Thursday Music News

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  • You can’t have Halloween without vampires. Vampire Weekend performed on Jimmy Kimmel last night (dressed as skeletons, ironically enough) and treated the audience to “Oxford Comma” and a new song called “Unbelievers.” The quartet has been working on a new album for the past year, and hopefully we’ll hear more good news from them soon. For now, check out the Kimmel clip below.

  • Yesterday also saw the premiere of a new song from Thom Yorke‘s Atoms for Peace project. According to Spin, DJ Mary Anne Hobbs debuted “What the Eyeballs Did” on XFM yesterday, though it isn’t scheduled to be released until November 19 (as the B-side to “Default,” which Yorke released in September). While “Default” sounds like it would fit in on 2006′s The Eraser, “What the Eyeballs Did” is much funkier, thanks to an aggressive bass line that could only come from Flea. (Sorry, Colin Greenwood.)
  • Snoop Dogg plans to release a new album called Reincarnated in February, so it seems appropriate that he would adopt a new stage name: Snoop Lion. But the West Coast hip-hop pioneer seems to be straying far from his roots on his new Diplo-produced cut “La La La,” embracing reggae and a child-friendly persona. Here’s the video, which Snoop describes as “A bunch of kids dressed in costume, dancin’, shakin’ and bakin’, makin’ it move to the music and the sounds of Snoop Lion” (according to this MTV News article). Hopefully the kids aren’t as baked as he is.

  • Now here’s a video that definitely won’t overload your senses: “Graveyard” by Feist, which was filmed in black and white at Big Sur. “We’re alone in a field, always at a distance,” the Canadian songstress told Pitchfork. “I’m not talking about the graveyard, but of the entangled thoughts you get when visiting a graveyard. Usually you’re there to visit someone who’s died, and you think in broad terms about what they’ve become and your own mortality and about what time means.” Keep those thoughts in mind as you watch the video below.

  • If you love retro-60s pop and choreography, we have one more video for you! Jack White’s new protege, Willy Moon, just released an official clip for “Yeah Yeah,” which you may have heard in Apple’s most recent iPod ad campaign. “Yeah Yeah” is available for purchase on iTunes (of course), but the New Zealand crooner has yet to release a full LP. After you’ve watched the video below, be sure to check out “Railroad Track,” which was our Song of the Day on Tuesday.

  • Okay, that’s enough music videos for one morning! Our next new song premiere is brought to you by School of Seven Bells and SoundCloud. The group’s heady new track, “Secret Days,” is streaming now; their new EP, Put Your Sad Down, will be out on November 13 on Vagrant Records.
  • If Hurricane Sandy (and all those show cancellations) got you down, the music community is here to help. NBC Universal will host a telethon to benefit hurricane victims tomorrow night from 8-9 pm EST, which will be broadcast on nine different networks and the NBC website. East Coast residents Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera (most of whom are East Coast natives) are all slated to perform, according to The New York Times.
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