Video Roundup: Ring in the New Year!

As you can just see the tail end of 2007 as it slinks out the back door, you can already hear 2008 standing outside, waiting to be let in. It definitely won’t be a dog year, though, with new albums anticipated from the likes of R.E.M., U2, My Morning Jacket, Franz Ferdinand, The Wrens, Death Cab For Cutie, Elbow, Moby, The Pomegranates, DeVotchKa, The Kills, Mike Doughty, Mountain Goats, Drive-By Truckers, The Gutter Twins, and so many others. Already, a few videos are hitting the ‘Tube to proclaim the new year:

Radiohead is first to hit the shelves, releasing its official hardcopy of the previously pay-what-you-want download of In Rainbows on the first day of the year. You can bet that records stores around the country will be open Monday at midnight, even on New Year’s Eve, to sell the album now distributed through ATO records.

Radiohead fans, on the East Coast at least, may want to wait until the next day to buy the album and stay home instead to watch a new webcast on New Year’s Eve (12AM EST). Announced just this morning on Dead Air Space, the webcast will be comprised of “a pre-recording of some songs and other bits” as a “wee celebration of the release of the physical manifestation of ‘in rainbows’.”

Here’s a cute “jazz hands” promo for that “physical manifestation”:


On their website, Death Cab for Cutie have announced a new as yet unnamed album to be released in May of 2008:


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are scheduled to release their 14th studio album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, due March 3rd on Mute (April 8th in the US on Anti-). Listen to the title song on the band’s website and check out this spooky/silly promo, entitled “Part 1. ‘Lest I Shiver'” (here’s hoping for Part 2 soon!):


Brooklyn band MGMT try a different approach to get noticed with their promising debut, Oracular Spectacular, due later this month. On the band’s website, fans can download an interactive video for the song “Electric Feel.” According to the video’s description on the ‘Tube, “There are 625 to the 229th power different ways the video can turn out.” Here is a screencapture of one of those ways:


Here are a few more previews of albums due out during the first part of the year:

British Sea Power – Waving Flags (from the upcoming album Do You Like Rock Music):


Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor (from the upcoming album Made In The Dark):


Sons And Daughters – Darling (from the forthcoming album The Gift)

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2 Comments

  1. JessicaSeattle
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    I just 2ble-checked http://www.radiohead.com/deadairspace — there it says the online NYE performance begins at 12am UK time.

    In the blog (above), the time is identified as Eastern time. So if the Radiohead site is correct, folks in the US would be able to view this performance at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific on Monday, 12/31/07.

  2. Posted December 31, 2007 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    According to the Current TV website, it will be on Current TV at 12AM EST, as reported above. The performance will be broadcast over different locations, so timing will be different.

    This comes from Ateaseweb:

    Thom Yorke called the webcast “a wee celebration of the release of the physical manifestation of ‘in rainbows’”, which will be available on http://www.Radiohead.tv starting midnight (UK Time). Following that broadcast, it will appear on a variety of websites including YouTube, Spinner.com, Yahoo!, Facebook, and on TBD’s site for the band.

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