Hello! Due to moving house and having no internet connection, I am totally out of touch with what’s happening in music right now. So, I was thinking -- if everyone writes about the rad new music they’ve heard in the comments section, we’d end up with a really interesting / diverse music fix. Are you in? Please be in. Here are a few new tracks and videos to kick off.
New Video From Amanda Palmer - “Want It Back” (NSFW)
Like most of the internet, I love Amanda F*cking Palmer so hard. Her creativity and flair for theatrics continually leave me gobsmacked; she just keeps coming up with these brill concepts that surprise and delight so frequently that you'd think the shock factor would've faded long ago.
Her latest project, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra, has turned out the new clip for "Want It Back." I’m just gonna go ahead and call this the best thing that AFP has produced to date. Do you agree? Disagree? The clip features boobs and pubes, so if you’re in a public space then you may wanna save this for later.
This song comes from the forthcoming album, Theatre Is Evil (Sept 10) which is available for pre-order right now. Interesting fact: Early this year, AFP fans donated over $1 million via Kickstarter for the creation of this record. One. Million. Dollars. Just think about that for a second.
Shortly AP & The Grand Theft Orchestra will be hitting the road - check out the US, Canadian and European tour dates here.
Bloc Party Return With “Octopus”
Fans who were concerned that Bloc Party’s four-year hiatus meant that the band were done ‘n dusted can take a breath. Kele and co. are back, and back to form - evidenced by yesterday’s release of their new hit “Octopus.” The Party appear to have ditched the electro and made a return to the indie rock sounds we fell in love with on their 2005 debut, Silent Alarm.
"Octopus" is from Bloc Party's forthcoming album Four, which is out on Aug 20 and available on pre-order.
Clinical Trials "Whip It"
Last month Brooklyn-based duo The Clinical Trials released a new video for "Whip It," the lead track from last year’s Bleed Me EP which I wrote about once and highly recommend.
Clinical Trials’ frontwoman Somer Bingham - who you may also be familiar with from those Real L Word Season 3 promo trailers I know you’ve got bookmarked - describes it as a “lesbian samurai picnic battle allegory for what it's like to fall in love." (note: contains a little bit of bloodshed).
A newly-released (unauthorised) Mick Jagger biography, Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, claims that Mick and David Bowie 'were really sexually obsessed with each other'. It may or may not be true but may be worth reading nonetheless.
What have I missed? What have you been listening to lately? Tell me in the comments.