All of Fuzz Steilacoom’sbest qualities are revealed in “Alabama Movies” and “A Little Late,” the opening and closing tracks of the Oklahoma City duo’s third full-length. The relationship between them unveils the worst.
“Heaven Knows” sees Yukon’s Luke Dick branching out into some philosophizing, Randy Newman-ish territory, which I imagine he really needed in order to sort through the issues he was dealing with the last time we saw him on OKSee.
Anyhoo, this cartoon is pretty charming, considering it’s about a dead frog:
Sleigh Bells — “Comeback Kid” And while you’re here, might as well stick around for some more music videos. With this standout new single from the forthcoming Sleigh Bells album, cutie-pie singer Alexis Krauss does a couple of the dance moves that I do when I listen to Sleigh Bells. Also, kudos to guitarist Derek Miller’s sartorial choice in that old-school Nirvana tee:
Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom — “Austin City Limits” performances Some people my age forget that Austin City Limits didn’t begin as a music festival. It was “Austin City Limits” the television program, and it’s got a couple of freak-folk’s greatest talents on its most recent episode, which aired last weekend. Watch Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom go for austere beauty:
Josh Sallee — Birthday Rager Miss Josh Sallee’s birthday party this weekend? OKC videographer Jimi Wonder’s got your back. Watch some clips of his performance below. And kudos to the very complimentary, apparently very inebriated young lady who declared Josh a “25” on a scale of 1 to 10. We love him, too. But probably not quite that much.
Los Campesinos! — "By Your Hand" on "Late Night with David Letterman" I don't know I missed this after declaring "Hello Sadness" my top record of 2011, but my favorite Welsh indie-pop/rock septet Los Campesinos! stopped by "Letterman" to play a kinda awkward version of that album's infectious single. The awkwardness continues even after the song ends, when Letterman speaks aloud the condescending thoughts in his head.
Nicki Minaj — "Stupid Hoe" Yes, Nicki Minaj has a song called "Stupid Hoe." Also yes, the video's directed by Hype Williams, who, when paired with Miss Nicki, makes stuff that's just flat-out nonsensical. But hyper-addictive eye and aural candy, nonetheless. Watch, but only if you're ready for your brain to turn to goopy pop mush.