MV & EE (Matt Valentine and Erika Elder) are a pair of freak folkers who worship at the church of Neil Young. Their new album, Barn Nova, is cool, throwback stuff with a lot of guitar (and help from J. Mascis, who also plays drums). Check out the 11-minute tune Bedroom Eyes.
The pair just played a free show at Empty Bottle this past week. I’m hoping they make another trip back soon.
Here’s a video to get your Friday night party going.
The Pixies opened their Los Angeles shows this month by playing Louis Bunuel’s 1929 surrealist film Un Chien Andalou. The movie inspired Debaser, the opening song on the classic Doolittle (played in its entirety for three shows at the Aragon starting Thursday).
Check out this mash-up of Un Chien Andalou and Debaser.
When Pixies played four nights at the Aragon during the first reunion tour in 2004, the band played a number of “Doolittle” songs (of course). Knowing how bad these reunion shows can be, I was blown away by how good the band sounded after all the years.
Pixies bring the “Doolittle” tour to Aragon Thursday for a three-night stand. The band performs its 1989 masterpiece in its entirety and throws in some outtakes to fill out the show.
The tour opened in Los Angeles this month and hits nine U.S. cities. The video below is from a show last month in Dublin. The songs are from one of the 2004 Aragon shows.
Given all the hype, I’m not sure Them Crooked Vulture’s album (out Tuesday) lives up to the fuss. But it definitely has its moments … and that killer rhythm section.
The single “New Fang” is one of the highlights.
Animal Collective has a good, new video for “In the Flowers.” Enjoy.
Grizzly Bear made a really interesting claymation-style video for “Ready, Able.” By my count, that’s the third official video from “Veckatimest,” although there have been some cool fan-made videos, too.
Check out more videos, including the fan-produced ones, on Grizzly Bear’s Web site.
What can I say?
Here’s a great fan-made video (actually a photo gallery) set to The Antlers’ “Kettering.” Excellent pairing.
Thanks to Muzzle of Bees for finding this little gem.
Nirvana brought in the ’90s and Neutral Milk Hotel punctuated the end of the decade. Nirvana’s “Bleach” and both Neutral Milk Hotel’s albums, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” and “On Avery Island,” are reissued Tuesday.
They’re among several reissues, including Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” and “Freedom of Choice.”