Thursday News Threads

  • That right there is a new music video for The Monsters of Folk‘s song, “Dear God,” which was just released. You won’t see the monsters themselves, though. Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis let director and Michel Gondry protege Lauri Faggioni do her thing instead.

  • The [kinda] new collaboration between The Shins’ James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, Broken Bells, is going to be touring like crazy soon in support of their new record. This will be their first tour ever and it’s likely to sell out pretty quick. They’re stopping by the Showbox at the Market with The Morning Benders on May 25th. Speaking of The Morning Benders, though, you can check them out tomorrow here in Seattle, playing an in-store at Sonic Boom and then a show at the Croc.
  • Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock is apparently writing music for an upcoming episode of a Cartoon Network show called “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.” I’ve never seen the show. Nor heard about it, even. But you can bet I’ll be watching that one.
  • La Blogotheque has done it again with another amazing “Take Away Show.” This one features a performance from alt-country superstars, Wilco. Jeff Tweedy and the band play a great, intimate version of “Country Disappeared” from their latest record. Watch it below!

  • Kill Rock Stars is releasing a new record from KEXP band Horse Feathers on April 20th. It’s their third and is called Thistled Spring. Can’t wait to go buy a record? Check out the list of this week’s releases earlier on the KEXP blog. And/or sate your desires for new Horse Feathers by downloading a free mp3 of their song, “Belly of June,” below, courtesy of Kill Rock Stars.

Horse Feathers – Belly of June (MP3)

  • A new music video for Titus Andronicus‘ “A More Perfect Union” has been released on their MySpace. They are seen performing in a snowy landscape, as you can tell by the freezeframe below, but they take part in a number of other nostalgia-inducing activities, too. Check it!

  • Devendra Banhart had to cancel the last two dates on his tour because he broke “some bone in his leg skateboarding,” according to his official website. The post goes on to say, “I wanted to play the shows anyway like in a bed or something but the doctors didn’t think that was a great idea.”
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