Music Video Of The Day

The Darkness Get Animated For "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us"

Here is the newest song from the best British band of our generation, and no Radiohead fans I didn't forget about them. As fans of The Darkness have come to expect, the new tune "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us" comes with an amazing video, this time of the animated variety albeit with a Prince cameo (our Prince not theirs). Rolling Stone premiered the video earlier today and had this little blurb to share:

"The video turned out ace. I've always been a fan of Thom Lessner's illustrations, so I was delighted when he and Ted Passon agreed to make it," says frontman Justin Hawkins. "They have really captured the vibe of the song. I've watched the video a thousand times already and I love every second of it. I suppose 'Nothin's Gonna Stop Us' has matured like a fine wine and Thom Lessner and Ted Passon are our master sommeliers. I knew they wouldn't cork it. Bottoms up!"

Aces mate, aces. The brothers Hawkins and company have been doing the reunited thing over the last year on the other side of the pond, but thankfully that's all about to change as the band is bringing their in your face rock stateside starting with tonight's sold out show in Toronto. If you have no heart conditions or an allergy to rock music I strongly suggest checking out one of their upcoming shows.

Air handlebar mustache for the win.

Eddie Vedder Loves The Ocean Part 4,433: The "Can't Keep" Video

Did you know Eddie Vedder is a surfer and likes the ocean? He does, I swear. As well as the ukulele as proven by his wonderful solo album Ukulele Songs that was released today. Here is the latest piece of evidence for the prosecution, the official video for the new record's opening tune "Can't Keep", which also serves as the opening track for Pearl Jam's Riot Act in full band form. The video treatment gives us Eddie on a tiny island rocking the uke by his lonesome looking all sorts of business casual with lots of pretty ocean shots mixed in. Look ma, it's a whale!   [via consequence of sound]

Music Video Of The Day: Eddie Vedder - Longing To Belong

The first we mentioned Eddie Vedder's upcoming solo album Ukulele Songs came with a nice pro-shot video of the Pearl Jam frontman performing "You're True", which was presumably footage taken direct from the concert film Water On The Road. Today we again have a post combining the two, like peanut butter and jelly, or switchblades and dancing depending on your preferences. What you will find above is the official video for the album's first single "Longing To Belong". It's really got it all as you get some HD ocean, some lo-fi ocean, some dressed up Eddie, some blurry Eddie, and some more ocean for good measure. That being said it's fun to look at and the song is really great.

The second bit of news isn't really news at all, more just an image I noticed while perusing the pre-order options for Ukulele Songs, which includes a Deluxe Songbook edition that comes with the cd as well as "100 + pages of music charts, lyrics, photos and ukulele tips, beautifully bound and printed on fine paper." The image in question is the DVD cover of the aforementioned film that will be released on May 31st, the same day as the album. Good times out there in Eddie land, now if they could just release those festival details.

Remeber, you can click on it to make it grow. That's what she said.

Phish Offer Up Live In Utica Preview With A Tease Heavy "David Bowie"

It's great being a Phish fan, especially if you like seemingly semi-annual official dvd releases. The latest bit of recorded goodness comes in the form of Live In Utica which features the band's complete performance from their visit to the Utica Memorial Auditorium on October 20th, 2010. If you like really great setlists and exciting playing this one is a doozy, which is why the preview of "David Bowie" is so perfect. The fourteen plus minute version lets you in on just how much fun the boys were having that night, none moreso than Trey who goes above and beyond his usual puppeteer measures with some serious "Guyute" and "Wilson" teases. Summer can't get here soon enough.

Pre-orders are currently underway over at Dry Goods that will include the bonus cd compilation Phish: I-90's, which "follows the band along the I-90 New York Thruway". Live In Utica is scheduled to hit stores on May 24th. Amazingly there are still tickets left for many of Phish's upcoming summer tour dates, except for Leg II which pretty much sold out in the blink of a salamander. Note to Phish: the west coast loves you, promise. Head on over to the official site for more details.

PHISH - Live In Utica 2010 Tracklisting
DVD Disc One

1. My Soul
2. Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
3. Vultures
4. Wolfman's Brother
5. Cities >
6. Guyute
7. David Bowie
8. Wilson >
9. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters >
10. Saw It Again >
11. Run Like An Antelope

DVD Disc Two
1. Drowned >
2. Sand >
3. Theme From The Bottom >
4. Axilla >
5. Birds Of A Feather
6. Tela >
7. Split Open And Melt >
8. Have Mercy >
9. Piper >
11. Split Open And Melt >
12. Slave To The Traffic Light
Encore:
13. Good Times, Bad Times

Music Video Of The Day: The Decemberists - This Is Why We Fight

This is a fun one considering it's all serious and stuff. For the official video of The Decemberists' "This Is Why We Fight", Colin Meloy and company go the kid theater route with some serious Lord Of The Flies vibes, albeit with way more hardcore outfits. Oh, and lots of shots of sad kid faces, featuring some not very subtle close-ups during the first chorus. As an added bonus you end on a bit of a cliffhanger, unless you think they just took the beating with their pride intact. I'm hoping more for a trap preferably involving barracudas. I've always thought they were cool.

