Thursday, January 29, 2009

Arcade Fire - "Lenin" from "Dark Was The Night" Compilation

Arcade Fire via Stereogum are a part of the Dark Was the Night compilation that was curated by the National.  It will be available on 2/17/09.  Hear it by clicking the link above.  The lyrics are below.  

When Lenin was little
All the birds in the forest were singin’ “Man, this is it!”
But now that he’s older
All the sailors in the heaver are screamin’ “Abandon Ship!”

I know it can’t be right
I know it can’t be right
But I just smile instead
of repeating what I said
In my head

When Lenin was little
dressed up like a vampire on All-Hallow’s Eve
All the saints up in heaven
Were look down at the leaves fallin’ from the trees
I know it can’t be right…

Daddy, Daddy, please save the world from the government
Daddy, Daddy, please save my sould from my own judgement
Daddy, Daddy, please send me a heart that isn’t made of cement
‘cause the money’s all been spent
the money’s all been spent

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Boss, Bird and the Bee on Spinner

Bruce Springsteen's first ever critically un-acclaimed album Working on a Dream and the second album by The Birds and the Bee are the highlights from this weeks Spinner's free streams.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Loney Dear - "Airport Surroundings"

Haven't even listened to this new Loney Dear record which has them dropping a comma but keeping a distinct sound. Watch it below.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Animal Collective - "My Girls"

A new video from "the best album of 2009" aiyaiyai, it's January 21st. Animal Collective doing "My Girls" from Merriweather Post Pavilion . Very fishtank-y. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Antony & The Johnsons - "Epilepsy is Dancing"

Butterflies flying out of Antony's mouth always makes for a great video. "Epilepsy is Dancing" is directed by the Wachowski Brothers.

U2 "Get On Your Boots" and New Album Tracklist

To listen to the new song from No Line On The Horizon, the new album by U2 click here. The band is heading down a different road than 2005's How to Dismantle Atomic Bomb. Let us know what you think.

No Line On The Horizon tracklist:

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Magnificent
3. Moment of Surrender
4. Unknown Caller
5. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
6. Get On Your Boots
7. Stand Up Comedy
8. Fez - Being Born
9. White As Snow
10. Breathe
11. Cedars Of Lebanon

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Those Darlins and The Soft Pack Played Mercury Lounge 01-16-09

The Muslims were a band on an upward trajectory before they changed their moniker.

What's in a name? A bit more than one might think. This band is talented undoubtedly. They merge garage, punk and pop way better than the Strokes ever did. But the name change was about as far from a punk move as one can get. And it may have lost them a few fans.

The show last night at the Mercury Lounge offered solid musicianship by the former Muslims. The Soft Pack-as they are now called-rolled through their set in order to make a new name for themselves. But although the band is strong musically their live show proved low on energy. As loud and forceful as the studio recordings are they seemed to hold back on the stage.

And although many people in the crowd went to the show to see the Soft Pack continue their accent, most were newly wooed by the Murfreesboro, Tennessee based, Those Darlins.

Those Darlins strapped on their guitars and merged country and punk in what could be a female version of O'Death. The ladies traded instruments from song to song and each member took on the duty of front woman and lead singer. They recreated the offerings on their studio recordings in a new light. Things became louder and more intense as their set progressed. Visually-the Darlins strutted around the stage wearing gold sequence and spandex. But they conquerred the stage with guitars, ukes and harmonies.

They proved to be a tough act to follow.

However, the act that preceded them, Browns (from Brooklyn) who's front man looks more like a Barnes and Noble employee than a singer for a rock band desevedly won over the crowd very quickly. Bouncing bass lines circled as their singer ranted between a lou reed-esque monotone voice and a nearly harrowing scream.

And they set the stage perfectly for Those Darlins to knock it down.

(photos from the show will be coming soon)

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Soft Pack, Those Darlins at Mercury Lounge

The Soft Pack who were formerly known as the Muslims will be performing with the wonderful Those Darlins tonight! We here at Musicology NYC are looking forward to this one! Make your way there, it's certain to be a great show. Tix are ten dollars. Get them at the door or here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Friendly Fires New Video - "Skeleton Boy"

Is that rain or snow?

