Sunday, May 30, 2010

Kid Cudi - "All Talk" (feat. Chip Tha Ripper)

Cudderisback, again. This time he's going in over LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yrself Clean" with fellow Cleveland brethren Chip The Ripper, calling out all those motormouths. One of the track's highlights is how it bookends Christian Bale's famous Terminator freak out with Murphy bashfully confessing "Talking like a jerk/except you're an actual jerk/and living proof". Straight genius, don't know how he comes up with this stuff. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is slated to drop sometime this summer...ya'll ready?

Download: Kid Cudi - "All Talk" (feat. Chip Tha Ripper)

MySpace: Kid Cudi

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Stream: Good Old War - Good Old War

Good Old War's newest self-titled record is now up for stream on their MySpace. Have given it a once over, and while it's still solid compared to the majority of trash in the pop airwaves, it's hard to measure up to Only Way To Be Alone (although it'll be hard for anything to top that one in my mind). More thoughts coming soon, but head over there to check it out. Good Old War drops June 1st.

Stream: Good Old War - Good Old War

Hot Hot Heat - "Goddess of the Prairie "

Take Hot Hot Heat's trademark dance-rock sound, add some huge fuzzed out guitar strumming and tempo changes that stop-and-go more than rush hour traffic and you got their newest cut "Goddess of the Prairie". Head over to for a listen and an MP3. Future Breeds is out June 8th.

Download: Hot Hot Heat - "Goddess of the Prairie"

MySpace: Hot Hot Heat

Video: City and Colour - "Body In A Box" (Live on Last Call with Carson Daly)

We've been on Dallas for a long time round here, but nice to see him getting a formal introduction to the US of A via Carson Daly. The opening interview really cuts to the core of how humble and genuine of an artist Dallas far as the performance goes, doesn't fall short of any expectation you would have for him. Absolutely kills it. This man's a true musical gem so anyone asking "Dallas who?" right now, repent for your aural sins and go get at Bring Me Your Love ASAP.

MySpace: City and Colour

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kanye West - "Power" (feat. Dwele)

Looks who's back...Presumably the first single off Good Ass Job has Yeezy going in on power-trippin over a marching beat propelled by hand claps, chanting, and what sounds like a sample of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man". Although this is the first release from Kanye since 808s & Heartbreak, he's still got plenty of dark in his words. When Dwele (his counterpart on "Flashing Lights") sings "Jumping out the window/letting it all go" all Ye' can say about it is "Yeah this would be a beautiful death". Hard shit. Welcome back, Mr. West!

Download: Kanye West - "Power" (feat. Dwele)

MySpace: Kanye West

Vampire Weekend - "Jonathan Low"

I've been over the Twilight phenomenon since, well, day one (I leave my vampire needs to True Blood). Still, whoever is in charge of putting their soundtrack together has got a killer pair of ears. I'd say Vampire Weekend's name alone qualifies them for an appearance, as they deliver a rolling, bell-tinged ode to the undead for the series' third installment, Twilight: Eclipse. You can tell the band is trying to sound as far from sunny as possible, not to much avail. The soundtrack, dropping June 10th, also features the likes of Muse, Cee-Lo Green, and The Black Keys. That something you might be interested in?

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Download: Vampire Weekend - "Jonathan Low"

MySpace: Vampire Weekend

Wavves - "Mickey Mouse"/"Cool Jumper"

When Nathan Williams isn't breaking down on stage or getting in nasty bar fights with other indie acts, he makes some awesome beach-ready tunes. Here's two re-worked tracks off his upcoming record King of the Beach, which Spin already tapped as one of the 25 most important releases of this summer. Nothing against the low-fi movement, but glad to hear that Nathan has opted to make things clearer without abandoning the je ne se qua (maybe "loud") aspect of his jams. Grab both these and look for King of the Beach on August 3rd.

"There was a conscious effort going into this that I didn’t want to make the same record again. I already made the same record twice, with the same fucking cover art … It wasn’t overbearing, but I didn’t want to recreate something I’d done. I wanted to make something bigger, something stronger…"

Download: Wavves - "Mickey Mouse"
Download: Wavves - "Cool Jumper"

MySpace: Wavves

Throwback: My American Heart - "Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather" (2007)

Here's another new segment I'm gonna try to work in here more often. Back when, I used to try and get some words out on some not-so-recent songs or records that still deserve your attention. More recently there's been so much good music coming out (thank god...) that I've strayed away from that. But I'm bringing back those blurbs in a new segment I like to call "Throwback". Let's get to it...

