Today in Music: The Day before the 4th

Thee Emergency at the 4th Annual KEXP BBQ
Don’t forget to pick up tickets for this year!

photo by Gregory A. Perez

With the 4th of July being smack dab in the middle of the week, there are barely a handful of new releases this time around. After all, if you’re going to be standing in line for anything this week, it will be more likely for hot dogs, beer, the portapotty, or fireworks, more than for the new Velvet Revolver. Of the few notable releases to be found on Largehearted Boy‘s list are Andre 3000’s soundtrack to the Cartoon Network series Class of 3000 and the sophomore release and concept album T.I. vs. T.I.P.

Andre 3000 – Class of 3000 Theme (MP3)

T.I. – Tell ‘Em I Said That (MP3)

Instead of slogging through whatever other new releases remain (like the Transformers soundtrack), I figured this would be a good opportunity to cheer up all of you poor saps still sitting at your computers the day before a holiday while your coworkers are innertubing. They’ll have to wait until later to catch these songs and videos, hot off the, uh, internet:

First up is a single from the upcoming Rilo Kiley album Under the Blacklight called “The Moneymaker,” but iit’s unlike most videos out there (well, most music videos anyway) in that the 12 minute clip features interviews with sex trade workers before the actual song begins. The video, filmed in a sex shop, features some of those same workers:


Canadian band Stars won’t release their next album, In Our Bedroom After The War, until the end of September, but you can listen to a song from it right now, courtesy of their label Arts & Crafts:

Stars – The Night Starts Here (MP3)
A new song by The Figurines, a Danish band signed to the local Control Group label, is also circulating the internet. This song will appear on the forthcoming When The Deer Wore Blue:

The Figurines – Hey Girl (MP3)
Men’s Needs Women’s Needs Whatever, the latest from The Cribs comes out in two weeks. They’ve already released a video for their first single, “Men’s Needs,” in censored, uncensored, and fully clothed forms. Now you can watch the video for their newest single, the decapitation-less “Moving Pictures” here:
The first single from the next Iron & Wine album, The Shepherd’s Dog, will be out next week on Sub Pop, but you can listen to it here first:


The single for the latest from Smashing Pumpkins, Zeitgeist, “Tarantula” can be found now on the ‘Tube, but you’re not gonna get the kinda quality Spinner‘s DL is offering, so check it out here:

And while you’re at it, you might as well watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ latest single “Is Is,” which just debuted today on Spinner and is filmed in the same nightvision goggles style as “Down Boy” and the rest of the Is Is EP photography.

Okay, that should keep you busy and make it look like you were working at your desk while the, what, manager-in-training, who’s obviously stuck behind to watch over everybody else and who has something to prove, patrols the hallways to keep you all on task. Don’t worry. The day is almost done.

Before you head off, though, be sure to send your thoughts to Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, who had to cancel the European dates on their current tour due to a family emergency, and also to BrakesBrakesBrakes frontman Eamon Hamilton, who misplaced his guitar after a set at Glastonbury and is asking for its return. According to Pitchfork, “The Gewa Tennessee Bluesbird was left in a black case outside the Leftfield tent between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. on June 24, immediately after the band’s performance.” The guitar has more sentimental value than real value, so hopefully whoever “found” it will do the right thing.

If you find any interesting music news while you’re stuffing your face with burgers, drop me a line at

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One Comment

  1. Posted July 3, 2007 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Ahhh, that Iron and Wine is lovely! Thanks for posting it! I am really excited for that record, and sad that I won’t be able to listen to it all summer.

    I hope things are OK in Pharmacist-land. That announcement is disconcertingly vague.

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  1. By the sky was candy on July 3, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    […] This version doesn’t have all the sex-worker interviews, just a couple seconds with Tommy Gunn. If you want to see the full interviews (which are actually very interesting) check out the KEXP Blog, they’ve got the full video. […]

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