By ANDY VIHSTADT
Sex & Violence
For your viewing pleasure: the new Kanye West video, directed by Spike Jonze. Much like his 1995 vid for Wax’s “Southern California” (reminisce here), Jonze shows his penchant for slow motion and fire. Add a shovel-wielding lingerie model to the equation and you’ve got gold. Ironically, dousing a fur coat with lighter fluid has been deemed the most explicit part of “Flashing Lights,” not that we’re complaining. See for yourself.
Brooklyn’s Mobius Band gave its fans a special treat this Valentine’s Day with the Love Will Reign Supreme EP. It’s all covers, including MB’s version of Daft Punk’s “Digital Love”. Download it free at the band's site.
Here’s another cover that made its way around the blogs this week.
Straight to DVD
3-D technology is grossly underused these days, so kudos to Mike Relm for stepping up to the plate. His action/comedy/performance DVD, Clown Alley, releases on April 1. Check the trailer.
Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty issues his fourth solo LP tomorrow. The first single is all about the “extra-sensory sexual connection” Mike feels with the women dancing in his audience, which apparently makes him think of the hook from “Little Drummer Boy.” Hear it for yourself, thanks to My Old Kentucky.
Golden Delicious is out February 19 on ATO Records.
Mike Doughty: “I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress to Keep on Dancing” MP3
Tapes ‘n Tapes: “Hang Them All” MP3
Taken from Walk It Off, due April 8 on XL.
Taken from In Field & Town, due Spring 2008 on Badman Records
The Dirtbombs, We Have You Surrounded (In the Red)
Morcheeba, Dive Deep (Ultra)
Panther, 14kt Gold (Kill Rock Stars)
The Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride (4AD)
The Raveonettes, Lust, Lust, Lust (Vice)
Beach House, Devotion (Carpark)
Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree (Mute)
The Black Crowes, Warpaint (Silver Arrow)
Black Spade, To Serve With Love (OM)
Connie Price & the Keystones, Tell Me Something (Ubiquity)
Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model Deluxe Edition (Hip-O)
The Gutter Twins, Saturnalia (Sub Pop)
Ladyhawk, Shots (Jagjaguwar)
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash (Matador)
What Made Milwaukee Famous, What Doesn’t Kill Us (Barsuk)
Del the Funky Homosapien, Eleventh Hour (Def Jux)
Why?, Alopecia (Anticon)
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Destroyer, Trouble in Dreams (Merge)
The Kills, Midnight Boom (Domino)
She & Him, Volume 1 (Merge)