When SoCal emo act My American Heart recorded their 2005 debut album The Meaning In The Make Up, they sounded like another bunch of sad, whiny kids bringing their sorrows to the young, blossoming "scene". As the emo-craze surprisingly caught on with mainstream listeners, My American Heart got left behind, even though their second record (and consequently, final one) Hiding Inside The Horrible boasted some seriously solid tunes.

Look no further than the title-track. They kick it off with dance-floor ready drums and warp-speed riffs that work into a churning wave of rhythm, before thundering into an incredibly heavy and tight chorus. Vocalist Jesse Barrera either got some lessons or took a heavy dose of Sudafed, 'cuz his nasally vocals sound strong and confident, reminiscent of a younger Nic Newsham (of Gatsby's American Dream fame). I'll admit there's nothing earth-shattering about MAH, but when Barrera sings "Don't you get it/I made an attempt/to piece it all together", you can take comfort in knowing that you're listening to a band who wouldn't settle until they pushed their own personal envelope.

Download: My American Heart - "Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather"

MySpace: My American Heart

Video: Steel Train - "Bullet" (live)

Now this is how every live video should look like. Steel Train perform a new cut off their upcoming self-titled record with some top-notch cinematography. As far as the song goes, these guys are really stepping it up. Between the amount of sing-a-longs this and "Turnpike Ghost" yield, Steel Train (June 29th) is shaping up nicely.

Harvey's Kitchen: Steel Train, Bullet from Harvey Robinson on Vimeo.

MySpace: Steel Train

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Drake - "Light Up" (feat. Jay-Z)

And another one...with Hov in the mix, you got a bonafide hit. Thank Me Later must be leaking any day now.

Download: Drake - "Light Up" (feat. Jay-Z)

MySpace: Drake

Blu - "So Perfect"

Best news I've heard in awhile. Blu and Exile have teamed up on a new song, packing as much soulful goodness into a track as humanly possible. I do miss Mr. Barnes rhymes, but his bashful vocals and E's classical piano lines more than make up for it. Below the Heavens is a personal favorite, so anytime these two link up, it's two thumbs up from this guy. Get at it A-S-A-P.

Download: Blu - "So Perfect"

MySpace: Blu

Video: Vampire Weekend - "Holiday"

Another great video off Contra, although for my money, it'll be impossible to top "Giving Up The Gun" both in the video and musical department. The boys gear up in Napoleonic outfits and indulge in the finest food, wine, and girls the Golden State has to offer. Summer is here erybody.

MySpace: Vampire Weekend

Drake - "Fireworks" (feat. Alicia Keys)

Third time's the charm...sorta. Got another track off Thank Me Later, this one featuring the only woman who would get Michael Scott to blaze on the hook. She's immensely talented and delivers a strong chorus and Drake continues to be solid on every verse, but this one isn't clicking with me yet. I don't know whether if the slower instrumentals are blending together or what, but wasn't jumping on board with this like I did for "Unforgettable" and "Find Your Love". Thank Me Later drops June 15th, although if you've been sticking with me, you should have about half the album in your iTunes library already. Don't say I never did anything for you...

Download: Drake - "Fireworks" (feat. Alicia Keys)

MySpace: Drake

Video: Flying Lotus - "Heave(n)"

L.A's most galactic producer Flying Lotus throws in some more elements to the cosmic drama he built up on his most recent record Cosmogramma by giving his loyal minions a previously unreleased video for a previously unreleased track via his Twitter. They say the pyramids weren't built in a day, but with all that heave(n), he makes it look like a quick process.

MySpace: Flying Lotus

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bill Simmons - The Idiot's Guide to Russian Mark Cuban

Always been a huge fan of Bill Simmons, even though he gives the term "over-writing" a whole new meaning. In tackling Mikhail Prokhorov, the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets new intriguing and mysterious Russian billionaire owner, he's spot on. I won't spoil too much, but some of the goods include The Sports Guy referring to Prokhorov as Mutant Russian Mark Cuban (MRMC), an outline of the Net's three stage plan to go from bottom-feeder to dynasty, and a professional produced video of the 6'8" Russian doing flips and spins on his jet ski that was paid for out of his own pocket. If that's not enough to get you over there, I don't know what it is.

