Weekly Music Fix: Broken Social Scene, Laura Veirs, Gorillaz, and More!

After a week-long hiatus, I’m back with this week’s Music Fix. A lot of new music and a little bit of sad news. On to the fix!

Canadian band Broken Social Scene released “World Sick,” the first single from their upcoming album Forgiveness Rock Record, last week. If this doesn’t excite you, just a friendly reminder that Broken Social Scene spawned beloved music acts Feist, Metric, and Stars. It’s even rumored that these Leslie Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), and Amy Millan (Stars) have collaborated on a track for Forgiveness Rock Record , so ready your ears! In the mean time, you can score a free download of “World Sick” from the band’s website now.

I’ve just become infatuated with Laura Veirs, the cute and nerdy (and very pregnant) Portland-based singer-songwriter. Her 2010 album July Flame is on many music blogger’s shortlists for Best Albums of The Year, and The Decemberists‘ frontman Colin Meloy called it his favorite album of the year. If you’re late to the party like I am (or if you love her already), check out Laura Veirs’ lovable performance in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Her ode to legendary female bassist Carole Kaye — appropriately titled “Carole Kaye” — will win you over.

Swedish indie band Shout Out Louds quietly released their third album Work this past Tuesday. I’m a sucker for Scandinavians and I loved “The Comeback,” so check out their bizarre music video for their first single “Fall Hard” — its setting is a French talk show.

SXSW is fast approaching, so here’s one band to keep an eye out for — Elle Bandita from the Netherlands. The band is fronted by out lesbian and lead vocalist/guitarist Elle. Elle Bandita is primarily influenced by 90s grunge, but also lists The Dead Kennedys and The Ramones as inspiration. Listen to songs at their MySpace.

Thanks to reader Marijke for tipping us off! If you know of a band we should be listening to, send a link to music[at]autostraddle[dot]com.

The bisexual rapper you hate/LOVE is in Young Money’s salute to Lil’ Wayne, who goes to jail today. She looks real cute in her flight attendant outfit btw. Srsly.

Your favorite cartoon band is back! The Gorillaz will release their third album Plastic Beach next week. If you can’t wait, the full album (sorry, no track by track streaming) is available for full preview at NPR and The Guardian.

Rapper Guru, also known as Keith Elam from the acclaimed rap duo Gang Starr, is in a coma after suffering a heart attack and underwent surgery yesterday. Though Gang Starr has been on hiatus for the past 5 years, Guru remained active in hip-hop and released a solo album in 2009. Revisit some classic Gang Starr here.

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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.

Jess has written 44 articles for us.


  1. I’m sooooo excited about new Broken Social Scene, I hope they do a massive epic international tour in support of it

  2. I, too, am a sucker for Scandinavians.

    Also, I could have seen Laura Veirs play last night. What was I thinking?

  3. The new Gorillaz has Snoop, Mos Def, and Lou Reed! Amazing. I can’t wait to listen to it.

  4. Laura Veirs is too cute. Thanks for the introduction!

    Super excited for Gorillaz and Broken Social Scene.

  5. New BSS = more music to add to my Arts & Crafts & Friends & Lovers playlist, yay w00t!

  6. psst…the new broken social scene song is called “world sick”, but regardless, its amazing!

    • No idea how “World Rock” got in there. My mind was floating elsewhere. Thanks for the correction!

  7. Great fix Jess! I’m really digging Elle Bandita, I hope I get the chance to see them live sometime.

  8. correction: Broken Social Scene’s new track is “World Sick”….not “World Rock”!!!

  9. I just about had a brain hemorrhage when I found out about the new BSS record. So. Freaking. Excited.

  10. wait, did anyone else download ‘world sick’ and get the first 23 seconds of the song and that’s it? ’cause i did and i’m disappointed/pissed.

  11. Now THIS is what I’m talking about AutoStraddle. Broken Social Scene, Nicki Minaj (Young Money) & Gorillaz all in one post. Can’t take it…

    P.S. Hoping all will be well for Guru

  12. Nicki Minaj is a waste of life.

    Also, remember when I was being all douche-y about the choice of music in these things. You know who I love and should have mentioned before shutting my big fat mouth? Erykah Badu. Who has new singles and an album dropping soo, and it just plain amazing and never ever fails. So yeah. Just a thought.

  13. I’m so excited for the new BSS too! Always good times.

    I’ll definitely check out the new Shout Out Louds release. The first time I heard “Tonight I Have To Leave It” I was hooked.


    Two more cents, Laura Veirs is amazing live. I saw her when she opened up for The Decemberists last year and her voice was just beautiful.

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