vampire weekend’s contra is the 12th independently distributed album to hit no. 1 on the billboard top 200 evah. beating susan boyle, ke$ha, lady gaga, and the rest of the sorries who couldn’t find their way to a decent song with a tuner in their hand. hooray for the vamps.
sub pop and vice magazine’s video site, vbs.tv (who’s creative director is spike jonz), is teaming up with cnn.com to air 2 new web series, “VBX.tv on cnn.com” and “Indie Asia: On Tour with Handsome Furs.” indie is going global. there’s no hiding now hipsters. you just made national news.
our beloved radiohead played a benefit concert this past sunday at l.a.’s henry fonda theater and raised over half a million dollars for haiti. tickets were sold at auction and final tickest were sold between $450 and $2000 each. they played a 24 song set, including one new tune, lotus flower.
concert set list:
Fake Plastic Trees
The National Anthem
How To Disappear Completely
A Wolf at the Door
Dollars & Cents
Everything In Its Right Place
You And Whose Army?
All I Need
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
it’s 1989. i’ve just acid-washed my levis and tucked my movie stub for say anything into my back pocket to remind me i’ve got to give peter gabriel another listen. michael jackson was just named the king of pop and tom cruise sure can make a mean cocktail even though he can be awfully mean to his idiot savant of a brother. it’s a happy world with my new nintendo game boy, and disney keeps knocking it out of the park. look at this stuff, isn’t it neat, wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete… i can’t stop singing that damn song and boy, what a funny rick moranis is shrinking his kids. oh. wait. not so happy world for ted bundy and the students at Tiananmen Square and what is this i keep reading about something called a greenhouse effect…? but we didn’t start the fire and the president doesn’t like broccoli, so what? just hope that wall in berlin finally falls. with woodstock ’89 around the corner, shouldn’t we all just be adored?
julian casablancas – phrazes for the young – 11th dimension
his solo album has given us a few wonderful, danceable, not too obnoxious synthy songs, including the title track to this video, but this music video is the gem of it all. taking the best of what we love about the 80s – we get big trouble in little china meets bad meets rock with you, meets oscar wilde..? all in all, it is truly some other dimension of freakin AWESOME.
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