Read: Bill Simmons - "The Idiot's Guide to Russian Mark Cuban"

Video: The Black Keys - "Tighten Up" (Live on Letterman)

The Black Keys already backed up "Tighten Up" with Frank the Funkasaurus and a vicious playground throwdown. Now they give it the late night treatment on Letterman, opting for slick suits and some even slicker whistling. Brothers is out now, my thoughts coming soon.

MySpace: The Black Keys

Video: Steel Train - "Turnpike Ghost" (live acoustic at Relix)

Jack and Evan of Steel Train stopped by Relix's HQ to give their new single an acoustic makeover. Despite Jack's voice cracks bringing back all the fun memories of puberty, all-in-all it's a solid performance. Never completely clicked with the band, but I've loved this song since they unveiled back in a great 50s rock feel. Steel Train drops June 29th..when did self-titled album get hot again?

Watch: Steel Train - "Turnpike Ghost" (live acoustic at Relix)

MySpace: Steel Train

Video: Good Old War - UStream Session

The guys in Good Old War set up a video camera in some random basement and worked out a solid hour of footage for their adoring fans. Haven't had a chance to check out the set in it's entirety, but kicking it off with a energetic version of "Tell Me" (a personal favorite) and a video of the band recording their upcoming self-titled jaunt got my hangover-plagued morning off to a good start. Good Old War is out June 1st...gonna go give it a listen now. Be jealous.

MySpace: Good Old War

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Video: The Gaslight Anthem - The Making of American Slang (Pt.3)

"That's an English guy, he's got a cool hat. I bet he knows a lot about making records". American Slang drops June 15th.

The Gaslight Anthem - Behind the Scenes from Jason Tate on Vimeo.

MySpace: The Gaslight Anthem

T.I. - "Got Your Back" (feat. Keri Hilson)

Second single off King Uncaged and might as well be called "Live Your Life" part deux both musically and judging how big it'll probably blow up. Hit written all over it. I'll start taking your bets on how King Uncaged will face up to Paper Trail...from the sounds of some of the tracks off it, Mr. Harris might've outdone himself this time.

Download: T.I. - "Got Your Back" (feat. Keri Hilson)

MySpace: T.I.

Mark Ronson - "Bang Bang Bang" (feat. MNDR and Q-Tip)

Production giant Mark Ronson has called up a bunch of friends to put in work on a new album. First single features Q-Tip and the goofy electro-pop princess Amanda Warner a.ka. MNDR throwing swirly vocals over shiny synth work that would fit great in just about any old school Nintendo game. Tip is always smooth on the track and Ms. Warner has got all the talent and oddball charm to be the next Lady Gaga and this one should propel her up to that status in no time. Record Collection is slated to drop in September.

Listen: Mark Ronson - "Bang Bang Bang" (feat. MNDR and Q-Tip)

Brian Fallon - Live on KEXP Radio

The Gaslight Anthem frontman hooked up with Seattle radio station KEXP to release an acoustic set featuring stripped down versions of a couple songs from their upcoming album, throwing in a cover of Lightning Dust's "Antonia Jane" as a bonus gift. Brian Fallon always handles these kind of performances well; his pained vocals and the bare strumming are a better combo than LeBron and Chicago (yeah, I said it). I was lucky enough to get my hand on an advance of American Slang...I'll post my thoughts closer to the actual release date, but let me just say that if you were into The '59 Sound, American Slang will not disappoint. Anyways, this session is definitely worthwhile for anyone eagerly awaiting June 15th so grab a copy for yourself below. Shouts to the guys at weworemasks for packaging this up for the rest of us!

Download: Brian Fallon - Live on KEXP Radio

MySpace: The Gaslight Anthem

T.I. - "Yeah Ya Know (Takers)"

I'm not quite sure what happen to T.I. while he was locked up, but he's a man possessed now. His skills are blowing through the roof and this song is dead proof...straight up explodes. King Uncaged? No doubt.

