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    Music Videos from Coachella 2008 Performances

    Jack Johnson "Waiting For You" performed Friday night at Coachella 2008. The video is only about a minute long, but if your a JJ fan, it's something :D

    The Verve performing Friday night at Coachella

    Vampire Weekend performing "A Punk" at Coachella 2008

    Quick Clips

    The Raconteurs

    The National performing a short clip at Coachella

    Pendulum - Voodoo People - raving at Coachella - short clip, but good sneak preview

    Serj Tankian live at Coachella 2008

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      4/26/2008 06:08:00 PM Saturday, April 26, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Coachella 2008 Videos and Weekend Line-up

    Coachellians poured in to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California today in the hot sun to see artists like Portishead, Prince, DCFC, Hot Chip, Rilo Kiley and others. Check out the lineup for Saturday and Sunday below.

    The YouTube videos from Friday's Coachella performances are already being posted. Sifting through them, here are some of the best, including The Black Kids, The Raconteurs, Aphex Twins and Fatboy Slim.

    The Black Kids performing "I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend" at Coachella on Friday, April 25:

    The Raconteurs - "Consolers of the Lonely" - Friday Coachella show

    The Raconteurs - "Attention" - from AT&T BlueRoom Broadcast (FYI: This may be deleted by YouTube)

    Aphex Twins - Live set at Coachella, Friday, April 25, 2008 (song title anyone?)

    Fatboy Slim - "Green Supernova" - Friday night, Coachella 2008


    The following is the line-up for artists and bands playing Coachella Saturday and Sunday. Check out the stage and set times for more information.

    Portishead, Prince, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacvba, Sasha & John Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Animal Collective, Kate Nash, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Above & Beyond, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boys Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, CarbonSilicon, Erol Alkan, Man Man, Yo! Majesty, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, AkronFamily, MGMT, Surkin, Curses!, Para One, Orgasmic, James Zabiela, SebAstian, Kavinsky, Minus the Bear, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Yelle, Uffie featuring DJ Mehdi


    Roger Waters, Love and Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dimitri from Paris, Autolux, Stars, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy F*ck, Black Mountain, Annuals, Kid Sister with A-Trak, Modeselektor, Duffy, I'm from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, AUSTIN TV, Grand Ole Party, Shout Out Louds, Plasticines, Brett Dennen

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    New Indie and Alternative MP3 Releases

    This is the first installment of New Indie and Alternative MP3 Releases, highlighting musicians and bands that hardly ever get the cred they deserve.

    The Garlands debut single is available for free, legal download thanks to Cosy Recordings and

    MP3: David - The Garlands

    Play or download a bonus track You Never Notice Me - The Garlands

    The EP, which features a cover version of George Michael's Freedom, is limited to 300 copies, so if you like the band, go to Cloudberry Records.

    Cleveland's psychedelic indie pop band The Dreadful Yawns have released a new single:

    MP3: I Thought One Kiss -The Dreadful Yawns

    MP3: Creeper from Island's new album Arm's Way due out on ANTI May 20, 2008.

    MP3: Tears Run Rings - Mind The Wires from the band's debut release Always, Sometimes, Seldom, Never on ClairRecords

    MP3: The Sun Ain't the Same - Afternoon Naps from the group's forthcoming EP (title not known). If you liked that tune also check out this bonus track: Clean Bill of Health - Afternoon Naps

    MP3: Leviathan, Bound from new album Rook slated for release on Matador Records on June 3

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      4/09/2008 05:20:00 PM Wednesday, April 9, 2008    1 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Vampire Weekend Streams, MP3s, Videos and Sessions

    Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut album, appearance on Saturday Night Live and performances at South by Southwest, an extensive touring schedule, not to mention praise and love from the media, bloggers and indie music fans (although the predictable backlash has begun), have propelled the preppy New York City band to near instant international recognition.

    - Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa [mp3]

    - Listen to tracks from the band's official website

    - See rare clips of Vampire Weekend performing live in SF and on KCRW (a phenomenal 40-minute studio session of the band performing almost every song on their debut album)

    The literary Columbia University grad students gained warp-speed popularity in and around the campus with their catchy mix of indie rock and Afro-fused beats, and soon began playing at high-society social gatherings and NYC venues in 2006.

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      4/04/2008 12:28:00 PM Friday, April 4, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Spoon Releases Music Video for "You Got Ya Cherry Bomb" Hit Single

    At first, it was hard to believe that for nearly a year there was no official music video for Spoon's smoking hot hit single "You Got Ya Cherry Bomb" [mp3] until this month.

    Nonetheless, some fact-checking confirmed that there was no official music video what was clearly one of the top indie rock hits of 2007, even grabbing a number of awards for best song of the year.

    Of course there are the usual YouTube videos of the song featuring live performances and people creating their own videos to the song, but this is the first time the official version has been released(finally).

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      3/19/2008 10:09:00 PM Wednesday, March 19, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    The Half Dozen: Six New Free, Legal MP3s

    This week's half dozen free and legal MP3s include songs from AM Syndicate, Black Mountain, HIJK, Grand Ole Party, The Big Sleep and The Two Man Gentlemen Band. Enjoy.

    AM Syndicate: "The Neighbor and His Wife" [mp3] from Liberation

    The Big Sleep: "Pinkies" [mp3] from Sleep Forever

    Black Mountain: "Tyrants" [mp3] from In The Future

    Grand Ole Party: "Nasty Habits" [mp3] from Humanimals

    HIJK: "Alibi" [mp3] from The Pen and The Letter

    The Two Man Gentlemen Band: "William Howard Taft" [mp3] from Heavy Petting

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      3/17/2008 03:56:00 AM Monday, March 17, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    The 'Other' HP "Picture Book" TV Spot by The Kinks

    Almost everyone who watched television in 2006 and 2007 remembers the 2006 award-winning HP commercial that used classic, but long forgotten (as most great Kinks' songs were until they started showing up in movies, cable TV shows and commercials during the past decade) song from The Kinks, "Picture Book" (lyrics and MP3 below).

    Yet an alternative version of the commercial has surfaced on YouTube that was either never shown, only aired in certain markets or was pulled for the version (see that here) most people are familiar with. My guess is that it is the version played in the U.K.

    This spot is interesting, especially for folks who liked the HP campaign and/or are fans of The Kinks - the greatest rock/pop band ever!

    Lyrics for "Picture Book"
    Written by Ray Davies, 1967, performed by The Kinks
    Published by Noma Music, Inc./Hi-Count Music, Inc. BMI

    Picture yourself when you're getting old,
    Sat by the fireside a-pondering on.
    Picture book, pictures of your mama, taken by your papa a long time ago.
    Picture book, of people with each other, to prove they love each other a long ago.
    Na, na, na, na, na na.
    Na, na, na, na, na na.
    Picture book.
    Picture book.

    A picture of you in your birthday suit,
    You sat in the sun on a hot afternoon.
    Picture book, your mama and your papa, and fat old Uncle Charlie out boozing with their friends.
    Picture book, a holiday in August, outside a bed and breakfast in sunny Southend.
    Picture book, when you were just a baby, those days when you were happy, a long time ago.
    Na, na, na, na, na na.
    Na, na, na, na, na na.
    Picture book.
    Picture book.
    Picture book.
    Picture book.

    Picture book,
    Na, na, na, na na,
    Na, na, na, na na,
    Picture book,
    Na, na, na, na na,
    Na, na, na, na na,

    Picture book, pictures of your mama, taken by your papa a long time ago.
    Long time ago,
    Long time ago,
    Long time ago,
    Long time ago,
    Yeah, yeah, yeah.
    Here are some remakes made by other folks from around the world. Now we know - and which I think was part of the message of the HP campaign - that there are other 'video magicians' out there who can duplicate HP's famous 'freeze-frame' concept that helped make the campaign so popular and memorable. - This remake, more than anything else, demonstrates that others can do the 'HP magic'
    If you view the clip above, you'll find there are other remakes of this famous commercial.

