Audiostraddle Weekly: Metric, Belle & Sebastian, Star Wars Cantina 2.0


Metric’s 2009 album Fantasies is a gift that just keeps on giving. First “Help, I’m Alive,” then “Gimme Sympathy,” “Gold Gun Girls,” “Sick Muse,” and now “Stadium Love.” That’s five singles from a single album — basically, a feat only N’Sync can accomplish. Watch below for some great shots of Metric frontwoman Emily Haines and also some gnarly zebra vs. lion footage.



Did you miss our feelings about Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video? Check out our precap and recap.


NME is On the road with Marina & The Diamonds!: “Do you want to see my bedroom?” Marina Diamandis purrs, a wicked curl in her luminous pink lips. “You know you want to…”


Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Noel Gallagher, and Ciara are among several celebs appearing in a new Adidas commercial for the 2010 FIFA World Cup game. I’m not sure how this logically came together, but Snoop Dogg and a lightsaber? Yes, please. Watch it below.



Maybe this is old news, but you oughtta know. On May 22, Alanis Morrisette married rapper Souleye. On getting married, she says, “I think for a long time, because of my compulsively wanting to be viewed as an überfeminist, I would really stay away from things like being a hopeless romantic, being dependent on a man, or even wanting to be with a man, frankly,” she said at the time. “[Now] I look forward to growing old with my boyfriend, the both us growing old and wrinkly together.” Interesting words, Alanis, but congratulations!


VH1 Brought Back “Behind the Music” with a new episode about DMX.

ALBUM SALES HIT RECORD LOWS: reports that this past week Nielsen Soundscan figures revealed the lowest recorded album sales since 1994 when Nielsen first started collecting this data. It gets worse, though: “While there’s no exact way to compare last week’s total against imprecise, pre-Soundscan tallies, Billboard estimates that weekly album sales volume could, in fact, be at its lowest point since the early 1970s.” Holy moly. I know it’s not record store day, but how many albums have you purchased in 2010? (I bought six.) Is buying records really at record lows?


Indie darlings Belle & Sebastian have announced a North American tour. It’s their first since 2006 and includes only 9 dates in October, so get on it! For those in neglected cities, never fear: Frank Yang from Chromewaves suspects there might be another tour planned for later this year to support their next record, currently in progress. But I’ve already snatched up tickets for their DC date, just in case. Check out the full Belle & Sebastian tour schedule at the band’s official website.


New photoshoot with VIBE Magazine! Here’s some outtakes.


Laneia and Sarah are going and we’re highlighting up and coming artists to check out. So far, we’ve got a thumbs up for Samantha Crain and Angus & Julia Stone, but keep an eye out for more to come!


Snoop Dog, DJ Premier (of Gangstarr), and A Tribe Called Quest will join Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Slick Rick, and others for the Rock The Bells tour. This isn’t just any hip-hop tour. Each act will be performing “one seminal album from their catalog in its entirety.” Reportedly, Lauryn Hill will be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Be sure to check out the full Rock The Bells tour schedule at their website. Lauryn Hill will only be performing at  a few stops.


Lollapalooza — the less sweaty, less dirty music festival held in Chicago’s Grant Park — has finally released their complete schedule. It will take place August 6-8 and feature bands including The Strokes, Lady Gaga, The Black Keys, The New Pornographers, and more! See the full line-up at Lollapalooza’s website.


Hey! Whenever we link to itunes or Amazon’s music store, it’s ’cause we a have an associates account with them so we get a tiny bit of your purchase, even if you click out via Autotsraddle to Amazon and end up buying a lawnmower, we still get some. Here’s some things you should get this week:

+ Download all the songs from last night’s finale of Glee at amazon: Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals.
+ Every month Amazon offers 100 mp3 albums for only $5 each (yes! an entire album for $5 instantly right to your computer! It’s magic!) This month includes a lot of our favorites, such as Jeff Buckley’s Grace, Gossip’s Music For Men, and Carole King’s Tapestry, The Beach Boys’ Endless Summer, Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint [Explicit]
+ $7.99 New Release Downloads: The Dead Weather‘s Sea Of Cowards, Janelle Monae‘s The ArchAndroid and Jewel‘s brand-new Sweet And Wild.