Download: T.I. - "Yeah Ya Know (Takers)"

MySpace: T.I.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Drake - "Miss Me" (feat. Lil' Wayne)

Two cuts off Thank Me Later in one day? That's what I'm talking about. Posted a Drake-only version of this last week, but a Weezy spot makes this an album official. Glad to hear him cut the Auto-Tune and bring back his trademarked croak. Don't forget to take a peek at the tracklisting...June 15th ya'll.

Download: Drake - "Miss Me" (feat. Lil' Wayne)

MySpace: Drake

Video: Consequence - "Life Is Short"

Tag along for a long night out with the Cons in his new video for "Life Is Short"...not gonna say much on it, but I think we can all agree we've been there. Dude is criminally underrated, pick up Movies on Demand and see what you've been missing out on. That's why I get my drink onnnnn

Download: Consequence - "Life Is Short"

MySpace: Consequence

Video: Nas - "Hey Young World" (Slick Rick cover)

Levi's upper management need to head down to their marketing department and hand out some raises or, at least, some serious dap. The company's built on their oddly epic Pioneers, Oh Pioneers campaign, adding sessions where the likes of Raphael Saadiq, The Roots, Passion Pit, and The Shins will re-work a song that particularly inspired them coming up. The first in the series comes from the one and only God's son, as Nasir steps up to Slick Rick's "Hey Young World" and makes it his own. You can bet that 15 years down the road, there will be some young MC covering Nas, pegging him as one of the greatest of all time. I'll keep ya'll updated as more of the sessions get posted, but in the meanwhile, give the video a look and catch Nas' newest work, the Damien Marley-collab project Distant Relatives, out now. Good shit...

Nas for Levi's Pioneer Sessions from nation on Vimeo.

Download: Nas - "Hey Young World" (Slick Rick cover)

MySpace: Nas

Drake - "Unforgettable" (feat. Young Jeezy)

Another new cut off Thank Me Later, this one emphasizing the "heartbreak" in Heartbreak Drake. Drizzy and Jeezy both drop bitter lines about a lost love ("all the girls who played me/eat your motherfuckin' heart out") over a slowed-up, piano-heavy beat, before tag-teaming on the hook. Kind of funny seeing such swagger-heavy MCs let those girls get to 'em, but everyones got a sensitive side huh?

Download: Drake - "Unforgettable" (feat. Young Jeezy)

Myspace: Drake

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Roots - "Dear God 2.0" (feat. Jim James)

Hard to go wrong with the Roots and Jim James. After revealing the tracklisting for How I Got Over earlier this week, the one and only Roots crew finally released their much- buzzed-about re-working of Monster of Folk's "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)". Black Thought sounds on point lyrically (adding a more gritty delivery with it), James delivers a pitch-perfect hook, and ?uestlove adds to the cut's dreamy feel with a genius beat that only he could think up. This one straight kills it...can't wait to get my hands on How I Got Over, hitting stores June 22nd.

Download: The Roots - "Dear God 2.0" (feat. Jim James)

MySpace: The Roots

Talib Kweli - "Paper Please"

Fresh off Reflection Eternal's new album, Talib is already dropping new material of his own. This one see him singling out the controversial Arizona immigration laws while point a couple fingers at Uncle Sam. Gotta admit that his flow sounds considerably slowed down, but dude will always be a classic.

Download: Talib Kweli - "Papers Please"

MySpace: Talib Kweli

Interview: Circa Survive (

Circa axe men Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom open up about negativity in the music scene, moving to a major label, and the inner dynamics within the band. Blue Sky Noise is out now. Don't forget to pop over to for your one stop for all the best music news...*insert jingle here*

Interview: Circa Survive (

MySpace: Circa Survive

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dallas Green - "Untitled" (Song for One Tree Hill soundtrack)

Never thought I'd see the day where someone in as hardcore of a band as Alexisonfire would contribute a song to a show like One Tree Hill. Nonetheless, Dallas Green lent his impeccable voice to a track for the show's upcoming season finale with a collection of other artists under the moniker Nashville Skyline. Featuring a delicate piano line, some bombastic post-rock drums, and an uplifting chorus ("I know you think that you've been down"), you can already see the slow motion montage forming. Definitely worth a peek so hit that below.

