Thursday News Roundup

The Head and the Heart at Mellow Johnny's during SXSW 2011
photo by Jim Bennett

The Head and the Heart have a new music video out for “Down in the Valley”. The video features footage of the band on the road and playing at different venues. It’s a quite endearing video to a beautiful song. Watch it below:

  • Third Man Records founder and former White Stripes’ guitarist Jack White recently announced the release of his solo debut Blunderbuss. Along with the announcement came the digital release of the album’s first single, “Love Interruption” (the 7″ vinyl now also has been released). The single’s B-side is “Machine Gun Silhouette,” a track that will not be included on Blunderbuss. You can stream it via Hype Machine here.

  • Lana Del Rey played an excellent toned-down set at Amoeba Records yesterday. After a successful Billboard chart debut at #2 and a good performance on Letterman, it seems like she might be gaining back some of the confidence she lost amidst the internet backlash over her SNL performance. The Amoeba Records performance is very good, albeit short. Watch most of the performance at Stereogum. Watch her performance of “Without You” below:

    • Shabazz Palaces recently remixed the Battles track “White Electric” for their Dross Glop 2 12″ remix release. This is the second of two remix EPs for tracks off of Gloss Drop. The 12″ also features a remix of “Futura” by The Alchemist and another of “Africastle” by KODE9. Listen to the Shabazz remix below:

    • Converse has been continuously surprising us with their “Three Artists, One Song” projects. Hot Chip, Bernard Sumner (of New Order), and Hot City contributed the wonderful “I Didn’t Know What Love Was” almost a year ago. Other combos include Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi, and Best Coast, as well as Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, and Andrew W.K. But this time around, Converse is going all out, and on February 23, “DoYaThang” will be released, featuring Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000. The song will be available for free download on Converse’s website.
    • Last summer, San Diego legends Hot Snakes reunited for a number of dates, and now they’ve announced a West Coast tour that will bring them to Seattle, more specifically to Neumos on April 2. You can visit Pitchfork for a complete schedule, and check out their video for “Braintrust” below.

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