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Jess G.

Jess is a writer/producer with a knack for audio and online production. She grew up in California and now lives in Washington, DC, where she recently graduated from Georgetown University. Jess' jacket collection is obscenely large, and so is her music library. In her spare time, Jess enjoys riding her bike in the city, blogging, writing songs, and eating good food.

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  1. Actually, Behind the Music has been back for a little while now. DMX’s is not the first new episode but I’m sure he’ll appreciate the mention regardless.

  2. Metric love love them. That album was really good esp the acoustic version of Help I’m Alive.

    Good fix!

  3. Speaking of Metric, the new Twilight soundtrack came out yesterday with “Eclipse” as the lead single.

  4. What do you think of the track? I quite like it, although I’m a little surprised it’s been picked as the opener. I love Emily Haines’ voice.

    • I was initially caught off guard by the loftiness, for lack of a better word, of it but I really like the song nonetheless. I’m having trouble deciding if I like the original or the acoustic version better. And yes, she has an amazing voice. But I really don’t know what would constitute as a good lead track for Twilight to be honest, not having read or seen the films. After listening to both soundtracks though, The Editors – No Sound But The Wind is still my favorite. Maybe you’ve listened to the entire new soundtrack? I don’t want to bias you if you haven’t. I’ll just say it’s pretty solid from both the big and small acts. I have a feeling you’ll like Sia’s song too. :)

      • I have heard it! But only twice, I need to listen a few more times. My first impression is that it’s lived up to the last, which I really enjoyed. I do like the Sia track, I’m stoked she was asked to contribute. And it was great seeing Muse on there again as well.

        Off topic but not really: I saw Emily Haines do a solo show at the Opera House last week, she was playing Metric songs with a string quartet and it was AMAZING. I wish the whole world had been there to see it.

  5. What?! I’ve bought like… 2 Gaga Albums, an Angus & Julia Stone, Tegan&Sara’s latest, An Horse, Melissa Ferrick, TWO Regina Spektors and about a dozen singles on iTunes and at least 2 independents from bandcamp…

    Billboard and Nielsen Soundscan are a bunch of alarmists. They’re only counting “Shipped Albums” (4.98 million this week) and claim that “Digital track sales for the week totaled 21.7 million, and are distinct from the album sales tally.” meaning… they didn’t count those ones. Just the hard copies.

    I think their numbers are skewed.

    I can honestly say I’ve never bought more music than I have this year alone and it’s only June… why, that just pissed me off. I hope everyone goes independent so I can give my cash direct in the future.

  6. We amazon a lot at the FFAF household. I’ll try to remember to click through from y’all whenever we do!

  7. Rock the Bells is not coming anywhere near me.
    This means I will probably never get to see Wu-Tang, KRS-One, Lauryn Hill, and ATCQ live. Ever.
    I am possibly at the nadir of my existence.

  8. I’m excited for Lolla! And it better be damn good because I owe a friend $215 for my 3-day pass and that’s the reason why I can’t afford to do anything else this summer…

  9. I have super strong feelings about Metric – “Help I’m Alive” brings out SO MANY FEELINGS for me. They played a little show a while ago nearby and I went and I almost came just watching them.

  10. I think this is a great promo! It’s really well done and has a lot of attention to detail.

    Boogie Studio remixed all of the original Star Wars cantina sound effects and character dialogue with the new ones from the celebrities and other characters.

    It’s a fun campaign and a great way to kick off FIFA 2010.

    For more information or to see the full-length version of The Star Wars Cantina 2010, Please check out the blog below and feel free to comment.


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