August 5, 2008

Bat For Lashes covers The Cure :: “A Forest”

The layers of ambiance and the ineffable cool of the originals always make Cure songs a particularly sticky wicket to cover. That’s not stopping a bunch of folks including Bat For Lashes, The Muslims, Kaki King and The Dandy Warhols from trying their hand at it. This track is breathy, darkly shining, and atmospherically lovely.

A Forest (Cure cover) – Bat For Lashes

Perfect as Cats: A Tribute To The Cure is out on Manimal Vinyl on October 28th. Sales will raise money for the worthy Invisible Children campaign.

And yep, since you asked — pretty sure that’s one of the worst album covers this year. What’s goin on there?

July 25, 2008

Can you DiG! it?

Don’t tell your boss, but you can totally watch free movies at work and other places where you don’t have your Netflix now, using this new SnagFilms action. (I mean, on your lunch break, clearly).

Streaming artsy/indie flicks for free with no login, they’ve got everything from Gonzo Music Diaries NYC, Duke basketball, summer camp with the Flaming Lips, and Super Size Me (which I actually just watched for the first time the other night and ewww).

That full film embedded above is a delightfully contentious movie that you must see if you never have (about Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols and their mid-90s music feud and friendship). It’s also loaded with great music. I can dig it.

July 17, 2008

The Dandy Warhols love you, independent record stores, free EPs

The Dandy Warhols are giving away free music starting this Saturday, just because they think you are neat. Really. Oh, and they want to pimp their new album in creative form.

Starting July 19, you can pick up a gratis copy of their Earth To The Remix EP Vol. 1 at your friendly local neighborhood record store, wherein each Dandy takes a turn remixing a track from their August 19th release Earth To The Dandy Warhols (Beat The World Records).

For a complete list of participating stores, visit the Record Store Day site. Also, there is an interesting new interview with leadman Courtney Taylor-Taylor in The Sentimentalist.

1. Come the Fuck On
(A Peter Holmstrom/ Jeremy Sherrer remix)
(A Taylor-Taylor / Jacob Portrait remix)
3. Welcome to the Skin-up Remix
(Fathead / Jeremy Sherrer)
4. Dub In The Lotus
(A Zia McCabe / Jeremy Sherrer Remix Paul Brainard – Pedal Steel)

LISTEN (from the new album):
The Legend of the Last Outlaw Truckers aka The Ballad of Sheriff Shorty – The Dandy Warhols

June 17 – Victoria, BC @ Element Nightclub
June 18 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
June 20 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo^
Sep 09 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue*
Sep 10 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore*
Sep 12 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater*
Sep 13 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus*
Sep 14 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda*
Sep 16 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre*
Sep 17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
Sep 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA*
Sep 22 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club*
Sep 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse*
Sep 26 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall*
Sep 27 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater*
Sep 28 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up*
Oct 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield %
Oct 05 – Portland, OR @ The Roseland Theater*

More dates TBA

All shows with the Upsidedown
*With Darker My Love
# With A Place to Bury Strangers
% With the Charlatans
^With Monstrous

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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