Thursday News Threads

  • I hope everyone likes videos, ’cause I’ve put a lot of them in here this week. Unintentionally, I might add. While I’m on the topic, check out hundreds and hundreds of videos from live performances for KEXP at, including new Joseph Arthur, A Place To Bury Strangers, and We Were Promised Jetpacks performances. Alternatively, you can watch a 30-second preview for Animal Collective‘s bizarre/abstract film, ODDSAC, below.

  • Joanna Newsom‘s new album will apparently be three discs long. Seriously. She can do that. She’s Joanna Newsom. Additionally, a bare-bones harp-and-voice track called “’81” is streaming on Drag City’s site.
  • As The Stranger pointed out, LCD Soundsystem posted a behind-the-scenes video [embedded below] from the LA mansion where James Murphy has been working on the band’s new album. As Murphy wrote in a MySpace blog, “…basically, we’re back.”

  • Check out Phoenix covering one of my favorite under-appreciated Bob Dylan tracks from Pitchfork:

Phoenix – Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Bob Dylan cover) (MP3)

  • On February 11th the Moore Theatre hosts “Defriending Cancer,” a benefit/variety show featuring solo musical performances from James Mercer of the Shins and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Also, comedians Todd Barry, Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker (from Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Natashe Leggero (a regular on Chelsea Lately), Eugene Mirman, and Tig Notaro (featured on the Sarah Silverman Program).
  • Relatedly, the new video from Broken Bells has been released for their first single, “The High Road.” It features the duo (Danger Mouse and the aforementioned James Mercer) walking down a dark desert highway with nothing but flashlights to guide them. They run into bizarre a burlesque dancer, a surreal car accident, and steal a toy from a little kid. Check it out below.

  • Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Seal, Natalie Cole, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more artists to be announced soon, will perform at a gigantor Black History Month special being hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and emceed by Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah. It’s called “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement,” and will air on PBS on February 11th.
  • This week in WTF: Justin Timberlake joins Brother Ali on stage to beatbox. And it all happened in Wyoming. Really. Don’t believe me? Check out the following crappy video proof.

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