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More bands need to have music videos like this.  Equal parts Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and ‘Another Girl Another Planet’, the music video for ‘Anybody Out There’ sold me on Mean Jeans before I had heard more than 10 seconds of their music.  Of course the song and video only got better as I watched more of the trio exploring space and partying with totally rad aliens.  Mean Jeans just put out On Mars on Green Noise Records.

-PK

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While paying a live set in Chicago, Jeff Tweedy decided to bless his audience by covering the Black Eyed Peas infamously huge single ‘I Gotta Feeling’.  While the original is filled with auto-tune and cheap synths, Tweedy manages to turn the “song” into something hilarious and entertaining.  Seeing how much the crowd loved the Black Eyed Peas reinterpretation, Tweedy went on to do a cover of ‘My Humps’.

-PK

The first time I listened to Sat. Nite Duets I couldn’t get enough of their unique blend of rock, experimental and humor.  It was obvious listening to their music that the guys of Sat. Nite Duets liked making music together and weren’t afraid to goof off.  The place for humor in music is something that the indie-world has always struggled with.  Some critics find no place for anything but seriousness with music and let’s be honest, that’s no fun.  When I chatted with Joe of Sat. Nite Duets we talked about having fun with making music, the band’s influences and other rad musical things which of course I’ve left largely unedited and uncut.  Check out the full interview below and ‘peace be to you’.

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13 year old Rebecca Black has recently earned herself prodigy status with her debut single that is tearing up the youtube scene.  People have already made claims that Black is better than Justin Bieber… which is definitely debatable but totally possible.

-PK

Yesterday I was channel surfing and landed on an episode of That 70s Show.  During the commercial break the commercial above showed up and I couldn’t help but notice that the song featured in the commercial bears a striking resemblance to The Unicorns’ classi ‘I Was Born (A Unicorn)’.  Commercials have been called out before for ripping off indie-bands and I definitely think that this one could be added to the list.

Listening to the two songs it is pretty easy to hear how the guitar parts are pretty identical in both tempo and progression and even the drums are the same.  Other video comments agree with my suspicion so hopefully MSG Varsity will either take down the video or change the music.

-PK

When we look back at the 60s only one musical act is synonymous with the beach, surfing and great pop music; Giorgio!  Probably the single most influential man throughout all pop-music history, Giorgio’s Looky Looky is a representation and sampling of everything good that has happened to the music industry for these past few decades.  And for anyone who says the man melody rips off this song… well it probably does.  Giogio did it better though.

-PK

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Last night LCD Soundsystem stopped into The Colbert Report to perform “I Can Change” as the band’s last TV appearance.  Its sad that James Murphy’s brainchild won’t be making music anymore, but you have to respect him.  He’s one of the only artists who has ever been smart enough and had enough will power to walk away from a growing career before it festers.  Plus, supposedly he has plans on scoring more movies which will be cool.  Aside from all of this, the performance is really great, and Murphy comes across as really smart and self-aware in the interview which you can watch after the jump.

-TC

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