Conan O’Brien
“Creep” [by Radiohead]

Conan O’Brien, no relation to Ed O’Brien, soundchecked Radiohead’s “Creep” the other day. He’s currently on his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.” (Fun fact: Radiohead was the first musical guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien). Look for Conan on TBS, a “very funny” station, in the fall.

The Flaming Lips


“Powerless” is about the most un-friendly pop single you can imagine, but The Flaming Lips have nonetheless made a video for it. But at least the video is something all of us can relate to (who hasn’t been blindfolded and tied to a chair in the middle of a field?). The track is off Embryonic, the band’s 12th studio album. [via Pitchfork]

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Fol Chen

“In Ruins”

Fol Chen are set to release Part II: The New December on July 6 via Asthmatic Kitty. They’ve been described as “cool,” “pretty sweet,” and “interesting” by my friend Jonathan Fielding.

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[Photo: Juliana Paciulli]


“Acres of Skin”

Check out Zs’ amazing live performance for “Acres of Skin” for, recorded in a backyard in Austin, TX during SXSW. Their new album, New Slaves, is due May 11 on The Social Registry, AND IT IS SO FUCKING GOOD.

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Captain Ahab

The End of Irony [short film]

Captain Ahab’s third album, The End of Irony, was released this week on Deathbomb Arc. Check out the companion film above.

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Designer Drugs

“Drop Down”

Here’s the new, official, ultra-limited video for Designer Drug’s 2009 track “Drop Down,” directed by Kevin Calero. You can purchase the single at iheartcomix.

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