“Last winter, Dianna contacted me to see about directing her first music video for my band. I so readily agreed, the internet could not deliver my consent fast enough. We met one day on Skype while I was on tour in Europe and Dianna was on set. "Body" (from the band's latest record Know Better Learn Faster) was shot on Valentine's Day on Dianna's bed.
Dianna and I offered the exclusive premiere to Oxfam America in hopes of directing traffic to Oxfam's site and encouraging action to support Oxfam's efforts, particularly on behalf of the world's poorest, who are hit hardest by the effects of climate change.”
The video also features a candid (and funny) three-minute spoken introduction from Dianna and Thao, giving fans some insight into their friendship, Thao’s work with Oxfam, and how the video came to be.
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - "Know Better Learn Faster" mp3
Jack White's always reminded me of a pirate character, so it's kind of fitting that our friends at FILTER are throwing a listening party for the new album from The Dead Weather, "Sea Of Cowards" on a Hudson River cruise boat Monday night:
I love this double bill! At first they might seem very different, but when you think about it, the echoey trance-like softness of Toro Y Moi and the more earthy, rhythm-driven flourishes of Caribou make a perfect juxtaposition. I saw both bands at the Middle East in Boston the other night and it was a (literally) hot, frenetic, noisy (two drummers for Caribou!), and joyous experience.
And there's a lot more of the tour left to come. Check them out on the dates below:
May 6th - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs May 7th - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg May 8th - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom May 9th - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church May 10th - Washington, D.C. @ Rock n Roll Hotel May 11th - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre May 12th - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle May 13th - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl May 14th - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon May 15th - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live May 16th - Austin, TX @ Emo's Alternative Lounge Outside May 18th - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse May 19th - Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre May 20th - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah May 21st - Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Fru Fru May 22nd - Monterrey, MX @ Escenica May 23rd - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent May 24th - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent May 26th - Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theater May 27th - Seattle, WA @ Neumos May 28th - Victoria, BC @ Sugar May 29th - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre May 31st - Calgary, AB @ The Republik June 1st - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room June 2nd - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos June 3rd - Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms June 4th - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue June 5th - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle June 6th - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre June 7th - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird June 8th - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar June 9th - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their "Bloodletting" album, Concrete Blonde have announced they're reforming and hitting the road with a set list celebrating the album and their career. Released in 1990, Bloodletting spawned the top 20 hit “Joey,” as well as alt-radio staples “Tomorrow, Wendy”, “Caroline”, and “The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden”.
Lead singer Johnette Napolitano explains how the tour came about: “People started emailing me and calling me up and telling me that it was the twentieth anniversary of Bloodletting, which had “Joey” on it and was a big hit for us all over the world. My dad passed away recently and was a big fan of the band and it occurred to me that a twentieth anniversary’s only going to happen once and that my dad would have said that it’s a good idea and that we should do it. So we knocked it together and it looks like it’s going to be fun, doing twenty-year-old vampire songs should be fun.”
Beyond Bloodletting, the band is responsible for classic alternative songs including “Still in Hollywood”, “God is a Bullet”, and their iconic cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows”.
Here's where you can catch the tour:
6/8: Boston, MA @ Royal Boston 6/9: Fairfield, CT @ Stage One 6/10: New York, NY @ Webster Hall 6/11: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall 6/12: Chicago, IL @ Vic 6/13: Detroit, MI @ Majestic 6/15: Washington, DC @ 930 Club 6/16: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 6/17: New Orleans, LA @ Republic 6/18: Dallas, TX @ Granada 6/19: Austin, TX @ Emos 6/21: Denver, CO @ Arvada Center 6/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot 6/24: Seattle, WA @ Showbox 6:25: Portland,OR @ Roseland 6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Regency 6/28: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
JJ no.3 actually came out last month, while winter was still lingering here in Boston. But as the sun re-emerges and the air warms with the promise of spring, I find myself listening to the Swedish duo’s third album more or less constantly—right now, their tropical-tinged, sample-inflected hazy pop songs just sound perfectly uplifting.
On “Let Go,” Elin Kastlander’s voice is as gentle as an ocean breeze and as gritty as sand—striking a perfect balance between sweetness and salty melancholy. When she sings, “Let go / let your skin show / that you’ve been in the sun today / let’s go / let your mind blow / all your sorrows away,” I’m ready to start making plans for my next beach vacation.
Download JJ’s “Let Go” on MP3 (sunscreen not included).