Some videos and other fun as you prepare for the big holiday this week…
This weekend marked the twentieth anniversary of Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy album, and there were retrospectives from both Billboard and Stereogum. Both do a great job of talking about how the album was a turning point for the band, and how though it’s a respected effort, it’s still underrated. I was inspired by these pieces to listen to the remastered version of the album that was released a couple of years ago, and it adds a whole new level to the record.
Our favorite new music video comes courtesy of hometown heroes Red Fang, which should be no surprise, considering their track record of great videos. This time for “Crows In Swine” they prove that their brilliance extends even into the realm of animation.
We previously shared the lyric video for the new song from The Decemberists, and now we can link to the official music video for “Make You Better”. It features Nick Offerman guest-starring as the host of a lost television show from the 70’s, with The Decemberists providing a goofy performance.
Rolling Stone has been publishing a ton of Foo Fighters-related material, and one of the coolest pieces they’ve done is a list of various cameos that Dave Grohl has done for various albums and performances.
Last week Sebadoh stopped by the AV Club for their Undercover series, and they performed Rush’s “Limelight”. Personally, I feel that the band balances between taking it seriously and having fun with it, but half of my enjoyment may have been due to the various Rush fans in the comments getting offended by Lou Barlow’s ridiculous vocals.
TV on the Radio hit the Late Show with David Letterman last week to perform “Happy Idiot”, and it’s obvious that as the band hits the road in support of Seeds this is going to be a definite highlight of their set.
Speaking of late night performances, Cold War Kids went on Conan to play “All This Could Be Yours” and delivered a passionate performance of their latest single.
Before there was The Shins there was Flake Music, and Sub Pop is reissuing the only record of the predecessor band. NPR has it up for streaming for your pleasure. Elsewhere on their site, be sure to check out this video talking about the special way in which musicians’ brains work.