Audiostraddle Weekly: Kate Nash, Sia, Justin Bieber on QVC, and More!

If you loved Kate Nash‘s 2007 debut album, Made of Bricks, you’re probably anxiously awaiting her second album, My Best Friend Is You, coming out April 20th. In addition to her Lilith Fair dates, she has announced a short tour of North America. She’ll play 9 shows at small club venues, so better nab those tickets early. Check out the dates at her website and listen to the first single “Do Wah Doo” below.

Let me be clear — I don’t care about Justin Bieber. But when I heard he performed on QVC (aka the home shopping network), I had to include it in the Fix as to publicize his lameness. Am I a hater? If we’re talking Justin Bieber, yes I am. I admit, Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber is the silver lining of this mysterious international obsession.



This past week, MGMT released a song from their upcoming album Congratulations. It’s called “Flash Delirium.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, Andrew VanWyngarden said, “Some will love it, some will hate it. We want to freak people out.” You can download a free mp3 of the song at Who Is MGMT?

Pop-punk band Paramore will be joining Tegan & Sara on the 2010 Honda Civic Tour. Specific dates are not yet available, though Paramore announced the tour kicks off on July 23rd. Keep your eye out for tickets!


If you haven’t seen it, you need to. Read Autostraddle’s thoughts on it here.


Laura Marling‘s upcoming album I Speak Because I Can is streaming in its entirety over at The Times UK. Check it out!

SXSW 2010
SXSW is going on as we speak in Austin, TX. Read survival tips at the Audiostraddle 2010 Music Festival Guide and check out our SXSW spotlights on a few of my favorites: Local Natives, Rye Rye, First Aid Kit, Tanlines, and Jenny Owen Youngs. Also keep an eye out for Audiostraddle blogger and SxSW warrior Stef’s daily festival coverage, which begins this week.

Saddle Creek is reissuing 2004’s One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels EP, a collaboration between Bright Eyes and Neva Denova, on March 24th. Why get excited? The reissue will feature 4 new bonus tracks. You can listen to a sneak preview of one of the tracks over at Pitchfork.

Australian singer Sia has given us a preview of six new tracks from her upcoming album, We Are Born, and they are ace. You can check out the tracks, and her US & European tour dates, on her website.

Crystal thinks everyone should read’s awesome interview with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Armstrong and Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer talk about the homoerotic themes in the American Idiot Broadway rock opera, which starts a new season this April at the St James Theatre (NYC). Armstrong also opens up about his own bisexuality – “There was a lot of queerness in the punk rock scene in that time, from Bikini Kill to Pansy Division. It was just in the air. And I felt like a part of it.” Read the interview here.

Nicky Minaj and her army of hot pink wig-wearing Harajuku Barbies recently shot the Hype Williams-directed music video for “Massive Attack,” the first single from her debut album. has a sneak peek of the military-themed clip which allegedly includes a helicopter chase and cameo from Amber Rose. Check it out here.

As part of the MTV Music Book Club, Estonian singer and self-professed “fairy geek” Kerlie gives us a book report on Brian Froud’s Good Faeries, Bad Faeries.

Enough with the Jay-Z Fetish: “But Jay-Z is to hip hop what New York is to magazines: Flawless, efficient, gleaming; cool, soulless, endlessly self-absorbed. Crowning Jay-Z the King of New York for bragging about his fucking market share is like giving New York the National Magazine Award for Best Magazine because of their unparalleled feature on Downtown’s Most Expensive Chairs. It misses the big picture.” Pretty bold statement! Thoughts? (@gawker)

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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. I am so psyched for Kate Nash’s album you don’t even KNOW. And her album comes out the day after my birthday. I’m pretty sure she did that intentionally just for me…her future wife.

  2. Justin Bieber on QVC? For serious? That’s just going to hurt your career, little boy. He is the lesbian of my dreams though.

    Also, love the new MGMT track. I think the title track “Congratulations” has been leaked as well.

    And, my roommate is Kate Nash. Seriously, they look like the same person.

  3. SIGH im so excited about kate nash, but the bigger sigh is ill be missing the paramore and tegan and sara tour! :[ (yay rhyming) cause lets be serious ladies, everyone has a big ol leeeeesssbian crush on hayley williams, and joining forces with tegan and sara… its a dream come true aint it

  4. 1) I totally want a job selling on QVC. It’s basically an acting gig, since you have to act excited about singing Christmas trees and cheese logs and Justin Beiber. I want to act like like awful shit is REALLY cool all day. It’s practice for when my kids get me macaroni noodle necklaces.

    2) I love Bright Eyes.

      • My Mom had hers until she died, and Dad still has a drawing of fruit i did when I was like 4 on the fridge, but I think it’s mostly because they love me rather than my awesome artwork lol

        I should try to make macaroni the new style. maybe get Gaga in on it

  5. Just so’s you know, the Sia link doesn’t work.
    Unless my office’s Compy 3000 just doesn’t like Sia.
    But seriously, now. Who doesn’t like Sia?

    • yeah, it’s linking to and it should be

      EVERYONE LOVES SIA. At least, I do.

  6. OBSESSED with MGMT’s new release can’t wait to get a promo copy. The new song is bad ass.

    Kate Nash is my Cockney God.

  7. Dear lord, JB is 16? o_O He looks so young! I’m not gunna lie, he has pretty nice hair. Umm. Yeah.

    P.S. Kate Nash makes me want to run/twirl in fields of flowers.

  8. Guh MGMT’s new single was kinda disappointing. I was really hoping for another “Electric Feel.”

    Whatevs, I’m probably going to be freaking out over Congratulations regardless.

    • There is no “Electric Feel” on the new album, but prepare yourself for epic 12-minute tracks and more space-y sounds.

    • You know, because homeboy trends all the freakin time. Because he’s like,omg justin beiber. #ReplyToMyOwnPost #ILoveHashTags

  9. I find Justin Bieber. If you’re a lesbian and ACTUALLY looks like him, email me! :)

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