapper: “I know how stupid i must have looked on Friday, I was tired and not in the mood, having a bad day. But that’s no excuse for letting fans down, I’m sorry to those that were at Studio B to see me.” The label’s press release promised a new tour bus when Lady Sov returned to NYC. I’m sure that was the problem.
  • Another new video that was anticipated at least as much, if not more so, for its production as for the man who recorded the song, is Paul McCartney‘s “Dance Tonight,” directed by Michel Gondry and featuring Natalie Portman:
  • Yesterday, Spin posted a clip and trailer for the upcoming Joy Division biopic Control, directed by famed photographer, videographer and filmmaker Anton Corjbin (you know, the dude who shot the great U2 Joshua Tree pics). The film, which screened to enthusiastic audiences at Cannes last week, stars a relative newcomer Sam Riley, who, by the look of these clips posted by Spin (via, is a convincing Ian Curtis:
  • Here’s the Control trailer:

  • Hey fanboys and girls (we’re non-discriminatory here at KEXP), here’s a hot item: the sultry Neko Case is auctioning off her underwear. Sort of. KEXP DJ and Seattle Weekly writer Hannah Levin reports over at Reverb that you can currently bid on the corset Neko wore in the burlesque photo shoot by Seattle photographer Victoria Renard for Kutie magazine and for a promotional calendar for Sympathy for the Music Industry. The Ebay auction, which is currently up to $177 and is still within your reach, will benefit Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue.
  • Have you guessed yet who the Doc Marten wearing angel is up there? You may have already heard anyway, but one image in a series of misguided mock-ups for the proposed “Forever” campaign features Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain sittin’ on a cloud with his Doc boots untied, looking forlorn. Courtney Love, whose track record with Kurt’s image hasn’t exactly been spotless, immediately took the blame. But it wasn’t the former Mrs. Cobain who was at fault. Doc Martens’ CEO apologized for the company and maintained that the ads weren’t commissioned by the ad agency who created them. You can read the whole story over at Spin, and check out the other mock-ups for Sid Vicious, Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone, if you have the stomach for it.
  • Ok, that’s it. I’ll post some new videos next week, once everybody else is back from their holiday barbecues and memorial remembrances. I’ll leave you with a new one by UNKLE, which gives me new respect for Clooney-clone Goran Visnjic, who stars in this cinematic video for “Burn My Shadow (feat. Ian Astbury)”

    If you hear any great news or music over the long weekend, be sure to drop me a line at

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