If you want to catch the band live you certainly have no excuses to miss it as they are playing pretty much everywhere through the summer including official festival whore status with stops at Jazzfest, Sasquatch, Bonarroo, the Newport Folk Festival and Outisde Lands on the docket.   [via consequence of sound]

Music Video Of The Day: Wye Oak - Fish

In honor of today's announcement of this year's Outside Lands lineup, or as a total act of coincidence, here is the official video for Wye Oak's "Fish" off of their new album Civilian. Personally I think the video is awesome because there are puppets and the song is good, I'm easy like that. Painter and shadow puppeteer Katherine Fahey, who created the video along with Civilian cover photographer Michael O'Leary, takes it a bit more seriously:

Andy and Jenn's storyline for the video had made me realize how the song "Fish" is a metaphor. Because of this, I wanted to portray the man's journey through the watery landscape with a more surreal approach. The puppets aren't realistic or in scale with each other, and each seahorse and jellyfish is inspired by more than one species of its kind. Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form, and Andy was interested in having the video show that very basic and simple quality of the puppets. [via npr]

Yeah, that's what I meant. Puppets are cool. Along with the Baltimore based duo's previously mentioned Outside Lands appearance will be a visit to The Gorge for Sasquatch. [via TwentyFourBit]

Music Video Of The Day: Wild Beasts - Albatross

A while back we had the audio for the wonderful single "Albatross" from Wild Beasts upcoming album Smother, which is set for release on May 3rd. Today we have the Dave Ma directed video which if Youtube is to be believed can be summed up nicely in a sentence: "The video emits a sense of reflection about loss and an underlying hope of being free." Sure, I'll buy that although I like my description better: "Black Swan without mirrors or the black swan but with a little bit of the bug stuff from Silence of the Lambs".  The band will hit the road in Europe at the end of the month in support of Smother with North American dates to be announced soon.

Eddie Vedder Details Ukulele Songs & Concert Film Water On The Road

Well this is a whole lot of awesome to start off a Monday morning. Even though most of the recent talk involving Pearl Jam has focused on the band's twentieth anniversary and subsequent celebration, that hasn't kept frontman Eddie Vedder from being busy. Rumors started to build earlier this month about a full official solo album from the man believed to be titled Uke Songs. As is common with most rumors the details were way off as the album is actually set to be called Ukulele Songs and will be released on May 31st, which not so coincidentally will also see the release of a Trixie Film produced concert film titled Water On The Road which was directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green based on Vedder's 2008 solo tour, more specifically the August 16 and 17 stops at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre.

The always awesome Antiquiet recently discovered the fine official video for "You're True" above which it would seem may have been taken directly from the impending DVD, although I can't say that for certain as I was unable to stay at a Holiday Inn last night. This of course was on the heels of the first official single from the new album called "Longing To Belong" which you can listen to here. The single's cover art is below as well as the tracklistings for both projects. Rock.

P.S. The only thing that could make this any more exciting is if Dream A Little Dream featured an unbelievably gifted guest. Gangsta.

Ukulele Songs Album Tracklisting:

1. Can't Keep
2. Sleeping by Myself
3. Without You
4. More Than You Know
5. Goodbye
6. Broken Heart
7. Satellite
8. Longing to Belong
9. Hey Fahkah
10. You're True
11. Light Today
12. Sleepless Nights (featuring Glen Hansard)
13. Once in Awhile
14. Waving Palms
15. Tonight You Belong to Me (featuring Cat Power)
16. Dream a Little Dream

Water on the Road Live Concert DVD Tracklisting:

1. The Canyon
2. Sometimes  
3. Trouble  
4. Around the Bend
5. Girl From the North Country
6. Guaranteed
7. Setting Forth
8. Far Behind
9. No Ceiling
10. Rise
11. Golden State
12. Society
13. Forever Young
14. Ed Piano (Instrumental)
15. I’m Open
16. Man of the Hour
17. Driftin’
18. No More
19. You’re True
20. Ukulele Interlude (Instrumental)
21. Unthought Known
22.  Arc
23.  Hard Sun
24.  The Canyon (reprise)

Music Video Of The Day: Bright Eyes - Shell Games

Here is the first official video from Bright Eyes upcoming release The People's Key, which NPR is hyping like nobody's business. The album hit stores yesterday and since the band is currently on tour in Europe it makes sense that The Guardian premiered the "Shell Games" video early today. There's nothing too fancy about the video unless you happen to think the cross-fade effect is incredibly fancy, in which case this just might be your favorite video in the history of the universe. Aside from that there is a bunch of poorly synced playing that offers comfort in the fact that Bright Eyes wouldn't have made a very good Milli Vanilli. Oh, and the song is great, but you already knew that.

Music Video Of The Day: Foo Fighters - White Limo

Here's the first video from the Foo Fighters still untitled upcoming album. While anything but big budget, the "White Limo" video still oozes that particular strand of awesome associated with the Foo. Whether it's Lemmy as a careless drunken limo driver or Dave Grohl's amazing Cops sweatshirt, you are sure to find plenty to laugh about, albeit before the tragedy strikes as apparently the Foo will die in a limo crash in 2012. The good thing is they made a really rocking track beforehand, although I hope the album version turns up the vocals.

Also best scream faces ever. Click to enlarge, that's what she said.

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