Friendly Fires "Skeleton Boy" video below (via spinner):

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Beirut Video - "La Llorona" vie Pitchfork and Stereogum

Via Pitchfork and Stereogum:

Next month Zach Condon's Beirut has two EPs coming out. March of the Zapotec and Holland will be packaged together, but each draws on distinct musical influences. March of the Zapotec was recorded in Oaxaca, Mexico, and features contributions from the 19-piece Jimenez Band, while Holland has a synth-pop bent and appears under Condon's Realpeople alias.
Let's assume the video below will be on the former.  

New Handsome Furs "I'm Confused" MP3

Handsome Furs are on the way back.  Their new album Face Control will be available February 3, 2009.  Here's the first song from it:

Handsome Furs - "I'm Confused" MP3

My Brightest Diamond and Clare and the Reasons do "Moon River" and "Ice Ice Baby" for Paste Magazine

"Moon River" really showcases Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond's vocals.  And yes the second tune is a Vanilla Ice cover in which Clare Muldaur Manchon from Clare and the Reasons seems very uncomfortable.  Click here to view the treat.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

India.Arie Album Cover for Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics and Streams

India.Arie's new album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics will be available February 10th, 2009. The singles can be purchased at itunes and are available streaming below.

We are simultaneously releasing two singles from the album. The radio track is
"Chocolate High," featuring Musiq Soulchild. Also available for streaming is
"Therapy," featuring Gramps Morgan. Please feel free to stream either or both
tracks. Attached is the art work for "Chocolate High." Singles are available for
purchase now.

Chocolate High:


Thom Yorke, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna Celebrate The Music That Made Them

I was walking to the subway when I noticed the Thom Yorke photo built of words when I thought, "WTF" and said so to my significant other. A few hours later I saw Stevie Wonder on a bus made of words and suddnely I wanted to write about it or at least do some more research. But Pitchfork got to it before me. Of course.

Others that are featured:

Kanye West, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna

Pretty cool ad campaign though. The idea is this (via NME):

A Grammy spokeswoman said that each musician taking part in the campaign
was asked to name between 10 and 20 of their favourite artists. These names then
formed the basis of the posters and TV adverts. Among the artists chosen by
Yorke are Liars
and Scott Walker.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Antony and The Johnsons - "The Crying Light" Streaming on Spinner

January 20th looks to be the first big release date of 2009. With Antony and the Johnson's new release accompanying Andrew Bird and Bon Iver it's an exciting time indeed.  Give The Crying Light a listen by clicking here(thanks Spinner).  You can also get Late of the Pier's excellent new release. And if you recall we had Andrew Bird's new album here.  

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Okkervil River on "Pop Lie" on David Letterman

Another one of the years best Okkervil River performed for Mr. Letterman last night.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Titus Andronicus New Tour Doc Trailer

Check out the new Titus Andronicus (who had one of the best albums of 2008)trailer below:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kraftwerk Opening for Radiohead in Latin America in March

The legendary electro rock act Kraftwerk are scheduled to open for the more modern  legends, Radiohead and instantaneously (though unrelated-ly) Kraftwerk lose another original member.  From their site:

Florian Schneider leaves Kraftwerk after a 40 years
partnership with Ralf Hütter.

This partnership has generated an incredible
music and huge advances in music technology.
Florian is a great musician, always seeking
the perfect sound through technology. Refined
and perfected sounds and vocoders to impossible
levels of perfection.

Our thanks for the state of art that led to
Kraftwerk's music all these years.

And our wishes for success Florian's new
projects as well as to this new Kraftwerk.

New M. Ward - "Hold Time" Video via youtube

Glad M. Ward took some time away from She and Him to make this beauty, though "She" actually appears on a song on his upcoming new release.  Check out "Hold On" from it below.  

Monday, January 5, 2009


Figure it out on your own. Or click here.

Andrew Bird - "Noble Beast" Streaming Free at NPR, Chat Session

We here at Musicology NYC have been listening (Thanks TYEO) to this one for a few days and we gotta say, it's damn good. Maybe not Andrew Bird's best, but Noble Beast is damn good. Now you can have a listen for yourself at NPR before you go steal it, errrr purchase it on Jan. 20, 2009. You can also chat with Bird himself at the same place at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 8, 2009.

The Dutchess and the Duke - "Mary" New Video via Pitchfork

The Dutchess and the Duke's album She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke has some pretty sweet '60's inspired tunes. Here is one called "Mary", via p4ktv.