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      3/06/2008 03:23:00 PM Thursday, March 6, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Online Video Production: MuveeMix - Product Doesn't Match Hype

    There are dozens of websites on the Internet nowadays that let you not only upload your videos, but make it as easy as butter to add eye-candy effects, song tracks, video titles and so on.

    However, as with all experimentation, things don't always go as planned.

    In this video, I took video tape I recorded from an Arctic Monkeys concert in San Francisco and spliced it together using MuveeMix. For the song, I used "Flourescent Adolescent", but realized after "Brainstorm" was the more appropriate choice.

    Next, I added the 'old fashion' theme to the video to give it a gritty look. The results of this experiment were mixed.

    Half way through the video, the song track added skips and keeps on skipping. So, for all intent and purposes, enjoy the first half of this video and ignore the rest until I can figure out what went wrong.

    But worst of all is that once I embedded the video I created into this page, the video itself would simply never load on the page, causing the web browser to crash. Meanwhile, the YouTube videos load up and play without a hitch.

    Therefore, based on this experience, I would not recommend MuveeMix, but I'd love to hear some other opinions of folks who have used it successfully and how they overcame these issues, most especially the bandwidth issue. If the video doesn't load on the webpage, then what's the point?

    Therefore, in the meantime you can see my ill-fated attempt to create a cool video using MuveeMix. It looked promising, but didn't deliver. One way is to look at it is something like this:
    Dang that Chinese food smelt and looked great, but I was up all night with stomach cramps and vomiting.

    That's a summation - alas - of my experience with MuveeMix. Let me know when you get it really working to meet the demands of 2008 expectations.

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      3/05/2008 12:37:00 PM Wednesday, March 5, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Vicious Vicious' Strange Band Name vs. Persona Overshadows Good Music

    Minneapolis indie pop rock band Vicious Vicious do not live up to their name - a music fan would expect them to be a punk or hard rock or some other extreme rock subgenre band.

    Listen to their non-stop stream of songs below.

    So it is a bit annoying that a group with such marvelously crafted pop, rock and funkadelic sounds would chose a name that does not reflect their music or stage presence. Part of me wants to call it pretentious, but it's just plain puzzling, and I haven't been able to find an interview were the band members are challenged on the name.

    In today's Internet-dominated music world, a band needs to be extra savvy about what it takes to be credible and how to optimize name-branding on the Internet with the goal of attracting fans to their official websites, MySpace pages, Facebook profiles and so on. Picking the right name for a band nowadays requires careful thinking and a good level of online marketing and promotion.

    Notwithstanding, to be more 'indie' about this matter, let's say we just forget that they are going to have problems promoting themselves based on their name.

    At the end of the day it's just plain disingenuous to choose such a name as Vicious Vicious for a band who's online promotional photos show them holding yellow balloons and whose music is more candy than cane. Sorry metal heads - and even rock fans - Vicious Vicious are not vicious by any stretch of the imagination.

    The proof is in the pudding (but I still must say there music is awesome). The best way to get to know the band's music is to go to their official site where their music plays at a non-stop stream (unless you kill it of course).

    Editor's note: Personally, I found myself listening to the stream at least twice over during an hour and a half period - and this is coming from someone who still has loads of great music to review, not to mention all of the submissions by postal mail (artists and labels: please do not send me emails with audio attachments; they will be stripped by my email program, please send music you'd like me to review to Box #722, RE, CA 95044.
    Since the release of their latest album Parade in September 2007, songs like "Rain Parade", "Ho Baby" and other well-produced indie pop songs have increased the band's popularity.

    According to Vicious Vicious' official website, Applewick and the others are working on new material for yet another album to possibly be released in 2008. Let's hope so, because these guys are on a serious roll.

