If Robert Palmer’s backup singers got hit by a truck full of Bjorks, then you’d get the tacky, bored to death, technicolor robots that mime Depeche Mode’s new single off Sounds of the Universe, “Hole to Feed.” Inexplicable tongue dancing ensues. Utterly bewildering yet fascinating new video.
In this interview with NME, Graham Coxon discusses his newest record, The Spinning Top, in his typically unsure and self-deprecating way. He also admits that Blur has no plans beyond this past summer’s run of celebratory shows, which means absolutely zilch, especially considering the way these guys danced around the whole idea of reforming FOR YEARS.
“Everyone’s slipped back into what they do when the Blur creature isn’t heaving around. Law and cheese and music, I suppose.”
I hadn’t had a chance to listen to the new Julian Casablancas song “11th Dimension” until this past weekend. It’s getting some unsurprisingly heavy airplay on Sirius XMU, and while Casablancas’ voice is unmistakably his own, the music veers away from the crunchy garage jangle of The Strokes in favor or a purer, cleaner pop sound. On the first few listens, it definitely made me grimace. I’m still not sure what I make of that keyboard line. It almost sounds like some sort of Miami Sound Machine outtake, but the tune itself is admittedly catchy. It’s growing on me.
So, Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca is easily one of my favorite records of the year. If that record has already blown your mind, I’m not sure how much more impressed you can be, but this song absolutely floored me. Originally written as part of a six-song suite for Bjork (more details over at Stereogum), “When the World Comes to an End” is a bizarre yet breathtaking display of crazily complex harmonies and David Longstreth’s mutant falsetto and jagged guitar work. This band just keeps topping itself. Amazing.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is putting together an odd assortment of musicians to help bring his solo album, The Eraser, to life. The band consists of a few recognizable names, including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, and Beck sidekick Joey Waronker. To say that many Radiohead fans will be baffled by the inclusion of Flea is an understatement, but all obvious dick sock references aside, Flea has wildly diverse taste in music. So, despite vast stage persona differences (that make me chuckle just thinking about them on stage together), I could easily see Yorke and Flea sharing some common ground as music fans.
In this interview with Adam Buxton at the recent Latitude Festival, Yorke discusses a few monikers for the group, including Mr T, Thomosexual and Yorkie Fruit and Nut Bar. I stand firmly behind Thomosexual. That shit is gold:
Columbia, South Carolina’s Death Becomes Even The Maiden say farewell to their drummer at the 2009 Free Times Music Crawl with the crowd pleaser “The Only Thing I Feel For You Is The Recoil.”
Also check out the video for their track, Control from The Arrangement EP.
(Full Disclosure: While we typically eschew posting self-promotional items on The Drawer, I’m posting this without Eric’s knowledge or even consent, so there’s really no conflict of interest. Eric is in the band. I’m a fan of Death Becomes Even The Maiden and I think they deserve whatever little exposure Drawer B can provide.) (via)