Watch: Dallas Green - "Untitled" (Song for One Tree Hill soundtrack)

MySpace: Dallas Green

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Video: Entourage - Season 7 Trailer

Vince and the boys are back for their 7th season, one met by much skepticism (I'm with you Grizzly!). We've seen them make an indie success (then a failure), work with James Cameron/Martin Scorcese, and pull just about every good looking girl in L.A. But now it's unclear where they can really go from here. If this is the show's last season (not sure if it is or not), I think they could pull out all the stops and make it epic. If not, might just be the end of arguably the most ENTERTAINING show in T.V. history. Either way, I don't care what a good guy you're E, Sloan is all mine. Season premieres June 27th.

Side note: Entourage has always had a great talent for incorporating music into the show and aside from the mundane visuals for this trailer, the use of Foal's "Spanish Sahara" is on point. Hit the link below the preview to grab your own MP3. Best know I'm always taking care of ya.

Download: Foals - "Spanish Sahara"

Video: Wiz Khalifa - "The Statement"

New video from Pittsburgh's one-and-only Wiz Khalifa. Got on the Kush & Orange Juice bandwagon really late, but been spinning it non-stop as of late (just check my Last FM if you need any proof). Between his obsession with weed and his dreamy beats, dude sounds like Kid Cudi lite to me. Not up to Cudder's level, but kid's still got plenty of skills. Give the video a look below and hit the link to grab your own copy of Kush & Orange Juice. Won't be sorry after you give it a couple listens.

Download: Wiz Khalifa - Kush & Orange Juice (mixtape)

MySpace: Wiz Khalifa

Video: The Black Keys - "Tighten Up" (Official Video)

The Black Keys already broke out Frank the Funkasaurus in a video for "Tighten Up" back in April, but decided to give it a more official once-over. This version gives the album title a more literal meaning as Dan and Pat playground fight over a lady friend with bloody results. Bros before hos dudes...guess some people never learn. Brothers dropped yesterday so go find yourself a copy, I'm on it right now...

The Black Keys "Tighten Up"

The Black Keys | MySpace Music Videos

MySpace: The Black Keys

The Gaslight Anthem - "Boxer"

I've been longing for American Slang for so long I've almost worn out the title-track on my iTunes library. Now the good ole Jersey boys dropped a second track off the upcoming LP featuring a bobbing bass line, some intricate fretwork, and another gigantic chorus. It's becoming increasingly clear that, as much as The '59 Sound was an excellent debut, American Slang could well be their masterpiece. June 15th, everyone...mark your calenders.

Listen: The Gaslight Anthem - "Boxer"

John Nolan - "I've Been Gone"

First track off John Nolan's upcoming EP Songs I Wrote. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but I've always admired the way John can make himself sound in-your-face and far away at the same denying his talent, just like to see him change it up a bit every now and then.

Download: John Nolan - "I've Been Gone"

MySpace: John Nolan

Monday, May 17, 2010

Video: The Republic of Wolves - LP Studio Update (Pt. 1)

When the boys in The Republic of Wolves aren't writing jingles for Pringles and Honey Nut Cheerios or watching Family Feud they lay down some excellent music. Here's in-studio footage of the band working on their debut LP, fucking around, and generally reppin' Strong Island. Judging from the Pt. 1 add-on there should be more to come so stay tuned.

MySpace: The Republic of Wolves

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Video: The Hold Steady - "Hurricane J" (Live on The Colbert Report)

Craig Finn and Co. continue to back Heaven Is Whenever hard, stopping in at the conservative Thunderdome known as The Colbert Report to share their thoughts on music as religion, Catholicism, and an excellent explanation for the meaning behind the new album's title. Guys were even nice enough to trot out the rest of the band for a ripping take on lead single "Hurricane J". I know Glenn Beck swears he's got a direct line to God's ears, but I think this band just stole the big man's attention right back.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Hold Steady - Hurricane J
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The Hold Steady
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MySpace: The Hold Steady

Video: Local Natives - "Airplanes" (Live on Craig Ferguson)

These guys are my band of 2010 so far, hands down. Gorilla Manor has been one of those records that came out at exactly the right time in my life...gotta love it. Do yourself a favor and pick it up and look up the next time these guys blow through your town, it's a can't miss.

"I want you back, back, back..."

