new and awesome

[COBRA STARSHIP; Viva la Cobra!]

Also, Bloc Party already have a new single circulating- “Flux“. Didn’t their last album just come out about five minutes ago? Why am I complaining?

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2 new good videos from 2 of my faves.

Bloc Party, “Hunting for Witches”; it’s your basic performance video, but they are so fucking cool who cares.

Fall Out Boy, I think their cutesy videos are making them a little bit Good Charlotte-esque, but the song is damn catchy.

The Cribs, “Men’s Needs” I just mentioned their album earlier, and the video is pretty sweet. I think it was banned in some countries. I play the woman in it.

Some great cover songs I’ve been listening to lately

Ted Leo, “Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsteen)

Grizzly Bear, “He Hit Me (and it Felt Like a Kiss)” (The Crystals)

The Killers, “Romeo and Juliet” (Dire Straits)

Fiona Apple, “Sally’s Song” (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Damien Rice, “When Doves Cry” (Prince)

Bloc Party, “Say It Right” (Nelly Furtado)

Top 100 of the 21st Century: The final five!

Previously: #100-6

#5 Stellastarr*, Stellastarr* (2003)
If John Hughes made a movie about hipsters…
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 10

#4 Rilo Kiley, The Execution of All Things (2002)
Unbelievable.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 8
Cred Power 8

#3 Bloc Party, Silent Alarm (2005)
Worth the hype.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 7

#2 Muse, Origin of Symmetry (2001)
I’ve heard this described as operatic indie rock. Proof that Americans have no taste in music.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 8

#1 The Strokes, Is This It? (2001)
The original essential album.
Influential Power 25
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 8

Bloc Party: A Weekend In the City

Well, Bloc Party’s album officially comes out tomorrow. But come on, I’ve had it for like MONTHS already. I’ve seen almost no promotion in the US. Which is typical. US wouldn’t know good taste if it dropped bombs on it. Pitchfork thinks it’s okay, but I don’t listen to them much anymore anyway. I forget where I read it, but Kele mentioned that the songs “Song for Clay (Disappear Here)” was inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’ novels. O really? That is pretty awesome. Except that, inspiring a whole album about them? The characters are extremely shallow and one-dimensional, and that is for the purpose of the social commentary. So I don’t know if deep lyrics are even possible. But, kudos for having a cool inspiration. I can’t BELIEVE I didn’t catch it. Clay is the main character in Less Than Zero and “Disappear Here” is a significant line from American Psycho. And I call it my favorite novel? I should be ashamed I didn’t pick up on it. Back on track, here’s the album. I think it is fantastic.

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