Thursday News Roundup

  • Youssou N’Dour has always been a voice for his community, but the Grammy winning singer has decided to run for president of Senegal. Elections take place next month. Read the story here.
  • Boise, Idaho’s Youth Lagoon released one of 2011’s most talked-about albums in The Year of Hibernation. One of the album’s most impactful songs, “July,” now has a tragic video to go along with it. Check it out below, and don’t forget that Youth Lagoon will be playing at Neumos in Seattle on Thursday, January 19, and will be live on KEXP at 1PM that same day.

  • Another “it” album from 2011 was Destroyer‘s Kaputt, which even found its way to the top of a few ‘Best of the Year’ lists. The Vancouver collective recently covered New Order‘s “Leave Me Alone.” Listen via Pitchfork here.
  • Sleigh Bells‘ much-anticipated sophomore release was originally slated to be released on February 14. It has now been pushed back one week later to the 21st. Hopefully this news will not have a significant impact on your life.
  • Guided By Voices recently re-united their “classic” lineup, completed a wildly successful tour, and released a new album Let’s Go Eat The Factory on January 1. The album’s first single “The Unsinkable Fats Domino,” was recently KEXP’s Song of the Day, and the indie rock pioneers played in on Letterman on Tuesday night:

  • At The Flaming Lips 5th annual New Year’s Eve bash in Oklahoma City, the psych-rockers covered a number of Beatles songs with the help of the Plastic Ono Band. Late in 2011, they released this video of their cover of “I Am The Walrus” to gear fans up for the performance. At the show, The Lips sold copies of a limited pressing of an EP they recorded with the Plastic Ono Band. Stream the EP’s four tracks via Consequence of Sound here.
  • The highly-anticipated second season of Portlandia, the sketch comedy show mocking Portland culture, will get underway on January 6. The show, starring SNL’s Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein appears on IFC, and if you’re like me and don’t have IFC and probably wouldn’t know where to find it if you did, it helps that they’ve released an entire episode for your streaming pleasure. Watch the whole thing here:

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