Let’s start with the most recent, and move our way back. Vampire Weekend at SXSW debuting two new songs definitely will make people stop and take notice.
“Diane Young” is really interesting with all of its “baby baby baby’s” shifting to a full blown jam at the center of the song. It sounds like it could be a home run on record.
“Ya Hey” sounds a lot mellower, but equally as interesting with its part military drum stomp and deliberate bass beat in unison. Good previews from the forthcoming “Modern Vampires of the City” due May 7th.
JT and Jimmy Fallon doing the History of Rap 4…six and a half minutes of mad skillz. Fallon is sweating all over the place while Timberlake makes it look like it’s easy. They do a great job with this once again.
The Strokes took their grainy footage and festival gigs with a look back at great moments in their career with “All the Time.” Not touring behind the album? Wha? Good luck with the label barely promoting your album then. Comedown Machine will be out March 26th.
Somebody with (thankfully) too much time on their hands took every one of Metallica’s James Hetfield’s “Yeah’s” ever recorded and made one track out of it. Believe it or not, it only lasts under 4:00.
Dave Grohl gave a nice speech as the keynote speaker at SXSW earlier in the week. Everything from how Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” inspired him to how he couldn’t dream of playing music after Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Eventually he did of course, which was a healing point for him and became Foo Fighters. It’s about an hour long. It’s well worth your time.Watch here.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing four new song at SXSW was also a good highlight, but the video has been yanked off YouTube.
One that thankfully still remains available is this killer debut of a new Divine Fits tracks. Fitting that they played in Austin, because that’s where it all really began last year. Of course it’s the indie supergroup of sorts with Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and New Bomb Turk’s Sam Brown. This track is just an awesome rocker. I wish I could get it somewhere now, in better quality.
AlunaGeorge did a fun cover of “I Want to Be Like You” from The Jungle Book on BBC Radio earlier in the week. I dare you not to tap your toe, or snap your fingers.
UPDATE: How about I add Wavves new album stream as an added bonus. Stream it in full over at NPR.