Benefit for Knox raises $40k

Looks like Ba Da Bing Ben and the Kickstarter kids raised $40k for Mr. Knox. Didn’t get a ticket? You can always support Chris and buy a copy of the tribute album.

It’s nice to see the outpouring of support continue almost a year later. We here at the drawer have a soft spot for the legendary Mr. Knox and not simply because he once commented on one of our posts. Get well soon, Chris.

VIDEO: Foals “This Orient”

Now with two new songs exposed, Foals’ follow-up to the masterful Antidotes may very well be a completely different animal. The hyper-kinetic tension that made songs like “Balloons” and “Red Sox Pugie” such infectious anthems is nowhere to be found. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The band is experimenting with mood, sound, and texture in subtler ways. The new songs aren’t as immediate but they definitely grow on you. I’m cautiously intrigued.

VIDEO: A Place to Bury Strangers “Ego Death”

I need to revisit Exploding Head, A Place to Bury Strangers’ LOUD sophomore LP. I listened to it a good bit when it first came out last fall, and then it dropped right off my radar. The overblown intensity of the lighting in this video for “Ego Death” matches the overblown intensity of the screeching guitars that serve as a backdrop for Oliver Ackermann’s Americanized Jesus and Mary Chain drawl. The whole record is just a steamroll of pure shoegaze noise bliss. But with hooks.

Beck’s Record Club enlists Liars, St. Vincent, and Os Mutantes to cover INXS

Record Club: INXS “Guns In The Sky” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

All of Beck’s Record Club covers thus far have made sense as far as Beck’s probable influences go, but now that he’s hooked up with St. Vincent, members of Liars, and members of Os Mutantes, I’m much more intrigued. This random assortment of musicians is tackling INXS’ 1987 mega-platinum album Kick, and this video shows snippets of that album’s opening track, “Guns in the Sky.” One track a week will be released to mimic the original album’s tracklisting. I must admit I like this version of “Guns in the Sky” better than the original. I was never a huge fan of Kick, but I’m curious to see what these guys (and gal) make of it, especially “Devil Inside.” [via Rock Daily]