MySpace: Local Natives

Friday, May 14, 2010

Video: Circa Survive - "Imaginary Enemy"

Can't lie about how disappointed I was when Circa opted for a performance montage for their first video off Blue Sky Noise. Thankfully they do it up right for "Imaginary Enemy" letting the band play Hide-and-Seek: The Real Game. In all honesty the concept is far from fictitious...Circa have to be aliens to music this good.

Circa Survive - Imaginary Enemy

Circa Survive | MySpace Music Videos

MySpace: Circa Survive

Video: Minus The Bear - "My Time"

Break dancing, quick cuts, and lots of bright colors...oh, and Minus The Bear providing the soundtrack to it all. Not much to dislike there. Omni is excellent so get your hands/ears on it ASAP.

MySpace: Minus The Bear

Thrice - "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (Beatles Cover)

Looks like the dudes in Thrice have continued their love for Liverpool's finest by finding time to record another Beatles cover. The guys did a rip-roaring take on "Helter Skelter" back when and have turn their skills to the topsy-turvy blues of "I Want You". Speaking hypothetically, I'd love to see what would happen if Thrice embraced an entire Beatles cover album...they sound completely in their element performing their tunes. On a side not, glad to see the recent health scare that forced Thrice off their tour with fellow blog-favorite Manchester Orchestra ended up ok. Still send your good thoughts to the Kensrue family, your own loved ones while you're at it, and give this shit a listen!

Download: Thrice - "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (Beatles Cover)

MySpace: Thrice

Video: Drake - "Find Your Love"

Drake got a video out for this quick and an epic one at that. Shot as almost a movie-short, we see Drizzy locked in a deadly love triangle with a big-booty temptress and a Jamaican gangster who's a dead-ringer for Omar Little. The interludes are a bit strange, but the twist ending (I won't spoil anything for you) is pretty gritty. All about the song too so as far as I'm concerned Drake and his people are 2 for 2 on this cut.

MySpace: Drake

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good Old War - "That's Some Dream"

Really excited that some new Good Old War tunes are finding the light of day. Guys dropped "My Own Sinking Ship" a bit ago and just released this new cut via their website last week. This is definitely one of their more uplifting tracks, blending sunny harmonies and airy "la-la-la's" with lyrics like "I'm gonna live, I'm alright, I'm gonna die, it's alright, I'm okay". Good Old War drops June 1st.

Download: Good Old War - "That's Some Dream"

MySpace: Good Old War

Friday, May 7, 2010

Video: The Gaslight Anthem - The Making of American Slang (Pt.2)

Part 2 of The Gaslight Anthem's in-studio diary. This time they take things up with drummer Benny Horowitz. Looks like there will be two more segments so they can get around to everyone in the band. American Slang will be classic...drops June 14th.

MySpace: The Gaslight Anthem

Big Sean - "Made" (feat. Drake)

Kinda funny this is showing up on Finally Famous considering it's definitely a made-for-Drizzy beat. Still Sean kills it and looks back on track from some of the other new cuts he's dropped. Can anyone else seeing these two dudes being the next-gen Weezy and Kanye?

Download: Big Sean - "Made" (feat. Drake)

MySpace: Big Sean

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Stream: Sage Francis - Li(f)e

Damn this dropped quietly...if "Best of Times" was any indication of what to expect from Li(f)e, it'll be unlike anything you hip-hop heads have ever come across. Li(f)e hits stores May 11th.

Stream: Sage Francis - Li(f)e

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Video: The Hold Steady - "The Weekenders" (Live on Letterman)

The Hold Steady stepped up to a beefy take on "The Weekenders" at The Letterman Show a couple nights ago. Haven't given Heaven Is Whenever a quality listen yet, but this song is definitely an early favorite. Defines instant-classic for me. Hell of a performance (that solo!?!) seems like even Mr. Letterman was blown away a bit...

MySpace: The Hold Steady

Video: J. Cole – Lights Please: From SXSW to SOB’s (2010)

What better way to let ya'll know I'm still here than through the wise words of Mr. J. Cole. Here's a couple highlights from some of his recent shows, including his set at SXSW. Give this a look...I'm about to go take the last final of my college career, so next time you hear from me I'll be on to the next one, on, on to the next one.

MySpace: J. Cole