Yeah Yeah Yeahs just unveiled the video for the first single off their upcoming album Mosquito. The song is both subtle and big. On one hand, a simple keyboard melody carries the song along for its first half, but soon it transitions to a full gospel choir belting away much like a modern Like a Prayer.
The video stars British model and actress Lily Cole who you might recognize from her assortment of fantasy/sci-fi roles like Snow White and Huntsman or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
We’re approaching the part of the year when many major music festivals reveal their lineup. Before these reveals, music blogs and message board users do their best to figure out who’s playing where before the official announcements. Sometimes this excitement leads to the spreading of false information such as the many sites that reported Prince would headline Bonnaroo 2012.
Over the past 24 hours word has spread that Daft Punk, Phoenix and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play Coachella 2013. What was the source of this information? An email from concert database site Songkick which showed those bands and The Rolling Stones aboard for the event. Someone took a screenshot of the email and word of the rumored appearances spread like wildfire. Even Rolling Stone picked it up.
It’s quite amazing to think that seminal prog-rock act Rush has sold over 40 million records worldwide, yet they continue to get shown the cold shoulder by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame selection committee. The Canadian-based power trio, who recently went indie moving from Atlantic to Roadrunner Records, have announced that they will release three separate six-disc box sets, that focus on the Mercury Records years, which ran from their 1974 self-titled debut through 1988′s Show of Hands, that they’ve dubbed Sector. Each set, which all will hit stores on November 21, will not only feature the digitally remastered albums on high resolution 96kHz/24-bit audio, but also includes an exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, with each album packaged in a replica vinyl mini-jacket of the original album release as all three box sets form a Rush CD road case.
Finally, last month we posted Willie Nelson’s take on Coldplay’s Scientist, which was commissioned by Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle, as the soundtrack of the short film entitled, Back to the Start, to help promote their non-profit arm the Cultivate Foundation, who’s ”dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthful, and equitable food future.” For their latest video, Chipotle nabbed Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ front woman Karen O, who recorded a version Nelson’s 1978 hit Momma Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Cowboys, for a short film called Abandoned, turning the corny country song into sparse, spooky lament. Let’s check it out…
The film, which was made to call attention to the vanishing family farm, as well to promote the chain’s Halloween promotion of selling $2 burritos to those in costume on Halloween night, with proceeds benefiting the Cultivate Foundation and Farm Aid.