- There was a time when playing on MTV Unplugged carried a weighty value. Clapton’s reimagining of “Layla” for the over-40 set, LL Cool J changing the rap game by taking it unplugged. But MTV went young as most of us grew old, but it reckons that some of those who passed on flannel for khakis will get a kick of the latest Unplugged participant: Vampire Weekend. Click the band’s name to watch the episode.
- The wealth of tribute albums in the market could make anyone’s head spin. From the epic to the gutter, tribute albums range in variety, range, and style. Yet the idea of a new tribute toward the Thin White Duke, David Bowie, is due in May via Manimal Vinyl. The titleless tribute will feature contributions from Vivian Girls, MGMT, and Duran Duran among others. All proceeds will benefit the charity, War Child.
- Although a Smiths reunion seems no closer to happening than when the group first split, former bassist Andy Rourke, who’s maintained a royalty dispute with Morrissey, joined the NYC-based Smiths cover band Sons & Heirs at Brooklyn’s Bell House on Saturday night. Though doubtfully paving the way to friendlier relations, Rourke went so far as to cover a couple of Moz’s solo tunes with the band.
- It’s been a few weeks since a peep from Animal Collective, so allow this newly released video of “Brother Sport” from Merriweather Post Pavilion serve as a refresher:
- Aside from hosting the wonderfully obtuse Spectacle, people may recall that Elvis Costello was and is a recorded musician with a pile of albums to his name. Now it’s time to add the second edition of Costello’s recent live series, Live at Hollywood High, to the top of the stack! The album captures a live 1978 show from Costello (with The Attractions).
- About a year ago, the Bay Area band Citay joined us for a mind-melting in-studio session. Now, they’re ready to release their third LP, Dream Get Together, and have asked their friends Jens Lekman, The Antlers, Suckers, Steve McBean of Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops, Nicole Atkins, Bishop Allen, Akron/Family, and others to describe what their imagined “dream get togethers” would be. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs provides the first description on the band’s website and also guests on “Mirror Kisses” from the new album:
- There is a lot to hate Billy Corgan for: making kids whiny in the 90s, walking around with a bulbous head (and that’s not a Jessica Simpson joke), and the inflated size of his ego that grows three sizes larger per day. But then he wakes up one day with an idea that may actually work such as beginning his own label and signing The Germ to that label.
- Vampire Weekend again breathes life into the talk show circuit this week, which still features mostly repeats. But you can see them twice, on Conan and Ferguson if you’re so inclined.
Monday, January 11
Conan O’Brien: Vampire Weekend
Tuesday, January 12
Carson Daly: The Raveonettes (R)
Wednesday, January 13
Carson Daly: Lisa Hannigan (R)
Thursday, January 14
David Letterman: The Low Anthem
Craig Ferguson: Vampire Weekend
Carson Daly: Pete Yorn (R)
Friday, January 15
go see a live show!