Sonic Roundup 8/10

  • MGMT‘s James Richardson can officially cross off “being pelted by a barrage of shoes” from his bucket list. This past weekend, during a show at California’s US Open of Surfing. During a break in the set, Richardson announced “Everybody give me your left shoe right now!” Amusingly, the crowd obliged, providing a volley of sneakers and flip-flops that bounced off the stage, the band, and equipment. Seconds later, Richardson said “That was probably a bad idea.” Of course, that’s overlooking the question of how the majority of the crowd planned to survive the mosh pit with only one shoe.

  • The Decemberists recently popped into the AV Club’s Undercover series to play a cover of Sugar‘s “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” only using five guitars to do it. Of course, none of this should be possible since ex-Sugar frontman Bob Mould already did the same thing, using only his electric guitar. That’s right: Bob Mould covered Bob Mould, who was in turn covered by The Decemberists. It’s like Inception, but with guitars. Or something like that. Anyway, KEXP’s got both videos below.

  • You’ve already heard AM & Shawn Lee‘s track “Dark Into Light” on the KEXP Song of the Day Podcast, and now you can check out the animated video, wherein the moody electronics get a vibrant and slightly epileptic visual accompaniment.

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