Watch The B-52's "Ultraviolet" (Live Sessions)

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Some people just never go out of style.

Check out a fantastic mini-concert that The B-52's performed at the AOL studios for AOL Sessions. Watch the group play "Ultraviolet," "Love Shack," "Rock Lobster," "Hot Corner" and an interview with the band.

May 7, 2008 in Video Streams | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Bravery to Relaunch "The Sun & The Moon"

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Island Def Jam has not given up on The Bravery yet.

After the group's second album "The Sun And The Moon" tanked when it was released nearly a year ago, their label is planning to "relaunch" the record in an effort to drum up new momentum for the band. The revamped new album is titled "The Sun And The Moon Complete" and consists of the "The Sun" (the original 12-song album produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien) and "The Moon" (the original album reimagined by The Bravery).

The revamped new album will also include a reworked version of "Believe," one of the disc's stronger tracks. The single is accompanied by a new video that shows off The Bravery's reputation as an excellent live band. The song is also getting a nice push by strategic placements in television shows (Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl) and commercials (GAP, Pontiac). "The Sun And The Moon Complete" will hit stores on March 18.

Watch The Bravery "Believe"

Earlier:
Arjan Interviews The Bravery (2007)
Arjan Interviews The Bravery (2005)

February 26, 2008 in Video Streams | Permalink | Comments (2)

You Must Watch Tina Dico "On The Run"

Tina Dico is an incredible talent you should know about.

Watch the video for the singer's new single "On The Run" that is taken from her upcoming new album "Count To Ten," which will be released in the U.S. on April 8. Some of you might know Dico as the former vocalist of British downtempo duo Zero 7. In her home country of Denmark, she is already considered a very successful solo artist who received multiple awards and achieved record sales with the release of "Count To Ten" in Demark last year.

The CD's first single "On The Run" is a song about freedom and traveling that was inspired by the singer's journeying and performing in venues around the world.  With a guitar riff inspired by Radiohead, the refrain states, "Everybody's got to end up somewhere. I'm just taking my time to get there. It looks like freedom and it smells like fun, but it feels like being on the run."

What I find most striking about this song is not only its throwback '60s production style and deliciously catchy bassline, but also Dico's distinct and dark timbre that is a little Dusty Springfield, a little Joni Mitchell and a wholla lotta gorgeous. (Click here to download "On The Run" on iTunes.)

February 5, 2008 in Video Streams | Permalink | Comments (4)

Watch Simone White "Christmas Makes Me Blue" + MP3

Time for something a little different.

Are you looking for an alternative tune to cheer up your Christmas, or are you looking for some music to help you ignore all the holiday madness all together?

Simone White might be able to help out.

Check out her quirky protest blues "Christmas Makes Me Blue" that showcases her smoky old school jazz vocals and humorous lyrics like, "sleigh bells and,neighbors wishing well, singing Christmas carols makes me feel unwell. I rather have the flu."

Head over to Simone's MySpace page to download an MP3 of "Christmas Makes Me Blue."

Growing up as the daughter of two artists, the emerging pop-folk singer "grew up moving every eight months or so," while she "spent all my time in the woods or hiding under the table listening to philosophies," she writes on to her MySpace page. She moved from Hawaii to California, from Seattle to London, and from New York back to California where she currenly lives in Venice.

In an interview with Lunapark6.com, she explains how "Christmas Makes Me Blue" came about. "I ran into a friend in a Christmas tree lot, I was in my car with the Christmas tree tied on top. He said, “You have to come to our Christmas party next week. And bring a carol to sing, everybody has to sing.” He drove off and I sat there thinking, first I was thinking, oh no, what song should I bring, I don’t know any carols that I like. Then I’m thinking I actually hate carols. Then I started feeling depressed about various things about this party I was going to and about this other party that I wanted to go to but I hadn’t been invited, then I was thinking about my childhood and how horrible it was at Christmas, my parents were split and I had to choose who to spend Christmas with and it always made me feel guilty and bad. I was in the car for about forty minutes and by the end of it I had basically written the song.

December 19, 2007 in MP3, Video Streams | Permalink | Comments (2)

Watch The Pangs "Fighterplane"

Let The Pangs tickle your senses today.

They are fivesome from London and Brighton with a knack for "heavy soul, electronica and rock n roll." I'd like to describe their debut single "Fighterplane" as a well-crafted slice of soaring soul with a nice, punchy beat to it. The track was mixed by Mike Pelaconi (Lily Allen) and is available now on Cside Trax records.

A press release eloquently describes the song as "a stinging lovesong written from the viewpoint of man lost in self doubt over a love that seems to be unobtainable." Imagine that.

What really will put your senses in a frenzy is the incredible video for "Fighterplane." It is beautifully layered animation inspired by Victorian art and Jules Verne-inspired nineteenth century sci-fi.

November 20, 2007 in Video Streams | Permalink | Comments (0)