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      2/28/2008 01:40:00 PM Thursday, February 28, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Rare and Intimate Video of Arcade Fire Playing in a Lift

    They are one of the few indie rock bands in the history of the genre that can say they made the cover of The Rolling Stone and Time magazine, the latter being an honor usually bestowed on world leaders, Nobel prize winners and at the most aging rockers, but not for a quirky, barely known (at that time at least) band from Canada.

    Arcade Fire - No Car Go - Arcade Fire [mp3]

    Fans of Arcade Fire are partly attracted to the band's blend of orchestra pop raised up by soaring chorus. But even more AF fans love the band for their uncanny ability to entertain wherever, whenever and with whatever they can find.

    If you are not an AF fan, maybe you will be after you see and hear them play the title track from their 2007 hit album, Neon Bible in a Parisian elevator.

    - Arcade Fire's official homepage (one of my favorite band websites)

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      2/08/2008 02:23:00 AM Friday, February 8, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Best Songs of 2007 - Playlists and List of Lists

    During the past few weeks, more than 8,000 visitors have checked out, subscribed, listened to and downloaded IRC's Favorite Songs of 2007.

    The following lists of links to rock, pop and other genre-specific 'best of 2007' editions, are worthy of reviewing and include many talented entries, song descriptions, samples and in some cases free, non-DRM MP3 downloads. Also included are links to playlists of MP3s featuring IRC's choices for 2007.

    However, in the case where a best songs list is based on actual listener input and consumer purchases, that's another matter, and some of lists included here within utilize such methodology. (photos - top left: Zach Condon from Beirut; middle right: Modest Mouse)

    Quick Click MP3s:

    Heretics - Andrew Bird
    - See the full playlist, Volume I

    Spitting Venom - Modest Mouse
    - See the full playlist, Volume II

    No One Would Riot For Less - Bright Eyes
    - See the full playlist, Volume III

    Check out the list of lists from across the web for the best and top songs of 2007.

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      1/29/2008 01:31:00 AM Tuesday, January 29, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

    Silversun Pickups' Remix CD So-So

    One of the big 'new' groups of 2007 on the indie circuit was definitely Silversun Pickups.

    The band's impressive debut EP Pikul in 2006 was followed by the brilliant release of Carnavas, which was still on The Billboard 200 chart as of last summer and peeked at No. 5 on the Top Independent Albums in 2006.

    Carnavas was the band's first full-length release under the direction of the respected rock producer Dave Cooley (who has worked with Smash Mouth and Citizen King).

    The album included a number of indie blog favorites, especially the exhilarating single "Lazy Eye."

    So One AM Radio records put out a remix CD last month that includes four remixes of "Lazy Eye" and two remixes of "Little Lovers So Polite".

    For SSPU fans, the remixes are a worthy listen to, but don't get to excited. Others who are annoyed by SSPU for their own various reasons, may point to this remix release as more evidence for their dismissal of one of L.A.'s most talked about rock bands in the past year.


    Silversun Pickups - Little Lovers So Polite (One AM Radio Remix)

    In The Time We've Got - (One AM Radio Remix)

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      1/15/2008 08:51:00 PM Tuesday, January 15, 2008    0 Comments    MP3 Policy  View Labels/Tags

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    Current and upcoming releases (US dates)

    12/7/09 Ólafur Arnalds - Dyad 1909
    1/12/10 Vampire Weekend - Contra
    1/19/10 Cold War Kids - Behave Yourself EP
    1/19/10 Spoon - Transference
    1/26/10 Basia Bulat - Heart Of My Own
    2/1/10 Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
    2/2/10 Midlake - The Courage of Others
    2/9/10 Yeasayer - Odd Blood
    2/23/10 Shout Out Louds - Work
    3/2/10 Rogue Wave - Permalight
    3/2/10 The Whigs - In The Dark
    3/9/10 Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

    Best 2009 Indie Releases

    2009 best indie albums
    Favorite 2009 indie albums in no particular order; strongly recommend these for your music collection.

    Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree In The Ear
    Built to Spill - There Is No Enemy
    Fanfarlo - Reservior
    Freelance Whales - Weathervanes
    Echo & The Bunnymen - The Fountain
    The Sun - Don't Let Your Baby Have All The Fun
    Kings of Convenience - Declaration of Dependence
    Foreign Born - Person To Person
    Real Estate - Real Estate
    Them Crooked Vultures - s/t debut
    Volcano Choir - Unmap
    Au Revoir Simone - Still Night,Still Light
    Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    The Raveonettes - In and Out of Control
    Ramona Falls - Intuit
    Holiday Shores - Columbus'd The Whim
    Why? - Eskimo Snow
    Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
    Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant
    The Dead Weather - Horehound
    Portugal The Man - The Satantic Satanist
    Port O'Brien - Threadbare
    Broken Records - Until The Earth Begins To Part
    Headlights - Wildlife
    Bango or Freakout - Upside Down EP
    The Clean - Mister Pop
    Sin Fang Bous - Clangour
    Passion Pit - Manners
    The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
    Brazos - Phosphorescent Blues
    Spring Tigers - Spring Tigers EP
    Sea Wolf - White Water, White Bloom
    The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
    Bodies Of Work - Flyers
    The XX - XX
    The Black Hollies - Softly Towards The Light
    Sonic Youth - The Eternal Youth
    Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
    Modest Mouse - No One's First and You're Next
    Generationals - Con Law
    BLK JKS - After Robots
    White Denim - Fits/Exposion
    Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:11
    Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
    Atlas Sound - Logos
    The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
    Califone - All of My Friends Are Funeral Singers
    Taken By Trees - East of Eden
    Chet - Chelsea Silver, Please Come
    Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
    Washed Out - Life of Leisure
    Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
    Deer Tick - Born On Flag Day
    The Clientele - Bonfires of Heath
    Iron & Wine - Around The Well
    Pete Doherty - Grace/Wastelands
    It Hugs Back - Inside Your Guitar
    Peter Bjorn and John - Living Thing
    Conor Oberst & The Mustic Valley Band - Outer South
    Paper Route - Absence
    Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
    Throw Me The Statue - Creaturesque
    The Dodos - Time To Die
    Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
    M. Ward - Hold Time
    Deastro - Moondagger
    The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
    Matt & Kim - Grand
    The Antlers - Hospice
    Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
    The Brakes - Touchdown
    Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
    Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
    Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
    Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
    Frightened Rabbit - Quietly Now
    We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
    The Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar
    Pet Lions - Soft Right
    Paramore - Brand New Eyes
    Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Beware
    Bishop Allen - Grrr
    Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant
    Birds of Avalon - Uncanny Valley
    Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
    Ben Kweller - Changing Horses
    The Acorn - Heron Act
    The Twilight Sad - Forget The Night Ahead
    AC Newman - Get Guilty
    Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
    Cursive - Mama, I'm Swollen
    Beirut - March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland
    The Most Serene Republic - And The Ever Expanding Universe
    Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
    Woodpigeon - Treasury Library Canada
    Wye Oak - The Knot
    Vica Voce - Rose City
    Pomegranates - Everyone, Come Outside!
    Dananananaykroyd - Hey Everyone
    Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
    Akron/Family - Set Em Wild, Set Em Free
    Lemon Sun - Run With the Faithless
    Eels - Hombre Lobo
    Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band
    Mellow Down Easy - Cosmisutra
    The Mary Onettes - Dare EP
    Odawas - The Blue Depths
    The Veils - Sun Gangs
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
    White Rabbits - It's Frightening
    Loney Dear - Dear John
    The Lonely Forest - We Sing The Body Electric
    The Uglysuit - self-titled debut
    Handsome Furs - Face Control
    Vampire Hands - Me & You Cherry Red/Cuz It's a Beach Funeral

    This list is updated regularly.

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